Rona

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The Window of Opportunity

The market is now predicted to stall.  This is a window of opportunity for downsizers. A high market (which is what we have now) means a good return on your current house. You can now buy more easily and still draw equity from your house that is now too big for your lifestyle; that's the

By |2018-11-13T17:13:46+00:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: buying process, thinking of selling?|

Removing Oil Tanks

If you are thinking of converting from oil to gas heating, one of the tasks ahead of you is to get a professional to remove the old oil tanks. This seems like a daunting task. It’s not. There are companies that do this. They do it all. They get the permits for removal and disposal;

By |2018-11-01T14:33:49+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|

Election Endorsements

This is the first election endorsement blog for me, ever. First, where I am coming from: Core values: I, obviously, care about the economy and housing; that includes additional issues that contribute to economic health and fair housing. I believe economic health and access to housing is connected to issues such as healthcare, transportation, and

By |2018-10-27T13:01:29+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Community|

When the Hot Water Heater Spills

Hot water heaters are a masterpiece of designed obsolescence. They have a fiberglass tube that corrodes from being in boiling water all the time. It has been tested to last a certain number of years. Every hot water heater comes with a warranty. If the warranty is for six years, the tube is designed to

By |2018-11-02T11:16:45+00:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Problems and repair|Tags: |

Heating Season and Your Chimney

These chimneys are typical of residential chimneys that are more than 50 years old.  Both need re-pointing. The one in front is beginning to twist and bend; it could start dropping bricks soon. The other one also has gaps that are easily visible. Unfortunately, chimneys like this are sort of typical around here. What’s pointing?

By |2018-10-05T10:22:53+00:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: Problems and repair|

Sellers Market is Losing Wind in its Sails

This summer, for the first time in about four years, there were signs that the supply-demand balance was becoming more even. This year, there was a noticeable lull in demand in August. It is “normal” for the real estate sales volume to drop in August.  For the past four year, no summer doldrums; the normal drop in

By |2018-10-08T11:15:13+00:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Market data and conditions|

Asphalt Exterior Siding

That siding! You’ve seen it. The one that looks like brick-shaped wall paper that has the texture of roof shingle. Sometimes it looks like stone rectangles, sometimes like roof shingle, instead of like brick. It comes in all kinds of colors. Why would someone put roof shingle material all over their house? As with aluminum

By |2018-09-24T14:48:26+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|

Waiving Mortgage Contingency

1. Most of the time, if you have a documented pre-approval, you will get your mortgage, so a mortgage contingency is not really necessary, right? Wrong. It is only unnecessary if: You can afford to lose 5-10 percent of your purchase price. The mortgage contingency gives you a date by which you can get that

By |2018-09-16T12:53:33+00:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: Money and finance, Mortgage matters|

The Doghouse

The doghouse, in real estate lingo, is part of the house that people use, not dogs. Doghouses have advantages for people who use their basement as a workshop and for people who live in areas where there are heavy rains or snows. Do you know what it is? Here’s what it isn’t. It is not

By |2018-09-09T14:06:54+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|