REAL ESTATE NEWS & INFO Spring Into Action for a Selling Success! What’s ahead in the real estate market? Probably another tight year of limited inventory, so do not expect a significant decrease in prices this year. Real estate prices increased by over 2% in Jefferson County last year. Mortgage interest rates are forecasted to come down a tiny bit. As we get further into the spring and summer market, I think […]
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! Romantic Valentine’s Day Dining There are many delicious, romantic, and intimate spots to dine out this Valentine’s Day in Jefferson County. Here are a few places you might want to consider.   ~ The Fireside in Port Ludlow   ~ Alchemy Wine and Bistro in Port Townsend   ~ Silverwater Cafe in Port Townsend   ~ Old Alcohol Plant […]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Fearless February!   You know what I like best about February? The anticipation that spring, in the Northwest, is just around the corner!! The shortest days of the year are behind us, and the temperatures are trying to tick up, even if just a little bit. Soon we will see spring flowers like crocus and hyacinth in bloom. I still have […]
REAL ESTATE NEWS & INFO Washington State Agency Law Revisions   This past year, the Washington State legislature updated the real estate brokerage relationships effective January 1, 2024. Among other things, it is required that a Buyer Agency agreement be signed between an agent and a buyer when an agent begins to provide real estate services to a buyer. The changes are designed to clarify […]
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! Ringing in the New Year! Do you remember the arrival of the millennium?  The 21st century seemed to be the stuff science fiction was made of … think of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ Now here we are, almost a quarter of a century later.  Thanks to the advent of faster travel and social media like Google, Facebook, and YouTube, the world […]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT  A round of applause to Martin Fugere and Shold Excavating!   I want to give a shout-out to Martin Fugere and the crew at Shold Excavating! I had an emergency during the holiday with a building I own. The sump pump(s) quit working and without them, the businesses could not operate during a critical time for them. Martin immediately responded to my call of desperation. […]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Toys For Tots! This holiday season delight a child in need by donating a gift to one of the various charities in the area. One of my favorites over the years has been Toys for Tots. Both our Port Ludlow and Port Townsend offices are drop-off locations. Bring a new unwrapped toy by 12/15/23. Or you can go […]
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! Holiday Happenings in Jefferson County The holiday season is upon us, and there’s no better time to get creative and enjoy some festive fun in Jefferson County. Whether you’re a local resident or planning a holiday getaway, Jefferson County offers an abundance of exciting and creative activities to make your holiday season memorable. From Holiday Art and Craft Fairs, Tree […]
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Getting to the Heart of the Holidays: Fond Memories of My Past Celebrations I love the diversity of the holiday season. There are many different celebrations in December, one of which may reflect your own heritage and belief system. My father was a minister in a small farming community in Oregon when I was growing up, and our traditions rooted in Christian beliefs. I looked forward to participating […]
REAL ESTATE NEWS & INFO Change On The Horizon: WA State Agency Law On January 1, 2024, important revisions to the law that governs real estate brokerage relationships (RCW 18.86) in Washington State – otherwise known as the “Agency Law” – become effective. These are the first significant revisions since the Agency Law took effect in 1997. The revisions, which are explained in detail in this bulletin and […]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Gratitude For What Matters by Willard Aldrich Thanksgiving has always been a special holiday for me usually gathered round a table laden with delicious food and cherished family. Since moving to Port Ludlow/Port Townsend, Thanksgiving has almost always included my father. ​​​​​​​My father passed away about two years ago at the age of 96. He spent the last half of his life […]
REAL ESTATE NEWS & INFO Is It Time To Have Your Septic System Inspected? The health and longevity of your septic system is very important. When did you last have your septic system inspected? Regular inspections help prevent septic system failures. Jefferson County provides rebates for inspections and some maintenance tasks. Below is information from Jefferson County Public Health.  The link below takes you to Jefferson County’s website where […]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Caregivers Extraordinaire! My husband, Laury, has dementia. We are very fortunate that, so far, he has been able to live at home. This is primarily because of his wonderful caregivers; Beth, Susan, and Katie. These three angels are dependable, caring, flexible, and unbelievably patient. They work together to provide Laury with expert care, creating meals, conversation, and […]
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! Halloween Happenings today in Port Townsend and Port Ludlow! Bring the kiddos and the pets to be part of the festivities in downtown Port Townsend including safe trick-or-treating and a huge parade! The fun starts at 3:45PM. Or stop by the Village Center for Port Ludlow’s Trunk or Treat from 4:00PM – 6:30PM.
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! Midnight at the Masquerade Ball Port Ludlow Get ready for a night of mystery and enchantment at the “Midnight at the Masquerade Ball Port Ludlow,” where masks, music, and magic collide About this Event Midnight at the Masquerade Ball Port Ludlow Join us for an enchanting evening at the Midnight at the Masquerade Ball in beautiful Port Ludlow! Get ready for a night filled […]
REAL ESTATE NEWS & INFO Minor Kitchen Remodel 101   **Why a Minor Kitchen Remodel Can Significantly Increase Your Home’s Value** A kitchen, often touted as the heart of the home, plays a pivotal role in determining a property’s overall appeal and value. Many homeowners, when thinking about home improvements, consider major overhauls that can be both time-consuming and costly. However, minor kitchen remodels […]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT My Visit to the Lush and Lovely Naylor Creek Vineyard Last month, my stepmom Barb Aldrich and I were invited to John and Mary Kapp’s amazing home and property on Dabob Bay. John gave us a tour of their estate-quality property which features lush gardens overflowing with colorful flowers all visible as we strolled through the walking paths and sitting areas, that were accentuated with […]
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! It’s The Great Pumpkin! Title: The History of Pumpkin Picking: From Ancient Beginnings to Modern Tradition As the days grow shorter and the air crisper, families and friends embark on an age-old tradition that ushers in the fall season like no other: visiting a pumpkin patch. These patches offer a quintessential autumn experience, but have you ever wondered about […]
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! Visit the Ciderhaus for a day of fun and fellowship! 3RD ANNUAL CIDERHAUS OKTOBERFEST SEPTEMBER 24 @ 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Delicious food specials, Oktoberfest beer sampling and pairing from local breweries, a live band with the fun ‘Hometown Band’ showcasing local talent with their brass and upbeat Bavarian melodies, and even some fun games for the entire family. Plan of the Day: 12: Open 2-6PM: […]
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! Hello Autumn! Join me in welcoming the 2023 Fall Season! I look forward to cooler temps, warm cider, creative pumpkin carvings, and comforting recipes that fill us with a sense of tradition to share with those we love!