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February 21st, 2017

New Features vs. Character

Written by Josh Scott

  We are often asked, “Which is the better buy, a newer or older home?” Our answer: It all depends on your needs and personal preferences. We decided to put together a list of the six biggest differences between newer and older homes:   The neighborhood Surprisingly, one of the biggest factors …

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February 17th, 2017

The 4 Phases of Remodeling: The Honeymoon Stage

Written by Josh Scott

  As with anything in life, a remodeling project can come with its ups and downs. Certain phases seem to go a mile a minute, while others feel like they’ve lasted a lifetime and a half, all while it looks as though nothing is being completed. Fear not — this is pretty typical. And, while every project …

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February 16th, 2017

Four Reasons Why Dodd-Frank Will Not Be Repealed

Written by Josh Scott

  Many worry about President Trump’s pledge to remove regulations relating to financial services and the rollback of the ‘Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’. For those who may be unware of this very substantial bill, it represented the most comprehensive financial regulatory …

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February 14th, 2017

Inspired by Love: Red home décor accents are not just for Valentine's Day

Written by Josh Scott

Valentine’s Day is here, the color red is seemingly everywhere, and you may have considered introducing red accents into your home décor to get into the spirit. The good news is that red isn’t just for holidays. In fact, the color red can actually add more energy to your interior regardless of the time …

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February 10th, 2017

Luxury Design, Furnishings and Décor Trends

Written by Josh Scott

There is an appreciation of luxury that is quiet, understated, and personal that is gaining momentum in 2017. People want their homes to feel luxurious but also welcoming, warm, and most importantly, authentic. This means creating spaces that feel highly personal with a piece of original art, beautiful accessory, unique …

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February 9th, 2017

Oregon and South West Washington Real Estate Market Update

Written by Josh Scott

    ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Oregon added almost 60,000 new jobs in 2016, up from the 55,600 jobs that were created in 2015. Year-over-year, the state increased employment by 3.3%, down slightly from the third quarter’s 3.5% increase, but impressive nevertheless. In December, the state unemployment rate was …

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February 6th, 2017

Colorado Real Estate Market Update

Written by Josh Scott

  ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Annual employment growth in Colorado was measured at a respectable 2.2% in November and will likely finish the year having created around 55,000 new jobs. Within the metropolitan market areas included in this report, we are seeing employment growth at or above the state level and I anticipate …

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February 2nd, 2017

Nevada Real Estate Market Update

Written by Josh Scott

  ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Employment in the Las Vegas market slowed modestly towards the end of 2016 after having performed very well for the past couple of years. November data showed that 943,100 people were employed in Clark County; this is up by 19,000 from November of 2015, representing a growth rate of 2.1%. In a …

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February 1st, 2017

5 Lessons Home Renovations Can Teach You About Yourself

Written by Josh Scott

I could spend ages talking about everything there is to learn from remodeling your house: the best types of tile for a shower floor, little details that you shouldn’t overlook when remodeling, tips and tricks for finishing a project on time — you name it. But a remodeling project, being a rather noteworthy …

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January 31st, 2017

Eastern Washington Real Estate Market Update

Written by Josh Scott

    ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Washington State finished the year on a high, with jobs continuing to be added across the region. Additionally, we are seeing decent growth in the area’s smaller cities and towns, which to date have not benefitted from the same robust growth as the larger metropolitan markets. Unemployment …

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