It’s today in Seattle. Which means yet another news story, blog post or social media thread about our hot housing market. And not just hot, but red-hot, scorching-hot or hotter-than-a-firecracker hot. No matter how it’s described, the bottom line is always the same: prices are up and inventory is down; buyers are in a frenzy and sellers are in the driver’s seat. Which is why the following is so perplexing.
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’re thinking of selling your home (and it’s a great time to do it), you might think a sign on your lawn is all it will take for a quick and easy sale. True, you may receive offers within days. But proper staging and attention to detail can make a big difference on the bottom line.
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.
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Last spring, for the first time in almost 3 decades, my folks moved. They left the 1960s split-level I grew up in, and moved into a brand new home surrounded by open spaces and friendly neighbors. I'm glad they're in a safer and happier neighborhood! But buying a new construction home was a bit different than your typical existing home real estate transaction.
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.