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Rynearson Jim Rynearson, a real estate veteran and sales and marketing professional, has joined Pacific Northwest Title as branch manager of the Bainbridge Island office. He brings more than twenty years experience in advertising, public relations, and sales and marketing, as well as a decade of experience in real estate sales, commission-only sales consulting, client services and real estate finance. read more »


John L. Scott Real Estate recently welcomed Kirsten Petersen, who represents the third generation of her family to become a real estate professional with John L. Scott and the fifth generation to work in the real estate industry. Petersen’s mother, Randi Strong-Soderstrom and her grandmother, Carol Strong-Keating, have both worked for John L. Scott, making her a real estate legacy. read more »


Meisha Rouser The Watermark Group

The Watermark Group is a brand new real estate business in Kitsap, with a business model not usually found in the industry. The company is fully agent owned — each agent that works for Watermark owns an equal stake in the business. read more »


Clearwater Casino is now officially the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort. Its resort-style hotel opened its doors for guests on May 26, after an open house event for the public on May 25 that featured live music, complimentary food and prize giveaways.

The 85-room destination hotel offers guests four-diamond amenities — AAA is expected to review the resort several months after it opens to give its official rating — including water views, a full-service spa and an indoor/outdoor zero-entry pool, which is scheduled to be completed later this summer. read more »


Housing affordability conditions have improved for two consecutive quarters, keeping housing within reach for people in most of the country, according to the National Association of Realtors .

NAR’s composite Housing Affordability Index was 132.9 during the first quarter, up 1.1 percentage points from 131.8 in the fourth quarter of 2004; the index was 8.3 points below the first quarter of last year when it stood at 141.2. read more »


The strong sellers market from Gig Harbor to Bainbridge Island — and all point in between — in the last couple of years has been tough on the buyers, especially first-timers. As if last year’s market wasn’t bad enough, Realtors report that it has gotten worse. The experience of buying a home, especially in a competitive price range, has turned into a real frenzy.

Some agents estimate there are as fewer as half the homes on the market this year, and the high-priced homes are selling slower but also brisk. read more »


Agents Ron Olsen and Amy Allen of Coldwell Banker Swanson Realty on the deck of one of the units at Sunn Fjord. With units starting at $95,797, the first phase of the project sold out quickly

When Heather Cottrell decided to move from renting to home ownership a few months ago, there wasn’t much she could find as a single-income buyer. read more »


HUD launches “Owning Your Future” Fairs to celebrate National Home Ownership Month
Free credit reports, job training and housing counseling part of outreach
efforts in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Albuquerque, New Orleans and Orlando


Homes in Kitsap County continue to get more expensive — at least according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service , which tracks land, home and condo sales in 15 Western Washington counties.

After a slight leveling-off period early this year, both the number of homes sold — and prices they’re selling for — are once again are on the rise . read more »

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