Home Moaner-ship

Like it or not, routine maintenance comes with ownership of a home or condo.  We often grumble about the work.  Friends can’t bear the thought of spending a month painting the house.  The job seems endless and we sometimes transform into what my friend calls a “home-moaner”. Are you paralyzed by fear about home maintenance?  […]

Are Your Property Taxes Based on Market Values?

We usually get a couple of calls each year from clients who receive their property tax assessment notification with an assessed value that is above their market value.  This August, a good client of ours called because her assessed value was at least $50K over her home’s value and she needed some comparable sales to […]

Rent vs. Buy

In the market today, we see opportunity for buyers – BIG TIME.  There are so many great homes on the market for buyers to choose from and interest rates continue to hover around 4.25%.  At the same time, we try to temper our enthusiasm about the current market (for buyers) and look at the big […]

What does your house say about you?

Part of helping our clients in a changing market is to be creative and resourceful about how we prepare and market properties.  We have been exploring the use of Feng Shui in our staging over the last few months and thought we would introduce the woman who has been helping us.  Danielle Varanda, owner of […]

Rent vs Sell

We have recently been talking a lot about the opportunities out there for buyers.  Between rates, prices and inventory we all know it’s a great time to buy. However, many of our buyers currently own homes.  And sometimes it’s just not the right time to sell your home.  The idea to move forward, buy a […]

Spring Clean Event

When:     April 24th, 10am – 12pm Where:    Windermere Parking Lot                4526 California Ave SW                (Entrance on 42nd) What:      Safe document shredding It’s that time of year again…Tax Time!   One of the questions that seems to come to mind every year is what documents and receipts we need to keep, and for how […]

Curb Appeal is King!

We recently mailed out the 2009-2010 Cost vs Value report and thought we would share the info online as well.  The Cost vs Value report is produced by Remodeling Magazine together with the National Association of Realtors.  We find it to be a valuable resource each year to keep an eye on trends and expectations […]

The Politics of Foreclosure

We are all facing the challenges of the economic downturn in one way or another.  Many of our good friends and clients have lost their jobs and are struggling.  Over the last year and for the much of the coming year, a big segment of our work is devoted to providing solid information and expertise […]

Color: Reinvent Your Space

The nights are longer; the days are darker; the wind and rain make coming home a welcome idea.  But as you open the door to go inside, maybe your home isn’t as welcoming as you’d like it to be; it’s dark, uninspired and even, boring.  If this rings true for you, maybe it’s time to […]

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Regular home maintenance can mean the difference between small, manageable repairs or costly endeavors when things are left untended too long. It can also save you money by keeping your systems working efficiently. We know, from experience, that having a system and checklist are valuable tools to help break things into manageable pieces. Here are […]