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REMODEL, RESOURCES

Launching a Remodel

COUNTERS & FAUCETS & FRIDGES, OH MY! Bye-bye, laminate I love the little kitchen in my 1926 co-op apartment, and I’ve successfully hosted 12-person dinner parties from there (in the “before times"...

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Home Maintenance

By Eva Conner | January 10, 2022

Annual home maintenance calendar Vendors – who to call in Seattle Typical costs for local home maintenance services Appliance lifespans Stories – coming soon Home organizing resources Safety & emergency planning Homeowner’s insurance Additional resources Estate sale & home clean-out services Thumbtack    

Home Upgrades

By Eva Conner | January 10, 2022

  Cost vs. Value – Deciding what improvements are worth your time & money Vendor resources Average costs for local services Seattle-specific upgrade information: Oil tank remediation/removal Earthquake retrofitting Drainage Heat pumps & HVAC Solar panels How to shop for contractors Ways to pay for upgrades HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) Home Equity Loan […]

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Money & Market

By Eva Conner | January 10, 2022

Current market statistics Seattle/King County Fannie/Freddy “conforming loan” limits Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Guide to Getting a Home Loan City of Seattle Short-term Rental Regulations Keeping Current Matters – national real estate statistics/information Matthew Gardner – local economic outlook Refinancing resources

Seattle Guide

By Eva Conner | January 10, 2022

About Seattle…   City resources “Newcomer’s Guide” to Seattle Zoning map Permit & property records – search for nearby development or past remodel permits ADUniverse for backyard cottage/accessory unit research Seattle history Seattle Archives Museum of History and Industry Black Past in Seattle Historic Seattle – preserving and repurposing older buildings   Seattle neighborhoods

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Ten simple ways to increase curb appeal

By Eva Conner | January 6, 2022

You’ve seen lists of easy upgrades in magazines and good ol’ HGTV. But there are some accessible tips and tricks specific to the Seattle market that you should know, whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or just want to spruce it up without breaking the bank! My top 10 curb appeal tricks: Add […]

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Always a good time for emergency prep!

By Eva Conner | January 4, 2022

Whether you’re feeling anxious after watching a disaster unfold in another part of the country/world or you’ve just experienced a crisis yourself, you suddenly feel more motivated to get that disaster plan and resources assembled! So where to start? Run through the disaster preparedness checklists from a place like Good Housekeeping or Ready.gov. Connect to […]

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November 2021 Market Update

By Eva Conner | November 16, 2021

Taking the temperature Following on last month’s graph, we can see that sale price versus list price %—rather than starting to dive precipitously from September to October—stayed about steady this fall. Don’t let that mislead you, though: While there are still wildly competitive homes going under contract (16 offers last week on a house in […]

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Own-to-Rent

By Eva Conner | November 16, 2021

Rather than the typical “move-up” buyer of the past, who sold their previous home upon buying a larger one, these days many Seattle-ites [who can afford it] are instead turning their first home into a rental. There’s a LOT to keep in mind, however, when making the change—including regulations on short-term rentals, the city’s RRIO program, and current […]

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By Eva Conner | November 10, 2021

I look forward to sharing more info with you in the new year…stay tuned.