northwest realty group: Keep Your Stuff Save When Selling Your Home - 04/19/21 09:18 PM
 Keep your stuff safe when selling your home
When preparing to put your house on the market, usually your main concern is making your home look as appealing as possible. Cleaning every corner, fixing what needs fixed, and making sure it is a home others would want to buy. With all that in mind, prioritizing the safety of your home while it is on the market can fall to the wayside until you are fully out of the home. Once you are moved in somewhere new, you may realize that you are worrying quite a bit about just how safe your home … (0 comments)

northwest realty group: How To Save To Buy A Home - 04/19/21 09:13 PM
How to save to buy a home
Are you thinking about buying a home and just don’t know where to start? Before you even begin looking at homes, consider how much you may need to save to make the process as smooth as possible for you, especially in the long run. While there are situations where you don’t need a large down payment for a home, having one can save you money down the road.
Saving for a down payment is slightly different than other large savings, like retirement. With those savings, you can set aside smaller amounts or invest the money. Because … (0 comments)

northwest realty group: Where to Eat in Cartlin Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene - 04/19/21 09:01 PM

Where to eat in Cartlin Bay on Lake CDA
On a recent boat adventure with some girlfriends we stumbled across this small food truck at Carlin Bay called Latitudes. Carlin Bay is located in Harrison, East of Rockford Bay on Lake Coeur d' Alene. You can pull your boat right up to the dock, grab a bite and be back on the lake in no time or you can relax and hangout. There's plenty of seating if you wish to enjoy your meal lakeside before tooling around the lake again. I ordered Latitudes Lobster Roll. One of my favorites vacation spots is … (2 comments)

northwest realty group: Idaho Property Tax 101 - 04/19/21 08:54 PM
Idaho property tax 101
Idaho property taxes are very different than the neighboring states. First of all, property taxes in Idaho are also paid in arrears.  That means we don’t pay your property taxes for the current year until December 20th of that same year and then, you will only pay the first half of the year. It's a bit confusing. Taxes are collected and paid twice a year. Similar in most states, if you are getting a mortgage, when you receive your tax bill from the assessor's office, you don't need to pay it. Your lender will be rolling your estimated … (0 comments)

northwest realty group: Why People Are Refusing Dining Rooms - 04/19/21 08:49 PM
Why people are refusing dining rooms
More and more, we see families on the go. Dinners have evolved and formal dining is becoming a way of the past - or is reserved just for special occasions. With that in mind, we see more and more often that dining rooms are left untouched a mass majority of the year. Many people still have fully furnished dining rooms, for a few reasons. They may have been told they can’t sell their home without one, or they already have a dining set, or it just hadn’t occurred to them to not have one.
If you’re willing … (1 comments)

northwest realty group: Investing in Rental Properties - 04/19/21 08:38 PM

Investing in rental properties
If you are considering becoming a property investor, you may wonder why you should buy a rental and what indicators to look for when trying to find a property. Here are some signs to look for if you are on the fence about investing in a rental that indicate it is a great time to buy!
Low Interest Rates
When mortgage rates drop, it is much easier to make a property produce income. The best place to figure out what kind of interest rate you will get for an investment property is with a lender. Check in with them to … (0 comments)

northwest realty group: Under The Bed Storage - 04/19/21 08:23 PM
Under-bed storage is one of the best places to store winter or summer gear. Make sure you have enough space under your bed for some storage bins, and invest in a handful where you can neatly store away your off season wardrobe. If you don’t have under-bed space, invest in a few cascading hangers.
Extra Bedding
Vacuum storage bags are great to have if you are living in a small space. While you may not want to use them on your seasonal wardrobe, you can use these bags for extra bedding so you can store them easily when guests aren’t around.
Shoe Collection
A burgeoning … (0 comments)

northwest realty group: March 2021 CDA Area Market Update - 04/06/21 08:59 AM
Average sales price in March 2021 was $604,733 for previously owned homes.  346 homes sold which is up 5.5% from last year at this time. Days on market is 59 which is down 21.3% compared to March 2020. Sellers are receiving an average of 102.2% to list price 559 previously owned homes were listed in March which is down 2.2% from last March. March experienced .7 months of inventory wich is down 68.2% in one year. Spring is where we start seeing more properties hit the market. This time last year we had over 3 months of inventory and now we … (1 comments)

northwest realty group: Maintaining A Concrete Driveway - 03/25/21 07:32 PM
Maintaining a concrete driveway
Concrete driveways are becoming more popular again, and there are plenty of reasons why. With a lifespan 10-15 years longer than asphalt, often lasting around 30-40 years, concrete is a worthy investment if you are willing to maintain it properly. If you’re considering making the investment or you already have concrete and want to make it last for decades, here is how:
SEAL IT
Water exposure of any kind can result in pore development in your concrete. Water alone can dissolve calcium hydroxide in concrete, and that process can be made more severe if there is any carbon dioxide in … (2 comments)

northwest realty group: Carpet 101 - 03/25/21 07:26 PM
Carpet 101
Carpet tends to ignite a love-hate relationship with homeowners. While carpet can add comfort, design, and even a pop of color to a space, it can also feel overwhelming to manage something meant to last a decade in your home. Whether you have little feet and paws running around or it is just you, it can still seem like a daunting task to make sure your carpet stays in the best shape possible. No one want a dirty, smelly carpet and it can instantly ruin a space you once loved. So instead of avoiding the carpeted rooms in your home, … (1 comments)

northwest realty group: Making a Productive Office Space - 03/25/21 07:19 PM
Making a productive office space at home
In countless homes across the country and the world, there has been a major shift to working from home - even for students. If you are working from home and trying to manage your children being home and doing school work, you may be at a loss when it comes to ensuring productivity. With a television across the room and no boss or teacher hovering, distraction comes easily. Here are some tips to create a space that enables productivity!
1. Light up your space.
Letting in as much natural light as possible to your at-home work space … (0 comments)

northwest realty group: Tips For Buying A New Washer and Dryer - 03/25/21 07:11 PM
Tips when buying a new washer and dryer
Laundry is one of those household chores that always seems to be a headache. Whether you like doing laundry or not, it is often a necessary task in most households. When the time comes to either invest in a washer and dryer set or upgrade the set you have, you may realize that choosing your favorite color is not the biggest choice you have to make. Laundry systems come in all shapes, types, and sizes, and it is important to decide what you need before heading to the store to make your purchase. Here … (2 comments)

northwest realty group: Easy Garbage Disposal Tips - 03/21/21 04:33 PM
Easy Garbage Disposal Tips
If you have a garbage disposal, you probably use it quite often. The convenience of shredding food waste and washing it down the drain rather than filling a garbage can is one of the many perks of having a disposal. While keeping your pipes clog-free is a major benefit, sometimes all that hard work done by your disposal can leave it with quite an odor if you aren’t keeping up with proper disposal maintenance. Here are a few quick tips to keep your disposal clean and working like a charm.
1. Add Ice Cubes
Using ice cubes while running water … (2 comments)

northwest realty group: What Does Your Front Door Say About You - 03/21/21 04:24 PM
What does your door say about you
Doors don’t talk — but they can say a lot. Your front door is the first thing visitors will see, and it may say more about you than you think! If reading that made you think you might need to update your door or even replace it, now is the time to consider your options.
Steel, fiberglass and wood are the most popular material choices for exterior front doors. There are several styles that combine these materials like a fiberglass door with a wood frame. Here is a brief overview to help guide you toward a … (0 comments)

northwest realty group: Grey Is Out, Earth Tones Are In! - 03/14/21 08:46 PM
Grey is out earth tones are in
Shades of tan were all the rage for years. It was impossible to find a home that had any ‘modern’ paint styles when wood finishes and brown decor were everywhere. Over the last half decade, there was a major shift to sleek white or gray walls paired with metal finishes. While it seemed like that trend would stick around for a while, it seems that home decor is slowly shifting back to earthy tones. If you love those hues or soft pastels, here are some colors that might inspire your next paint job!
Earth Tones
2020 has … (1 comments)

northwest realty group: Got a Leaky Faucet? - 03/14/21 08:41 PM
Got a leaky faucet?
The (almost) silent bank account killer that you don’t hear about enough - a dripping faucet. If you’ve got a dripping faucet and don’t catch it, you can waste nearly 40 gallons in a year for a faucet that only drips once a minute. While some dripping faucets can go unnoticed, many can be extremely irritating and noisy. Before your water bill spikes, check out the causes of a dripping faucet and what you can do about it.
Your Sink’s O-Ring Is Worn Out
The first indicator that you may need to replace the o-ring is a visible collection of … (2 comments)

northwest realty group: How to Bleach Your Hardwood Floors - 03/14/21 08:27 PM
How to bleach your hardwood floors
If you want to lighten the color of wood in your home, bleaching may be the cheapest route. You may want to lighten your floor to prepare it for a special finish, or maybe they have just become discolored with age or spills/stains. The first step in this process is to find what type of bleach will work best for you.
The bleach you will need will depend on the source of the color you are trying to remove.
There are three types of bleach you can use on wood: chlorine bleach, peroxide bleaches, and oxalic acid.
The hardest … (3 comments)

northwest realty group: Inspect Your Roof - 03/14/21 08:20 PM
Inspect your roof
While you may not think about your roof every day, you want to make sure that your roof stays in good shape and remains leak free. To do so, regular inspections need to be performed. But how often should that happen? According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should check your roof at least twice of year, during fall and spring. The mild weather of those seasons can help make inspecting the roof easier and it also allows you to ensure that your roof will be prepared potential seasonal weather hazards. While it may not be easy to … (1 comments)

northwest realty group: Prevent Cold Weather Falls on Your Property - 03/07/21 08:28 PM

Prevent cold weather falls on your property
Winter is coming which means an increased risk of ice on your property. While bad weather can be inevitable, decreasing fall risk at your home can help. Here are a few ways to just do that:
INDOOR TIPS
The first step to preventing your own falls start indoors. Preparing your entryways can help! Try placing skid-resistant door mats near entrances to dry your footwear. Make sure you check the bottoms of your feet each time you enter the home, and clean off the accumulated ice, snow or water. Keeping your floors as dry as possible is another … (2 comments)

northwest realty group: Boost the Mood Of Your Space - 03/07/21 08:22 PM
Boost the mood of your space
If you’re still working from home, you may be feeling down about your current space. While working from home can be fun, it is important to make sure your space keeps you motivated. The best way to do that is to change up your style! Here are some of the easiest ways to boost the mood of your space:
Compartmentalize
If you’re working at home, it is easy to get distracted by your typical home responsibilities since they are now right in front of your face. To stay focused on work, try designating different areas for certain activities. … (1 comments)

 
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