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Helpful Information 8 Ways to Make Back to School Easier The first day of school sneaks up so fast… summer is here and then gone in a flash! Whether your child is anxious or excited about the start of a more “normal” school year, here are some practical tips to help start things off on the right foot.   Start talking about it. New teacher, new classmates, new […]
Helpful Information No Relief in Heat, But Relief for Buyers – Summertime 2021 Summertime 2021 – What is Going on?  Some Possible Relief for Buyers?   Recently we heard a quote from Mike Loftin of the Urban Institute that resonated with us. “We need to stop seeing housing as a reward for financial success and instead see it as a critical tool that can facilitate financial success.” Homeownership […]
Helpful Information Pre-Approval Makes All the Difference When Buying a Home You may have been told that it’s important to get pre-approved at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what does that really mean, and why is it so important? Especially in today’s market, with rising home prices and high buyer competition, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of your budget so you stand out to sellers as a […]
Helpful Information What is a Seller’s Market? When the housing market favors sellers, a seller can expect ideal conditions for selling their home. However, that’s not to say that a seller’s market doesn’t come with its own unique set of challenges for parties on both sides of the transaction. That’s why it’s critical for buyers and sellers to work with an agent […]
Helpful Information 10 Tips for Sustainable Gardening Spring is calling and the flowers are in bloom. It’s the time of the year that many homeowners start spending more time in the garden. Having a healthy garden is one of the best ways to create a sustainable home and reduce your household’s carbon footprint. Here are some eco-friendly tips that will help to make your garden even […]
Helpful Information 2021 Farmer’s Market’s When you shop at a local Farmers Market, you’re buying outstanding freshness, quality and flavor. Knowing exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown provides peace of mind for your family. Plus, you’re supporting a sustainable regional food system that helps small family farms stay in business; protects land from over-development, and […]
Helpful Information What is Your Home Worth?   Over the last 6 years, the median price for a single-family home in King County has grown by 65%, and in Snohomish County 69%. Above are examples of actual homes sold in late 2015 to early 2016 that also sold in early 2021. Note, they were not remodeled or significantly improved in between sales. These examples show […]
Helpful Information The Importance of Pre-Approval To set yourself up for a smooth and successful home purchase, getting pre-approved is perhaps the most productive first step you can take. It strengthens your buying credibility, informs your home search, and speeds up the closing process.   The Pre-Approval Process  There is an important distinction to made between two important steps of your mortgage application […]
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Helpful Information Key Design Trends Emerging in 2021 See a Houzz Editor Discuss Key Design Trends Emerging in 2021 In this episode of Houzz TV Live, editor Mitchell Parker discusses design trends destined to catch on in 2021. See how zellige tile is showing up in kitchens and baths, the open floor plan is being reconsidered and outdoor areas are becoming the go-to […]
Helpful Information Compassionate Goal Setting Goal Setting with Self-Compassion    We all know that there is no magic in the first day or month of the year, and yet we are all drawn to the idea of new beginnings. A fresh start. And so with 2020 finally put to bed, many of us are setting goals for this fresh, new year.  The […]
Helpful Information 2020 Local Holiday Donation Sites We can show we care in many ways this Holiday Season – Check out all the locations that are receiving donations.  
Helpful Information How to Winterize a House By Devon Thorsby, Editor, Real Estate Nov. 3, 2020 EXTREME WINTER WEATHER can leave neighborhoods and communities without power or other public services for long periods of time, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns. With the risk of damage to your property or personal injury, it’s a smart idea to prepare your home for such winter weather […]
Helpful Information Inventory, Equity & Experts! Laying Fact Over Fact! It is important that we pay attention to the data when measuring the health of the housing market. There are a lot of feelings and media influences that can play into one’s opinion of the housing market. I choose to focus on three things: inventory, equity levels, and the experts. This has been and will […]
Helpful Information The Windermere Bridge Loan – A Solution for Competing! Inventory levels got you down?  But your equity is high?  A solution for competing in this market.  The Windermere Bridge Loan program can help… Homeowners across our region are enjoying very healthy equity levels due to an amazing upswing in the real estate market over the last five years. In fact, the median price in […]
Helpful Information Should You Buy an Existing Home or New Construction? Finding the right home to purchase today is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers. With so few homes for sale and construction of newly built homes ramping up, you may be wondering if you should consider new construction in your search process. It’s a great question to ask, and one to look at from the pros and cons […]
Helpful Information The Top Reasons People Are Moving This Year Today, Americans are moving for a variety of different reasons. The current health crisis has truly re-shaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending extra time where we currently live is enabling many families to re-evaluate what homeownership means and what they find most important in a home. According to Zillow: “In 2020, homes went from the […]
Helpful Information 8 Tips for Back to School During COVID-19 Here we are again, with a new school year right around the corner. We all know that this year won’t be anything like what we’re used to, or what we hoped for… those fresh supplies, cute outfits, and all the “first day of school” pictures spamming our Facebook feed. Your family might be mourning what […]
Helpful Information Where to Donate Household Items During COVID-19? If you’re looking for somewhere to donate your household items and clothes, there are a lot more options than just Goodwill. For many of us, all the extra time at home this year has sparked bouts of de-cluttering and purging. Whether you have already cleaned out your linen closet, or you’re still planning to tackle […]
Helpful Information Snohomish County Phase 2 – Real Estate News! Phase 2 Snohomish County – Now What? Our office re-opened on June 15th, and we’ve been allowed to expand our activities to serve our clients in the safest way possible. We can now show homes to three people at a time instead of two! Yay! Contact us for all the details…the change is good!
Helpful Information 15 Backyard Activities to Enjoy Right Now-COVID-19 Style! House Beautiful By SARA RODRIGUES  MAY 15, 2020 For those seeking a useful way to spend their time during social distancing—or anyone simply interested in forging a deeper connection with their homes—HB has launched Home Love, a series of daily tips and ideas to make every minute indoors more productive (and gratifying!). Summer is on its […]