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Congress is considering tax reforms.  We urge you to contact your Representatives and Senators and ask them to oppose any tax reform plans that would weaken tax incentives for owning a home. 

Protect middle class homeowners. These tax incentives, like mortgage interest deductions as well as state and local property tax deductions are critical for a strong housing market.  Strong housing markets help create and maintain jobs and stable communities. 

Here is a sample communication:

 

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I urge you to oppose any tax reform plan that would weaken the tax incentives for owning a home, such as the mortgage interest deduction. Additionally, please do not let a tax reform plan increase taxes on

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Are you ready for irrigation water to be shut off?  

Irrigation water is being shut off starting today for KID clients.  

CID is turning theirs off this Sunday the 15th.  

Pasco City Irrigation and Horn Rapids shut off is scheduled for the 16th.  

If you are in Badger Mtn (BMID) their shut off is next Friday on the 20th.  

FID is scheduled to shut off the 23rd.  

#KID #CID #PCI #BMID #FID #irrigation #tricitieswa #fallmaintenance

 

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wire fraud

Wire fraud has hit the Tri-Cities.   There have been several reports of fraudulent wire transfer requests in our area.  Instances of local fraud  include amounts up to $250,000 being lost.  The hackers are sending out wire instructions that look like they are from a legitimate business with instructions on where to wire the transfer to. The one thing you need to remember to avoid fraud, is to always independently confirm wiring instructions in person or via a telephone call to a trusted and verified phone number. Do not use any phone numbers sent from an email.

How the Fraud Happens

computer email fraudThis type of fraud is carried out when a subject compromises legitimate business e-mail accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques.  What

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In under 45 seconds REALTOR® Noelia Ramirez gives a few tips on how to up your curb appeal prior to listing your home for sale.  

 

REALTOR® Noelia Ramirez

Noelia@EverStarRealty.com

Cell: 509-845-2065

 

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On average, national sales for August were up from last year.  The inventory is still lower, however. The median home price has gone up from last year as well. Want to know more? Here's the latest national housing stats in under a minute from the NAR (National Association of Realtors): 

 

As always, thanks for reading and we welcome any additional information or comments you may have.

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Fall is here and now is the time to do some seasonal maintenance. Make sure to go through these before the first frost if possible.  If you aren't sure when that is in your area you can check here.  The Old Farmer's Almanac shows the first fall frost in the Tri-Cities being between Oct. 12th-27th.  It's easier to do these before the first snow hits.  You can then rest easy knowing you that you are ready for winter.  We have created the following list to help you:

Indoor:

  • Have your heating system checked by a professional. Change the filter. 
  • Switch thermostat from cooling to heating if necessary.
  • Protect your pipes from getting frozen.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check the fireplace damper. This
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The Gamble

Remember that song by Kenny Rogers, "The Gambler".  When you are looking at finding riches in real estate the song is still applicable, " you got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away."  Realtor.org recently did an article covering the most common ways people get started. "These days, there are a dizzying variety of different takes on the once-simple idea of property investing—all requiring varying levels of blood, sweat, tears—and risks. Which one might be right for you?"

There are several common ways people dip their toes into real estate investing.  Just make sure you, "look before you leap"  when looking at at using real estate for investment purposes.  Some of the ways include

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It's officially here!  The first day of Fall.  Up until the 1300's it was called Harvest. In the 1600's the "fall of leaves" was shortened to "fall".  By the 1800's "Fall" was the word of choice for Americans. 

Summer's not the only season for fun activities.  There are many fun Fall activities as well.  We have compiled a list of 50 for you with links to make it even easier:

1. Make apple cider

2. Visit a corn maze

3. Go apple picking

4. Play backyard football

5. Visit a chocolate factory

6. Roast marshmallows

7. Go hiking

8. Read outside

9. Bake Rice Krispies treats

10. Go to an antique store/show

11. Host a bonfire (when there is no fire ban)

12. Apple bobbing

13. Make a "thankful for" list

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millennial graduation

 

Millennials range in age from 18-34 and represent around 75 million Americans.  They are the biggest generation to date for America.  With today's economy and the financial burden created by getting a upper level school degree, they are struggling to be able to live the lifestyle that their parents enjoyed at their same age.  Comparatively speaking, Millennials are making 20% less than baby boomers did at the same age.  In the past, children were able to achieve greater financial success than their parents.  Typically this financial success included purchasing a home. This is no longer the case.

NAR Student Debt Report Millennials

This is affecting Millennials in many ways including having to wait longer to acquire the "American Dream" of owning a home. One report

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 float pod

 

Falling In Love With Floating

After Ryan Wright and Bethany MacLean tried their first float in December 2015 in Spokane, they instantly fell in love.  There weren't any local float pod close by however.  They decided it would be a great business opportunity for them and wanted to offer the service here in the Tri-Cities.  Thus, Float Euphoria was born.

It's All There For You

When you go to experience your own flotation experience you will need to park in the back.  A beautiful waiting room is just inside with a refreshment table.  You will find they have everything you may need for a wonderful experience already for you.  This includes hair ties, face wipes, ear plugs, bathrobes, and hairdryers.  It is recommended that you come with no

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