Category Archives: Reporter

Planning on Selling Your House Yourself? Think Again!

Next week, we’ll share five reasons not to sell your home yourself, so please check back! Reprinted with permission from KeepingCurrentMatters.com.

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What’s in a Mortgage Payment?

If you are a first-time homebuyer, the prospect of buying a home is an exciting one. You are finally ready to say good-bye to your landlord and to have your monthly payment go to something you can call your own. … Continue reading

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DIY Home Décor: 9 Ways to Update Your Home’s Style Today

Whether you are staging your home for sale or are just ready for a fresh, new look, we’ve got nine easy, affordable decorating ideas for you to try. Give your front door a new look. Consider repainting it a bold … Continue reading

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Who Puts YOU First in a Real Estate Transaction?

We recommend that, when buying or selling a home, you work with not just a real estate agent but that you choose a Realtor® to represent you – someone who holds a real estate license but who also is a … Continue reading

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Create a Backyard Sanctuary This Summer

Our gorgeous, not-too-hot summers are one of the many reasons I love the Seattle area. Make this summer one of your favorites by transforming your backyard into an outdoor sanctuary. Here are some great tips from Better Homes & Gardens … Continue reading

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Home Buyers: 10 Common Closing Costs

When you’re planning to buy a home, you’ve already saved your down payment and maybe some money toward closing costs, but there are many costs that homebuyers don’t necessarily plan for, especially first-time homebuyers. Here are 10 common closing costs … Continue reading

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5 Backyard DIY Projects to Try This Weekend

We love Sunset magazine, not just because it is focused on the West, but because it has such great ideas. Here are 5 backyard do-it-yourself projects (from Sunset’s list of 53!) that you can try this weekend: Get organized. Build … Continue reading

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Home Sales and Home Prices are Up!

The National Association of Realtors® reports that existing home sales are way above this time last month and this time last year. That’s good news if you’re thinking of selling your home this year. For specifics on how this affects … Continue reading

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7 Costly Selling Mistakes to Avoid

Buying a new home can be an exciting process, but first you have to sell your current home. Here are seven selling mistakes you can avoid to expedite the process, adapted from the National Association of Realtors®. Ignoring sales prep. … Continue reading

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9 Ways to Cut the Clutter & Organize Your Home

One of the easiest ways to make your home more appealing to prospective home buyers – and to you – is to cut the clutter and organize your home. Real Simple and HGTV offer some fun ways to rid your … Continue reading

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