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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

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 […]

All about that egress

By Eva Conner | October 5, 2021

THE WAY OUT Code requirements for egress An egress window is large enough for entry or exit in case of an emergency. If you’re finishing a basement or adding a bedroom, you may want to take into account the building code for both safety and resale value. Does that mean a basement bedroom without an “egress-able” window […]

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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

Seasonal Maintenance – Fall 2022

By Eva Conner | September 16, 2022

We’re back after a bit of a break-and, at your request, consolidating into seasonal maintenance reminders so you can tackle it in one big transition push! This Fall, it’s all about relatively easy indoor tasks that have a big impact on comfort and quality of life. So don’t delay… PRO RECOMMENDATIONS HVAC SERVICE Innovative Comfort […]

Monthly Maintenance – May 2022

By Eva Conner | May 4, 2022

Sun! No, rain & hail! Wait, sun again! Yes, April in Seattle is…an adventure. But if you can catch a weather break, get cracking on those small outdoor tasks/checks that will keep your home from hiding bigger issues down the line. PRO RECOMMENDATIONS LANDSCAPING & LAWN CARE Terra Nova Landscaping – call Susan Iconic Landscaping […]

Monthly Maintenance – April 2022

By Eva Conner | April 5, 2022

Sun! No, rain & hail! Wait, sun again! Yes, April in Seattle is…an adventure. But if you can catch a weather break, get cracking on those small outdoor tasks/checks that will keep your home from hiding bigger issues down the line. PRO RECOMMENDATIONS LANDSCAPING & LAWN CARE Terra Nova Landscaping – call Susan Iconic Landscaping […]

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Home Upgrades

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 […]

All about that egress

October 5, 2021

THE WAY OUT Code requirements for egress An egress window is large enough for entry or exit in case of an emergency. If you’re finishing a basement or adding a bedroom, you may want to take into account the building code for both safety and resale value. Does that mean a basement bedroom without an “egress-able” window […]

The Skipper–or, great things in our city

February 14, 2019

When it’s miserable outside or the headlines are bleak, it’s easy to forget that there are inspiring people doing amazing things in Seattle. And then there are folks who are just out to create some joy… I was walking during Snowmageddon a few days ago and spotted The Skipper–a little slippery slush couldn’t steal the […]

November 2021 Market Update

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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