Greetings from Cowlitz County Title!


Happy New Year from Cowlitz County Title!  


Bianca Lemmons, Cowlitz County Title Manager 

Hello and Happy New Year to all!


January has always been a favorite month of mine because it provides me with an opportunity to look back at my accomplishments, but more so, an opportunity to get re-organized and geared up for the new year...and of course set new goals! And although some of those goals may still be the same goals from previous years, I still continue to set them, knowing that goals provide me with vision and direction in my personal and business life.


So on a personal note, one of my ongoing goal for 2014 is to strive towards taking better care of myself health wise, so that I can be a positive influence on my family, friends and colleagues.


2013 brought Cowlitz County Title a reason to believe that our industry is climbing out of this recession, and will continue to do so. And although it may not be as quick as many of us hoped, the steadiness of it is a positive sign that 2014 will bring us yet another productive and prosperous year. But of course, each of you plays a big part in our success and reaching our goals!


Much of what brought success to Cowlitz County Title in 2013 was the refinance market within the first quarter of the year, and then the boost in home sales was of course a wonderful thing! I was so ecstatic to see the NWMLS numbers for those months during the summer and into October. Although I predict much of the refinance market will have disappeared due to the gentle rise in rates, I predict we will have yet another good spring and summer of home sales, with a slight increase overall. And although inventory has been low, I believe this might cause a slight inflation in home values, which in turn might create more of an opportunity for seller's to sell, knowing that they have the equity to do so. I think with the rates slowly continuing to increase, it may create a "hurry up" effect on buyer's to ensure they can still purchase within their approved price range.   And although the foreclosure market is still there, it gradually continues to decrease, but I foresee it still being around for a while longer.


So whether my predictions are spot on, or way off, all of us look forward to a successful year for our Realtor and lender customers. We ask that your new resolution is to choose Cowlitz County Title for all of your purchase and sale transactions, and our promise to you is to strive to provide you with the best possible title and escrow service!


Thank you for a wonderful 2013 and we look forward to serving you and your clients in the New Year!


Bianca Lemmons


Catch up to the New Year!


laptop-floor-lady.jpgIf you're feeling a bit like 2014 snuck up on you, you're not alone.  Take a minute to read this great set of tips for how to prepare for the New Year -- then use the guidelines to catch up and feel prepared!   


MBA Statistics
Rates and Trends


The Mortgage Bankers Association application statistics can be an interesting picture of what's going on in the real estate market.   Click here to read more  on the most recent mortgage application survey. 


Happy Birthday to You! 


January 1st - Butch Henry, H&S Enterprises

January 4th - Carrie Medack, Prime Lending 

January 5th - Christa Braaten (Republic Mortgage)

January 6th - Linda Comley, Cowlitz County Title

January 11th - Debbie Nelson, RE/MAX Results 

January 13th - Barbara Mooney (Century 21 Lund R.E.)

January 15th - Theresa Beisse - Red Canoe Credit Union 

January 16th - Ashley Smith (Berkshire Hathaway)

January 16th - Emory Storedahl (Re/Max Results)

January 17th - Christy Maggs, Cowlitz Credit Union 

January 18th - Melissa (Twin City Bank)

January 19th - Scott Hogan, Cascade Title Vancouver
January 20th - Dee Winsman, H&S Enterprises
January 20th - Maxine Newell, NWMLS
January 21st - Kurt Nickelsen, Inspection Consulting
January 22nd - Rich Johnson, Cowlitz County Assessor's Office
January 22nd - Bob Davis, Life Mortgage
January 24th - Jason Mills, Berkshire Hathaway
January 24th - Melissa Nusbaum
January 27th - Janie McVicker, Columbia River Properties 
Upcoming Events
Chamber Non-Proift Night, Friday, January 17th, 5-7:30 p.m., Mark Morris High School, Click here to learn more.

LCCA Construction Excellence Awards, Tuesday, January 21, 2014, Red Lion Hotel, 5:30pm social,

6:30 pm dinner & program, RSVP to [email protected] or call 360.425.8820

Dinner $35


Humane Society Claws for Paws Crab Feed & Auction, Saturday, January 18th, Cowlitz County Expo Center, Silent Auction begins at 5:30, $50 per ticket, tables of 8, Contact Rick at the Humane Society at 360.577.0151 or [email protected]


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Recent Building Permits


Click here to view the Building Permit records for our area.


"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
  - Edith Lovejoy Pierce


Information obtained from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.   

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