Home buyers want to know specifics about the homes that pique their interest. So be proactive and address their questions upfront by finding the answers to some of the following questions before you list.
1. How old is the home? When was it last renovated?
2. How old is the roof?
3. What furniture, equipment or fixtures are included in the list price? For example, is the seller OK with the appliances, ceiling fans, swing set, window treatments and shed being included in the sale?
4. What are the home’s annual costs for upkeep? Provide estimates for electric, water, gas, trash, pool maintenance, lawn care, homeowners’ association, and any other regular fees associated with the home.
5. How old are the furnace and air conditioning units? When were they last serviced?

My husband and I have a small vineyard next to our home in McConihe Flats. We planted three acres of Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc in 2009. We’ve been fortunate to be able to sell our grapes to some terrific area wineries.
Last week Beaumont Cellars bottled 100 cases of our first vintage, the 2014 Cab Franc, at their winery outside Quincy. Tim even got to help with the bottling! We’re delighted that our grapes are in such good hands and we are eager to see how the wine is received by consumers.

When choosing to buy a home, neighborhood is important. Moses Lake has dozens of neighborhoods each with unique qualities that suite buyer’s different needs. One of my favorites is Pelican Point. Originally established in the 90’s, the community seemed to take off in the early 2000’s. The community boat launch and park is an added perk to living in the community, not to mention the lovely streets and sidewalks for strolling. In 2015, the average sale price in Pelican Point was 277,000. Whether it’s expansive lake views, or simply a well built affordable house, Pelican is a great neighborhood to consider.
Having recently built a new home, we thought it might be helpful to share some insights we gained in the process. The thought of building a custom home can seem daunting at first. But with an experienced builder as your guide, the process of building a home is very manageable, even thrilling. The reward is you get your exact dream house, finished the way you want it, never lived in by others, and located on the land you found.
Here’s how to make it happen.

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Financing. Start by sitting down with a construction lender and getting a handle on your budget and the bank’s lending requirements. An “all-in-one” loan can provide funds to purchase the lot and build the home, and it converts to permanent financing when construction is complete.
Choose Your Builder. This sounds backwards – shouldn’t you choose your plans first and then let several builders bid on them? No. Competitive bidding between quality builders will do little or nothing to reduce your construction costs. On the other hand, having your builder help select a houseplan will save you tons.
Get a sense of the top 2 or 3 builders in the area. We looked at realtor comments on listings for new/newer homes. If the home was built by a marginal builder the agent probably won’t mention his name. On the other hand, if the home was built by a top local builder, the agent is likely to namedrop in order to add cache to the home. The builder we chose was Bruce Preston.
Schedule a short meeting with your top builder prospects to get a sense of their schedule and whether you can work with their personality type. They can also show you homes they’ve built, and arrange for you to speak with previous clients.
Choose Your Houseplans. Once you’ve made the decision on a builder he can help narrow your list of houseplans you’ve seen on the internet. (Be careful not to waste his time though.) The builder can also give you feedback on your ideas for customizing aspects of a plan.
The Construction Contract. Once the plans are completed the builder can provide a fixed cost for building your house, which includes allowances for the grade of interior fixtures and finishes you may desire. This is set forth in a written contract which identifies the plans and specifications, states the total cost, and sets forth the process for making modifications (change orders) as you go along. There will be change orders. Your builder can guide you, but the more organized you are in the selection of finishes (lighting, floor covering, bathroom fixtures and the like), the more smoothly and less expensive will be the process.
Closing the Loan. With plans, specs and contract in hand, you can return to your construction lender for a pre-construction appraisal and funding of the loan. When the construction loan has been approved and funded and a building permit issued, construction may begin. The lender will work with the builder to ensure that each phase of progress has been completed, inspections have been approved and subcontractors and suppliers have been paid as each draw is released to the builder.
The Construction Process. You might think that if you gave the same plans and specifications to any builder they would all build the home exactly the same. But the plans and specs are only a basic outline for construction. Actual construction requires the builder to make a thousand decisions, applying his judgment and experience (and integrity). It is helpful for the owner to inspect the process more or less daily, but we learned that our builder was almost always right and that we did not have the experience to make those decisions ourselves. Not having the right builder would have been a mistake!
The main steps in the process are generally as follows:
– Plans and specifications selected.
– Construction contract.
– Construction loan.
– Building permit. (Your builder will obtain this for you.)
– Grading and excavation.
– Septic system (if the lot is outside city limits).
– Foundation.
– Framing.
– Windows and exterior doors.
– Siding and roof.
– Plumbing, electrical and HVAC ductwork.
– Subflooring.
– HVAC systems installed.
– Insulation.
– Sheetrock.
– Cabinets.
– Interior doors and trim.
– Floor coverings, plumbing and lighting fixtures, paint.
You should expect construction to take from six to nine months. The more changes you make during the process, of course, the longer it may take to get the home completed.
Moving In. The great thing about a custom home is you get to have it just the way you like it, subject to your budget of course. The downside is it can be hard to visualize certain elements when you’re just looking at a floorplan or samples in a building supply store. The more organized you can be and the more time you can spend in preparation, the more likely you will be to get it right the first time. The right builder can be an enormous help; we only wish we had listened to ours more!

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If this year is your year to buy a home, whether you are currently renting, need to sell a home first, or even just moving out of your parents’ home, there are a number of activities you can do right now that will put you in a great position when you are ready to sign on the dotted line:
Clean up your credit. If you aren’t ready to contact a lender just yet, the first step you can make is to check your credit report and note any areas of concern or issues you need to address. It is not usual for errors to pop up. For example, mistakes can happen with consumers with similar names. There may also be late payments, collections issues or other red flags that need to be addressed before you apply for a loan. The website: www.annualcreditreport.com allows consumers to check their credit report at the three big credit agencies – Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian – once a year for free.

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Check your debt balances. How much do you owe on your credit cards? Do you have any vehicle loans? Do you have any revolving credit card debt? Although a lender will review this with you to determine what you can afford, having your own awareness of your debt situation is a good plan.
Don’t make any large purchases or close any credit accounts before talking to a lender. Even if you only owe $2,000 on your car loan and want to pay it off, I recommend talking about your debt reduction strategy with a lender first. Your lender may determine that a better plan for you is to use that $2,000 towards your down payment, closing costs, or replacing the carpet in your current home that you are selling.
Do prepare to sell anything you are ready to get rid of that has value. Perhaps you are planning on selling one of your cars. Perhaps you are downsizing and will be selling the pool table which is currently in the garage or the old buffet that is in the already-crowded dining room. Not only will selling those items give you a little extra cash, in many instances, getting rid of these items will help your home show better.
Prepare your documents. When you meet with a lender, things may start to move quickly. Although the lender will probably give you a list of the documents they need, it is a good idea to gather what you can ahead of time, especially if you are starting to pack: Tax returns, bank statements, proof of assets such as 401Ks and other savings accounts, lien releases, documentation on any late bills or collections that you are working through on your collection report or any other financial documents that may pertain to your getting a loan should be collected and put somewhere where it is easy to find.
Buying a home is an exciting time! A little preparation now will help your transaction go as smoothly as possible. I can’t wait to talk with you about your wants and needs! Give me a call or text: (509) 770.0117 or email: apriladams253@gmail.com

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Multi-Generational Homes – High in Demand in 2016
A “multi-generational home” is a property that can have multiple families living under one roof in separate spaces. A multi-generational home could house a married couple caring for an older parent, a grandparent living with an adult grandchild, or even Baby Boomers living with adult children who have moved back into the home.
This has becoming such a trend that the National Association of REALTORS® has begun to track the buying trends of this type of housing, although it is has likely been a trend since before civilization even began. After World War II, the trend began for families to be more of a self-contained unit, housing just a single generation under one roof. However, the demand for multi-generational homes has risen in the last few years, partially due to the recession and its impact on the nuclear family. Families found it more financially feasible to band together and share resources and now these types of homes are in high demand due to the success of these living arrangements. In their 2015 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report, The National Association of REALTORS® reported that 13% of all the homes purchased in 2015 were multi-generational homes. Buyers made their purchase for a number of reasons:
Builders are just starting to include floor plans with separate living quarters possibly with their own ensuite, kitchen, and public living space. Another trend in multi-generational housing solutions is to remodel an existing home. Making room for family members that need independent living is a very sought-after remodeling request which will continue to grow in the coming years.
If you are considering your future needs and thinking a multi-generational home may be in in them, let’s talk about your options. Give me a call or text: (509) 770-0117 or send an email to apriladams253@gmail.com.
Source: http://www.realtor.org/reports/home-buyer-and-seller-generational-trends