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Leavenworth Home Inspection Photo: Stick a cork in it!

I never know what I’m going to come across.  Check out this photo from a recent Leavenworth home inspection.  It’s an interesting way to fill a hole.  Now you know what to do with all those corks you get from wine tasting in Leavenworth!

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2011 Tour of Homes : Wenatchee, Chelan, Malaga & Peshastin

The North Central Home Builders Association’s annual Tour Of Homes is coming up on Sept. 22-25th.  Most homes are in the Wenatchee area but you’ll find one in Lake Chelan, Malaga and Peshastin.  For complete details about the tour, directions, coupons and more visit their website.  As members of NCHBA we are proud to be a part of this great event!  In Leavenworth pick up coupons at Marson & Marson Lumber or Dan’s Food Market.

Outdoor Living! (via Seattle Realtor)

Want to upgrade the backyard? Here’s scoop on the best improvements.

Outdoor Living! In my 25+ years in real estate, I have noticed a trend towards more desire for outdoor “living” spaces. Not only has landscaping become more complex ( and beautiful!), people are interested in the flow of space between the interior and exterior and how they can maximize the ability to enjoy their outdoor spaces. A recent survey conducted by the Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) shows that today’s homeowners want lighting, fire, food and a [c … Read More

Pre-listing home inspections are worth every dollar and more!

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The price is right! Resolve all issues before the house goes on the market and price it accordingly. Don’t want to fix it? Reflect the current condition in the listing price.

Increase profits when you have completed the repairs yourself. Even minor findings in the buyer’s inspection can result in profit losses. The buyer will frequently provide the higher contractor bid while you would have chosen the best value bid.

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Federal Radon Action Plan brings together government agencies to demonstrate the importance of radon testing.

By: Rebecca Darley

During our 6 years in business in Seattle, Leavenworth and Wenatchee home inspections we’ve received probably 5 calls requesting radon testing.  That’s not a lot, but that may change.  Today  the EPA and other federal departments joined in efforts to implement programs that reduce America’s homes from the exposure of radon.  The Federal Radon Action Plan will use national campaigns, incentives and programs to reduce the estimated annual 21,000 lung cancer deaths from radon.  As you’ll see in the map below some of North and Southern parts of Washington State have higher threats of radon.  Radon is a is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless  gas, occurring naturally as the decay product of uranium.  Radon gas can accumulate in buildings, especially in confined areas such as attics, and basements.  The EPA findings  say that “approximately one in 15 American homes contain high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas.”

Washington Counties Radon
Washington Counties Radon
What do the colors mean?
  Highest Potential – Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones)
 Moderate Potential – Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones)
  Low Potential – Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones)

CHART SOURCE:  http://www.epa.gov/radon/states/washington.html

“The Federal Radon Action Plan brings together government agencies to demonstrate the importance of radon risk reduction, address finance and incentive issues to drive testing and mitigation, and build demand for services from industry professionals. The plan will help spur greater action in the marketplace, create jobs in the private sector, and significantly reduce exposure to radon. The plan includes strategies to reach low-income families, many of whom do not have the resources to make the simple fixes necessary to protect their homes and loved ones. Through its network of residential, educational, and care facilities as well as programs that address health, prevention, housing, and finance, the federal government is poised to directly or indirectly influence an estimated 7.5 million homes, schools and daycare facilities.

Federal Radon Action Plan:  

  • Cross-government outreach initiative to educate families about the health risks associated with radon exposure and the solutions to address the risks.
  • Incorporate radon testing and mitigation into federal programs.
  • Invest in new standards and update codes for measurement and mitigation in schools, daycare facilities, and multi-family housing.
  • Establish incentives that drive testing and mitigation in the private and public sectors.

Source: Feds Launch Action Plan to Protect People and Families from Radon/Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer.  Contact Information: Stacy Kika kika.stacy@epa.gov 202-564-0906 202-564-4355 Cathy Milbourn Milbourn.cathy@epa.gov 202-564-7849.  Release date: 06/20/2011

Wenatchee Realtor Is Assaulted At Open House

Realtors have many open houses per month.  The weekends are sprinkled with corner signs advertising open houses.  It’s a great opportunity to show off homes and allow potential buyers a preview, but you hardly ever consider the dangers of allowing strangers into your space.  Last weekend a Wenatchee realtor was assaulted at an open house.  Thankfully she was not harmed and made wise decisions to protect herself.  This is a a great time to review the safety guidelines realtors should follow when exposing themselves to unfamiliar people and environments.  Take a look at these Open House Safety Tips from the National Association of REALTORS®.

“A real estate agent was assaulted during an open house Sunday afternoon at a home for sale in the 700 block of Cascade Street in Wenatchee. Police Sgt. John Kruse said the local woman called police after incident about 1:30pm. Kruse said she told authorities a husband and wife had toured the home together but the suspect returned alone and asked to see the home’s basement.  Kruse says the intoxicated man allegedly tried to grab the female real estate agent.  Officers contacted the man who claimed they were just having a “consensual hug”.  Kruse says the woman was not injured.”

Source:  KPQ.com

Seattle Real Estate: Investors Buy North Lake Union Parcel for $3.58 Million

What will we see moving to North Lake Union?  An investment group is taking advantage of competitive commercial real estate prices and scooping up a half acre parcel in the great location between Wallingford and Burke Avenues.

“An investment group led by David Zarett paid $3.58 million for a second half-block property overlooking the north end of Lake Union. Northlake LLC now owns the full block along North Northlake Way between Wallingord Avenue North and Burke Avenue North. The investment group bought the 0.47-acre site at 3301 Burke Ave. N. from Restaurants Unlimited founder Richard Komen and his family. The property includes the 8,051-square-foot Restaurants Unlimited office building. Northlake LLC acquired the adjacent 0.31-acre parcel at 3301 Wallingford Ave. N. for $850,000 back in 1998. Six years later, Zarett filed for permits to construct a mixed-use residential office building on the site but never moved forward on the project.”

Original Post: Investors buy North Lake Union parcel
Puget Sound Business Journal
By Jeanne Lang Jones
May 24, 2011