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Would You Approve A Loan For This Person?

I subscribe to many real estate resources, and one of my favorites is The REsoure.tv.  The two guys on the site have very insightful thoughts that they share with their viewers.  As a Realtor, I find it very useful since I don’t have the time to do the in-depth research the way that these guys do.

Today’s video is a spoof on lending requirements.  Check it out!

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Don’t Forget To Wash Your Hands…

toiletsinkIn the never-ending quest to conserve water, some entrepreneurial folks come up with some pretty wacky designs.  It’s a well known fact that the biggest water wasting room in the home is the bathroom. In fact, 75% of indoor water use comes from the bathroom alone! Of that, the toilet uses 25%, with the remaining from the shower/bathtubs and faucets. I’ve seen and read about some pretty interesting water saving efforts, and have even tried some myself.  Before the invention of low-flow toilets, I put rocks and other weights in the toilet tank so that less water would be used when flushing. Who knew that toilet tanks could house more than just a stash of drugs? Read the rest of this entry »

The Road To Addiction Has An Innocent Start

ChocolateFrom Candy To Coffee

Like nearly every other Seattle-ite, (Or Woodinville-ite), I’ve become addicted to that syrupy brown goodness we call coffee.  In my case, it’s espresso, and it all started about 15 years ago during one of my very long meeting sessions at Microsoft.  Up until that point, I had never, ever, ever had a cup of coffee. Never.  That’s 33 years of living without drinking the brown liquor.  So I was standing outside the conference room, and there happened to be an espresso bar. The gentleman barista coaxed me over to talk to him because he was bored. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zillow Wrong Again?

Don’t Believe Everything You Read On The Internet

I’ve written about this before in a previous blog post [READ HERE], but it’s nice to have my thoughts backed up by an independent and respected entity.  This short video interview from The Wall Street Journal summarizes how Zillow’s Zesstimates can be so far off the mark.

A Woodinville Example

Let’s take a look at two homes in Woodinville, WA where I live.  These homes are currently listed for sale and are situated about 1.5 miles apart in desirable, rural areas.  I have had the opportunity to visit both homes and feel that aside from the interior design choices made by the respective owners, they share many similarities with regard to quality. Read the rest of this entry »

The Changing Role Of A Real Estate Agent: A Historical Perspective

The Old Days

The Old Days

Realtors as Gatekeepers

Prior to entering real estate as a career back in the mid 90’s, I spent nearly ten years working in the computer industry, using the most advanced PCs at the time.  When I first saw the tools available to real estate agents, I felt like I was stepping back in time.  If you were a buyer looking for a home, you couldn’t just log on to the internet and search.  Real estate agents were the gatekeepers of the data, and that made them an integral part of the process.  Back then, all of the homes for sale were listed in paperback books that came out every couple of weeks.  The photo to the left shows what the books looked like.  Depending on what area you worked in, you could have 3 or 4 of these books in your possession at any one time. Read the rest of this entry »

Get The Poop On Septic When Selling Your Woodinville Home

Septic_Tank_Riser_LidIf you’ve been a reader of my Blog for any length of time, you may have noticed that I tend to focus on certain topics and run them into the ground.  I like to think it’s because I’m being thorough and want to cover the topic fully, but those who know me might argue that I’m just odd.  Today’s post should be my last on the subject of septic systems unless someone asks me additional questions or some new changes in the law require an update.

King County Septic Regulations

Title 13 of the code within The Board Of Health Regulations is the governing document for all things septic within King County.  Within this chapter, 13.60.030 of the health code specifies what a seller must do when selling a home that is served by an OSS (On-Site Septic System).  Click HERE to view the regulations.  If your home is connected to a public sewer system, you can stop reading now.  BUT if you have a septic system serving your property, read on… Read the rest of this entry »

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Food Waste In America

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Today is Blog Action Day for 2011.  It is the one day of the year that this organization attempts to get bloggers all over the world to blog about one particular topic that affects everyone.  This year’s topic is FOOD.

While some bloggers may choose to blog about their favorite restaurant or their favorite food, I’m choosing to blog about food waste.  While thinking about my topic for today, I came across a previous blog post that cited some statistics about food waste in America.  I didn’t research the authenticity of the data cited, but on the surface, the numbers are staggering.  Here are just a few statistics:

  • A report completed in 1997 cited a statistic of 91 Billion pounds of food waste in 1995 by consumers and food service.
  • Food disposal costs the US about $1 Billion each year.
  • Households waste approximately 14% of their food purchases each year; 15% of this waste is still within the expiration but never opened.
  • An average family of 4 tosses out $590 of food each year in meat, fruits, vegetables and grains.  This doesn’t even include packaged food that gets thrown out! Read the rest of this entry »

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Condos – Part II

CondosThis is part II of my introduction to condos.  Part I can be found HERE.  In my last post, I shared with you the legal definition of a condo, and how costs incurred in the project are divided among the unit owners.  In this post, I will discuss the pros and cons of condo living, monthly fees and why in some projects, they are so high. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Introduction To Condominiums

Questions?This past week, I’ve been working with a client who is interested in purchasing a condominium in Redmond, Kirkland, or Bellevue WA as an investment. Although this client is not new to investment properties, this would be his first condo purchase.  As we looked at various condo complexes, a number of questions surfaced.  After lengthy explanations, I realized that many other folks probably had similar questions, so I’m doing a two-part post on condos.  The first part will explain what a condo really is, and the second part will try and help you understand some of the issues involved in purchasing and owning one. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Get To An Auction In 3 (Not So Easy) Steps

AuctionThis past weekend while sitting at a condo in Redmond, WA that is currently being auctioned off by a company called Auction.com, I met several people that stopped by to look at the property, and even spoke to a nice couple that intended to make a bid on the unit. One question that came up from a visitor was “How does a home get to the auction stage?” Read the rest of this entry »

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