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Free In Seattle

Free In Seattle

Are you obsessed with culture and museums? Then Seattle is the city for you. The Seattle area is home to an excellent collection of art, history, maritime, and special interest museums. Even, better most offer opportunities to visit for free and some are even free all the time.

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The Real Deal on Moving To Seattle

The Real Deal on Moving To Seattle

Last year the state of Washington received its largest bump in population since 2008, pushing the numbers to over 7 million. It's estimated that 93,000 people moved to the Evergreen state between 2014 and 2015, with Seattle taking a fifth of the pie. So what really is involved in moving to Seattle? This week I have compiled a few of the biggest reasons people move to PNW, be prepared to have a few myths debunked as well.

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Inner City Hiking

Inner City Hiking

Spring is so close you can taste it and by now you are well aware of the lush treasures of the Pacific Northwest. There are so many adventures just a short drive out of Seattle whether you are interested in camping, hiking, fishing or visiting resorts. If you are like most, you are already planning a few getaways and day trips for the upcoming months.

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Seattle Ranks High For Innovation and Future Growth

Seattle Ranks High For Innovation and Future Growth

On any given day in Seattle you can feel the energy of a growing and thriving city. Buildings are going up, new business are opening and new neighbors are joining our communities every day. But is it the same in all big cities? Recently a few studies were released showing how Seattle compares to other metropolitan areas.

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Exploring Seattle With Your Furry Friend

Exploring Seattle With Your Furry Friend

If you haven't noticed, Seattle loves dog. In fact, according to the 2011 US Census and Seattle Animal Shelters, there are officially more dogs than children here. And it's not even close, there are approximately 46 thousand more dogs than kids! Naturally dog related businesses have popped up all around the city and it's quite rare to walk into a smaller store that doesn't have a bowl of water or treats for our furry loved ones.

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Checking in With The Seattle Market

Checking in With The Seattle Market

As we enter the New Year we are finding the Seattle housing market going through some unusual shifts. Data released by Northwest Multiple Listing Services is showing that the median single-family home price set a new high of $525,900 which is up 12.8% over last year and some are predicting it to rise another 6.6% over the next year. Meanwhile, the same data shows the number of active listings of house and condominiums has hit a notable low of 2,196. (The lowest since 1993!)

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The Finishing Touches

Last week I talked about how to prepare to sell your home. We covered the more daunting tasks of painting, fixing, and organizing. Now we are ready to talk about the art of staging a home. This is the phase when you take a step back and look at how your home feels. What you want: spacious, clean, and inviting. What you want to avoid: overly crowded rooms that appear cluttered or dirty. It's also important is to de-personalize the space. The goal is to have the prospective buyer imagine the home as theirs.

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Home Prepping Tips To Get That Sale Sooner Than Later!

Home Prepping Tips To Get That Sale Sooner Than Later!

Scientists tell us it takes just a tenth of a second to judge something and make a first impression. When it comes to selling a home, that first impression can be the difference between a quick sale at your asking price and a home staying too long on the market. Below you will find economic and quick approaches to prepping your home for the big sale. As you will see the focus is on cleaning up and getting organized!

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