12th Man Flag Being Raised

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I can’t help but smile when I see stories about the 12th Man. What a great year for  the Seahawks and such a fun season for the fans! To help kick off the Seattle Seahawks’ playoff run to the Super Bowl, and as a salute to the best fans in the National Football League, King County Executive Dow Constantine will …

Ever Heard of: Tree House Point

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There is an amazing little known place in Fall City, WA called Tree House Point. Ever Heard of it? They host weddings and events there as well as overnight stays. What an experience to spend the night in a luxury tree house as an adult! Rumor has it the owner was trying to purchase some land in Issaquah to make …

History of Mortgage Rates

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Check out this infographic chart of the history of mortgage rates. From 1980-2013 the rates are incredible!!!! Thank goodness we aren’t living in the 1980’s anymore…. Also, check out Zillow’s great mortgage calculator here.

Home Buyers Looking for Bargains This Winter May Be Disappointed

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Prospective homebuyers hoping to get a home at a discount during the winter months are finding like minded buyers competing for the same properties. Although inventory in many areas has increased over last year there remains a limited selection, especially in areas close to employment centers like downtowns Seattle and Bellevue and those in top ranked school districts. November sales …

Best Buy Cities — Where to Invest in Housing in 2014

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According to a newly released Forbes list of the top 20 cities where your real estate money is a “safe bet”, Seattle ranks #16. “The key is to buy where the prices are still low, in cities with a lot of growth  potential,” say the Forbes’ folks. To read the full article, go to http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/12/26/best-buy-cities-where-to-invest-in-2014/ 1.  Fort Worth, TX 2.  …

The 10 Best Cities in Washington

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So what is the best city in The Evergreen State? Sorry, Seattle, but it looks like Issaquah has you beat. According to our study, here are the 10 cities in Washington: 1. Issaquah 2. Bellevue 3. Kirkland 4. Mercer Island 4. Olympia 6. Redmond 7. Mukilteo 8. Bellingham 9. Seattle 10. Richland How did Issaquah manage to crest the top …

Organization Tips

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 Do you have “Cabin Fever” (which I just found out is a weird word that comes from  Washington State)? I know being cooped up inside with my toddler have been rough. I’m running out of things to do! I then realized, “Why not start organizing?!” Who say’s Spring Cleaning is the only time to clean and organize? My daughter loves …

Forgotten Children’s Fund

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Yesterday we went and volunteered at the Forgotten Children’s Fund. The organization screens families that are in need during the holiday Season and then asks for volunteers to come help wrap gifts. We got a family of 7 that had 5 kids at home. Each child got a stocking with toothpaste, toothbrush, candy, socks, and 3 little toys in them. …

Make the Most of Your Home Inspection

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A home inspection is a crucial element of any home purchase. Most buyers make their purchase offer contingent on the results of a home inspection so they can decide not to buy if the inspection reveals significant structural problems. In a market with heavy competition for homes, buyers sometimes waive the home-inspection contingency to make their offer more appealing to …

Winter Checklist

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The cold Winter is rolling in and now it the time to really take a look at your house. Is your house Winter ready? Here are a few tips on getting there! Remove leaves and debris from gutters so rain and melting snow can drain properly. My husband recently cleaned out our gutters and pulled out chunks of frozen leaves! …