Cara Cusack's Blog Posts

Five Money-Saving Green Upgrades ti Use in Seattle

Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings. Solar panels: The upfront cost is

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Organic Food on a Budget in Seattle

Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor

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“Refinancing” is a scary word - Dispelling Refinancing Myths

“Refinancing” is a scary word for many people, but that shouldn’t be the case for you. For many homeowners, refinancing can not only lower your monthly payments and help with your

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Do you know what to do in an emergency? Create an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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Homebuying Simplified: Down Payment Assistance – The Basics

Of all the barriers keeping people from becoming homeowners, one seems the most daunting of all: the down payment. For many young or low-to-median-income Americans, the idea of coming up with a

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Debunking Homebuyer Down Payment Myths

Of all the barriers blocking people from becoming homeowners, one stands out above the rest: the down payment. For many young or low-to-median-income Americans, the prospect of accumulating a big

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Should I Rent or Buy?

If you’re a renter, the odds are you’ve dreamed about buying your own home. Surveys show that a large majority of adults view buying a house as a key piece of the American Dream, and

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Mistakes to Avoid after You’re Pre-approved

One of the most critical steps in the homebuying process is becoming “pre-approved” or “pre-qualified” for a home loan. Once you hit this milestone, it’s tempting to

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