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Good ole’ Seattle, Washington. Home of the Space needle and the Seattle Seahawks (more on those later). It seems to me that you are looking for some exciting and fun things to do over the weekend. Maybe you are just visiting, or you live there and don’t know what to do. Either way, you are in the right place. Here are some of the top things that you and your group of friends can do over the weekend in Seattle, Washington that will blow your socks off.

The Space Needle

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This is the type of thing everybody needs to experience at least once in their life. The Space Needle stands at a towering 605 feet. You can only go as high as the 520-foot-high observation deck, but that’s still pretty awesome. The elevator

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Finally, the real estate market has begun to grow again. It may not have the price increases like during the last bubble, but that’s probably a good thing. Still, after holding onto your house for years, you’re finally ready to put it up for sale.

No matter why you’re selling your Seattle home, you want to get the most you can for it. After all, you still have to move in somewhere new after the closing. That’s why you’ve been thinking about doing some home improvements. It can increase the selling price, but it can also help attract more buyers. But what should you do?

Renovations To Skip

As a rule, putting money into your home will improve its value. However, a rule is not the

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Keeping Seattle’s Halloween Fun…and Safe

Photo by Conner Baker

Halloween in Seattle is the one day in every year when the regular order of things gets a thorough shaking up. For one thing, it’s the single day of the year when we expect our doorbell to be ringing with varieties of creatures of all sizes on the other side. It’s certainly the only time when prudence dictates that we stockpile bowls full of treats to serve as ransom payments against demands for booty from an onslaught of pint-sized masked neighbors.   Here is a calendar of events to see what there is to do around the Greater Seattle Area for all ages: https://www.events12.com/seattle/   For Seattle’s small fry, if all goes well, Seattle’s Halloween ranks…
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You don’t have to be holding a showing or Seattle area open house to appreciate time-saving maintenance and organizational tips. Nowadays, many of these are being called “home hacks”—but no matter what you call them, when you find yourself repeatedly dealing with recurring cleaning and household organizational problems, simple shortcuts are what is called for.

Without further ado, here are 9 home hacks for Seattle householders. I’ve noted them as briefly as possible so you can quickly spot familiar situations in your own household:

1.    Oil-stained garage floor? Some recommend sprinkling with cat litter—but it can get messy. Try Coca-Cola first!
2.    Don’t throw out those plastic clips that keep bread bags closed—label them with

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My organization—the National Association of Realtors®—offers a wide range of guidance for Seattle/Bellevue area families who have decided it’s time to land their first house. With more than a century’s worth of experience, you’d expect nothing less.
Last week I happened across an article the NAR had distilled that looked like a must-read for anyone who is just starting out on the path to buying their first Seattle area house. Its title was “8 Critical Things to Do Before Buying a Home”—but it could just as well have been “8 Critical Things to Do Before Buying Your First Seattle area House.” Each of the eight was apt—and important to mull over—but it’s the kind of list that’s awfully easy to read without giving much thought to the individual

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Some key preparations for the marketing of any Seattle home actually start well before the first showing or open house: they take place in the hours before the Seattle listing photos are taken. Those Seattle listing photos will become the definitive beauty shots—the equivalent of the glamorous depictions that grace product packaging.

Manufacturers know very well the import of how their product looks on the carton, jar or bag. It’s why top commercial photographers rely on “product stylists” (they’re the experts who sort through 100 bags of potato chips to come up with the two or three that will photograph perfectly).

Seattle listing photos no longer have anything to do with 20th-century cameras or film. But it’s not

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 Photo courtesy of Pexels   Most Issaquah small businesspeople will recognize this post-startup scenario. It’s the moment when the whole idea of long-range planning first starts to make sense.   Although everyone who stakes his or her claim in a new business hopes for success, in the beginning, that outcome is far from certain. Throughout the early going, the first order of business has been simple survival—and that’s been a full-time job. You work your tail off 25 hours a day, tackle all the expected (and unexpected) challenges, and if the best happens, see the bottom line begin to brighten. And then, the reality dawns: your brainchild actually has a future —and it might just be a really bright one!   Last week, Forbes published a piece…
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Ask a typical Bellevue consumer to name the two most important purchases people make, and you’ll almost always hear “new house” and “new car.” They’re often lumped together, but they shouldn’t be. They aren’t all that similar.

The rationale for buying a new car is clear: automotive technology advances nearly every model year, improving fuel economy and safety. Add in that intoxicating new car smell, and the preference is all but automatic. Used cars may be economical, but as for the thrill factor: nyah!

Similarly, when the question is put to a cross-section of typical Americans, new homes get the nod over existing ones. The percentage of those who “strongly” or “somewhat” prefer buying a newly built home weighs

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A couple of weeks back, the ultimate authority on Bellevue mortgage rates hadn’t minced words. That was Freddie Mac, whose opinion about mortgage rates constitutes the final say in the matter. Freddie isn’t modest about its preeminence (Freddie’s trademarked corporate slogan is “We make home possible”). Together with sibling Fannie Mae, the quasi-governmental entities stand behind 60% of U.S. mortgages.

Each week their PMMS survey collects data snapshots from thrifts, credit unions, banks, and mortgage lenders to gauge of the direction of the home loan market. Future Bellevue home hunters and the homeowners whose properties are found in the current listings (or soon will be) are constantly affected by those ups

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