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April 2017

The Twofer

By |April 14th, 2017|

For many, the Spring tax return marks a new chance to catch up on bills or to treat yourself. If you are expecting money back why not begin the year taking action toward building your personal wealth? One of the most practical ways to begin to increase what you are worth is to buy […]

Finding a Buyer’s Agent in a Seller’s Market

By |April 14th, 2017|

In the current seller’s market, it is essential to find an agent with a strong record of successfully closing deals. As a home buyer, this is paramount for your offer to be accepted. When beginning the home search, friends and acquaintances will suggest an agent, but connecting with an agent who is seasoned is […]

March 2017

What’s an escrow? (And other terms every homeowner should know.)

By |March 14th, 2017|

You made it through the complex and lingo-infused process of shopping for and purchasing a home. Whether that was five months or 15 years ago, you may still have some questions about terms related not only to your home loan, but also to your home itself. We’ll shed some light by defining 12 terms […]

Living In Your Staged Home

By |March 14th, 2017|

Timing the selling of your home (and buying your next one) can be tricky. At times the only way to make the transition is to show and sell your home while you are still living in it. Whether you have staged your home with your own furniture or have had a professional stager redesign […]

The Home that Got Away

By |March 14th, 2017|

Dear Advantage Home Plus,

We just lost a bidding war on a home we loved. We are first time buyers and feel that we will never be able to live in our beloved city. Do you have any tips that can help us to be serious competitors?

Signed,

Sad in Seattle

 

Dear SIS,

The Seattle market, like […]

February 2017

Low Rates = More Purchase Power

By |February 15th, 2017|

Make More or Spend Less?

By |February 14th, 2017|

When thinking about buying a house, knowing what you can afford and saving money for your down payment and other expenses is often top of the list.

 

Saving money is one of those things that is pretty straightforward, The concept is simple: spend less money than you make. To do that you have you have […]

In Search of Perfect Credit

By |February 14th, 2017|

Every year I get the automatic renewal of my car insurance, and every year I feel a little frustrated as they use my credit report to help decide what my insurance rate will be for the year. I have long given up protesting this credit check as research shows that indeed there is a […]

January 2017

Revive Your Style for 2017

By |January 13th, 2017|

Ready, set, get inspired! We’ve reviewed the latest home design blogs and trend reports to give you this roundup of six fresh looks for your abode in 2017.

 
Color, Color, Color!
 

 

Gray remains the “it” neutral choice. But prepare to punch up the palette with jewel tones and a plethora of pinks, plus dazzling blue, popsicle […]

Three Things I Learned About FICO

By |January 13th, 2017|

The FICO score is the number that credit agencies calculate and use to determine someone’s credit worthiness.  Having a good score is a critical step toward getting a mortgage or other loans on good terms.

 

 

There was a time when my husband and I were denied a $500 line of credit to buy tires for […]