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If you have been considering renovating your Pacific Northwest home here in the Seattle area and wanting to capture the BEST financial return, look no further, because we've got the inside scoop from Remodeling Magazine which just published their annual cost-to-value breakdown for specific regions throughout the US.

I think the common misconception and I will admit, this was my belief as well, is that your highest return would come from a kitchen remodel....but to my surprise, kitchens came in at #4.   

Check out the Top 5 Seattle Renovations:

{#1} Adding Manufactured Stone Veneer | +144.6% Return -- Note: The average cost for this improvement is $8,412

{#2} Replace Garage Door | +141.2% Return -- Note: This improvement is #1 Nationwide

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$549,950 - 2306 95th Place SE, Everett WA

Fully remodeled home in Eastmont! Features gorgeous refinished hardwoods, solid fir doors, custom touches, tons of light & lives large. Main floor features stone fireplace & opens to dining room, large kitchen w/custom barn door & new cabs. Master w/ ensuite bath, 2 more beds & full bath. Lower has tons of bonus space w/wet bar & ? bath. Exterior is just as impressive w/lrg level lot, storage shed, RV parking, deck and patio great for entertaining. Brand NEW septic system, oversized garage w/shop. The list goes on!

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Looking to find a fun local Easter event....look no further!  We've put together a great list of Northwest events that will make your little ones smile.

  • March 23rd at 10a in Redmond | Beat the Bunny 5k - Kids Dash starts at 9:30a
  • March 24th from 10a - 12p in Bothell | Easter Eggstravaganza
  • March 30 from 8p - 8:45p in Bellevue | Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
  • March 31 from 10a - 2:30p in Seattle | Woodland Park Zoo - Bunny Bounce
  • March 31 at 10a in Seattle | Greenlake - Spring Egg Scramble
  • March 31 at 11a - 1p in Snohomish | Easter Parade
  • March 31 at 7p in Mill Creek | Glow Easter Egg Hunt

Looking for other nearby Easter events?  Check out this terrific expansive list of published by RedTri.com 


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$929,950 - 12558 22nd Ave NE, Seattle WA

Adult Family Home licensed for 6 Patients in heart of Olympic Hills. Expansive 6 bdrm home + several additional finished rms on large lot & quiet dead end street. Offers 2 separate living quarters: Main floor that is ADA compliant / handicap accessible for patients & updated lower level is for owner/caretaker with private entrance, has new kitchen including new cabinets w quartz counters, stainless app., flooring & tilework.  Property offers lots of potential. Buy to run the business or renovate as duplex or residential?

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$549,950 - 16822 29th Dr SE, Bothell WA

Two Story with Newer Triple pane windows and brand new roof. Skylights and Attic Fan, Fenced Yard and close to schools and Bus line. Very open floor plan with one bedroom on main level, was used as a home office. Oversized garage and very low maintenance yard. Detached storage shed. Concrete patio and room for your dog/Kennel. Wood Burning fireplace for those cold winter nights. Crawl space big enough to stand up in.

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Below are some frequently asked questions regarding a property's title.  The answers below are short and sweet, but if you'd like more details or have other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us and we can place you in touch with a title officer.    

Why do some title reports call for an inspection?

When a title company performs an inspection, which is about 15-25% of all transactions, they look for the following:  
  • Evidence of recent improvements (thus, potential mechanic’s lien rights)
  • Evidence of encroachments
  • Evidence of parties in possession
  • Evidence of unrecorded easements
  • Evidence of anything else that might impair our coverage
The inspection can be “triggered” if:  
  • Tax values jump
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Here are a few that can delay and / or kill a real estate transaction:


  • Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts.  Lenders need to source your money and cash is not really traceable. Small, explainable deposits are fine, but getting $10,000 from your parents as a gift in cash is not. Discuss the proper way to track your assets with your loan officer.
  • Don’t make any large purchases like a new car, appliances or a bunch of new furniture.  New debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher ratios…higher ratios make for riskier loans…and sometimes qualified borrowers are no longer qualifying.
  • Don’t co-sign other loans for anyone. When you co-sign, you
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$874,000 - 11738 Bartlett Ave, Seattle WA

Rare 0.25 acre find in superb Matthews Beach location! Down to the studs remodel complete with 2 separate garages, 1 possible future ADU/rental income has alley access. NEW- Drywall,Insulation,Roof,Siding,Hardwood,Vinyl Windows,Quartz,Shaker Cabinets,S.S appliances. All major systems updated- electrical, plumbing. Mini splits with A/C, Heat for efficiency. Master suite downstairs, Guest suite upstairs. Quiet neighborhood. Just mins to Matthews Beach, Children's hospital, and UW light rail station. Must see!!!!

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$275,000 - 12214 NE 147th Pl Unit 1A, Kirkland WA

This Lendemain condo is nestled within the always popular Kingsgate community! This Kirkland updated 2 bedroom, 1 bath home features an open kitchen with modern cabinets, stainless steel appliances and tile backsplash.  Kitchen opens up to a private patio with room to garden, relax or entertain. The community is nestled in a park like setting and offers an abundance of trails. Clubhouse and pool included! Close to shopping, freeways, hospitals and award winning schools!

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$559,950 - 6822 190th St SW, Lynnwood WA

Beautiful Large Lynnwood Rambler in the Seaview Neighborhood is now available! Large Living area w/open floor concept. New kitchen w/eating area, modern white shaker cabinets, quartz tops, Ss appliances w/Gas range. Dining area. Master 3/4 ensuite all remodeled, walk-in closet. 2 more spacious bedrs & remodeled full bath w/ double vanity. Bonus room can be used as Family or formal dining room. 1 car attached garage. New W/H, Gas furnace, roof, gutters. Laundry hookups inside. Great Location, walking distance to Lynnwood Crossroads & Lyndale Park

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  • Learn More About Lynnwood Living in Snohomish County


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