Thursday, October 31, 2019 / by Dennis Isip
Is it worth it to sell your charming turn-of-the-century Spokane home, in exchange for a brand new cookie-cutter house?
Are you an empty-nester ready to downsize? Are you tired of the never ending mechanical repairs and yard work maintenance?
Let’s look at the pros and cons of a new construction home. To be clear, we’re not talking about a custom-built home, but a “spec” home. It is a short nickname for speculative home for sale. The builder has decided to invest and proceed with the construction, and complete without a particular buyer. They are speculating that a buyer will eventually like their pre-determined choice of floor layouts, finishes, and color palettes.
Energy-efficient. New homes are required to satisfy new housing regulations that dictate thermal insulation. They will also have new appliances that consume less energy, such as tankless water heaters, or thermally insulated refrigerators. These are usually the 2 ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
Picture yourself out for a drive one weekend. You see a sign that says:
New Construction Homes!
Models Starting At $XXX,XXX
Maybe you’re actively looking for a house, or maybe it’s just a spur of the moment urge, but you follow the signs to the model home.
You walk into the model home.
The builder’s sales rep asks you to please sign in.
You sign in.
Ouch. You may have just made a costly mistake…
"It’s Not Like I’m Buying One…"
Most people don’t think twice about signing in when they visit a model home. They figure, what’s the harm? It isn’t like I’m signing something to actually buy one. I just want to take a look, and it’s not like they’re asking me to sign my life away.
But sometimes you do end up buying one.
You get the bug. You fall in love. You picture yourself in this lifestyle. Next thing you know, you’re making an offer on the spot.
Or, maybe you leave ...
Monday, March 4, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
We all know that Costco is THE GREATEST warehouse of goods at a wholesale price that provides bulk items and tasty treats daily! But, did you know that Costco also has a selection of installation services for sprucing up your home? If you are considering remodeling your home, before you put it on the market, take a look at www.costco.com. They offer FREE in-home consultations for countertops, flooring, window treatments, heating and cooling, and much more.
Spring is just around the corner-- I know it is coming soon, so this is a great time to start planning. Here are few tips to help you on your way to renovation.
Try to avoid peak seasons. Don't wait until July to replace your air conditioning unit. This could be a challenge since contractors are extremely busy. Planning months ahead of time is crucial. You DO NOT want to be hanging out in your home in the middle of summer without the AC. Believe me... not a fun experience!
DESIGN IS ...
Friday, February 15, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
Why You Need An Agent For New Construction
Are you ready to buy a home and considering going in the route of new builds? It may seem like an easy enough process, where you get to call the shots of how you want your dream home to be, but there is a lot of risk when it comes to new construction if you are going in blindly. It's unfortunately not as trouble free as we'd like to hope, if you don't have the right representative by your side to help with the things that need to be looked out for from a professional's eye. Below, we'll dive into the many reasons you need a professional buyer's agent representing you in the sale. They are, after all, on your side. And it's their role to ensure you aren't taken advantage of by the builders and their representatives in the transaction.
1. HIRING THE RIGHT BUILDER
The most important part of finding an agent is having a professional's perspective to finding a builder with a great reputation. You get to benefit from your agent's network of v ...
Monday, December 4, 2017 / by Keri McCombs
I am working with a buyer currently who is in her later adult life (I can't really disclose her age, ya know, since you never ask a lady her age). She has bought and sold a few homes in her life, and she purchased her last home about fifteen years ago. In our early discussions, financing came up in conversation. She thought that she HAD to have 20% of the home's purchase price as a down payment, and she was completely unaware of the actual costs that came with purchasing a home. So I want to share some general information about what costs are involved, and a few of the variables in determining purchase costs.
When looking on Zillow at homes, down at the bottom of the page there is a mortgage payment calculator (by the way, know that it is inaccurate and you want to make sure you connect with an agent who can walk you through what is involved in your monthly mortgage payment). That calculator is set at a default down payment amount of 20%. Given the default setting, m ...