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Although delayed by the usual Northwest weather and the nationwide real estate slump, the Harborside Condominiums are moving steadily forward on the same path they started on. Unlike their neighbors, The 400, the developer, the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority has no intentions of putting these units up for auction. read more »

 

In any real estate market, but especially in today’s market, first impressions truly count. A house listed for sale needs to stand out among competing listings. Home staging, also known as real estate staging, can help to make a “home” into a house that is a sought-after property. Home staging isn’t interior design and it is not home decorating. Home staging is when a home’s best features are put forward to create a buyer-friendly environment. Selling a home is all about first impressions!

Staged properties focus buyers on the best elements of a house, not its contents. read more »

 

John L. Scott Real Estate Chairman and CEO, J. Lennox Scott, announced his company’s purchase of Real Tech LLC, a web-based technology solutions company. With this change in ownership, Real Tech will evolve into John L. Scott’s exclusive in-house technology provider. Scott said that the decision to purchase Real Tech was made in order to support John L. Scott’s aggressive technology needs.

“We have a voracious appetite for technology,” said Scott. “The purchase of Real Tech provides John L. Scott with the ongoing, real time resources that we need to meet our ambitious technology goals.” read more »

 

“Home away from home” is the only slogan corporate housing uses as a marketing strategy. The $2.5 billion lodging segment has only been around for two decades and is steadily climbing. Like a hotel, corporate housing offers comfortable furnished temporary lodging. Unlike a hotel, it supplies almost everything an actual home would contain including Internet, cable television, long distance, personal washer and dryer, all kitchen utensils, and weekly housekeeping. “The only thing you need is your toothbrush,” said Ron Johnson, owner of Kitsap Hospitality Executive Apartments. read more »

 

Weaver The City of Port Orchard has made another major change in the reorganization of its planning department. In addition to renaming it the City Development Department, joining the City on May 28, was Mark Dorsey, P.E. — who Mayor Lary Coppola specifically recruited for the position. He joins James Weaver who was recruited as City Development Director, and replaces Mahar Abed, who resigned and accepted a position with West Sound Engineering. read more »

 

The BJC Group Inc. of Port Orchard recently completed the construction of the newest Puerto Vallarta Restaurant located in Lacey. The firm also did a complete remodel of the Port Orchard restaurant in late 2006.

The newest building is very similar in layout and style to the other Puerto Vallarta Restaurants with high ceilings, stucco exterior finish, authentic Mexican tile floors, and Spanish tile roofs. read more »

 

Pennington For seniors who have lived in the same home for many decades, their house may be the biggest investment, along with holding a big sentimental value. They not only have unique real estate needs, but also require a different approach to building a relationship and trust. Mature consumers who are looking for extra assurances that they are working with a credible and knowledgeable Realtor may want to consider finding someone who has the SRES designation. read more »

 

Another national retailer has set its sights on Poulsbo — office supply store OfficeMax.

The smallest of the three major office supply chains — its $8 billion in sales trails a distant third behind Staples’ $18.2 billion and Office Depot’s $15 million — OfficeMax has still doubled in size in the last 10 years, growing from 500 stores in 1996 to nearly 1,000 today. The new Poulsbo store is part of the company’s plans to open 60 new stores and 100 remodels in the United States this year. read more »

 

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved design guidelines for downtown Silverdale in May. The guidelines include seven different districts between state routes 3 and 303. Because of the similarity of the proposed regulations for most of the districts, some county planning commissioners strongly advocated simplifying the process by only mandating four design districts. However, due to a vacant commission seat and the absence of two commissioners at the meeting, the 5-member approval vote requirement for action could not be met. read more »

 
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