Going to the Lake this Weekend?

Boating in Lewis CountyHere in Lewis County we like to spend a lot of time on or near the water. Whether you are canoeing on Skookumchuck, water skiing on Mayfield or fishing for trout on Riffe Lake, Lewis county is full of creeks, ponds, rivers, and lakes. All of this fun on the water means that the threat of drowning, even for those who can swim well, is an ever-present threat. In fact, Washington has a higher drowning average than the rest of the United States. According to the Washington Department of Health “In the latest data available from 2010, the unintentional drowning rate in Washington State was 1.6 per 100,000. There were 133 Washington State residents who died from unintentional drowning, including 17 boating related drowning deaths.” Those numbers should be enough to remind you that even a beautiful day on the lake can quickly turn tragic.

Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you: TV and movies have lied to you. I know, it’s not really a shock but hear me out. We are programmed to think that drowning looks like a lot of splashing and yelling however, that is not usually the case. Drowning is often quiet, a response from the brain to conserve as much air as possible to breathe. This phenomenon is called the Instinctive Drowning Response named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D.

Think it sounds a little suspicious? According to the CDC “From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.” If you plan to be on or around the water, these are statistics you need to be aware of. Not just to keep yourself safe but your friends and family as well. Children are one of the highest age groups. The report goes on to say that drowning is the number two cause of accidental death in children age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents). Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In 10 percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening.”

According to Pia Instinctive Drowning Response looks like this:

Silent: the person drowning has no extra air to call for help, their brain focuses on just getting air in and out of their lungs.

Bobbing: They will bob up and down in an effort to get their mouth above water to inhale or exhale.

Stiff Arms: Their arms will be out to the side, hands on the water’s surface in an effort to help them stay afloat.

Still: They won’t be kicking; their legs will be straight and unmoving. Remember, movement takes energy, and the brain has signaled to conserve as much as possible

Drowning in a lakeThis response last anywhere for 20-60 seconds before the person goes completely under water to stay. This does not give anybody much time to respond. Sometimes even trained professionals miss the warning signs. “When a person is actually drowning, in many cases they seem to be playing,” says Gerry Dworkin, a professional aquatics safety and water rescue consultant for Lifesaving Resources LLC. “That’s one of the problems for moms, dads, and even lifeguards. They see somebody floating on the surface, but because of the movement of waves, they appear to be moving or playing even though they may be unconscious.”

Knowing how to swim is important. But even good swimmers can drown, and it can happen fast, Steinman says. “Never take your eye off children in the water. You have to watch them all the time. You can’t look away.”

Don’t let a day of fun in the sun, spent on one of our favorite water ways turn to tragedy. Enjoy the kick off to summer this Memorial Day weekend and keep it safe!


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL…. AUGUST 5TH-7TH  MOSSYROCK,WA

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL…. AUGUST 5TH-7TH  MOSSYROCK,WAThe “Heart of Lewis County” is offering entertainment that appeals to everyone, while honoring it’s most abundant crop…. BLUEBERRIES!!!

Bring your appetite and awaken your taste buds with the variety of blueberry treats offered.

Fresh blueberries to pies, donuts & ice cream to a variety of food vendors, you’re sure to find something satisfying.


 

Schedule of Events

Friday August 5th

  • Kids activities (Bouncy Toys, BMX track (bring your own bike) & Playground
  • Food & Craft Vendors- Noon to Closing in Vendor area in Klickitat Prairie Park
  • Beer & Wine Garden- Noon to Closing ~ Klickitat Prairie Park
  • Quilt Show- Noon to Closing ~ Mossyrock Community Center
  • Glen Cowles and the Stationary Stones – 4-6pm Klickitat Prairie Park Stage
  • Chris Guenther – 7-9 pm Klickitat Prairie Park Stage

 

Saturday August 6th

  • Blueberry Pancake Breakfast – 7-11am ~ Assembly of God Church (Williams Street & Mossyrock Avenue)
  • Food & Craft Vendors – Vendor area in Klickitat Prairie Park
  • Beer & Wine Garden – Klickitat Prairie Park
  • 5K-8K Tail Run – Crosses the Mossyrock Dam ~ Registration near Hydrovista lane
  • Bouncy toys – Klickitat Prairie Park during the Blueberry festival
  • Car Show – In field behind the Mossyrock school. Registration 8pm Car show from 9am- 3:30 pm Awards at 3pm. A bus will be available to move people between the Klickitat Prairie Park handicapped parking area and the car show
  • Quilt Show – 10am to closing ~ Mossyrock Community Center
  • Kids Art – Art tent
  • The Parade –  11am (Line up begins at 10am) ~ State street
  • Blueberry Pie Eating Championship – 1pm ~ in front of MAAL’s Stage
  • Dog Show – Klickitat Prairie Park
  • Decade Detour – 1-5pm ~ On the new Klickitat Prairie Park
  • MissyG Country Band – 6-8 pm on the MAAL’s Stage
  • Back Fire Band- 8-12pm ~ On the new Klickitat Prairie Park Amphitheater Stage

 

Sunday August 7th

  • Food & Craft Vendors – 9-4pm ~ Vendor area in Klickitat Prairie Park
  • Beer & Wine Garden – Klickitat Prairie Park
  • Fire District 3 Mossyrock Pancake Breakfast – 7-11am ~ Mossyrock Fire Station
  • Metric Century 62 mile, 22, and 10-mile Bicycle Rides crossing the Mossryrock Dam ~ 7-7:30am, 8am ~ start at Mossyrock’s Klickitat Prairie Park parking lot
  • Quilt Show – 10am to closing ~ Mossyrock Community Center
  • Ryder Bluegrass Band – 11am-1pm ~ On the MAAL’s stage
  • Los Flacos- 1-3pm ~ On the new Klickitat Prairie Park Amphitheater stage

Family Fun for EVERYONE!!!


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Come Live in Lewis County

Guest Post Written by Mary Kay Nelson

Do you know folks from Seattle and Portland who consider Lewis County their own backyard for outdoor recreation?

We might be so close to it that we can’t even see what we have to explore and discover right here in our own backyard. So, save your gas, save your time and head out for a day or two, right here in Lewis County.

Let’s start with outdoor recreation in Lewis County.

La Wis Wis Campground

La Wis Wis Campground

Then we can talk about the museums. By that time, you will be looking for a place to eat and if you have traveled to Packwood, you will want to stay another day to visit our very own national park and monument.

We are fortunate to have some of the most pristine lakes and rivers in the state. The Cowlitz River is a world renowned fishing spot.

Whether guided by experts or your own instincts, you could be rewarded with a delicious meal of steelhead or salmon.

Perhaps trout is your favorite. Try Mineral Lake or Carlisle Lake this April, or find that special fishing hole in Mayfield or Mossyrock Lakes.

Mayfield Lake

Mayfield Lake

Looking for boating activities or camping spots, Lewis County boasts three State Parks, Ike Kinswa, Lewis & Clark and Rainbow Falls. In addition, Tacoma Power offers Mossyrock Park, Mayfield County Park, and Tiadnapam Park.

As if that isn’t enough, Lewis County PUD maintains, the Bud Allen Park and Lake Scanewa Parks.

Just about 1 hour from I-5 headed east on the White Pass Scenic Byway at Randle, you will begin to find a large collection of forest service campgrounds and dispersed camping in the vicinity of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams.

Is it possible that you have never seen Mt. St. Helens from the Windy Ridge viewpoint? It is just about 1 hour south of Randle on FS Rd. 25. This is the wild side of Mt. St. Helens where you will see the blown down timber and find a hike to Spirit Lake.

A new information station is being opened in July this summer in time for the 35th anniversary of the eruption.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Once you have visited the barren landscape of the Mt. St. Helens National Monument, you will be anxious to compare the views with the dense vegetation of the old growth forests of Mt. Rainier National Park at the Grove of the Patriarchs. Head to Steven’s Canyon entrance near Ohanapecosh for great trails and waterfalls.

Explore the quaint community of Morton and their Historic Roxy Theater. Lots of evening entertainment is provided throughout the year.

Head back to the I-5 communities of Chehalis and Centralia. You will find the Lewis County Historical Museum, the Vintage Motorcycle Museum and the Veterans Museum waiting to be discovered. Combine your museum outing with a great dinner at special dining establishments; whether you are looking for pub food, great dining experiences, or lunch with a friend, you have many choices that suit every budget.

What makes Lewis County unique?

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

It might be the 50 mile Willipa Hills Trail, re-invented from the old rail line that leads from Chehalis to Raymond.

My personal favorites are our two vintage railroad and steam train rides. You can make railroading be the topic of the day by visiting the Amtrak Station in Centralia, the Lewis County Historical museum in the old railroad station, which also houses a model railroad display.

Then catch a ride on the Chehalis-Centralia Steam Train. If you time it just right, or stay the night in Morton, you can ride the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad in Mineral and see the newly remodeled rail yard, museum and Camp 6. No other county has two such historic train rides.

Don’t forget events and dinner trains are available during the summer.

If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, come back again and I’ll give you some more ideas! We’ve just skimmed the surface!

Photos courtesy of White Pass Scenic Byway

 


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Why is Finding What You’re Looking For So Hard?

The predominant story line I’m hearing from home buyers is “ We can’t find what we’re looking for”.

Frustrated HomebuyersSeems we here in Lewis County & the surrounding areas are not immune to the incredibly low inventory of homes available for sale! Yep, even in our little corner of the world…appears we too are experiencing a housing shortage!

Over the last few months home buyers have been confidently stepping forward ready to purchase.

They’ve got their pre-approval in hand, earnest monies ready for deposit, and their trusted REALTOR® by their side. The “Search” is on… most are looking for clean, turn key 3-4 bedroom homes, either in town or on small acreage between $200,000-$300,000.

It’s certainly a “Sellers” market! Which is Why is Finding What You’re Looking For So Hard?

Webster’s definition of a seller’s (or sellers’) market is…an economic situation in which goods or shares are scarce and sellers can keep prices high.

Sellers will often see several buyers competing for their property, which can drive up prices. This means that buyers may have to spend more to get what they want.

Whether you’re buying or selling, now may be the time to act!


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


5 Helpful Tips To Make Your Expectations Meet Your Home Buying Realization?

I know I’ve heard this a million times and often it’s very true: “Anticipation of something is (often) greater than the something itself”. I’m sure I butchered that but you get my drift.

Buying a homeThe same can be said for starting out buying a new home.

You generally start out with an idea of what you want, which can grow as the anticipation grows. Now you have to take that anticipation and sprinkle in both the expectation of what you want and temper it with the reality of what you need to realize your dreams of what your new home looks like…and perhaps feels like.

Now, we all know you can’t have all you want…but, you should be able to have all you need when it comes to buying a home.

These 5 simple tips will help keep your expectations in line with the reality of your real estate goals.

  1. Know How Much Your Can Afford – This doesn’t mean how much loan your can get rather how much you must plan to pay every month over and above your monthly mortgage. When buying a home, you first must plan for other unknowns like taxes, insurance and possible homeowners dues associated with your new home. Have a long, hard conversation about what your monthly home budget really…I mean really looks like before you get started.
  2. Recurring Maintenance Expenses – Other budgetary items to keep in mind are those always present monthly items like garbage, lawn and exterior maintenance that add up. Some Homeowner Associations have requirements to maintaining the exterior of your home and landscaping.
  3. 2 story home vs. 1 story home – I’ve had clients who must have a 2 story home. I will often help them realize a 1,500 sq. ft. 1 story home is bigger (feeling) than a 1,500 2 story home. The expectation of having more room simply because you have 2 stories is quickly dismissed and many clients find a single level home more roomy and easier to upkeep.
  4. Big Yard – This one comes up quite a bit! Keep in mind, you can likely find more house for the money on a smaller lot and still be near a park or recreational facility to get that open space fix! Sometimes giving up a larger yard for a larger house is also a good financial move as well!
  5. Gotta Have a View – Certainly an item on mosts ‘wish-list’ for sure. However, these views do come at a price. Now, you don’t want to be looking at your neighbors across the way either so you need to find the right balance here. Just remember, the cost of a view might come at the cost of the size and comfort of what’s really important…

Keeping your expectations in line with what’s really important will make the home buying experience more fun…and won’t make it as hard to find!

 


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


5 ‘No Brainers’ on Why you do a Pre-Inspection before your Sell or Buy your Home

In this crazy Market, some buyers are doing everything they can to make the best offer possible. In some cases, that means waiving their inspection of the property to sweeten the deal.

Fact is, some buyers feel this is necessary when buying a home. However, you probably wouldn’t buy a car without making sure it was thoroughly checked out…so why would you buy a home without “Kicking the Tires” first?

Have a Pre Inspection Done On Your Home

pre inspection done on your homeIf you know you’re going in to a multiple offer situation, you tend to look at what concessions you can make to give your offer that fighting chance to catch the attention of the sellers. Very often, the fist concession is to waive your inspection. This gives the seller one less thing to worry about and one less thing to get in the way of the seller doing any more work on the home. 

This also means any previous problems with the home are now your problems when the deal closes.

As a home buyer, these are stressful times…but they really don’t have to be! Doing a pre inspection on your home (your potential new home I should say) is not only a smart financial move but it can put to rest any fears of underlying issues the home may have that you don’t or can’t readily see. 

Sellers Too Can Benefit from Having a Pre Inspection Done on Your Home –

Even in this market, with homes ‘flying off the shelves’, home owners can still do something to make the real estate transaction go smoothly as well as have written proof the home is in sound condition so the home buyer can’t come back later with a grievance. 

The other side of all this is with a pre inspection done on your home, the bank and the appraiser will have a very hard time ‘making waves’ or demanding something be fixed as a condition of the loan prior to closing. You have an inspection report in hand…and that can be a nice insurance policy if and when you need it!

Take the guess work out of all this with these 5 simple reasons why you do a pre inspection on your home

  1. Know What You’re Actually Going to Pay After you Pay for the House – Pre Inspections help determine any deferred maintenance issues for the buyer. Ideal for those who are going in this deal with limited funds to make repairs after closing.
  2. Walking Papers – Having a Pre Inspection done on your home gives the buyer a reason to walk away from a potential offer with confidence. If there are too many items to fix or the home is just in rough shape, it’s better to know about it before you commit to a purchase and sale agreement. 
  3. Seller…fix those small items before you go to market – Taking a $100 problem and fixing it keeps the $1,000 problems from ruining your sale. Simply put, don’t give the buyer a reason to say ‘NO’…and they won’t! You may also find more willing buyers who want to make an offer based on your willingness to disclose you’ve had the home pre inspected and willing to let them see the report.
  4. Buyers…make your offer stronger to the sellers – As I mentioned earlier, the waiving of an inspection contingency is something of a common tactic these days to sweeten the deal. However, doing a pre inspection gives you the confidence knowing what you know about the condition of the home.
  5. Lastly, pre inspections are a great way to start the transaction on a good note – If a seller or a buyer have full knowledge of what they are getting, there is less confrontation or nasty negotiations later. Not all markets are so smokin’ hot and it’s a very smart idea for the sellers to have this ‘Ace in the whole’ to help in the overall marketing of their home.

I hope this little tid bit of information was and will be helpful for you if you are in the real estate market to buy or sell. And if you, or someone you know, is considering buying or selling, please feel free to give me a call…I’m always honored to work with you!

 


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Bundle Up Blitz: Join Me to Help Keep Folks Warm This Winter

It seems weird during one of the warmest Summers on record, we’d be thinking about keeping warm.

Bundle up BlitzI’ve been preparing boxes and delivering them to Lewis County REALTOR® and Affiliate offices over the last couple of days as we kick off the 2015 LCAR “Bundle Up Blitz”.

It’s a cold weather clothing & blanket drive to benefit local community members in need. Items will be collected until September 9th then distributed to local School districts and “The Gather Church” in Centralia. Anyone wanting to drop new or gently used items just stop in at any REALTOR® or Affiliate office.

Real Estate Professionals Making a Difference During this years Bundle up Blitz

Centrury 21 Lund Realtors already filled their box once and had me stop by to pick up items….WAY TO GO!!!

Now I challenge you and everyone in the Lewis County area to join me to help keep folks warm this Winter. Perhaps you have some gently used coats, blankets and gloves in that closet of yours. Look around at work or take a quick trip to your Elementary or High School to see what they collected from last year in the lost and found.

Together we can help those who need help this coming Winter stay warm and healthy…


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Great New Home For Sale at 2209 Eureka Ave in Centralia

2209 Eureka AveThis is one AMAZING home!!!

Tastefully remodeled 3 bedroom (2 bonus rooms that could be bedrooms), Den/office, Spa, workout room and all done with stunning personal touches throughout.

Located within city limits but has a country feel. This wonderful home is sitting on over a 1/4 acre with private septic, large fully fenced yard and a detached garage with a unique finished room for crafting or create your own personal space.

This home also boast a large auto gate to garage access, outbuildings, huge covered rear deck, wooden play equipment and is close to Oakview school.

If you or someone you know is looking for that special place to call home, this one is it. Don’t hesitate, contact me today for more information or a private tour before this one is GONE!

Be sure you check out the other amenities this home has to offer >>


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate