June 2016

There are 9 blog entries for June 2016.


It doesn’t matter how many times you ask politely or how loud your voice can go; kids tend to have a problem keeping their room clean. There are a couple of reasons for that. For a start, cleaning is no fun. But that’s not the only thing holding them back. Until they’re taught how to tidy, children don’t have an easy time understanding what to do. And some rooms are downright difficult to clean.

For any – or all – of these challenges, you can try these smart ideas. They’ve all worked for parents tired or repeating, “go clean your room!”

Start the Process – Take some time to show your kid what you mean by “clean” and set a good example. Make sure to specify that pushing books from the middle of the floor until they’re underneath the bed

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Let’s get the blogging party started and talk about housing affordability in Spokane. The latest figures from our Multiple Listing Service show us the same story we’ve seen for months: Sales are up, prices are up and the inventory of homes for sale in Spokane is down.

With inventory as tight as it is, first-time homebuyers or those on tight budgets are fighting for listings under the average price, trying to get into a home before interest rates rise again. The good news is that there are more than 1,100 homes for sale right now, priced below Spokane’s median sales price ($200,000).

Those at the bottom of the price range are typically mobile homes and homes that require a significant amount of work. So, we’re leaving them off the list

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Tucked inside a red brick building with large windows, you’ll find the three separate dining rooms of the Wild Sage American Bistro. Inside, light from outdoors shines through to the comfortably neutral space. Bistro may be the wrong term for this establishment; the Wild Sage sets the stage for a whole new form of dining.

The food at this restaurant is the stuff legends are made of – as reviewers will tell you and anyone that will listen. The menu changes occasionally, but you’ll find perennial favorites every time you visit.

Try the Yukon Taquitos to whet your appetite; they’re served with chile lime sauce, avocado, and salted cabbage. If you have a difficult time passing up the pan-seared Breast of Duckling with the house gnocchi and roasted

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If you, like most Americans, have a lot of “stuff,” and you plan on hauling that stuff with you to your new house, pay close attention to the storage options of each home you tour. It’s easy to become distracted by other features of the home, so promise yourself that adequate storage space is a must. In fact, print a copy of HUD’s Home-Buying Checklist and take it with you when you go house hunting. You’ll see “storage” as the fifth item on the list.

In the bedroom

A bedroom can’t be considered a bedroom unless it has a closet, so if you’re touring what was advertised as a three-bedroom home and one of them lacks a closet, you’re actually looking at a two-bedroom home. Take that into consideration when it comes to comparing the prices of

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In the late 1800s, the fertile grounds around East Sprague and Trent Avenue attracted residents new to Washington – and those wanting to get out of the city.

The proud history of this neighborhood still stands – quite literally. More than 600 historic homes grace the streets of East Central. And while the neighborhood has certainly changed over the years, the parks that gave this area its earliest name remain.

Surrounding these parks are cozy homes built over more than a century. The northern boundary, running along Trent Avenue, includes Washington State University at Spokane in the western corner at the South Division Street edge. The neighborhood extends eastward to Havana Street. However, the southern edge is more jagged with the most

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Spokane homeowners have a lot to be happy about in 2016. The value of your homes has increased 8.1 percent over this time last year. In fact, the average sale price for a Spokane home now sits at nearly $206,000.

If you look at the market on a year-to-date basis, the news is even better – we’re looking at a 9 percent increase in prices during the first five months of 2016 compared to the first five months of 2015.

I guess we should qualify this as good news for homeowners. There is news for the Spokane home buyer as well, though there are rumblings that interest rates may take a hike this month. If you’re planning on buying but are sitting it out because prices are going up, buy NOW before the problem is compounded by possible mortgage rate

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When everyone is home from school, and you (almost magically) have more time after work before retiring for the evening, the kitchen can feel rather small. Somehow, that’s the case even if you do less cooking. And, if the kitchen somehow escaped your ever-so-diligent spring cleaning, it’s time to get through it now. It might even be easier than you think.

  • One Space at a Time – If you’ve got a seriously cluttered kitchen, you should never attempt it in one sitting. Even if you just need to weed through a few areas, you should still work through one drawer or shelf at a time. If you find the odd spoon that belongs in a collection elsewhere, move it towards that location, but don’t open the drawer – you’ll get sidetracked before you
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You’ll be spending a lot of money on the moving company to get you to your new Spokane home, so take a few minutes to read the following tips. Then, be sure to ask the company representative these important questions.

1. May I see your proof of insurance?

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) regulates movers in the state and mandates that each company carry a minimum amount of insurance. It’s still a good idea to ask to see proof of insurance and then go to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website and verify the policy. You might also want to reach out to whoever handles your homeowner’s insurance to see if your policy covers your belongings while they are in transit to the new home.

2. Please write

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Spokane may not have the longest growing season, but this is one city where nearly everyone appreciates green spaces and natural living. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to bring the outdoors in and spruce your home with greenery and growing things all year long. Selling your Spokane home? Consider live plants when staging it.

 Plants Aren’t Just for End Tables

 There’s no need to limit yourself to the small pot of flowers found on end tables in the middle of the last century. Decorating with plants in modern homes is more about bringing them into your lifestyle than showcasing a few flowers. To make the most of houseplants, you’ll want to be creative when choosing homes for each one.

  • Benches and Bookshelves – A low-lying bench underneath a
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