Time for a Fixer Upper? A Renovation Loan Could Be Right for You

In a busy housing market, it’s easy to feel discouraged when you can’t access a home in your dream neighborhood. Or perhaps you don’t have quite enough buying power to live in that top-rated school district. At Evergreen Home Loans, we know the importance of making a house a home. With that in mind, we…

The Constant Debate – Rent vs. Own

For most potential homebuyers, the debate of when to move from renting to owning is one of the hardest decisions outside FINDING their actual new home. Investing in the purchase of a new home is a big commitment, both on the financial and time scale. But, rent in major metropolitan areas continues to rise putting…

8 Tips for New Homeowners

You’ve moved in and you’re ready to make this new home your own. Before you jump into improvement projects or just simply relax in your new space, make sure you tackle these eight things you should know:   Change the locks. – Play it safe and change the locks on all exterior doors. You don’t…

Escrow to Equity: Home Terms You Should Know

In the process of purchasing a home, and even when you own a home, you’ll hear lots of terms. From amortization to equity and even easements and weather stripping, our team has compiled many of the common home loan and home repair terms you’re likely to run into. Whether you purchased your home 5 months…

7 Quick and Cost-Effective Home Updates

  Does your home need some updates that won’t break the piggy bank or involve a professional contractor? We’ve got 7 quick home updates you can handle often in a weekend or less:   Paint – Think walls, but also your ceilings and some floors. A fresh coat of paint is an easy way to…

Not All Preapprovals are Created Equal

The home loan process can quite often feel like rocket science. There are lots of new terms and quick decisions that can make your head spin. It’s important to work with a company you can trust to be an expert partner who will walk you through the home loan process giving you peace of mind….

Style Updates for 2017

Are you tired of your home décor and ready to give it an update? Soon it will be spring and new life will be popping up all around us, so why not give your home new life and add some of the latest design trends into the mix. At the end of 2016 we took…

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…