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Spanaway, WA: Rent or Buy?

August 27, 2012

There are many reasons to buy a new home: the freedom to build and personalize it your way, the pride that comes from homeownership and potential tax benefits. No fear of rising rents. No landlord to answer to. It’s an attractive proposition, no matter where you plan to live, but why buy a new home in Spanaway? 1. Small-town atmosphere, minutes from Tacoma & Olympia Just a few years ago, Spanaway was a rural community with acres of farmland and pastures. Today, it’s a thriving…

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Building Your Dream Home: How to Choose a Home Site

August 20, 2012

You’ve chosen your floor plan and home exterior. What’s next? Depending on the variety of lots available and the floor plan you’ve chosen, you may have a choice of home sites. Don’t be content to pick your spot from a plat plan! Go out and see each home site firsthand. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes when you tour your options, and bring along a camera and a way to take notes. 4 things to consider when choosing your home site 1. Terrain: Is your…

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Healthy After-school Snack Ideas (Part 2)

August 16, 2012
broccoli cheese soup with heart-shaped croutons

If you have a small child, it may be hard to tempt them into healthy snacking choices. After all, they’re inundated every day with ads and commercials and their friends’ food opinions. How can carrot sticks compete with chocolate-covered cartoon characters and pizza pockets? Try fighting fire with fire. Food companies spend billions on bright, colorful packaging. Why not spend a few extra minutes to make your snack time just as exciting? Make healthy food fun. The way food tastes and smells is important, but…

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Healthy After-school Snack Ideas (Part 1)

August 13, 2012
boy reaching for healthy snack

If you’re like many parents, that little stretch of time after school and before dinner is your busiest time of day. Who has time to fix healthy snacks between soccer practice, cello lessons and every other errand on your plate? With a few tips, you do! As you get into back-to-school mode this year, try a few of these simple snack ideas and see what works for you. Make fresh fruits and veggies an easy option. As soon as you’ve finished putting the groceries away…

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From the FAQ File: Deluxe Bath

August 6, 2012

Gourmet kitchens aren’t the only thing piquing our readers’ curiosity. In today’s issue of our multi-part FAQ series, we shed some light on another popular upgrade.  Q: What is a deluxe bath? Are all deluxe baths located in the master suite? A: A deluxe bath may vary by market, but typically includes a separate tub and shower, a water closet and double sinks. Some homes and communities may also include a jetted, oval or garden tub, a walk-in shower and upgraded surfaces, like granite countertops…

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