If you're a baseball enthusiast seeking a more budget-friendly and family-oriented alternative to the Seattle Mariners, consider attending a minor league game. Minor league baseball teams provide an excellent opportunity to witness the promising talents of Major League Baseball's future stars, offering enjoyable experiences for the entire family.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider going to a minor league baseball game:

Less expensive: Minor league baseball tickets are typically much cheaper than tickets to Mariners games. You can often find tickets for under $20, and sometimes even for free.

More family-friendly: Minor league baseball games are a great option for families with young children. The stadiums are smaller and more…

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Your home is your most significant investment, so taking care of it properly is essential. This includes hiring the right contractors for repairs and maintenance. Here are a few tips for selecting the best contractors:

  1. Get referrals from friends, family, or neighbors. This is a great way to find contractors with a good reputation and quality work.
  2. Check online reviews. There are several websites where you can read reviews of contractors. This can be a helpful way to get an idea of what other people have experienced.
  3. Get estimates from multiple contractors. This will help you compare prices and ensure you get the best deal.
  4. Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. This will protect you if something goes wrong during the repair or…

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Summer heat can make your home uncomfortable, and staying cool without air conditioning can be challenging. But don't worry; there are ways to beat the heat without relying on AC. Here are five practical ways to keep your home cool during summer heat when you don't have air conditioning.

Keep Your Windows Covered During the Day

Sunlight can heat your home quickly, so it's essential to keep your windows covered during the day to prevent the sun's rays from entering your house. Use shades, curtains, or blinds to block out sunlight, especially during the hottest parts of the day. This will help keep your home cooler and reduce the need for fans or AC.

Use Fans and Cross Ventilation

Fans can help circulate the air in your home and make you feel…

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Flowers in bloom in the Skagit River Valley

As someone who moved from the East Coast to Washington over a decade ago, I have come to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of spring in the Pacific Northwest. Here are the top five reasons why spring in this region is so special:

  1. Cherry Blossoms: While cherry blossoms are a hallmark of springtime in many parts of the world, they take on a special significance in the Pacific Northwest. The blooming of cherry blossoms in Seattle's University District and other locations throughout the area marks the start of spring and provides a sense of hope and renewal after a long, gray winter.
  2. Hiking: The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world, and spring is an…

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For Immediate Release:

We are thrilled to announce that Pro Realty Options has officially joined the RE/MAX Town Center family, including its affiliated companies, such as Gold Brick Property Management, Motto Mortgage Titan, and Inspired Homes. This union marks a significant milestone for both companies and promises unparalleled benefits to their clients.

The acquisition of Pro Realty Options aligns with RE/MAX Town Center's mission of expanding its client base and building scale in the industry. Pro Realty Option's clients will now benefit from the renowned RE/MAX name, which is synonymous with advanced tools, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional service. Meanwhile, Gold Brick Property Management and its affiliates will bring world-class…

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Selling your home can be daunting, especially if you need to sell it fast. Many properties are for sale in today's real estate market, so it is essential to make your home stand out from the rest. Home staging is an effective way to make your property more attractive to potential buyers. Here are five steps to stage your home for a quick sale.

Step 1: Declutter and Clean

The first step to staging your home is to declutter and clean it thoroughly. Remove personal items, such as family photos and collectibles, and store them away. This will make it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the space. Also, clean every nook and cranny of your home, including windows, floors, and countertops. A clean and clutter-free home gives the…

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Thinking about listing your home this year? Now is a great time to start tackling a few home improvement projects to help increase your property’s value!  

1. Add a fresh coat of paint: A coat of paint or some new wallpaper can go a long way when it comes to making your home feel and look brand new. 
2. Refresh your kitchen: Many buyers zero in on the kitchen as a central feature of a home. That means if your kitchen is outdated, taking the time to refresh appliances and updating the décor can make a huge difference on your potential selling price.  
3. Clean and declutter: When it comes to listing your home, deep cleaning is one of the best (and most affordable) ways to add extra value! Take this opportunity to dust in high places, wash your…

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The January 2023 market data in Snohomish and King County shows a mix of a shifting market and normal seasonal fluctuations. It can be challenging to distinguish the impact of rising interest rates and buyer caution on the recent decrease in prices and increase in days on the market.

The data doesn't suggest a declining market in Snohomish County. 

Snohomish county's median and average residential sales prices change in January 2023, compared to December 2022, resemble January 2022 compared to December 2021. This year, the median price slightly increased by 0.7% while the average decreased by 1.1%. In January 2022 compared to December 2022, the median remained stable, and the average dropped by 1.5%.

Snohomish County January 2023 Market Report Data Chart

On a year-over-year basis, the January…

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Finding your dream home is both an emotional process and a major commitment! As you move through your home search journey, there are a few questions you should consider to make sure the home you fall in love with is actually “the one.” 

1. Is this home located in your target area?  

If you were to purchase this home, how long would your commute be? Does it put you too far from family or friends? Is the location going to be the right fit for your lifestyle? Even if you love everything else about a property, if it isn’t in a great location, it may not be the right place for you to settle down.

2. Does it check your “must-have” boxes? 

During your home search, you should make a list of non-negotiable must-haves, such as having a certain number of…

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While February may be the shortest month of the year, it more than makes up for its lack of days with exciting holidays, annual events, and, of course, plenty of winter fun! Use this February Bucket List to schedule your weekends and take advantage of the many things this exciting month has to offer. 

  • Go ice skating
  • Invite friends over to watch a sporting event
  • Wear something pink or red
  • Tackle an ambitious puzzle
  • Make custom Valentine’s Day cards
  • Build a blanket fort
  • Share a box of chocolates
  • Read a wintery book
  • Go on a winter walk
  • Eat a heart-shaped meal
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Deliver flowers to a loved one
  • Complete a Valentine’s Day-themed coloring book
  • Dress up for a fancy dinner
  • Plan random acts of…

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