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Rebates for Seattle Area Home Owners!

Rebates for Seattle Area Home Owners!

The City of Seattle offers a number of rebate programs designed to encourage homeowners to make improvements that will increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Here are a few: •laundry appliances – $50-$250 •water heaters – $500 •heating/cooling systems – $100-$1200 •windows – $50/window •insulation – up to 50% of project cost •showerheads – in-store discounts •LED lighting – in-store discounts Get details and rebate forms online at: https://energysolutions.seattle.gov/your-home/rebates/ Professional home energy audits are often available for free or at reduced…

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How and Where to Get Financing for Home Energy Efficiency Upgrades

How and Where to Get Financing for Home Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Ever heard of an EEM (energy efficiency mortgage) loan? Making your home more energy efficient may reduce your utility bills for the long term, but paying for the upgrades upfront can be a challenge. EEM’s can be one source. Another potential source of funds is a traditional HELOC (home equity line of credit). Check with your bank, credit union or mortgage servicer for details and rates. There are a number of financial institutions with programs specifically designed for financing energy…

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How to find a new home after selling yours

How to find a new home after selling yours

Of all the reasons home owners give for choosing to stay in their current home — even though they might like to move — the most perplexing is the question of, “Where would I go?” Sellers realize that even though they may get a terrific price for their home, they will then become a buyer — a less enviable postion in the current real estate market. Where would you go? Here are some potential answers to that question: > Downsize:…

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West Seattle Time Bank serves our community

West Seattle Time Bank serves our community

What is a Time Bank? “Who” is a Time Bank is a better question. We are friends and neighbors sharing time and talents. Our Time Bank has three main goals: > Strengthen our communities and meet real needs of community members. > Serve people and give them a means to serve. > Establish new relationships. Each person has talents to share. When neighbors help one another, the overall community is strengthened. For every hour that you help meet the needs…

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Employers Can Now Add to Down Payments

Employers Can Now Add to Down Payments

A new program allows employers to help workers put a down payment on a home, similar to how companies contribute to a 401(k). HomeFundMe, a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-approved down payment crowdfunding platform, allows borrowers to crowdfund their down payment from several sources, including their employer. CMG Financial, a mortgage banking firm, created the HomeFundMe program. Employers can contribute directly to employees’ HomeFundMe accounts to help raise funds for a down payment on a home. HomeFundMe explains: “The HomeFundMe…

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Pet-friendly homes

Pet-friendly homes

Fur babies, four-footed-friends, companions — whatever you call your pets, you probably make many concessions for their comfort and welfare. That may or may not extend to looking for specific features in a new home, but if it does, here are some things to consider that will make your home pet-friendly. Love Pets? Here’s What to Look for in a House Want more information and resources concerning your home and real estate? Visit my agent website: www.SingleMindedRealEstate.com

Interior Design Trends for 2018

Interior Design Trends for 2018

If you are thinking of updating or remodeling your home, here’s some insight into the latest design trends for 2018. On the other hand, why not create something totally new and unique and become a trend-setter yourself? Interior Design Trends Expected to Take Hold in 2018 Want more information and resources concerning your home and real estate? Visit my agent website: www.SingleMindedRealEstate.com