Seventh-year accreditation goes to Methow House Watch of Winthrop, WA! ​

Derek Van Marter

Methow House Watch of Winthrop, Washington, has earned accreditation from the NHWA for the seventh year.

President and CEO Derek Van Marter has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University. He spent nearly 20 years as an impartial facilitator of environmental conflict resolution, successfully negotiating agreements in national, regional, state, and local issues.

Methow House Watch was established in 1995. Derek bought the successful Methow Valley Home Watch business in 2016 from the founders, who decided it was time to retire. He has grown the business over the last seven years, more than doubling its capacity.

Derek and his wife, Nicole Ringgold, have owned many homes. They also built one in 2009 that was, unfortunately, consumed in a 2014 wildfire. In addition to his professional experience, Derek is able to put his home-building, maintenance, and handyman skills to work as the owner of Methow House Watch. The Methow Valley is a recreation destination, where over half of the total dwelling units are second homes. Derek and his staff of five provide full-service Home Watch to hundreds of clients.

Derek and Nicole met in 1995 as Peace Corps volunteers in Niger, West Africa. They are active volunteers in the community, on boards of directors, as patrollers with the National Ski Patrol, and on Search and Rescue. Derek also has a private pilot certificate and is an EMT with Aero Methow Rescue Service. Nicole is a successful silversmith who sells her jewelry all around the world.

Methow House Watch serves Methow Valley, from Lost River to French Creek. You can reach Derek at (509) 996-3332 or Learn more at his website,

Congratulations, Derek!

As always, I wish you

Much success,

Jack Luber
Executive Director

A little about the National Home Watch Association: The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada (

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