Just Listed – Beautiful Townhome in the Heart of Fremont

Beautiful 3 Bedroom, 3.25 Bath Townhome in the Middle of the Popular Fremont Area. Two Blocks to Shops & Restaurants. Light-Filled Living Area with Open Floor Plan, Gas Fireplace & Built-in Cabinetry. Glowing Hardwoods Throughout. Kitchen with Granite Countertops & Eating Nook. Spacious Master Bedroom with Full Bath & Second Upstairs Bedroom Also with Full Bath. Lower Level is Perfect for Guest Quarters or Home Office. One Car Attached Garage with Pass for on Street Parking. Secluded Back Patio with Trees & Nice Landscaping.

Offered at: $649,800

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Just Listed And Just In Time For Summer!

10453 Forest Ave S, Seattle WA 98178

3 Bedrooms, 1.75 Baths

Offered at $465,000

Just In Time For Summer!

Just in time for summer! Gorgeous well maintained Lake WA view home in Lakeridge. Views abound from almost every room in the house, giving you a front row seat to the Blue Angels & fireworks. Expansive windows & open kitchen provide perfect back-drop for entertaining. Hardwood floors, new appliances, heat pump, mature landscaping, multiple terraces, patios, & decks are just a few things that make this property special. Lower level has family room, full bath, huge laundry room, separate entrance.

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Seattle Among Most Geographically Diverse Cities in America

Seattle Among Most Geographically Diverse Cities in America

The only major U.S. cities that are more geographically diverse are Las Vegas and Colorado Springs

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The Seattle Times’ FYI Guy Gene Balk is back with his latest Census-driven analysis and he’s found out that Seattle’s residents are among the most geographically diverse in the nation in terms of where they originally come from.

Among the 50 biggest U.S. cities, Seattle ranks No. 3 on the “geographic diversity index” with a score of 79.3 Here’s what that means:
The undrafted free agents who might have the best chance to make the Seahawks’ roster If you were to compare any two Seattleites at random, there’s about a 79 percent chance they were born in different areas of the country or the world.

The only cities that are more geographically diverse are Las Vegas and Colorado Springs.

Only 38 percent of the people who live in Seattle are native Washingtonians, the fourth-lowest of the top 50 U.S. cities. So who is Seattle attracting? Midwesterners, for one. Seattle has the highest percentage of Midwestern transplants of any West Coast city. One area they’re not coming from is other West Coast cities. Despite what we’ve heard about NoCal transplants, Seattle is behind Las Vegas, Portland, and Mesa.

Balk also dug into specific Seattle neighborhoods to see what the breakdown is. If you’re looking for diversity, look to Downtown, First Hill, and Pioneer Square. Looking for the least diverse neighborhoods (for some reason)? Try Fauntleroy, Broadview, Greenwood. If you want to be among Northeasterners, move to Capitol Hill. If you want to be among Southerners, move to South Lake Union. The most international of all the Seattle neighborhoods? The aptly-named International District (60 percent foriegn-born-born).
· Seattle ranks near top for people from all over the map [ST]

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5 Tips for Buying a Home

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

Get your finances in order.

Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.

Hire a professional.

While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.

Do your homework.

Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.

Think long term.

Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.

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Beautiful West Seattle Townhome Just Listed!

7204 California Ave SW #C Seattle, WA 98136

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Townhome in West Seattle. Interior Amenities Include Hardwood Floors, Stainless Appliances, Granite Counters, Custom Tile Work, Tankless H20, Gas Fireplace Surrounded by Slate Tile & Detailed Wood Mantel. 2 Private Decks. Spectacular Landscaped Yard is Fenced & Great for Entertaining. Some view of Sound from 2nd bedroom. Close to Restaurants, Shops, Parks, Schools & Playgrounds. Minutes from Downtown. Sellers Rave about Their Great Neighbors. No HOA Dues. You’ll love it here!

Offered at $475,000

Contact us for more information! 206.462.4444

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SOLD – Country Living In The City!

Congratulations to our buyers who just closed on their own “country living in the city” home!

Over 3/4 of an acre of gardens, open space, fire pit, off street parking, sports court, and more! All the space they want and still only minutes away from downtown Seattle or the airport.

Sold for $420,000.

Interested in finding your own dream home? Contact us today!

206.462.4444

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Just Listed – Bonney Lake Craftsman

Beautiful Craftsman Design Home!

11619 178th Pl E, Bonney Lake 98391

Offered at: $319,900

  • 3 BEDS
  • 2 BATHS
  • 1 HALF BATH
  • 2577 SQFT

Beautiful craftsman design home! Features include open concept living with real hardwood flooring, gourmet kitchen with slab granite counter-tops, stainless appliances, island, spacious family room, dining and den/office. Upper floor features 3 bedrooms, plus large bonus room or possible 4th bedroom, & upper level laundry room. Spacious master with walk-in closet, 5-piece bath with deep tub. Home located on corner lot on a cul-de-sac street, with private park, and backs to reservoir. You’ll love it here!

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23 Upgrades Under $50 to Make Your House Look Awesome

You don’t need much cash to spruce up your property and upgrade your quality of life.

Are you dreaming of improving your home, but you don’t have the budget to do major remodeling? If so, there’s still plenty you can do to scratch the home-improvement itch — and make your home look great.

Here are 23 cheap ways to spruce up your home for $50 or less.

1. Do a cheap facelift

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Syda Productions / Shutterstock.com

There’s no quicker fix than a can of paint. Use it to give new life to dingy wood furniture. Try a new color in your bedroom or bathroom. Or just paint the ceiling a soft sky blue. HGTV has 50 ideas for DIY projects requiring just a single can of paint.

The DIY Network has more ideas, plus tips for painting walls and ceilings, advice for painting like a pro and 11 ideas for using chalkboard paint.

If you can’t afford to splurge on a can of paint, try these cheap sources for paint:

  • Find a Habitat for Humanity ReStore near you.
  • On your local Craigslist, search at the top left of the home page for “paint.”
  • Join a local Freecycle group. The organization has more than 5,000 local groups and millions of members who connect online to recycle all kinds of items. Post your request in the “wanted” area.

2. Update a bathroom faucet

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Lucien Milasan / Shutterstock.com

This Old House says replacing an old faucet with a shiny new one is an easy project that takes about two hours. The site has step-by-step instructions. To find a faucet within a $50 budget, search and compare prices online. Try searching by price at Overstock.com and Walmart.com. Or shop at a ReStore or thrift store.

Tip: Find a new faucet in the same finish — i.e., oil-rubbed bronze, chrome, satin nickel — as your other bathroom fixtures.

3. Declutter

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marekuliasz / Shutterstock.com

Decluttering is deeply satisfying. It can make your home feel new and different — and roomier. But it requires so many tough decisions: What stays? What goes? And what about all the stuff you don’t use but can’t get rid of?

Check out these seven ingenious ways to help get going. Here’s one that helps you organize as you declutter. And also check out “A Dozen Great Ways to Get Rid of Hard-to-Get-Rid-of Stuff.”

4. Make a Mason jar lamp

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Ezume Images / Shutterstock.com

Mason jar lamps are trendy. A YouTube video by TheSorryGirls takes you step by step through the process of making one. Krylon, the maker of aerosol spray paint, gives instructions for painting Mason jars being used for lamps.

If a single-jar lamp isn’t enough challenge, and you have plenty of used Mason canning jars, look for instructions online for making a Mason jar chandelier. Stick to using found materials to keep your costs down.

5. Dress up an old sofa

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Andreas G. Karelias / Shutterstock.com

Give the couch new life by pulling a slipcover over its tired old self.

Slipcovers run as low as $25 at Walmart. If you can’t find a fitted slipcover that works on your sofa, don’t worry. Done well, a loose fit is timeless. CheckOverstock and elsewhere for machine-washable cotton duck covers in many colors.

With any remaining cash, jazz up your new couch by making or buying an accent pillow or two.

6. Tackle carpet stains

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Dragon Images / Shutterstock.com

Take a Saturday morning and give your carpets some TLC at virtually no cost. There are several methods described — along with some of the potential hazards — at The Carpet Buyers Handbook.

For carpets stained beyond your powers of restoration, consider using a professional carpet cleaning service. Have only the most heavily trafficked room done if you need to keep costs below $50. When looking for a professional service, make sure you’re comparing apples with apples: Some charge by the room, others by the square foot.

7. Make a faux tile kitchen backsplash

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NantukelPhotography / Shutterstock.com

This is more than a simple painting job. A painted kitchen backsplash mimics the contemporary look of narrow horizontal stone and glass tiles. The project requires a lot of preparatory taping. But, judging from instructions and photos at the Reality Daydream blog, it is worth the effort.

8. Reupholster an ottoman

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Oleksandr Berevsky / Shutterstock.com

Grab a staple gun and a simple piece of furniture, like an ottoman, and give it new life. Brooke Ulrich, DIY blogger at All Things Thrifty, shows how to tackle reupholstery. Here’s a quick video with a trick for removing old fabric from furniture, which she says is one of the hardest parts of the job.

Shop for fabric and a piece of furniture with simple lines at the ReStore, a thrift shop, Craigslist or Freecycle. Or search online for “fabric outlet” and “discount upholstery fabric.” Another source: Jo-Ann Fabrics’ frequent sales, discounts and coupons allow for big savings. Shoppers who sign up at the site get more discounts. Find a store near you or shop online.

9. Rearrange bookshelves

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Evgeny Karandaev / Shutterstock.com

“Style” your bookshelves with artistic flare. Better Home & Gardens has inspiration and tips. This is a fun, creative project, so spend some time and enjoy it. Among BHG’s tips:

  • Treat each shelf as a display, and then stand back and make sure all shelves work well together.
  • Position some items off-center on a shelf.
  • Place some books in horizontal stacks and use the stacks as bookends for books shelved vertically.
  • For a designer look, cover the inside of a bookcase with fabric or wallpaper.
  • Don’t pack treasures and collections on every shelf.
  • Pieces of pottery make nice, solid bookends.
  • Stack a pyramid of books and put one of your favorite objects atop the stack.
  • Use bookshelves as a gallery for framed photos or art.

10. Upgrade cabinet hardware

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Andrew Bassett / Shutterstock.com

If your kitchen and bathroom look dated, and you can’t replace the cabinets, replacing the cabinet hardware gives rooms a new look.

Here are shopping tips:

  • Remove one handle or drawer pull to see how many screws it uses and how far apart they should be. Your new hardware will need to have this same configuration.
  • Before shopping, take stock of your room’s style. To avoid being overwhelmed by all the options, first browse home decorating magazines to identify the look of the hardware you want, for example: Pulls or handles? Sleek and modern? Old world? Recycled and eclectic?
  • When you have a rough idea of what to look for, do some price shopping online. Try Ikea, Overstock and local and chain hardware stores. But also do an online search for “cabinet hardware” to see what’s available online.

11. Rearrange furniture

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Alex_Po / Shutterstock.com

Ask someone whose home styling skills you admire to help you see your home and possessions in a new light. Stay open to change and new ideas.

Last year I asked someone I know to spend an hour with me finding how to make better use of a difficult space in my home. She has a true genius for visualizing space. She spent two or three hours coming up with new configurations for my same old furnishings that somehow made the space roomier, more usable and much more attractive.

12. Brighten the entry

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Artazum / Shutterstock.com

Follow these three steps to revitalize the look of your home’s entry with a little elbow grease and a can of exterior paint:

  • Start by taking everything off the front porch or deck and scrubbing it from rafters to floorboards.
  • Clean the front door and give it a new paint job. Consider a stylish color that complements your home’s exterior, yet is a little brighter. Your local paint store will have paint chips and ideas. Browse Pinterest or Houzz for color schemes and inspiration.
  • Replace or repair damaged screens or storm doors. Polish metal doorknobs and fixtures.

13. Install a front door kick plate

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Bobkeenan Photography / Shutterstock.com

A kick plate is a broad strip of polished metal used horizontally along the bottom edge of a front door to protect it from scratches, kicks and dog paws. Kick plates are decorative as well as functional. Brass is traditionally used, but popular finishes now include antique brass, pewter, antique bronze and black.

Change your old kick plate for a new one, or install a kick plate if you haven’t used one before. After choosing a metal finish you like, use the same finish on all of your exterior hardware.

14. Paint exterior shutters and trim

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Serenethos / Shutterstock.com

A fresh coat of paint (or two) on shutters and trim provides a quick, easy shot in the arm for your home’s exterior. Paint all the trim or just the window trim. And if you are short on time or materials, repaint only the front-facing trim. It’s safest to use a color that’s already part of your home’s exterior color scheme.

15. Install new doorknobs

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Everything / Shutterstock.com

Put attractive new knobs or handles on interior doors and closets. For family members who are aging, arthritic or disabled, make life easier by replacing knobs with easier-to-grasp door levers like these at Home Depot.

16. Make a new headboard

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Everything / Shutterstock.com

Craft a new headboard for your bed or refurbish your old one. If you scrounge for free and cheap materials, you can do it for less than $50. A few ideas:

17. Shine a new light

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bikeriderlondon / Shutterstock.com

Lighting plays an important role in home decor. Installing new lights, or even changing the wattage, can change the look and mood of a room.

“After years of work, LED lighting companies have finally achieved their goal of producing a good replacement for the common 60-watt incandescent bulb,” says MIT Technology Review’s article, “How to Choose an LED Light Bulb.” Some bulbs are rated to last 25,000 hours, or up to 25 years, depending on the use.

The article tells how to choose among the various brightness options and select bulbs for shape, function, color and light quality. It says:

For the consumer, the main benefits of LED fixtures are clear: They’re energy-efficient, can last for more than 20 years and, in many cases, give off good light. The prices have gone down steadily as well, as the LED components have dropped in price and lighting companies introduce better designs.

When investing in new LED bulbs, consider changing the fixture itself as well. Look for used fixtures online, at thrift shops and ReStores.

18. Add drama with light

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Marco Poplasen / Shutterstock.com

For a fun project that delivers instant drama for less than $50, install flexible LED ribbon lighting atop or under cabinets. For less than $50, you can get, for example, an 8-foot length of Armacost RibbonFlex Pro RGB LED tape light.Armacost has installation instructions and project photos and ideas. Find how-to installation videos at YouTube.

19. Give your home a deep cleaning

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Yuganov Konstantin / Shutterstock.com

If you’re considering spending money on a shrink, first try using Oprah.com’s checklist, timeline and instructions for deeply, thoroughly cleaning your home in eight hours. Oprah.com calls it “spring cleaning,” but don’t let that stop you from doing it now.

The psychological benefits of a really clean home are immense, and you’ll feel wonderfully virtuous for doing it.

20. Add container plants

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New plants dress up your home’s porch and garden and give great curb appeal. You can start plants from seeds in spring or in a greenhouse. In autumn, dig a few of the more vigorous and prolific perennials from your garden or a friend’s and install them in pots. Ivy, a pest in gardens, looks terrific trailing down sides of planters, for example. Your local garden store or nursery may have a half-price area from which it sells cast-offs. Often, watering and care is all they need.

The Micro Gardener has loads of ideas and photos for garden containers made from furniture, kitchen equipment, bathroom fixtures, toys, baskets, boxes and even clothes and shoes for use as outdoor planters. Check out her vertical garden made from a hanging cloth shoe rack.

21. Install kitchen utility hooks

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gangis khan / Shutterstock.com

For a quick kitchen upgrade that you’ll enjoy daily, install a wall-mounted row of sturdy utility hooks. Use them for everything from dish towels and pot holders to utensils and measuring cups. You might even slip a recipe you’re using into a plastic ring-binder sleeve, add a ring clip and hang it for ready access

22. Install new house numbers

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Frontier Sights / Shutterstock.com

Change your old house numbers. Find them with an online search, at hardware stores or shop for handmade numbers at Etsy.

23. Give light switch covers new life

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Anna Jurkovska / Shutterstock.com

Here’s how to give grimy old light switch covers new life: Toss them out and treat yourself to new ones. For a fun project, cover some of them with decoupage.

By Marilyn Lewis on September 13, 2016 – Photo by Ezume Images / Shutterstock.com

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New on Market – 2bd Condo in Great Location with Open Floorplan!

2 bed Condo

827 Hiawatha Pl S #305 Seattle WA 98144

Offered at $345,000

Light & bright, open floorplan, 2bd/1ba condo in sought after Pontedera building (on the same block as Hiawatha Art Lofts & Jackson Coops). This super clean unit has views of the city, stadiums, and access to rooftop common areas. Close to shopping, restaurants, SODO, and freeways. Incredible opportunity to buy in Seattle w/large subsidy from Homesight Neighborworks! Restrictions apply.

2 bed Condo

2 bed Condo

2 bed Condo

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827 Hiawatha Pl S #305

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