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January 20th, 2017

The Big Reveal or Maybe Not

Written by Steve McDonald

You might imagine that I often work with buyers whose preconceived notions of home buying are not exactly in tune with real life experiences. Shows like House Hunters, Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper only provide the bare essence of any process when it comes to purchase negotiations, renovation timelines and even home selection. …

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January 18th, 2017

Remodel with an Eye on ROI

Written by Steve McDonald

ROI or Return on Investment is one thing to keep in mind when deciding what and how to do a home improvement project. Who would believe insulating your attic would give a better return than a kitchen remodel but it's true. Meanwhile a new deck in New England may not be as highly valued as one in the Pacific NW. And this …

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January 14th, 2017

Do You have the Right Home Insurance?

Written by Steve McDonald

One step of buying a house or condo means selecting a home insurance provider. And while most standard policies are similar there's a good chance it lacks protection against specific events. Whether you need an additional policy or endorsement depends on where you live and what you own. Some you probably know about like …

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January 7th, 2017

Seattle Living

Written by Steve McDonald

Seattle has many choices when it comes to homes and condos. And there‚Äôs a good chance a water or mountain view comes with it. With snow-capped peaks of the Cascades and the Olympics you can plan plenty of alpine adventures. Puget Sound exudes a salt-air feel while Lake Washington and Lake Union are popular for fresh water …

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January 6th, 2017

Realty Seattle’s Website has a new look!

Welcome to Realty Seattle's revamped website. Besides the pages you see for property search, area links, and community events a blog is being introduced. The focus will be on tips and issues involving you guessed it - real estate! I welcome any contributions you want to make that are positive and informative. Please respect …

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