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Understanding Energy Ratings for Windows and Doors

Qualifying for the $200-$500 federal tax credit on new windows and doors depends on two measurements, U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient.

 Just because windows or doors are Energy Star-labeled doesn't mean they're eligible for a federal tax credit. And with costs running about $500-$1,000 per window including labor, it's wise to know something about the scientific lingo and numbers on the product labels you're likely to encounter. Here's your pro-level label-decoding guide so you can be sure you're buying qualified products.

Which Labels Matter?  

The two labels you should look for: The U.S. Department of Energy's blue-and-yellow Energy Star label, which specifies the climate zones the

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How To Clean Up After Thanksgiving in Half the Time

The Pilgrims were on to something when they planned a Thanksgiving potluck; here are other good ideas that’ll simplify your T-Day kitchen cleanup.

Want something to be thankful for? Check out these tips that’ll make your Thanksgiving kitchen cleanup faster and easier -- and will give you more time to enjoy family and friends.

Plan a potluck: The first Thanksgiving was a potluck; so let your guests share the fun and bring dishes to share. Then make sure they take home their serving bowls and platters, which will cut down on dishes to wash and put away.

Decide on disposable: Leave Mom’s good dishes in the breakfront and set your table with disposable — and recyclable — place settings. Party stores

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How to Organize Your Refrigerator 

Leftovers gobbling up space in your refrigerator? Here are some tips for keeping things organized, efficient, and tasty.

Dreaming of a clean refrigerator, but not sure how to organize? We’ve got some cool ideas.

Front and center

Give prime fridge space to priority items, says professional organizer Kathi Burns, founder of Add Space to Your Life. 

“If you want leftovers to be eaten, keep them front and center on the middle rack, at eye level,” says Burns. “That goes for healthy snacks, too. If you have leftovers, don’t cram them in the back.”

For large food items, slice and store in several containers, says professional organizer Abbey Claire Keusch. If your refrigerator has adjustable shelves, you can move them

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Ellis Cameron

  • Email:  Ellis@TheCascadeTeam.com
  • Cell:  253.347.2444
  • Office:  253.336.8251

We are happy to welcome Ellis Cameron to The Cascade Team! Ellis transferred to us from Home and Equity Real Estate and will be joining our Tacoma Office.

We are very excited to have Ellis on www.TheCascadeTeam.com and look forward to seeing his success!

 

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Cascade Team Real Estate agents are proactive in serving their customers, studying the market and touring homes, so they can provide the most accurate housing market data for their you their client. This helps you better understand the competitive environment, pricing strategies and provides an edge in the negotiation process.  Our goal is to always meet

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9 Ways To Avoid Gobbling Up Energy on Thanksgiving 

Wasting energy on Thanksgiving? Don’t be a turkey. 

A few days before Thanksgiving

1. Install a dimmer switch for the dining room chandelier. Every time you dim a bulb’s brightness by 10%, you’ll double the bulb’s lifespan. Most CFLs don’t work with dimmers, but you can create mood lighting with incandescents and LEDs. The dimmer switch will cost you about $10.

2. Plan side dishes that can cook simultaneously with the turkey. If you cook dishes at the same temperature at the same time, you’ll reduce the amount of time the oven has to be running — it’s easier for the cook and saves energy, too.

When you start cooking

3. Lower your house thermostat a few degrees. The oven will keep the house warm.

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Ken Bussey

  • Email:  Ken@TheCascadeTeam.com
  • Cell:  206-471-0002
  • Office:  425-313-4752
  • Fax: 425-996-9520

We are happy to welcome Ken Bussey to The Cascade Team! 

Kenneth Bussey brings a unique East-meets-West resource to the greater Seattle area real estate market. His clients and colleagues alike, value his talent for relating to and facilitating clientele who seek the sophistication of fine properties, for which The Cascade Team Real Estate & the luxury arm TCT Premiere is renowned. 

Kenneth Bussey's versatility and drive is also an asset for his clients. In addition to his thrill for representing multi-million-dollar properties, he offers a charismatic demeanor and stress-free experience. As a family man himself, he enjoys

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We are happy to announce that Diego Vitelli has just passed his Managing Broker’s test!

For those of you who don’t know, Diego was one of the first agents with The Cascade Team, joining in 2006. 

We are very excited for this next step in his career!

Great job Diego!!

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What Agents Must Know in Today's Market

Another great 3 clock hour class, instructor led course is designed to offer the student an in-depth analysis of the purchase and sale agreement and HUD statement, and will cover concerns faced in today's market including additional addendums needed, increased seller and buyer stress levels, utility and sewer capacity charge issues and financing conundrums. We will also cover the new challenges faced in clearing title.

 

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