Sponsor spotlight: Is now the time to sell your home?

Many sellers tried unsuccessfully at some point in the past three to five years to sell their home. And many of them were frustrated by that lack of success that the market at that time allowed. Whether you listed your home unsuccessfully in the past or you are beginning to think about selling, today’s market…

Real estate showcase: Camaloch Golf Course community on Camano Island

Home and Real Estate page sponsor Ann Hoppe has a fresh new listing she’s proud to show off. Look the listing over — it might have you at “unlimited golf.” Welcome to Camaloch Golf Course, a gated community on Camano Island. This custom construction home built by local builder Reliable Transformations Inc, was completed in 2019. The open…

Irons Brothers Construction Project Showcase of the Week: Master bathroom remodel

This three-story Capitol Hill urban home was ready for its master bathroom to transition from its ’80s Miami Vice motif to a 21st-century modern masculine look. Masculine, modern, and warmth were the priorities, so the new fixtures, paint color, tile, cabinetry, and countertop were selected keeping this in mind. The homeowners were on a budget, but…

Irons Brothers Construction Project of the Week: Bothell outdoor living addition

Outdoor living makes your home’s square footage and livable space feel much larger. These homeowners desired to create an outdoor structure on the back of their home to help them enjoy the outdoors year-round under cover. Ultimately, the addition to their home has brought them so much more than this. This 1980s home was living…

Sponsor spotlight: Affordable home financing solutions for our community heroes

We can’t thank you enough for your services…but we’ll try. Whether you are a teacher, police officer, firefighter, EMT, or health care professional, you play a vital role in our community’s safety and wellbeing. That’s why national lender Caliber Home Loans, Inc. is pleased to offer home financing products with non-traditional qualifying guidelines to our…

Welcome to our new Home & Real Estate Page sponsor Ann Hoppe

Meet Ann Hoppe, Your Small Town Real Estate Specialist As a native of a small coastal town, many years living and selling real estate on Camano Island, and currently a resident of Edmonds, Ann has always had a passion for small quaint towns on the water. When it comes to her business, she is committed…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: What to repair before you list your home

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are five recommended repairs to make before…

Spring cleaning tips for your home and yard

Spring is finally here, and it’s time to put away the sweaters, scarves, and boots and get your home in tip-top shape. Here are some spring-cleaning tips to help you get the most out of your chore list: First, inspect your home from top to bottom. Now that the weather is temperate, you will want to…

Coldwell Banker Bain meets $50K fundraising goal for domestic violence initiative

Real estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker Bain announced it met its 2018 $50,000 fundraising goal for “Bring Hope Home,” a company referral initiative benefitting Domestic Violence Housing First. A program facilitated through the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Domestic Violence Housing First approach focuses on getting survivors of domestic violence into stable housing as quickly…

Sponsor spotlight: March is National Ladder Safety Month

Ladders are not only found in construction, landscaping and other work environments, but also in your own home. Here are some safety tips from the American Ladder Institute that we suggest you consider. Changing light bulbs around the house? Trying to get that glass down from the top shelf in the kitchen? Ladders are constantly used…

Sponsor spotlight: Why Caliber Stands Above The Rest

Since a home purchase is a major financial commitment, you deserve the services of a national lender with proven strength and stability. Here are some reasons for buyers to consider Caliber Home Loans:  ■ Communication. I will keep you up to date with the status of your loan application as it’s reviewed by our processors and…

Your kitchen: Likely the most important room in your house

Join Irons Brothers Construction at the Northwest Remodeling Expo, set for Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20, at the Washington State Convention Center, Halls 4EF, 800 Convention Pl., Seattle. More information is available here. Your kitchen is most likely the most important room in your house: where the kids do their homework, where your friends come for coffee,…

Sponsor spotlight: Visit Irons Brothers at the Northwest Remodeling Expo Jan. 18-20

Join Irons Brothers Construction at the Northwest Remodeling Expo, set for Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20, at the Washington State Convention Center, Halls 4EF, 800 Convention Pl., Seattle. More information is available on the Irons Brothers events website. Discounted tickets are available via email at office@ironsbc.com. NW Remodeling Expo Jan. 18: Noon-7 p.m. Jan. 19:11 a.m. to 7…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five hidden renovation costs

Renovations never seem to go as planned. There’s always a cost you didn’t anticipate, or a problem that didn’t reveal itself until the project was underway. Here are five common costs to look out for. 1. Higher utility bills: If contractors and builders are working in your home all day, there’s a good chance they’re…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Dealing with scratched hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes. Hiding scratches: If you’ve…

Sponsor spotlight: More older Americans desire to ‘age in place’

Older Americans largely prefer to stay in their current homes as they age rather than downsize or relocate. And that is a major driver in the continued growth of “aging-in-place” remodeling. This technique involves making home modifications — big or small — to help homeowners live safely in their home for many years to come,…

Home safety checklist for the holiday season

The holiday season is a special time for family gatherings and festive celebrations, but it’s also an important time for home owners to keep some basic safety precautions top of mind. Indeed, crime rates tend to rise during the holiday season — Thanksgiving to New Year’s  — because of the increased number of consumers shopping…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Create an evacuation plan for your pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Turning a bedroom into a luxury room

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary. One trend that’s gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite (or something comparable). If…

Seattle-area home prices experience fastest drop in U.S.

Home prices in the greater Seattle area are falling faster than anywhere else in the U.S., our online news partner The Seattle Times reported. Single-family home costs across the Seattle metro area declined 1.3 percent in September from a month prior, according to the Case-Shiller home-price index, released Tuesday. That follows a 1.6 percent drop…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: What to negotiate when buying a house

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your money. So, what should you negotiate when buying a home? Closing costs. Your closing costs are determined…