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Happy Friday everyone! I hope this weekend is a great one for you. Here is a bit of Real Estate News from one of my Real Estate Partners in Title.

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Finally thinking of what to do? 

What’s Happening: 

If your staying local The Taste of Edmond’s is always a favorite and starts today at 11:00 am.

Head on out to the races the Nascar 150 is Saturday at the Evergreen Speedway.

Time to vrrrrrooom into the weekend! 

Got plans this weekend?

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Kla Ha Ya Days – Snohomish’s old Fashioned Summertime Festival ends this weekend and is packed full of fun. If your coming in the morning Saturday I will be there from 10-12. Stop by and say “HI” at the REMAX booth for some great goodies we have to give out and a chance to win a great raffle prize!

And when you head out from there how about a bite? The Bite of Seattle that is.

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Its a great weekend to get out doors. Whatever you decide to do make it a great one!

Snohomish County Farmers Markets 2015

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Arlington– Saturdays 10 am – 3 PM
July 11th – Sept. 26th
200 N. Olympic Ave
arlingtonfarmersmarket.org

Bothell– Fridays 12 pm – 6 pm
June 6th- Oct. 3rd
23718 Bothell Everett Hwy
countryvillagebothell.com

Edmonds- Museum Garden Market
Saturdays 9 am- 2 pm
May 3rd- June 21st
5th Ave N. & Bell St.
hisoricedmonds.org

Everett– Sundays 11 am- 4 pm
May 18th – Oct 5th
1600 W. Marine View Drive
everettfarmersmarket.com

Lynnwood– Thursday 3 pm- 7 pm
June 4th – Sept 24th
609 Front St.
lynnwoodfarmersmarket.com

Mukilteo– Wednesdays 3 pm- 7 pm
June 4th- Sept 24th
609 Front St.
Mukilteofarmersmarket.org

Snohomish– Thursdays 3 pm- 7 pm
May 7th- Sept. 24th
1st and Cedar- Historic Downtown Snohomish
snohomishfarmersmarket.com

Stanwood/Port Susan– Friday- 2 pm- 7 pm
June 20th- Aug 29th
8825 Viking Way

Want more locations? Visit pugetsoundfresh.org

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Earth Day! GREEN up that project and have some GREEN fun!

Earth Day is here and there are so many ways (big and small) that will “green up” your next project.

  • Flooring:  Bamboo grows quickly even without pesticides and, when assembled into flooring, is more durable that most hardwoods. This makes it a sustainable choice for you home. Concrete is another alternative and can incorporate recycled materials such as recycled glass to give it unique character.
  • Countertops: Recycled- glass products are elegant and stylish and add a modern twist. These products are available in a variety of designs and colors. Concrete is another option.
  • Bathtubs/sinks: If your bathtub or sink is in good condition, instead of buying a new one, get the current one refinished. Another alternative to buying new is to look for a replacement at a salvage yard.
  • Driveways/walkways: consider installing a permeable driveway or walkway made of pavers, crushed stone or broken (recycled) concrete, which allows rainwater to seep through to the ground.
  • Plumbing Fixtures: the latest low-flow fixtures not only look good but save significantly more water than those made even just a generation ago.

All of these improvements add to a homes’ value and livability, while also making it more attractive to buyers looking for earth friendly features in their next home. For more green remodeling ideas, visit www.seattle.gov/environment/buildings-and-energy/green-remodeling-guides

 CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN THE GARDEN

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Starting your own vegetable garden is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and provide healthy produce for you family. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get started this year:

  1. Now is the time to get serious about planting especially given our mild winter and beginning of spring. Everything can go into the ground by now, except heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, cucumbers, corn and basil.
  2. Consider growing a little extra for you neighbors in need. Check with your local food bank to plan what to plant. Some food banks have limited refrigeration and need vegetables that keep well, such as carrots, beets, onions, squash and potatoes. They will also tell you when the best time to deliver your fresh contribution.
  3. Join with a couple of gardening friends or neighbors, and you can combine your efforts to benefit the food bank. You will make a bigger impact, and you can share the delivery job. Be sure to wash and bag the produce before you take it.
  4. Limited on space? Try container gardening. Most vegetables and herbs should fare well in a container as long as it provides enough room. Tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, carrots and lettuce grow particularly well.

 WATT’S UP WITH SOLAR POWER??

The cost of solar power has dropped over the last decade and may be within reach for many middle-class homeowners who previously were priced out. Here are a few things to consider when buying and selling a home with solar.

  • Solar electric systems (photo-voltaic) systems perform well even in our region. The Puget Sound actually receives more sunlight than Germany, the world’s leading solar market.
  • New research sponsored by the Department of Energy revealed that buyers were consistently willing to pay up to $15,000 more for a home with the average-size solar photo-voltaic system, versus a similar home without one.
  • Be sure to check with your homeowners association (if you have one) to see if solar panels are allowed.
  • If you’re having a home with solar appraised, make sure that an appraisal included the current value of the solar electric system in the estimate. It’s also a good idea to ask if your appraiser has experience in the “green valuation”
  • The life expectancy of the current generation of solar panels in 20-25 years, and they require periodic cleaning to get the maximum output. Ask your solar installation technician for cleaning recommendations.

For more information on solar power, go to energy.gov, and in your community check with your local utilities district.

Go Enjoy this Earth day (week) with a few happenings

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival would be a great way to reflect on the beauty of our earth. Still here till the 30th. www.tulipfestival.org

24th – Arcade Lights Festival. www.pikeplacemarket.org

24-25th – LeMay Wine & Chocolate Affair www.lemaymarymount.org

24-26th – Cherry Blossum Festival www.seattlecenter.com

24-26th – Evergreen State Spring Carnival www.evergreenfair.org

Don’t forget Thursday April 23rd is take your Son’s and Daughters to work day and Friday is Arbor Day.

Enjoy your week whatever you do! Happy Earth Day

Hope you have the Luck of the Irish today~

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Did you know? St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. (His parents were Roman citizens living in   either Scotland or Wales.)

    • He was kidnapped & sold as a slave at age 16. After escaping six years later, he joined a monastery in England.
    • March 17 is the date of St. Patrick’s death, not his birth. He died in 461 A.D.
    • The color originally associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green.
    • The harp, not the shamrock, is the national symbol of Ireland.

Well this holiday may not be true to history and most likely Americanized but, we still like to have fun and celebrate! If your are you looking to get out on this very green day check out this Snohomish County lineup of food fun and of course beer!  All Irish of course.

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Be safe, have fun and may the luck of the Irish always be with you!

September is almost over go have some fun!

 

 

 

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Wow! Can you believe it’s almost the end of September? Have you seen all the Halloween stuff already in stores? Better yet for the really ambitious how about all the Christmas items?  I personally am a one holiday at a time girl. Halloween goes up the 2nd week in October and Christmas not till after Thanksgiving.. one at a time please.

If you’re looking for something to do in the next few weekend here is the full line up from around the Northwest and a few great ones worth mentioning to get you started. 

Fremont Oktoberfest  September 19th-21st.  5-11:30. Fremont Oktoberfest has been hailed as one of the top 10 places in the world to celebrate Oktoberfest. So come raise a toast with friends to the start of fall, and the wide variety of beer flavors that come with it.

Need Fresh Fruit and veggies? The Farmers Markets are still in full swing. Bothell, Lake Stevens and Everett are on Friday the 19th and the 26th.

Speaking of Bothell its Ye’ Old Pirate Day at Country Village on Saturday the 20th.

Have you done the Puyallup yet? Or should I say Washington State Fair? If not this is the last weekend!

Now that you have filled up this weekend see whats up the last weekend of September.

The Art and Harvest Festival is happening from the 25-28 in Everett with a not to miss night of Beer and Brats.

The Everett Fall Home Show starts Friday, Sep 27, Ending Sunday, Sep 29.  Go and get motivated for any and all of your remodeling projects.

There is a Hot Rod Car show in Snohomish on the 28th.

Italian Festival at the Seattle Center 9/27 – 9/28

And are you wondering why I put the coffee and beer picture on? Well Monday September 29th is National Coffee day and who would we be in the Great Northwest to not recognize this day?

So after all that beer, brats, pasta and wine from the festivals you will need a break and some coffee to wake you up on Monday!

Enjoy

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