Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Ocean Shores Events: Merry Christmas 2012 from the Beach

OCEAN SHORES EVENTS

Merry Christmas from the Beach
December 25, 2012


Merry Christmas from Beautiful Ocean Shores!

December 25, 2012 ~ Christmas morning was a stormy time. I walked to the Bay close to my home and took the above pictures....it was neat to see the white caps of the Bay waters. The storm died down by the afternoon. Christmas Eve was very calm and peaceful with partly sunny skies.

Click on Video Tour to see my video of the stormy waters of the Bay.

Jesus Christ is Born!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ocean Shores Events: Clam Digs Schedule for our Beaches in December 2012

OCEAN SHORES EVENTS

Clam Digs Scheduled


December 2012, Ocean Shores, WA ~ Razor Clam Digging is a favorite beach activity during low tides and during approved dates set by the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Upcoming Scheduled Clam Digs:
  • Fri, Dec 14th ~ -1.8ft, low tide at 7:15pm
  • Sat, Dec 15th ~ -1.6ft, low tide at 8:01pm
  • Sun, Dec 16th ~ -1.0ft, low tide at 8:47pm (Moclips/Pacific Beach only)
For more information, see the State web site at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html




Monday, December 3, 2012

Ocean Shores Events: Winter Fanta-Sea Craft Fair 2012

OCEAN SHORES EVENTS

Winter Fanta-Sea Craft Fair 2012



November 23-25, 2012 ~ The annual Winter Fanta-Sea craft fair was held in the Convention Center over the Thanksgiving weekend....just in time for Christmas. Over 70 arts and crafts booths featured thousands of unique hand-made items. Some of the items were hand-crafted display pieces made with REAL Emu and Ostrich Eggs....these were really neat to see. Other items included hand-painted glass balls, jewelry, homemade jams, and so much more. There were also food vendors to enjoy. Ocean Shores, WA.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ocean Shores News: I've Moved Offices to Ocean Shores Brokers Real Estate

OCEAN SHORES NEWS


I'VE MOVED TO OCEAN SHORES BROKERS REAL ESTATE


I have made the move to my new office…Ocean Shores Brokers Real Estate!!!

The reason for the move is because the owners of my previous company, Coldwell Banker Ocean Beach Properties, decided to move to Mercer Island.  So they closed the doors to Coldwell Banker OBP on October 31st.  I made the decision to join Ocean Shores Brokers (OSB) after much research and discussions.  My colleagues and I finished off strong at Coldwell Banker OBP to the very end, and I am very excited about the future of applying my experience and knowledge to make OSB even better.

OSB has a great location -- the building is located directly at the entrance of Ocean Shores with a large electronic/neon sign, so no one can miss it coming into town.  The owner, Dawn Galeana, also owns Ocean Shores Reservations, which manages nightly vacation rentals and some long-term rentals, so this brings exposure to the selling side of real estate.

My commitment to fully represent my clients, both buyers and sellers, will continue at OSB!  I will also remain dedicated to provide informative market analyses, detailed marketing, a heavy Internet presence, and knowledge and detail to all of my transactions.  I am always looking to try to expand my marketing, as well as staying up-to-date on the market conditions and inventory.

My cell number, e-mail address and web site address will remain the same.  Please always use my cell (360) 589-2777 and/or e-mail at aswenson25@juno.com to contact me directly.

If you have any questions and/or comments, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.

April Swenson
Cert. Residential Specialist (CRS) & Managing Broker,
Ocean Shores Brokers Real Estate
380 State Route 115 (PO Box 845)
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
360-289-3941 fax     360-589-2777 cell/text
aswenson25@juno.com
www.OceanShoresInfo.com




Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures and Video for Grays Harbor Bay (Oct 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

Grays Harbor Bay
Ocean Shores, WA


Grays Harbor Bay off the shores of Ocean Shores, WA....enjoy great views of the Bay waters and the Mountains. Have fun boating, fishing and crabbing in these waters. Part of the many amenities offered in Ocean Shores, WA.

You can see more pictures on my web site at http://www.oceanshoresinfo.com/pics/bay.html

You can see my YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLkwybZYjOM

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ocean Shores and North Beach Newsletter for Real Estate, Events, News, etc. ~ October 2012

October 2012
Ocean Shores/North Beach
Newsletter

Presented by April Swenson,
CRS and Managing Broker for Coldwell Banker Ocean Beach Properties
aswenson25@juno.com     360-589-2777 cell/text     www.OceanShoresInfo.com


NOTABLE NEWS / EVENTS


NEW PICTURES AND YOUTUBE VIDEOS UPLOADED

Click on the following links to see my new pictures on my web site (www.OceanShoresInfo.com) and my new videos uploaded onto my YouTube site (www.youtube.com/AprilSwenson):


OTHER NOTABLE LOCAL NEWS

  • I am ranked #5 among all Ocean Shores Real Estate Brokers and #9 among all Grays Harbor County Real Estate Brokers for the number of transactions/sides CLOSED this year (1/1/12-9/30/12).
  • September and early October has seen some of the most beautiful weather with sunny skies and warmer temperatures.
  • The 1st Clam Dig of the season is scheduled for Oct 13th and 14th for Copalis and Mocrocks beaches (Ocean Shores to Moclips).....Oct 13th low tide is at 5:41pm at +.3ft; Oct 14th low tide is at 6:26pm at -.5ft.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 26th-28th ~ Celtic Music Festival: largest Irish music Festival on the West Coast.

November 2nd-4th ~ Jazz at the Beach: live jazz music at several venues in Ocean Shores.

November 23rd-25th ~ Winter Fanta-Sea Craft Show: held at the Convention Center; holiday arts & crafts.


BUYS IN OCEAN SHORES

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for some good deals on properties in Ocean Shores:

Homes Under $100K

Homes $100K-$150K

Homes $150K+

View Homes

Waterfront Homes

Condos

Lots $10K or Less

Lots $10K-$15K

Lots $15K-20K

Lots $20K+

View Lots

Waterfront Lots



MARKET ACTIVITY/UPDATE
(3rd-Quarter 2012: July 1st-September 30th)


The month of September into October has increased with real estate activity (both inquiries and sales), as I have personally experienced. In Ocean Shores, the Median Sales Price for Homes has increased from $116,700 in the 1st-Quarter to $120K in the 2nd-Quarter to $132K in the 3rd-Quarter. The number of Homes sold in the 1st-Quarter was 26, then it went up to 50 in the 2nd-Quarter, but has shaved-off a little in the 3rd-Quarter to 43 homes sold in Ocean Shores. Lot sales have had the same trend.

OCEAN SHORES MARKET:

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for sold properties (3rd-Quarter of 2012):
Sold Homes
Sold Lots
Sold Condos
Sold Multi-Family
Sold Commercial

3rd-Quarter 2012
 Homes
Land 
Condos 
Multi-
Family 
Commercial 
Total 
 Current Listings 262 451 49 6 16 784
 Pendings 42 13 1 0 3 59
 Solds 43 45 3 1 2 94
 Sold Volume $6.12M $976,450 $440K $150K $352,900 $8.04M
 Sold Median Price $132K $16K $175K $150K $88,900
 Avg. Days on Market (solds) 193 419 269 6 406



NORTH BEACH (Ocean City to Moclips) MARKET:

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for sold properties (3rd-Quarter of 2012):
Sold Homes
Sold Land

3rd-Quarter 2012
 Homes
Land 
Condos 
Multi-
Family 
Commercial 
Total 
 Current Listings 66 142  1 1  9 219
 Pendings 5 1 0 0 0 6
 Solds 6 13 0 0 0 19
 Sold Volume $949K $584K $0 $0 $0 $1.533M
 Sold Median Price $184K $17,500 $0 $0 $0
 Avg. Days on Market (solds) 122 351 N/A N/A N/A

NOTE: All of the above data was pulled from the NWMLS and is not guaranteed.



FINANCING NEWS


POSITIVE NEWS

Interest rates are still very low at around 3.75%-4% with 0 points (depending on credit and down payment). Funding is available through FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Loans to buy primary and secondary/vacation homes in Ocean Shores and the North Beach.


For more help on getting pre-approved/qualified, contact our local lender, The Bank of the Pacific. You can call Jodi Hampton, the Residential Loan Officer, at 360-628-6648 (cell) or e-mail her at jhampton@bankofthepacific.com


If you ever have any questions about Area Information and Real Estate in Ocean Shores and the North Beach, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.
~ April Swenson
aswenson25@juno.com
360-589-2777 (cell/text)


Your Beach Destination Awaits You at the #1 Washington Coast Town!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures, Video and Amenities for Downtown Ocean Shores, WA (October 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

Downtown Ocean Shores, WA



Downtown Ocean Shores, WA features a lot of things to do. There are restaurants, shops, a bowling alley, movie theater and hotels. Some of the shops include The Boardwalk Shops of Ocean Shores, Flying Cats, and First Cabin. Some of the restaurants include Caffe Amici, Subway, Lucky Dragon Chinese, Las Maracas Mexican, and the Shilo Inn Restaurant. There are 2 family fun centers with race tracks, arcades, ice cream parlors, bumper boats and more.

See more pictures and the video at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/downtown.html

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures and Video for Pacific Park (Sept 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

Pacific Park
Ocean Shores, WA



Pacific Park has a large ball field, tennis court, basketball court, swings and a junglegym. There is also an outdoor swimming pool with a slide (open during the Summer to property owners with a Community Club membership). Located on Ocean Shores Blvd NW near the Ocean Lake Way Beach Access Street. Part of the many amenities in Ocean Shores, WA.

See more pictures at http://www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/pacificpark.html

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures and Video for the Airport (Sept 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

The Airport
Ocean Shores, WA



Calling all small, private aircraft owners......the City Ocean Shores, WA owns a small Airport. This airfield has a 3,100ft blacktop Runway and Taxiway. There is a blacktop parking lot to park and tie down your airplane. There are currently 3 hangers (call the City to get more information on building and leasing your own hanger). This Airport backs the North Bay Tidelands and is located across the street from the North Bay Park. Part of the many amenities offered in Ocean Shores, WA.

You can see more pictures on my web site at http://www.oceanshoresinfo.com/pics/airport.html

You can see my YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJbi5JX2A6s

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ocean Shores and North Beach Newsletter for Real Estate, Events, News, etc. ~ July 2012

July 2012
Ocean Shores/North Beach
Newsletter

Presented by April Swenson,
CRS and Managing Broker for Coldwell Banker Ocean Beach Properties
aswenson25@juno.com     360-589-2777 cell/text     www.OceanShoresInfo.com


I am sorry this is SO late. I have been very busy with REAL ESTATE work. But I still thought you would like to see the updates of the real estate market for the 2nd-quarter and 1st-half of 2012, as well as news and events. ~ April Swenson

NOTABLE NEWS / EVENTS



INDEPENDENCE DAY 2012

Fireworks seen and let off all along our beaches....a Must See. See more info, pictures and my video at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/july4th2012.html

FIVE STAR DEALERSHIPS SAND and SAWDUST FESTIVAL 2012

Sandcastle competitions on the beach (off the Chance a La Mer beach access street)...you will like the sand sculptures created. Wood carving competitions and displays held at the Convention Center. See more info, pictures and my video at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/sand&sawdustfestival2012.html

FLAG DAY PARADE 2012

Ocean Shores honored Old Glory with its traditional Parade in downtown. See more info, pictures and my video at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/flagdayparade2012.html

KITE FESTIVAL 2012

The downtown beaches of Ocean Shores was home to this year's International Kite Festival. See more info, pictures and my video at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/kitefestival2012.html

NEW PICTURES AND YOUTUBE VIDEOS UPLOADED

Click on the following links to see my new pictures on my web site (www.OceanShoresInfo.com) and my new videos uploaded onto my YouTube site (www.youtube.com/AprilSwenson):


OTHER NOTABLE LOCAL NEWS

  • Labor Day Weekend was a big success with many visitors and warm, sunny weather.
  • The Library Replacement Levy was approved (51.5% to 48.5%) for 2013-2014 ($.247/$1,000 assessed).

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 7th-9th ~ Arts and Crafts Festival: held at the Convention Center.

September 28th-30th ~ Whale of a Quilt Show: held at the Convention Center.

October 26th-28th ~ Celtic Music Festival: largest Irish music Festival on the West Coast.



BUYS IN OCEAN SHORES

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for some good deals on properties in Ocean Shores:

Homes Under $100K

Homes $100K-$150K

Homes $150K+

View Homes

Waterfront Homes

Condos

Lots $10K or Less

Lots $10K-$15K

Lots $15K-20K

Lots $20K+

View Lots

Waterfront Lots



MARKET ACTIVITY/UPDATE
(1st-Half and 2nd-Quarter 2012: January 1st-June 30th)


Activity (both inquiries and sales) have definitely increased since the beginning of the year, as I have personally experienced.


OCEAN SHORES MARKET:

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for sold properties (2nd Quarter of 2012):
Sold Homes
Sold Lots
Sold Condos
Sold Multi-Family
Sold Commercial

1st-Half 2012
 Homes
Land 
Condos 
Multi-
Family 
Commercial 
Total 
 Current Listings 263 463 51  5  15 797
 Pendings 25 13 1 1 1 41
 Solds 75 82 5 2 2 166
 Sold Volume $9.31M $1.725M $298K $331K $328,900 $11.99M
 Sold Median Price $120K $16,478 $55K $165,500 $88,900
 Avg. Days on Market (solds) 230 341 576 178 420

2nd-Quarter 2012
 Homes
Land 
Condos 
Multi-
Family 
Commercial 
Total 
 Solds 50 47 2 1 1 101
 Sold Volume $6.51M $1.02M $145K $250K $88,900 $8.014M
 Sold Median Price $120K $16K $72,500 $250K $88,900
 Avg. Days on Market (solds) 236 307 1,141 83 589



NORTH BEACH (Ocean City to Moclips) MARKET:

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for sold properties (2nd Quarter of 2012):
Sold Homes
Sold Land

1st-Half 2012
 Homes
Land 
Condos 
Multi-
Family 
Commercial 
Total 
 Current Listings 73 106  2  1  10 192
 Pendings 5 2 0 0 0 7
 Solds 16 5 0 0 0 21
 Sold Volume $2.47M $315,500 $0 $0 $0 $2.785M
 Sold Median Price $120,889 $35K $0 $0 $0
 Avg. Days on Market (solds) 216 537 N/A N/A N/A

2nd-Quarter 2012
 Homes
Land 
Condos 
Multi-
Family 
Commercial 
Total 
 Solds 11 3 0 0 0 14
 Sold Volume $1.67M $268,500 $0 $0 $0 $1.938M
 Sold Median Price $124,778 $55K $0 $0 $0
 Avg. Days on Market (solds) 192 464 N/A N/A N/A



SOUTH BEACH (Westport/Grayland/Ocosta) MARKET:

1st-Half 2012
 Homes
Land 
Condos 
Multi-
Family 
Commercial 
Total 
 Current Listings 74 97 12 47 15 206
 Pendings 15 3 2 1 0 21
 Solds 23 8 3 2 36
 Sold Volume $2.44M $475,900 $307,500 $138,900 $0 $3.36M
 Sold Median Price $91,500 $41,500 $105,500 $69,450 $0
 Avg. Days on Market (solds) 230 494 170 118 N/A



LONG BEACH PENINSULA (Ilwaco to Surfside Estates) MARKET:

1st-Half 2012
 Homes
Land 
Condos 
Multi-
Family 
Commercial 
Total 
 Current Listings 309 303 35 1 20 668
 Pendings 37 7 0 1 0 45
 Solds 83 27 8 0 3 121
 Sold Volume $10.81M $848,600 $937,400 $0 $698,500 $13.29M
 Sold Median Price $117K $26K $126,200 $0 $111,500
 Avg. Days on Market (solds) 269 254 217 N/A 225


NOTE: All of the above data was pulled from the NWMLS and is not guaranteed.



FINANCING NEWS

FHA CHANGES

FHA announced that they are offering price cuts to certain FHA borrowers to participate in the FHA Streamline Refinance Program. Here are some key points:
  • Must be current on their FHA loan
  • Must have an FHA loan endorsed prior to May 31, 2009
  • The Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) is reduced from 1% to .01%
  • The Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium (AMIP) is reduced to .55%
Other changes to new FHA Loans (loans originated/endorsed after April 9, 2012):
  • The UFMIP is increased to 1.75% of the loan amount

POSITIVE NEWS

Interest rates are still very low at around 3.75%-4% with 0 points (depending on credit and down payment). Funding is available through FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Loans to buy primary and secondary/vacation homes in Ocean Shores and the North Beach.


For more help on getting pre-approved/qualified, contact our local lender, The Bank of the Pacific. You can call Jodi Hampton, the Residential Loan Officer, at 360-628-6648 (cell) or e-mail her at jhampton@bankofthepacific.com


If you ever have any questions about Area Information and Real Estate in Ocean Shores and the North Beach, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.
~ April Swenson
aswenson25@juno.com
360-589-2777 (cell/text)


Your Beach Destination Awaits You at the #1 Washington Coast Town!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures for the Cabana Pool (September 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

Cabana Pool
Ocean Shores, WA




Enjoy a warm Summer day at the Community Clubs Outdoor Cabana Pool. Have fun on the diving board. Located next to Perkins Pond with a nature trail around it. Part of the many amenities offered in Ocean Shores, WA.

You can see more pictures on my web site at http://www.oceanshoresinfo.com/pics/perkinspond&cabanapool.html

You can see my YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyWSYgSUIjE

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures for North Bay Park (August 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

North Bay Park
Ocean Shores, WA

            

Located on beautiful Duck Lake, this park has full access to a boat launch, 2 docks for fishing, playground, tennis court, basketball court, large ball field, and a picnic area. Part of the many amenities offered in Ocean Shores, WA.

You can see more pictures on my web site at http://www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/northbaypark.html

You can see my YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb8-VgoiWmQ

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ocean Shores Real Estate: Backs Park and Very Close to Beach Access w/ LID's Paid ~ 188 Ocean Shores Blvd NW

OCEAN SHORES REAL ESTATE

Building Lot Backs Pacific Park and Very Close to Beach Access
LID's Paid


GREAT LOCATION w/ BOTH LID's PAID! Located very close to the Ocean Lake Way Beach Access Street, which gives you year-round beach access by car or foot. This lot backs Pacific Park (located at the very northern edge of the park). This park has a ball field, tennis court, and a pool w/ a slide. Lot size is 70x120 (8,400 sq.ft.). Water, sewer, and power hook-ups in the streets. Camp up to 90 days/year, or Build your beach home. Sewer and Street LID's PAID. In the Community Club. 2-163. 188 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores, WA.  Only $11,000!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures for Perkins Pond (August 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

Perkins Pond
Ocean Shores, WA


A beautiful nature pond with a trail to walk or ride your bike around the pond. Watch the wildlife, ie the ducks and geese. Properties back this trail and pond. Perkins Pond is located next to the Cabana Pool (outdoor swimming pool). Part of the many amenities offered in Ocean Shores, WA.

You can see more pictures on my web site at http://www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/perkinspond&cabanapool.html

You can see my YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GicllyFvcIU

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures and Amenities for Lake Minard (August 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS


Lake Minard, Its Canal and Boat Launches
Ocean Shores, WA



Lake Minard is a beautiful lake in Ocean Shores, WA. Boat, water ski, canoe and kayak. There are 2 boat launches (Texmar Ave and Marine View Dr). The Lake Minard Canal connects into the Bell Canal.

You can see more pictures on my web site at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/lakeminard.html

You can see my YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgPOERtyves

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures for Bill Ellis Memorial Park on Duck Lake (August 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

Bill Ellis Memorial Park on Duck Lake
Ocean Shores, WA



Located on beautiful Duck Lake with a large Dock. Surrounded and under the beautiful Alder trees. Covered picnic area, swingset, and plenty of parking. Part of the many activities and amenities of the Ocean Shores Community Club has to offer.

You can see more pictures on my web site www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/billellispark.html

You can see my YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6lRsoltay0

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures for Chinook Park (July 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

Chinook Park on Duck Lake
Ocean Shores, WA


Launch your boat onto Duck Lake at Chinook Park. There is also a fishing pier, playground, basketball half-court, and a large ball field. Open to the Public and free. Part of the many activities and amenities Ocean Shores, WA has to offer.

You can see more pictures on my web site www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/chinookpark.html

You can see my YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0MZHzcFrrU

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures for the 18-Hole Golf Course (July 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

18-Hole Golf Course



Enjoy playing a round of Golf at the Championship Ocean Shores Golf Course. There is also a Clubhouse, Driving Range and a Putting Green. Open to the Public. Part of the many activities and amenities Ocean Shores, WA has to offer.

You can see more pictures on my web site www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/golfcourse.html

You can see my YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt7eSb1EbK8

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ocean Shores Events: July 4, 2012 ~ Independence Day Fireworks at the Beach

OCEAN SHORES EVENTS

Independence Day 2012
Fireworks on the Beaches of Ocean Shores, WA



July 4, 2012 ~ Fireworks on the Beach! What a site to see....fireworks let off to your heart's content. Many cars and people line the beaches and set off their own fireworks....one fireworks show after another, up and down the beach. It is incredible.

See more pictures at http://www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/july4th2012.html

See my video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H75IqW42zUY

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ocean Shores Events: Five Star Dealerships Sand and Sawdust Festival ~ June 2012

OCEAN SHORES EVENTS

Five Star Dealerships Sand and Sawdust Festival 2012



The annual Five Star Dealerships Sand & Sawdust Festival took place on June 29-July 1, 2012. Sandcastle competitions and wood carving competitions. A must see event! It truly is a great event. Sponsored by the Five Star Dealerships in Aberdeen, WA.

See more pictures and info on my web site at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/sand&sawdustfestival2012.html.

See my video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44w9es3vFJc.

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures for Emerson Park (July 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS

Emerson Park
Ocean Shores, WA



Enjoy playing a match of Tennis on these 2 remodeled courts. There is a large lawn area for the kids to play on or enjoy a picnic. City-owned and free to enjoy for all. Located in the middle of West Court Lp on Bass Ave.

See more pictures on my web site at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/emersonpark.html

See my video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeWnDhEQLvQ

Ocean Shores News: New Pictures and Amenities for Damon Park (July 2012)

OCEAN SHORES NEWS


Damon Park, Ocean Shores, WA




July 2012 ~ Enjoy the large ball field, pickleball courts, basketball court, playground, horseshoe pit, covered picnic area and restrooms. Located on Volans Ave (off of Taurus Blvd, which is a beach access street).

See more pictures on my web site at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/damonpark.html

See my video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQcf3Cpdrxk

Ocean Shores Events: Flag Day Parade ~ June 2012 ~ Downtown Ocean Shores, WA

OCEAN SHORES EVENTS

Flag Day Parade 2012



June 9, 2012 ~ Ocean Shores honored Old Glory with its annual Flag Day Parade on June 9, 2012. Many entrants, including partiotic floats, politicians, local businesses, non-profit organizations, youth drill teams and bands, and the motorcycle stunt riders. Held in downtown Ocean Shores, WA.

See more pictures on my web site at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/flagdayparade2012.html

See my video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-twoUvXjXmc

Ocean Shores Events: Kite Festival 2012 on the Beaches of Ocean Shores, WA

OCEAN SHORES EVENTS

Kite Festival 2012
Ocean Shores, WA




June 2-3, 2012 ~ The downtown beaches of Ocean Shores, WA was site to the International Kite Festival. All sorts of kites, such as animals, long tails, etc. The really neat site was watching the stunt kite flyers.
See more pictures on my web site at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/kitefestival2012.html

See my video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guAEvWlVIq8

Ocean Shores Events: Crabbing in Grays Harbor Bay Launching out of the Ocean Shores Marina

OCEAN SHORES EVENTS


Crabbing ~ A Favorite Beach-time Activity




Enjoy a favorite boating activity...launch out of the Ocean Shores Marina and head out into Grays Harbor Bay to find your catch of the day....CRAB! You can also fish.

Washington State regulations for crabbing: Dungeness Crab must be male and at least 6"; Red Rock Crab must be at least 5" and can be either sex. The limit per day is 6 per person with a license. You must have a shellfish license to crab.

You can see more pictures on my web site at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/crabbbing.html.
You can see my video on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q54ld9RpiAc.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ocean Shores News/Events: Ocean Shores and North Beach Newsletter/Market Update for April 2012

April 2012
Ocean Shores/North Beach
Newsletter
Presented by April Swenson,
CRS & Managing Broker for Coldwell Banker Ocean Beach Properties
aswenson25@juno.com     360-589-2777 cell/text    www.OceanShoresInfo.com



NOTABLE NEWS & EVENTS

 

SNOWY WHITE OWL SIGHTINGS 2012

Rare sightings of the Snowy White Owl down at the Damon Pt State Park/Protection Island. I personally saw these owls in January and April 2012. They are magnificent birds. There have been many visitors to Ocean Shores that have come just to see these birds. See more info, pictures and my videos at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/snowywhiteowl.html


ART SHOW 2012

The 43rd Annual Photo & Fine arts Show was held April 20-22, 2012 in the Convention Center. See more info and pictures at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/artshow2012.html


KITE SURFERS 2012

More kite surfing took place off the shores at Damon Pt State Beach. I was able to get some more pictures in February during a beautiful sunny weekend. See more info, pictures and video at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/kitesurfers.html


JANUARY 2012 SNOW STORMS

Ocean Shores, as well as the entire Northwest, were hit by 2 large storms that dumped about 6-12in. of snow in our beach town. See more info, pictures and video at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/winterstormjan2012.html


CLAM DIGGING

See my pictures of the popular Clam Digging. See more info, pictures and video at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/clamdigging.html


MORE YOUTUBE VIDEOS UPLOADED

Click on the following links to see my new videos uploaded onto my YouTube site (http://www.youtube.com/AprilSwenson):

Snowy White Owls:   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq81pBwlXYc

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piGJYO-jfCM

Kite Surfers:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XveYFTHfnug

Damon Pt State Beach:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5fjD3yywaM

The Ocean & Beach:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjsaVUGjfek

Jan 2012 Snow Storms:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJo3RX0xIS4


OTHER NOTABLE LOCAL NEWS

  • The EMS Replacement Levy was passed by Ocean Shores voters (about 58% to 42%).
  • The Library Replacement Levy has been narrowly defeated (51% to 49%), but the City Council has voted to put the Levy back on the voting ballot in November ($.247/$1,000 assessed compared to the defeated $.287/$1,000 assessed).
  • Sewer Rates are expected to DROP by 10% by July. The City Council approved this measure after reading the Study that was completed. It equates to about a decrease of $4.86/bill (every 2 months).
  • The WDFW (Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife) released about 1,000 Rainbow Trout into Duck Lake on March 28th (from the Humptulips Hatchery).

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

May 25th-27th ~ Grays Harbor County Expo: largest Irish music festival on the West Coast.

June 2nd-4th ~ International Kite Festival: huge kites fly over the downtown beaches. A Must See!

June 9th ~ Flag Day Parade: honor Old Glory with a parade in downtown Ocean Shores.

June 29th-July 1st ~ Five Star Dealerships Sand & Sawdust Festival: one of the best events in Ocean Shores. Sandcastle and woodcarving competitions. A Must See!

July 4th ~ Fireworks on the Beach: let off your own fireworks display on the beaches. Ocean City puts on a huge fireworks display too. A Must See!

 


BUYS IN OCEAN SHORES

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for some good deals on properties in Ocean Shores:

Homes Under $100K

Homes $100K-$150K

Homes $150K+

View Homes

Waterfront Homes

Condos 

Lots $10K or Less

Lots $10K-$15K

Lots $15K-20K

Lots $20K+

View Lots

Waterfront Lots


MARKET ACTIVITY/UPDATE
(1st-Quarter 2012: January 1st to March 31st)

 Activity (both inquiries and sales) have definitely increased since the beginning of the year, as I have personally experienced.


OCEAN SHORES MARKET:

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for sold properties (1st Quarter of 2012):
Sold Homes
Sold Lots
Sold Condos
Sold Multi-Family
Sold Commercial

1st-Quarter 2012

 Homes

Land 

Condos 

Multi-
Family 

Commercial 

Total 

 Current Listings  220  465   46   4   15  750
 Pendings  35  15  4  0  1  55
 Solds  26  35  2  1  2  66
 Sold Volume  $2.88M  $704,250  $53,500  $81K  $240K  $3.96M
 Sold Median Price  $116,700  $19K  $26,750  $81K  $120K  
 Avg. Days on Market (solds)  219  387  282  273  582  


NORTH BEACH (Ocean City to Moclips) MARKET:

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for sold properties (1st Quarter of 2012):
Sold Homes
Sold Land

1st-Quarter 2012

 Homes

Land 

Condos 

Multi-
Family 

Commercial 

Total 

 Current Listings  55  100   1   1   7  164
 Pendings  7  6  1  0  1  15
 Solds  5  2  0  0  0  7
 Sold Volume  $799,500  $47K  $0  $0K  $0K  $846,500
 Sold Median Price  $85K  $23,500  $0  $0K  $0K  
 Avg. Days on Market (solds)  268  646  N/A  N/A  N/A  

NOTE: All of the above data was pulled from the NWMLS and is not guaranteed.

 

“2011 Year-End Review” MARKET ACTIVITY/UPDATE

Sorry I did not send out a “2011 Year-End Review” e-mail update, but I thought you still would like to see the final numbers.  I have also included 4th-Quarter numbers for Ocean Shores and the North Beach.

OCEAN SHORES MARKET:

4th-Quarter 2011

 Homes

Land 

Condos 

Multi-
Family 

Commercial 

Total 

 Solds  56  29  6  0  1  92
 Sold Volume  $7.29M  $920K  $762,800  $0K  $77,500  $9.05M
 Sold Median Price  $121,950  $18K  $152,400  $0K  $77,500  
 Avg. Days on Market (solds)  213  248  190  N/A  154

2011 Year-End

 Homes

Land 

Condos 

Multi-
Family 

Commercial 

Total 

 Current Listings  213  460   39   2   12  725
 Pendings  20  8  3  1  2  34
 Solds  169  132  16  1  3  321
 Sold Volume  $24.2M  $3.73M  $2.29M  $179,900  $601,500  $31M
 Sold Median Price  $130K  $17K  $187,450  $179,900  $149K  
 Avg. Days on Market (solds)  223  254  430  117  97  


NORTH BEACH (Ocean City to Moclips) MARKET:

4th-Quarter 2011

 Homes

Land 

Condos 

Multi-
Family 

Commercial 

Total 

 Solds  9  2  1  0  0  12
 Sold Volume  $2.46M  $178,900  $115K  $0K  $0  $2.754M
 Sold Median Price  $209,068  $89,450  $115K  $0K  $0  
 Avg. Days on Market (solds)  196  165  196  N/A  N/A  

2011 Year-End

 Homes

Land 

Condos 

Multi-
Family 

Commercial 

Total 

 Current Listings  51  102   2  0  8  163
 Pendings  5  1  0  0  0  6
 Solds  38  23  1  0  0  62
 Sold Volume  $9.66M  $1.81M  $115K  $0  $0  $11.59M
 Sold Median Price  $257,035  $32,500  $115K  $0  $0  
 Avg. Days on Market (solds)  237  360  216  N/A  N/A  


SOUTH BEACH (Westport/Grayland/Ocosta) MARKET:

2011 Year-End

 Homes

Land 

Condos 

Multi-
Family 

Commercial 

Total 

 Current Listings  110  123   10  2  9  221
 Pendings  7  3  2  3  0  12
 Solds  73  21  13  1  2  110
 Sold Volume  $9.15M  $2.21M  $1.76M  $120K  $421K  $13.66M
 Sold Median Price  $95K  $50K  $130K  $120K  $210,500  
 Avg. Days on Market (solds)  222  333  300  691  65  


LONG BEACH PENINSULA (Ilwaco to Surfside Estates) MARKET:

2011 Year-End

 Homes

Land 

Condos 

Multi-
Family 

Commercial 

Total 

 Current Listings  263  272   41  2  21  599
 Pendings  15  1  0  1  2  19
 Solds  167  63  14  1  6  251
 Sold Volume  $25.88M  $2.66M  $1.97M  $140K  $1.64M  $32.29M
 Sold Median Price  $130K  $25K  $121,325  $140K  $240K  
 Avg. Days on Market (solds)  238  335  181  109  339  

NOTE: All of the above data was pulled from the NWMLS and is not guaranteed.


FINANCING NEWS

HARP CHANGES

HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) has made changes to reach more home owners in need of some relief on their payments through refinancing to get a lower interest rate. If your loan is backed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae, you may be eligible for this refinance program. Here are some key points:

  • HARP is now extended through the end of 2013.
  • In order to be eligible, loans must have been purchased by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac before May 31, 2009 and have loan-to-value ratios of at least 80%.
  • The 125% LTV cap on fixed-rate mortgages has been eliminated (meaning, no LTV cap) (there is still an LTV cap of 105% on adjustable rate mortgages).
  • To qualify, borrowers must be current on their mortgage for the last 6 months, and have no more than 1 late payment over the past year.
  • New appraisals may not be needed to qualify.


POSITIVE NEWS

Interest rates are still very low at around 4% with 0 points (depending on credit and down payment). Funding is available through FHA, VA, USDA and conventional loans to buy primary and secondary homes in Ocean Shores and the North Beach.

For more help on getting pre-approved/qualified, contact our local lender, The Bank of the Pacific. You can call Carol Warfield, the Vice President Residential Loan Officer, at 360-580-0187 (cell) or e-mail her at cwarfield@bankofthepacific.com. Interest rates are still very low.


Once again, if you ever have any questions about Ocean Shores, the North Beach, the surrounding Grays Harbor cities, and/or real estate, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.
~ April Swenson
aswenson25@juno.com
360-589-2777 (cell/text)

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