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…

Five home maintenance projects to do this fall

As we turn back the clock, now’s the time to focus on fall maintenance projects. Preparing for the chilly weather now will enhance and protect one of your biggest investments: your home. The best part is that many of these projects can be done at little or no cost, and they can help you save…

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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…

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Home and Real Estate Weekly: How to check your home for air leaks

We’re well into the fall season, and winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when it’s especially important to make sure your home is properly sealed. Air leaks can make it difficult to keep your home properly heated and can lead to high utility bills. Here’s quick guide to checking…

Report: Third-quarter home sales reflect ‘normalization’ of housing markets

While home inventory is increasing, it is still a seller’s market in the Puget Sound region, real estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker Bain said in its third-quarter market report. The report includes a variety of statistics for the sale of homes in neighborhoods and counties across Puget Sound, and reflects activity between July 1 and…

Save the date: Irons Brothers Construction on 2018 Remodeled Homes Tour Oct. 27-28

Sponsor Irons Brothers Construction, along with other local home remodelers, would like to invite you to a perfect fall tradition. The 2018 Remodeled Homes Tour, Oct. 27-28, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., is presented by the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Watch this website for more information…

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Creating the perfect home office

School is back in session, and that means the kids will be bringing home more and more homework. This combined with a growing trend of professionals who are working from home on a permanent or part-time basis, places increased emphasis on creating the perfect home office. While the dining room table or living room couch…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Big ideas for small spaces

Smaller rooms can be difficult to decorate, because if you don’t know a few important tricks, the space can end up feeling a little claustrophobic. Here’s how you can keep a room feeling airy and spacious, even if it’s just a studio apartment or an attic. Breathing room Your first inclination might be to arrange…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five tips for a better closing day

Buying a home can be a long process. The last thing you want after all your time spent searching for homes and getting the best mortgage rate is to have everything go wrong on closing day. Here are five tips that’ll ensure it goes smoothly. 1. Schedule a date that works best for you: You…

Real estate agents learn selling points of local schools

“How are the local schools” is a common question that most real estate agents receive from prospective home buyers. To help answer that question, Edmonds School District officials met with local real estate representatives this week. “This was just an opportunity to reach out and share a little bit more about the district,” Superintendent Kristine…

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Considering a remodel? Think twice before you DIY

According to new research and a recent New York Post article, the average American home has nine repairs that need to be completed around the house, with 57 percent of homeowners feeling like their home is a work in progress. While it’s understandable that many homeowners do some of their own home repairs or small…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Which down payment strategy is right for you?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five secret weapons for DIY projects

Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home. 1. Vinegar: There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry…

Edmonds School district to host Real Estate Partnership lunch Oct. 3

Real estate professionals are invited to join Edmonds School District Superintendent Dr. Kris McDuffy for a special luncheon at noon Wednesday, Oct. 3. “Our hope is that together we can partner in sharing our strengths with potential/future residents of Edmonds, Brier, Woodway, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace,” the school district said in an announcement. The event…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Choosing the right paint finish

It can be intimidating to stand in front of the paint swatches at the paint or hardware store and try to make a decision. Picking a color can be difficult enough—and then you have to choose the finish. Choosing the color is up to you, but here’s a simple guide to choosing the correct finish…

Home prices continue to drop in Seattle area, including Snohomish County

Home prices are continuing to fall across an unseasonably cool Seattle-area real estate market, with homes that would have been snapped up in an instant just several months ago now sitting unsold, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Friday. The cost of the median single-family house in Snohomish County last month was $492,000,…

Late summer home maintenance checklist

After the dust settles on your summer celebrations, you may notice that your home has begun to show the signs of an active summer – both inside and out. Take the time now to do a few maintenance tasks to keep your home humming through the rest of the summer, and into fall. Keep hot…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five tips for maintaining houseplants

Adding plants to your home will give it a fresher and brighter feel and will also improve your home’s air quality. Although it does take a little bit of work and consistency to maintain your plants,  it’s well worth the effort. Here are a few tips for keeping your plants looking great. 1. Use leftover…

Be sure to check credentials when hiring a professional remodeler

If you’re planning a home remodel, hire a professional remodeler with excellent credentials. According to the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties (MBAKS), the best remodeling results are achieved when qualified remodelers do the work. “Remodeling professionals have training, experience, skills and solid references,” said Joseph Irons, the Washington State Representative for the…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Need-to-knows for buying your first home

Buying your first home can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life, but it can also be a scary and stressful process. To ensure you have a smooth transaction from start to finish, familiarize yourself with the home-buying process, note the tools and resources available to you, and get all…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: The truth about viewing homes online

It’s easy to get sucked into looking at home listing after home listing online, drawn to the stunningly filtered photos of manicured lawns, sharp-looking kitchens, and giant bedrooms. Although this is a great place to begin, it’s important to keep in mind that all may not be as it seems. Here are tips to avoid…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Hot home trends

Ready to mix up your home décor this year? Here are the top five hottest trends homeowners are loving right now! Industrial stylings. From pullies to Edison bulbs to vintage furniture to bare concrete installations, industrial pieces are a favorite among homeowners. Whether they are mixed in among modern décor or used as the theme…