Moses Lake Halloween Events 2011

Larson Rec will be holding a Halloween Carnival Oct 22, 2011.  Join them in a variety of games including Go Fishing, Token Toss, Plinko, Pumpkin Toss, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Decorating, Cookie Decorating, Cupcake Walk and Scavanger Hunt!    

 Moses Lake High School Trick or Treat will take place from 6-8 on Oct 31 providing a safe and warm environment for your children to Trick-or treat

Laketown Landings annual event will be taking place on Monday October 31st from 5-7.  Takes place on 3rd Ave from Alder St to Beech St.

 Harvest Maze and Pumpkin Patch open the month of October Fridays 4-8, Saturdays 12-8, Sundays 12-6.  Activites include Maze, Pumpkin Painting, Pumpkin Patch Games and more.  Cost is $5.00 per person for the maze.  Location is 9072 Rd K NW Quincy WA or call Janice at 509-398-2631 you can also visit their website at

For all your Real Estate needs contact Heather Adkinson at 509-760-7733 or email at  Check out all listings at









Posted on October 10, 2011 at 11:05 am
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Moses Lake, Moses Lake, Pumpkin Patches, Real Estate | Tagged , ,

More National Attention

Another great article on whats happening about town:

Driving the Economy the Old-Fashioned Way

Moses Lake takes the first steps toward building a sustainable manufacturing base for the next century.

Bill Virgin |   February 2011   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION

No offense to the good people of Moses Lake, but the adjectives “quaint” and “charming” are not likely to be employed to describe it. This Grant County town doesn’t have a district of century-old brick buildings with cute boutiques and wine-tasting shops to cater to the west-of-the-mountains set. There’s no “Olde Towne” or its equivalent to make for lovely photos in travel magazines and tourism brochures.

Fortunately for Moses Lake, it’s not banking on quaintness and tourism to drive its economy. Instead, the town is making a living the old-fashioned way—with huge manufacturing projects.

The highest-profile economic-development news of 2010 in Washington was the announcement by two German companies, BMW and SGL, of a $100 million plant to make carbon fibers for automotive parts. And even before construction was finished with the first phase of that facility, BMW and SGL disclosed they are considering two expansion phases that would triple the production capacity of the Moses Lake unit.

As significant as that announcement was, it wasn’t even about the biggest investment in Moses Lake. That was the $1.7 billion that REC Silicon, part of a Norwegian company, has spent the past four years on a two-phase expansion of its Moses Lake plant to produce polysilicon and silane gas.

And those investments aren’t the only ones. In recent years. Katana Summit opened a plant to make windmill towers in Ephrata. Norco Inc. built a gas-separation plant. Morse Steel Service opened a metal-fabricating operation. Development work on two other projects—Guardian Fiberglass’ plant to make insulation and Specialty Chemical Products’ facility for producing precipitated silica and fluoride salt—slowed considerably in the recent recession, but the Grant County Economic Development Council says both projects are still active.

The mix of construction employment, jobs at manufacturers throughout the county and the influence of agriculture (a comparatively stable sector in the downturn) has produced an unemployment rate for Grant County in October of 7.6 percent—not great, but certainly better than the 8.5 percent reported for both the state and King County.

There are many lessons in the Grant County story, starting with the point that even in a recession and in the midst of supposed terminal decline for American manufacturing, considerable opportunities remain for landing the big project like BMW/SGL or REC Silicon. Furthermore, Washington state is not out of the running for those big projects, despite our geographic isolation in a low-population corner of the map and the supposed paucity of incentives to be offered.

BMW/SGL and REC Silicon didn’t come to Washington or Moses Lake for the incentives (although they won’t wind up empty-handed, either), or to be close to a supply of raw materials or their customers, most of whom are out of state or overseas.

Instead, these companies came for inexpensive, developable land with good transportation access and cheap electricity from the region’s hydropower system.

Which brings us to yet another economic-development issue—how do you use an economic resource like lower-cost power? One approach currently in favor is to use it for server farms, and Microsoft, Intuit and Yahoo are all building data centers in Grant County.

While server farms do provide a short-term boost in construction employment, they don’t generate a lot of long-term jobs. On the other hand, plants like BMW/SGL and REC Silicon provide the base for future industry clusters. With these two projects, Grant County has tapped in to two industries with huge growth prospects—carbon-fiber composite materials and the ingredients used in solar-energy panels, hybrid-vehicle electronics, flat-screen TVs and other consumer electronics. It has also plugged itself directly into global investment and trade.

Establishing that base was the first challenge for the state, Grant County and Moses Lake. The next challenge is figuring out what to build on that base, and how to make it viable.

That’s a big challenge—but getting the answers right should in the long run prove far more economically productive than gussying up the business district with some banners and planter boxes in the hope of getting tourists to slow down long enough to drop a couple of dollars.

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 11:29 am
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Moses Lake | Tagged , ,

Moses Lake Halloween Events

List of Activites sceduled for Halloween in Moses Lake, WA Oct, 2010

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 11:29 am
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Moses Lake |

Water Rights in Washington

Overview of Water Rights in Washington 

A water right is:  A right to a beneficial use of a reasonable quantity of public water for beneficial purpose during a certain period of time occurring at a certain place. (Considered a “Use” right).

There are 2 different types of water rights, surface and groundwater rights.  If you have the right to divert water from a river, stream etc, you have surface water rights.  If you have the right to pump water from a well you have a groundwater right.  Many of the same things apply to both of them but there are also some important differences.

The term “beneficial use” us one of the most important terms in water rights.  It is both the measure and limit of a water right and the purpose for which that water is used.  Your actual water right is determined by how much water you and your predecessors have historically used.  If your historical use is less then what is stated on the water document your right is limited to the amount that has actually been used.  

Moses Lake Irrigation

Moses Lake Irrigation


The Priority date is also an important term in valuing a water right.  A person who established a water right first has a senior priority and the right to divert all of their water before the person with the next junior right can take any of their water from the same source.

It is important to know within Grant County your water rights and how they were established. Make sure you find an experienced agent in Moses Lake who understands all the nuances that come with having water rights or your property could be all dried up.

Contact Heather Adkinson @ 509-760-7733


Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Moses Lake | Tagged , , ,

USDA Loan Program

We have all been hearing a lot about this Loan Program lately.  It seems every offer I get nowadays requests a USDA loan and I thought it would be great if we all had a little more information about these types of loans.j0401040

The USDA is a guaranteed loan program that can offer buyers 100% loans much like the 80/20 loans of the past.  This is a government backed loan program that has no private mortgage insurance requirement and has more flexible qualifying guidelines that allow more people to affordably purchase their homes.  There are also no maximum loan amounts on these loans like the FHA guidelines have.

One of the first requirements that these loans have is that the property must be purchased in a eligible property area.  Second is that you must meet certain income eligibility requirements, there are lower credit scores allowable on this program as well.  Be aware however that your closing costs can be more with this loan as they take the mortgage insurance premiums and charge them at the beginning of the loan instead of throughout the loan.  Lenders however will let you finance this fee if you need to.

If you would like more information on USDA loans and how they can help you get into a home feel free to call at 509-760-7733.

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in banking, Moses Lake, Real Estate | Tagged ,

Moses Lake Real Estate Market December

Market Statistics for the month of December 2009 for Moses Lake

Posted on January 4, 2010 at 11:51 am
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Moses Lake, Real Estate |

I Don’t Know About You But….

I don’t know about what you did for Christmas but I spent mine with clients.  It’s not because I was trying to show you up or anything. It’s not because I wanted to be able to say “hey I work harder then you.”  Nope none of those are the reasons.  It was just plain because I wanted to!j0442726

We closed on this cute little house of my single mother client on the 18th of this month.  Her children were then going to spend winter break with their Father.  I was going to be without my children as well, so instead of mourning that fact we had a “girls day.”  Wine flowed freely and friendships were made that day. 

I would have to say that it was probably the best Christmas I had.  No Drama, no cooking, no gifts!  I loved it and I hope we can do it again soon!

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Moses Lake, Real Estate | Tagged ,

Moses Lake New Years Eve 2010

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                                                                                    Larson Rec Center
                                                                     Only $10.00 for the whole evening
                                                                          Grades 6-12 Time 9p.m.-1a.m.

                                                             Sign up at Parks & Rec or the Larson Rec Center
                                                                                    Parent Waiver Required
                                                                              Registration Deadline Dec 28th

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Moses Lake | Tagged , ,

Moses Lake New Years Eve 2010

                                                    New Years Eve Party 2010j0444920
                                                                                    Larson Rec Center
                                                                     Only $10.00 for the whole evening
                                                                          Grades 6-12 Time 9p.m.-1a.m.

                                                             Sign up at Parks & Rec or the Larson Rec Center
                                                                                    Parent Waiver Required
                                                                              Registration Deadline Dec 28th

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Moses Lake | Tagged , ,

First Time Home Buyers Rebound the Market

I was very surprised to see the statistics that the number of first-time home buyers rose to 47 percent of all home sales from 41 percent of transactions in last year’s study, and was the highest on record dating back to 1981.  Moving from the previous high of 44% set in 1991.

With these first time home buyers they also ended up buying houses in the median price range of $156,000 down House and Keys in Female Hands$10,000 from the year previous.  Most of those first timers financed their home with FHA financing which seems to be the norm nowadays.  With conventional financing requiring more down, the FHA option that only requires 3.5% down is an attractive option to buyers who haven’t padded the nest egg to pay for the down payment

the first time home buyers that actually came up with the down payment used a variety of sources 61% used their own savings accounts, 22% received a gift from a friend or relative, 6% got a loan from a friend or a relative, 6% tapped into their stocks and bonds, and another 6% tapped into their 401 K.  The glaring positive in this is that 96% of consumers chose the fixed-rate mortgage. NO MORE ARM’s!!

These home purchases did not come with out sacrifices on their part whether it be cutting back on expenses, selling off “toys,” and spending less on clothing.  I think these are all things we have to expect to do when making one of the largest investments that we will make in our lives.

The median down payment on houses was 8%, and the number of buyers purchasing homes with no money down fell from 23% in 2008 to only 15% currently.  It seems we all may be learning our lesson and trying to use our money more responsibly.  I hope this only continues to help the process, and our economy recover from mismanagement of finances on a global level.

For more information on this article from NAR

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 10:58 am
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Moses Lake, Real Estate | Tagged ,