Looking Ahead – Housing in 2017

Home values and demand for housing continued to pick up in 2016, as many individuals impacted by the Great Recession felt they were finally in a place to buy or sell a home. Looking forward to next year, here are a few items that may impact the direction of housing in 2017:   Look to…

Behind the Scenes: Puget Sound Business Journal Highlights Evergreen’s Organizational Health

When Evergreen Home Loans started in a small office in West Seattle in 1987, our goal was simple: transform the home loan lending industry. The Puget Sound Business Journal (subscription required) recently covered our progress and our growth toward that goal. Today, Evergreen has 650 associates across 50 branch and satellite offices in six western…

Getting Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests

Nothing says it’s the holiday season like a home full of loved ones. While being surrounded by your family and friends is what makes the holidays extra special, having house guests brings with it a lot of hard work. By planning ahead and taking care of household tasks now, you’ll be sure to have a…

Halloween Home Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting time of year, especially for homeowners who have the opportunity to decorate their homes and host festive gatherings. Now that you’ve carved your pumpkins and assembled your costumes, it’s time to ensure your home is set up for Halloween safety.  With little goblins running around, you’ll want to make certain your…

Fall Home Care Checklist

The leaves are turning and fall festivities are in full swing.  It is an easy time to forget about important home maintenance. Be sure to tackle the following chores before the days get shorter and the busy holiday season begins. Clean and store your lawn furniture, tools and hoses. Winterize any gas-powered lawn equipment and…

Shopping Around for a Home Loan

Should you Shop Around for your Home Loan? While you may be excited to start shopping for homes, finding a lender and becoming preapproved is an essential beginning to the home buying process. While you want to lock down your preapproval, it’s important that you find the right lender. According to the CFPB (Consumer Financial…

What You Need to Know about Mortgage Insurance Removal

What You Need to Know about Mortgage Insurance Removal * When it comes to mortgage insurance (MI), homeowners typically have questions. Your mortgage professional can address these questions in greater detail, but the below should assist you in understanding the basics. Q: What is monthly mortgage insurance (MI)? A: MI is designed to compensate the…

Juggling Act: How to Buy and Sell a Home

Buying a home when you don’t already have a home is one thing. Buying a home when you already have a home can feel like juggling a set of flaming torches: Addressing the three key questions below can help you get organized upfront and plan a smoother path through the process. What’s your price? Have…

Creating a Great Place to Work

Don Burton

At Evergreen, our mission is to deliver on time as promised® while creating a “WOW” experience for our customers and our family of associates.  The center of that mission is a strong culture that is a product of our dedicated team of associates. In recent months, we’ve received a series of best place to work…

7 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

As a first-time homebuyer it’s hard to know where and how to begin your home search. There are often many questions or unfamiliar terms that will be thrown at you during the search. At Evergreen Home Loans we pride ourselves on providing education to our clients to equip them with everything they need. We want…