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Supplement to the Federal Way Mirror, Auburn Reporter, Covington Maple Valley Reporter and Kent Reporter

Summer 2017

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MORTGAGE LENDER. Selecting a mortgage lender is one of the most important steps in the process of buying a home and an experienced lender can make the process a lot more comfortable. While you might focus initially on the interest rate of your loan, it can make a difference if the lender has homegrown presence and knowledge. When you get a loan from a local company, it not only helps stimulate the local economy, but you’ll also benefit from the flexibility that comes with local decisionmaking. In other words, you won’t have some committee halfway across the country deciding whether or not your loan is approved. Another advantage of borrowing locally is the lender is likely to be familiar with the town or neighborhood you’re considering. This local knowledge is especially helpful if you’re looking at a unique property. In addition to the interest rate on the loan, you should also take a close look at the fees your lender will be assessing. These fees are often referred to as “closing costs” and can include various combinations of the following: • Origination fee • Discount fee • Underwriting fee • Processing fee • Administrative fee • Loan review fee When talking to your prospective

lenders, ask them to provide you with a written estimate of all your fees and closing costs, which includes the A.P.R. (annual percentage rate). This document will disclose your interest rate, as well as all of the loan and lender fees. The closer the A.P.R. is to the interest rate, the lower the loan’s upfront costs will be. For example, if the quoted interest rate is 3.75% and the A.P.R. is 4.875%, then you know you are paying upfront costs to obtain the interest rate of 3.75%. Many factors can affect your loan, interest rate and fees. These include: • Your credit score • Amount of down payment relative to total cost – also known as Loan to Value Ratio • Income vs. monthly debt – also known as Debt to Income Ratio • Property type – single family, duplex, condominium • Occupancy plans – owner occupied or rental Together, you and your lender will determine the best loan for you based on such factors as credit score, down payment, how long you plan to remain in the home, etc. Choosing a lender comes down to trust and education. Find someone you can communicate with, who asks you questions, honestly answers your questions

Joyce Taylor-Gorny AVP, Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS ID:1545552 Allenmore Office 253.671.3733

and provides you with knowledgeable service. After all, a mortgage loan is more than likely to be the biggest financial obligation in your life.

Scott Leingang AVP, Mortgage Lending Team Leader NMLS ID:284305 Downtown Tacoma Office 360.671.0839

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Buying a Home: How to Know How High to Go (StatePoint) Shopping for a home? Before you begin your search, it’s important to figure out what you can comfortably afford. “The interesting thing about homebuying is that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all process,” says Mike Dawson, Vice President of Single-Family at Freddie Mac. “After all, it’s your budget and these are your housing needs. Doing your homework to figure out what those needs are is the critical first step.” Before you start shopping, learn how much you can borrow. Free online resources, such as Freddie Mac’s “How Much You Can Afford” calculator, found at, can help you get a handle on this figure during the preliminary stages of your search. This estimate is based on income, fixed monthly payments such as auto loans and student loans, and the terms of the loan you plan to take out. You may also consider speaking to a lender at this stage. If you qualify for a loan, he or she will provide you with a pre-approval letter stating how much home you can afford and the maximum amount you are qualified to borrow. Having this letter can help

show the seller that you are a committed and qualified buyer. Keep in mind that the amount your lender is willing to lend is not always how much you should borrow. You should borrow only what you feel you can comfortably repay through monthly mortgage payments. Wait to take this step until you are actually on the hunt, as pre-approvals are usually good for only a limited time. When determining your budget, consider the length of your loan and the type of loan you want. Do you want to pay back the money that you borrow over 15 years or 30 years? The longer your loan term, the smaller your monthly payments, but you’ll pay more interest over time.

The type of mortgage loan is important, too. With a fixed-rate loan, the interest rate stays the same through the life of your loan, as will your monthly payments. While this can offer some peace of mind, it’s important to know that such loans tend to have higher interest rates because the lender isn’t protected against a rise in its costs over the course of your loan. On an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) however, the interest rate may re-set every one, three or five years based on the movement of a specific index and the terms of the loan. Homebuyers may have low interest rates when they first take out their mortgage loans, but the rates may increase over the loan term. If your rate changes at a reset, then your monthly payment will change too. For a full run-down on all things homebuying, visit One of the most important aspects of homebuying is getting a handle on how much home you can afford. Do your research before you begin house-hunting, so you can be well-informed throughout the process.

Five Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional


Home inventory in King County is at an all-time low, making this an extreme seller’s market and your listing is needed! Team Marti sells on average one house per week, and would love to make yours the next one! Whether you’re just giving it some thought or are ready to PMWXXLMWWTVMRKGSRXEGX8IEQ1EVXMXSHE]XS½RHSYXLS[[IGERLIPT you list—and sell your home—for the highest possible price.

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Home buying and selling are complicated, detailed processes. Because home ownIVWLMTMWSRISJXLIQSWXWMKRM½GERX½RERGMEPGSQQMXQIRXWSJ]SYVPMJIXMQIMXGER be highly stressful too. However, with the right real estate professional on your side, buying or selling a home can be manageable, even enjoyable, as you embark SRXLIRI\XWXEKISJ]SYVPMJI,IVIEVI½ZIVIEWSRWXSLMVIERI\TIVMIRGIHVIEP estate professional when buying or selling a Kent, Covington, Maple Valley, Renton or Auburn home. 1. Rules, regulations and paperwork. Each state regulates the contracts and docu-



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ments needed to buy or sell a home, and these rules and regulations change all the time. However, a real estate professional – ideally a Realtor – is up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations, and she can streamline the process for you. 180 steps to closing. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), there are 180 steps a full-service Realtor follows in return for their sales commission, including everything from pre-listing activities and entering a home into the MLS database to the home inspection and post-closing follow-up.Yes, 180 steps! Let your real estate professional focus on those steps, while you focus on selecting the right home and getting ready for your move. Negotiation. Even if you enjoy a good negotiation, it can be very stressful, particularly when you are talking about a transaction worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. A real estate professional can take the emotion out of that process for you while putting years of negotiating experience to use. Sure, you could go it alone, but a trained, experienced real estate agent can make this step much easier. Home value. A real estate professional has the experience to price your home correctly, based on its true value, comparable properties and current market conditions. While you may know what you paid for your home and what you need or want to get out of it, a real estate professional can take the emotion out of the equation to provide an objective market value and her recommendations for putting a price tag on your home. Market conditions. The Seattle real estate market is one of the hottest in the country right now. An experienced and trusted real estate professional will stay on top of selling trends and know the ins and outs of the local real estate market to ensure you get the best deal possible.


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Tips to Bring Your Home from Bland to Bold this Summer FrogTape brand painter’s tape, to protect walls and floors. Treated with PaintBlock Technology, FrogTape Multi-Surface and Delicate Surface painting tapes can be used on a variety of surfaces to deliver the sharpest paint lines possible for professional-looking results.

(StatePoint) Feeling uninspired in your space? Bring the bright, cheerful feeling of summer into your home with these DIY décor tips that won’t break the bank.

Make it Pop with Paint Add cheery pops of color with paint. An accent wall is an easy, inexpensive way to brighten home design. The first step is to select the right location. Accent walls look best when they don’t have windows or doors, and are highlighting a focal point, such as a fireplace or wall used to anchor furniture. Next, select color. Accent walls look more organic when they’re darker than the other walls in the room and harmonize with the adjacent wall color. When in doubt, remember that painting your statement wall the same color but two shades darker than the others is always a foolproof look. For best results, tape off trim and adjacent walls with a premium painter’s tape to prevent paint bleed. It’s a small investment that will make a big difference.

Look for a New View While a fireplace is a great focal point in winter, consider rearranging furniture in summer to focus on a window or French doors instead, so you can enjoy the sunlit mornings or sunsets. This will give you a good reason to clean underneath everything, and offer you an opportunity to add a colorful rug.

Greet Guests

Up the Ante with Accents Embrace summer by restyling tablescapes with natural décor items, like a bouquet of garden roses, fresh fruit or beachy treasures. Position white candles or a large piece of coral inside an indoor fireplace. Swap out pillows for ones with summery floral designs. By adding a few accents, your home will feel fresh and rejuvenated.

Let in More Light Invite more light into a room by painting dark wood accents and trim white. It may seem like a large undertaking, but with the right tools and some patience, this project can completely transform your home to make it look brighter and feel larger. One of the most important tools you’ll need is a premium painter’s tape, like

A bold front door will give guests a warm greeting. Just as a sunny day can boost your mood, a burst of yellow or vibrant blue will make guests feel happy as they enter your home. A fresh paint job on a front door can also increase your home’s curb appeal and provide a protective barrier from the elements. The paint finish selection is important for the front door, no matter the color. While you can choose any finish, glossy paints are typically preferred for doors and trim, as they stand out, highlight architectural features, and hold up to nicks and scrapes better than other sheens. Make this pop by adding a color contrasting wreath. With a pinch of creativity and a dash of design inspiration, you can easily freshen up your home for summer.

Buying a Lawn Mower? Here’s What You Need to Know (StatePoint) Curb appeal all begins with a beautiful lawn. When it comes to making a great impression, your effort is just one part of the equation. The quality of your equipment can play a major role, too. Experts say that by choosing a mower based on the type and size of your yard, a beautiful lawn can be much easier to achieve, saving you time, so you can quickly get back to doing the things you love. “Mower technology has changed a lot in the last few years, so if you are not sure what’s right for your lawn, take advantage of your local dealer’s expertise,” says Jamie Briggs, product manager at Exmark, a leading mower manufacturer. “They can be a valuable resource when it comes to purchasing the right mower.” Briggs identifies several factors that can help you purchase a new mower with confidence.

which can make a higher quality mower an option for you.

Powering Up Know your preferred fuel type. For reduced environmental impact, propane-powered mowers are a good option, as they help reduce emissions by up to 25 percent when compared to gasoline. Due to the widespread availability of gasoline, gas-powered mowers are also a good option. A growing number of landscape professionals looking to increase fuel economy and optimize performance for their mowing conditions are choosing engines with electronic fuel injection (EFI). And since diesel fuel is often readily available on-site, farm and ranch owners are considering diesel-powered mowers.

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Your Space How do you use your yard? If the space is populated by fixtures like lawn furniture, a play area for kids, a garden or bird feeders, maneuverability should be a top priority. Models that allow you to mow close to lawn features, such as zero-turn riders, can minimize time spent trimming. The size of your property should also be considered. If your lawn is a half-acre or less, a walk-behind mower typically makes the most

sense. Those with larger properties should consider a zero-turn riding mower, which can reduce the time and effort required to maintain a beautiful lawn.

Cost How much can you afford to spend on your new mower? Keep in mind that financing options may be available through local dealers,

Use free online resources to help you determine the right mower for your lawn, and find the best local dealer to work with. You can filter mower searches based on such criteria as fuel type, cutting deck size, price and payment options. Visit to start your search, and for more lawn care and maintenance tips, visit Save time and energy on lawn maintenance for years to come by choosing the right mower for your yard’s specific features. A little research up-front can help you be confident in your purchase for years to come.

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We are celebrating our 60th year in business. Third Generation. Serving the best in custom window coverings since 1957!

Since 1957 Pugerudes has designed, created and delivered beauty to the home. For three generations our family has provided quality custom window treatments, bedding, and upholstery as well as blinds, shades and shutters for the home. Not only do we have practical hands on experience, our degreed interior designers are sure to keep thebigger perspective in mind when helping you create the home of your dreams.


Located in Historic Downtown Kent, our showroom displays a sampling of our creativity. If you are looking to make some changes to your décor, stop by our showroom or give us a call to schedule an in home consultation. We look forward to helping you with your next project. ~ Jill & Dave

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Same Great Services in a New Location! 6 Tips for Throwing a Great Outdoor Party Federal Way Licensing Services has moved locations after 20 years in the same location! Our sub-agency is a private business providing vehicle and vessel licensing services on behalf of the county and state. With the At our new location,1320 S. 324th St, Suite A102, we offer SAME DAY pickups on internet orders or guaranteed next-day mailing! We’re open Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday 8:30 am - 1 pm.

(StatePoint) Throwing the perfect party outdoors requires a bit of precision. Here are six great ways to keep guests happy, comfortable and entertained.

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1. Keep bugs away.

2. Pump up the jams. Have guests request a few of their favorites to create a playlist that everyone enjoys, or use a streaming app. To pump up the tunes, use waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

3. Create ample seating. Depending on the number of guests you are expecting, you may need to increase your seat count. Rent additional tables and chairs, or take a trip to a local secondhand shop and give used outdoor furniture some love with a makeover. Benches and inexpensive poufs work well in a pinch, too!

4. Play games. If kids are attending, you may want to set up some games to keep them occupied. Chalk and bubbles can create hours of enjoyment, or get out the classics like corn hole and horseshoes.

5. Show a movie. After a day in the sunshine spent grilling and playing games, kick back and relax with an outdoor movie. Elevate your backyard theater experience with a high-quality projector designed for home use such as those from Casio’s line of LampFree Projectors. The XJF210WN from the Advanced Series, for example, features intelligent light control that adjusts projection brightness accordingly. Inflatable screens are available to rent or purchase and make a great choice for outdoor use. Or you could simply use a wall or an extra-large sheet.

6. Create ambience. Street lights, hurricane lanterns or tealights create a warm and inviting ambience. Use lighting both to stylishly set the mood and allow the party to continue even after the sun goes down.

UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT FUSION DÉCOR BOUTIQUE Featuring upscale/resale home furnishings and décor, you will be amazed at the beautiful ambiance of FUSION Décor Boutique which is owned and operated by FUSION (Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy) of Federal Way. This all-volunteer non-profit provides transitional housing and services to homeless families in Federal Way and NE Tacoma. All the net proceeds from the Boutique are used to support FUSION’s housing program. If you are downsizing or redecorating your home, please consider donating your gently used furniture to FUSION Décor Boutique. We offer FREE PICK-UP for larger furniture. Whether shopping for something special to enhance your home, or donating something to the store, you will be playing an important role in helping homeless families work toward self-sufficiency. Located at 1108 S. 322nd Place, Federal Way. PH: 253-839-4045 Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

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The One-and-Done Remodel A floor that lasts forever

A home remodel is approaching, and you’re dreading it. There’s a lot of decisions to make, and you want to get it right the first time so you’ll never have to worry about it again. For your floors, nothing compares with porcelain tile for durability, ease of maintenance, cleanliness, longevity, and style. Tough Stuff Many people hear the word “porcelain� and picture ceramic dishes shattering or delicate porcelain dolls. How durable can it be? Won’t the tile crack as soon as I drop something on it? Porcelain tile is more like a ceramic knife than a ceramic teacup. A clay composite is shaped, pressed under thousands of pounds of pressure, glazed and fired in temperatures exceeding 2000° F, then professionally tested and given a rating for scratch resistance, pounds per inch breaking strength, and porosity. Porcelain tile dominates the tile industry. The height of durability, most porcelain tiles are rated for use in airports and shopping malls and can withstand the foot traffic of thousands of people for many years. They can certainly hold their own in a family home.

Over 1OO,OOO tile options, and we’ll KHOS\RXžQGWKH perfect one. So Clean You Can Eat Off It Tile is one of the most hygienic residential flooring options; it won’t trap allergens or dirt like carpet or have potential outgassing like wood or linoleum, so you can breathe freely. Pair your porcelain with a no-seal, mold/mildew/stainresistant grout, and you have an easy to clean surface that won’t harbor bacteria.

On Your Marks, Get Set‌ Get out there and start tile shopping! Find an industry expert who can help you find the right product for your home, and ask about maintenance, durability, and design. Once it’s installed, your new tile will love you forever. Submitted by Darrell Helbling, owner of Tile Lines, website

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Why Five Star Painting

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Learn why choosing Five Star Painting could be the best move for your residential or commercial painting project! Our customers rely on us and return to us. We believe that our company values and dedication to our clients sets us apart.

Perhaps there is nothing else that provides a home with instant curb appeal as effectively as a new paint job. At Five Star Painting, we believe that color makes all the difference!

Some of the core principles of our company include the following:

Our vision is to capture your dreams and enhance your lifestyle by adding color to your world!

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• Professional Expertise • Superior Quality • Clean Work Area • On Time • On Budget

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We can help you liven up your home’s exterior with a fresh coat of paint. You choose the color and our professional painting contractors will add the paint! With our residential painting experts at Five Star Painting doing the work for you, there’s no hassle and no mess. Plus, due to our reputation for customer service and satisfaction, you’ll have every reason to be confident that you are hiring the best exterior painting service in the business!

We’re on a mission: to capture your dreams and enhance your lifestyle by adding color to your world! Painting a home is about more than just paint. There is an emotional benefit to painting and to creating a space that reflects your personality, interest, and dreams.

At Five Star painting, we understand the importance of your paint job.

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Dirty Talk In The Garden Not all gardeners like to talk “dirt” in the garden but the best gardeners know that soil is the foundation to a healthy and productive garden. Healthy and happy soil makes healthy and happy plants which makes healthy and happy gardeners. It is good when everyone is HAPPY & HEALTHY! The importance of amending the soil properly for gardening and landscaping is often overlooked, and the number of soil amendments sold in garden centers often confuses gardeners. Which is which, and which will work best for your soil conditioning needs? Organic amendments are the most common and most beneficial in our northwest gardens . They come from previously living materials such as peat, manures and composts. When leaves, bark, peat, animals and animal wastes are mixed together to decompose, compost or “humus” is the final product. Very commonly used, these materials enrich the soil by increasing the air spaces, adding extra nutrients to the soil, improving the absorption of those nutrients and increasing overall soil fertility.

Why You Need Soil Amendments Excellent soil is not common around most homes here in the northwest . Even if it was initially, house construction and roadwork often removes the good soil and construction equipment compacts the remaining soil.

Furthermore, heavy use of the remaining turf – children and pets playing, for example – continues to compact the soil. Chemical treatments, runoff from gutters and downspouts, heavy winter and spring rains, removal of existing plants, changes in local wildlife – all of these factors can wreak havoc on soil. Our local soil is also often heavy clay or glacial silt and very rocky further compounding the problems. Adding organics loosens compacted soil and results in better gardens. Incorporate organics into the beds throughout the year by working evergreen needles, leaves and lawn clippings into the soil. Amendments such as peat or lime can improve a pH problem, if one exists. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies can be corrected using organic materials such as

bone meal or wood ashes, or inorganic materials such as limestone, gypsum or soft rock phosphate. Mulching is another simple way to add biodegradable materials to the soil. Simply place mulch around the plant, leaving several inches bare closest to the stem to discourage insect invasions and rot. In addition to slowly providing nutrients as it decomposes, mulching is attractive, reduces weeds and erosion, maintains soil temperature and prevents “crusting” that occurs when soil becomes too dry. Another advantage of adding organics is the attraction of worms. They further assist in the decomposition, increase aeration and leave worm castings, a valuable organic material, behind. A healthy garden is home to many worms, and it all starts with adding organic soil amendments. At Branches Garden Center our knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding the ideal soil amendments to remedy soil problems and help build the perfect growing environment for your plants. We also provide professional PH Soil Testing free of charge. Stop in today and we can talk DIRT together. Your landscaping, flowerbeds and garden will thank you by looking better than ever.

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