For Shari Newman, Volunteerism Spreads Worldwide

Shari NewmanLake Oswego real estate Broker Shari Newman was recently featured in a Lake Oswego Review/West Linn Tidings story about her extensive volunteer efforts, both locally and abroad.

Shari, thank you for your commitment to serving others. You make such a positive impact on the lives of people you touch and we’re proud to have you on the Prudential Northwest Properties team.

Click here to read the article.

 


Medical Teams International Serves 200,000th Dental Patient

MTI mobile dental van

Bert Waugh, Jr. and Jordan

Prudential Northwest Properties Chairman Bert Waugh Jr., founder of the non-profit Transitional Youth organization and former Chair of Medical Teams International, is on hand in the Mobile Dental Van with MTI’s 200,000th patient, a Transitional Youth ‘Home on the Range’ resident by the name of Jordan.

Medical Teams International and Transitional Youth are working together to provide dental care services for local homeless and at-risk youth.

To learn more about Transitional Youth, please visit www.TransitionalYouth.org.


Market Trend Spotlight – Vancouver, WA Zip Code 98664

Here’s a summary of the market trends in Vancouver’s 98664 zip code, which includes the Vancouver Heights, Marrion, and Ellsworth Springs neighborhoods. If you would like to see current real estate activity and trends in your area, please click the MARKET TRACKER graphic to the right of this image.

Vancouver 98664

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Safety Tips for Deep Frying Turkeys During the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend has become responsible for more cooking related fires and accidents than many other times of the year. In recent years, a new and popular nation-wide trend for Thanksgiving dinner is deep fried turkey. This method has been introduced and shown on cooking television shows and in popular recipes. The draw to a deep fried turkey is the recipe’s ability to create a cooked turkey that is not dried out, as can happen with the traditional method of oven cooking a turkey.

Even if you follow the deep fryer instructions, the practice of deep frying a turkey can be dangerous as it involves submerging the turkey in two to five gallons of oil or fat heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important not to overheat the oil or the vapors could burst into flames. It is also important to maintain the proper level of oil—if the oil level is too high it may over flow and ignite, which can quickly create a large fire. There is also the possibility that the fryer could tip over, spill or splash causing a risk of ignition and burn injuries.

Here are a few safety tips for deep frying turkeys:

• Following the deep turkey frying mechanism manufacturer’s instructions is an important start.
• Keeping children away from the deep turkey fryer, open flames, propane tanks and similar hazards is always good practice.
• One should never use a deep turkey fryer indoors or in an enclosed area. Using the device outdoors and away from combustible or structural components, such as decks, can help avoid flare-ups.
• A deep turkey fryer or similar device should never be left unattended.
• Ensuring that the deep turkey fryer is secure and on a flat surface, can reduce the risk of the device tipping over.
• Great care when handling the lid, side handles, or the pot should be used. These will be extremely hot and may pose a burn or tipping hazard.
• If a deep turkey fryer does ignite, water should not be used to douse the flames. Calling the fire department and/or using an ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher should be the first step in such an emergency.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving Day records the most home cooking fires in the United States. With these safety tips, you can prevent a fire from happening in your home.

Our best wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Source: All Hands Fire Equipment


Southwest Washington Market Stats – October 2011

The latest RMLS Market Action report for Clark County, Washington shows some improvements when comparing the period January – October of 2011 with the same time period last year. Closed sales increased 2.8% and pending sales rose 7.4%; however, new listings dropped over 10%. When comparing the month of October 2011 with September 2011, closed sales fell 9.5% and pending sales increased nearly 6%.


Portland Metro Market Stats – October 2011

RMLS has released the latest Market Action report for the greater Portland Metro area, and much like last month, the news is mixed. Comparing the period January – October of 2011 with the same time period in 2010 shows closed and pending sales are both up … 2.1% in closed and 4.5% in pending sales. When comparing October 2011 with September of this year, closed sales fell 7.1%, pending sales increased slightly and average price fell to $258,700, a drop of 3.5%.


Vickie Glasow Graduates from Leadership Institute Northwest

Vicki Glasow

Vicki Glasow

Kudos to Prudential Northwest Properties’ Clark County Northwest Broker Vicki Glasow on graduating from the Oregon/Washington Association of REALTORS® Leadership Institute Northwest, a training and development program for emerging REALTOR® leaders. In addition to this new distinction, Vicki is 2011 President-elect at Clark County Association of Realtors and serves as a Director on the Board of CCAR and the Washington Association of Realtors Regional Grievance Committee.

Vicki, we appreciate the leadership skills and professionalism you bring to Prudential Northwest Properties, your REALTOR associates, and your clients. We’re proud of your accomplishments!

 


Maintain Your Fireplace and Keep It Safe

Homeowners are now getting ready to put their fireplaces to good use. Heed the following safety tips to help aid in the prevention of chimney fires and carbon monoxide intrusion, and to help keep heating appliances and fireplaces functioning properly.

1. Get an annual chimney check. Have chimneys inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, by a qualified professional chimney service technician. This reduces the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisonings due to creosote buildup or obstructions in the chimneys.

2. Keep it clear. Keep tree branches and leaves at least 15 feet away from the top of the chimney.Maintain your fireplace

3. Install a chimney cap to keep debris and animals out of the chimney.

4. Choose the right fuel. For burning firewood in wood stoves or fireplaces, choose well seasoned wood that has been split for a minimum of six months to one year and stored in a covered and elevated location. Never burn Christmas trees or treated wood in your fireplace or wood stove.

5. Build it right. Place firewood or firelogs at the rear of the fireplace on a supporting grate. To start the fire, use kindling or a commercial firelighter. Never use flammable liquids.

6. Keep the hearth area clear. Combustible material too close to the fireplace, or to a wood stove, could easily catch fire. Keep furniture at least 36” away from the hearth.

7. Use a fireplace screen. Use metal mesh or a screen in front of the fireplace to catch flying sparks that could ignite or burn holes in the carpet or flooring.

8. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Place detectors throughout the house and check batteries in the spring and fall. When you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time, remember to check your batteries.

9. Never leave a fire unattended. Before heading to bed, be sure that the fire is fully extinguished. Supervise children and pets closely around wood stoves and fireplaces.

For more information, visit www.csia.org.


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