Check for Air Leaks in Windows and Doors

While we are enjoying a beautiful fall, winter is not that far away.  Now is a good time to check your doors and windows for air leaks that could be costly.  Fixing them now will keep you cozy this winter and save you money!

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Stress Free Home Closing

If it is your first time buying, or it has been a while, all of the paperwork can seem overwhelming!  From the Mortgage Brokers, to the Title Company there are stacks and stacks of paperwork.  Learn what you are signing so that you are confident with your purchase and ready to move into your new home!

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Homecoming Week



A Hero’s Homecoming-Dufur Rangers 2014 Homecoming.  The week kicks off with America Day, and there are fun activities all week leading up to the game on Friday and Parade Saturday morning.   Enjoy some of the fun with the Chili Cookoff Wednesday evening during Powder Puff Football.  For a complete list of activities visit

Thinking you might want to live in Dufur?  Check out these listing at  Visit Dufur, look at property and take part in A Hero’s Homecoming!

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Change of Colors means Change of Seasons

I woke up this m9-11-Never-Forgetorning, readied myself for the day, and then stepped outside and took a moment of silence in remembrance of Patriot Day (9/11). What greeted me was crisp, cool temps, blindingly, bright sun, and the smell of autumn leaves in the air. Fall was saying, “Hello, I’m almost here!”

With the arrival of cooler temps, football tailgating and back to school (can I get a WAHOO from all the parents out there!), now you have Fall Cleanup and Winter Prep!

Great tips from Smead for Fall Cleaning.

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Back to School in The Dalles, Oregon

Back to SchoolIt’s Back to School time here in The Dalles, and with it many parents and children are looking forward to the changing of the year and seasons. Football games and homecoming dances, new teachers and old friends, school projects and class trips. It’s an exciting time for everyone, except of course the dreaded earlier mornings!

Start your school days off on the right foot and avoid school day meltdowns with these great tips from, Starting School. Good for grade school to high school, these tips are easy to follow.

For parents of new and returning high schoolers, here are some tips geared specially toward you from the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation, Tips for New High Schoolers. Above all establish clear and routine communication with your children and their teachers. Be that parent that takes a proactive approach to making sure your child’s school year is the best it can be.

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Local July Market Stats (The Dalles)

There were 22 closed sales in July which is 5 less than 2013 but the average price was 7.9% higher than the previous year. The average time on the market for the sold homes was 146 days and the average price was $181,200. For the year the average sale price was $168,800 and the median sale price was $155,000. Commercial sales are few and far between. Put all these numbers together and you have a sluggish market that is coming off the bottom. It is not bad but it is not experiencing the gains metropolitan areas are showing. Continued unemployment and underemployment in the area compounded with ever tighter lending standards continues to keep pressure on the market.

Hope is on the horizon. Wal-Mart won the latest appeal that has been stalling their construction start. Other companies are waiting for that construction to start before they make their commitment to the area.  Jobs/economic growth are on the horizon!

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Your Home and Wildfires

Rowena Fire 2014Living in Rural Oregon, wildfires are a common occurrence and fear for residents of smaller communities. Lightning, field burning, cigarettes carelessly tossed out a window…so much potential for so much loss and devastation. It is a terrifying prospect that you could lose all you have worked and saved for, but there are steps you can take to help protect your home, and those of your neighbors and loved ones.

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Investing in Your Neighborhood & Community

community workA recent post on social media site Facebook today got me to thinking about how investing in your community means the community will invest in you. A homeowner was talking about the condition of her home, the neighboring houses, and the neighborhood as a whole; what could she do to improve it. She has hired a property management company to manage and rent out her home.

My first thought was that the property management company is responsible for hiring, scheduling, and supervising any needed repairs or remodels to the property, with the homeowner’s approval, cooperation and prompt communication.

My second thought was why not talk to the neighbors and see what their viewpoint and ideas are? After a time, homeowners who have lived in a property often get used to the way it looks, and don’t see it through a neighbor or potential tenant’s eyes. They also might be financially or physically incapable of doing any needed or wanted repairs or updates.

Invest in your community! Barter and trade services with each other and do it as a community. Lending a helping hand up will reap rewards far greater than being concerned with only your own little world. Offer to pull someone’s weeds in exchange for them mowing your lawn. Offer to repair a fence in exchange for them painting your garage door. Form a group of neighbors who will watch out for each other, offering help when it is needed. The possibilities are endless!

Do you see my point?

If we all do our part, we can make our neighborhoods and towns places to be proud of, to show off, that people will want to move to and visit. What you put out in the Universe will come back to you, so why not put out the best you’ve got?

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Summer Child Safety

As I sit here, caught up in my morning work, I am listening to the breaking news in the background. Another school shooting, this one just 60 miles or so from our town. Children just a little bit older than my own 14 year old daughter, my heart sinks with a mix of fear and anger. 35 school shooting across the United States in 2014 alone….when will this all stop? When will school safety become a priority with our elected officials and society?

With summer vacation nearly in full swing, many children will be home alone or out with friends during the working day. How can you prepare your child to be aware of their surroundings, and what safety measures can youth take to be prepared in an emergency situation?

          KidPower Tips for Safety               What to Teach Kids About Strangers

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community around Reynolds High School in Troutdale, OR, and their students, families, teachers and employees.


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5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300

  • Looking for some DIY projects for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend?  Here are a few you can get done for under $300!
  • 5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300

    Just another weekend? Not if you take advantage with one or more of these 5 great projects you can easily pull off for under $300. Read

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