Mortgage Rates And Other Fun

One of the drier topics in Real Estate, or so it seems. Yet for most home buyers, this is one of the most critical factors in the whole home purchase equation. The rates below were provided by my colleagues at Jolene Messmer’s Cobalt Mortgage Team. So, the main message: mortgage rates are either stable or slightly down, Read More …

Digg is back | VentureBeat | Social | by Gregory Ferenstein

I’m quite happy to read that Digg is Back over at VentureBeat. I was a heavy user at Digg some time ago. As the article notes, several key changes caused me to drift away, mostly to Reddit. Now, though, I’ve grown weary of the crowd at Reddit…meaning the trolls. The ugly commentary and rude treatment Read More …

Memorial Day 2014

  I always thought that Memorial Day started to honor the veterans of WWI. Turns out, at least per Wikipedia, that it actually started as Decoration Day after the Civil War. Though it often is considered the harbinger of summer (around here, it really tends to be a false-start for summer, but I digress), it’s Read More …

An Evening At The Lynnwood Rollaway

My son’s school had their final skating party of the year this evening. My memory calls this the Lynnwood Rollaway, though it’s now called Bowl & Skate. Whether Rollaway is legit, or some weird memory glitch, I’m unsure. Whatever the name, these are fun, though it’s different for the kids than the adults. Catching up Read More …

Everett’s “Cruzin’ to Colby” Car Show this Weekend

I have fond memories of cruising downtown Everett, back before the anti-cruise ordinance. What a great way to hearken back to those halcyon days…without all the traffic. This is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier car shows, drawing more people into downtown Everett than any other single event.  And, besides bringing over 190,000 people into downtown, more than Read More …

A Lynnwood Eyesore Is Gone

Between 76th and 68th on 196th, South side of the street was this old, dilapidated building, which was just decaying due to neglect. This building one housed the Enterprise, years ago. Before that weekly was absorbed into the Herald. Later in its useful life, it became an AA meeting hall. Finally, though, it became uninhabitable. Read More …

Critical Communication

A sad moment this morning when one of our cooperating agents notified us about problems. Basic ones, really: some of the required signatories on the contract were hard to reach. The challenge, though, was this  offer was for a HUD owned home, with pretty rigid deadlines. However, they’re not ironclad. But waiting until a day Read More …

Bank Owned Properties and Condition Disclosures

My team focuses on what are known as REO, or Bank Owned properties (that includes government owned ones, too, fyi). One thing that comes up from time-to-time is on the form 17, which is the disclosures sheet. In a “normal” transaction, the seller will fill this form out stating the current state of the property, Read More …

July 1st Bringing Significant New School Snack Standards

  Just got this via email from the Edmonds School District. There are some pretty big changes a-coming, so I’ll share in full for your edification. ________________________________________________________ New Federal “Smart Snacks in School” Will Impact Vending, Fundraising Effective July 1, food sold to students will be under new, restrictive nutritional requirementsThe District must comply with new Read More …