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Windows

by Donna McCampbell

Single pane, double pane, thermo pane, triple pane windows, plain glass, leaded glass, low "e" glass, wired glass, and tempered glass, too. WOW - There's a lot to know!

Some children have been known to shatter a window or two. Tempered glass can prevent this. Fogged thermal pane windows might need to be replaced if their seals are broken. New argon gas filled windows work well to insulate, while low-e coatings reduce the heat transfer for south facing rooms.

There is a lot of information available on the web, but this site seems to be one of the best ones out there. We will be happy to show you the different types of windows and glass as we show you around homes, so be sure to ask us.

Opening Day 2017 in the Emerald City

by Donna McCampbell

We have all battled the winter months and spring is finally here! Summer is just on the horizon, which brings life to the outdoor activities we cherish. Hiking, biking, exploring, and boating - the list goes on and on. 

On Saturday May 6, 2017 the Seattle Yacht Club hosts the 97th Opening Day! What does this mean? Well for residents of the Seattle area this means more than boating season is back again... it's wrapped in tradition and festivities that call for a day filled celebration! 

In the morning festivities start crew and sail boat races, while everyone waits in anticipation for the main event. At 12:00PM, the Opening Day Parade begins officially launching boating season. The blast of a cannon and the raising of the Montlake Bridge become music to our ears, and signal to all the fun ahead. Yachts are decorated with the theme of "The Wonderful Wizards of Aahs!" and spectators enjoy the beauty the waters have to offer. 

Opening Day in Seattle has become a traditional family affair. If you are a boat owner, you decorate your boats for the festivities. Blankets are spread for day-long picnics on the shoreline. This is an event you won't want to miss!

More information available here

Getting Older Doesn't Mean Being Less Active

by Donna McCampbell

Getting older doesn’t mean you should give up being active nor your social life. This is a time when staying engaged is more important than ever. It can be intimidating and your energy may not be what it used to be, but don’t let that get you down!

Seattle Parks and Recreation has programing specifically catered for adults ages 50+ called Lifelong Recreation. These activities and social events are offered at all of Seattle’s 26 community centers and other facilities.

Lifelong Recreation’s programs focus on physically activity, social engagement, creativity with the arts, and healthy living. All events and activities are catered for adults 50+ of all skills and abilities. You may have been living an active healthy lifestyle for some time now, trying to add better habits into your life now, or you may have limitations due to your age – it doesn’t matter. The Lifelong programs bring the 50+ community together, while helping men and women become more active and life a happy social life, no matter your age.

There is no better time than now! Get out there and make new connections, become more active, be a part of the community or find a new hobby you never knew you loved. 

Download your Lifelong Recreation Brochure today! Spring quarter is April 3 - June 16.

Key Take away's for Home Staging on a Budget

1. You receive $2 for every $1 put into your Seattle Home using staging to Sell!

2. Always de-personalize your home before selling.  Buyers need to be able to picture their own items and themselves living in the home.

3. Declutter ALL areas of your home, including closets and storage area to showcase maximum space.

4. Make sure your home is scrubbed clean and can pass the "White Glove" test.  Also rid your home of any odors.  Potential Buyers can detect these by just walking in the door.

5. ALL homes can benefit from updating;  especially kitchens and bathrooms.

6. Utilize neutral paint colors throughout, even if that means repainting all rooms.

For more Home Selling Tips, visit our website!

Enjoy Easter from Seattle's Waters

by Donna McCampbell

Easter weekend is upon! Easter egg hunts, sugar-filled children, visits to the Easter Bunny and creative Easter crafts pack the weekend with fun. There are so many things to do, but where do you start? This adventure is families and friends who like to enjoy the waters. 

This Sunday, April 16 Waterways Cruises and Events is hosting a 2-hour Easter Brunch Cruise, Easter SeaBunny Lunch Cruise, and an Easter Lunch Cruise on the Waterways yachts! The yachts depart from Waterways Home Port and Kirkland Marina Park, exploring the Lake Union and Lake Washington. 

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful views and cruise along your favorite Lakes of the Seattle area. Spring is in fully bloom showcasing the spring colors and the highlighted narration from your crew Captain will educate you on local landmarks and the gorgeous waterfront estates while you delve into drinks, family activities and delicious food. 

Included in the Easter Brunch Cruise:

- 2-hour navigated and narrated cruise (10:30AM - 12:00PM)

- Champagne or sparkling cider toast upon boarding

- Private table for each party

- Easter brunch buffet with some of the Northwest's favorites

- Complimentary coffee and tea

- Full-service bar available

Included in the Easter SeaBunny Lunch Cruise:

- 2-hour navigated and narrated cruise (12:00-2:00PM)

- Champagne or sparkling cider toast upon boarding

- Private table for each party

- Easter lunch buffet with some of the Northwest's favorites and special kids items

- Complimentary coffee and tea

- Full-service bar available

- A special visit from the SeaBunny with treats for the kids and a photo opportunity

Included in the Easter Lunch Cruise:

- 2-hour navigated and narrated cruise (2:30-4:30PM)

- Champagne or sparkling cider toast upon boarding

- Private table for each party

- Easter lunch buffet with some of the Northwest's favorites

- Complimentary coffee and tea

- Full-service bar available

Costs:

General - $69.00

Military and Senior (60+) - $62.00

Children (5-12) - $32.00

Children (4 and Under) - Free

Purchase tickets here:

Easter Brunch Cruise

Easter SeaBunny Lunch Cruise

Easter Lunch Cruise

Explore the Serene Beauty of Washington's Nature

by Donna McCampbell

National Parks are made around the nation to preserve the genuine beauty and history that nature has to offer. The extraordinary ecosystems have intertwined every day for millions of years to create the breathtaking mountains, forests, lakes, and springs we love today.

Not many of us take the time to disconnect from the busy schedules and lives we live. National Park Service is turning 100 years old this year and they are offering specific days throughout the year for all to venture out and enjoy the parks for free

April 15-16 and April 22-23 are part of National Park Week and 4 of the days where everyone far and wide can head out to one of the 400+ National Parks and receive free entrance. Not only are national parks free entrance, but some local museums are available to the public as well.

Take this opportunity to get out and expand your knowledge of the nature and history that we take for granted every day. 

List of Washington's Parks Here

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Donna McCampbell

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Donna McCampbell
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors
300 NE 97th St
Seattle WA 98115
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