Home, Asset or Hassle?

There’s no question about it — the real-estate market in the Seattle area is downright crazy. But whether you’re looking to buy, sell, manage an investment property or just transform your existing house into the home you’ve always wanted, there’s one question you should ask yourself first. And it’s not about square footage, market trends, or…

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Coming to “Terms” with Real Estate Investing

Have you ever considered investing in real estate? As with all types of investments, there are risks and time horizons that may or may not be consistent with individual goals and objectives. With this in mind, here is a quick overview of some of the different types of real estate investments. Multi-Family Housing: These homes…

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The Best Ways To Save Family Recipes

(And Why You Should Do This Today) Last year my grandmother turned 102 years old, and right before her birthday her three daughters started arguing about her possessions — not her jewelry or her dishes or her furniture, but her 3×5- inch recipe cards. My grandmother was an avid cook. She cooked dinner every day…

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Accident-Proofing Your Home

While you and your family appreciate the many comforts of home, the potential accident risks that exist inside and outside your home may go unnoticed. Here are some simple steps to help convert your home sanctuary into a safer environment for family members and house guests to enjoy: Make sure your smoke alarms are tested…

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Boomers

The Changing Face of ‘Retirement’   My stepmother turned 60 this year — but if you think that means she’s slowing down, think again. She’s in great shape, works in a technical field and volunteers regularly. She’s not planning to “retire” in the traditional sense anytime in the near future, either. She calls it “the new…

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Up On the Green Roof

Especially in parts of the country where the sun shines brightly and temperatures are high, “green” roofs can offer an environmentally friendly, durable, and cost-efficient alternative to conventional roof surfaces, providing a longer roof lifespan, greater acoustic insulation, lower heating and cooling costs, and reduced storm water runoff. While green roofing was first applied to…

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Rising Markets: Should You be on “Cruise Control”?

In the past, frequently big gains typified the investment market scenery. And, while many individuals may pay attention to the general principles of asset allocation when driving down the road of Individual Retirement Account (IRA) portfolio management, it is understandable that sometimes being broadly diversified may be overlooked. As a result, it may become easier…

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Watch Out for the Creep

You’ve finally done it — you landed that new job. It probably took several rounds of interviews, a ton of studying and networking, along with countless online searches. Who could blame you for wanting to reward yourself? But it pays to be careful when you get that first new paycheck, especially if your salary has…

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