During your home search, you probably found some listings marked as foreclosure or short sale.
As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on financially. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a brief overview. Continue reading
Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you’re just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of home ownership. Some of them are one-time expenses that you’ll pay during the home buying process, while others will be recurring costs for as long as you own the home. Continue reading
The kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re choosing materials for a kitchen remodel. Continue reading
Selling your home can be very overwhelming and stressful, even if you’re not in a hurry to sell and move out. There are few very important steps to take before listing your home. Continue reading
Spring is around the corner, and in a few weeks we’ll see the nature waking up from winter nap. This means it’s time to clean our garden tools from cobwebs and dust, and start planning. We want to boost curb appeal, and also make our backyards more enjoyable. Landscape is very important factor in home sale, and can add 15% to home value. Our front yards are first impression of our home, and that should be taken seriously. Nice landscaping can speed the sale process for as much as 6 weeks.
Chinese proverb says “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden”. Many studies over the years have shown that gardening reduces stress, and that’s a nice perk in today’s busy lifestyle. Increasing home value and reducing stress is a win-win in my book. Continue reading
There are numerous ways to increase one’s home value, from budget friendly, few hours long projects to gut-everything-down jobs. Even simple projects can make home and yard look great and more appealing to the buyers, and even if you don’t plan on selling your home soon it still feels nice to live in a well maintained space. Continue reading
In every real estate transaction there are some typical expenses and fees that involved parties are paying for. Even if you never bought or sold a home before, you probably heard about Real Estate commission, Appraisal, Excise tax etc. If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’re probably wondering what additional expenses you’re going to be responsible for aside from mortgage. Continue reading
We’re already couple of weeks into the winter season, and winterizing is usually done in the fall, but it’s still useful to go over the maintenance tasks in case we missed something. We can easily get sidetracked with work, holidays, family time etc, and we all know how time flies. Before we know it, it’ll be time for spring cleaning. Continue reading
Eastside is the area east of Lake Washington, and is comprised of several cities that are part of Seattle Metro area. Continue reading