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Family gathered around the Thanksgiving tableHow to Clean Up After Thanksgiving in Half the Time

Published: November 01, 2012  |  By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon


The Pilgrims were on to something when they planned a Thanksgiving potluck; here are other good ideas that’ll simplify your T-Day kitchen cleanup.


Want something to be thankful for? Check out these tips that’ll make your Thanksgiving kitchen cleanup faster and easier — and will give you more time to enjoy family and friends.  Link to full article…


Make their walk to the door a real fright!

When you stroll through your neighborhood this Halloween season, get ready for some front-yard tricks and some awesome lighting treats. Halloween displays are more sophisticated — and fun — than ever, headlined by energy-saving CFL and LED extravaganzas, and powered by creative home owners who pull out all the stops when it comes to making spooky delights. Click through our slideshow and enjoy the magic!

Graveyard, CFL Floodlights | Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Rossington Architecture before kitchen remodel

So You Think You’re Ready For A Kitchen Remodel?

Take our quiz and see how much you know about kitchen remodeling.

2015-03-11-1426096165-8107662-PaintedKitchenCabinets.jpg7 Ways to Skimp on a Kitchen Renovation

Who doesn’t love the idea of a brand-spanking-new kitchen filled with gleaming appliances, flawless cabinets, and pristine countertops? Kitchen remodeling tops homeowner renovation wish lists — and for good reason. Not only do newer kitchens make daily living more comfortable, but they increase the resale value of your home. Unfortunately, a full remodel rings up at a premium. Luckily, budget-friendly DIYers can shave substantial dollars off their kitchen renovations and get a new look at a fraction of the cost. Here’s a handful of creative ideas for your next project (link to full article).



From…The Huffington Post

Greenlake house $826,000How do you beat out all-cash buyers in the brutal bidding war for a home? This Windermere agent figured out a way

  Staff Writer-Puget Sound Business Journal

That a humble house in Greenlake sold this spring for 32 percent more than the $625,000 list price isn’t really news these days in Seattle’s frenetic market. But how the buyers prevailed against the ever-more-common all-cash buyers is.  Read the article.

Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

Enjoy Your National Park for Free This Weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will be able to visit the park for free. Fees will be waived at all national park areas throughout the weekend as a kickoff to National Park Week, which is April 18-26.

Visitors to Mount Rainier will find that winter is still very present in the Paradise area with over 5 feet of snow remaining on the ground. The area has received close to 2 feet of snow in the past several days, but the forecast is for improving weather.

The Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center will be open on the weekend offering exhibits, food, visitor information, and bookstore/gift shop. In addition, the National Park Inn at Longmire is open daily and offers lodging, food, ski rental, and gifts.

Beginning April 20, the gate between Longmire and Paradise will remain open 24-hours a day. State Routes 410 and 123 are open on the east side of the park. Stevens Canyon Road remains closed due to a rock/mud slide. Contractors will be working on removal in the near future. The White River Road to White River Campground is projected to open May 1. Visitors are required to carry tire chains in their vehicles when traveling in the park until May 1. 

Spring is a great time to enjoy the park. Lower elevation trails are snow free, but snowshoeing and cross country skiing can still be enjoyed in the Paradise area.  Link to Mt. Rainier page…

An Important Lesson In Success And Failure From The Man Behind Mad Men

What Matthew Weiner learned from John Slattery, the ups (Mad Men), the downs (Are You Here) and other people’s anxieties.

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This Part of the Home-Buying Paperwork Is Everything, So Make Sure You Get It Right

DNY59/iStockThe prime home-buying season is upon us, and with it, mounds of paperwork. And, let’s be honest—a chunk of that paperwork will be devoted to the real estate purchase contract.

Here’s how you can sign on the dotted line without losing your mind.

What it is

A real estate purchase contract is a legally binding document that details the sale of the property. Details range from the basics (e.g., how much the property costs) to the specifics ( e.g., what furniture or appliances stay in the house).

How to prepare

Before you even go near the contract, do a walk-through of the property with a professional land surveyor, engineer, or experienced landowner. Call in an inspector to search for anything that might end up costing you extra money: broken gutters or gates, inadequate electrical circuits, outdated plumbing pipes, and more. Get it all down in writing and attach all building and land inspection forms to the contract.

Review the contract

Once all the paperwork is gathered and reviewed, a real estate purchase contract will be drawn up. The following are common items that appear in traditional contracts:

  • Buyer’s and seller’s list
  • Legal description of the property, including zoning information
  • Purchase price and terms of the sale
  • Down payment to be held in escrow and future payment structure
  • Closing date
  • Response time frame before the contract is void
  • Any items included in the sale such as appliances, furniture, and flooring
  • Disclosure of lead paint (for buildings built before 1978) and other defects
  • Home and appliance warrantees
  • Pest and environmental inspection results
  • Home inspection results
  • Title insurance
  • Contingency clauses (for example, you can buy this house only if your other home sells, or certain repairs need to be made)
  • Commissions, if any
  • Signatures

Signing the contract

When you sign this contract—that’s pretty much it. If you come back to the seller and ask for anything else not in the purchase agreement, she or he doesn’t have to do it—and probably won’t. The contract states everything you’re getting and not getting in your new home, so get a real estate lawyer to go over all the details. Ask the seller for clarification on anything you don’t understand, and sign only when you’re certain you understand the agreement.

After signing

Store the contract in a secure area such as a safe-deposit box. Also store the deed and any other documents registered in the local registry office.

 Updated from an earlier version by Cina Coren


10 Things To Splurge On After You Spring Clean

If you’re unfamiliar with the one in-one out rule, let’s take a moment to review.

In short, it means that for every item you bring into your home, you’ll get rid of something already there. It sounds a little strict, but trust us. It’ll save you from sorting through mounds of clutter the next time spring cleaning season rolls around.

The rule can be tricky to implement around the holidays when gifts are involved. Apartment Therapy contributor Shifrah Combiths has a few guidelines to help you work through that. When it comes to the rest of your possessions, you can try Marie Kondo’s “Konmari” approach, or one that we favor: A good old-fashioned reward system.

Here are 10 items we think you absolutely deserve to bring into your home for every ten you get rid of during your spring purge. (Get it? Purge and then splurge.) Enjoy!  Link to the list…