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…

Mortgage rates rise to their highest level in over four years

Are you thinking about buying a home in the near future? Do you need a mortgage loan to finance your purchase? Here’s a trend you should know about. This week, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan rose to its highest level since 2013. This is based on the weekly industry survey conducted…

Buyers, prepare for competition: Homes expected to sell fast in 2018

A recent report showed that homes across the U.S. sold faster than ever during 2017. And experts believe that 2018 could be an even hotter real estate market, due to a chronically low level of homes for sale. So buyers should be prepared for competition. Here’s the big message for home buyers and house hunters…

Coldwell Banker Bain launches ‘Bring Hope Home’ domestic violence initiative

Coldwell Banker Bain real estate brokerage services has launched a new referral initiative, “Bring Hope Home,” to benefit Domestic Violence Housing First. A program facilitated through the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Domestic Violence Housing First approach focuses on getting survivors of domestic violence into stable housing as quickly as possible, and then…

Update: Property on 196th featured in ‘Looking Back’ column now for sale

A property on 196th Street Southwest just east of 76th Avenue West that was the subject of a recent “Looking Back” column for Lynnwood Today is now for sale. According to Paul Krauss, the city of Lynnwood’s Community Development Director, the building was “vacant and deteriorating” for several years, until a proposal to build a church was…

Top 7 mortgage tips for first-time home buyers

The mortgage lending process can be somewhat intimidating, especially for first-time home buyers who’ve never been through it before. There’s so much money on the line, and so many steps along the way. Below, we have assembled a “top-seven” list of mortgage tips for home buyers. Once you finish reading this list, you’ll have a…

Coldwell Banker Bain named a top brokerage in industry rankings

Coldwell Banker Bain has been named a top brokerage in two of the industry’s top national rankings – the 2018 REAL Trends 500 and RISMedia’s Annual Power Broker Report. In the former, CB Bain ranked 16th for volume and 39th for sides, and in the latter ranked 15th with a total sales volume of $6,349,990,203 and 11,809 transactions. The REAL Trends 500 is…