Join Us For The Annual Harvest Fest In Tehaleh!

Come join us on Saturday, September 22nd from 10am – 3pm. This is truly the event of the season that brings the whole neighborhood together to have fun as a community.

If you wear your Living a Tehaleh shirts or hoodies to the event and you are one of the first 40 people to visit our booth , you will receive a $10 gift card to the post!

You can purchase your gear now. We have both men’s and women’s t-shirts, hoodies, and tanks!

Men/Kid’s T – $10

Women’s T – $15

Hoodie – $30

Women’s Tank Top – $15

Coffee Mug – $6

Selling Your Home In The Off Season

Spring and summer are traditionally seen as the best times to sell your house. Research has actually shown that homes sold during the first half of May tend to sell faster and sell for a higher average price than house sales at any other time of the year. Once you get into fall and winter, buyer competition doesn’t seem as fierce and average prices start to drop. This doesn’t mean you can’t sell during the off season, of course; it just means that you need to maximize the value of your home to get the most out of your property.

There’s Always a Buyer

Even though it’s the off season, there will always be someone out there who’s looking to buy a home. There are traditionally fewer home sales during the fall and winter, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any. It’s easy to assume that you’ll have to take what you can get if you find someone who’s interested, but that’s definitely not the case. While there’s a good chance that you’re a motivated seller if you’re selling during the off season, keep in mind that many home buyers are motivated as well. It’s true that you might not get as much out of your home as you would near the start of summer, but don’t think that you’re necessarily going to have to settle either.

Aggressive Pricing Strategies

With that said, you’re more likely to sell quickly if you’re more aggressive with your pricing strategy than you would be during the summer. Don’t price your home for less than its worth – but cut a little closer to its actual value than you might otherwise. Determine the actual value of the home and what you need to get from the sale, then add a little more to the total to give yourself some wiggle room for negotiations. This lets you present the home as a great deal and still yield a bit to the buyer, convincing them that they really are getting a great deal on the property and need to make the purchase before somebody else comes along.

Appearance Matters

It’s always important to have your house looking its best when you’re trying to make a sale, but it’s especially important during the off season. This can be a chore, especially if you have trees dropping leaves all over the yard, but it’s worth it. If at all possible, your home should be the one that stands out from the neighborhood because it has fresher paint, a neater lawn, cleaner windows and any other adjustments you can make to improve its overall look. The more you can wow potential buyers, the more likely they are to actually buy.

Cut Out the Clutter

If you’re in the process of packing while trying to sell your home, take any boxes and anything that’s ready to go and get it out of the house and into a storage unit or elsewhere. The same goes for most of the clutter that we build up in our daily lives. When a potential buyer comes to look at the house you should ideally have everything pared down to some basic furniture, standard amenities and perhaps a few picture frames or other personal items that are tastefully presented around the house. You want buyers to see the house for its beauty and be able to picture their lives there, not to see how the house looks overflowing with your life.

Be Prepared

If you really want to get a potential buyer’s attention, show them that you’re prepared to answer any questions they might have about the house. Get a pre-inspection so you’ll know about any issues that you might not have noticed, making necessary repairs or disclosures as needed. Gather up documentation about the heating and cooling system, any maintenance that’s been performed and even details like the energy ratings on the windows. If you really want to go the extra mile, track down photos of the house from different seasons or pictures of any flowers or trees in bloom so that potential buyers will have an idea of what they can look forward to.

Weekly Listing Round Up

OPEN HOUSE! Saturday August 31st from 1-3pm

18117 135th St E, Bonney Lake

Magnificent, move in ready Lennar Next Gen home with private main floor suite that includes an amazing kitchenette,bedroom, laundry, and separate keyless entry! Main home features a kitchen to delight any chef with double ovens,massive island,stainless appliances, and open living/dining room. The 2nd floor boasts large master suite, Loft, huge laundry room and 3 additional bedrooms and bath. Beautiful level back yard with pergola & extended patio. A/C makes this home the obvious choice! Steps from Big Sky Park!

http://bit.ly/2T5OG6O

NEW PRICE! $494,950

13911 197th St E, Bonney Lake

Gorgeous Tehaleh Home on Greenbelt with the Master Suite on the Main! This 3 bedroom + den, 2.75 bathroom home features hardwoods throughout the main living areas, kitchen with huge island/ bar, gas fireplace and 2nd bedroom & 3/4 bath on main. Upstairs you’ll find the 3rd bedroom, full bath and loft. Other features include A/C, sprinkler system, tankless H2O, and a gorgeous back yard that is private & lush. Homes with a huge master suite on the main level don’t come on the market very often so don’t hesitate!

http://bit.ly/2Yytrvj

13428 192nd Ave E, Bonney Lake

Gorgeous Tehaleh home on greenbelt! This great floorplan offers chefs kitchen with large island, beautiful creamed colored cabinets, granite counter tops, kitchen appliances stay! Spacious great room with gas fireplace and office/den on main floor. Upstairs you will enjoy a lovely master bedroom, 3 additional spacious bedrooms and loft. You will love this master planned community! Several parks, trails, coffee shop and walking distance to highly rated elementary school. It’s time to call Tehaleh home!

http://bit.ly/2Nok7s9

There are 3 awesome events starting tomorrow Friday, August 30th!

Here is you weekend wrap up.

Starting in Seattle:

Bumbershoot is one of Seattle’s largest music festivals and always features amazing artists. Bumbershoot runs from August 30th-September 1st.

For more info visit and to purchase tickets: www.bumbershoot.com

Next In Puyallup:

The Washington State Fair or as the locals still refer to it as the Puyallup Fair is the largest state fair and runs from August 30th – September 22nd.

Normal pricing is $14 – ages 13-61,  $10.50 – ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are FREE.

Check out these FREE admission days as well.

  • Friday, Aug. 30KOMO’s Opening Day Food Drive – FREE gate admission for all 10:30am – 12:30pm, with a suggested non-perishable food donation.
  • Friday Aug. 30 – Monday, Sept. 2BECU Free Kid’s Weekend – FREE admission for kids, ages 18 and under, courtesy of BECU.
  • Every MondayMilitary Appreciation Day – FREE admission for all active, reserve, and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans, when each shows valid military ID at any Fair gate.
  • Friday, Sept. 6School Supply Drive – FREE gate admission for all 10:30am – 12:30pm, with a suggested new school supply donation.

For more info visit and to purchase tickets: www.thefair.com

Lastly in Olympia:

Olympia’s Harbor Days celebrates the return of vintage tugboats of the Puget Sound to Olympia. You can climb aboard and tour the vintage, retired and working tugs all weekend, enjoy some delicious food, and check out some amazing art with some amazing history mixed in there!

Friday 5pm-8pm

Saturday 10am-7pm

Sunday 10-6pm

For more info visit and to purchase tickets: https://www.harbordays.com/

Weekly Listing Round Up!

JUST LISTED!

13428 192nd Ave E, Bonney Lake

Gorgeous Tehaleh home on greenbelt! This great floorplan offers chefs kitchen with large island, beautiful creamed colored cabinets, granite counter tops, kitchen appliances stay! Spacious great room with gas fireplace and office/den on main floor. Upstairs you will enjoy a lovely master bedroom, 3 additional spacious bedrooms and loft. You will love this master planned community! Several parks, trails, coffee shop and walking distance to highly rated elementary school. It’s time to call Tehaleh home!

Open House August 24th & 25th from 1-4pm!

http://bit.ly/2Nok7s9

NEW PRICE! $539,950

18117 135th St E, Bonney Lake

Magnificent, move in ready Lennar Next Gen home with private main floor suite that includes an amazing kitchenette,bedroom, laundry, and separate keyless entry! Main home features a kitchen to delight any chef with double ovens,massive island,stainless appliances, and open living/dining room. The 2nd floor boasts large master suite, Loft, huge laundry room and 3 additional bedrooms and bath. Beautiful level back yard with pergola & extended patio. A/C makes this home the obvious choice! Steps from Big Sky Park!

http://bit.ly/2T5OG6O

NEW PRICE! $494,950

13911 197th St E, Bonney Lake

Gorgeous Tehaleh Home on Greenbelt with the Master Suite on the Main! This 3 bedroom + den, 2.75 bathroom home features hardwoods throughout the main living areas, kitchen with huge island/ bar, gas fireplace and 2nd bedroom & 3/4 bath on main. Upstairs you’ll find the 3rd bedroom, full bath and loft. Other features include A/C, sprinkler system, tankless H2O, and a gorgeous back yard that is private & lush. Homes with a huge master suite on the main level don’t come on the market very often so don’t hesitate!

http://bit.ly/2Yytrvj

It’s Time to Refinance or Invest!

If you have been thinking about refinancing your home or buying an investment property now is the time! Rates are at an all time low!

Hey guys it’s Liz Johnson with Keller Williams Realty. And today I wanted to share some pretty exciting news with you.

I know the news is like oh dooms day and the economy. And guess what. Interest rates are at an all time low.

I’ve got a little thing here on my screen that I’m going to try to see here, 30 year fixed we’re looking at 3.25%, 15 year fixed 2.875%. All sorts of craziness. A 30 year fixed to VA is at 3.0 percent.

So the point of me telling you this I’m not a lender and I don’t pretend to be but I know I’m thinking about refinancing a property or two maybe. And if you are looking to buy something I’m currently not. But if you are and I know some of you are because you’re on my list people call even for investment properties. This is a great time to pull the trigger or jump off the fence or something dangerous. It’s not dangerous when money is this cheap though. So stop putzing stand around and let’s do something. So I’ve got me and a great team here to help you find the property. So anyway call me 253.670.0357 and we’ll be talking soon.

Beautiful Tehaleh Homes Waiting For You!

Fantastic Lennar resale on wooded greenbelt!

Fantastic Lennar resale on wooded greenbelt in Tehaleh! This well cared for Everson model features everything you could ask for including central A/C! Main floor boasts gorgeous wood floors throughout main living areas, large kitchen with walk in pantry and butler’s pantry, formal dining and office/ den. Upstairs you’ll be delighted by the large master suite, huge media/ bonus room, 3 additional bedrooms and full bathroom. The backyard is lush and private, backing up to a greenbelt with no neighbors behind you!

Gorgeous Tehaleh Home on Greenbelt!

Gorgeous Tehaleh Home on Greenbelt with the Master Suite on the Main! This 3 bedroom + den, 2.75 bathroom home features hardwoods throughout the main living areas, kitchen with huge island/ bar, gas fireplace and 2nd bedroom and 3/4 bath on main. Upstairs you’ll find the 3rd bedroom, full bath and loft. Other features include A/C, sprinkler system, tankless H2O, and a gorgeous back yard that is private and lush. Homes with a huge master suite on the main level don’t come on the market very often so don’t hesitate!

Magnificent, move in ready Lennar Next Gen Home!

Magnificent, move in ready Lennar Next Gen home with private main floor suite that includes an amazing kitchenette,bedroom, laundry,& separate keyless entry! Main home features a kitchen to delight any chef w/ double ovens, massive island,stainless appliances, and open living/dining room. The 2nd floor boasts large master suite, Loft, huge laundry room and 3 additional bedrooms and bath. Beautiful level back yard with pergola & extended patio. A/C makes this home the obvious choice! Steps from Big Sky Park!

Welcome your guest with a covered front porch!

Welcome your guest with a covered front porch! This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom offers plenty of space in your Great Room & Formal Dining area. The home features granite counters with stainless steel appliances, large master bedroom, washer and dryer. Enjoy cool summers with A/C. Great covered outdoor living space with fireplace and fully fenced backyard to enjoy! Tehaleh features multiple parks & walking trails with many amenities just minutes away

Upcoming Summer Events!

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out one of these events, fun for the whole family!

SeaFair Weekend Festival 2019, Aug 2nd – 4th

Seafair Weekend offers the best sights, sounds, tastes and action of the summer including Hydroplane racing on the water, Blue Angels, The Army’s Golden Knights, and aerobatic planes performing in the sky, world-class wakeboarding tricks just off-shore, with the ParentMap KidsZone, our inaugural Classic Car Show, and music and entertainment on land. Info: www.seafair.com /206.728.0123

Cruisin’ Kent Car Show, Aug 3rd

Enjoy classic cars, motorcycles, bloody marys, a DJ, screen printed tshirts, prizes and more fun at Kent Station’s second annual car show in partnership with the City of Kent. Info: www.kentstation.com 

AuburnFest, August 10th

AuburnFest will include two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors, craft and specialty vendors, community and non‑profit vendors, a car show, a literary showcase and small press fair, as well as several free activities.Come join the fun! Info: www.auburnwa.gov  / 253.931.3043

Covington KidsFest, August 10th

It’s all for the kids! This fun event is full of hands on activities, crafts, inflatables, and much more. Please note: KidsFest is moving to a new location this year – Covington Community Park! Info: www.covingtonwa.gov/gov/events / 253.931.3043

Household Cleaning Tips

When the next bowl of chili explodes all over the inside of the microwave or you finally give in to the inch thick layer of pizza burn off inside your oven, this page of advice for cleaning household appliances will be right here waiting for you.

Common Appliances and How to Clean Them

For some people, cleaning is as natural as walking and breathing. But for the rest of us, it takes effort and probably some knowledge that we’re currently lacking. After all, it’s not such a big deal to clean a microwave, but for some reason it feels like it takes forever. Without further ado, here’s how to clean basically everything useful in your kitchen.

Microwave

Pre-prep Work: Put a coffee mug or small bowl full of water and slices of lemon in the center and run the microwave on high for about three minutes, or until the liquid is turning to steam. This will help soften food splatter and the lemon smells nice. You can also use other citrus fruits or forego it entirely and use a drop of dish soap.

Break It Down: Take out the turntable and anything else that will come loose. Toss these parts in the dishwasher and run it. Or wait if you have other stuff to stick in there and make it a full load.

The Nitty Gritty: Wipe down the walls of the microwave with a sponge, cloth or several paper towels, plus your favorite dish soap and water or all purpose cleaner. There’s not really a wrong way to clean a microwave. Wipe the outside while you’re at it, especially the buttons.

Garbage Disposal

Pre-prep Work: Unless you have a clog, there’s not much in the way of prep work to do. Flick the switch, run some cold water to make sure there’s not any food left in the device.

Break It Down: Some garbage disposals, like Insinkerators, have removable baffles (the black part that’s just inside the drain). If yours is removable, take it out. If not, then move along.

The Nitty Gritty: Cleaning a garbage disposal is really easy. Just clean your removable baffle, if present, and toss some citrus fruit inside. Most garbage disposals no longer use blades (don’t stick your hand in to find out unless the breaker is turned off), so the ice cube trick does nothing, but citrus is still a big deal. If it’s really smelly, drop some liquid dish soap inside and run the water until the bubbles stop.

Dishwasher

Pre-prep Work: Running an empty load with a measuring cup full of vinegar or bleach can help start the process off right. These chemicals help eliminate chronic smells, you’ll be really happy you did. DO NOT USE DISH SOAP.

Break It Down: Remove the racks and anything else that comes loose, like cutlery baskets. Take those to the shower and wait for further instructions.

The Nitty Gritty: First clean any screens that might be protecting food grinders or other moving parts. You can just wipe that out. Next, there’s such a thing as dishwasher cleaner. Your life will be immeasurably easier if you just buy a few of these and use as directed to clean the inside of the dishwasher.

Last, go find those racks you put in the shower. Spray them down with a removable shower head or take your chances with the regular kind. If they’re very dirty, give them a going over with soapy water and a sponge. Go slide those bad boys back into the machine. Wipe the outside.

Refrigerator

Pre-prep Work: Put food into a prepared cooler and turn the ice maker off.

Break It Down: Pull out all the shelves and drawers at once and place them in or near the sink.

The Nitty Gritty: Start with the empty fridge cavity and wipe everything down, from the top to the bottom. Warm, soapy water is fine for most residue, tough grime can be knocked out with all-surface cleaner. Next, do the door interiors.

Now wash the shelves and drawers and leave them to dry. Once all of that is complete, put the fridge back together and repeat with the freezer. Change your water filter and turn the ice maker back on when you’re done. Wipe the fridge outside down last.

Freestanding Range (this also applies to cooktops and ovens that exist independently)

Pre-prep Work: Smooth top ranges just need their tops wiped down. Turn the pilot lights off on gas ranges.

Break It Down: Pull knobs, remove grates, pull coils and catch pans, as applies to your stove.

The Nitty Gritty: If you have a stove with a self-cleaning oven, find your manual and figure out how to use it. Most will lock themselves, heat until they’re super hot and you only have to wipe the racks down and get the ash (there’s never much) out of the bottom. This will take a few hours. Maybe several hours. But it’ll be super clean.

For the top, wipe the bit that’s not removable down with soapy water. Grab the coils and set them aside and put the rest in the dishwasher. No reason to work too hard. Glass top stoves sometimes need harder cleaning. There’s a gritty glass top stove cleaner available commercially.

Put it all back together like you found it. Good work!

You Could Clean Your Own Appliances, Or….

You could find a great cleaning service in your HomeKeepr community. Just log on, ask your real estate agent for a recommendation and choose from the home pros that are sent your way. You’ll never have to worry about cleaning appliances again when you have a cleaning service handy. Recommendations are better than reviews, come and see the difference!

5 Ways to Make Your A/C Dollars Go Further

The aqua jeweled waters of the Caribbean pared with lush, jungle-like vegetation that seems to stretch along the beach forever greet you every single summer. It’s amazing, really, and you hope that one of these days you’ll be able to turn off the Travel Channel and see them in person. But your air conditioning bill is such a killer — and ruiner of vacation plans.

There has to be a way to knock those electricity bills down while staying cool this summer. After all, the islands are calling you. Will you fill up your travel penny jar this year?

How Air Conditioners Work (The Abridged Explanation)

Air conditioners are very simple devices. They were actually invented to remove the humidity from rooms where paper was stored. It was only after they’d been in use in industry a while that anyone thought to use them for cooling.

There’s not much to these devices. Essentially you’ve got an outdoor condenser unit that works like a giant heat sink to carry heat collected from indoor air to the outside. Ultimately, the cooler that outside unit is, the more heat it can remove and the more efficiently the whole system works.

Reduce the Strain on Your A/C, Stretch Those A/C Dollars

There are plenty of ways to help your air conditioner work more efficiently short of replacing the whole system. That will increase your efficiency, but you’re going to put a lot of money into a system upgrade that may not be needed just yet.

Before you do anything rash, give these a try:

Change your filter when it’s dirty. Dirty air filters are a huge drag on efficiency. After all, the more air that can be pulled into the system at once, the faster the air in your house will cool and the less time your A/C will spend running. You’ll know your paper air filters are dirty when they change color from white to gray or brown. That’s dust and other tiny particles clogging the pores.

Another way to tackle this would be to buy an electrostatic filter. These are reusable and washable, saving lots of money on filters, as well as energy (if you keep them pretty clean).

Clean your air conditioner condenser. That outside unit is too often neglected to the point that it can affect your energy efficiency. The fins get clogged with dirt, vegetation grows around the bottom of the unit and things like blowing leaves or plastic bags get caught in and around the unit.

Throw away any trash that’s clinging to the condenser, even if it’s inside. Just make sure the unit’s off before you stick your arm in. Next, remove vegetation that’s threatening to grow into the unit, treat it with weed killer if it’s particularly aggressive. Last, get your garden hose and spray the whole condenser down using minimal pressure. Crank up the water pressure and go over it again, slowly, working from the top to the bottom. Work in sections, moving to the next one when the water coming off the condenser runs clear. You may be surprised how much dirt was hiding in those fins.

Shade your unit. Plant a tree or install a solar shade over your A/C condenser to help keep it cool on those hot summer days. The less heat already being carried by the system, the easier to expel heat from your home. Blocking direct sunlight can make a huge difference, just be sure to allow at least two feet around the unit on all sides so your condenser has plenty of air circulating around it.

Install ceiling fans. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using properly sized ceiling fans in conjunction with your air conditioner can make 78 degrees feel just as cool as 74 degrees. Those four degrees can add up to serious cash, too. The reason this works is that ceiling fans cool people using a wind chill effect. It doesn’t change the actual temperature in the room, but it does change how it feels to you.

Hang heavy drapes. If your house has any windows that get particularly hot during the summer, you need to insulate them right away. The easiest way to do this is with heavy drapes, and the heavier the better. Make sure those curtains are closed during the hottest part of the day to prevent heat radiating into the rest of the house. To further help those windows stay cool, you can add Low-E film into the equation. When used together, heavy drapes and Low-E film will make a noticeable impact on your indoor temperatures.

Need Help Keeping Your Cool This Summer?

Saving money on your cooling bills can be serious work. Don’t worry, your HomeKeepr community is ready to help! Just log in and ask your Realtor for a recommendation. They’ll set you up with the right people to get your home ready for the summer, whether that means adding insulation, sealing all those air gaps or giving your condenser a well-deserved bath.