advice: Give Line Drying a Try - 11/26/08 01:47 AM

Our resident "green" expert just posted this article on line drying clothes:
Line drying was how many of our parents did their laundry; it was just a way of life.  Today line drying is only what we do when the dryer breaks and the new dryer hasn't been replaced yet.  But consider this: "Did you know that you can reduce your energy bill by an average of $75 to $100 a year by switching to line drying?" Here are some quick facts on Line Drying courtesy of Linedryit.com.
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advice: Puyallup November Real Estate Market Update - 11/19/08 08:20 AM
Market ActivityOne positive market trend continued for the month of October - listing inventory decreased from 1087 in September, to 1046 by the end of October. Inventory reduction is one of the keys to our housing market recovery. The number of homes sold in October fell by 38% to 83, from 133 in September. The state of the economy and the jobs outlook continue to press down on the housing market. Ever the optimist though, homes are still being bought and sold in this market - it has not ceased up, but just needs a bit of grease. Realtor associations are working with state and federal legislators to find … (0 comments)

advice: Pierce County November Real Estate Market Update - 11/19/08 08:17 AM
Market ActivityOne positive market trend continued for the month of October - listing inventory decreased from 7158 in September, to 6711 by the end of October. Inventory reduction is one of the keys to our housing market recovery. The number of homes sold in October fell by 24% to 553, from 723 in September. The state of the economy and the jobs outlook continue to press down on the housing market. Ever the optimist though, homes are still being bought and sold in this market - it has not ceased up, but just needs a bit of grease. Realtor associations are working with state and federal legislators to find … (0 comments)

advice: Puyallup October Real Estate Market Update - 10/29/08 02:48 AM
Current Price TrendsSeptember statistics released by the NWMLS show a significant drop in the median home price. The median home price for Pierce County ended September at $250k - representing another 11% drop in year-to-date appreciation. I believe that this drop represents a large sell-off of homes in the lower price spectrum, as opposed to a drop in prices throughout the market. The rise in number of sales this month could support either theory - regardless, reducing standing inventory is good for all sellers.
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advice: Pierce County October Real Estate Market Update - 10/29/08 02:45 AM
Current Price TrendsSeptember statistics released by the NWMLS show a significant drop in the median home price. The median home price for Pierce County ended September at $245k - representing another 11% drop in year-to-date appreciation. I believe that this drop represents a large sell-off of homes in the lower price spectrum, as opposed to a drop in prices throughout the market. The rise in number of sales this month could support either theory - regardless, reducing standing inventory is good for all sellers.
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advice: Top Ways to Be Environmentally Friendly, without Scaring Your Neighbors - 10/02/08 02:46 AM

Our resident "green" expert just posted this article on being environmentally friendly without scaring the neighbors:
So your might be dabbling in this whole "green movement" and are seeking out some easy tips where you don't have to stop wearing deodorant or wash your hair! Rest assured you won't have to do that anytime soon if you just want to start slow.  (Although I DO have some alternatives to deodorant if you want them!)
Here are some of my favorite tips to help the environment that are beyond just changing out a light bulb or breaking the bank!
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advice: Puyallup September Real Estate Market Update - 09/15/08 11:39 AM
August statistics just released by the NWMLS show another modest increase in the median home price. The median home price for Puyallup ended August at $266k - still, a 10% drop in year-to-date appreciation. Today's news in the financial market - namely Lehman Brothers going bankrupt, Merrill Lynch being sold to Bank of America, and the possible restructure of AIG - will likely cause mortgage banks to further reassess risk. What this means is less money to lend to fewer people; less money to fewer people will mean fewer homes selling and the continued erosion of equity in Puyallup real estate.
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advice: Pierce County September Real Estate Market Update - 09/15/08 11:34 AM
August statistics just released by the NWMLS show another modest drop in the median home price. The median home price for Pierce County ended August at $258k - an 11% drop in year-to-date appreciation. Today's news in the financial market - namely Lehman Brothers going bankrupt, Merrill Lynch being sold to Bank of America, and the possible restructure of AIG - will likely cause mortgage banks to further reassess risk. What this means is less money to lend to fewer people; less money to fewer people will mean fewer homes selling and the continued erosion of equity in Pierce County real estate.
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advice: Bottled Water - Friend or Foe? - 09/10/08 04:20 PM

Our resident "green" expert just posted this article on bottled water:
Bottled water to you may be a necessity or a luxury. You've probably read a lot about PET (polyethylene terephthalate) or BPA (Bisphenol A) possibly leeching into your liquids from the plastic which hopefully has given you some pause when purchasing bottled water. Bottled water is something that is particularly harmful to our environment. For starters, the Pacific Institute tells us that it takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water! Thats a lot of water to package water!
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advice: Puyallup August Real Estate Market Update - 08/15/08 03:28 AM
July statistics just released by the NWMLS show less than a 1% increase in the number of Active homes for sale, and less than a 1% decrease in the number of homes Sold, from June to July. This gives us more than a 10 month supply of homes (4-6 months being a balanced market). Just 102 homes Sold in the month of July, which is a 42% decrease YTD. The Median Home Price rose to $264k, representing an 8.3% decrease in YTD appreciation.
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advice: Pierce County August Real Estate Market Update - 08/15/08 03:22 AM
July statistics just released by the NWMLS show a 2.7% increase in the number of Active homes for sale, and an 11.7% decrease in the number of homes Sold, from June to July. This gives us more than a 10 month supply of homes (4-6 months being a balanced market). Just 688 homes Sold in the month of July, which is a 31% decrease YTD. The Median Home Price dropped to $260k, representing an 11.5% decrease in YTD appreciation.
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advice: Farmers Markets - 07/31/08 02:44 PM
Marcie K, our resident expert on all things green, just dropped a great post on farmers markets. Here's a taste...
Now that summer is officially here, the local Farmers Markets are in full swing! Farmers Markets are great to find local and organic produce. In my last post, I discussed Organic Foods and how to better understand what Organic foods you should or shouldn't bother purchasing. Farmers Markets are a great place to be green and discover what is organic and local in your neighborhood.

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advice: Pierce County and Puyallup real estate market... - 05/21/08 08:01 AM
... is a mixed bag this month. Pierce County saw a rise in both the median home price and the number of sales, and a decrease in the cummulative days on market - positive movement. Puyallup on the other hand saw the median home price and number of sales retreat, as well as a decrease in the cummulative days on market.
Check out the Pierce County March Market Update.
Check out the Puyallup March Market Update.
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advice: Pierce County and Puyallup real estate market... - 03/27/08 06:41 PM
... bounces back a bit. The number of new listings is still stalled, bucking the seasonal trend. The number of sales did rise a bit, but so did the time on market for sellers. The median price of homes also bounced back but is still down in year-over-year numbers.
Check out the Pierce County March Market Update.
Check out the Puyallup March Market Update.
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advice: Pierce County and Puyallup real estate market... - 02/22/08 09:08 AM
... continues to slow down. The number of new listings has largely stalled, which is good for those already trying to sell their home. However, the number of sales is down, the days on market is rising, and the median price of homes has retreated to numbers not seen a while.
Check out the Pierce County February Market Update.
Check out the Puyallup February Market Update. 
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advice: Give Your Home a Fresh Start for the New Year - 01/22/08 11:40 AM
From our newsletter:

The new year is a great time for renewal, and there’s no reason why your home shouldn’t share in this time of rejuvenation. Here are a few ideas to give your home—and your spirits—a lift as you move forward in 2008.
Get organized. One change that might make a big difference in your life is organizing your space. Like most projects, the hardest part is getting started, so start small. Decide which one area would make you feel the best to have organized. Kitchen wraps and unruly pot lids driving you crazy? Start there. You may just … (0 comments)

advice: New and Extended Tax Breaks for Homeowners - 01/17/08 08:17 AM
There are three important tax breaks that the Federal government has afforded us as we all unwillingly move closer to our appointment with our CPA - or box of tax software as it may be. Suze Orman takes a moment to share. Here are the highlights:
For the Home Seller - If you sold your home for less than what you owed the bank (called a short sale), you do not have to pay income taxes on the difference now - called Lender Forgiven Mortgage Debt. Example: You owed $200,000 on your mortgage, and you sold it for $150,000. The difference … (1 comments)

advice: Puyallup January Market Update - 98375 - 01/12/08 04:29 AM
Current Price Trends The final statistics for 2007 have been released by the NWMLS. Prices continued to edge down for a third month. The median price for December was $266k, which was a 14% correction from the January 2007 figure of $308k. The 98375 area saw the most growth in recent years, a factor in this significant correction.
The average cumulative days on market - total time a home is for sale, from listing to closing - moved up a bit to 106 days, up from 102 days the previous month. Buyers continue to have the upper hand, even though the … (0 comments)

advice: Puyallup January Market Update - 98374 - 01/12/08 04:27 AM
Current Price Trends The final statistics for 2007 have been released by the NWMLS. Prices rose slightly, but were still down from a year high in October. The median price for December was $304k, which was a slight increase from the January 2007 figure of $300k.
The average cumulative days on market - total time a home is for sale, from listing to closing - moved up a bit to 94 days, up from 85 days the previous month. Buyers continue to have the upper hand, even though the average sale price to original list price rose to 95%, up from … (0 comments)

advice: Puyallup January Market Update - 98373 - 01/12/08 04:26 AM
Current Price Trends The final statistics for 2007 have been released by the NWMLS. Prices rose slightly last month, ending a three month decline. The median price for December was $290k, which was an almost 10% increase from the January 2007 figure of $264k.
The average cumulative days on market - total time a home is for sale, from listing to closing - dove sharply to 96 days, down from 171 days the previous month. Buyers lost their strangle hold on sellers but still have an advantage, as the average sale price to original list price rose to 96%, up from … (0 comments)

 


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