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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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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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


 

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