Category Archives: Reporter

Declutter & Organize: 10 Things to Toss

When preparing your home for sale, it is important to stage your home as a clean, organized living space that another individual or family can picture themselves in. One way to do this is to declutter and organize your home. … Continue reading

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Do I Need Perfect Credit to Buy a Home?

The short answer is no. You don’t have to have perfect credit to buy a home, but you do need good credit. In May, the average FICO score for a conventional mortgage loan was 757. The average FICO score for … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Buy a Home NOW!

It’s summertime, and the housing market is HOT, HOT, HOT! For families, this is often the best time of year to buy. The kids are out of school, and you can purchase a home and get settled in before the … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Not to Sell Your Own Home (FSBO)

Last week we shared a telling infographic from KeepingMattersCurrent.com which explained some of the challenges of selling your own home, often referred to as FSBO, or For Sale By Owner. This week we’re sharing 5 reasons not to go the … Continue reading

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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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