Real estate

I’ve acquired a property. Can I refinance it and take cash out?

That depends on several factors, including how you acquired it, how long it’s been owned and if the owners are living in it. Most lenders… Continue reading

Smokey Point experiencing dramatic residential, commercial growth

Located within the Snohomish County cities of Arlington and Marysville, Smokey Point is a community that’s experienced a tremendous surge of growth in the past… Continue reading

Top reasons to buy a home during the holidays

The number of work and family obligations that people have seems to skyrocket during the winter holiday months, so it’s no surprise that shopping for… Continue reading

Postcard-Pretty Snohomish County

With spectacular scenery, outdoor recreation and a thriving economy, county has something for everyone. Located just minutes from Seattle, and nestled between Puget Sound and… Continue reading

Edmonds fosters walkable arts community on Puget Sound

Whether it’s taking in the spectacular coastline views or scoping out all downtown has to offer, Edmonds is sure to present visitors and residents with… Continue reading

What is a Purchase Money Second? What are advantages with this type of loan?

A Purchase Money Second (PM2) Home Loan* is a second mortgage that closes with a corresponding first mortgage from the same lender. The first mortgage… Continue reading

Highlands home with breathtaking views

3506 183RD DR NE SNOHOMISH | $480,500 | OPEN HOUSE 11 A.M.-4 P.M. SATURDAY Nestled on a half-acre lot in Snohomish’s Highlands master-planned community, this… Continue reading

What information do I need to apply for a mortgage?

Being prepared for your initial meeting with your mortgage advisor will make the whole process go more smoothly. All you need to do is gather… Continue reading

How can I compare between lenders?

If you have purchased or refinanced a home, you know that understanding actual costs or specific terms of your mortgage can be very difficult to… Continue reading

IRS tax rules on renting vacation homes will make your brain hurt

Question: We are thinking about buying a vacation home next spring. We want to rent it out part of the time to help cover the… Continue reading

County home prices surge as inventory shrinks

Shrinking home inventory once again drove a double-digit increase in year-over-year median home and condominium sales prices in Snohomish County. “In my 37… Continue reading

U.S. household wealth regains pre-recession peak

It took 5½ years. Surging stock prices and steady home-price increases have finally allowed Americans to regain the $16 trillion in wealth they… Continue reading

Home Plan

A wide front porch welcomes you home to this versatile three-bedroom design, Plan HMAFAPW1723 from Homeplans.com. The plan includes 1,866 square feet of finished living… Continue reading

Rate on 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.52%

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages were little changed this week, hovering near historic lows. Cheap mortgages have helped spur a recovery in… Continue reading

Don’t skip inspection when buying a new home

Q: We are about to make an offer on a brand-new house. One of our friends said we should hire a professional building inspector to… Continue reading

Home plan

The wraparound porch is the defining feature of this Victorian-style design, Plan HMAFAPW00822 from Homeplans.com. Head inside and you’ll be greeted by a bright and… Continue reading

Home plan

If you love relaxed country style, check out Plan HMAFAPW01240 from Homeplans.com. The 1,298-square-foot rambler features a lovely exterior, which displays an expansive porch and… Continue reading

Sharp drop in homes lost to foreclosure in Feb.

While the nation’s foreclosure woes persist, new data show they’re easing amid a resurgent housing market, rising home prices and efforts by… Continue reading

Home plan

This modern cabin, Plan HMAFAPW1724 from Homeplans.com, has everything you need in a compact size that’s just right for getaway weekends. The retreat features 456… Continue reading

Kimberly-Clark mill demolition behind schedule

Expect the dismantling of the Kimberly-Clark’s former waterfront mill to rumble on through the end of May. That’s a couple of months longer… Continue reading