Chris Smithson's Blog Posts

Whats Up With Rick Moore Groups Free Real Estate Workshops

You might ask yourself why a Real Estate team would offer free workshops (no strings attached), along with a free drink, appetizers, one-on-one chats with lenders and agents for personalized,

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Waschke Road

The following blog was written by Marv Waschke, the owner of the Waschke homestead which is currently up for sale. View photos & find more information on 5438 Waschke Road here.

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8 Tips To Make You Feel Happier At Home

We as humans spend an incredible amount of time in our homes. Our home is our base, it is where we prepare for the day ahead, take care of basic needs, visit with others, relax, entertain, and

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June Is National Home Ownership Month And Here Is An Interesting Take On It

Are you aware that June is National Homeownership month? Probably not. Because you’re too busy working to afford the home you live in, whether you rent it or own it. Why should you

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Home Prices Nationwide Increased By 7 Percent From March 2017 To March 2018

There are plenty of reasons to buy a home, but one of the main reasons is to build wealth. And if you own a home, chances are good that your wealth has gone up a few notches in the past year.

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Bellingham Moves To Improve Housing Shortage With New ADU Approval

Photo by: Radcliffe Dacanay Bellingham council has made a decision on a well-debated topic in our city: ADUs. Many neighborhoods are in opposition of the addition of ADUs, citing parking issues,

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If You Think Owning A Home Is Out Of Reach You Need To Read This

In the current economic climate, a lot of renters thinking homeownership is out of their reach. But if you think buying a home is out of reach, you might want to think again. According to the

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NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You A Lot Of Money

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long

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Avoid The Wrong Real Estate Agent

In what will likely be the biggest investment you make in your life, buying a home needs the attention and assistance a professional real estate agent can provide. But not just any real estate

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4 Tips For Buying A Home In A Hot Market

When a market is hot, finding and buying a home can feel like an uphill battle. In a seller's market, homes go quickly. They can be on the market one day and gone the next. And on top of the

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How To Save Money By Checking Your Home For Air Leaks

We’re well into the winter season; and here in Western Washington, where we can have some cold, windy days,  it's the time of year when it’s especially important to make sure

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3 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home

So you've decided to make the jump from renting to homeownership. Here are some things you NEED to know. The real estate market is constantly changing, so you MUST do your research. DO NOT

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Which Down Payment Strategy Is Right For You

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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What All Buyers Need To Know About The Home Appraisal Process

Do you know what a home appraisal is, or why it’s so important for you to have? Many people misunderstand this crucial component of the home buying experience. In a nutshell, an appraisal is a

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Why You Should Still Talk To A Lender Even If Youre Not Ready To Buy A Home

If you’re a first-time home buyer, you might think you’re not ready to purchase a house. Perhaps you’re concerned about your job situation, your previous credit history, or your high monthly

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Questions To Ask When Considering Selling

These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, you may be ready to move.  

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5 Vital Financial Steps Millennials Must Take

Millennials face a lot of financial challenges, from student debt to tough employment markets. But one member if that generation, Ashlee Veneman, a senior planning analyst at The Planning

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8 Tips For Adding Curb Appeal And Value To Your Home

Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding; we’re talking about maintenance and

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For Sale By Owner Cautions

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There

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When To Lock In Mortgage Rates 4 Signs Its Time

One huge question among home buyers who need a loan is this: when to lock in mortgage rates. Some panicky sorts might presume they should lock one in ASAP (because have you

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7 Reasons To Own A Home

Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home. Appreciation. Historically, real

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How To Prepare To Finance A Home

How to Prepare to Finance a HomeDevelop a budgetInstead of telling yourself what you’d like to spend, use receipts to create a budget that reflects your actual habits over the last several months.

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