Entries by Sophia Peterson

Factors That Determine Your Mortgage Rate

When buying a home, you and your lender are working to secure the lowest mortgage rate for your loan. Even saving a fraction of a percent on your mortgage rate can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. So it definitely pays off to be prepared with the knowledge of what […]

4 Things to Do When Buying a Home

The typical American has over 40% of their wealth tied up in their home, making it the largest investment they make. So it’s important to think about how to buy a home in the smartest financial way possible. Here are 4 things to do when buying a home. 4 Things to Do When Buying a […]

Health Benefits of Living Near the Water

Much of the Pacific Northwest is located adjacent the Puget Sound. Besides beautiful views, scenic drives, and fun water/beach activities, there are many health benefits of living near the water. Health Benefits of Living Near the Water Breathe Fresh Air Breathing fresh air is one of the largest health benefits of living near water. Air […]

The Difference Between a Short Sale and a Foreclosure

Short sales and foreclosures are both options for homeowners who want to sell their home but have fallen behind on their mortgage payments. Here’s the difference between a short sale and a foreclosure and how to tell which option is best for you. The Difference Between a Short Sale and a Foreclosure What is a […]

Top Refinancing Myths Busted

With current low interest rates, you may have heard that now is a good time to consider refinancing your mortgage. But you may be hesitant to look into the process if you fall victim to these misconceptions. Here are the top 4 refinancing myths – busted. Top Refinancing Myths Busted You missed your chance You […]

How Large are VA Closing Costs?

Many people know that the largest part of buying a home – the down payment – isn’t required with VA loans. But this doesn’t mean that VA buyers can close on a home without paying anything – they still have to pay closing costs. So how large are VA closing costs? The typical closing costs […]

How to Upgrade Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it makes sense why home buyers tend to upgrade their kitchen first. From being the gathering spot for family conversations, to hosting the food spread for neighborhood gatherings, a lot of time is spent in the kitchen. Here are ways to upgrade your kitchen without remodeling […]

How to Protect Your Home From Invasion

Late August is one of the busiest times for burglaries. With family vacations, and vacant homes, burglars see it as a prime time to invade family homes. While this is a frightening thought, there are steps you can take to protect your home from invasion. How to Protect Your Home From Invasion Lock It Up […]

Finding the Right Multi-Generational Family Home

Multi-generational living is catching on in the United States with roughly 20% of the population currently living in a multi-generational household. Most often the reasons for living in a multi-generational household center around health, finances, or an adult child moving in with parents. Bringing generations together under one roof requires a house with the capacity […]

Real Estate Reality TV Myths

We all love watching a good HGTV show, where we can critique houses, find inspiration in décor, and learn about the home buying process. But these shows aren’t the most realistic when it comes to timelines, processes, and overcoming hurdles. Here are 5 real estate reality TV myths explained. Real Estate Reality TV Myths Number […]