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By Gerhard Ade, What sets me apart, will set you apart.
(RSVP Real Estate)
Yep, that's me, handlebar mustache...We tend to reminisce as we grow older, and yes, that picture was taken in 1975.  We recall events and friends from way back. For me, these recalls are not merely nostalgic. They are very productive.  Rather than thinking of the past, they make me fruitful in the present. I changed careers, but not my calling.When I switched from creative director at a Seattle marketing company to a career in real estate, I initially felt a significant loss. I feared that 25 years of designing and writing had come to a sudden end. Over the next 20 years, I discovered that my fears were unfounded. Slowly and over time, I realized that my talents and experience were transferable. First, I could create websites and optimize them for search engines. Alta Vista was the web...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA EVENTS:INDEPENDENCE DAY 2024, #OceanShores, WA: Celebrating Independence Day at the Beach with tons of fireworks! Independence Day fell on a Thursday this year, and it was warm, both of which led even more people out here than last year. On July 4th, I went to my church's annual picnic, and then I went out on the Beach. It was a beautiful night and sunset! God Bless America, and God bless and thanks to our Fire and Police Departments, and the FREEDOM we celebrate! See my video at https://youtu.be/CNbqqOYEo_E. See more pictures on my website at https://www.oceanshoresinfo.com/copy-22-of-portfolio-1-3-2-1-1-2.If you have any questions about Real Estate in Ocean Shores and the North Beach, please feel free to reach out to me. ~April Swenson
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES EVENTS:Five Star Dealership's SAND & SAWDUST FESTIVAL 2024 ~ Held on June 28-30 in Downtown #OceanShores, WA. Sand castle competitions, wood carving competitions, vendors, and lots of fun on the Beach and at the Convention Center.See my video at https://youtu.be/QaR-X23JQXY. See more pictures on my website at https://www.oceanshoresinfo.com/copy-21-of-portfolio-1-3-1-1-1.If you have any questions about Real Estate in Ocean Shores and the North Beach, please feel free to reach out to me. ~April Swenson
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES REAL ESTATEJust SoldSOLD 7/1/24: 309 N. Wynoochee Dr, #OceanShores, WA.This lot has water, sewer, power, driveway/culvert installed, and cleared and leveled as well. Close to the Beach and Bell Canals.Sold for $85,000 cash.Congratulations to my Sellers, who were great to work with! I received this lead off ActiveRain....thank you Craig Daniels from NY.Also, thanks to Aaron K., Buyer's Broker.I do praise God for His blessings!
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Exciting News! 🚁✨Today marks our first home filming with the new Autel Evo Lite+ drone! We're thrilled to support Autel, a fantastic local company based right here in Bothell. By partnering with a local leader in drone technology, we're able to produce higher quality advertising content for our home sellers.Why We're Excited: Local Support: Proud to support Autel, a Bothell-based company, and contribute to our local economy. Higher Quality Ads: The Autel Evo Lite+ allows us to capture stunning aerial footage, showcasing homes like never before. Enhanced Marketing: Our home sellers will benefit from cutting-edge technology that highlights their properties beautifully. We're committed to providing the best service and innovative solutions for our clients. Stay tuned for some amazing new h...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #31: The BEACH & PACIFIC OCEAN, Ocean Shores, WA..... The reason we call this home! The Ocean Shores peninsula features 6 miles of public sandy beaches along the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. There are 5 Beach Access Streets (Damon Rd, W. Chance a La Mer Ave, Pacific Blvd, Ocean Lake Way, and Taurus Blvd); and 5 Beach Access Paths (Butterclam St, Marine View Dr, Sportsman St, Driftwood St, and Beach St), which give free and full access by foot or automobile. Plus, there is the Beach next to the Jetty, and the gorgeous Damon Pt Beach off of Marine View Dr SE (both with public access). Also enjoy the High Dunes Trail, which connects the W. Chance a La Mer Ave and Damon Rd Beach Access Streets in Downtown. The Beaches are home to many events,...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES: #PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #30: JETTY AREA PROPERTIES, Ocean Shores, WA..... Enjoy living in the Jetty Area, one of the many different areas of Ocean Shores. See my video at https://youtu.be/g5FmDUW38KA.  If you have any questions about Real Estate in Ocean Shores and the North Beach, please feel free to reach out to me. ~April Swenson
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #29: HIGH DUNES BEACH TRAIL, Ocean Shores, WA..... Paved Path through the Dunes connecting the W. Chance a La Mer Ave and Damon Rd Beach Access Streets behind part of "Hotel Row" in Downtown Ocean Shores, WA.  Take a leisurely stroll, walk your dog, or ride a bike along this nicely paved path.  ADA accessible.  Opened in October 2023, it extends about 3/4-mile through our beautiful and pleasant Dune Area that borders the Beach.  Access to the Beach is at both ends of this Path on the Beach Access Streets.​ See my video at https://youtu.be/6v47RXUyWfk. See more pictures on my website at https://www.oceanshoresinfo.com/copy-36-of-portfolio-1-3-1-1-1-1-1--2.If you have any questions about Real Estate in Ocean Shores and the North Beach,...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #28: BAYSHORE CLUBHOUSE, Ocean Shores, WA..... The Ocean Shores Community Club's Bayshore Clubhouse is located at 1016 Catala Ave SE directly on the Bay. Most of the properties in Ocean Shores are "IN" the club. The Clubhouse features an Indoor Pool and Spa, restrooms with showers and saunas, Workout/Exercise Room, Basketball Court, Game Room, Lounge Room with puzzles and games, and a Lunch/Meeting Room for the many activity groups that meet here. There are many activity groups that meet here, ie water aerobics, table tennis, bridge, etc. All with wonderful views of the Bay, Olympic Mountains, and even Mt Rainier on a really clear day.Enjoy the outdoors by taking a stroll along the path on the Bulkheaded Bay, have fun on the Playgrou...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #27: OYHUT BAY SEASIDE VILLAGE, Ocean Shores, WA..... The Oyhut Bay Seaside Village is located at the southern part of our peninsula off Marine View Dr SW and also off Fairwood Dr.  A unique part of Ocean Shores bordering the Oyhut Wildlife Reserve, this village features shops, a restaurant, community center, and adorable beach cottages and condos to buy or enjoy as vacation rentals.  Outdoor family fun with the playground, bocce ball, horseshoes, beach volleyball court, huge chess set, and Oyhut Canal access on Marine View Dr SW (near Tonquin Ave).  Designed as a quaint beach village with sidewalks and lovely landscaping.  For more information, please visit their website at OyhutBay.com. See my video at https://youtu.be/2lVEatCkVkg....
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #26: The JETTY, Ocean Shores, WA..... Located at the very southwestern part of the Ocean Shores peninsula at the opening of the Grays Harbor Bay (the South Jetty is located across the harbor at Westport). The Jetty is one of the most beautiful and popular places to visit and live in Ocean Shores. Take a stroll on the Beach or climb the Jetty rocks. Many people come here to storm watch due to the huge crashing waves on the rocks, and even the foamy waves rolling onto the Beach. You can catch views of barge ships (the port is in Aberdeen) and fishing boats traveling in and out of Grays Harbor. Wildlife viewing is also an enjoyable activity: watch seagulls and pelicans, and even some sightings of whales once in a while. Public parking a...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #25: DOWNTOWN Ocean Shores, WA..... Ocean Shores is a peninsula with approximately 6 miles of public sandy beaches. Platted in the 1960s and incorporated as a City in 1970. DOWNTOWN: Begins at the entrance ("gates") at Pt Brown Ave, and also travels along Ocean Shores Blvd NW and Chance a La Mer Ave. Ocean Shores has many Restaurants, Hotels, ice cream shops, coffee stands, retail shops (including The Boardwalk Shops), and other businesses. We are home to various yearly Events (ie, The Sand & Sawdust Festival, Antique Show, Art Show, etc) at the Convention Center. Have fun with the many activities, such as Miniature Golf, Arcade, Bumper Boats, Go-Cart Race Track, Bumper Cars, Movie Theater, Bowling, Bike Rentals, Moped Rentals, and m...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #24: The (main) STREETS of Ocean Shores, WA ~ We have over a 100-miles of roads on our peninsula. The Main Drags include Pt Brown Ave, Ocean Shores Blvd, and Duck Lake Dr. There are 5 Beach Access Streets, which give free, year-round vehicular and foot access to the Beach: Damon Rd/State Route 115, W. Chance a La Mer Ave, Pacific Blvd, Ocean Lake Way, and Taurus Blvd. See my video at https://youtu.be/whb8cSgjrg4. See more pictures on my website at https://www.oceanshoresinfo.com/copy-38-of-portfolio-1-3-1-1-1-1-1-2.If you have any questions about Real Estate in Ocean Shores and the North Beach, please feel free to reach out to me. ~April Swenson
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA EVENTS:FLAG DAY PARADE 2024:Flag Day Parade 2024 ~ Held on June 8th in Downtown hashtag#OceanShores, WA. Patriotism still lives here honoring Old Glory. See my video at https://youtu.be/5dqA73yccWk.  See more pictures on my website at https://www.oceanshoresinfo.com/copy-19-of-portfolio-1-1-2-1.Parade watchers line the Downtown streets of Pt Brown Ave NW and W. Chance a La Mer Ave to watch the presentation of our Nation's Symbol by drill teams, school bands, politicians, companies, non-profit organizations, local clubs, citizens, and military personnel. The Grand Marshall was Miss Washington.  There were over 70 entries, including the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Square Dancing Club, the Ocean Shores Yacht Club, the Hoquiam Logger's Playday float, and...
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Three Real Estate Formulas You Need to Know I don't know how much you remember about high school math, but I can assure you that I have never once used the quadratic formula in my day-to-day life or as a real estate agent. I haven't had to find the cosine of an angle or determine the slope of a hyperbolic graph. However, there are some formulas that I use on a very regular basis. Even though anyone can use Google to find a calculator that can quickly calculate what you need, understanding these three simple formulas and how to calculate them will allow you to determine the information you need so you can easily do these on the fly and out in the field. Appreciation / Depreciation This is an easy one that trips up people all the time because they don't know what number gets divided into...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #23: GRAYS HARBOR BAY, Ocean Shores, WA ~ Named after Captain Robert Gray, who sailed into this harbor on May 7, 1792. Grays Harbor is the only deep water port on the Pacific Coast north of San Francisco (Aberdeen is the location of the port). The views of the changing Bay waters due to the tides and weather are stunning. Also offered are the gorgeous views of the Olympic Mountains, and even Mt Rainier on a really clear day. Enjoy bird watching (including bald eagles); whale watching (primarily gray whales); and sometimes you will see seals and baby seals beached on the marshy land when the tides are out. Have fun crabbing, fishing and boating on these beautiful waters. Access via boat out onto the Bay is at the Marina....launch and ...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #22: DAMON PT BEACH, Ocean Shores, WA ~ Extending nearly a mile into Grays Harbor Bay, Damon Pt Beach (AKA, Protection Island; nicknamed "Agate Beach"), is an approximately 61-acre natural area adjacent to the Washington State Game Reserve and Marina off of Marine View Dr SE. Visited by locals and tourists alike, this Beach is a popular place to fish and walk along the shores collecting agates (no cars allowed on this beach). Sometimes you can see kite surfers and kayak surfers enjoying the waves. Enjoy fishing off the shores, and even throwing in your crab pot by the "submerged" Jetty (requires licenses from DFW). It also offers excellent views of the many wildlife, the shipping lanes by Westport, the Olympic Mountains, Mt Rainier, ...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #21: DUCK LAKE, Ocean Shores, WA ~ #OceanShores, WA has 23 miles of interconnecting fresh water lakes and canals. Duck Lake is located on the eastern side of the Ocean Shores peninsula. It is approximately 5 miles long. Access from the Canals into Duck Lake is via the Fishhook "Bayou" Canal, which extends from the south-end of the Grand Canal. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing, speed boating and water skiing (in posted areas) (no jet skis are allowed). There are 2 City-owned Boat Launches located at North Bay Park and Chinook Park. Duck Lake is fed through an underground spring located at the south-end, but the rest of the lake was dredged out to create this large and beautiful lake. Duck Lake is sometimes stocked with fish. Houses a...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES, WA PLACES:#PlacesinOceanShoresWA - POST #20: CABANA POOL ~ The Cabana Pool is open during the Summertime. Deep end pool with a diving board. Restrooms with showers. Located at Torrisdale Ave and Seashore St next to Perkins Pond. Owned by the Ocean Shores Community Club ~ pool only accessible to property owners who are members of the Club. For more information, please call the Club at (360) 289-2433. See my video at https://youtu.be/KbNDlEVqDqg. See more pictures on my website at https://www.oceanshoresinfo.com/copy-29-of-portfolio-1-3-1-1-1-1.If you have any questions about real estate in Ocean Shores and the North Beach, please feel free to reach out to me. ~April Swenson
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
New Opportunities to Expand Your Expertise What an amazing year it has been so far for our ENCORE coaching members! We have just completed our 7-month course around the ADU and Middle Housing changes and challenges that are coming to Washington State in the coming years due to House Bills 1337 and 1110. We have taken a deep dive on what constitutes an ADU, where to find information on ADU potential, how to learn more about how the ADU situation is being handled in local jurisdictions, and most-importantly, how to price and market ADUs depending on the buyer demographics. Our ENCORE brokers who have successfully completed all their training, completed their exams, and who have created a CMA to my satisfaction will begin to receive their Housing Options Certification at our meeting next ...
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