Broker's Byline
Happy spring everyone. We've had a terrific winter quarter with lots of people buying their dream cabins and investors entering the busy scene as well. Inventory is way down. Now is a great time to list if you've been waiting for the market to recover.

Two especially great transactions were for properties that will be housing new businesses in the area. We are pleased to welcome the Glacier Rock Wellness Ranch on the former Little Cayuse Ranch (Baker) property. More on this as they put together their program. The second is the sale of the old pharmacy building (Sloan) to some great folks who will be opening a brew pub by late summer. Stay tuned for more progress in our beautiful world.

Lisa Davis is back! This time around as our Administrative Office Manager. Welcome home! Good to have you here again.

Skiing is winding down and we are looking forward to the Mountain Festival on the first weekend in May. Packwood will also be hosting many other festivals and events. Hope you can be there!


The things we do for our customers
Photo courtesy of Tracy Croshaw/Realtor

Last, but certainly not least, I had to share this photo with you. After nearly 30 years in the business, there's always something new! Turns out that showing a ranch near feeding time makes you a very popular person among the ponies. I wanted to show buyers the barn, food is in the barn, horses, steers, and miniature donkeys all wanted to help me show the barn. Fortunately everyone was amused. Let's just say I learned a little about scheduling earlier in the day. Next time I'll bring carrots or apples to keep everybody happy!

What To Consider when Purchasing an Airbnb/VRBO Investment Property
The Airbnb/VRBO market has increased in popularity with investors seeing this as a new way of making money on their vacation properties while still enjoying using it themselves. However, there are many things to consider when getting your Airbnb/VRBO investment up and running.

The most important thing is checking on local regulations for how long the property can be rented out? If your locality does have rental restriction, they will most likely be in the HOA regulations, city, or county codes or even in the form of a zoning regulation. In addition to looking on the Airbnb site you may also look online. Seattle now plans to tax Airbnb/VRBO operators a $10.00 a night fee and limit short-term rentals to 2 properties per host. In some other cities like New York City, for example, it is illegal to rent- or even list- an entire apartment for rent for less than 30 days. Airbnb provides information on the laws and regulations in 50+ cities including registering your rental and obtaining a business license from the city.

Does your Airbnb/VRBO have a Homeowner's Association? If so, you are subject to the rules, bylaws, and CC&R'S. They may have restrictions in place that could affect your short-term rentals. For example, some HOAs restrict the usage of their amenities such as the pool, golf, tennis courts and community buildings to only owners and their immediate families. If you rent out your property you would NOT be able to offer these amenities to your guest even though you do pay Association dues.

Other factors to consider as well, especially if your property is not in the same city as where you live full-time, or if you plan on traveling a lot, you will need to hire someone to check on your property and manage it by providing housecleaning services and other maintenance services. You will need to find out what types of fees Airbnb/VRBO charge up front from the host (owner) for each reservation, and then figure an additional expense
for property manager services on top of that to put in your overall budget.

Renting out your Airbnb/VRBO property requires a lot of effort on your part. To make it successful, you need to be attentive and on call for all your guests needs. Your time spent will be busy managing your schedule, and ensuring you are getting bookings by offering the necessities to your guests that will make their stay an enjoyable one. Excellent reviews posted by your guests will be the key to your success.

The benefits to owning an Airbnb/VRBO could be extremely rewarding but only if you do your homework in knowing exactly what you are getting yourself into. Your guests will certainly benefit in the long run, and you will have peace of mind that you made the right investment decision after all.

Article written by Lisa Davis
Lisa Davis: Administrative Services

I am pleased to be back here at Mountain Valley Real Estate. As most of you already know, I left Real Estate in 2015 after almost 18 years of being a Realtor. My husband Ben and I have called this area home for almost 23 years and enjoy all that it has to offer. After owning our own fishing boat in Alaska, we thought it would be hard to find a place in comparison, but we certainly did. It is no wonder those that come here want to stay here or at the very least, come back again soon. I am proud to be a part of this awesome community. I would look forward to seeing you again, so stop in and say hello.

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Home's Exterior
This time of year is the optimum time to sell a home. In this seller's market it is important to make your house stand out above the competition. Here are a few exterior things you can do to give your house a lasting first impression to a future buyer.

1. Gutters- make sure any debris is cleared
2. Windows- clean using vinegar/water mix
3. Roof- look for damage or repairs needed
4. Siding- Pressure wash to remove grime
5. Deck- apply a sealer to protect material
6. Garage Door- power wash
7. Front porch- give it a welcoming touch
8. Lawn maintenance- add plants
1st Quarter Statistics
1st Quarter Statistics
January, February, & March: Sold, Pending, & Actives

Sold (Closed)
Commercial     0
Multi-Family     0
Single Family   37
Vacant Land    22

Commercial     0
Single Family   47
Vacant Land     3

Active   # of Active  Days on Market
Commercial     2        406
Farm & Ranch   1     1159
Multi-Family     1        220
Single Family    36     219
Vacant Land     77     429

Statistics from NWMLS
Upcoming Events
Courtesy of White Pass Scenic Byway & Winter Visitor Guide
Packwood Mountain Festival           
 May 4,5,& 6, 2018 in Packwood
This annual event is a celebration of mountain culture, heritage, crafts, and customs, including Native American heritage. Packwood and surrounding history will be featured. This event is presented by the White Pass Country Historical Society & Museum. For more information call 360-494-4007 or go to www.whitepasscountrymuseum.org
Fun Run Sunday, May 6th, 2018 @ 9:00AM. Location: Packwood Timberland Regional Library (across from Museum) Distances: 10k, 5k,1k Kids dash
Entry forms are available here at our office.

Babysitters Training Course To be held on May 19th. Please contact us for more info. Registration will be required. Seating is limited.
Graduates of the class held in February
Mountain Valley Real Estate
P.O. Box 952 / 13068 US Hwy 12
 Packwood, WA 98361 
Office: 360-494-2323 Fax: 360-494-2324
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