YouTube Thursday - Setting the Tone

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty

YouTube Thursdays - January 13, 2022


Work continues this week to build our resource site called - Rural Properties in Clark County, WA. It's a niche we really want to hammer home. (No pun intended).  We're proud of our knowledge and expertise.  After living on a rural property since 2015, we have learned the nuances of this lifestyle. 

Like most lifestyles, living in the country isn't for everyone. But for those who do have a passion for it, information and shared resources is a big deal. It's what you don't know that tends to get you in trouble.

Therefore, helping people avoid the purchase pitfalls prior to moving into a rural home is goal of ours. There are far too many horror stories of people buying a property only to discover a problem that impacts their use and enjoyment. 

Even when a property in a rural location checks all the boxes,  buyers need a realistic attitude about on-going maintenance requirements. Life in the country takes work. Or, the ability to hire someone else to do the work. Either way,  it's important to be proactive.

As we worked on the plan for our series of videos and articles geared toward the rural lifestyle, we realized we needed a jumping point. The result, a home base video at the center to set the tone for what's to come.  



If you're interesting in creating the same laser-focused marketing resources for your clients. The plan being used for this niche certainly apply to others.  Happy Thursday! 

Posted by

Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
Call or Text 360-608-4900

We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 

We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.

We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.


Comments (27)

Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Excellent video and your points are so good.  I have run into many unusual things when selling rural properties, one being Luke Air Force Base fly zones  outside of where most would even consider it being an issue. It is BY FAR the best choice to hire agents that know the ins and outs of  being rural properties.  You two are the best in Southern WA.



Jan 13, 2022 10:31 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks so much Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - interesting to mention noise pollution. That can be a very big deal for many folks when looking for the right location. For example, we have a motocross in Washougal that can be very, very noisy several times a year. It's important to let any buyers know what to expect during the motocross competitions, etc. 

Jan 13, 2022 11:21 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Actually it was an issue with part of the 5 acre parcel being in a potential crash zone - which was interesting to find out as it's pretty far out. My buyers owned the 5 acres next door and wanted to purchase another 5 acres to build guest house etc.  They could built out barn and stable but that was it.  They moved on to another option.  That research took me down a rabbit hole that has served clients well over the last many years.  So interesting!

Jan 13, 2022 12:43 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb and love to get advice from you all the time.  I just need to find the time to do it.


Jan 13, 2022 11:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - as far as hammering home salient points, I think you continue to nail it.  Puns too - which I encourage.  🤣

Jan 13, 2022 12:25 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Great video, Debb and Bernie. You touch on so many issues that rural home buyers need to think about and do due diligence on before closing. You clearly have set yourselves apart in the rural homes market in your area. Anyone interested in a rural home in the Clark County area should certainly be in touch with you before they get started.


Jan 13, 2022 09:08 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb and Bernie - there is so much to consider when watching your video.  This is excellent information for those considering rural property.

Jan 14, 2022 03:25 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Grew up on one, own a 300 acre farm and you are right. The building maintenance when there are six and ones a big 100' barn and fields to plant, critters to tend, woods to manage. It's not Green Acres show funny but is the most rich rewarding experience. And your kids turn out the better for it with work ethic, skills. Video does the show and tell best Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

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Jan 14, 2022 04:16 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think you will do really well with this niche and I am sure that your site will be an amazing resource for people!

Jan 14, 2022 04:32 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent video, and I agree with all the points as well. Great job!

Jan 14, 2022 04:47 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Debb... as someone who doesn't really focus rural property, I learned a lot about the subtleties involved in your niche. And your post is a clear example of why we really need to stick to what we know.

Jan 14, 2022 05:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Debb and Bernie.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Jan 14, 2022 08:11 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Nice job Deb & Bernie! You guys always inspire me. 

Jan 14, 2022 08:14 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Love this video Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  saw it on Instagram first  Happy Friday  :-)  

Jan 14, 2022 04:49 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

That type of tone issue is something you always have to be aware of in this business or any other. Great post

Jan 14, 2022 07:34 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker Associate ,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Wow, what great information, beautifully presented! 

Jan 14, 2022 10:22 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Debb,
Rural and city properties have many differences and it IS critical to hire an agent that specializes in one or the other. I remember one of my rural listing was written up by an agent in Seattle. She made so many mistakes in NOT protecting her client from potential problems... among those (but not limited to) not asking for a well or septic inspection.  She never even saw the property.

Jan 15, 2022 08:40 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

We see it far too often, Carol. Pretty sad really to see how many buyers don't realize agents can't know it all.  Always best to hire one who specializes in the type of property desired. 

Jan 20, 2022 06:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debb- who better than you and Bernie to work with buyers interested in rural properties. I am so excited to see you both back here sharing your inspiring and professionally executed videos with us. 

Jan 15, 2022 04:46 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, I love selling acreage too, although living in a patio home.   Great video.

Jan 16, 2022 10:09 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - You chose an excellent niche and your short video speaks volumes! I was born an urbanite and moved to the country with a growing family only to discover the hard way, rural areas are nice to visit on a short trip or annual picnic but actually living rural life is completely different! You pointed out many things I had to learn the hard way. Your niche is desperately needed to guide buyers and sellers of the wonders and the pitfalls beforehand. I love this post and adore the both of you. You're a wealth of valuable information. 

Jan 17, 2022 04:52 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker that's interesting. I guess it could certainly happen. Wow. 

Jan 20, 2022 06:05 AM