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Thursday, December 14, 2017   /   by Christine Robertson

3 Winter Projects to Help Your Home This Winter

Winterizing your home can pay for itself and then some. It can help you save money on costly repairs. The right project could save you money directly in the form of lower utility bills. The right winterization project could significantly increase the resale value of your home.

"The right winterization project could significantly increase the resale value of your home."

But here's the thing: Not all winterization projects are equally valuable. That's why I've collected the top three projects that stand out in terms of the return they will give on your investment.

1. Insulation. Each year, Remodeling magazine releases its Cost vs. Value Report for various home upgrades. This year, only one project had an ROI of over 100% and that was fiberglass insulation. If you add insulation tomorrow and decide to sell your home right after, you can expect that you will be able to sell for a premium. Even if you aren't selling your home just yet, then the improved insulation wil ...

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017   /   by Christine Robertson

What Do You Think of My New Book?

I can’t believe it! My book is the No. 1 new release on Amazon! Click here to get your copy

I am so excited to share some awesome news with you today. My new book is the No. 1 new release in the “buying and selling homes” section on Amazon! I am super excited about it, and you should be too. My new book, “Shortchanged by Shortcuts?” is also available for a limited time for 99 cents on Kindle and $5.85 in paperback.
I lowered the price because I want all of you to be able to have a chance to read it. Who is this book for? It’s for smart people who want to get smarter and wealthier when they buy or sell a home. Are you a smart person? Do you want more money? Are you thinking about buying or selling your home in the near future? If you answered yes, this book is for you.

Even if you aren’t thinking about buying or selling a home yourself in the near future, you probably know somebody who is. For just 99 cents, this would make a ...

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Monday, October 23, 2017   /   by Christine Robertson

The Amazing Story of the Burton Inn

Check out this great interview with Deborah Kohler, who tells the amazing story of how she came to own the Burton Inn, and found the restaurant Lucy’s Table.

Today, I interviewed Deborah Kohler from the Burton Inn at her beautiful space on Vashon Island. She bought the inn last year and started a restaurant called Lucy’s Table. Deborah is a graduate of culinary school, and her food is fabulous. Check out the interview!

Aaron: Tell me about how you came to buy the inn, and how Lucy’s Table came about.

I was a mortgage banker for over 30 years. I started when I was in my late teens and early 20s as a receptionist and had a beautiful, lovely, and wonderful career in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2006, some things started happening in the industry that I wasn’t supportive of, so I sold my home in the San Francisco Bay area and moved to Southern California, where I went to culinary school.

It was time to do something different, and it was an aw ...

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Thursday, October 12, 2017   /   by Christine Robertson

The True Story of a Local Artisan's Journey in Brewing

Today I’m excited to be joined by a special guest, Cliff Goodman. Cliff is the proprietor of Vashon Brewing. He’s a great businessman and an even better brewer, so I wanted to take a chance to talk with him about what he does, how he got started, and his future plans.

Cliff got started homebrewing decades ago, doing it on and off for years. About seven years ago, his wife asked if he would be interested in selling some of his beer at an auction she was helping to host. He agreed, and his beer sold very well.

A lot of people told him afterwards that they were disappointed about not being able to try his beer, since it sold out so quickly. On top of that, the people who did win the beer absolutely loved it.

"I encourage you to attend the Vashon Brewing Community Pub Preview Party. Click here to RSVP."

At that time, Cliff was ready for a change in his career. He had a degree in business administration and had been working as an accountant in S ...

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017   /   by Christine Robertson

Is Seattle in a Bubble? Part II

This is a continuation of my last video, where we just scratch the surface of what’s going on with our real estate market.

Welcome to Part II of “Are We in a Real Estate Bubble?”. This is a continuation of my last video, where we just scratch the surface of what’s going on with our real estate market. Today, we’re going to dig a little deeper. You’ll have to bear with me for this video- it’s a bit longer. That’s how it is.

Before I really dig deep, I should let you know that my previous caveat still holds true. If you’re looking for “The Answer”, you’re not going to find it. There is no straight answer to this question, and it’s a mistake to believe that there is one. You’re not going to know if and when we’re at a peak in our market. You’re never going to know because it’s not possible to know. The only thing that you can be confident in is that you don’t know- and tha ...

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