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It's Spring Time

Spring time is here, and it's the perfect time to inspect, maintain, and clean out your gutters and downspouts.  It's also a time when homeowners may want to have them installed if they don't have any on their house.  All gutters come in either sectional or seamless constructions and most have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. You also have the option of having tops put on them to help keep debris from falling in and clogging them.  


Check for holes and cracks and look to see if there are any places where they are pulling away from the house.  Also, make sure to check the brackets as well. One sign that you may need to replace them is if you see any damage to your fascia boards or roof. Also check areas beneath

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EverStar Realty accepts veterans VASH vouchers through our property management services.  We work with veterans in finding housing.  We are careful to continually keep abreast of the current laws and regulations.  This has awarded us the AMO certification for demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism, financial performance and ethics.  We are the only property management company in the region with this distinguished accreditation.

   VASH stands for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing which is a federal program for supporting veterans with disabilities. states, "The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and

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 cfl mercury light bulbs

Does Your Light Bulb Contain Mercury?

Many people don't realize that the light bulbs they use contain mercury. The increased demand for energy-efficient lighting over standard incandescent light bulbs led to a boom in CFL (compact fluorescent lights) sales.  While they are more energy efficient; they contain mercury which must be handled with extreme care when one of them breaks.  Mercury is a poison and if one is broken you must take steps to avoid toxic inhalation or contamination of your home. We have gathered the following information to help you with identifying what bulbs contain mercury, local disposal resources, and step by step proper and safe clean up in case one of your bulbs breaks. Carpeting requires special care so be sure to

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Empty Pockets No Money

Do you think you can't buy a home?  You might be surprised to find out you can!  Here are the top 6 reasons given for why people think they can't buy a home....and the truth about them as cited on


Reason No. 1: ‘I don't have enough money for a down payment'

This is probably the most common justification for not making the leap into homeownership. After all, few people have a huge chunk of cash lying around—and you need 20% down to buy a home, right? Wrong.

“Needing a 20% down payment has lingered as a myth for years and causes many potential home buyers, including those in the millennial generation, to miss out on getting into a home,” says Christina Bartning with National MI, a private mortgage insurer in Emeryville, CA.

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Do you have a programmable thermostat?  If you do and you program it correctly you can save at least 10% on heating and cooling costs each year. You can do this by setting your thermostat 7-10 degrees lower for at least 8 hours a day. 

According to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, almost 90% of home owners say that have never or rarely programmed their thermostat.  They aren't sure how. 

There are four distinctive types of programmable thermostats:

1 Week Programmable:  You can set one heating/cooling plan that is repeated daily for the entire week.

5-1-1 Programmable:  You can set one heating/cooling schedule for the week, plus you can schedule a different heating/cooling plan for Saturday and Sunday. 

5-2 Programmable:  Same as the

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Well digging

Who Owns The Water

To use groundwater in Washington state you must obtain a permit first. State law says that all water belongs to the State unless owned by a Tribe. This permit needed is called a “water right” and must be obtained from the Department of Ecology. Permit exempt wells are an exception. This exemption is for wells that are for supplying water to rural homes or businesses.

Hirst Decision

The Hirst decision from Oct. 2016 ruled that small withdrawals of groundwater added up and deprived rivers of water for fish, wildlife and scenery. The ruling meant prospective homeowners may have had to finance expensive studies to prove their wells wouldn’t harm existing water rights. (1) The Hirst decision changed how counties were required to

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Giving a HOME to the Homeless

Home.  What does that word invoke to you when you hear it?  At some point we have all had a 'home' and probably most of us are living in one now.  It could be an apartment, a one or two story home, a mobile home or a condo.  But for others, it could be a car, a bush, a sidewalk,  or just a gathering of trees.  This group of girls have come up with another option:  a solar powered tent that folds up into a rollaway backpack.  Genius...and without a college degree. Just the drive and determination to help others.

Many Uses

DIY Girls Invent TentWhile this solar powered tent was invented with the intent for helping the homeless, which is a great idea, it is something that would be useful for many people as well as in emergency

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This is a message that was received from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions For Consumers and Employers that we would like to share for your information.


Apex Servicing – Unlicensed Debt Collection

01/29/2018 03:19 PM PST

Monday, January 29, 2018

Alert Number: CA048341_1/17/18(1/19)

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) received information that an entity using the name Apex Servicing sent a fax to an employer in Washington attempting to garnish wages from an employee’s paycheck for an alleged loan owed to Inbox Loan.

The employer reported receiving a fax labeled as “Wage Assignment Demand Notice.” The fax alleged that the employee had signed a Wage Assignment and authorized

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Black History MonthFebruary was designated as Black History Month in 1976 and has continued to be by every President since then.  Here are a few significant facts:

Black History Month: The celebration of Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

NAACP: On February 12, 2009, the NAACP marked its 100th anniversary. Spurred by growing racial violence in the early twentieth century, and particularly by 1908 race riots in Springfield, Illinois, a group of African-American leaders joined together

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A recent article by Ellen Paris , Contributor for Forbes, wrote on "'s recently released research and analysis on the impact of 2017’s natural disasters on the country’s housing market. According to most areas saw a delay in-- or disruption--to an estimated 18 to 32 percent of home sales in the month of the disaster.

(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)  Santa Rosa, California: “Approximately 900 lost home sales, sales 18 percent lower than expected.”

“We compiled data on seven different events including California wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” explains Javier Vivas, director of economic research for “We looked at when an event hits, what does it look like with online

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