Whether it’s the scent of freshly mowed grass, space for your dog to run around, or preparing a home-grilled meal for friends, there’s no doubt that the outdoors is one of the biggest advantages of owning a home. As an added bonus, taking good care of your yard can also help improve your home’s value over time.

Curb appeal can play an important role in determining the value of your home and lush green grass can often make a positive first impression! Whether you’re new to homeownership or you've owned your home for many years, make sure you’re doing your best to care for your home’s exterior. Below are a few quick and easy tips for maintaining your yard. 

Watch our Managing Broker, Angela Hardy, talk about her top tips to increase curb appeal, or…

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Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa is on his way to the Mill Creek Town Center! The Mill Creek Town Center will not be having a Santa Parade in 2021, but that doesn’t stop Santa from coming to the Town Center and having other festive holiday fun.

Santa will be visiting the Mill Creek Town Center from November 26th through the morning of December 24th. While children will not be able to sit on Santa’s knee, they will be able to interact with Santa.

NW Santa Photos is back in the Town Center again this year and has designed a safe Santa photo experience in the former Pier 1 location at 15324 Main St. These will be Covid Friendly photo sessions including:

  • Temperature Checks
  • Sanitizing Procedures
  • Socially Distanced Set
  • Visit by…

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As our fall weather settles in, we start to look towards the holiday season to keep our hearts warm. While public gathering limits due to COVID-19 have caused many traditional events to cancel or change course, there are still plenty of possibilities for holiday cheer in 2021. Check out our list below and check each event's COVID-19 safe policies for details on how to revel safely. Have a merry and safe holiday season for 2021!

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots

  • Mukilteo Turkey Trot 5K
  • Arlington Turkey Trot 5K
  • Woodinville Turkey Trot 5k
  • Wattle Waddle & Wittle Waddle 1/2 and Full Marathons in Snohomish

Events, Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Holiday Light Displays

  • Snowflake Lane in Bellevue - Nov 26 to Dec 24
  • Santa Visits Mill Creek…

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There are many ways to conserve energy in your home, from minor adjustments to major home improvements. Making these small changes at home can go a long way in protecting the environment and potentially cutting down your utility costs. Watch the video or keep reading below for our tips.


  • Utilize Natural Light: Open blinds and curtains during the day, and turn on lights only when needed at night.
  • Use Power Strips: Plug multiple electronics or appliances into a power strip and turn off the power strip when they are not in use.
  • Only Wash Full Loads of Dishes and Laundry: Don’t waste water and energy on half-full loads.
  • Replace Light Bulbs: Replace light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, such as halogen incandescents, CFLs, or LEDs. If…

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Have you kept up on your fall home maintenance?

Larry Miller shares his top three home maintenance tips for the winter months.


  • Glean your gutters
  • Check your smoke and CO detectors
  • Deep clean your garage

For more info from Larry www.nwhomesbylp.com

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Lake Stevens is the fifth-largest city in Snohomish County. There are two major commercial centers within the city: downtown and Frontier Village. Downtown is located on the northeastern part of the lake, and Frontier Village is on the west side, with a traditional suburban shopping center. The city's annual summer festival, Aquafest, is held in downtown Lake Stevens at North Cove Park during a three-day weekend in late July. Not only is it an excellent opportunity for a family outing where you can enjoy a boat parade, carnival rides, a car show, and a circus. Explore one of many lakeshore parks such as Lundeen Park. There you will find the city's largest beach, where you can swim, picnic, paddleboard, and kayak.

Lake Stevens, WA

Community & Safety


Lake Stevens…

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Located in northern Snohomish County, Arlington lies on the Stillaguamish River in the western foothills of the Cascade Range. Arlington has 17 city-maintained parks, including nature preserves, neighborhood parks, boat launches, and gardens. Arlington School District also has 59 acres of sports fields and playgrounds open to public use during non-school hours. Arlington Municipal Airport hosts the annual "Arlington Fly-In" air show during the summer, where you can watch aerobatic pilots perform impressive maneuvers. Let your life take flight in the growing community of Arlington!

Arlington Rabbit Sculptures

Downtown

Arlington's historic downtown brings you back to the old American West with North Olympic Ave lined with historical wood and brick buildings. Strolling down…

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Granite Falls is located in the western foothills of the Cascade Range, a great location for families that commute to Everett, Seattle, and the Eastside to work. Granite Falls is also located near recreational areas along the Mountain Loop Highway in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, with plenty of hiking, camping, and fishing sites. Make sure to check out their largest annual community event in early October, Railroad Days. It's an excellent outing for families, including a parade, street fair, carnival rides, and tours. The Granite Falls school district also has several athletic facilities for residents and a skate park and dog park.

Granite Falls City Hall Plaza

Community & Safety

Granite Falls School District
205 North Alder Ave, Granite Falls, WA 98252

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Historically known as the "Strawberry City", Marysville holds an annual strawberry festival in the third week of June. However, there is much more to Marysville than that little red fruit. Marysville is the second-largest city in Snohomish County. With new housing and industrial areas under construction, the city also opened a second high school. Check out our recommendations for places to dine, shop, and visit in Marysville.

Red barn at Jennings Park in Marysville, WA

SHOPPING

If you like outlet shopping, head over to nearby Tulalip to the Seattle Premium Outlets. You are sure to score deals from brands like Adidas, Clarks, Dr. Martens, Gap, Lululemo and more.

If local shops are more your style, head to Third Street and State Avenue where you'll find local businesses such as Celestial…

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Established in 1876 and incorporated in 1890, Edmonds is a beach town with a lot going on, from mountain views to shops to nature parks. With its majestic views of the Olympic Mountains, it's no wonder that famed travel guide Rick Steves chooses to make Edmonds his home, choosing it over all other scenic towns in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to all the quaintness of a historic beachside city, Edmond's location includes easy access to I-5. You can easily access downtown Seattle or head north towards Bellingham or the Canadian border.

Hand holding shell at Edmonds Beach

Where to Dine

Downtown Edmonds is a vibrant beachside community that offers a large variety of dining to satisfy any hungry visitor with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, start with the cozy, comfort…

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