How’s Your Indoor Air Quality?

How’s Your Indoor Air Quality?

Freshly painted walls, gleaming wood floorboards and tightly insulated attics are on many buyers’ wish lists. However, keep in mind that some materials, processes and finishes can make for toxic spaces. Here are some ideas to keep your homes healthy. Read more

Functionality Meets Location in Meadowdale!

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Open House:  November 20, 2016, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Fabulous Meadowdale location with Puget Sound & Olympic vistas; 6 bedrooms & 3552 sq. ft. of functional living space; New plush carpeting & interior designer paint throughout; 2 new high efficiency furnaces; Kitchen with granite countertops & maple cabinetry; Roomy master suite with 2 closets & bay window; 3 cozy fireplaces; Vaulted ceilings & skylights; Private patio & backyard with fruit trees; XL work shop; Loads of storage space; MIL potential with stove & washer/dryer hookup; Quiet cul-de-sac; Close to amenities.  Make this one yours!

 

Moving? Keep Your Identity Safe!

Moving? Keep Your Identity Safe!

For most people, moving is sufficiently stressful, without any complications or threats of crime, but what most people don’t realize is that the possibility of an identity-related crime is high. Few have a clue what sort of supernova, black hole intergalactic terrible might be awaiting them on the other side of that move. Read more

Do I need to have a “For Sale” sign in my yard?

Do I need to have a “For Sale” sign in my yard?

I recently had a request from a seller to not put a “For Sale” sign in their yard as the home was vacant and they didn’t want to attract “lookie-lous”.

The seller must indeed weigh the pros and cons of having a sign in the yard. Certainly, especially in the case of an empty home or in a situation where the sellers may be out of town, security may be a concern.

However, here are some facts to consider when making this decision according to the National Association of REALTORS® 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers:

• The first step taken by home buyers 6% of the time was to drive by homes and neighborhoods.
• 48% of buyers cited that yard signs were a source of information used in the home buying process.
• 91% of buyers indicated a yard sign was a “very useful” (32%) or “somewhat useful” (56%) source of information.
• 9% of buyers ultimately found the home they purchased via a yard or open house sign.
• 6% found the home they ultimately purchased through a friend, relative or neighbor.

2014 = Outdoor Living Spaces = Added Value!

Outdoor Living Areas = Added Value!

Did you know that decks are so in demand that Remodeling Magazine states that for their 2014 cost vs. value study adding a wooden deck (average cost $9,539) will recoup 87.4% of the cost when it comes time to sell? Read more here.

Your backyard is an extension of your home, so why not incorporate this versatile area by designing beautiful outdoor living spaces that will provide a tranquil escape for you and your family and greatly increase the value of your home. The yard is often times the most beautiful area of the home and also the most overlooked. Simple outdoor decorating will help incorporate outside activities into your family’s daily life by creating a cool space away from the television. These living areas can also include lavish amenities such as outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and covered patios to protect you from the hot sun or rain shower. Inexpensive outdoor solar garden lights can even provide soft illumination to your outside living area for evening entertaining. If you want to bring beauty to your outdoor spaces, but are unsure how to design your new sanctuary, click here for ideas for living spaces outside that can transform any drab and desolate yard into a beautiful and functional entertaining backyard living area for any lifestyle.

What are Closing Costs?

What are Closing Costs?

Definition: Closing costs are everything outside of the purchase price that a buyer pays to complete a real estate transaction. For a seller, closing costs are all the fees, except liens or encumbrances, that are deducted from the purchase price.

Fees range from those paid to title, escrow or lawyers; documentary transfer tax; city/county transfer or property taxes; credit reports; appraisal; recording or notary fees; real estate commissions; inspections; loan fees such as points and prepaid interest.

Fees that lenders consider “recurring” are those that are paid again and again such as property taxes or property insurance. Non-recurring fees are those that are paid once.

When a home is sold there are a number of closing costs involved. The costs can be paid by the buyer or the seller or both during the closing. Some closing costs can help you reduce your interest rate and others will contribute to the overall cost of the borrowing which is reflected in the Annual Percentage Rate (APR). Read more

Top 7 ROI Remodels for 2014!

Top 7 ROI Remodels for 2014!

Before you pour your savings into a new kitchen and a rainforest shower for the master, think about whether or not you’ll be able to recoup your investment when it comes time to sell.

If you have equity in your home, you can make improvements, but don’t go over the limit of what other buyers can spend for a home similar to yours in your neighborhood. Read more