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Getting Your Home Market Ready

Getting your home ready to list for sale is no easy task. As a matter of fact, preparing your property to go to market is a collection of big and small tasks that can be time-consuming, energy-draining, and all-out frustrating. However, if you have an idea of what you’re working toward, and outline the steps … Continued

6 Steps to Selling Your Home

Choosing to list your house for sale can be difficult, but knowing what to do next can be even more challenging. Even in best-case scenarios, real estate transactions are time-consuming and complicated. However, the more you know and the better prepared you are, the smoother experience you’ll have when selling your home. Here are six … Continued

Closing Costs to Buyers

When you’re preparing to purchase your starter home, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise if you’re not familiar with closing costs. Closing costs is a term the envelops the fees of all the services provided throughout the real estate transaction. Some of these expenses might seem obvious, while you may not have thought … Continued

6 Steps to Buying a Home

Finding your way in the dark is not only challenging – but also uncomfortable, if not fearful. The same applies when you’re “in the dark” about certain processes. Enthusiasm can blind first-time homebuyers. People preparing to purchase their starter home get so focused on the end goal, the final result, that they misunderstand or misgauge … Continued

Things to Do in Oak Harbor WA

There are some places – towns, cities, and communities – where it’s nearly impossible to find anything to do for fun. Oak Harbor, Washington is not one of those places! Unlike the sleepy small towns that roll up the streets at dark, Oak Harbor is known for its recreational opportunities. We’re talking about fishing, boating, … Continued

Stay Cool This Summer

You’ve looked forward to summer for months, but now that it’s actually here, how are you going to keep cool without going broke, depleting the ozone layer and contributing to global warming? In other words, air conditioning is not the only answer to staying cool inside when it’s hot outside. There are dozens of ingenious … Continued

Air Conditioning Maintenance

Summertime can be the best time of the year – vacations, more time with family and friends, longer days and warmer temperatures. But along with those warmer temperatures comes the problem of how to keep comfortable and cool when the mercury rises. Air conditioning is one of the greatest inventions of the last century, but … Continued

Vacation Checklist

l Five percent of U.S. households experience an attempted or completed burglary each year — that’s one out of every 20. l 13,000 burglaries occur in the U.S. every day, about one every 15 seconds. l Two-thirds of all burglaries in the U.S. are perpetrated at residential households. l The average burglary takes seven minutes … Continued

Home Equity: How to Use It

What’s the difference between a second mortgage and a home-equity loan? What is a home-equity loan, and is it different from a home equity line of credit? And is a mortgage refinance similar to the above, or a different animal altogether? Let’s take a look at all the various ways you can use your home … Continued

Anacortes City on Fidalgo Island, Has to Offer!

Anacortes is located on the beautiful Fidalgo Island, home-port to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Halfway between Seattle and Vancouver BC and International ferry runs for Washington State and terminal serving Lopez Island, Shaw Island, Orcas Island, and San Juan Island, as well as Victoria, British Columbia (via Sidney, British Columbia) on … Continued