I met with Tim Davis and enjoyed an informative conversation about the Everett Vet Center

Tim is a retired Air Force Officer and he has a deep level of experience addressing specific needs of Veterans.

I have had the honor of meeting a Marine - Nathan Sutton who works at the Everett Vet Center and he inspires me. Camping trips, rock climbing, guitar lessons and pizza nights to name a few events after hours he puts together for our Veterans.

The Vet Center is a place Veterans to come and talk to other Veterans and professionals that are trained to listen and care for Veterans. Please follow the link and it will identify the services that are offered by VetCenters:

-Mike Frakes

Catch a photo of my visit on our Facebook page!

Our very own Mike Frakes had the opportunity to meet individuals at the Tacoma Vet Center yesterday, where we will be donating $100 for every VA purchase loan closed in the area. If you'd like to see photos, go to our Facebook page!

Here's what Mike had to say about the experience:

I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie and Jeff at the Tacoma Vet Center.

From the moment I walked in I was warmly greeted and impressed with the  surroundings.

Veterans can come here for an array of services and we are excited with the opportunity to be a part of helping our deserving Veterans.

 Thanks, Mike!

Creekside Mortgage, Inc. had the distinct pleasure of adopting a new donation location today. As of today, whenever we close a VA purchase loan in Tacoma, Washington, we'll be donating $100 to the Tacoma Vet Center.

To kickoff our new relationship with the center, our own Mike Frakes took a few moments out of his day to go shake hands with individuals at the center and presented them with or first check.

Thanks Mike!

Here at Creekside, we are always striving to keep in touch with our wonderful clients, both those we currently have the opportunity to serve, and those who have allowed us to be their VA loan experts in the past.

With that in mind, we decided to start a montly e-newsletter to send out to our past and present clients. The emails will contain links to our articles, news updates, special info snippets and more.

We're excited to be bringing you these newsletters, but we also want to know what you want to read about. Is there something you'd like us to include? Have questions you want answered? Let us know.

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Did you know that when we close a VA loan in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland) in the state of Washington, that we donate $100 to Special Operations Warrior Foundation?

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation collects money to help the children of fallen soldiers go to collge. As a company of Veterans, ourselves, we want to support other service members, even those who have passed away.

Each time we close a loan in the Tri-Cities, we donate $100 to the foundation in the name of the VA borrower. So, Veterans get the home of their dreams, and we, as a company of Veterans, get to pass along a financial donation to families who have lost their Veteran.

If you are looking for a VA home loan or refinance, give us a call at 509.321.3278.

As a company of Veterans, we believe that supporting Veterans is one of our duties, along with taking care of our excellent clients.

One of the ways that we give back to Veterans in the Bend, Oregon area is by donating $100 to the Central Oregon Veterans Center when we have a Veteran close a VA loan.

For each loan that we complete in the Bend area for a Veteran, means another $100 is donated.

We love having the opportunity to give back to Veterans. After all, we are "Veterans Helping Veterans"!

As a business in the heart of Clark County, Creekside Mortgage, Inc. naturally hears predictions and information about the county.

The owner of Creekside Mortgage, Inc., Kerry Greenwald, has come up with some of his very own predictions about what 2013 has in store for Clark County.

And, here they are:

1. The unemployment rate will continue to fall.
2. More people are going to start buying in Clark County.

So, what does this mean? Well, Kerry thinks that as unemployment rates continue to fall, more people will be working. As more people are working, more people will start buying houses. Makes sense, right?

On a bigger scale, however, these predictions point to the shortage of inventory that buyers are experiencing in the Clark County market, and Kerry things this will only get worse as the year continues. This summer, Kerry expects inventory to be particularly lean.

Right now, homes in the $200,000 price range are moving fast, especially if they are "clean" and without major problems.

If you are in the market to purchase a new home, now is definitely the time to take that step. Get pre-qualifed for free at Creekside. Give us a call at 360.571.5626.

Did you know that Creekside Mortgage, Inc. is a family business?

That's right. Kerry Greenwald, the owner of Creekside Mortgage, Inc. gives his father, Floyd Greenwald, the credit for his drive to create Creekside. Floyd, who just turned 80 years old, still comes into the office everyday and has an office beside Kerry.

The idea of "Veterans Helping Veterans" was originally Floyd's idea, after having served for 38 years, 10 months and 16 days in the military.

According to Kerry, his father instilled in him the idea that each person who comes to Creekside will be treated with an equal amount of respect, whether they are ready to sign their loan papers or are far away from their home ownership goals.

And most of all, Floyd instilled in Kerry the idea that Creekside should provide services for Veterans that would help them along their home buying or refinancing journey.

Kerry also served the Guard, and this experience, paired with his father's ideals, lead to the creation of Creekside as we know it today.

While most places are commerating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a day away from the office, Creekside is in the office working away to help clients get their loans funded. But, just because we're working today, it doesn't mean that we have forgotten the spirit of the day.

Today, we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the sacrifices he made to propel the country towards equality, and we are thankful for that. It is with gratitude that we remember the man who was willing to make the United States a more equal place for all.

Here at Creekside Mortgage, Inc., we appreciate all of those who make sacrifices for our country, including our Veterans and individuals such as MLK.

When you decide to build or buy a home, you must think about the present condition of the area in which your home will be, along with the potential of the area.

Imagine you buy a plot of land and you build, or you buy an already existing home. Well, if there are other things already on the bordering plots of land, then you probably have a good indicator of what the area will look like into the future.

However, if you purchase a plot of land and build, or buy an existing house, you should look into what may be built around you in the future. Is there a potential that something may be built that could lessen the value of your home by proximity?

While it can feel overwhelming to consider so many factors when buying your new home or building, in the long-run, you'll feel better that you carefully considered your investment.

Here in the Clark County, the area is surrounded by two rivers and mountains, which limits the amount of growth and development that can happen. The most likely place where new development is likely to occur is along the I-5 corridor.

If you are ready to find your new home or even refinance your existing home, call Creekside Mortgage, Inc. to help you find the best financing available.