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Home Search Mobile App - Utilizing Augmented Realty!

by Tri Star Team


•  Augmented Reality or the “Spot” tool  will  pull listings within a 1mile radius of your current location using the Augmented Reality feature! 

•  Interactive Map Search

•  MLS Property Number Search

•  Address Search

•  Open House Search

•  Property Highlights

•  Mortgage Calculator

•  Access to a variety of tools

•  TRI STAR Team information appears throughout the app for quick access to call, email, or message about your favorite properties!

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After over a decade of use by both our clients and community organizations/non profits alike, our moving Truck finally got a new look! 

Our team is committed to making your property buying and/or selling experience as enjoyable as possible.  That is why we offer our moving Truck to use FREE of charge when you buy or sell a home through us!

It is a full size, fully equipped moving Truck available on a first come first serve basis. Learn more about our moving truck here.

Our Truck has been used by some of the following programs:

• Ballard Jazz Festival

• Richmond Beach Strawberry Festival

• Hazel Wolf School

• Syre Elementary School

• Purrfect Pals

• Richmond Beach Association Halloween Carnival

• Phinney Ridge Food Bank

*This Truck is FREE to use for local Non-Profits and our Clients.

The beginning of the year is a great time to finalize home improvement plans.  If you are hiring a contractor or other professional, getting your bids and contracts in place now will save you from competing with the rush of other homeowners come Spring.  Often overlooked is the fact that contractors book up well in advance!

According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report, the following midrange projects will net you some of the highest Return on Investment (ROI) in our area.    


Average Cost

Resale Value

Cost Recouped

Basement Remodel




Deck Addition (wood)




Minor Kitchen Remodel





When deciding which upgrades to ultimately make, be sure it will fit your needs and you will get the best use out of your home.  You want to be comfortable with the potential ROI you may receive from upgrades because ultimately many upgrades will not entirely recoup their initial cost upon sale.

“© 2017 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling 2017 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at”

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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