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It is amazing how easy some home projects can be.  My husband and I have repairs on our own home and our rental homes.  We seem to go from one repair or improvement project to another.  The most recent DIY project was to make screens for the windows for one of our rentals.Our rental did not have ...
06/06/2016
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There is a retail saying “The eye buys.”  The meaning is that the product may be the best on the market – good quality, the right price – but if the buyer doesn’t “like” it, they won’t purchase the item.  On the flip side, the product might not be the best quality or might be priced a bit higher ...
05/31/2016
I’d never thought that I could repair a defective appliance – the major type like dryer or refrigerator.   However, it was amazingly easy.A couple months ago, one of our tenants called and said that the dryer wasn’t working – the dryer turned on, but didn’t have any heat.  Ok – we visited our fav...
05/17/2016
Well…yes.  A seller may think that as long as they will receive more for their house than they owe they are in good shape.  Not so.  There is a cost to selling your house.  Some costs are incurred by the seller in every transaction.  There are other costs in selling that may apply to your situati...
04/07/2016
During a recent windstorm, the fence between our property and the neighbor in the back received some damage.  The neighbor obtained a bid for repairs.  We were faced with the decision to repair the fence ourselves or hire a contractor to make the repairs.The fence didn’t appear to be too badly da...
03/25/2016
For the last week or so, I’ve been watching the boulevard on Lewis Street in Monroe.  There have been a few daffodils starting to bloom.  I’ve seen the crews out working on the flower areas of the boulevard.  Today when I drove along the street, the flowers were in full bloom.It’s fun to watch th...
03/07/2016
There are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in your home town.There are the traditional venues of buying flowers at grocers or florists, candy and grocers or specialty stores, or treat your special person to dinner at a nearby restaurant – whether it’s a sweet treat at DQ, a take-out pizza f...
02/09/2016
[WHAT IS PRE-APPROVAL AND WHY DO I NEED IT?]Is buying a home in your plans for this year?  Are you thinking of buying a home at some point in the “near” future?  There are several things you need to decide if you plan on buying a home.  For example, you’ll need to consider the style, location, sq...
02/01/2016
Of course.  Every season has its pros and cons of selling.  Some might say summer is bad because there are so many houses for sale that the competition is tough.  On the other hand some (generally, most people) might say summer is a great time to sell because there are so many people looking to b...
12/21/2015
With the recent rain and subsequent flooding in the Snoqualmie Valley, it brings to mind an aspect of home buying that isn’t mentioned very often – the traffic patterns and commute.Duvall, Washington, has had only one road open in and out of town twice in the last few weeks.  All of the commute t...
12/14/2015
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