Remodeling Your Home: If you plan to stay in your home for awhile

July 19, 2013

If you are planning on living in your home for ten years or more, you may be interested in remodeling simply to increase the enjoyment you get from your home. If this is your plan, you will have more flexibility than someone that is looking to sell in a couple years. The following is an [...]

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Remodeling Your Home: Should I Move or Remodel?

July 15, 2013

Before you decide to take on a remodeling project, the first thing to do is make sure remodeling is your best choice. The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of our new FREE eBook, Remodeling Your Home. If you’re looking for a change, there are three basic options. You can remodel your current [...]

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Remodeling Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 11, 2013

Does your home need a refresh? Maybe you could use more space for a growing family or perhaps you just need a change. Consider remodeling. While it may look fun on TV, the process itself is not always as easy as it appears. Remodeling can be enjoyable and rewarding, but it can be stressful and [...]

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Community Giving Update: Locals Know Best

July 2, 2013

Giving away money is hard work! When we pledged $250 million in community development funding to the state of Oregon back in January, we knew it would be a big undertaking.  All the funds would be disbursed within Oregon communities over the next five years. These included affordable housing, mortgages for lower income borrowers, economic [...]

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How to Throw a Great July 4th Party

June 27, 2013

Between fireworks, barbecues and the red, white and blue, it can be easy to feel a little overwhelmed about throwing a patriotic party. Independence Day parties mark the unofficial start of summer (especially in the Pacific Northwest). It’s an opportunity to get creative with your patriotic color-coordinating skills while having friends over for a fun-filled, [...]

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How to Have a Fun Summer Weekend on a Budget

June 21, 2013

              Summertime and the livin’ is easy…” At least that’s how the song goes. Summer is a great season to get outside with friends and family and an even better time for taking that well-deserved vacation. However if you’re running low on time off and extra cash, it may [...]

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How should I prepare my house for a showing?

June 18, 2013

Thinking about selling your home? Although the housing market is starting to turn around, it’s still competitive out there. So we’ve put together a few tips to give you even more of a boost when staging your home for potential buyers. Prepare Yourself You have to be mentally ready to give up your home to [...]

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What Are the Best Summer Jobs?

June 14, 2013

School’s out for summer! On summer break from high school or college? Or maybe you’re just not interested in a typical 8-5 position. We’ve put together some summer job options that’ll help you earn some extra cash while still keeping your schedule free for lots of BBQ, beach and late night fun. Classic Summer Jobs [...]

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How to Find a Home with Great Potential

June 11, 2013

For some people, finding a new home that’s “move-in ready” is very important. But if you’re handy with tools and willing to put in a little sweat equity, you may be able to get a great deal on a “fixer” home. To score a steal, you need to know how to spot potential versus trouble. [...]

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Building a Custom Home: Part 5 – Moving In!

May 24, 2013

Everything you’ve done up to this point has been in preparation for starting and funding the construction of your new home. The following is an excerpt from the fifth and final chapter of our eBook, Building a Custom Home: What you need to know about custom construction financing. We hope that you find this information [...]

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