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Turn Clutter into Cash

Turn Clutter into Cash

It’s probably safe to say that we all have too much stuff. The more space we have, the more stuff we accumulate. It almost seems like a law of nature. But at some point, possessions can become clutter. When your possessions start to feel more like a burden than a blessing, purging can feel quite freeing. Why not make it pay off in more ways than one? Here are some ways to rid yourself of some of that unwanted clutter…

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In Seattle, upkeep of public sidewalks is homeowner responsibility

In Seattle, upkeep of public sidewalks is homeowner responsibility

I recently had the misfortune of tripping over a “lift” on a public sidewalk in my West Seattle neighborhood. Although I wasn’t seriously injured, I fell hard and even scraped my cheek on the sidewalk. My right shoulder and hip absorbed most of the impact, leaving my quite sore for the next couple of days and contributing (I suspect) to an attack of bursitis in my right hip. When I was telling a friend about the incident, she informed me…

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Packing your emergency “Go Kit”

Packing your emergency “Go Kit”

If a natural (or unnatural) disaster happened today, would you be ready to vacate your home? Having a “go kit” on hand could be a literal life-saver. The next time you get ready to donate your old clothes to charity, think about whether or not they are good candidates for your “Go Kit.” A “Go Kit” is a backpack or duffle bag filled with the essentials you will need if you are forced to flee your home on short notice….

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Emergency preparedness for your home

Emergency preparedness for your home

What do the holidays and winter storms have in common? They both tend to make us appreciate our homes even more than we do the rest of the year.  So what can you do to make sure your home remains a safe haven in a region that is prone to earthquakes? We all know that the threat of a major earthquake happening here is very real — it’s a question of when, not if. Experts warn that we need to…

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Good Neighbors Increase Your Property Value

Good Neighbors Increase Your Property Value

It’s true. Having and being a good neighbor, translates into increased home values when it comes time to sell. Meanwhile, good neighbors increase your enjoyment of your home today. I recently became aware of three free local community resources that might interest and benefit you. All three are web based and designed to encourage personal connections among neighbors. Each is run by volunteers with a goal of enabling neighbors to help one another, somewhat like the barn raising traditions of a…

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MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL JUNE 22ND, 2013 Summertime is just around the corner, and with it comes a number of community festivals and street fairs. First up in West Seattle is the Morgan Junction Community Festival from 10:30A-7P Saturday, June 22nd. I call this “the little festival that could.” It offers all the usual suspects: live music, vendor booths, children’s activities, plus “Bite of Morgan”. This year there will also be food trucks and The Bark of Morgan! You can wander…

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Kitchen design trends for 2013

Kitchen design trends for 2013

Wondering what the new kitchen design trends are on the horizon this year? Whether you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future or sell soon, everyone loves a remodeled kitchen. Here are a few of the top trends in updating your kitchen. • Modern trumps traditional. I.e. simpler, with less detail and trim. • Dark or white cabinets. Light wood finishes are less popular these days. Dark furniture-like stains and veneers help the kitchen blend with other…

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Home maintenance checklist for spring

Home maintenance checklist for spring

Keeping up with routine home maintenance can be challenging, both in terms of time and money. Whether you intend to stay in your house for years to come or sell it soon, deferred maintenance – upkeep and repairs left unattended until they become critical – will always cost you more in the long run. Following is a list of suggested tasks for Spring that will help you stay ahead of the game.   Special thanks to Amy Ecklund, of AmyWorks for…

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Food drive to benefit White Center Food Bank May 18, 2013

Food drive to benefit White Center Food Bank May 18, 2013

The White Center Food Bank needs our help, so I am joining with some of my Prudential Northwest Realty colleagues to sponsor a food drive benefitting White Center Food Bank on Saturday, May 18th.  While it is common for most of us to think of helping the hungry during the holidays, the food banks typically experience a slow down in donations during the summer months. Not surprisingly, demand for assistance is still high. Hunger doesn’t know from holidays. Volunteers from…

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Do you live in a small home?

Do you live in a small home?

What is your definition of a small home? How much living space do you need and/or want? As a Realtor, I always have this discussion with my buyers before we start looking for homes. One person’s cubicle is another person’s mansion. Aside from personal preference, affordability figures into the equation prominently. Whether renting or buying, once we move out of mom and dad’s home, most of us face a reality check concerning how much space we would like vs. how…

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