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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If you’re considering selling your home this year, now is a great time to start preparing! The quiet of January gives you the opportunity to start tackling your selling to-do list, plan for any big remodeling projects, and make a lasting impression on buyers once you finally list.  

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 helpful tips to help you prepare your home to list in 2023: 

1. Organize your paperwork and finances

2. Take inventory of any necessary home repairs

3. Schedule home maintenance

4. Make a plan to boost your curb appeal once the weather warms

5. Start decluttering your spaces

6. Deep clean your home or consider hiring a professional

7. Take advantage of January home décor sales for staging your home

8.…

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Happy New Year! One of the most popular resolutions each year is to keep a more organized and tidy home — but that’s easier said than done.  

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and master the art of organization this year, use the 8 tips outlined below! These tips will help you form sustainable cleaning habits that will keep your home sparkling throughout the next 12 months and beyond.  

1. Start Small – Don’t just dive right into decluttering and reorganizing your spaces. Instead, ease into your cleaning resolution by tackling smaller chores like cleaning out a wallet or purse. Starting small can help you prevent cleaning burnout and create lasting habits.  

2. Spend 15 Minutes Tidying Every Night — Before you go to bed each night, make a…

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This is the story of how the real estate market is doing better than you think. The 2022 year-end numbers are in for King, Snohomish, and Island Counties. The overall picture is one of a market flat or slightly down. However, bright spots exist, and the market is not on the tragic downward spiral that gets reported in the news.

Residential sales prices show mixed results

Residential sales prices of single-family homes in King and Snohomish Counties are flat or slightly down compared to last year. King County's median sales price ended 2022 at $820,000, a 0.6% increase from December 2021. Snohomish County experienced a slight drop in median sales price from $703,000 in December 2021 to $684,995 in December 2022, a 2.6% decrease.

Median Sale Price Dec 2021 to Dec 2022 King, Snohomish, Island County

Inventory is…

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One might accuse real estate agents of having blinders on when it comes to the realities of the current market. Recently, we posted a Facebook Reel stating that it was still an excellent time to buy real estate. We received a comment on that reel saying, "It's always the best time to buy if you ask an agent." Perhaps the commenter believes the drumbeat of news media around the country who have gone to extremes to convince consumers that the real estate market is crashing or about the crash. 

Yes, we are experiencing a shift in the market. However, the stats we follow, taken in context, don't reflect the doom and gloom that some may want you to believe. 

We agree that consumer confidence is down; recent surveys have demonstrated that loss of…

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If you’ve been thinking about looking for a new home, we have great news. Winter is a fantastic time to buy! But before you start searching, it’s important to realize that homes may look a little different in December than in July. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind as you begin your house hunting journey this season:

1. Keep an Open Mind. While curb appeal definitely matters, it’s important to remember as you look at homes in the winter that their landscaping may be lacking. Don’t let this deter you! Pay less attention to how the yard looks and imagine how it could look in the warmer seasons.

2. Take a Good Look at the Heating Systems. As you look at properties this winter, you have a unique opportunity to see each home’s heating systems…

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Amidst all the hustle and bustle that comes this time of year, it’s important to make time to practice gratitude and give back, as the season can be especially difficult for some members of our community and across the globe.

From simple acts of kindness to larger efforts that make a significant impact, there are several ways to give back this year. Whether you volunteer with a local organization, make a financial contribution to a worthy cause, or give a gift to a child in need, your generosity is sure to spread some holiday cheer.

Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season:

  • Participate in a holiday-themed race for a good cause
  • Take lunches to first responders working during the holidays
  • Bake cookies and pass them out to neighbours
  • Take…

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The holiday season is upon us, and while we’re looking forward to quality time with friends and family, great food, and spectacular presents – not everyone is as fortunate. A great way to support our communities throughout the holidays is looking for opportunities to give back. Use the suggestions below to find new ways to donate, volunteer, and more this month.

1. Make Fiscal Donations — One of the simplest ways to support causes you care about is by making a fiscal donation. Charities and nonprofits throughout the community are always looking for more financial support! Research charities in your community that align with your passions and seamlessly make multiple donations.

2. Perform Random Acts of Kindness — Giving back isn't necessarily about…

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As our fall weather settles in, we start to look toward the holiday season to keep our hearts warm. Check out our list of recommended events in Snohomish and King County for 2022. Please celebrate joyfully and responsibly. 

THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEY TROTS

  • Mukilteo Turkey Trot 5K
  • Arlington Turkey Trot 5K
  • Woodinville Turkey Trot 5k
  • Issaquah Turkey Trot

EVENTS, TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES & HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS

  • Snowflake Lane in Bellevue - Nov 25 to Dec 24
  • Garden d'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden - Nov 26 to Dec 31
  • GeekGraft Expo Holiday Market in Seattle - Nov 26
  • Edmonds Christmas Tree Lighting - Nov 26
  • Hometown Holidays Kick-Off in Arlington - Nov 26
  • Light up Monroe - Nov 27
  • Redmond Lights - Dec 1 to Jan…

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Staging your home is an important part of the selling process. Not only does it transform your home and make it feel clean and new, but it allows potential buyers to picture themselves living there! Staging often includes doing a little decluttering, depersonalizing, rearranging, and cleaning to prepare for showings. However, if you are planning on listing your home over the next few months, you may be wondering how to balance celebrating all of the upcoming holidays and properly staging your home.  

Below are some tips for decorating your home for the holidays, while still making it a space that will appeal to potential buyers! 

Keep it Simple 
Less is more when it comes to home staging, and that includes during the holiday season. Instead of…

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