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  • HomeWork: Do your research, set expectation before building a home

    Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in:
    • Seattle Times HomeWork
    • Homeowners
    • Build
    There are several key things to consider before pulling the trigger on a plan to build your own home.
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  • HomeWork: What’s design-build remodeling — and is it right for your home?

    Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in:
    • Seattle Times HomeWork
    • Homeowners
    • Build
    For homeowners, there are advantages when the same company does the design and construction of a remodeling project.
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  • HomeWork: Prepping for the 2017 housing market

    Posted on Dec 31, 2016 in:
    • Seattle Times HomeWork
    • Homeowners
    • Build
    Expert advice for successfully navigating the first-quarter housing market.
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  • HomeWork: Choose a builder who shares your vision for a new home

    Posted on Nov 24, 2016 in:
    • Built Green
    • Homeowners
    • Build
    • Seattle Times HomeWork
    Choosing the right Seattle-area homebuilder is a critical choice. Here are things to look for if you want to select the right builder for your particular needs.
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  • HomeWork: Make life easier with the right kitchen appliances

    Posted on Nov 19, 2016 in:
    • Seattle Times HomeWork
    • Homeowners
    • Build
    It’s easy to increase the functionality and appearance of your kitchen with quick and easy appliance upgrades.
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  • Winter Home Selling Success

    Posted on Aug 9, 2016 in:
    • Maintain
    • Homeowners
    As most savvy buyers and sellers know, spring is the peak season for home sales. But job and lifestyle changes can sometimes make it imperative to sell during the winter months. Our Northwest winters can make it difficult for your home to look its best and attract those buyers who, like you, need to relocate in the winter. The following steps can help brighten your home and make it appealing to potential buyers.
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  • Save Money with Sustainable Design Choices

    Posted on Aug 9, 2016 in:
    • Maintain
    • Homeowners
    Driven by increasing energy costs and a growing awareness of health risks associated with indoor air quality, there has been an increase in interest in sustainable home design choices. Studies show homeowners are willing to pay 4 to 7 percent more for sustainable upgrades, especially for those that create direct savings. Here are a few ideas you might consider that fit the bill.
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  • Mortgage Secrets

    Posted on Aug 9, 2016 in:
    • Buy
    • Homeowners
    Mortgage lending has become a very complicated and confusing process, especially over the last several years. A good loan officer will make every attempt to ensure that their customer, the borrower, understands the details of the transaction. But does this always happen? Do they always tell the full truth, the whole truth?
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  • Mortgage Basics

    Posted on Aug 9, 2016 in:
    • Homeowners
    • Buy
    For many people, the mortgage/financial transaction this is the most difficult part of the process, whether they're buying, selling or both
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  • Making the Most of Your Custom Home Experience

    Posted on Aug 9, 2016 in:
    • Build
    • Homeowners
    • Builders
    Most homebuyers interested in purchasing a new home will go to a new housing development and select from a choice of floor plans, typically with few upgrades or options other than paint shades or choices in tile and carpet. Although these are customizations, there are very few and don’t always give the homebuyer the options they require in what some call a "custom" home.
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