When Home Additions Hurt and Help Resale

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Your clients shouldn’t automatically assume that adding extra square footage to their home will raise its value at resale. In the case of a 1917 Cotswold-style Craftsman in Pasadena, Calif., the owner actually hurt her chances of a sale with an 800-square-foot addition. The addition didn’t take into account the historical details of the home, and its protruding window didn’t match the home’s thatch-like roofline, brick chimney, and “whimsical wood details,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

“It was just all wrong,” listing agent Matt Berkley of Crosby Doe Associates in Pasadena told the newspaper. Home owner Annie Yan paid $30,000 to demolish the addition and sought to restore the home back to its original state. She is now selling the home for $4.78 million — more than $600,000 than what she purchased it for in 2014.

Aside from considering the downside of additions, your clients should also know that restoring a home to its original size can bring some tax breaks. In Yan’s case, the city granted a tax break on the property through a preservation program known as the Mills Act. The home’s property tax was reduced from $50,000 a year to $13,000, and that tax break will remain in place for at least 10 years.

Bret Hirsh, who owns a four-story, 3,900-square-foot townhouse in New York’s West Village, is trimming about 200 square feet from the building. He is reducing the size of an upstairs dining room to create a double-height area in the downstairs kitchen and great room. In markets where every square foot counts, his project could add $800,000 in resale value, considering prices in his neighborhood are about $4,000 a square foot.

Many buyers complain that brownstones in Hirsh’s neighborhood don’t get enough natural light. In these cases, remodeling projects that sacrifice floor space for more light can attract more buyers, says Jim St. Andre of CORE Real Estate. He notes that one of the priciest sales in the West Village was an $18.96 million townhouse in 2012 that had undergone a similar remodel to Hirsh’s.

“We don’t live and die by square footage,” says real estate appraiser Jonathan Miller. However, removing too much square footage may hamper resale value, but Miller notes most projects are replacing square footage with something more appealing, such as the addition of outdoor space.

Source: “When to Subtract a Home Addition,” The Wall Street Journal (Oct. 20, 2016)

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9 Mood-Lifting Ideas for a Cozier Home this Winter

Banish the winter blahs for a radically better outlook this season.

It’s been a freakin’ long day at work and you just want to get home and relax on your deck. But nooooooo, it’s already dark outside and that chill in the air is telling you it’s time to pull out your parka. OK, inside it is. But then it hits you: Indoors feels more like a dank cave than a welcoming oasis. Depressing.

You don’t have to succumb to the winter blahs. Just implement a few of these ideas, and you’ll be warm and comfy inside until winter’s worst blows over.

1. Clean Your Light Fixtures and Bulbs

Your home will appear 30% brighter — without turning on more lights.

2. Keep the Cold Air Out

It’s not just window and door leaks killing your cozy vibe. Don’t forget to plug stealthy gaps around recessed lights, electrical boxes, and wall outlets. Use a lit incense stick or scented candle to hunt down drafty spots while leaving behind a cozy scent.

3. Dig Out Your Slow Cooker

Nothing says warm and cozy like opening the door to an enticing aroma that makes your mouth water. Even better, slow cookers are more energy efficient than electric ovens, typically using less energy than a light bulb.

4. Bring Home Some Nature

Many indoor plants, like golden pothos and gerbera daisies, are particularly adept at sucking up nasty VOCs — the vapors emitted from household cleaners, paints, and dry cleaning. And since plants increase humidity levels, they help decrease household dust.

5. Vacuum With Your Thermostat Fan On

Run the fan to help filter dust that gets kicked up while cleaning. Leave it on for about 15 minutes after you finish vacuuming, and switch it back to “auto” afterward. HVAC blowers aren’t intended to run all the time.

6. Change the Furnace / AC Filter

Change your filter every couple months (monthly if you have pets) to prevent excess dust and allergens from circulating. All that bad air just gets you down.

7. Let the Sunlight In (It’ll Make You Happy)

Clean your windows. Sparkling glass not only lets more natural light into your home, it’s a feel-good task, according to a survey by the American Clean Institute. When ACI asked consumers what clean surfaces make them happy, “gleaming windows” made the top five above a “spotless sink.” Besides all that, daylighting is a great mood booster.

8. Put Your Window Screens Into Hibernation

They trap dirt and can make your home appear darker inside and out. It’s a good curb appeal booster, too.

9. Add an Interior Window

A dark room with no sunlight will look and feel warmer if you paint the walls in reds, oranges, or yellows. dark room that’s next to a sun-drenched space, putting a window in the shared wall will let the natural light in.

“Visit HouseLogic.com for more articles like this.  Reprinted from HouseLogic.com with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.”

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First-Time Buyers Behind Latest Housing Gains

Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, October 20, 2016

Existing-home sales rebounded in September as first-time home buyers flooded the market. Sales to first-time home buyers topped a 34 percent share in September, the highest in more than four years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

Total existing-home sales – which are completed transactions for single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops – rose 3.2 percent in September month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million, NAR reported Thursday. Sales are now at the highest pace since June (5.57 million) and are 0.6 percent higher than a year ago (5.44 million). All major regions across the U.S. saw a pick up in closings last month, NAR reports.

Home Sales By Region

Here’s a closer look at how existing-home sales fared across the country in September:

  • Northeast: existing-home sales rose 5.7 percent to an annual rate of 740,000, unchanged from a year ago. Median price: $261,600, up 2.1 percent from a year ago.
  • Midwest: existing-home sales increased 3.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.32 million in September, and are now 2.3 percent above a year ago. Median price: $184,500, up 5.9 percent from a year ago.
  • South: existing-home sales inched up 0.9 percent to an annual rate of 2.16 million, but remain 0.9 percent below a year ago. Median price: $204,000, up 6.6 percent from a year ago.
  • West: existing-home sales surged 5 percent to an annual rate of 1.25 million in September, and are now 1.6 percent higher than a year ago. Median price: $345,400, up 8.1 percent from a year ago.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

First-time home buyers were behind most of that sales momentum last month, NAR reports.

“There’s hope the leap in sales to first-time buyers can stick through the rest of the year and into next spring,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “The market fundamentals – primarily consistent job gains and affordable mortgage rates – are there for the steady rise in first-timers needed to finally reverse the decline in the home ownership rate.”

Still, the limited number of homes for sale on the market could prove a big roadblock.

“The home search over the past several months for a lot of prospective buyers, and especially for first-time buyers, took longer than usual because of the competition for the minimal amount of homes for sale,” Yun adds. “Most families and move-up buyers look to close before the new school year starts. Their diminishing presence from the market towards the end of summer created more opportunities for aspiring first-time home owners to buy last month.”

5 Key Housing Stats

Here are a few key housing indicators from NAR’s September housing report:

1. Home prices: The median existing-home price for all housing types last month was $234,200, a 5.6 percent year-over-year increase.

2. Days on the market: Forty-four percent of homes sold in September were on the market for less than a month. Properties stayed on the market an average of 39 days last month, down from 49 days a year ago. Short sales spent the longest time on the market at a median of 118 days; foreclosures sold in 67 days; and non-distressed homes sold in 38 days.

3. Distressed sales: Foreclosures and short sales dropped to a new low in September, comprising 4 percent of sales. That is down from 7 percent a year ago. In September, 3 percent of sales were foreclosures and 1 percent were short sales. On average, foreclosures sold for a discount of 15 percent below market value while short sales were discounted 11 percent.

4. Cash sales: All-cash sales comprised 21 percent of transactions last month, down from 24 percent a year ago. Individual investors make up the biggest bulk of cash sales. They purchased 14 percent of homes in September, up from 13 percent a year ago.

5. Inventories: More housing stock was added to the market by the end of September, up 1.5 percent month-over-month, but inventories are still 6.8 percent lower than a year ago. Unsold inventory dropped to a 4.5-month supply at the current sales pace.

“Inventory has been extremely tight all year and is unlikely to improve now that the seasonal decline in listings is about to kick in,” Yun says. “Unfortunately, there won’t be much relief from new home construction, which continues to be grossly inadequate in relation to demand.”

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

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How to Reinvent a Room to Attract Buyers

By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Thinking about remodeling but not sure it will pay off when it comes time to sell? According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, most room remodels and additions may only recoup up to 80 percent of the cost. And since time and money is something prospective sellers are cautious about wasting, we put together the following list of practical ways to attract buyers and increase resale value without drastically changing your home’s footprint.


Kitchen staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Transform The Kitchen With Simple Upgrades

The most economical way to breathe new life into the kitchen is by first repainting walls with a fresh coat of neutral paint. Next, consider refreshing outdated cabinet fronts (as shown in photo above) with bright white paint along with brushed nickel or chrome hardware in modern styling. Upgrading flooring and countertops is also worth considering since there are many options available with a range of price points that are both stylish and functional.


Master bath staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Give The Bathroom A Facelift

It still goes without saying that outdated bathrooms are simply a turn-off to millenials. Even the smallest bathrooms can look more attractive with the right finishing touches. The key features that will sell a bathroom are updated or refinished cabinets and countertops, wall color, tile, faucets, toilet, and lighting in modern styles. For the bathroom featured above, we covered the light wood vanities that were in decent condition with dark espresso paint to add instant elegant style when paired with updated faucets and lighting.


Bedroom staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Convert the Extra Room Back To Bedroom

It’s common for many empty nesters to repurpose a spare bedroom into a more practical space such as an office, study or game room once the kids go off to college. But when it comes time to sell, showcase a room with its original purpose to appeal to young, prospective buyers since they are always on the look out for more bedrooms for the kids. In the room above, our team turned the hobby room back into an inviting bedroom setting by removing clutter and replacing with twin beds with colorful comforters and pillows, new fixtures, and simple wall art.


Basement/family room and office nook staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Create Usable Space In The Basement

Convert an empty or junk-filled basement into a room with a purpose. A game room, family room, in-law suite, office nook, or exercise room are all great examples that will appeal to buyers looking for extra living space. Once clutter is removed, carpet cleaned and walls repainted, add simple furniture such as a desk, chair, sofas and accessories that create a lifestyle that buyers can envision for themselves. Consider adding extra closet space or using a hidden area under the stairs for more storage.


Mudroom remodel and decorating by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Add Style and Function To The Back Entry

Create a mudroom that will be useful for families with young kids and pets year round. In the photo above, we transformed our client’s back entry with built-in storage and seating surrounded by bead board for a stylish finishing touch.

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Do Your Buyers Think About Quality of Life?

October 2016 | By Melissa Dittmann Tracey

They may judge homes based on superficial elements when they should be going deeper than that. One real estate agent encourages buyers to look at factors of a property that impact their mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

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Which Architecture Style Is Worth the Most?

Daily Real Estate News | Monday, October 10, 2016

Luxury builders have favored the Mediterranean and Tuscan style of homes in recent years, and it’s no wonder: The median list price of that style of home is $749,900.

However, the public’s love with this style of home may be waning. For the past four years, the list price of Mediterranean homes has stalled. On the other hand, more modern home styles are seeing quicker appreciation, surging 37 percent since 2012, according to an analysis by realtor.com®.

“Modern homes are built to be more energy-efficient, and modern-looking,” says Tim Cannan, president of PreservationDirectory.com. “It’s easier to heat and cool them, and they’re cheaper to repair as opposed to Mediterranean or Spanish style – those red clay roofs could wind up costing much more. So it’s really the size and scope that determines what people can afford.”

So you know the prices, but which home style is the most popular in the U.S.?

The ranch home is the most popular real estate style in 29 of the 50 states, according to realtor.com®’s analysis. Ranch homes tend to be able to be built quickly and inexpensively compared to some other styles. Its popularity soared in suburbia with the rise of the automobile culture in the 1960s, realtor.com® reports.

Realtor.com® describes the second most popular architecture style in the U.S. as more “traditional,” which encompasses several classic designs defined by simple rooflines and symmetrical windows.

A closer look reveals quite a few regional architecture differences. For example, in the Northeast, colonial homes – known for their rectangular or box-shaped styles – remain popular. Victorians, on the other hand, are popular in the East Coast and into the Midwest. These homes have intricate moldings and ornate shapes carved into beams, along with pitched roofs, textured shingles, and long front porches.

You’ll find plenty of Cape Cod homes in New England, and rustic cabins nestled in the Appalachian, Rocky, and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges.

Differences arise by a state level too. For example, realtor.com® notes that in Illinois, Georgian home styles are popular while in California the Spanish style rules.

Source: “A Nation United – and Divided – by Our Homes’ Architectural Styles,” realtor.com® (Oct. 10, 2016)

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home Now

Daily Real Estate News | Monday, October 03, 2016

The fall may be notorious for a slowdown in the housing market. But for home buyers that shouldn’t mean they should go to an early hibernation. For home shoppers, the fall likely will be the best time to buy.

Realtor.com® recently highlighted several reasons why the best time for your clients to buy is right now:

1. Lower home prices.

October can offer the best month for home deals, according to research by RealtyTrac of more than 32 million home sales over the last 15 years. In October, home buyers paid 2.6 percent below the estimated market value at the time for their homes, the study shows. In other words, on a $300,000 home, they could save $7,800 by purchasing it in October.

2. Less competition.

The home buyer rush from the summer days is over. Home shoppers this summer who were rushing to find a home before school started have already found one. Fall home buyers will have less competition. “Many folks will drop out of the market until after the new year,” says Bill Golden of RE/MAX Metro Atlanta Cityside.

3. More leverage.

Home sellers in the fall may be more pressed to sell. They are “generally people who need to sell, which can make for better negotiations for the buyer,” Golden says. The longer a home lingers, the more negotiating power the buyer likely will have. Plus, some sellers may want to get settled in their new home before the holidays and have more incentive to make a deal sooner rather than later.

4. Year-end tax credits.

Home buyers who close on a home by the end of the fiscal year may find a nice tax deduction awaiting them on April 15. They may be able to deduct closing costs, property tax, and mortgage interest to offset their taxable earnings.

Wait, there are more reasons to buy this fall! Check out the full list at realtor.com®.

Source: “7 Reasons Fall Might Just Be the Best Time to Buy a Home,” realtor.com® (Sept. 30, 2016)

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2016 Fall & Winter Events

applepumpkinApple & Pumpkin Festival – Bill’s Berry Farm

Oct. 21st & 22nd, and 28th & 29th, 2016
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
3674 N. County Line Rd. | Grandview, WA

What is fall without a trip to the farm with your family and friends to enjoy the bounty of the harvest? If you are looking for wholesome harvest fun, then we’re the farm for you! With two venues, Berry Farm Park and Fall Park, we have a variety of activities that all ages will enjoy

logoMiddleton Farms Fall Festival

Oct. 1st – Oct, 30th, 2016
Hours: Saturdays, 10am – 10pm; Sundays, 10am – 6pm
Pumpkin Sales: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
1050 Pasco-Kahlotus Road|Pasco, WA


Individuals (ages 3+): $10

Group rate (15+ people): $9

Snoopy package: $15
(1 admission + 3 activity tickets)

Charlie Brown package: $25
(1 admission + 5 activity tickets)

NEW! Giant Jumping Pillow
Peanuts Corn Maze
Pumpkin Patch
Hay Ride
Potato Blasters
Watch the Pumpkin Cannon
Petting Zoo
Kids Barrel Train
Kids Maze and Straw Pyramid
Kids Play Area and Corn Pit

Bring your family and friends to one of the biggest fall events in the Tri-Cities. Learn about the farm while having a BLAST! Navigate through the corn maze. Hop on a hayride around the fields. Pick your favorite pumpkin. Take home autumn décor. We hope you leave our farm feeling like part of the family. Make memories that last a lifetime at Middleton Farms Fall Festival!

1475030967108Job’s Pumpkin Patch

Oct 1st – Oct 30th, 2016
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 to 5, Sundays 11-4
4072 Columbia River Road |Pasco, WA
(509) 547-4843

Fall Attractions available everyday in October -U-Pick Pumpkin Patch full of pumpkins for carving, painting, and decorations as well as a selection of winter squashes to eat. All pumpkins and squash are 27 cents per pound

Fall Attractions available on Saturdays and Sundays in October -Nursery Tour Hayride-A 15 minute ride on our 36 race nursery full Halloween fun, peacock sightings and a little tree humor. Price is 2.60 per rider over 3 years old. -Tree Scavenger Hunt-A walking tour to find different trees scattered across the nursery.  A learning opportunity in which the family can learn fun facts about trees.  Price is 1.00 per handout used by the group.

Special Activities New Horizons FFA Face Painting.  The FFA members will be out to paint faces for donation.  They will be out October 15th and 22nd between 10 and 3.

Between the Buns will be out selling hot dogs October 15, 16, 22 and 23 for a fun fall lunch while picking pumpkins.

patch-2016_1024x1024Country Mercantile Harvest Festival

Oct. 1st – Oct. 31st, 2016
Hours:  9:00 A.M. – Dusk
232 Crestloch Rd. |Pasco, WA
(509) 545-2192

Pasco Location Only!

$6.95 – Per Person (Children 2 yrs. & under FREE) tax not included

Discounts – $4.50 Seniors (65 & older) and Military (Show ID)

Includes: Hay ride to pumpkin patch, 3 acre corn maze, petting zoo, straw-bale maze, straw-bale pyramids, bounce house obstacle course, one family photo in our photo booth & a free face painting for the kids. (Pumpkins sold separately)


Carnival Rides Schedule

  • Monday-Friday: Start at 3 P.M
  • Saturday & Sunday: All Day

On Saturdays & Sundays also enjoy live entertainment and music, goofy clowns, balloon animals, face paintings, & more!


  • Rollercoaster– 5 Tickets
  • Antique Car Rides –  5 Tickets
  • Frog Hopper – 5 Tickets
  • Train – 4 Tickets
  • Carousel – 4 Tickets
  • Airplane – 3 Tickets
  • Cotton Candy– 1 Ticket
  • Popcorn – 1 Ticket
  • Sno Cones – 1 Ticket

TICKET PRICES – Tax not included

  • 1 Ticket – $ 1.00
  • 10 Tickets – $ 8.50
  • 20 Tickets – $ 15.00
  • Hand Stamp (Unlimited Carnival Rides All Day) – $ 15.00


  • Orange – .24 ¢ LB.
  • Red or white – .59 ¢ LB.
  • Corn Stalks – $ 5.95 EA.
  • Straw Bales – $ 5.95 EA

wScaregrounds 2016

October 20th-22nd, 26th-29th and of course the 31st, 2016
Kids Days are Oct. 22nd & 29th, 2016
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Benton County Fairgrounds | Kennewick, WA
(509) 547-9791


VIP Pass: This ticket includes the Outbreak: Paint Ball, All Haunts, Use of the Entry Fast Lane for the night purchased. ONLY 50 per night – Price $80

3 Haunt Pass: One trip thru each of our Main Haunts including Infected, Terror behind the Screen-Evil Dead and Freakshow 3D (If you don’t get all the Haunts in one night, just come back and finish with a second visit to the Scaregrounds. All Passes, Tickets or Coupons expire Nov 1, 2016) – Price $35

Outbreak: Zombie Paint Ball by Red Dot Paint Ball – One Trip thru the Zombie Paint Ball Course, All equipment Provided – Price $25

Single Haunt Pass: One trip through “either” Infected or Terror behind the Screen or Freakshow 3D – Price $20

Kids Days (Oct 22 & 29): 1- 4pm One trip through the haunts – Price $7

5 haunted attractions in one location: the Benton County Fairgrounds on Kennewick’s east side.  With five attractions in one location this is the largest haunted house complex in Eastern Washington. It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk through one of the houses. We will be having you move down hallways and creepy alleyways into tight rooms and smoke-filled spaces plus other areas even we’re scared to spend much time in. If you go through too quickly and want to return, same-night re-entry is possible with VIP tickets (that include special VIP Que Line access).

WHO CAN GET IN: Our haunted houses are rated PG-13. Kids Day is for kids age 13 and under from 1-4 p.m. so the haunted attractions will be flooded in sunlight and the haunters will be less scary.

FORBIDDEN ITEMS: Masks, flashlights, recording devices, outside food and drink. DO BRING friends, adult diapers, comfort blankets to cry into, your heart medication (joking!). Make sure to read our warnings and disclaimer.

The Scaregrounds will have an ATM near the Box Office and within the Scaregrounds.

Age Restrictions: The Scaregrounds in normal operations is rated PG-13. That means we’ll only let 11 and 12 year olds in if an adult is with them. You know your kids, if you think your 9 year old can handle it, we’ll leave that decision to you. But you enter a Haunt during normal operation and your kid gets scared and takes heads for the exit early, NO REFUND.

23c6f0_a5fcbe64ed364f2691c4cf765e8d12d0mv2_d_4095_1785_s_2Pasco Jaycee’s Haunted Forest

Oct. 21st-22nd, 28th-29th, 2016
Hours: 7:00-11:00 P.M.
Sacagawea Park|Pasco, WA

fdhertjhDinner with Friends

Oct. 20, 2016
5:30 PM –
TRAC Center | Pasco, WA
(509) 543-9980 ext 28

Dinner with Friends is the Boys & Girls Club’s premier corporate fundraising event. Proceeds from the evening are dedicated to supporting the 2,400+ local youth members served annually! This year’s event will take place Thursday evening, October 20th, 2016 at the TRAC in Pasco.

Each year we welcome a well-known Club Alumni or supporter as our special keynote speaker.

13178609_1021963041216610_5552392467202696135_nWomen’s Expo

Oct. 21st-22nd, 2016
Friday:11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
3 Rivers Convention Center | Kennewick, WA
(509) 366-9243

$7 per person

Remember, the Tri-Cities Women’s Expo is the FOURTH weekend in October this year! Mark it on your calendar, tell all your friends, make your plans! We’ll see you at the Three Rivers Convention Center on October 21st and 22nd. Come Friday for $7 and get in on Saturday with your handstamp!

djThe 36th Annual Trios Health Tri-Cities Rivers and Wine Marathon

Oct. 30, 2016
8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Shilo Inn | Richland, WA

Run along the banks of the mighty Columbia river, crossing the river four times on three bridges.

Boston Marathon qualifier

Marathon relay: 2, 3, and 4 person team options

Register online at www.3RRR.org.

showimageFall Carnival sponsored by HAPO Community Credit Union

Oct. 29, 2016
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
HAPO Community Stage/John Dam PLaza | Richland, WA

Richland Parks and Public Facilities Department is hosting the annual Fall Carnival on Saturday, October 29th from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the HAPO Community Stage. Activities include: Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Carnival Games, Costume Contest, Entertainment, Spooky Maze, Face Painting, Big Top the Clown and pictures by Dorians.  The event is running concurrently with the Trick or Treat at the Parkway event.  Fall Carnival is sponsored by HAPO Community Credit Union.  Thanks to their sponsorship, the Fall Carnival is free of charge.

harvest_carnival_web2Annual Harvest Carnival

Oct. 31, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Calvary Chapel | Kennewick, WA
(509) 736-2086

Looking for an alternative for the traditional Halloween experience?  Come out and join us for the Harvest Carnival hosted by Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities.  The Harvest Carnival features inflatable bounce houses, game booths, face painting, food, music and MORE!  his is a safe a FREE event for the entire family.

srghjsretVisit TRI-CITIES Annual Meeting & Tourism Tradeshow

Nov. 2, 2016
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Three Rivers Convention Center | Kennewick, WA

You’re Invited to the Visit TRI-CITIES Annual Meeting & Tourism Trade show!

The annual meeting features the state of the industry report from Kris Watkins, President & CEO of Visit TRI-CITIES; featured speaker Erik Wolf; and the presentation of tourism awards.

R.S.V.P. BY OCTOBER 26, 2016  Contact us at  (509) 735-8486 or email info@VisitTRI-CITIES.com

Immediately following the Business Meeting, attendees are  encouraged to attend the Tourism Showcase, featuring more than 50 displays of tourism related businesses such as hotels, wineries, museums and attractions.

A selection of light hors d’oeuvres and local wine will be served and prize drawings will be held throughout the evening.

Erik Wolf Featured Speaker  Executive Director, World Food Travel Association Culinary Tourism: The Hidden Harvest

Erik Wolf is the visionary founder of the world’s food tourism industry, and of the  World Food Travel Association. He is a highly sought speaker, thought leader, strategist and consultant, in the U.S. and abroad, on food and drink tourism issues, and is considered the go-to food tourism industry resource for media outlets that have included CNN, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, NBC, Forbes, PeterGreenberg.com, Huffington Post, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and many more.

logo-desktopMaya Craft Show

Nov. 5, 2016

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Maya Angelou Elementary | Pasco, WA


The Maya Craft Show will be held on November 5, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 6001 Road 84 in Pasco.  More than 60 vendors will be selling handmade home decor, soap, jewelry, baby & kid products, fine art and more.  Come and find the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list!  Find us on Facebook for more details and vendor spotlights at facebook.com/mayacraftshow

2016-09_veteransday_poster_8_5x11West Richland Veteran’s Day Parade

Nov. 5, 2016
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Downtown W. Richland | West Richland, WA
(509) 967-0521

We encourage you and the whole Mid-Columbia community to join us for a fun-filled parade in Downtown W. Richland on Saturday, November 5, 2016, followed by a chili feed at Flat top Park provided by Combat Veterans International.

cb-mcgRichland Seniors Association Annual Holiday Bazaar!

Nov. 12, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Richland Community Center | Richland, WA

The Richland Seniors Association 12th Holiday Bazaar is fast approaching and we hope you will be able to join us at the Richland Community Center on Saturday, November 12 – between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

There will be a drawing for a 5-gallon glass jar of pennies at 12:00 PM.

Richland Senior Association Raffling Pennies from Around the World.

The Richland Senior Association is raffling off a 5-gallon glass container (carboy) filled will thousands of pennies from all over the world, some of which are collectable coins. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Richland Community Center for $5 each. Proceeds will go toward the Community Center Building fund.

The pennies come from Richland Council member Phil Lemley, who donated the container in honor of his adoptive son Zul, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 41. For the past 20-years, Zul’s favorite hobby was collecting pennies from around the world, including Canada and Malaysia.

The recipient of the donation, the Richland Seniors Association, decided to raffle off the container and its unknown value to help with future building needs and projects. Some lucky winner may be surprised at what the find. The empty container alone is worth over $50. The jar is on display at the gift shop in the Community Center. Additional penny donations are accepted.

The Drawing for the winner will be at the Richland Seniors Association’s Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 12th at noon. You do not need to be present to win.

911421438th Annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival

Nov. 12, 2016
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Three Rivers Convention Center | Kennewick, WA

$60 in advance/$65 at the door

Event includes:

Gala tasting of Northwest wines

Awards presented from judged competition

Regional mirobrews

Culinary showcase with complimentary food provided by local restaurants and caterers

Silent Auction with proceeds benefiting the society’s education fund

Ticket price includes all wine, food and beer

ndgfndUrban Greenbelt Trail Hike

Nov. 13, 2016
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Richland Community Center Lobby (meeting place) | Richland, WA


This volunteer led walk will follow Richland’s Urban Greenbelt Trail (UGT), an urban path that encircles the central city. Along the way, we’ll talk about the city’s history and look at pictures of Richland in earlier days. Hikes are weather permitting.

newest-holiday-flyer-for-bazaar1st Annual Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 19th, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sandberg Event Center  | West Richland, WA


Donations of non perishable canned goods, new toys, new or gently used clothing for families in need will be accepted and appreciated!!

poster%202016Alliance Holiday Bazaar

Dec. 3, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Richland Alliance Church | Richland, WA

The Richland Alliance Church Youth Group invites you to their 11th Annual Alliance Holiday Bazaar.  Saturday, December 3, 9am-4pm. 50 vendors, a full potato bar, bake sale, silent auction, free admission, and free Kids Fun Zone. All Vendors fees and proceeds help to send our youth to youth camps. A great holiday atmosphere to get you into that Christmas Spirit. On the corner of Sanford and Symons in Richland.

fhxdjgCuster’s 21st Annual Arts & Crafts Show

Nov. 4th-6th, 2016
Fri-10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sat-9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun-10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
TRAC Center | Pasco, WA

Adults $7/Kids 12 and under FREE!

Features over 150 professional artists and crafters from across the US filling the TRAC with unique hand-crafted items.  Whimsical bird houses, clay fountains, blown glass vases, hand painted furniture, quilted wall hangings, dried florals, one of a kind jewelry pieces, functional pottery, nature photography, clothing and much more! Specialty and gourmet foods including huckleberry products, dry soup mixes, barbecue sauce, vinegar, candy pecan rolls, jams and more! Many of these items will be available to sample! A festive atmosphere with exhibitors decorating their displays and selling items for gifts and home decor. Free Parking!


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