home owner: 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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home owner: Annual Fall Cleanup Days in Puyallup Scheduled for Mid-November - 10/13/08 03:36 AM

The City of Puyallup has announced the dates of its Fall Cleanup, where residential utility customers can place extra containers of garbage, yard waste and one major appliance at the curb for pickup.  The annual pickup will take pace in mid-November as follows:
Puyallup utility customers on the A Schedule:  November 14 Puyallup utility customers on the B Schedule:  November 21 Appliance pickup November 10-14 Read on...

home owner: Puyallup Phone Alert System Test - 10/10/08 06:46 AM

The City of Puyallup Emergency Management Department will be testing the Puyallup Phone Alert System beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 14.  The "Reverse 911" program makes automated calls to citizens to notify them of emergency events and alerts.
"If this was a real emergency or crisis situation, this "Reverse 911" call would relay detailed instructions of how to proceed and prepare during the crisis," said Merle Frank, Puyallup's Emergency Management Director.
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home owner: 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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home owner: From Deflation to Elation as the City of Puyallup Gets a LIFT - 09/23/08 11:59 AM

When Washington State's Community Economic Revitilization Board (CERB) told the City of Puyallup last Thursday that they came in Fourth Place for the State's LIFT (Local Infrastructure Financing Tool) grant, and would not be awarded $1 Million to connect Puyallup's downtown core with South Hill, a collective sigh could be heard from City Hall.
The City's deflation has turned to elation today according to City Manger, Gary McLean, as the CERB has moved the City of Puyallup into Third Place ahead of the City of Vancouver, awarding Puyallup with the $1 Million grant they were hoping for.
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home owner: The Difference between Regular and Reverse Mortgages - 08/26/08 05:13 AM
Guest blogger Sarah Scrafford, provides us with a quick overview on the difference between regular and reverse mortgages.

Reverse mortgages are not the exact opposite of regular mortgages, even though the term literally implies that it is. This kind of mortgage is available only to people above 62 who own their home. Besides this distinction, there are other factors that differentiate between a reverse mortgage and a regular one...
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home owner: Chalk the Walk in Puyallup - 08/05/08 11:44 AM

Kids of all ages are invited to the Puyallup Public Library in downtown Puyallup this Saturday from 10am until noon to "chalk the walk" with their doodles and drawings. There will be several artists on hand to help them out. This event is free and chalk will also be provided.
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home owner: 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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home owner: Washington Realtors® Meet with Legislators to Advocate for Quality of Life - 01/26/08 05:32 AM
Realtors® from all over the state, myself included, made their way to Olympia this week to advocate for Washington’s quality of life - jobs, homes and communities. We spent some time Thursday and Friday meeting with state Senators and Representatives, and talking to them about the housing market in Washington and sharing the finer points of a few bills that they will be considering soon. I’m going to share with you what we shared with our legislators so that you can call, write or email your legislator and advocate for your quality of life here in the state.
Why haven’t home … (1 comments)

home owner: 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)

home owner: Learning From Today’s Market to Succeed in Tomorrow’s - 12/27/07 08:27 AM

Many, many Puyallup homeowners made an attempt to sell their home this year. A record number in fact. And while we faired better than most places in the country, not that many actually got to sell their home. At best this year, less than 1 in 5 homes sold. October and November have been the toughest months with less than 1 in 14 homes selling. December may prove to be worse.
A pretty clear trend started to develop in October - homeowners started pulling their homes off the market. It surely wasn’t because they were selling that we saw inventory … (4 comments)

home owner: Remodeling by the Numbers - 12/07/07 01:43 AM

So you’ve decided to hunker down for the winter, and you’re only going outside for work, groceries and trips to your favorite hardware store. That’s right – you’ve decided, “To heck with trying to sell our house right now. Let’s fix it up and sell it when the market is better.”
Your wife wants new appliances or a master bath suite that rivals that of a room at the ‘W’. Your kids want you to tear out the crab grass, lay down sod and put up a big toy that the school district will want to lease time on. And … (2 comments)

home owner: Just One Short Phone Call For Fast, Effective Relief - 12/06/07 07:10 AM
The storm earlier this week sure feels reminiscent to last year's winter weather. Hopefully this is the last of it, but assuming more is to come, Puyallup is one step closer to providing Puyallup residents the help they need in a timely manner.
Messages left on the Puyallup Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Hotline are now being text messaged directly to designated EOC staff. Puyallup Emergency Management Director Merle Frank said the new system will allow EOC staff to immediately evaluate the emergency request and act on the request as needed.
The Puyallup EOC hotline number is (253) 770-3336 and is available … (0 comments)

home owner: Pierce County Property Rights on the Table Today - 11/27/07 04:58 AM

Property owners’ rights in Pierce County is an issue that I find particularly important, both in my professional and personal life. I give my available time and funds to protecting the rights of property owners. So when an issue comes up that could limit or extend those rights, I feel it important to make residents aware.
The Pierce County Council will be addressing a transfer-of-development rights proposal today. This proposal is especially important to rural land owners as well as all Pierce County residents in regards to the future growth and health of the county.
From an Opinion piece from … (1 comments)

home owner: Are You Ready for the Great American Dream? - 11/19/07 10:26 AM
From our newsletter:
Renting vs. Owning Your Home Homeownership has long been called the Great American Dream, and more people own homes today than ever before—about 70 percent of all Americans. A changing market can open new opportunities if you’re thinking of making a change to your living situation. Here are a few things to consider if you’re trying to decide between owning and renting.
When to rent While most people prefer to own a home, there are some circumstances in which the benefits of renting make sense:
Flexibility. If you’re a free spirit or like staying mobile, it’s a lot … (0 comments)

home owner: Does Your HOA Help You Sleep at Night, or Is It More Like an Annoying Rash? - 10/22/07 03:02 PM
I read an article today that focused on Homeowners Associations (HOAs) - the article cited a survey conducted in Colorado where 3,000 homeowners were asked questions about their HOA. Of the 3,000 respondents, nearly 70 percent said homeowners associations are either a “major headache” or a “minor annoyance,” although 25 percent hadn’t lived under the rules of an association.Simple math shows that almost 95 percent of people that own a home within a community overseen by an HOA, are dissatisfied with their HOA.  There are almost 32,000 parcels out of over 41,000 parcels in Puyallup that reside in formal subdivisions. I … (1 comments)

home owner: Someone To Trust - 10/16/07 04:48 PM
I haven't made it a point to remember all the service providers that I've used through the years and blog about them - and it's likely that I won't. But I do want to give credit where it's due, and share useful experiences I think you'll appreciate, into the future.
When my wife got home from work on Friday, she noticed a puddle of water beneath the water heater - not a good sign, not a good time. I was on my way home, but she called to tell me anyway. We had plans to go to the Melting Pot in … (3 comments)




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