The Tri-Cities is doing just fine..

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Despite the Tri-City market slowing a little, some areas are competing more for buyers, due to the increase in listings, causing the prices to soften. We are still growing and prospering. We are selling between 285 to 300 homes a month for 2011. Inventory has increased the pressure on current prices.

The following is a computation from Tridec showing how well we are doing. With rates this low and prices competitive, this is a great time to buy. It is an ok time to sell, you just have to be realistic and look at your competition. If you do not have the desire to sell or the move is not worth the realistic price, if you are moving outside of this market area, then you should not sell. If you move up as a seller, within our market area, you will make up any difference and more in the move. Look at the silver lining this move will gain for you. Give me a call and I can explain it to you so you do not miss an opportunity in this market. ( The Tri-City market include: Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, W-Richland, Finnley.)

Tridec published the following information:


                                                         2000 Census        2010 Census    2011 Estimate

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland      191,822………253,340……….258,400

 Kennewick                                      142,475……..175,177………177,400

Richland                                           38,708………..48,058………..49,090

West Richland                                   8,385………..11,811…………12,200

Franklin county                           49,347………..78,163………..80,500

Pasco                                                 32,066……….59,781………..61,000


Labor Force ……………………………138,100



Unemployment Rate……………………..7.4%



                         Composite Index……Housing …….Utilities…..Transportation

Tri-Cities, WA                       93.3             91.5              88.3                  104.3

Seattle, WA                            120.0          134.4            89.9                   112.4

Spokane, WA                          92.7             85.5             74.1                   101.6

Yakima, WA                              92.8           86.6             82.5                    100.6

Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA 111.1    123.6          91.6                    114.6

Oakland,CA                             137.9           198.6           98.3                   109.5

Reno, NV                                  96.1                90.3            92.1                    103.7

About Christa

Resume’ Christa Sasser Distinctive Properties, Inc. Obtained Real Estate License in August of 1979 and the Broker’s License in January of 1985. • Broker / Owner of Distinctive Properties since 1994. • Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI) • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) • Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) • Accredited REO Agent (A*REO) • Certified Sort Sale, Foreclosure, Recourse. (SFR) Real Estate Activities: Locally: Tri-City Association of Realtors. • 1992 and 2001 Realtor of the Year. • 1991 Elected to President of the Tri-City Association of Realtors. • 1990 Served as Vice-President. • 1989 Embraced the office of Secretary -Treasurer • 1985 to 1994 Elected to the Board of Directors. • 1989 to 1994 Earned a place on the Honor Society • 2012 CRB (Certified Residential Broker) President for WA Chapter. • Chaired: Member Services, Nominations, Awards, Long Range Planning, Budget and Finance, Communications, Education, Grievance. Co-Chaired: Most or all of the Committees. Served on: Activities, Budget & Finance, Long Range Planning, Member Services, Awards, Education, Nominating. Grievance, By-Laws. MLS Committee (Some more than one term, consecutively or at different times.) Washington Association of Realtors On the Board of Directors from 1989 to 2004 and 2010 -2012 • 2004 Recipient of the EDDY AWARD • Chairperson & Vice Chair: MLS Forum. Education Forum. Served on: • Operational Planning Committee, Nominations Committee, License Law Subcommittee, Strategic Planning, Communication, Education Forum, Education Steering, MLS Forum, Budget & Finance, Forms, Nominating, Several Core committees. Business Practices Core Committee. Business Practices Core Committee through 2009. Member of Legislative Steering Committee through 2012. Taxation. (Some more than one term, consecutively or at different times.) • *2014- Received the Larry Miller Award for Excellence in Real Estate. State of Washington: 1993 Appointed by the Governor to the Real Estate Commission. • 1996-2003 Re-appointed to the Real Estate Commission for a 6-year term. • 1997 Vice Chair of the Commission • 1998 -2003 Chair of the Education Subcommittee • 1999- 2003 Honorary Trustee for the Washington Center of Real Estate Research. WSU • 2008-:Present School Administrator for Distinctive Real Estate School. • 2008- Present Certified Real Estate Instructor Community: • VITA- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for 10 years. • Mid-Columbia Symphony Guild • German Club. • Pasco Police Auxiliary Volunteer 1969-1974 • President of the Pasco Police Auxiliary. • Toastmasters • Board Member, Canyon Lakes Homeowners Association • Member of St. Joe's Parish Finance Committee Real Estate Education: • Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI) 1984 • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) 1994 • Certified Residential Broker (CRB) 2005 • Appraisal MAI Courses. • Additional Courses successfully completed: Finance of Real Estate, Real Estate Law, Successful Practices, Real Estate Management Training, Investment Analysis, Advanced Investment Analysis, Relocation, Legal Aspect of New Construction, Hot@ Legal Issues, Negotiating, How to Deal with Builders, Real Estate Agents Rights & Responsibilities. GRI 400, Broker Management. Risk Reduction Institute Courses: Agent Guide to Agency, Avoiding Misrepresentation, Fair Housing in the 90's, Avoiding Anti-Trust Violations, Agency, Ethics, Does it Pencil? (Investment Analysis) Accredited REO classes. Sort Sale, Foreclosure classes. & more. • Certified as an Instructor from the Department of Licensing in the following fields: o Use of computers and/or other technologies as applied to the practice of Real Estate. o Real Estate Sales & Marketing. Real Estate Practices. Real Estate Law. Real Estate Fundamentals. o Real Estate Closings Practices. Principles & Essentials. Legal Aspects. Ethics & Standards of Practices o Current Trends & Issues. Cross Cultural Communication. Consumer Protection. Business Management. o Brokerage Management and Advanced Management Practices.
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