AJ Brungardt - WA Buyer Specialist's Blog Posts

3 Reasons To Ask Your Realtor For A Lender Referral

3 Reasons To Ask Your Realtor For A Lender ReferralYou are one in a million if you have enough cash to buy a home! For most people getting pre-approved for a home loan is one of the first steps in

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How Can I Buy A Home Without A Downpayment

How Can I Buy a Home Without a Downpayment?For a lot of people, saving for a down payment is the step that kills their home buying dreams. Something people don't know... there

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Front Door Realty Visits Friends Of Trees

Front Door Realty in Vancouver, WA is excited to partner with Friends of Trees. Friends of Trees is a local non-profit that helps keep our neighborhoods green and our watershed clean. Planting trees

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5 Tips For Newlywed Home Buyers

Are you a newlywed couple and curious about or considering a home purchase? AJ at Front Door Realty and his wife Tina are newlyweds just like you. Check out this video blog about "5 Tips For

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Front Door Realty At The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society

Front Door Realty + West Columbia Gorge Humane SocietyThe office of Front Door Realty is full of animal lovers. Everything from hamsters to pot bellied pigs; everyone has their obsession. Front Door

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Front Door Realty At Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters

At Front Door Realty, we believe in small businesses that help grow and nurture Vancouver, WA. Front Door Realty is highlighting Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters as our small business partner for March.

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Front Door Realty At Fit Ave

FRONT DOOR REALTY @ FIT AVEFront Door Realty is a Vancouver, WA based small business specializing in all aspects of Real Estate. Front Door Realty is also certified woman owned. They are a

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13 Reasons To Buy NOW And STOP Renting

There has been a lot of chatter about the high price of rentals in our area. To help you make the best informed decision you can, below is a list of 13 reasons to buy a home instead of rent.1 -

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Whether You Rent Or Buy Either Way Youre Paying A Mortgage

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents

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Think All Millennials Live In Their Parents Basement Think Again

According to the Census Bureau, millennials have overtaken baby boomers as the largest generation in U.S. History. Millennials, or America's youth born between 1982-2000, now represent more

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For The Love Of Fall

Mumley Family Love the FallIt's official: Summer is over. As those words are being read millions of educators take a deep breath and a long sigh as they turn in their sunglasses and flip flops for

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Buying Is Now Thirty Seven Percent Cheaper Than Renting In Us

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest

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Sales Of Distressed Properties Hit New Low

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report revealing that distressed property sales accounted for 4% of sales in

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Have You Put Aside Enough For Closing Costs

There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that you need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home, or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have dispelled

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Ready To Make An Offer 4 Tips For Success

So you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market you want to make sure you make a good offer so

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Reasons To Buy This Fall

It’s that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them come thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether

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Top 5 Favorite Restaurants Within Reach Of Vancouver

Growing up in a fairly large family two things were inevitable as I grew older. First, I learned how to fight for myself in everything from business to Settlers of Catan (if you don't know what that

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Here Comes The Housing Inventory

Here Comes The Housing InventoryAlmost every real estate conversation revolves around the continuous rise in house values over the last four years. Some have even mentioned a concern about another

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Real Estate 2016 Will Be The Best Year In A Decade

A few weeks ago, Jonathan Smoke, the Chief Economist at realtor.com, exclaimed: “All indicators point to this spring being the busiest since 2006.”Now, Freddie Mac has

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Siren Salon Best Of Clark County Nominee

    The most important and influential aspect of any business is the culture it creates for their employees and their customers. The moment you enter into their world, walk

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Steps To Buying A Home In Vancouver Washington

In this post, I'll be writing about buying a home in Vancouver, Washington, but most of this information applies to buying a home anywhere in Washington or another state, so read on, even if you're

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Possibilities

For the most part buyers have no intention of buying something unless they can make it their own. What is the point of owning a home, where memories are made, where life is lived, if it isn’t a

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School Spotlight On Union High School

Location, Location, Location! You've heard it a million times, but what makes a location so important in the home buying process? Many buyers are looking for specific areas of town they prefer based

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New Year Beckons Change

Ever wonder why the New Year is such a catalyst for change? Somehow, just because the last set of numbers in the date tick up we all see it as a reason for change. Maybe it's the concept

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Why Everything Is Better In The Pacific Northwest

There are many reasons why thousands of people choose to not only vacation in the Pacific Northwest each year, but choose to call these lush lands their home.  The locals are passionate about

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Things To Do Places To See And Fun To Be Had During The Holiday Season In Portland Oregon SW Washin

The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year, and one of the BEST things about living in the Pacific Northwest is designated seasons and good ole American holiday tradition.

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Clark County Open Studios

Are you an art buff or looking for something fun and free to do next weekend? Check out the Clark County Open Studios, a free and self-guided tour where local artists open up their studios to the

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Custom Fishers Landing Home Welcomes Happy New Owners

18400 NE 42nd Circle$315,0004 bedrooms2.5 baths1,963 square

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New Buyers For This Beautiful Discovery View Townhome

3708 Nicholson Road$231,0001,615 Square FeetCongratulations to the new buyers of this gorgeous!

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Spacious Brush Prairie Home On Acreage Just Sold

Best regards to the proud new owners of this beautiful and spacious Brush Prairie home!Four bedroomsTwo and a half baths2,2925 square feetSold for $525

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10904 NE 8th Circle Welcomes Happy New Buyers

Beautiful New Condo Now SoldNew condominiumThree bedroomsTwo baths1,490 square feetSold for $197

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First Oregon Volunteer Calvary

LIVING HISTORY: 1ST OREGON VOLUNTEER CAVALRY(July 4th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm) Help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War by joining costumed re-enactors at the historic

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Burton Neighborhood

Burton The Burton Neighborhood is located approximately six miles East of Downtown Vancouver’s City Center. The neighborhood spans over 169 acres and is one of the only neighborhoods in Vancouver

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Lincoln Neighborhood

Lincoln Just south of 53rd Street in Downtown Vancouver, you’ll find the Lincoln Neighborhood. The neighborhood is primarily single-family homes, although apartments do reside in the area as well.

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Marrion Neighborhood

Marrion Home to nearly 3,000 residents, the Marrion Neighborhood is ideal for those seeking a quiet residential area and surrounding greenery. Some of the oldest homes in Clark County reside in this

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Bagley Downs Neighborhood

Bagley DownsThe Bagley Downs Neighborhood is located in the heart of Vancouver mid-way between I-5 and I-205, bordered by the Fourth Plain corridor, near Fort Vancouver High School. It is a densely

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Carter Park Neighborhood

Carter ParkJust North of Downtown Vancouver is the Carter Park neighborhood. You’ll recognize this neighborhood by the 1920s and 1940s style architecture, though there are also newer homes more

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Fishers Landing Neighborhood

Fisher’s LandingIf you’re looking for a quiet residential area with access to great schools, Fisher’s Landing may be exactly what you’re seeking. With tree-lined streets, neighborhood parks,

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Camas Parks And Recreation Camtown Youth Festival Poster Contest

Poster designs now being acceptedCamas Parks and Recreation is now accepting entries for the Camtown Youth Festival poster contest.  Entries must be turned in by March 27.The

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Tomato Tomatoe Vancouver Farmers Market Opens March 21st

You say Tomato, I say Tomatoe; The Vancouver Farmers Market kick's off on March 21st & 22nd, 2015 and run until November 1st, 2015.This open air market is Southwest Washington’s top

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Five Indications That Time Is Ripe To Buy A Vancouver Area

    Spring signals the traditional start of real estate’s busy selling season, and while that’s all well and fine, when it comes to making your own momentous personal real

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FDRs Top PDX Area Auctions As Of March 14 2015

5.  725 SW WILLOW CREEK, Beaverton, OR 970074.  1111 SE 130TH AVE, Portland, OR 972333.  15575 SW BRIDLE HILLS DR, Beaverton, OR 970072.  21410 SW ROCK RD, Aloha, OR 970061. ;

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What Questions To Ask When Purchasing A Home

Wondering what kind of questions to ask when buying a home? Find out in this week's edition of Getting Real with Jordan Mumley and Christie!

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Being Your Own Boss And Getting A Home Loan

    You don’t have to tell anyone who is self-employed that there are extra costs that go with the benefits. In addition to the long hours and weight of responsibility that

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Bella Vista Park City Of Vancouver

This 5.32 acre neighborhood park is located in the Bella Vista Neighborhood. This park is perfect for neighborhood gatherings and family activities.  There is a community garden, as well as a

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Clark Public Utilities Warns Of Power Disconnect SCAM

The following is from Clark Public Utilities;WARNING: We're continuing to hear from customers who have received calls claiming to be from Clark Public Utilities and threatening to disconnect power

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Every Kid In A Park Initiative Free Annual Park Pass For Fourth Graders

Every Kid in a ParkIn the lead up to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative is a call to action to get all children to

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Secure Those Mortgage Rates Now

According to Freddie Mac, home buyers and refinancers may want to lock in their rates now. Fixed-rate mortgages inched higher for the second consecutive week amid a stronger employment report,

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Coming Soon In Vancouver 98661 Neighborhood

This super cute, move-in ready house has three bedrooms, one bath, features a huge lot/yard and is situated in a cul-de-sac.  This home will hit the listings

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Coming Soon In Evergreen School District

This 1000+ sq foot home features an enclosed carport, RV parking, room to build a shop, HUGE yard, and MOVE IN READY!  The garage is converted to a 3rd bedroom.This home

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Free 100 Point Energy Inspection In Clark County

WHAT: Free 100-point energy inspection by Revival Energy Group and a $250 rebate for energy efficiency improvements through Clean Energy Works. The rebate offer runs through Feb. 28.WHERE: 

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Gorgeous Custom Washougal Home In Lookout Ridge Sold By Christie

455 N Y ST, WASHOUGAL, WA 98671Too many fantastic features in this custom beauty with unique floor plan-definitely designed with entertaining in mind! High end features including extensive

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Washougal Auction Property With River View And Acreage

36211 SE SUNSET VW RD, WASHOUGAL, WA 986714 bedroom, 3.1 bathroom residence built in 1965 with 3404 square feet. **PLEASE CONTACT LISTING AGENT FOR OCCUPANCY STATUS BEFORE VIEWING.  SEE AUCTION

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Ginger It Does A Body Good

It seems everyone in my life has some sort of plague.  You know; cough, sore throat, general malaise.  Hopefully it won’t turn into a Zombie Apocalypse.  However, if it does, you

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Humane Society Of Southwest Washington Walk Run With The Animals Registration Information

Saturday, May 2 @ Esther Short ParkThe biggest celebration of animal lovers is back, and it's better than ever! This is the year to form a team. All new team competition incentives, monthly

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Check Credit Long Before Mortgage Application Time

    Everyone expects that finding and buying the right Vancouver home will take a good deal of attention and energy. After all, it’s as important a purchase as we ever

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Union High School Auction Property With Five Bedrooms And Private Flag Lot

1114 NE 169TH AVE, VANCOUVER, WA 98684Five bedroom home plus main floor den in Union High School District! Soaring ceilings in the entry, laminate floors, gas heat/fireplace, AC. Spacious

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Kids Discover Camp At Humane Society Of Southwest Washington

Discover Camp is back for another summer full of fun with the dogs and cats. This year, campers will delve into a world of possibilities as we explore animal careers! From doctors and trainers to

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The Benefits Of A 203k Loan To Buy The Fixer Upper Of Your Dreams

Odds are if you have been looking into purchasing a home you have may have discovered that while they generally have "good bones" they also may need some tender loving care and fixing

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Simple Steps To Reduce Your Local Mortgage Costs

    Mortgage rates may rise or fall this spring (lately they seem to be falling!)—but that needn’t prevent you from saving even more money when it’s time to structure your

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Locating That Thingamajig After You Have Relocated Your House

Your bags are packed, you're ready to go, but, do you know where things will be when you get there?   Here are a few tips on how to keep your move organized.  Following these steps may

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Free Down Payment Assistance Grant

Are you currently working on saving up the hard earned cash to put a down payment on a home purchase and feel that dream home is just beyond your grasp?  The NHF Platinum homebuyer assistance

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Invitation To Free Class On Benefits Of Buying A HUD Home

Front Door Realty cordially invites you join us for a free class on the Benefits of Buying a HUD Home;For Home Buyers exclusively! Join us at the Front Door Realty office and learn the ins and outs

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Time To Get Under The Hood Of That House

    Congrats! Your offer has been accepted and you are officially in escrow. Now what?  Usually the first order of business is to arrange your Vancouver area home

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Help Keep Jack Frost At Bay In Your Community

    With this blustering, chilly weather hanging around, it's important to check on your elderly neighbors to make sure they are keeping warm enough.   Some have a harder

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Vancouver First Time Home Buyers Cut Through Economic Haze

    Vancouver first-time home buyers in 2015 are faced with a question that hasn’t changed for generations: is it more practical to buy right now, or to continue to rent?

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Clark County Holiday Lights Tour Guide

Grab your cocoa, set your GPS, and get ready to tour homes that are lit up in the holiday spirit in Clark County!East Vancouver15006 N.E. 38th St. Penguins play in this display at the Lownsbery

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Free Community Thanksgiving Meals In Vancouver

Here is a list where people can get a free Thanksgiving meal from local establishments in Vancouver;.• Chronis' Restaurant, free dinner, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, 819 Main St.,

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A Long Winters Nap

It’s that time of year where we start to yearn for the colorful fall foliage to start greeting us in the morning.  Before you settle into your sweater and sip a cup of your favorite hot

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