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    Dec 17, 2018
  • Moving On Up: The Options and Challenges Awaiting You

    It can be tough to make decisions about whether you should move into a bigger place or refinance and remodel the home you already have. To help figure out your options, take a look at the story of Maria and Carl.

  • Dec 14, 2018
  • 5 Myths About Upsizing Your Home

    Sometimes you have to say goodbye to the home that’s meant so much to you and your family, and say hello to a new place that gives you what your old place couldn’t. If you’re facing this bittersweet transition, you’ll want to separate myth from reality as your take the next steps toward your new home. Here are the five financial myths to educate yourself on before upsizing.

  • Dec 11, 2018
  • Helping Those Without Homes: Tonight and Tomorrow

    In many ways, the homelessness crisis exists in both the present and the future. For those living on the streets tonight, the crisis is about getting warm and staying out of the harsh elements – now. Additionally, the chronic situation of living without stable housing is a crisis that must be addressed long-term.

  • Dec 11, 2018
  • Warm Hearts Partner Spotlight: Kaye-Smith

    More than 37,000 people across the Northwest are struggling with homelessness in harsh conditions. Luckily, there are organizations like Kaye-Smith Marketing & Financial Communications, who are stepping up to provide vital resources in the critical effort to provide relief and support.

  • Dec 11, 2018
  • Mortgages 101: Breaking Down the Basics

    The real estate market is always changing. While there is no crystal ball to predict the future of the market, there are trends to watch. Take a look at what expect and what will have an impact on buyers and sellers in the months to come.

  • Dec 06, 2018
  • 7 First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    The stakes are high when you’re buying and financing your first home. You’ll want to know where the landmines are in order to best to avoid them. We’ve identified the financial mistakes commonly made that you can easily avoid when buying your first home.

  • Dec 03, 2018
  • Financial Checklist for First-Time Home Buyers

    Buying your first home can be a fun and exciting experience -- ideally a dream come true. It can also be a nightmare if you’re not careful about how you manage the Three P’s of home buying: processes, practicality and paperwork. To make purchasing your new home easier, we’ve compiled a checklist of what you’ll need to do financially to live the home ownership dream.

  • Nov 29, 2018
  • Real Estate Trends to Know Before Pursuing a Loan

    In the real estate market, inventory in many locations is up, but so are interest rates and prices. For those considering moving to a new home, here’s what that means for your search.

  • Nov 26, 2018
  • A Partner in Warmth: Columbia Bank and the Tacoma Rescue Mission

    As a long-time partner with Columbia Bank, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the bank’s employees and friends who participate in the Warm Hearts Winter Drive, and to talk briefly about what our partnership is doing to help those in our community who struggle with homelessness.

  • Nov 23, 2018
  • 6 Ways to Make the Home Buying Process Better

    There are numerous resources available about the home buying process. You may even own property already and know first-hand the rigmarole of the process. Before plunging into the next phase of home ownership, it’s important to think about how to make the experience–from beginning to end–as smooth as possible.


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