Dean Piper Speaks About Your Chimney!

Every month we receive several calls from folks who are shopping for service for their gas or wood stoves and fireplaces. The truth is they are price shopping.
While it certainly makes great sense to save money whenever possible, choosing your medical specialist by how much they charge is probably not in the best interest of your long term health. So, think of the Chimney Sweep or Gas Service Technician as your doctor for your fireplace or stove. The more education and training we receive, the better we are to ensure the safety of your equipment and your home.
Becoming Chimney Safety Institute of America and National Fire Institute certified and maintaining those certifications requires classroom training, testing on a National level and continuing education. It allows us to belong to organizations that ensure we are kept up to date with all current code and safety regulations both at the National and State levels. We adhere to standards of what must be included in each level of inspection and parameters for what level of inspection must be completed in each situation.
A proper cleaning and inspection is a lot more than pushing a brush (hopefully one that is the proper shape and size for your chimney) up and down the chimney. The Certified Sweep will clean and inspect the fireplace or stove and venting system inside and out to ensure it is mechanically sound and safe to operate. They will discuss all findings with the homeowner and leave a written report, which will delineate any further inspection or work that must be completed immediately or in the future. They provide consumer education on proper burning and home maintenance. For the Certified Sweep, this is more than a job; it is his or her PROFESSION.

Dean Piper-YOHS LLC, Your Stove Shop

Dean Piper, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, CSIA-C-DET Certified Dryer Vent Technician, NFI Certified Master Hearth Specialist in Gas, Wood and Pellet products.
YHOS, LLC – Your Stove Shop
438 NE O’Leary Street
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 682-5317
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If you are interested in homes for sale in the area, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email

Coldwell Banker Real Estate’S NEW Marketing Campaign

Coldwell Banker Real Estate’S NEW Marketing Campaign Explains How Trusted Agents and the Right Tools Lead to Smart Real Estate Decisions

 Parsippany, N.J. (March 16, 2011) – As home buyers move into the spring buying season, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has launched a new marketing campaign emphasizing the importance of a skilled real estate agent who can help buyers and sellers through the process of homeownership. This integrated effort includes 30 and 15 second spots that underscore how the right agent and the right tools combine to ensure smart real estate decisions.

“Our consumer research shows us that home buyers want protection against making a wrong decision, whether it be financial or in choosing the right home,” said Michael Fischer, chief marketing officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate. “We understand that for most, a home represents the biggest investment of their lives. Our campaign illustrates how people can empower themselves with information online. And no matter how daunting the process may seem, a trustworthy real estate agent can give them the confidence and guidance to make the right move.”

One of the spots, “Wrong Decisions,” follows a couple starting the home search on their own. They soon realize many homes come with a catch: one home is sinking into the ground, another has hazardous levels of radiation and the last is dangerously close to an airport runway. After consulting with a Coldwell Banker agent and using the brand’s platform of online tools, the couple finally finds their dream home. The light-hearted commercial emphasizes that buyers need assistance from a trusted agent because “the wrong home” may not be that obvious.

Fischer continued, “It comes down to a simple equation; trusted agents, plus the right tools, equals smarter decisions.”

The Coldwell Banker commercials are currently airing on CNN, HGTV, ESPN and USA Network among other networks, with an online media schedule tied to the campaign as well. The television spots were conceived by Coldwell Banker Real Estate strategic and creative agency of record, McKinney of Durham, N.C., who worked in conjunction with MediaCom to place the new spots in appropriate media outlets.

To view the new Coldwell Banker Real Estate commercials, please visit the Coldwell Banker YouTube channel On Location.

About Coldwell Banker®
Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate.  Coldwell Banker is the oldest national real estate brand in the United States and today has a network of nearly 92,000 sales associates and brokers working in approximately 3,300 offices in 50 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand to augment its web site for smart phones, the first to create a iPhone application and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel.  The Coldwell Banker system is a leader in specialty markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Rick Bunzel Discusses Choosing a Home Inspector

Rick Bunzel of Pacific Crest Inspections  gives us valuable information about choosing a home inspector.

For more information on choosing a home inspector, visit PacCrest Inspections @ 

To search for homes for sale in Anacortes, La Conner, or Oak Harbor, please call us @ (360)-293-4511. We would love to help you with your real estate  needs whether you are looking to buy or sell your home.

This video blog is not intended to endorse any person, product, or company but is intended to help educate viewers on the home buying and selling processes.  The information provided is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed by Coldwell Banker Island Living, nor do they add any implied warranties.