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The Power of a Blueprint

By Jason Roberts

“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Author, and Life Coach

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2018 Design Trends

 

By Pam Christensen

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Non-Stock Market Investments

By John McKeon

McKeon Financial has access to alternative investments many large brokerage firms cannot or do not offer because these choices do not fit their “investment model”, of stocks and bonds.

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My 17 Personal Rules of Investing

By John Burley

I would like to share with you my 17 Personal Rules of Investing. These are the rules that guide me while I am actively pursuing Advanced Level Five Active Investing. These 17 rules are the rules that have allowed me to build my wealth and reach personal financial freedom. I trust they will help you on your personal journey to Financial Freedom.

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Actual Utility Costs - Which Costs Can Mobile Home Park Owners Pass on to Their Tenants?

By Doug Owens

The meaning of this phrase “actual utility costs” was at the center of a recent Court of Appeals case that presents mobile home park investors with some cautions about the writing of their rental agreements. The case involved a mobile home park in Olympia, and a complaint by a single tenant to an entity called the Manufactured/Mobile Home Dispute Resolution Program (MHDRP) which is operated by the state Attorney General’s Office. This entity has statutory authority to investigate complaints by mobile home park tenants and order relief, subject to appeal by the park owners to the state Office of Administrative Hearings. In this case, the tenant claimed that the amount she had been charged for water by the park owner was higher than allowed by law. The law says that the mobile home park owner may pass on to the tenants in utility charges “actual utility costs.”

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Real Estate Q & A On The Market, Searches and Repairs

James Dainard, Co-Founder of Heaton Dainard Real Estate has completed over a thousand real estate transactions in Western Washington. We are giving you the opportunity to ask an expert your top real estate investment questions.

“There is so much information out there about the real estate market – how do I even begin to sort through it? How do I know I’m getting accurate information?”

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Contractors and Hard Money Loan Lenders

By Will Heaton

Anyone that has flipped a home in our current market understands the trials and tribulations of dealing with contractors. The reality is contractors, and sub-contractors, especially the good ones that do quality work, fast and efficiently can charge a premium for their services. Unfortunately, contractors know this and higher demand means they can both charge a bit more for their services and dictate the terms of the construction contract. At the end of the day to ensure that your contractor is available to work on your project you may need to pay more and be somewhat flexible with your construction contracts, but time is money and getting a project finished faster means you earn more money.

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Selecting Your Self-Directed IRA Provider

By Anne Marie Hollonds

The last decade brought about a sweeping change to the world of investing. The genesis of this change occurred around 2007 when Americans faced the hardship of the financial crisis. Despite the struggles of many nationwide, Americans began seeking new opportunities to regain their financial stability. Though Self-Directed IRAs have been in existence since the 1970s, it’s apparent that there is a link between their dramatic increase in popularity and a change in mindset for the average American.

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It's Not Just the Leaves Changing Color!

By Pam Christensen

The leaves are glowing with their fall hues and as I write this article I’m looking out over Puget Sound’s offer of a spectacular fall sunset. It seems that Benjamin Moore planned Caliente as their color of the year around Nature’s fall brilliance. To quote Ellen O'Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co. “Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.” This rich blood red is perfect as the choice to create a rich statement front door or as the rich warm accent color to add to a room with grays or beiges. It is dark and bold and not the right choice for a small room or home as a wall color, but if your overall wall color palette is gray or beige, Caliente throw pillows, or other accessories will add that splash of mystery and drama to your décor. If you do have a home with an entry office or den, this rich color could create a warm rich workspace and striking first impression of your home. I prefer using rich reds, burgundy, deep purples and oranges for fall staging palettes, bringing the beauty of nature into the home.

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Savvy Accessorizing - More is Not Always Better

By Pam Christensen

Have you ever gone into a model home that had so much stuff used in the staging that it almost made you claustrophobic? Adding accessories when staging is a little bit like the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. In some cases, there is just too much stuff. Too many things when staging can detract rather than enhance the space. In this style of staging, the buyer is more fascinated by the stuff and misses the selling points of the home.

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INVESTMENT PROFITS HIGH IN SEATTLE AREA AGAIN

By Will Heaton

Real Estate investors are profiting once again from house flipping and the Seattle area is no exception.

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VACANT HOUSE SOLD: HOW TO FIND MOTIVATED SELLERS

By Cameron Dunlap

This article is about the second step in my 5-step process for quickly turning abandoned property into BIG paychecks finding motivated sellers. I like to think of these types of deals as gold mines that are simply disguised as vacant homes or abandoned property.

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PRIVATE ROADS AND ROAD MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS - DO THEY PROTECT PROPERTY RIGHTS?

By Doug Owens

Sometimes residential developments include private roads as the access to the homes. There may be road maintenance agreements between the owners. Such agreements can include language to restrain the adjoining property owners from encroaching on the common access by building fences or other obstructions. A recent case indicates that such agreements may fail if the adjoining owners are not vigilant.

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BUYING YOUR FIRST INVESTMENT - FOUR QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

By James Dainard

To help you demystify the process and get the most out of your investment purchase, we’ll examine what you’ll need to consider before you buy and what you can expect from the buying process itself.

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SEATTLE'S EXPLOSIVE GROWTH

By Wendy Ceccherelli

We are becoming more and more like San Francisco every day, where only 11% of SF residents can afford to buy the median priced home.

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