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Realtor.org recently reported on a new study that shows, once again, that FSBO’s, For Sale By Owners, make less on their home sales in their article,”Study: FSBOs Net ‘Significantly’ Lower Profits.”

It is surprising how peoples minds change when they are selling their home.  Think back to when you bought that home you are now ready to sell.  Do you remember your thoughts and feelings you had when you were going through the process?  You should have the same dedication and concern now that you are ready to sell it.

You Wouldn’t Sell A Diamond FSBO Would You?

Your home is most likely the largest investment you have ever made.  As such, it is the largest investment you will ever sell.  Let’s say you have a home value

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Washington Is Number One

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business reported on Washington State taking the number one spot for Top State for Businesses.  This is great news for businesses!  This is according to CNBC's annual report. Last year Washington was in sixth place.  Way to go Washington!

This can be seen with the growth in the economy.  Our growth was 3.7% in 2016. This is almost two and a half times the national norm. Also, Scott Cohn reported that Washington State has the highest concentration of STEM workers.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This doesn't come as a huge surprise.  Washington is home to some huge hitters in that arena.  This includes Amazon, Costco, Boeing, and of course Microsoft.

Another

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 Air Purifying Methods

You need to have good indoor air quality. Think about it, where do you spend the most of your time?  Would you say it was indoors or outdoors?  I bet you would say indoors. If you aren't at home, you are probably either at work, or at a store.  If you have children they are either at home or at school.  Children aren't playing outdoors as much as they used to. It is important then to have good air quality - indoors.  "But, I can't afford an expensive air filter for home and work," you may say. Well, there are several ways you can improve the air around you.  There are natural methods as well as electronic methods. We've had a lot of summer fires.  This leads to bad air indexes.  It is more important than ever to purify the

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Fireman Crew

Did you know that there is a fire ban in Benton County?  Did you know that includes your fire pit?  They are also asking everyone not to do any activities that could ignite.  If you are traveling, be sure to check out some of the online resources. This includes updated maps.  We will cover three of those online map resources below.

Also, there is a great site that updates air quality for communities affected by smoke. It coordinates with county, state, federal agencies as well as Indian tribes and volunteers.  It has a map with air quality monitors.  The Department of Ecology's 'Washington's Air Monitoring Network' grades air quality into the following categories:

  • Good
  • Moderate
  • Unhealthy For Sensitive Group
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EverStar's 10th Anniversary

 

We are proud to announce that EverStar has reached our 10 year anniversary milestone!

As EverStar Realty celebrates ten years of uninterrupted service to the community, we take this opportunity to thank you for helping us succeed and  in this accomplishment.  Without you we wouldn't be here.  We are honored to be a locally owned small business helping our community grow.

Thank you to all our customers!

All of us at EverStar Realty wish to thank our customers for their loyalty and support during our ten years in business.  We are are humbled to be able to be a part of so many peoples lives. Our clients have become our friends and family.  Thank you for choosing EverStar as your trusted real estate company.  We wouldn't be here with

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Washington's new driving law forbids holding anything in your hands while driving.

 Do I have your attention?  Good! We want to make sure no one gets caught off guard with this new law. 

While the law isn't written to say exactly that, it is basically that strict.  And this new law goes into effect this Sunday.  If you are a driver, you need to know about it.  You'll find a Q& A at the bottom of this article for you to reference specific questions. starbucks coffee

The new law states that you can't have anything in your hands that could distract you.  This includes cell phones, food, doing your make-up....anything.  So, while you can go through a drive through and get yourself food, you can't eat it or drink it  without the risk of getting a fine

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Corona Del Mar Home

 

Would you like to see some home designs that are a little more unique, eye-catching or modern? Are you tired of seeing the same 'ol designs in architecture when it comes to homes?    How about a home that looks like it came from a Star Wars movie?  Here are 3 amazing homes highlighted by Niamh Ollerton with msn.com to help give you inspiration. Let's take a jaunt around the world to these four unique homes.

Corona Del Mar, CA Home Design Inspiration

First, we'll travel to Corona Del Mar in California to take a look at this Portabello Grand Estate.  It boasts luxury relaxation and entertainment.  Panoramic views of the beach have been carefully thought out to provide total privacy.Corona Del Mar Home

At 30,000 square feet there is plenty of room to roam.

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Is A Smart Home System Smart For Your Pet?

Do you have a pet or two that you hate to leave?  Do you worry when you go to work what your feathered friend is doing when you are gone?  There are many smart home items available now to help ease your mind and lift your pet care burden.  From smart collars, to smart pet feeders and cameras to keep an eye on your golden retriever, there are several choices available.

Tierra Bonaldi of the American Pet Products Association explains, “Plenty of owners travel or work long hours, so they use smart feeding devices to ensure proper access to food and portion control. Others use cameras, treat dispensers, and apps to communicate with their pet and better stay in touch to increase the human-animal

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Have you thought about putting your home for sale yourself as a FSBO (For Sale By Owner)?  People sometimes think they will save lots of money by going it on their own.  This is a misconception unfortunately.  Even the founder and former chief operating officer of ForSalebyOwner.com, Colby Sambrotto, ended up using a real estate broker after 6 months of trying to go FSBO. Buyers think they will save money too purchasing a FSBO.  Those buyers don't know that using a REALTOR is free to them already.  You don't pay a dime as a buyer to your REALTOR. 

Often times, you may even lose money you didn't even know you could have received. Homes sold with a REALTOR® sell for higher prices than those sold FSBO.  If a REALTOR® can sell your home for 23-25% higher

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Millennials are some of the cause for the current housing shortage according to a MSN article by Laura Kusisto. Let's take a look at some of the reasoning behind the claim.

Who Are Millennials?

First of all, who is considered a 'millennial'?  You can see by looking at this infographic from Why Millennials Matter, that Millennials are individuals born between 1980 - 2000.  They are considered our largest generation yet.  They are expected to make up to 50% of the workforce by 2020 and 75% by 2030.

 

Convenience Is King

Second, the younger population is choosing where they are moving based more towards 'convenience'.  How close it my favorite restaurant?  How long will it

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