By DEAN FOSDICK, Associated Press
January 22, 2015 6 a.m.
Prudent house hunters usually await the results of a professional inspection before buying their dream home. All too often, though, one of the biggest contributors to a home's value is neglected: the landscape. And that can prove costly.
Sotheby's International Realty, one of the most recognized names in high-end real estate sales, will open an office in Vancouver in March as part of a new franchise deal by the company for the Portland-Vancouver market.
Clark County's housing market showed resilience in the historically slow sales month of December, with the most closed sales for a December since 2005, the RMLS real estate listing service said in its December market report. The report's indicators suggest growing demand for a shrinking supply of homes for sale, which could be a precursor of a solid increase in housing prices this year.
Torque Coffee Roasters is taking its blend of "guilt-free" coffee and pastries to downtown Washougal, marking the first expansion for a company that opened a single location in downtown Vancouver three years ago.
La Center's Tina Asburry loyally shopped at the Nordstrom at the Westfield Vancouver mall for three decades, until the store closed Saturday. Two to three times per week, she went shopping at the store on her way home from working at the Clark County Clerk's Office.
Wearing a 1960s dress and thick-rimmed glasses, her white-blond hair stacked atop her head, Lynn Loewen surveys her boutique, looking for any dress out of place, any opportunity to improve. She adjusts a sign, straightens a scarf display.