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7hen moving to Mason county 27 years ago I knew I was home for good. After completing a total renovation of a 1910 home in Seattle ,I sold and started a search for my dream home in the county. I quickly found that locating the right piece of acreage along with the perfect home was going to be a difficult task . Many real estate agents I spoke with just didn’t understand the problem I was having. They would simply hand me another listing with any type of land ,usable or not and maybe an old house or mobile home on it. So I started thinking I was going to have to build once I found a good piece of acreage. I then realized that most agents not only did not know how to identify the right land parcel but did not even want to go out and hike the property to show it to me. I started looking at their shoes to see if they wore boots or wingtips. I finally did find an agent who wasn’t wearing boots when I meet him but he did have them in the trunk of his car. Listening carefully to what I was saying within minutes we were in his vehicle to tour two homes on acreage. Taking note of my needs the second place we viewed is where I now have been living for 25 years.The moral of this story is listen to the client and be willing to go out and make a active team effort of finding the perfect home on a good usable piece of land. Whether it’s a large tract or lot size, I will find it for you. Please call ,email or stop by and let me show you my proven process which will help to get you what you want,at the right price, the perfect place,and in the quickest time.                                 

River and Streams | Rivers and streams across the state are running at normal or above-normal levels. Only three percent of them are below normal. The forecasted  snowpack runoff for April through September is very favorable across the state. On average, our rivers are expected to run just slightly less to slightly greater than normal, so kayakers should be able to enjoy an excellent season of whitewater. The forecasts look especially promising for the Walla Walla and Lower Snake River watersheds, compared to recent summers.

      " The Living Here Experience "                                                                                                      Mason County & The Shelton areas appear to be one of the last frontiers of the Pudget Sound region. New or local to Washington State,turning to retirement,looking for a second home, everyone is coming this way.This means homes as well as raw land are turning to gold. All sounds good..buyers coming but also coming are some out of the area brokers who may read their phone apps to find certain facts about the area but they really don't have "The Living Here Experience" That's what we have here , locally at Richard Beckman Realty Group..."The Living Here Experience " Please feel free to contact myself to find the real "Living Here Experience "

Watching the Water Supply 2017 Update

If you’re ready for spring, the ongoing rain and snow may be getting old. But it’s great for our state’s water supply, if that’s any consolation. We’re building up our mountain snow pack and seeing strong rivers and streams. Overall, we’re in good shape.                                                          

Two years after the “snowpack drought,” water is abundant thanks to a much wetter than normal October to May, including the record wettest October and wet February through April. A cooler than normal October to May would have posted an even colder average temperature, but November was the warmest on record, moderating final numbers.

In some ways this past year has been more unusual than 2015. It will be long remembered. Our friends at the Natural Resources Conservation Service tell us that the rain gauge at Swift Creek south of Mt. St. Helens in Skamania County overtopped at 250 inches this year. The whiplash between the extremes makes life very interesting for water managers all over the east and west. What will the next shoe that drops look like?

Given the abundant water stores, the Water Supply Advisory Committee is going to enjoy a summer break and will next convene in October at the start of the new water year. We’ll still be keeping an eye on water supply until then.


Rural Land Selling 27 Miles Out

Posted on November 15, 2016 - 11:10 AM by Nick Opolsky

Yes the land market is moving rapidly,even as far out as 27 miles from the Shelton city limits.I recently listed a beautiful one acre tract surrounded by Green Diamond company forest land on all sides.Listed for $46,500.00 this property includes a four bedroom septic system.a drilled well,& power in the road.Level,usable & ready for a new home.The current buyer under contract will be placing an RV on the property until building.Lots of fishing & hunting in the area so,much to do & see when living in this great county. If your interested in land or homes in the Mason County area please call your broker Nick Opolsky @ 360-701-9943

Closing two land transactions this week. One will have a new spec house placed on raw land.Buyer flips homes but we're running low on inventory so he's putting this one up & we expect to have it sold within days of finishing.Still many building lots & acreage tracts for sale so if you're an investor here's an answer to "how do I make money now ?

Area Medical Facilities

Posted on March 22, 2017 - 02:45 PM by Nick Opolsky

Mason County where I have lived the past 26 years does have a excellent Mason County General Hospital to service the community .   https://www.masongeneral.com/   We also have a family of hospital associated clinics which will save time & money when we need it most.One service our beautiful,peaceful county is a little short of are specialists in the medical field.That's one reason I'm writing this today. I needed to see a specialist & the good news is that the Olympia state capital area is just a enjoyable 30- 40 minute trip South & you'll find all the experts you'll need. Check out where I went today Fantastic Facility & great new doctor I meet. https://www.ghc.org/html/public/locations/directions/olympia                                                                                                            Hope you move here !         Call Nick 360-701-9943  



Nick Opolsky
Richard Beckman Realty Group LLC
117 N 8th St. ~ P.O.Box Y
Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: 360-701-9943
Email: nick@richardbeckman.com


I am a licensed Realtor. I specialize in representing my clients in the purchase and sale of single-family residences,raw land & income property within Shelton. I truly love this area and pride myself on my knowledge of current transactions, school districts, neighborhood information, and related services, including mortgage, insurance and inspection information.

I am a customer driven Realtor dedicated to achieving results and providing exceptional service. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, I will put my 20+ years of real estate expertise to work for you!

Watching the water supply

Why do we watch mountain snowpack so closely? Because mountain snow serves as a reservoir during spring and summer, gradually melting and feeding rivers and streams. Snow is an important part of our water supply. Let’s take a look at what’s going on as of Jan. 25, 2017:

Status of supplies

Weather and outlook | In December, we saw cooler-than-usual temperatures. Some parts of the state dipped to 20 degrees below average in the last two weeks. We haven’t seen too much precipitation statewide lately and we’re expected to stay relatively dry until the end of January.

We’re still experiencing La Nina conditions (cooler and wetter overall) but the forecast models see a high likelihood of switching into neutral conditions (neither La Nina nor El Nino) in the spring. While the models are currently sharing a slight consensus on warmer-than-normal temperatures for February through April, experts aren’t seeing indications of a sudden spring warmup like we had in 2016. That is good news for our snowpack.

Mountain snowpack | As of Jan. 25, our statewide mountain snowpack is 100 percent of average. The Olympic and lower Columbia regions are in the lead with 116 and 117 percent of normal, respectively. On the other end, the upper Yakima and Spokane regions are both at 76 percent of normal. Once this dry spell ends, experts believe we can expect our snowpack to continue building.

River and streams | Most rivers and streams on the west side of the state are running at near-normal or above-normal levels. Much of the east side is near normal, too, but there are some pockets of below-normal flows in parts of northeast and north central Washington. Colder areas are still seeing below-average flows because of ice.

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