Thinking of moving to the Pacific Northwest? You're not alone. In 2017, Seattle and Portland were the 1st and 3rd most popular cities for relocating residents*. With bustling economies, a diverse variety of cuisine, and endless recreation possibilities, it's no wonder. But how do you choose the perfect neighborhood in these big cities?
Dreams of home ownership are often sparked by major life events, including college graduation, marriage, children, and retirement. The need for space, comfort, convenience, tax breaks and the satisfaction of being a homeowner spurs many renters into buying. And surprise! Dog owners are driving the buying trend.
For years, granite has been king of countertops. Homeowners pass huge slabs of gorgeous stone in hardware stores, enticed to spend big bucks on their remodel. Buyers shopping for a new home marvel at stone countertops in a freshly-updated kitchen. Granite is lustrous, durable and each piece is unique. It’s also a pricey update. So, what do you do if you want to make a statement in your kitchen without breaking the bank?
Whether you just bought your first home (congratulations!) or you’ve been settled in your humble abode for several years, it’s important to think about how you’re protecting your property. In an ideal world, nothing would ever happen to threaten the safety of your life and loved ones in your home. But there’s no harm in being prepared!
If you watch HGTV, you’ve seen them popping up everywhere: tiny houses, often mobile, perfectly sized for a simple and more affordable lifestyle. They’re easier to maintain and give owners the option of taking home on the road. Many current homeowners are interested in the tiny house movement. So why aren’t we seeing more of them?
Why do homes sell? Is it because of location? Price? Architectural style? Surely these all come into play, but more than anything else, homes sell because buyers fall in love with them. And love, generally, has little to do with location, money or architecture. People buy homes with their hearts. It’s an emotional thing.
I’ve been using the same tax accountant for about 15 years now and I always try to meet with her early enough to avoid the last-minute rush to April 15. This year, after we exchanged the usual pleasantries and I handed over the usual suspects – my W2s, charity receipts, car tab bill, etc. – she began the annual inquisition: “Did you buy a new car? Did you refinance? Did you do any remodeling?”
Once, a Jetsons kind of life seemed like a pipe dream, the stuff of cartoons. Well, even pipe dreams come true. Though we’re not yet zipping through the sky to commute to and from work, today’s smart home technology is making many of our daily commutes more than just a way home. Example:
Owning a home gives you a place to make your own, and a place to feel safe with your family. It also gives you more tax deductions! But it's a big responsibility and requires regular maintenance. Some items need attention every couple of weeks (depending on the season). Other things so seldom need a checkup we tend to forget about them; like the water heater.