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Tuesday Tips- Roof Maintenance

By Anita Johnston | Aug 21, 2018

  How To: Remove Moss from the Roof A layer of green moss might look rustic atop your house, but it can drastically shorten your roof’s lifespan. Follow these three straightforward steps to clean off moss—and keep it from coming back A green, moss-covered roof may make you think you’ve wandered into a fairy tale, […]

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Should I pull money from my retirement for a home downpayment?

By Anita Johnston | Aug 3, 2018

Quite often I am asked by my clients and my students at my home buyer class  if they should rob their 401K to have the cash for a downpayment.  If the house/ real estate is also an investment why not?  Here’s a few good reasons that your 401 funds should stay as 401 retirement funds. […]

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Looking for ways to save money? Energy credits are available for 2018

By Anita Johnston | Aug 2, 2018

                                                Looking for ways to save money? Energy credits are available to help you stay warm in winter, keep cool in summer Sealing and insulating your home helps contain your conditioned air […]

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Island Oasis at 1585 West Beach on Whidbey Island

By Anita Johnston | Jun 29, 2018

Whidbey Island Oasis Getaway     Where else can you get 177′ of waterfront, island oasis and the feeling of complete privacy? This Whidbey Island home not only has a beautiful private beach but is also flanked by a green belt to the south. Located on West Beach Road, this house is removed from Oak […]

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Zero down loans offered by WA Housing Commission

By Anita Johnston | Jun 11, 2018

Some day it seems I’m the only one talking about zero down loan that’s not a  VA (Veteran Affairs) loan.  In the state of Washington we have some great programs to help first time home buyers buy their first home.  The Washington State Housing Finance Commission not only offers the zero down USDA loan but […]

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Staging- want to sell faster and for more money?

By Anita Johnston | Jun 9, 2018

Clear everything from countertops except one or two decorative items, like a chopping block or bowl of fresh fruit. Pack up all the dishes except one attractive, matching set. Do the same with glassware, flatware, and cookware, and pare down all other cupboard and drawer items down to the minimum. Freshen up and modernize those cabinets with […]

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Anita Johnston teaching a client how to install laminate flooring

How to install laminate flooring

By Anita Johnston | Feb 22, 2018

How many times have you thought “I can install laminate flooring” or “I wish I could do that?”  Flooring is one of those renovation projects that allure newbies most often.  After mastering the skill of installing your own floor it can liberate the home owner which can be good and bad for a home. I […]

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Roof maintenance in the Pacific Northwest

By Anita Johnston | Feb 22, 2018

Why worry about roof maintenance in the Pacific Northwest? Moss can completely ruin the life of a roof.  In addition of leaves and pine needles it can be a disaster waiting to happen.Moss left to grow can and will lift the shingles creating gaps for water penetration and wind damage to the roof.  With a […]

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Biking on Whidbey Island

By Anita Johnston | Feb 13, 2018

Biking on Whidbey Island What I wish I would have known 10 years, 20 years or 30 years ago about biking on Whidbey Island.  Whidbey is 55 miles long and I think it’s absolutely beautiful every month of the year.  Living in the Pacific Northwest we get a fair amount of biking weather if you […]

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