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The Home Builders Association of Kitsap County began construction in May on its low-impact development project that will incorporate several techniques, including pervious pavement, a rain garden and a roof garden. The HBA is receiving about $125,000 worth of donated labor, services and materials for the project. read more »


CFA Northwest Mortgage Professionals announced that Carolyn Frame, CFA’s president, was named by Mortgage Originator Magazine as one of the top 200 individual loan originators in the nation for the year 2006. Mortgage Originator’s annual list is the industry’s most comprehensive review of individual performers. 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 »


Artist’s rendering of how the old J.C. Penny’s building on the corner of Pacific snd Burwell in downtown Bremerton will look when the complete renovation is completed. Selling the building to a developer who would either remodelit or tear it down to build something else was considered a key component in the city’s revitalization effort. The Bremer Trust entered into a contract in May to sell the J.C. Penney building to Metrovation, a Bellevue developer. read more »


Hawryluk In the wake of the subprime lender fiasco of recent months, where a slew of mortgage companies specializing in providing subprime loans — high risk mortgages granted to individuals who otherwise may not have qualified for a more standard, “A paper” loan — went out of business, there have been considerable changes in the regulations that govern subprime lending, making it more difficult for borrowers who may have been granted a subprime loan in the past to obt read more »


L-R: Swartz brother, Bob; Kathy Swartz; friend Annette and Betty Bostic with Coldwell Banker Park Shore Kathy Swartz received a $200 gift certificate from Betty Bostic, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Park Shore Real Estate. Swartz is the most recent recipient of the company’s quarterly customer appreciation drawing. read more »


The White Horse Golf Community development, a planned community of 224 luxury homes and a 456-acre, 18-hole golf course situated between Kingston and Indianola, has had to delay the official opening of its golf course yet again. The current scheduling hitch is due to a delayed permit review at the Kitsap County Department of Community Development office. The course, which was expected to be opened for play in April, will not be allowed to open until a final permit, dealing with storm drainage work in the course’s parking lot, has been reviewed and approved by the county. read more »

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