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CASA Auction - Save the Date!
CASA Auction - Save the Date!
Manager's Message
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33 Years!

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It's hard to believe it's been 33 years since the mountain erupted.  If you haven't taken the time to travel up and see what's new at the Visitor's Centers, now is the time!  With this great weather, you'll have great visibility and beat the summer crowds.  Click here for more info.


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Thank you to all that attended our Cinco de Mayo party.  We hope you enjoyed the festive atmosphere and the delicious Mexican buffet meticulously prepared and directed by our own "Senorita Lindsey" and assisted by all the Cascade Title staff! Proving once again that teamwork works best!  


Between being one of the nicest days we have seen in May for a while and kids' outdoor sports, we had a great turn out.

We have decided to make this an annual event that will only get better as each year goes by. We have taken notes on what we can improve on and what we can do to just make it an all around fun event that everyone looks forward to every year. Of course, we want to hear from you! If you have any suggestions or comments to help improve this fun event, please pass it on to us! Once again, thank you to all who attended and for those that could not make it, mark your calendar for next year. Adios Amigos and Amigas!




Your Friends at Cascade Title Company

Lindsey's Summer Skewers



summer-skewers1 lbs of sirloin steak (could be any cut) cut into cubes
cup catsup
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP beef steak sauce
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 TBSP cider vinegar
cup water
2 TBSP salad oil
2 TBSP sugar

Directions Place cubed meat in a bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan and heat to boiling. Pour hot sauce over meat and marinate several hours or overnight. Place on skewers and broil over hot coals or in the oven. Reheat marinating liquid for sauce. Serves 4. May add chunks of onions, green pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc when broiling. Delicious!
They call him "Brown Belt Bird"! 


   kung fu bird Cascade Title would like to congratulate our own Dennis Bird for achieving his brown belt in Kung Fu. Dennis has been studying martial arts for over 3 years at the Academy of Kung Fu. When interviewed for this article, Dennis was quoted as saying that the test was "absolutely grueling". He studied and practiced for months ahead of time to prepare for the test.

Before taking the physical test, Dennis had to write a 500 word thesis on the Responsibility of Rank because of the high rank he was going for. Then he had to pass about a 1 hour written test of 10 questions. After passing both of these he was allowed to take the physical test. The test lasted from 11-4pm and he was tested on various self defense tactics. Towards the end of the test he had to fight continually with knives and then clubs and then was attacked by 5 people at the same time for a few minutes. Dennis has related that he might not have lasted another minute.

In a ceremony that day he was awarded his brown belt. Dennis will have to test again for an intermediate belt, brown advanced and then will test for black belt. Both the brown advanced and black belt test will contain all of the testing listed here and in addition, he will have to spar 10, 2 minute rounds non- stop for brown advanced, and 20, 2 minute rounds for black belt. He hopes to pass both tests within the next year and still live to talk about it.


Cascade Title's Manager Message

Joel Lengyel


Hello to all and Happy May, and what a lovely start to this month! Everyone I talk to is talking about our beautiful weather and I personally love the yard work and the garden is partially planted and growing! I hope this continues all summer!


Another thing I hear from many of you is the need of inventory -- listings! It is not only here we are experiencing this need, but my wife and I just returned from Las Vegas where my oldest daughter Jill has been looking for a home to purchase. There too, her real estate agent is constantly watching for new listings and they are going like hot cakes once they hit the system. This trend has triggered a building increase in Clark County to our south and somewhat in Woodland too. Most builders I talk to are hoping to get going here with increased new construction numbers and also talking about the Building and Planning Department streamlining the permitting process. I'll keep my ears and eyes open and let you know what I hear. I like to keep my articles positive, so I did some research and here is what I am reading in the RealEstate.com site:


"The Washington state real estate market has grown steadily stronger over the past year, as showcased by the decreasing inventory and rising prices in Washington's 5 largest cities - Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver. The average list price of single family homes rose 3.4% between November and March. The condo and townhouse market improved even more, seeing a 6% rise in average list price in the same time period.


In both the single family and condo/townhouse markets, listings are selling faster and for more than they did just a few months ago, prompting the return of bidding wars. A property's median days on the market has dropped by as much as 50% since November. This reduced inventory prompted some industry experts to forecast that 2012's national open house weekend would be less successful than those in previous years.


The Washington real estate market benefits from having so many urban centers, each with its own unique cultural and economic profile. From rural Spokane to cultured Seattle, Washington has a city to fit every lifestyle and budget.  


Average single family home sale prices in Washington's five largest cities:


  • Bellingham: $299,000
  • Seattle: $374,000
  • Spokane: $149,000
  • Tacoma: $158,000
  • Vancouver: $184,000"



Take care! 



Joel Lengyel


1425 Maple Street, Longview, WA 98632
Phone:  (360) 425-2950
Fax:  (360) 425-8010
Toll Free:  (877) 425-2950