Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

The joy of Christmas is all around us in the lights, the smells, the hustle and bustle of our shopping centers, the songs on the radio.  Santa Claus is a busy man this time of year, but it appears that he has carved out some time to make a few appearances in Tehaleh this month!  Make sure and mark your calendar and join in for some jolly fun.

Santa Run and Food Drive

December 8th (9am – 1pm)

Stand back in wander as Santa glides through Tehaleh saying hello. Watch for Pierce County emergency vehicles with flashing lights and Christmas music to let you know that Santa is close behind in his sleigh.  Santa’s helpers will be accepting non-perishable food donations for local food banks in our area as well as passing out candy canes.  Route maps and more info can be found at https://www.eastpiercefire.org/page.php?id=222

Santa at The Post

December 14th (10am – 4 pm)

Santa is back for his annual visit to The Post! Be sure and stop by to get your picture taken with Santa, drop off your Christmas wish lists, and join in on the magic of Christmas in our wonderful Tehaleh neighborhood! Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this opportunity.  More information at http://bit.ly/2Lo2RRN

Weekly Listing Round Up

Fantastic Richmond resale on a large lot in Tehaleh is now ready for you to call home! This 4 bedroom, 2.75 bathroom + den + bonus has everything you’re looking for including A/C! You’ll be delighted by the enormous kitchen with adjacent sunroom dining area, main floor den that could be used as a guest room with 3/4 bath. Large Master Suite on upper level along with 3 other bedrooms, main bath, laundry room & bonus room / loft. Outdoors you’ll love the extended driveway, covered back patio and sprinkler system

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Amazing move in ready home in Tehaleh awaits! Nestled on a greenbelt, this gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom has everything you’re looking for! Dramatic 2 story entry with wraparound open spindle staircase welcomes you. Huge kitchen with walk in pantry and miles of counterspace opens to the great room that features an oversized french slider out to the enormous covered patio with outdoor fireplace. Upstairs you’ll find a well appointed Master Suite plus 3 more beds, main bath and loft. Miles of trails and 11 parks.

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Exquisite MainVue resale features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + all of the luxury that comes standard with a MainVue home! Extra special because it backs to a gorgeous pond and park with views of the Cascades. Main floor den is set away from main living areas for privacy. Great room boasts an abundance of natural light with ceiling-height walls of sliding glass that opens to the Outdoor Room with fireplace. In the kitchen enjoy Quartz counters, huge pantry and Electrolux appliances. Amazing master suite, A/C and more!

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Outdoor Turkey Frying: Tips and Tricks

Thanksgiving is on its way, and for most of us, that means turkey. In recent years, fried turkey has grown significantly in popularity; this has led to a lot more people deciding to pick up a large fryer and try their hand at frying their own at home. Unfortunately, this has led to a sharp increase in fryer-related accidents as well. Nothing can ruin a Thanksgiving faster than fryer incidents that result in burns, fires or other serious problems.

To that end, let’s look at a few ways to keep your turkey-frying adventures safe. Whether you’re a first-time fryer or a seasoned turkey-frying pro, here are some things to keep in mind to help keep your holiday safe.

Picking the Right Fryer

There are a few different options available when it comes to turkey fryers. You can opt for a propane fryer that heats with a burner or an electric fryer that you need to plug in. Regardless of the option you choose, make sure that it has temperature controls so that you can keep the oil below its smoke point. One of the big causes of fires at Thanksgiving is that people turn turkey fryers up too high and the oil starts to burn.

Proper Turkey Preparation

While everyone loves the thought of a big juicy turkey as a centerpiece, if you’re frying a turkey, you’re better off going with a smaller bird. Ideally you should opt for a turkey that’s no more than 8 to 10 pounds, or 12 pounds at the upper limit. While fryers can typically handle more than this, bigger birds are more likely to cause oil spills as you put them into the fryer pot. Make sure that frozen turkeys are completely thawed and patted dry and avoid using any water-based marinades to season the bird. Dry brining or other dry rubs are best when prepping your turkey.

Choosing the Right Location

Make sure that your fryer is on a flat, level and solid surface before filling it with oil. Don’t place the fryer on a deck, porch or other area where the surface underneath could shift or shake as people walk by. Don’t place the fryer under trees, near piles of leaves or around other flammable materials. If possible, place the fryer in a place that doesn’t get much foot traffic and where you can easily keep children and pets away.

Watch the Weather

Rain, snow and other inclement weather can cause major problems with turkey fryers, so only fry a turkey outside if the weather will be nice for the entire time that the fryer is hot. If you have a covered carport or garage then this may be a safe place to fry the turkey provided that it can’t be affected by heavy winds or other weather problems.

Be Safe While Frying

Wear eye protection, heat-protectant gloves and long sleeves while around the fryer. Always place the turkey into the oil slowly, don’t just drop it in. If using propane, turn the burner off before placing the turkey in the oil and then turn it back on once the risk of splashes or spills is over. Make sure that somebody is watching the fryer at all times, even if everything seems to be going well.

Have Your Bases Covered

Everyone wants to have a perfect holiday, but it never hurts to plan for the what-ifs and accidents that can take us by surprise. Before frying up the perfect turkey, don’t forget that you can use HomeKeepr to connect with an agent to get you a great deal on your insurance coverage. Sign up for a free account today so you’ll be set once the fryer is going.

Weekly Listing Round Up

Open House this Sunday, November 24th from 11-2pm

Amazing move in ready home in Tehaleh awaits! Nestled on a greenbelt, this gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom has everything you’re looking for! Dramatic 2 story entry with wraparound open spindle staircase welcomes you. Huge kitchen with walk in pantry and miles of counterspace opens to the great room that features an oversized french slider out to the enormous covered patio with outdoor fireplace. Upstairs you’ll find a well appointed Master Suite plus 3 more beds, main bath and loft. Miles of trails and 11 parks.

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Exquisite MainVue resale features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + all of the luxury that comes standard with a MainVue home! Extra special because it backs to a gorgeous pond and park with views of the Cascades. Main floor den is set away from main living areas for privacy. Great room boasts an abundance of natural light with ceiling-height walls of sliding glass that opens to the Outdoor Room with fireplace. In the kitchen enjoy Quartz counters, huge pantry and Electrolux appliances. Amazing master suite, A/C and more!

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Home Shopping Red Flags to Watch

Shopping for a home can be exciting. Unfortunately, sometimes we can get too caught up in the excitement and end up ignoring signs that the house we’re looking at might not be the best option. There are a number of red flags that can pop up when looking at homes, and even more when shopping for a mortgage to pay for the home you choose. To help you avoid having a bad home-buying experience, here are a few of the biggest red flags that you should keep an eye out for.

Signs of Foundation Trouble

When looking at a home, be sure to get a look around the outside so you can catch a peek near the foundation. If the home has a basement, ask to see it as well. While a little settling is normal, if you see large cracks, signs of leaks or other indications that there is foundation damage then buying this home is just asking for trouble.

Insect Issues

Having insects or other pests in your home is more than just unsanitary: These uninvited intruders can actually damage your home and lead to costly repairs. If you see insects, mice or other pests (or indications that they’ve been in the house recently), it could indicate a pest control problem that the seller has been unable to get under control. Depending on how bad the problem is, this could be a deal-breaker.

Inconsistently Fresh Paint

Seeing freshly painted walls in a house is pretty common and usually isn’t anything to worry about. When the paint only covers certain patches of the wall, though, that’s a different story. Be sure to ask about any small sections of paint that you see as they may indicate damage that was hastily covered up with a little bit of paint. It’s possible that there’s a good reason for it, but that little patch of paint may also be hiding an unpleasant surprise in the wall.

Smells and Stains

Most sellers go out of their way to make a house appear at its very best before letting potential buyers come in. This is why you should definitely take note of any odd smells or stains that you encounter in the house. Smells could indicate leaks, mildew, mold or other problems hiding somewhere in the house. Stains can also indicate leaks and other problems, especially if they appear on the ceiling or near the tops of the walls. Large stains on the ceiling can even signify a leaky roof!

Outlet Issues

When looking through a house, be sure to spare electrical outlets a glance. If they have visible cracks, discolorations or black smudges on them then you may have electrical problems in your future! While you’re thinking about the electricity, you should also ask to see the breaker box to make sure that it’s well organized and that all of the breakers appear to be in working order.

Standing Water

If it’s been raining, you may see a little bit of water standing in the yard when you go to visit a house. This isn’t necessarily an issue, but stop to think about how long it’s been since it rained and just how much rain you’ve gotten. If there seems to be a lot of water for the amount of rain or if it’s been a while since the last rainfall, that standing water could indicate drainage issues or even problems with a water line or septic tank.

Loan Issues

Even if there’s nothing wrong with the house you want to buy, you may encounter red flags during the loan process. Higher than usual interest rates, requirements for additional insurance or flood insurance, added costs and other quirks could mean that you need to find a new lender… or they could mean that there are issues with the property that you missed. Shop around for a better loan if you think you can find a better deal, though keep an eye out for issues that keep popping up at multiple lenders.

The Best Way to Avoid Red Flags

If you’re seeing red flags everywhere you look and aren’t sure where to turn, we can help. HomeKeepr can match you with the perfect home-buying specialist to guide you through finding a great home AND a great loan. Sign up for free to make your match today!

Tips for Lowering Your Mortgage Insurance Payment

Mortgage insurance can be a pain, though in many cases it’s a necessary evil. Without mortgage insurance you may not be able to qualify for certain loan programs, including loans serviced through the FHA. Depending on the circumstances of your loan and the insurance you buy, this can be a considerable expense. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce this expense; in some cases, you may even be able to get rid of mortgage insurance altogether!

Be sure to keep in mind that like many things loan-related, there are a lot of factors that go into determining your mortgage insurance costs. While these tips may help you to lower that payment, their effectiveness will vary from person to person.

Build Your Credit

As with loan interest rates, mortgage insurance costs can be affected by your credit score. Mortgage insurance is designed to provide additional safety for the lender that extends the loan. As such, the better your credit score is, the less risk there is that you’ll default on the loan. If you can improve your credit, you’ll have a much stronger case for negotiating a lower mortgage insurance payment.

Pay Down Your Loan

Mortgage insurance is typically required when your down payment is under 20 percent of the value of your home. As such, you can usually renegotiate it or have it removed entirely as you build equity. If you can afford it, make additional payments against your loan to pay it down and build equity faster; this will get you in a position to renegotiate your mortgage insurance sooner than you would otherwise be able to.

Refinance Your Mortgage

Provided that you can get a good deal on your new loan, refinancing is a great way to reduce the cost of mortgage insurance. Because you’re taking out a new loan to pay off the previous one, any mortgage insurance that’s required will be based on the new loan amount in comparison to your home’s value. If you refinance with a loan that’s for 80 percent or less than the total value of your home, then you likely won’t have to take out mortgage insurance for the new loan at all. Likewise, if you can refinance with some government-backed loans such as those offered through the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Department of Agriculture, then you should be able to skip the mortgage insurance as well.

Increase Your Home’s Value

Another option for reducing or eliminating your mortgage insurance payment is increasing the value of your home. In some cases, this is simply a matter of having the property appraised again; there are a number of external factors that can affect property value, and if your property sees a value increase then you can use this to renegotiate your mortgage insurance rate. If that isn’t an option, consider home improvements or similar actions that will increase the value of your property so that you can get out from under that insurance umbrella.

Talk to Your Lender

If you aren’t sure what to do, talk to your lender and see which options are best in your situation. They may look at your mortgage payment history and other factors to help you find a way to reduce that insurance cost. They can also help you calculate your equity and see exactly how much more you’ll need to significantly reduce (or completely eliminate) your mortgage insurance obligations. If you’ve already built over 20 percent equity then you may be able to simply ask for the insurance to be cancelled in your first contact with the lender.

Ask the Experts

Since mortgage insurance costs can vary from person to person, it’s always a good idea to find a professional to advise you about your specific loan situation. Fortunately, HomeKeepr can connect you with mortgage experts who can help you evaluate your personal situation and find the best way to reduce or eliminate your mortgage insurance costs. Sign up for a free account today to get started!

Weekly Listing Round Up

Are you looking to sell your home? The market is still HOT in Tehaleh!

Exquisite MainVue resale features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + all of the luxury that comes standard with a MainVue home! Extra special because it backs to a gorgeous pond and park with views of the Cascades. Main floor den is set away from main living areas for privacy. Great room boasts an abundance of natural light with ceiling-height walls of sliding glass that opens to the Outdoor Room with fireplace. In the kitchen enjoy Quartz counters, huge pantry and Electrolux appliances. Amazing master suite, A/C and more!

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These Tehaleh Homes JUST Went Under Contract!

Deliveries, Security and You

In our modern always-connected world, it seems like we’re always having packages dropped off from one re-tailer or another. If you receive packages regularly while you’re not home, though, you may be setting yourself up for problems. Packages left alone on your porch invite thieves to come up and take them, and if there are regularly people coming to your property to drop deliveries off then your neighbors might not think that it’s strange when one more person walks up with a box… even if it turns out to be a burglar with the foresight to throw on a brown shirt and carry a package.

So how can you make sure that your package deliveries aren’t creating a big risk for you? There are a few ways.

Establish a Delivery Area

When placing orders online, you often have the option to provide instructions to delivery drivers to make sure that your packages are delivered correctly. If you’re concerned about how frequent deliveries affect your home security, you can use these instructions as a powerful tool to thwart would-be thieves. Set up a delivery area around your home that’s covered or otherwise protected but not directly adjacent to your home and leave instructions for drivers to place any packages there. If possible, place the delivery space in an area that is clearly visible from neighboring houses as well. Because this designated area stands on its own, anyone entering it to try and steal packages will be very visible. It also foils would-be burglars because they now have no convenient excuse to approach your house.

Set Up Security Cameras

One thing that you can do to keep both your home and your packages safe is to install security cameras around your front door. This will allow you to see who’s coming to your house and will also provide evidence in case a burglar or thief approaches. If someone comes on your porch and steals your packages, you’ll have video of the thief and you’ll have proof that a theft took place so you can file a claim with the shipping company or retailer. You can even put cameras in an external delivery area if you’ve set one up! Make sure that you purchase a high-quality camera, though; cheap security cameras provide grainy and washed out footage that makes it very difficult to identify a perpetrator.

Invest in Smart Monitors

If you’re worried that a burglar might dress as a delivery person to gain access to your property, consider installing smart monitors on your windows and doors. These monitors may or may not be part of an alarm system – but setting off an alarm isn’t all that they can do. When triggered, the devices can notify you not only that a window or door was opened but also which one was triggered. This allows you to call a neighbor or notify the police and provide very specific details as to where a potential burglar entered. In some cases, the monitors may even be integrated into locks so that you can lock windows or doors remotely if you realize that you left them unlocked, taking care of a mistake that might have given a burglar easy access to your home.

Install a Security System

If these solutions don’t do enough to keep your packages and your home safe, consider getting a full home security system installed. These systems are more than just alarms; they contain several components that work together, along with active monitoring to contact the authorities or take other action if something suspicious occurs. Best of all, they can protect your home from other problems such as fires and even water leaks.

Keep Your Home Secure

Regardless of how you choose to close security holes related to package deliveries, you can find a security expert on HomeKeepr who can help you get the job done right. Sign up for free today so you can have a safer and more secure tomorrow!

There are endless amounts of cozy fall activities you can do with your family. Here are just a few!

PATCHES & MAZES

City Goat Farm and Zoo

Pumpkin patch, bounce house, petting zoo, pony/zebra/camel rides. 811 168th St E, Spanaway, WA / 206.613.9052  

Double R Farms

Pumpkin patch, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, school tours. 5820 44th St E, Puyallup , WA / 253.227.5385

Filbert Acres

Pumpkin patch – pick in the field or buy from the farm stand. 6625 Pioneer Way E, Puyallup, WA / 253.251.1361

Jim’s U-Fish at Old McDebbie’s Farm

Pumpkin patch, fall festival, refreshment stand, pony rides, petting zoo, picnic area. 4924 268th St E Spanaway, WA / 253.875.0356

Maris Farms

Pumpkin patch, cow train rides, corn maze, haunted trail, petting zoo, gift shop. 25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy., Buckley, WA / 253.862.2848

Picha Farms

Pumpkin patch, corn maze, and picnic area. 6502 52nd St, Puyallup, WA / 253.841.4443

Events

October 4th – 6th

Oktoberfest Northwest

WA State Fairgrounds – Puyallup   www.oktoberfestnw.com / 253.295.3262 

October 5th                       

Fife Harvest Festival

Dacca Park – Fife

www.cityoffife.org / 253.896.8652

October 17th – 20th

Holiday Food & Gift Festival

Tacoma Dome – Tacoma

http://holidaygiftshows.com / 800.521.7469

October 26th                                                             

Sunset Festival of Bands                                            

Sunset Chev Stadium – Sumner      

www.promotesumner.com

Join Us For The Annual Harvest Fest In Tehaleh!

Visit the Liz Keeps It Real Booth and enter to win our Thanksgiving Basket.

First 40 people to visit the Liz Keeps It Real booth and wear your Living at Tehaleh gear will receive a $10 gift certificate to Caffé D’arte.

You can purchase your Living at Tehaleh gear now! Just follow the link- https://www.facebook.com/pg/TehalehHomes/shop/?rid=115516545266781&rt=6

Date: Saturday, October 12th
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Location: 19001 Cascadia Boulevard East, Bonney Lake, WA