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Best Places to Live: Puyallup, WA

March 25, 2015

Situated in a fertile valley between Seattle and Mount Rainier, Puyallup has gained a reputation as one of Washington’s more exciting areas to live in—a beautiful city that doubles as a cultural hotspot and a charming icon of agriculture that’s home to Washington’s state fair, a bustling downtown scene, outdoor recreation and more. Check out some of our favorite features of this idyllic area below. PARKS & TRAILS Several parks and trails provide exceptional access to one of Puyallup’s greatest assets: its scenic landscape. If…

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Buying a Home, Financing & Insuring

Getting Prequalified After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure or Short Sale

March 19, 2015

Life sometimes takes us on unexpected journeys. You may think you’re heading in one direction and then—surprise—you’re on a completely different path. For example, if you experience a major credit event, such as a bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale, your credit score can be severely impacted, which can affect your chances at qualifying for a mortgage loan. Chances are you’ll eventually be able to consider home buying—but it might take a little longer than usual. So, what can you do if you find yourself in…

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Life at Home

7 Must-have Kitchen Tools

March 16, 2015

How well-stocked is your kitchen? You probably have the basics, like cutting boards and colanders—perhaps even a salad spinner or panini press. But there’s a whole world of innovative cooking contraptions just waiting to be discovered. Read on to learn about seven of our favorites! Spiral vegetable slicer. Instantly transform nutritious veggies, like zucchini, carrots and sweet potatoes, into delicious pasta-like ribbons (we’re talking thin strands, spirals and even accordion cuts!) with the 4-blade Paderno Spiralizer from Williams Sonoma. This go-to gadget is perfect for…

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Life at Home

7 Pinners for Homeowners to Follow

March 12, 2015

Pinterest can be a great place to get ideas about home decorating, entertaining, organized living and many other ways to enjoy life in and around your home. But, the experience is only as good as the people you choose to follow. If you’re new to Pinterest—or just looking to inject some domestic genius into your feed—consider these pinteresting bloggers, designers and lifestyle brands: 1. Home décor: Ballard Designs This Atlanta firm shares interior design inspiration and advice via its Pinterest boards and blog, How to…

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Buying a Home

Choosing a Website for Your New Home Search

March 6, 2015

So you’re in the market for a new home…now what? The first step is starting your online search. It’s important to discover what homes are selling for in your area before you set up a budget and scope out potential neighborhoods. But which website do you choose? Here’s a rundown of a few of the top choices: Zillow Great for market research & pulling comparables Whether you have an agent or not, there are those buyers who want to do the research themselves. If you’re…

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