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Wintertime is one of the best times to get organized in the home and keep you moving on those dreary days when you're tempted to just sit! We found some great articles for dealing with your garage, prepping to move, and just getting organized...including a storage unit because most people have to contend with those. Many people move in the spring but that is not the time to get ready. Winter is the time to get ready for your spring move! You will alleviate so much stress if you chip away at this all through the winter months. 

GARAGE: https://www.familyhandyman.com/storage-organization/brilliant-ways-to-organize-your-garage/view-all/ 

TOP 50 MOVING HACKS: https://www.updater.com/moving-tips/top-50-moving-hacks-of-all-time?rq=hacks 

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Come wander aisles and aisles of collectible books, maps, manuscripTs, prints, photographs, autographs, postcards, posters, fine bindings, broadsides, and ephemera at this rare book sale. Dealers from England, Canada, the US, and more will be offering them for sale and you can meet with specialists from all corners of the world!  The 2018 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is in loving memory of Louis Collins, the beloved Seattle book dealer, who died of a heart attack on January 2nd, 2018.  He was the longtime proprietor of Louis Collins Books on Capitol Hill. More Info

ABOUT SEATTLE CENTER
The center of Seattle is home to everything from glassy skyscrapers to historic brick buildings, modern boutiques to flagship department stores, and some of the

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How do the schools in Redmond rate against other Washington schools? Check out these sources that many homebuyers like to view before deciding on a home. Whether or not you have kids in school, the school ratings affect the home values of an area. The better the schools, the higher the demand. The higher the demand, the better the home prices. 

School Digger: School Digger

Great Schools: Great Schools

ABOUT REDMOND
Located 20 miles east of downtown Seattle, Redmond is the 16th most populated city in Washington state. The city prides itself in its high quality of life with good schools, a healthy economic base, a parks system that provides a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities, diverse offerings for

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Marymoor park in Redmond is King County's most popular park.  It hosts concerts, outdoor movies, and even Cirque du Soleil!  It's also home to a 40 acre off leash area for dogs, several picnic shelters, a climbing wall, and Washington's only Velodrome!  With such diverse offerings, and 640 acres, Marymoor park has something for everyone! More Info

ABOUT REDMOND
Located 20 miles east of downtown Seattle, Redmond is the 16th most populated city in Washington state. The city prides itself in its high quality of life with good schools, a healthy economic base, a parks system that provides a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities, diverse offerings for shopping and dining, safe neighborhoods, and an

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All aboard!  Board the Halloween train in Snoqualmie or North Bend and enjoy spooky Halloween stories at the Train Shed Exhibit Building during train stops, old fashioned cider pressing, and celebrate fall and Halloween! For all ages. More Info

ABOUT SNOQUALMIE
Known for the stunning Snoqualmie Falls, Snoqualmie is brimming with culture, history, outdoor recreation, and is officially recognized as "Home of the Boeing Classic".  The popular TV series "Twin Peaks" and the movie "Fire Walk with Me" were both filmed in Snoqualmie.  Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie is highly rated.  Snoqualmie is a unique city that is great for visiting or making a home!

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Hosted by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Hilloween is an annual free sponsored event.  It starts with a kids' carnival, then a costume parade, and ends with trick-or-treating!  With live performances and games, Hilloween is sure to be a hit with the entire family. More Info

About Capitol Hill
Known for its night life and being Seattle's LGBTQ hub, Capitol Hill is a very happening neighborhood! Some streets have a very metropolitan vibe whereas others are tree lined and residential.  Capitol Hill is also popular among young business professionals.  Full of delicious restaurants, art, book stores, and even parks, locals and tourists alike flock to Capitol Hill.

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The NWMLS delivered this article just recently and we have quoted these paragraphs that highlight the shift in our local market:

KIRKLAND, Washington (August 6, 2018) -

"Home sellers throughout the Seattle region are experiencing a reality check and the days of multiple offers are days of the past," was how one director with Northwest Multiple Listing Service summarized the market upon reviewing the statistical report for July."

"New figures from Northwest MLS show year-over-year improvement in inventory (up 6.5 percent), but modest drops on both pending sales (down slightly more than 7 percent) and closed sales (down 3.4 percent). Despite those drops, prices rose 8.64 percent across the MLS

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A two-day event, the Northwest Tea Festival is an educational event showcasing the multifaceted world of tea.  The goal of the festival is to provide experiences covering all aspects of tea, from the cultural to the historical and the sensory to the scientific. The festival is appropriate for people of all ages and levels of tea experience.  Dates and Times

ABOUT SEATTLE CENTER
The center of Seattle is home to everything from glassy skyscrapers to historic brick buildings, modern boutiques to flagship department stores, and some of the country’s hottest restaurants.  Near Seattle Center you will find the world famous Pike Place Market, Seattle Great Wheel, and the Nordstrom flagship store.  People of all ages

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According to the Alliance to Save Energy, "The average U.S. residential household consumed 10,982 kWh of electricity and spent around $2,200 annually on utility bills." You are probably using more energy that you need to! What can you do to conserve energy and therefore money?

Heating and Cooling: 

Close your blinds in the summer to keep it cool and open them in the winter to let the sun help heat your home - if there is sunshine in the sky!.

Appliances:

Use the energy saver setting! It really does work!

Read more from David Haley, a local mortgage lender we often recommend as he is concerned about helping our clients save money: Tips to Save Energy

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