Remembering Neil

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our own Neil Culbertson. Neil suffered a severe heart-attack on July 4th and did not recover. It was a devastating shock to us all.

Neil has been with BrokersGroup Real Estate since it’s beginning in 2007. Loved by all of us here at BG and a friend to many others in the real estate community, Neil will be missed dearly. Known for his positive attitude, hard work and commitment to his clients, Neil brought to this office so much more than we could ever have imagined. His love of music inspired him to co-found Jazz in the Alley, an event BrokersGroup has been excited to sponsor and something we look forward to every summer. Celebrating it’s 9th year this Lavender Weekend, JITA will not be the same without him. A musician at heart, Neil was encouraged to continue his passion for music when he was asked to join the Buck Ellard Band. We have all enjoyed the numerous musical events Neil brought into our lives, and are immensely blessed to be considered ‘family’ by him and his wife Beverly. There is no one who will ever take Neil’s place in our hearts. I wish the goodbye’s of this life didn’t hurt so much, but I know you’re in a better place Neil and I hope you and Beverly know just how much you’ll be missed by your family here at BrokersGroup.


A Taste of the Peninsula

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Looking for something to do this weekend?

How about joining us at ‘A Taste of the Peninsula’ fundraising event happening this Saturday April 18th from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Sunland Golf & Country Club Ballroom. BrokersGroup Real Estate Professionals has proudly joined presenting sponsor, Green Crow Corporation, in Habitat for Humanity Clallam County's premier signature fundraising event. Other sponsors include Ray Gruver-State Farm Insurance, Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty, Platt-Irwin Law Firm, Windermere Real Estate Port Angeles and OSP Sling – Olympic Synthetic Products.

Habitat for Humanity Clallam County  broke ground this year on the Dancel family's home.

Habitat for Humanity Clallam County  broke ground this year on the Dancel family's home.

"A Taste of the Peninsula ~ Celebrating Community Partners will be full of fabulous food, fun and purpose," Cyndi Hueth, Habitat's executive director said in a press release. "Habitat helps provide a pathway towards home ownership. This annual event will give us an opportunity to raise funds and generate excitement for the work we all do together. It is one more way the community can engage in our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

The event will include music by the Sequim High School Jazz Band under the direction of Vern Fosket. The local food and beverage sponsors, Double Eagle Steakhouse, Alder Wood Bistro, The Sweet Beginning, Crumb Grabbers Bakery, Jose’s Famous Salsa, H2O – Waterfront Bistro, Michael’s Fine Dining, Camaraderie Cellars, Harbinger Winery, Olympic Cellars Winery, and Wind Rose Cellar are sure to make this an event your taste buds won’t forget. The night will feature a fund-a-need auction ~ “Raise the Roof”, as well as awards given to community partners from Forks, Port Angeles, and Sequim.

The Gooding family will be the recipients of HFHCC's 27th home. 

The Gooding family will be the recipients of HFHCC's 27th home. 

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry. Dedicated to providing decent and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families, HFHCC has built 25 homes for families in Clallam County since it’s incorporation in 1991. Groundbreaking for the 26th HRHCC home began in March of this year and plans are underway to begin on the 27th home. Recipients of the 26th and 27th home appreciate all the support from the community and volunteers, and we are thrilled to see the work HFHCC is doing to benefit local families. For more information about HFHCC contact Colleen Robinson, Community Outreach Director for Habitat for Humanity at 360-460-5560 or via Tickets for ‘A Taste of the Peninsula’ are $100 each and can be purchased at the HFHCC website:

Patricia - Our Parkwood Expert

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Patricia Parnell is our office Parkwood expert. Not only did she list more houses in Parkwood than any other realtor last year, but she has helped BrokersGroup Real Estate lead the way with more listings and sales in Parkwood than any other brokerage for the 2014 year. If you live in Parkwood you probably already know Patricia. Her friendly and outgoing personality make her an asset to the Parkwood community and to BrokersGroup. Each month the Parkwood Community publishes 'ParkWord' a community newsletter. Patricia is a frequent contributor to the newsletter with articles pertaining to home ownership. We'd like to share those articles with you here on our blog so that those who live outside of Parkwood can benefit from them as well. For those of you who do receive the newsletter, you can easily refer to past articles here.  

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090624-007 by OlympicNF is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Getting a Quality Roofing Job - by Patricia Parnell

Several quality checks will help you ensure a leakproof job for decades.

  • Replacing valley and eaves flashing is cheapest and easiest when reroofing, so do it now. Also have pipe boots or roof jacks replaced to direct away water where pipes or gas vents protrude. Leave chimney flashing alone if it’s in good shape.
  • Now is also the time to make sure you have proper attic ventilation. Have it checked by the roofer or an HVAC contractor. Poor airflow can heat an attic to 130°F in summer. In winter, moist interior air can condense on the underside of the sheathing, rotting it. You may want to have ridge and soffit vents installed to circulate cool air into the attic, alleviating both problems.
  • If you suspect some of the plywood decking beneath the shingles is rotted, put a small allowance, say $200, in the contract for replacing it. Clearly state that you must approve any charges above this amount, and that you get the money back if the decking is in good condition.
  • Ask how the roofer will protect bushes and plants (roofers usually use plywood). Draw clear lines of responsibility for any damaged plants.
  • Find out how the trash will be disposed of and nails picked up. Be sure dumpsters or trucks used for garbage pickup don’t roll onto a new lawn or over an underground sprinkler system. What’s more, there should be thick plywood under Dumpster or truck wheels to protect the turf or driveway. An alternative is to pay extra and have the old shingles carted by hand to the curb.

Finally, trust your intuition. If a roofer rubs you wrong, even at the contract stage, don’t be afraid to back out before signing and resume your search. Unless water is pouring in overhead, it pays to take your time on this major investment.


Composition Roof, What does that mean?

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing for homes, comprising over 80% of residential roofing market.

  • Materials: Made of either an organic paper fiber mat (better for cold weather and wind resistance) or fiberglass (more fire and moisture resistant) impregnated with asphalt and coated with mineral granules.
  • Appearance: Available in traditional 3-tab shingles or thicker laminated “architectural” shingles.
  • Eco-Friendly: Petroleum based product that’s not eco-friendly. Can be recycled, though often taken to landfills.
  • Weight: Moderate in weight.
  • Slope: Can be used on fairly low to steeper sloped roofs.
  • Fire & Wind: Good fire resistance, fair wind resistance.
  • Cost: Inexpensive to moderate. 


Operation S.W.A.K. (Sealed With A Kiss) is underway at the UPS Stores in Sequim and Port Angeles. Owner Lisa Hollenback announced that both the Sequim & Port Angeles UPS Stores will be helping you send love to the US troops overseas and veterans at VA hospitals throughout the country. Just bring your Valentine or letter weighing 1 ounce or less to either UPS Store branch and they will pay the shipping! That’s right, send some free love to a serviceman or woman with a valid APO address or VA Hospital address and they will provide complimentary first class postage.

“A handwritten card or letter is a simple way to pay tribute to the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who serve our country,” says Lisa Hollenback.

In order for mail to be eligible for the complimentary postage, it must weigh no more than 1 ounce, bear a valid return address and be addressed to a specific U.S. Serviceman or Servicewoman at an assigned APO/FPO address or a specifically named veteran residing at a VA hospital.

Complimentary postage will run through February 14th, but Hollenback recommends you mail your Valentine by Feb. 5th for overseas delivery in time for Valentine’s Day.

Don’t personally know a deployed serviceman or woman? I used to search and request the address of a deployed serviceman who would like some mail.

This is a great opportunity to get the kids involved and share with them the sacrifices our military and their families make for our freedoms. Make some Valentines and show your support to our troops overseas and our veterans this Valentine’s Day, and be sure to thank The UPS Store for their support.

What’s New at Sequim Museum & Arts Center? + ‘Giveaway’

BrokersGroup Real Estate is a proud sponsor of the Sequim Museum and Arts Center whose mission is ‘to be the stewards of Sequim's cultural heritage by engaging the public in the preservation, study, and interpretation of the collections, and supporting the arts and humanities through inspiring education and exhibition.’

Sequim Museum and Arts Center is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. The museum features Permanent Exhibits such as the Manis Mastadon and the Jamestown S’Klallam Longhouse as well as rotating History Exhibits such as Maritime/Sailing Ship Models, Farms to Barns and currently a 1907 REO B Model Runabout, said to be the first automobile in the Dungeness Valley!

The Sequim Museum also features several exhibits from local artists including hosting the Sequim ArtsJuried Art Show and being a regular art stop on the monthly First Friday Art Walk.

Right now the Museum is gearing up for its newest exhibit, and we’re excited. How excited? So excited that we have a giveaway to go with it! Starting in February the Sequim Museum and Arts Center will be home to the permanent exhibit ‘Boys in the Boat’ - the story of the 1936 Gold Medal winner Joe Rantz of Sequim.

If you haven’t read the book yet, now’s your chance to own it. We’re giving away a copy of Daniel James Brown’s book ‘The Boys in the Boat’. A New York Times #1 bestseller and keeper of a Top 10 place for over 30 weeks and counting. Check out the book trailer:

To enter be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and comment on ‘Giveaway’ post. We’ll use to draw a winner on Feb 11th. Good Luck and be sure to check out all the Sequim Museum and Arts Center has to offer!