Local Stories

Small-town Charm near Mount Rainier: Living in Buckley, WA

September 27, 2019

Against the stunning backdrop of Mount Rainier, Buckley, Washington, offers a welcoming community and a range of exciting attractions. From a quaint Main Street and drive-in movie theater to the notable White River School District, living in Buckley, WA, has many charms—read more about them below! VIBRANT COMMUNITY One of the perks of living in Buckley, WA, is the tight-knit community. Residents enjoy events like the annual Log Show, featuring logging competitions and a parade that serves to “honor the community spirit of Buckley as…

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Buying a Home

Things to Bring for a Smooth Model Home Tour

September 24, 2019

Touring model homes can lead to one of the most rewarding experiences of your life—homeownership. Floor plans, finishes, fixtures and future furniture arrangement… these are the elements that get a prospective homebuyer’s heart racing. It’s fun (and perfectly normal!) to get caught up in the fantasy of buying a new home. But it’s important not to lose sight of some of the more practical aspects of house hunting, including being prepared for your model home tour. To ensure your model home tour goes off without…

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Life at Home

How to Clean Natural Stone Kitchen Countertops

September 23, 2019

Taj Mahal Quartzite Kitchen Countertops from Arizona Tile Natural stone countertops are the star of any kitchen. From classics like granite and marble to unique options like quartzite, stone slab countertops are timeless, beautiful and one-of-a-kind. If you’re considering installing natural stone countertops in your kitchen, you’re probably wondering how to properly maintain and clean them. Let’s take a look at some top tips from our vendor Arizona Tile for ensuring your natural stone kitchen countertops look their best for years to come. A Word…

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Buying a Home

Renting May Be a Roadblock to Your Dream Home

September 21, 2019
The Coral

As a homebuilder, we hear the “one-and-done” sentiment all the time. Many homebuyers want to “get it right” the first time they purchase a home so they can be settled for the long haul. Why not save and keep renting until you can afford exactly what you want? While a no-compromise stance sounds good in theory, it may actually be a roadblock to your dream home. You may find better results by viewing your first home as a stepping stone, not the end goal. Making…

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Financing & Insuring

What Credit Score Do I Need for a Mortgage?

September 20, 2019
Get an idea of what credit score you'll need for a mortgage.

Wondering what credit score you need to qualify for a mortgage? You’d be wise to ask. Your credit score (also known as a FICO® score) is one of the most important elements of qualifying for a home loan—and helps lenders determine your interest rate in the event you do qualify. While there isn’t a strict credit score standard that applies to all lenders—who have varying  requirements for loan origination—there are baseline standards if you’re applying for an FHA loan backed by the US government. To…

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