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To Stage or Not to Stage...

by Tri Star Team

To Stage or Not to Stage…

You will not get a second chance at a first impression, and considering most buyers decide whether to make an offer on a home within moments of walking in; you want to be sure your first impression is a good one!

The goal of staging is to allow buyers to visualize your home as theirs and to highlight its best features. Staging a home can both decrease the market time and fetch higher offers from buyers. The best way to maximize your homes appeal to everyone is to depersonalize and de-clutter.

To stage or not comes down to different factors. How much impact will staging really have? Is the benefit greater than the costs? To answer these questions, you need to know the market, what competing sellers are doing, and how potential buyers may utilize the home. As part of our FREE Market Evaluation, we will assist you in determining the above factors and if staging is right for you.

Here are some before and after staging photos of a TRI STAR Team listing. What a difference!


New Loan Limits Effective 2018

by Tri Star Team

The base conventional conforming loan limits have increased from $424,100 to $453,100 on single family one unit properties.  Home loans that exceed the maximum amounts shown below are considered “jumbo” loans.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac provide higher loan limits in areas designated as “high-cost” based on criteria set forth by the Housing and Recovery Act.  In the more expensive counties (King | Snohomish | Pierce), the single-family loan limit has been increased to $667,000 for 2018.


 New Base Conforming Loan Limits:

New High Balance Conforming Loan Limits:

(King | Snohomish | Pierce)

1 unit - $453,100

1 unit - $667,000

2 unit - $580,150

2 unit - $853,900

3 unit - $701,250

3 unit - $1,032,150

4 unit - $871,450

4 unit - $1,282,700

WOW! Chuck Cady celebrates 30 years with RE/MAX Network!

by Tri Star Team

WOW! Chuck Cady celebrates 30 years with the RE/MAX Network and 2018 will mark 35 years as a Seattle Real Estate Broker! Chuck began his real estate career in 1983 and was the very 1st RE/MAX agent in Seattle!

TRI STAR Team Makes RE/MAX TOP 100 in US!

by Tri Star Team

Due to all of the hard work and dedication from each of our team members, the TRI STAR Team has made the list of the “Top 100” Residential RE/MAX Teams in the United States for the first half of 2016!

Learn more about our team here:

Deborah Arends and Chuck Cady & Associates HAVE MERGED!

by Tri Star Team


We are pleased to announce that Chuck Cady and Ann Nordling of Chuck Cady & Associates have merged with Deborah Arends & Associates, both of RE/MAX Northwest.  From here forward, the combined companies will conduct business together under the name of the, TRI STAR Team

This is an alliance of two highly successful Seattle real estate teams that have consistently guided buyers and sellers through Seattle’s ever changing real estate market for over 30 years.

We will continue to maintain our core values of achieving excellent results for our customers through our knowledge, hard work and creativity.  Chuck, Ann, Deborah and team will provide the same high quality service you expect. 

The Tri Star Team will remain at the same RE/MAX Northwest office located at 300 NE 97th St, Seattle.



Experience is the difference!

Chuck Cady and Associates 2014 Year End Stats

by Chuck Cady & Associates

Are You Making These 7 Rookie Mistakes in Your Vegetable Garden?

by Chuck Cady & Associates

Even the best vegetable gardeners can forget basics and make rookie mistakes. Here are 7 no-nos to avoid.


Even if your vegetable garden is the envy of neighbors, it’s still easy to make rookie mistakes that waste precious resources and growing time.

Avis Richards, whose Ground Up Campaign teaches New York City school kids how to grow their own food, reveals the rookie mistakes that all gardeners should avoid.

1. Unwise watering. Too much, too little, too hard, too soft — they’re all watering mistakes that'll wreck your garden. Before adding water, poke a finger a couple of inches into the soil. If it’s moist, save the water; if it’s dry, train a gentle spray at the base of plants. Better yet, wind a drip hose ($13 for 50 feet) through your garden; that way, you’ll deliver moisture to the roots without wasting water on leaves and to evaporation.

2. Forgetting to test. Even veteran gardeners forget to test their soil every year to make sure it has the pH and nutrients plants need. For about $10, you can send a sample to your state extension service and receive a complete analysis. Or, buy a DIY test kit at your local garden center. When you know what your soil is made of, either select plants that thrive in that type of earth, or amend soil to match your garden’s needs.

3. Planting garden divas. Of course you love summer tomatoes, but they can be tricky to grow during summers that are too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry. So newbies should try growing a couple of tomato plants just for fun, then load gardens with foolproof veggies and herbs, such as beans, peppers, oregano, and parsley. If you must grow a tomato, plant cherry tomatoes that can survive anything summer can throw at them and even yield fruit into fall.

4. Raising too much. One cherry tomato plant can yield 80 fruit, and a single zucchini plant can keep your neighbors in zucchini bread through winter. So don’t plant more than you can eat, put up, or share with friends. The National Gardening Associationsays an edible garden of about 200 sq. ft. should keep a family of four in veggies all summer. If you do grow more than you need, donate it to a local food bank or plan a swap with fellow gardeners.

5. Growing everything from seed. Some crops, such as salad greens, radishes, carrots, peas, beans, and squash, are easy to grow from seeds that germinate in a couple of weeks. Experience will tell you that eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, and tomatoes are better grown from seedlings, which someone else has nurtured for months. Pick plants that are short and compact; avoid leggy plants with blooms that are liable to die on the vine as the plant acclimates itself to your garden.

6. Assuming you know. Gardeners often read seed packages and figure they know everything about growing vegetables. Wrong! The more you know about your hardiness zone, soil, weather, insects, and vegetable varieties, the better your garden will grow. So curl up with a good gardening book, and surf the web for garden bloggers that share your passion. Better yet, join a gardening club where you can share tips and seeds.

7. Relying on pesticides. Don’t bring out the big guns, which can contaminate the watershed, until you’ve tried less-toxic ways to get rid of garden pests. Ladybugs and praying mantis, which you can buy at garden supply stores, will eat garden intruders, such as aphids and beetles. Non-toxic insecticidal soaps will take care of soft-bodied insects (don’t use if ladybugs are around).

Have you made any rookie mistakes? Got a tip for your fellow newbie gardeners? Let’s hear it!

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Salvaging & Recycling Building Materials!

by Chuck Cady & Associates

When homes are renovated or demolished, all too often lots of materials are put in a Dumpster and hauled to the landfill. This is both wasteful and costly — many parts of homes can be reused, re-purposed and recycled, saving both money and increasingly scarce landfill space.

We all know how to recycle newspaper, cans and bottles in the bins provided by our local government. Recycling construction debris is more involved, but with a little extra effort and some cooperation between remodeling contractors and homeowners, it can be very successful. Let’s look at what can be recycled in a remodeling project or when tearing down an old house.

Starting at the top, most roofs are covered with asphalt or fiberglass composite shingles. These can be recycled into a gravel-like material that is used as a base for driveways, roads and parking lots. After the roofing comes off, roof decking, rafters and other framing material to be removed. Many older homes were built with heart pine lumber, a rare and valuable material that can be salvaged and re-milled into things like flooring, trim and cabinets. Any unpainted lumber can be ground into mulch and used for erosion control or plant bedding. Some framing lumber is easily reused once the nails are removed from it.

Masonry and concrete are easily recycled. Landscape contractors may be interested in older bricks, which they can use to build walls and walkways. Broken or unusable bricks, concrete block and clay roof tiles can be ground into gravel.

Homes undergoing kitchen renovations and living area renovations are full of treasures that can be re-purposed. Cabinets, appliances, doors, windows, plumbing fixtures, lighting and flooring can be reused or donated to nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity that reuse or resell them to support their programs. Copper wiring and piping, aluminum gutters and other non-ferrous metals provide a reasonable return on the time spent. The packaging that products arrive in is a major source of jobsite trash. Cardboard boxes, wood pallets and clear plastic all can be recycled, often removed at no cost by salvage companies. A little planning and jobsite management can reduce renovation waste by more than 50 percent, providing both cost savings and environmental benefits long after construction is complete.

Lawn Care Maintenance Tips to Revive Your Frozen Turf

by Chuck Cady & Associates

Has the polar vortex wrecked your lawn? Here’s how to bring back the green.


“Snow acts like a cover, but ice is bad for turf,” says Chris Lemcke, technical director of Weed Man USA lawn care. “Ice freezes plant cells and crushes blades and leads to death.”

Freeze-thaw-freeze conditions are even worse for turf roots, which can become brittle and die.  Road salt also is bad for lawns. The turf near streets and along driveways and paths may need resuscitation or replacement when spring grass should be greening up.

Dead or Sleeping?

When snow and ice melt, your late-winter turf starts awakening from hibernation and changes from brown grass to green; if your lawn died, it won’t change color.

The best way to see if your lawn is dead or sleeping is to tug the brown areas. If the turf comes up easily, the roots have failed and the grass is dead. If there’s resistance, then there’s hope.

How to Bring Lawns Back

When is the right time to bury your dead lawn -- grass, roots, clinging soil -- in a compost pile and start growing new grass?

  • After the last chance of frost
  • When night temperatures top 35 degrees
  • When soil temps reach 50-65 degrees

Dead patches of lawn are easy to pull up because no roots bind the turf to the soil. Cut around dead areas with a spade, then yank up the patch. 

Then it’s time to reseed.

1.  Scatter seed on soil and lightly rake it in.

2.  Water daily with a light mist for 15 minutes to keep soil moist. If the soil dries out, seed will not germinate.

3.  When seed germinates, water deeply.

4.  Feed young blades a high-phosphorous fertilizer.

5.  Let grass grow at least 3 inches before its first cut. 

If you can afford sod -- 8-30 cents/sq. ft. compared with $28 for a 5-pound bag of seed that’ll cover 2,000 sq. ft. -- Lemcke recommends laying sod on dead patches instead of seeding. Sod is more forgiving when it comes to watering and resists weeds better than seed.

An Ounce of Prevention

You can’t control the weather, but you can mitigate winter’s affect on your lawn.

  • Add topsoil to low areas of your yard to reduce the impact of ice. Then reseed or sod.
  • If you notice dead turf where you piled shoveled snow, spread out your snow pile next year.
  • To reduce salt damage, apply deicers after you shovel snow, so salt doesn’t seep into your grass. Also, use calcium chloride-based deicers, which do less damage than sodium chloride-based salts.

Related: Season-by-Season Lawn Maintenance Calendar

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Water. Your home's worst enemy!

by Chuck Cady & Associates

Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and the very core that holds your house together. You’ve heard about core strength for your body. Well, water damage hits at the core strength of your house, eventually causing serious structural damage. Damp wood invites termites and carpenter ants; plus, it causes mold and mildew. Here are three easy things to do to that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit.

Clean your gutters.
Direct downspouts 5-10’ away from the house.
Slope your yard away from the foundation.
Check your sump pump once a year.
Test more frequently during storm season.
Repair any noticeable dripping pipes.
Check for dark spots under pipes & on ceilings.
Repair any cracked caulking.
Inspect the roof for missing, loose or damaged shingles.


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