Spokane Real Estate Blog

Landscaping with Shrubs and Flowers to Boost Curb AppealFlowers and shrubs are an important part of a home’s curb appeal. Knowing how to work with these plants strategically can help you wow buyers so you can sell your home quickly when the time comes.

Choose Bright and Colorful Specimens

Bright, colorful flowers make a home look cheerful and inviting. Some homeowners choose flowers that fit into a specific color scheme while others go for a more eclectic collection of different hues. Either way, brighter is usually better when selling. Showy, vibrant flowers remind buyers that the soil is fertile, the yard is beautiful and the home is bursting with potential.

Plant Annuals for Lush, Easy to Maintain Splendor

Annuals only live for one growing season. Out of necessity, most specimens are fast

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How to Sell a Home that has an In-law ApartmentIn-law apartments are a desirable feature for many home buyers. A home with an in-law apartment can sell quickly and for a good price if the property is properly prepared, staged and marketed. Getting a home ready for home buyers before putting the house on the market can help the sale go more smoothly.

Make Sure Construction Is Permitted

Sometimes in-law apartments are added without proper permits. This can save homeowners money in the short term but cost homeowners when it’s time to sell. If you own a home with an unpermitted apartment, or if you’re not sure if the apartment was permitted when it was built, now is the time to look into the permit status and have the apartment permitted, if necessary.

Getting an apartment retroactively

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Purchasing a House with a Small Down PaymentThe housing market has changed dramatically over the last several decades, and methods of buying have been modified so that it’s easier than ever before to purchase your own home. Remember when people used to say that having a 20 percent down payment was a must or else you shouldn’t even be looking at homes?

All of that has shifted into a scenario where you can still buy the house of your dreams without saving such a large chunk of money. In fact, some people find they can buy a house with absolutely nothing down at all!

Types Of Mortgages Available

The methods of buying a home with little to no down payment aren’t complex and the options for mortgages are varied depending on each unique situation. If you are a veteran or an active service

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Floor Upgrades for your Home Wood is increasingly popular in houses throughout the country. If you're building new or considering a home renovation to add lasting value to a home, think about upgrading to wood floors. According to a 2016 Remodeling Magazine report, hardwood flooring ranks among the top seven "most wanted" home features.

When you consider what you put on your floors, there are many choices: Polished concrete can be stunningly beautiful and plush carpet is a welcome comfort in some parts of the country. But if you're interested in lasting good looks, dollar value over the long-term, beauty and almost unlimited options, look to wood flooring.

Here are the reasons why:

Long-lasting and Easy Care

Modern wood finishes extend below the surface to make the

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Alternative Options to a 20 Percent Down Payment Prospective buyers who have done their research online or spoken with a local mortgage lender are certainly aware that the best mortgage terms are usually available to those who have enough savings put aside to make a large down payment. Unfortunately, life can get in the way and make it difficult to put aside enough money, even when the buyers have stable work histories and average or better credit scores. What these buyers may not know, however, is that there are some excellent options they may be able to use to buy the home they need with little or nothing down.

Seller Financing

With traditional passbook savings interest rates still very low, home sellers who do not have a mortgage to repay may look favorably on a seller financing arrangement

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How Sellers can Prepare for a Home Inspection Some sellers spend a lot of time getting their homes ready for the real estate market. Cleaning, organizing, de-cluttering, and landscaping is hard work, but since these tasks usually pay off with a faster sale and higher offers, most homeowners are willing to do them. Unfortunately, some stop short of going the extra mile to make sure that their home will not only get the best possible offers from qualified buyers but will also have a better chance of sailing right through the dreaded buyer inspection process, where unknown or ignored condition issues can cost the sellers money or even the entire sale. 

Start With the Disclosures

Blank spaces and vague answers on a seller's disclosure document will likely just create unwarranted confusion on the

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How to Measure Rooms when Buying a House to Make Sure It's Right For You When you walk into an empty bedroom, it may seem a lot larger than it actually is, once the furniture has been brought in. Even staged rooms often use a number of tricks to make a small space look bigger than it is, so it's generally a wise practice to measure various rooms in a potential home to avoid buying a house too small for your needs or falling into common traps of home buying. When you consider these four different way to measure a bedroom, you can decide if it will work well for you.

Take All Dimensions

There is no substitute for actual numbers, so your best bet is to come into a home armed with a tape measure and possibly a stud finder to measure the bedroom space. You may not want to perform this process for every home or every room,

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Looking for Home Issues It’s sage advice that’s given to most people before they buy a home: get a home inspection! But what is the ultimate purpose of this expense and what can it do for you? In short, a home inspection is used to detect potential issues with the home before a final sale is made, and works to protect the buyer from purchasing a home that’s unsafe. Think of it as a test drive for a house; if a buyer doesn’t like what they see, they can walk away. It’s the difference between a good investment and a disaster.

What Are Inspectors Looking For?

A home inspector is a trained professional who has a specific list of items that he or she will scrutinize during their time in the home. While they can’t physically tear up floorboards or put holes in the walls, a home

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Fixing Plumbing After buying your first home, learning how to care for your pipes can help save you money on plumbing repair. With the right tools and a little basic knowledge, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars on plumbing repair every year. 

Clogged Drain

Slow drains are typically caused by a buildup of hair and other organic debris in the pipes. To fix a slow drain, there are a multitude of strategies which could be attempted. One method is to flush the drain with several cups of vinegar, then allow the vinegar to sit for several minutes. Once the vinegar has had time to clean the inside of the pipe, flush it with hot (not boiling) water.

If the drain is fully clogged, use a plumber's auger. Insert the screw-tip end of the cable into the pipe, then

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Putting Less Than 20 Down on Home Nearly everyone who buys a home needs to borrow money in the form of a mortgage in order to finance it. Lenders commonly require you to pay 20% of the price of the home upfront. In the case of a $200,000 home, that's $40,000, which is still an awful lot of money. When possible, many buyers strive to put the 20% down. However, if your finances simply cannot provide that much cash, there are alternatives.

Pay for Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage insurance protects the lender in the case of you defaulting on the loan. When you pay back the loan, you're gaining equity, but everything else you pay – like interest and insurance – is just money going into someone else's pockets.

And it's not a small amount of money. Mortgage insurance can cost hundreds

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