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Wednesday, April 03, 2019   /   by Amy McLeod

5 Things to Know So Your Septic System Won't Destroy Your Yard—and Everybody Else's

Just because you have a septic system doesn’t mean you need to be an expert on it. But the real septic experts wish you knew at least a few things. And not just for their sake, but for yours. A little knowledge can go a long way toward preventing massively expensive (and massively gross) issues down the line.
We talked with the pros who service septic systems every day to dig up the most important dirt you need to know.
1. Know how your system works (please)
“What you have in your backyard is your very own water disposal plant,” says Kim Seipp, who owns High Plans Sanitation Service, in Strasburg, CO, with her husband. “When you live in the city, [your waste] goes away and you don’t think about it. It goes to a municipal plant and all kinds of great things happen to it. With a septic system, all that happens in your backyard.”
To give you the basics, everything that goes into your tank naturally separates into three layers.
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019   /   by Amy McLeod

1296 Trent Ave N: Beautiful Home in the Desirable Pierce Subdivision!

Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale1296 Trent Ave N, Keizer, OR  97303






This well cared for home in the desirable Pierce subdivision in Keizer OR offers easy living close to it all! Get ready to fall in love with the attention to detail and elegant touches that make this property so special… 4 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, newer flooring on the main floor, new carpet upstairs, recessed lighting, modern fixtures, a two-story foyer, neutral colors and an attached 2 car garage! The formal living/dining room provides a lovely space for entertaining guests and everyday function. Style and utility meet in this beautiful kitchen with newer appliances, an abundance of cabinetry and a large breakfast area with sliding doors to the deck. The connecting family room creates a comfortable atmosphere with a cozy gas fireplace. Keep things organized in the spacious laundry room with cabinetry. Heading upstairs you will find the generously sized master suite with plush carpeti ...

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Monday, April 01, 2019   /   by Amy McLeod

Kitchen Islands With Beds? Indoor Yards? 4 Hot New Home Trends Too Good to Be True

If you're a homeowner who takes pride in staying on top of interior design trends, you've no doubt been busy lately. High-end kitchen island? Check. Living wall in the living room? Sure thing! And you've most certainly got a Chip and Joanna Gaines-inspired farmhouse sink or shiplap lurking somewhere, too.
Sorry to break it to you ... but those trends are très passé. The rest of the world has moved on, and they're decking out their homes with way hipper stuff than that.
Relax, your friends at realtor.com are here to help! Just feast your eyes on four of the hottest, hippest home trends we've seen lately.

Kitchen islands with beds



Kitchen island with bed
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Kitchen islands have been getting bigger and more souped up than ever. This so-called "hub of the home" can now incorporate sinks, ovens, breakfast bars, charging stations, and far more. But let's be honest here: Al ...

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Friday, March 29, 2019   /   by Amy McLeod

Exploring Salem Oregon: Polk County Folk Life

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Embrace the different cultures in the valley with live music, demonstrations, kids’ activities, food, dance performances, and more! $5
Werner University Center
345 Monmouth Ave N
Monmouth, OR 97361
503-623-0809
Event Facebook Page
Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo Credit: travelsalem.com

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Monday, March 25, 2019   /   by Amy McLeod

Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year.
Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. For anyone looking to buy a home in 2019, this can be a great jump start toward a down payment!
The map below shows the average tax refund Americans received last year by state.


Many first-time buyers believe that a 20% down payment is required to qualify for a mortgage. Programs from the Federal Housing Authority, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all allow for down payments as low as 3%. Veterans Affairs Loans allow many veterans to purchase a home with 0% down.
If you started your down payment savings with your tax refund check this year, how close would you be to a 3% ...

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The McLeod Group Network - KW Capital City
Amy McLeod
1900 Hines St SE, Suite 220
Salem, OR 97302
971-208-5093
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110 Wallace Rd. NW
Salem, OR 97304
503-871-4968
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Direct: 503-843-8072
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Finance of America
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Direct: (503) 718-9876
Cell: (503) 551-1115
Fax: (855) 639-2956

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Elizabeth Smith
Caliber Home Loans
elizabeth.smith@caliberhomeloans.com
NMLS# 228191
Cell: 503-910-0415
eFAX: 844-538-4687

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