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Tri-Cities School District Boundaries

If you are looking for a house for sale in a specific school or district in the Tri-Cities, you might be overwhelmed.  The boundaries can be confusing, especially if schools are full (such as White Bluffs or Badger Mountain, where new students are reassigned).  There are Richland residents whose homes fall within the Kennewick district boundaries, pockets of homes within a neighborhood that are assigned to a different school, and boundaries that are divided by population & demographics rather than proximity to schools.

Buyers and sellers should be aware of the school boundaries for their homes, even if they currently have no children attending.  The assigned schools can make the home more or less desirable, therefore affecting market value. 

How do you avoid surprises?  Click on our convenient new page: Tri-Cities Schools.  It will link directly to the district websites and boundary maps so you can keep up to date on the latest changes.  We can help you navigate the boundary confusion–our kids have attended Pasco and Kennewick schools, and we currently live in Richland.  Yet growth in the Tri-Cities means schools fill & boundaries change, so we recommend you verify all school information through the district before you buy or sell your home.




Tri-Cities, WA Local Destination – Howard Amon Park

Howard Amon Park Playground in the Winter - Richland, WA

Winter at Howard Amon Park Playgound in Richland, WA

It’s still winter in the Tri-Cities, but spring is soon on it’s way.  With 300+ days of sunshine, it’s no wonder Tri-Cities residents love our parks!  Howard Amon Park, located along the Columbia River in Richland, WA, is no exception.  Donated to the city by W.R. Amon and his son Howard in 1911, the 45.91 acre park has undergone many changes.  When the government siezed the town in 1943 to produce plutonium for the atomic bomb, the Manhattan Corps of Engineers laid out a new town, knocked down the park’s entrance marker, but retained the park.  Indirectly it became known as Riverside Park by the new residents who had never heard of Howard Amon.  In 1968, the park was restored to its original name acccording to this  1968 Tri-City Herald Article.

The park has a playground, a wading pool, tennis & basketball courts, swing benches, boat docks, and an outdoor stage  named “The Ellipsoid,”  known locally as “The Fingernail.”  The park includes a portion of the 26 continuous miles of paved walking/bike trails that meander through the Tri-Cities. 

From the park you can walk to the Allied Arts Gallery, the CREHST museum (Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology), or The Parkway–home of many local restaurants & shops, Wednesday Famer’s Markets, 1st Friday local art night, and the Richland Player’s Theater.  Before you head back to the park, stop by Greenie’s, where you can rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, & bikes (including electric & tandem) to make your day even more enjoyable.  With so much abundant local flavor and fun, Howard Amon Park is one of the Tri-Cities’ unique destinations for local recreation!

Please call us if you need help finding a home in the Tri-Cities or surrounding areas, we’d love to help you out!




SOLD! Best Value in Neighborhood- 2230 Firerock Ave, Richland, WA

Real estate trends come and go, but this old advice still holds true–buy the lower priced house in the higher priced neighborhood.  Why?  There is potential for increased equity, renovations are more likely to pay off, the neighborhood is desirable, and the land value is likely to appreciate.

2230 Firerock Ave, Richland, WA

Our new listing on 2230 Firerock Avenue in South Richland is a great example, located in Skyline Meadows (up from Gage Blvd), priced at $279,900.  This is significantly lower than typical sales prices for the street, which range from $330,000-$515,000 in the last 7 years.  Not only is the price right, the house is move-in ready and built to the high quality standards of Don Pratt Construction.

Entryway and formal dining room

Inside this 2166 sq feet, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home you’ll find:  brand new carpet, beautiful tile and hardwood flooring, solid granite kitchen countertops, raised and coffered ceilings, high quality throughout.  The master is split from other rooms and has private access to the backyard deck, a large walk-in closet, and a luxurious bathroom with raised cabinets, double sinks, vanity, jetted tub, and tile walk-in shower.  The .26 acre lot is low maintenance (no mow backyard!), with a large patio/deck, plenty of flowering ground cover, walking paths, fruit & evergreen trees.

Call us if you’d like more information or if you’d like to take a look inside.

Click 2230 Firerock Ave to link to featured listing with map, school info, finance tools, and more.  Click 2230 Firerock MLS listing for direct link to MLS listing.

Give us a call if you’d like to see it in person!





Gearing up for Spring Home Sales

We are still scraping ice and shoveling snow in the Tri-Cities, but at the same time we’re gearing up for spring home sales.  Why so soon?  Several friends have approached us with the possibility of listing their home, and the question always comes up–when is the best time to list?  The answer is whenever the time is right for you, but according to statistics, that may well be February. 

Residential Sales 2011 - Richland, W Richland, Pasco, Kennewick

 Referring to the 2011 monthly chart, you’ll notice a few spikes in residential sales.  The first spike was in March.  Sales increased by 72, from 160 in February to 232 in March.  Another spike came in June.  Keep in mind the typical 30 day closing period for a loan, which means the contracts to purchase those homes were made in February and May. 

There are several reasons for the spikes; the Feb/March jump includes those who put off buying or selling over the winter–once spring begins, they’re ready to roll.  Sellers may be hoping to beat the crowd to have more choices to buy or time to build a new home by the end of summer (when I worked for a builder, I saw increased traffic in February–the majority already had houses listed or under contract).  May/June sales include those who want a head start on relocating, giving them time to settle in their new location before fall.  Also families with kids often move during the summer break from school. 

The real estate market can also be driven by interest rates, tax incentives, and the local economy.  February and May obviously don’t work for every situation; you’ll be glad to note that sales remain steady year-round in the Tri-Cities.  If you have questions about when the time is right for you, give us a call.  Our next client’s home will be listing on the MLS this week, so check back in a few days to see the new addition to our featured listings! 





Tri-Cities Home Sales – What’s Your Price Range?

Those who follow our blog will notice that we like charts and graphs.  Why?  They take an otherwise meaningless list of statistics and organize it into a tidy picture that is immediately understood.  This chart shows the 2011 sales of residential single family homes in Richland, West Richland, Pasco, & Kennewick, divided by price range. 

How does this apply to you?  The first thing you’ll notice is that if you’re selling a house for under $350,000, you’ll have a far greater number of potential buyers (93% of the market).  In fact, more than HALF of the home sales in the Tri-Cities were priced between $100,000 and $200,000.  Fewer homes sold in the higher price ranges, but there were also fewer on the market.  Keep in mind there are higher priced custom built homes that don’t get listed on the MLS, so they aren’t included in the chart. 

The bottom line is that whether you’re in a lower price range with more competition, or a higher price range with fewer buyers (and custom built competition), you need to price your home competitively to attract potential buyers.  The best way to know your price range is to call us for a free market and neighborhood analysis; we’d be happy to tell you the current value of your home.