Monday, February 17, 2020 / by Dixie Simon
Good Morning Spokane,
Can you believe this weather? My rose bushes are so confused. I am worried that when we get more winter, they may get damaged. I have a young Dogwood tree as well that is already thinking SPRING. Yikes. My Grandbaby (4) asked me yesterday “Do you remember your boat?” She is ready to fish, and I think she and I are on the same page-fair weather fishermen. I
have a hard time believing we are out of the woods for winter just yet.
Having said all this, it has been a nice winter for showing homes. Sellers have been scarce somewhat in coming to the table. I believe we have been programmed to think that as a seller, “I should wait until spring”. This is a misconception in our market today. Because everyone is trained to think this way, what happens is every Seller comes to the table at the same time in Spring bringing more competition to (not for) your home. When there are fewer homes out there to choose fr ...
Thursday, January 16, 2020 / by Kylene Emery
If you’ve only ever rented before, the necessity of a home warranty may be unknown to you. As a renter, you are used to a landlord who will fix any issues you run into - but that all changes when you become a homeowner. Now, when a water heater breaks or the fridge starts to leak on the new floors in the kitchen, there is no landlord to call. So what do you do now? You may have a friend or family member who can handle the smaller fixes, but when it comes to the big issues that will end up emptying your pockets, a home warranty can save the day.
A home warranty is similar to insurance, as it covers some or all of the costs of replacements or repairs when a system in your home malfunctions or stops working altogether. They range in annual costs of $300-$600 and remove the middle man in the fixing process. Instead of finding someone to fix an issue, you will directly contact your warranty provider and they will set up the repair or replacement with the appropriate vendors. Your pre ...
Monday, January 13, 2020 / by Kylene Emery
While house hunting in the winter was never really a thing of the past, today’s culture keeps things going year-round - which means finding a home can be done at any time of the year. While exploring in the cold might be your focus or concern, house-hunting in less-than-ideal conditions can show you things you can’t always see on a warm, sunny day. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to find a house can call home.
Winter Weather Can Help You See Hidden Flaws
Even if you don’t love the cold and snowy weather, it can help you see household flaws that you may not see in the warmth of summer. Maybe the windows are drafty or there is a major loss in privacy when the trees are bare from the cold. It will also help you to love your home for its’ bones, and only love it more when warmer seasons arrive bringing flowers, grass, and colorful foliage.
Photos Can Help Fill In The Blanks
It can be hard to picture what a poolside oasis looks like when it is cov ...
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 / by Ariadne Gold
We did it! We made it through the holidays! Now it’s a new year, which means changes in the Real Estate market.
In the month of December, there were 347 new listings (all of these stats are for single family homes in Spokane county, under one acre.) In December of 2018 there were 304 new listings, which shows that our current market is still strong! I think this has a lot to do with the lack of snow. Once there is snow on the ground that actually sticks, the market may stall for a bit. 619 listings sold in the last month, and the average sale price was $294,000 (the average sale price for December of 2018 was $245,000!)
The sale price versus list price ratio was 99.37% versus 99.56% in December of 2018, so not much of a change there. The average days on market was 28, versus 44 in December 2018 so you can see that homes are being sold much quicker than last year.
The average list price of properties that did not sell was $32 ...
Friday, December 20, 2019 / by Ariadne Gold
Popular home features are constantly changing. Remember in the sixties, when intercoms in houses were in style? It’s important to know what the current trends are, so that you can get the most for your home.
1. Laundry Room
One of the most important things to buyers right now, is having a laundry room. If you don’t already have one, it may be worth investing in adding one to your home. It doesn’t have to be huge; just a separate room that is specifically for laundry. This helps to keep your home looking organized; I think we all know the struggle of having piles of folded laundry on the couch! Its also a plus to have the laundry room on the main or second floor, not in the basement.
2. Energy Efficiency
Another feature that’s important to modern buyers is energy efficiency. This includes appliances, furnaces, water heaters, and ...