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Digital Meeting Backgrounds from Luxury Model Homes

Categories: American Classic News, Lifestyle, Model Home | Posted: October 13, 2020

If you’re still looking for the perfect zoom meeting background we have a new option for you, straight from our luxury model home in Seattle, Washington! Our recently staged Madison Park home sold as soon as it hit the market. It had an amazing office that we want to share with you for you to use as a digital meeting background.

The professional office background for you to download:

 

With Interest Rates Lower Than Ever, It’s a Good Time to Be A Buyer

Categories: American Classic News | Posted: October 22, 2019

If you’re in the market for a new home, even just casually looking, you’re in luck. Right now, interest rates are incredibly low, which means you might be able to afford more home than you think. In fact, rates just a few years ago were double what they are today – which is 3.75% for a 30-year fixed rate as of October 24th. 

In other words, if you’re looking to purchase property in the next few months, it’s good to be you. 

How Interest Rates Affect the Buying Process 

You may not realize how much purchasing power you have right now with such low mortgage interest rates. These rates affect your monthly payment, so you could conceivably increase your home price range without paying more if rates were higher. 

Let’s look at an example: 

A buyer who secures a 3.75% mortgage rate (today’s current interest rate) could have the same monthly payment on a $450,000 home as someone who locked in a rate of 4.75% would spend on a $400,000 home. The lower the interest rate you can secure, the more home you can afford. 

Today’s buyers can afford more home for the same monthly payments. You can extend these numbers to larger, more expensive homes depending on your budget. 

What You Can Do to Take Advantage of Low Rates 

Use today’s low-interest rates to your advantage for opting for a fixed-rate mortgage, rather than a lower interest adjustable-rate mortgage. Though an adjustable-rate mortgage may save you money right now in the form of lower monthly payments, it might come back to haunt you in the future. If interest rates increase over the next few years, your rate on that mortgage will increase right along with it. 

That uncertainty makes long-term financial planning difficult. By going for a fixed-rate mortgage, you can lock in today’s lower interest rates for the entirety of your loan. 

Don’t Miss Out on Historically-Low Interest Rates! 

If you’re considering buying a new home, now’s the time to do it. You can go beyond your expected price range without paying higher monthly payments if you can lock in a number like today’s rate. The market might be cooling down as we head into November, but don’t let that stop you. Lower interest rates help home buyers like you get more bang for their buck. 

Foxwoods Broker’s Open : Friday, Sept. 6th from 11am – 3pm

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Model Home, Newcastle | Posted: September 3, 2019

All Brokers are welcome to stop in and enjoy some tasty treats, drinks, and learn more about the amazing Foxwoods community this Friday!

When:

Friday, September 6th from 11am – 3pm

Where:

Foxwoods Model Home, Homesite #01,

11592 SE 82nd St, Newcastle, WA 98056

 

Foxwoods features a collection of 16 brand new single-family homes located in the beautiful city of Newcastle. This beautiful community offers six distinctive home plans ranging from approximately 3,664 – 4,450 square feet that offer features such as sleek open kitchens, main level guest bedrooms, private dens, large bonus rooms, remarkable great rooms, spa-inspired master ensuites, and more!

The fast selling and highly sought-after homes feature elegant and timeless details and beautiful interiors with touches like generously sized kitchen islands, convenient smart home technology, and included high-end finishes that you won’t find at other builders. To learn more contact Summer at 206.966.6594 or visit the Foxwoods community page here.

To view all currently available homes at Foxwoods please visit the Foxwoods Available Home’s Page here.

 

Directions To Foxwoods:

From I-405 S

  • Take I-405 S to NE 44th St in Renton. Take exit 7 from I-405 S
  • Take exit 7 for Northeast 44th Street
  • Take SE 76th St to 116th Ave SE in Newcastle
  • Turn left onto NE 44th St
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Lake Washington Blvd NE
  • Turn right onto SE 76th St
  • Turn right onto 116th Ave SE
  • Foxwoods will be on your right

From I-405 N

  • Take exit 7 for Northeast 44th Street
  • Continue straight onto Lake Washington Blvd NE
  • Turn right onto SE 76th St
  • Turn right onto 116th Ave SE
  • Foxwoods will be on your right

The Fourth of July Seattle Style

Categories: American Classic News, Lifestyle, Renton, Seattle | Posted: July 1, 2019

The Fourth of July is one of the best American holidays. This celebration of freedom couldn’t come at a better time of the year. The beginning of July in the Pacific Northwest already feels like a frenzy of freedom, the days are long, the sun is out, and the temperatures rise to a scorching 80 degrees. Fire up the kayaks and paddle boards and hit the lakes, it’s time to celebrate!

Firework displays explode in the sky all over the Puget Sound on the Fourth, so if you don’t want to brave the crowds at Lake Union, you have loads of other options. A bonus is that almost all of them are free to enter and you can bring a picnic, don’t forget the sunscreen. Most cities in King County ban fireworks, but if you’re interested in setting them off yourself check here for individual city codes and restrictions, here for an all-encompassing list of laws and regulations.

Uncorked Canvas in West Seattle, on July 3, kick off Independence Day Eve by grabbing a few friends and heading West to Uncorked Canvas. You can create your own fireworks explosions above the Space Needle. These you’ll be able to keep forever on canvas while you feed your inner artist. Maybe you’ll decide that you love painting, and this is just the beginning. Sign up soon; spaces are limited.

Seafair Summer 4th at Gasworks Park 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. & South Lake Union Park, 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Join thousands of other firework revelers for a show that was voted one of the best in the country, starting at 10:00 p.m. It’s the largest festival in Seattle every year. Check the link for the complete schedule of events; both parks will have live music, food, and beer gardens all day. Come ready to hang out on the grass with incredible views on the lake.

Bellevue Family Fourth located at the Bellevue Connection, this event is kicking off bright and early at 9:00 a.m. with a fun, Four on the 4th 4k dog and human walk or jog. After the event stick around for a doggie costume contest. Bouncy houses, children’s activities, food and live music and fireworks starting at 10:00 p.m. the Bellevue Youth Symphony orchestra will serenade crowds throughout the show and after for a post-show set.

4th of July Seatac at Angle Lake Park, swimming is open for the fourth this year, a spray park, kids bounce houses and live music starts at 1:00 p.m. and runs all day long until the fireworks start at 10:00 p.m.

4th of July Renton located at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, events begin at 8:00 a.m. for an all-day sand volleyball tournament. Kid’s activity zones, live music, and an onstage dance performance will entertain guests for over 12 hours of fun culminating in a 10:00 p.m. fireworks show for almost a full half hour.

An Edmonds kind of Fourth, kick off the day with a 5k or 1k family-friendly fun run/ walk and chase (a pretend) George Bracket, the founder of Edmonds through the streets. He’ll be the one with the big white beard. A competition scheduled after the run will have a winner for the best 4th of July costume.

Stay for a children’s and family parade, a beard and mustache contest with natural and anything goes category for anyone to participate, even if you can’t naturally grow a beard or mustache. The fireworks show will begin at 10:00 p.m.

Fourth on the Lake in Newcastle at Lake Boren Park, a low key, Newcastle type party begins at 6:00 p.m. the park will fill up with food vendors and residents. Pyrotechnicians will be onstage to answer all of your burning questions, starting at 6:30 p.m. The question and answer session will be followed by live music at 8:00 and fireworks at 10:00 p.m.

*A caring reminder; firework explosions are scary for your sweet furry friends, and more dogs and cats go missing during the 4th of July than any other day.

Keep pets closed up in an interior room or basement. A crate is a perfect space to put your dog or cat with lots of soft padding inside, drape blankets outside to absorb the noise with space for air. Set the crate in a cool back corner or basement, a fan, and radio in the background will help to drown out the booms and keep the air circulating and your pet cool.

Add your dog or cat’s favorite toy and treats, something to keep them occupied and distracted. Kongs stuffed with peanut butter, and dog treat puzzles are great to keep their minds off the noise. Lastly, thundershirts come recommended by vets, especially for dogs and cats with anxiety; it’s like a tight, secure hug that helps animals feel safe and calm.

Happy Fourth of July to you, your families and your furry friends!

 

8 Seattle and Renton Art Street Fairs You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Lifestyle, Renton, Seattle | Posted: June 19, 2019

The sun is shining, and city calendars are overflowing with activities. Farmer’s markets, festivals, parades, and beer gardens are brimming all over the Seattle area.

There is so much to celebrate, blue skies, perfect weather, a sparkling Lake Washington and a market filled with creative, talented makers from around the country. Pull on your favorite summer outfit, grab some friends, and peruse the artsy side of the city.

 

Seattle:

  • Celebrate the First Thursday of every month except July in Occidental Square. Located just inland off of Pier 48 in where the ivy hangs thickly off of red brick buildings and the cruise ships drop thousands of passengers off flooding the streets with happy travelers. This lovely outdoor square is covered with overarching London Plane trees creating a beautiful shaded canopy overhead. Concrete ping pong tables will keep your kids happy while you shop. Every First Thursday from April through October except for in July, 55 of Seattle’s artisans set up booths here from 12-9:00 p.m., it has an atmosphere like a European market under the trees.
  • Art on the Rocks at the Bar Shoppe and Lounge is a neighboring event, and it’s also on the First Thursday of every month. Hit up the market then wander over to Art on the Rocks in Pioneer Square. They house a monthly art show with local artists who set up across three rooms inside the bar. You can enjoy craft cocktails and a DJ with no cover charge. If you haven’t yet discovered this venue you should give it a shot, it’s really cool. The bartenders are masters at their craft and are happy to customize drinks on the spot with only your preferences to go off. Take a look at their Facebook page; they’re beverage artists.
  • The Full Moon Market June 8 & 9, July 20 & 21, August 24 & 25, September 21 & 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you like modern jewelry, bohemian designs and clean, trendy looks this market is for you. Located in the Stumptown Coffee Roasters building downtown, a team of Pacific Northwest makers creates a fresh exchange of products that look like they leaped off a modern, stylish Pinterest board.
  • The SODO Flea Market located at the Epic Antique parking lot at 3701 7th Ave South takes place the second and last Saturdays of every month. Enjoy free parking at this event where you’ll find vintage and antique furniture from stylish local vendors. The SODO Flea Market was recognized as one of the best flea markets in the country. Don’t be fooled by the title; they house vendors selling more than the typical flea market finds. You’ll find products here like, handmade jewelry, dyed textiles, ceramics, vintage clothing, housewares, and even fresh cut flowers. Food and coffee trucks will keep you fueled up for the hunt.
  • Urban Craft Uprising 2019 Summer Show on June 22 & 23, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This is one of Seattle’s largest craft shows, it’s held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. People line up around the block to be one of the first ones in for this event. The whole family is welcome. Hopefully, you’ll leave with ambitions and creative ideas flooding your head for potential projects.
  • Urban Craft Market and The Seattle Street Food Festival held on July 6 & 7, Fourth of July weekend, a marriage of two of the best festivals ever have combined forces to drain your pocketbook and make your home awesome. A massive celebration of makers, artists, and chefs are working together to create this fabulous downtown festival located at 217 9th Avenue in Seattle. Bring the family; there will be something here for everyone.

 

Renton:

  • Rummage Sale July 20, from 3-9:00 p.m. Located at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Come treasure hunt to find that perfect something you’ve been looking for to complete your home décor or a rare vintage cameo necklace. You never know what to expect at this annual event. The best part is, it doesn’t start until three o’clock in the afternoon. For those of you who never make it to early morning garage sales, this one’s for you.
  • Summerfest July 20, in the Piazza Park, Renton is celebrating summer alongside the Rummage Sale. Live music, an art exhibit, and food trucks will be open for business downtown. A beer garden will keep the adults happy, and the evening will end with an open-air movie in the park.

 

Meeting so many artists and crafters might inspire you to create something wonderful. Come and visit If not for the artists, for the food trucks, culinary inspiration is great too.