Home prices continue to drop in Seattle area, including Snohomish County

Home prices are continuing to fall across an unseasonably cool Seattle-area real estate market, with homes that would have been snapped up in an instant just several months ago now sitting unsold, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Friday. The cost of the median single-family house in Snohomish County last month was $492,000,…

Late summer home maintenance checklist

After the dust settles on your summer celebrations, you may notice that your home has begun to show the signs of an active summer – both inside and out. Take the time now to do a few maintenance tasks to keep your home humming through the rest of the summer, and into fall. Keep hot…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five tips for maintaining houseplants

Adding plants to your home will give it a fresher and brighter feel and will also improve your home’s air quality. Although it does take a little bit of work and consistency to maintain your plants,  it’s well worth the effort. Here are a few tips for keeping your plants looking great. 1. Use leftover…

Be sure to check credentials when hiring a professional remodeler

If you’re planning a home remodel, hire a professional remodeler with excellent credentials. According to the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties (MBAKS), the best remodeling results are achieved when qualified remodelers do the work. “Remodeling professionals have training, experience, skills and solid references,” said Joseph Irons, the Washington State Representative for the…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Need-to-knows for buying your first home

Buying your first home can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life, but it can also be a scary and stressful process. To ensure you have a smooth transaction from start to finish, familiarize yourself with the home-buying process, note the tools and resources available to you, and get all…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: The truth about viewing homes online

It’s easy to get sucked into looking at home listing after home listing online, drawn to the stunningly filtered photos of manicured lawns, sharp-looking kitchens, and giant bedrooms. Although this is a great place to begin, it’s important to keep in mind that all may not be as it seems. Here are tips to avoid…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Hot home trends

Ready to mix up your home décor this year? Here are the top five hottest trends homeowners are loving right now! Industrial stylings. From pullies to Edison bulbs to vintage furniture to bare concrete installations, industrial pieces are a favorite among homeowners. Whether they are mixed in among modern décor or used as the theme…

Top five home remodeling projects

Homeowners who are considering — or planning — to stay in their home should know about remodeling projects that increase the home’s usefulness and make it better to live in. A 2017 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey of remodelers has identified the five most common remodeling jobs. Housing market data reveals that small,…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five ways to increase the value of your basement

The basement is usually an afterthought in homes, especially if it’s not already finished when you move in. The lack of natural light compared to the ground floor and above doesn’t always make for the most inviting space. However, there are plenty of ways to improve your basement that will both increase your home’s value…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Simple steps for a better home appraisal

If you’re looking to refinance your home or possibly sell, you’ll need a killer appraisal. A bank will not refinance a home for more than it is worth, and a potential buyer will not pay more than the recognized value of the home. Here are five simple steps for a better home appraisal. Tidy your…

Reminder: Free home maintenance seminar in Lynnwood July 14

Learn how to protect your investment with an overview of home maintenance responsibilities from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Snohomish County. The free seminar will address home inspections, introduction to electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Handling home emergencies will also be covered in this class. The location is Calvary Tabernacle…

Free home maintenance seminar in Lynnwood July 14

Learn how to protect your investment with an overview of home maintenance responsibilities from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Snohomish County. The free seminar will address home inspections, introduction to electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Handling home emergencies will also be covered in this class. The location is Calvary Tabernacle…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: 5 landscaping DIY projects

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features. Whether it’s as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like repotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: 5 must-have tools for homeowners

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic…

Seattle area still leads nation in home price increases

Greater Seattle has now led the nation in home price increases for 20 months in a row, tied for the second-longest streak, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Tuesday. The cost of a single-family home across the metro area grew 13.1 percent in April compared to a year ago, according to the monthly…

Home and real estate weekly: Ideas for accent walls

Publisher’s note: Please enjoy this new weekly feature focused on home and real estate topics. An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project….

5 things buyers should know about home inspections

Home buyers tend to have a lot of questions about home inspections. Are they required? How are they different from appraisals? When does it take place? Here are answers to these and other common questions. 1. Home inspections aren’t required, but they’re worth it. There is no law that says you have to have an…

Habitat for Humanity to hold home buying seminar June 16

Habitat for Humanity will host a home buying seminar on June 16. The talk, titled “Realizing the American Dream,” will discuss how attainable home financing can be, even if you don’t think you can afford it. If you dream of owning your own home, it can become a reality if you set realistic goals, get…

Five reasons to stage your home before buyers visit

Sellers seem to have mixed reactions when they hear the word “staging.” Some go all-in, while others are somewhat resistant to the idea. The more reluctant homeowners ask questions like: Why would anyone bother staging a home before selling it? It sounds like a lot of extra work for me. What do I get out…

How to determine the market value of a home

Home prices in the U.S. have risen more or less steadily over the last few years. In many cities, home values are now at their highest point in history — even higher than the last housing boom. But what determines the “market value” of a home? How do sellers determine their list prices, and how…

5 tips for making an offer in a hot real estate market

Steady demand. Limited supply. That’s what we are seeing in real estate markets across the country right now. Inventory is particularly tight within the lower price ranges. “The starter house is nearly missing in some markets,” according to Jessica Lautz, managing director of survey research and communication for the National Association of Realtors. Of course,…

What income do you need to qualify for a mortgage loan?

When you apply for a home loan, the mortgage lender will conduct a thorough review of your income situation. Income is one of the most important factors to a lender, along with your credit score and debt level. This article answers a common, income-related question that home buyers often ask: How much income is needed…