Home Improvements Happy 21st Anniversary to Seattle Tile Company One of my favorite family-run businesses on my Homeowner Services Directory, Seattle Tile Company, is celebrating.  Owners Denée and Tom Foti are to be congratulated.  I've worked with them personally and they have helped many of my clients with various home-improvement projects.  Sales going on through February.
Uncategorized The Spring District…Live, Work, Play Take a look — The Spring District
Uncategorized New Year – New Budget? Here’s a Guide to Savings Personal Finances from Quicken
Uncategorized Call For Action: Keep the Housing Recovery on Track Dear friends and colleagues. Call For Action: Keep the Housing Recovery on Track. I have sent the letter below to my Senators and Representative for my District. Please consider doing the same and edit as needed. Thanks. Dear Senator (and/or Representatives), I am writing to you, as a constituent and as a member of the […]
Uncategorized A New Housing Boom… With cautious optimism, I share this post. However, I remind all of us that real estate markets are local, even neighborhood- specific so please contact me if you want to discuss the trends in your area. http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/12/news/economy/housing-boom/index.html    
Market Information Historical, Landmark homes at Fort Lawton – For Sale?! Extraordinary opportunity — protected views, located in the middle of Discovery Park — 26 historic military housing units on nine acres are for sale.  http://www.magnoliavoice.com/2012/09/26/worth-millions-fort-lawton-officers-homes-for-sale/
Buying Information Do you know anyone who wants to live in Lakewood, WA? My clients, Ian and Pauline want to move back to Seattle.  They have just listed their home near Lake Steilacoom in Lakewood.  Tudor style home on nearly a half-acre…for only $265,000!  Take a look (click here).  
Uncategorized Tax relief for struggling Homeowners Encouraging news in Ken Harney's column Sunday regarding a bipartisan bill, that if passed, will extend the income tax savings on those who are facing foreclosures and short sales. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2018862594_harney12.html#    
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Investments Attention all Seattle rental housing owners! Seattle Council’s Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture committee, chaired by Nick Licata, is holding a meeting this Wednesday, August 8th @ 2:00 pm at City Hall for discussion of public comment received by the City's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) regarding their proposal for a mandatory rental housing inspections program in the City […]
Buying Information Phenomenal Interest Rates   Click on image below to see the trends in 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates.  If you are considering refinancing or making a purchase you'll benefit from the low cost of money.
Home Improvements What new doors can do for you Just discovered this company and website.  I often see old houses that could be transformed with new interior doors and hardware.  Take a look and give me your feedback.  MyHomeStory.com
Home Improvements Home Energy Upgrade Program Take a look at the City of Seattle’s program for making your home more energy efficient.  The incentives expire at the end of July, including the low cost    energy audit.  Even if you don’t pursue the audit and incentives program, there are some great ideas and resources on this site. http://www.communitypowerworks.org/for-home/energy-incentives-home/
Home Improvements Shredding and Electronics Recycling Here’s a chance to clean your closets!  Stop by with your papers to shred or electronics to recycle.  Our partners are Confidential Data Disposal and InterConnection.org.
Home Improvements Patio pavers project – Before and After Stephanie succeeded in turning a portion of her back yard into a beautiful patio that provides a level walkway  to her covered dining area.  She worked with Aguiar Pavers. Here is the before and after.  Just in time for summer Stephanie.  Fantastic! o
Uncategorized Deck Project – Before and After My client Mary recently completed a deck rehab. Contractor was West Coast Decks, project was around $10k with a few other projects included.  Special feature: LED lights in the stair risers which added a really nice touch. Just in time for summer!
Uncategorized Green Home Advisor Visit this site for information and links for increasing the energy efficiency of your home, home energy audits, rebate and incentive programs and remodeling tips. www.greenhomeadvisor.org/tamara-marson  
Home Improvements New window product available – efficient, affordable I think I just love the name…”INDOW WINDOW”.  A friend of mine who works in Portland, OR, posted about these thermal window inserts as promoted by Clean Energy Works Oregon, a non-profit program established to reduce energy waste by encouraging homeowners to take direct action.  I contacted the manufacturer to find out if their windows […]