Exterior Cleaning Advice for HOA Members

When many people clean their homes, they only focus on the inside of it. However, it is just as important for you to clean the outside of your home. You could get in trouble with the Homeowner’s Association if your home is not well-maintained. There are several ways that you can keep the outside of your home looking great.

 

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Clean Out the Gutters

You will need to clean and inspect your gutters at least once a year. If your gutters do not receive regular maintenance, then your roof can suffer damage. Before you clean your gutters, you will need to remove the debris. You can use a plastic gutter scoop. You can also use a leaf blower.

 

After you have removed all of the debris, you can take a garden hose and rinse out the gutters. If there are any leaks in your gutters, then you will need to have them repaired.

 

Remove the Stains From Driveway

 

Your driveway is prone to staining. Oil and antifreeze can cause stains to develop on your driveway. Your driveway can also be stained by fungus, mold, and mildew. That is why you will need to clean your driveway on a regular basis.

 

Bleach is effective for removing just about any stain. You will need to apply it to the stains and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub the area after you have applied the bleach.

 

Use a Pressure Washer

 

One of the best things that you can do to keep the outside of your home clean is to pressure wash it. However, before you pressure wash your home, you will need to make sure that the settings are correct. The material that your siding is made out of will determine what pressure setting you will need to use.washing concrete steps

 

Pressure washing will remove mold, algae, and moss from your home. It will also remove dirt and grime. You can also pressure wash decks, patios, and porches. Look into hiring a professional like a Vero Beach pressure washing service. This could save you time and aggravation going forward.

 

Clean the Windows

 

Window cleaning can be a boring chore. However, it is important for you to wash your windows once or twice a year. If you live near a dirt road, then you may have to wash your windows more often. Washing your windows will make your entire home look better. You can use a squeegee and soapy water to clean the windows. You can also use a water hose to clean the windows.

Hot Western Market

Buyers & Brokers get Creative to Compete in a Hot Western Market

Housing around Western Washington is on an upward trajectory, but inadequate inventory “in the right prices and locations” makes for a “very difficult market for purchasers and brokers,” according to an executive with one multi-office real estate company.

New figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service show inventory increased in May compared to a year ago, but brokers say competition is keen. “Multiple offers and escalation clauses occur on a regular basis for properties that are extremely well priced and in great condition,” reports Dick Beeson, principal managing broker at a real estate brokerage franchise in Tacoma, Washington.

Mike Gain, a former chairman of the Northwest MLS board of directors, also commented on the bidding wars. “We are experiencing more multiple offers than I have experienced in my 35 years of practicing real estate in this marketplace,” stated Gain, the president and CEO of a real estate brokerage in Seattle, WA. “This is a very difficult market for purchasers, our agents and brokers. If we had inventory to handle the demand our pending and sold numbers would be greatly increased,” he believes, adding, “We desperately need good quality inventory.”

Last month’s pending sales topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in twelve months. The number of mutually accepted offers totaled 10,373, outgaining a year ago by 328 transactions for an increase of almost 3.3 percent. Last month’s total was the highest volume of pending sales since June 2006 when brokers tallied 10,448 transactions.

With demand outpacing supply in many parts of the region, brokers are noticing more creativity among competing parties. “Offer review deadlines have become pretty commonplace in this market, as have pre-inspections,” said OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate. He said some agents and buyers are getting even more aggressive by submitting their offer prior to the deadline.

Jacobi said there’s also an increase in the number of cash buyers, and buyers willing to waive their financing contingency, “making it even more difficult for the vast majority who don’t have this option.” With ongoing competition likely to continue, Jacobi expects agents and buyers to be “increasingly creative until the market becomes more balanced, which probably isn’t going to happen any time soon.”

MLS figures show months of inventory slipped to 3.33 from April’s figure of 3.46. In King County, supply stayed about even with April (1.78 months of inventory in May versus l.74 months in April).  Snohomish slipped from 2.47 months to 2.37. Four to six months is considered to be a balanced market.

Fewer sales closed last month compared to a year ago (down 2.2 percent), but prices increased. Compared to April, the number of completed sales in May jumped by 997 transactions for a gain of 16.1 percent. Brokers reported 7,187 closed sales of single family homes and condominiums last month with a median selling price of $285,000. That sales price reflects a 3.6 percent increase from the year-ago figure of $275,000.

For single family homes (excluding condos) the area-wide price rose 4.2 percent, increasing from $285,000 to $297,000. Condo prices jumped nearly 15% from the year-ago price of $200,000 to last month’s price of $229,900.

Brokers added 12,605 new listings to inventory during May, about 10 percent more than a year ago. At month end, the selection across the 21 counties served by Northwest MLS included 23,917 active listings. That total reflects a 9 percent increase from twelve months ago when buyers could choose from 21,943 homes and condominiums.

In several counties served by Northwest MLS distressed properties make up about 20 percent of the activity, according to an analysis by Beeson. His figures show one of every five homes that sold in Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap and Cowlitz counties was distressed, while in King County such properties accounted for only around 10 percent of the sales.

Beeson, a board member at Northwest MLS, expects distressed properties will continue to be an integral part of the market. As median prices continue to rise around Puget Sound, he believes the inventory of short sales will be reduced.

“The inventory of bank owned properties holds steady at twice the number of short sales,” Beeson reported, adding, “This probably will not change in the foreseeable future as banks have warehoused much of their ‘shadow inventory’ and are slowly bringing it on the market so as not to glut the market, and to help keep pricing levels up, which benefits them as well.”

Another MLS director, George Moorhead, characterized the market as “sluggish” in areas. Buyers are about “45 days later to the starting line” compared to patterns of the past three years. “Some areas are still doing extremely well and still seeing multiple offers, but not on the whole,” observed Moorhead, the managing broker at a real estate office in Bothell, Washington. Overall, he believes “the market is righting itself slowly and becoming healthy and sustainable.”

Snohomish anomaly

Inventory in Snohomish County jumped 43 percent compared to a year ago. Asked about the surge, Moorhead attributed much of it to an influx of new construction. The MLS database shows 406 of 2,206 listings of single family homes are classified as new construction. That’s about twice the number from a year ago. “The price points are some of the best in the market areas for size, style and overall location,” Moorhead stated.

Kitsap: Different segments tell different tale

Like many areas, Kitsap County has several submarkets. “Using a countywide statistic in this market is much like judging a book by its cover – you shouldn’t,” suggests MLS director Frank Wilson, the branch managing broker at a brokerage in Poulsbo, WA. “Each part of Kitsap is its own chapter with a story to tell,” he explained.

Overall, Kitsap’s inventory is holding at about a four-month supply, “just on the sellers’ side of neutral,” Wilson said. Traffic at open houses is up, and more listings are drawing multiple offers and offers with escalation clauses, he added.

Prices in Kitsap are down about 4 percent, but of 19 areas the Northwest MLS tracks in that county, 10 had year-over-year price gains, and nine map areas had declines. The sharpest price increase occurred in East Central Kitsap where values jumped 20 percent from twelve months ago.

Rosy outlook

Despite inventory shortages, Northwest MLS brokers were mostly upbeat about short-term activity:

  • “Locally, the summer selling season can be the busiest time of the year. This year with the lack of inventory it is probably the best market sellers will ever experience,” suggested Mike Gain.
  • “We anticipate the market remaining at modest levels of growth [in Snohomish County] and inventory levels continuing in a healthy range of seven to eight months instead of two to three months.”  — George Moorhead.
  • “In almost every county, inventory increases since last year have brought a sigh of relief from many buyers . . . If interest rates continue to hold under 5 percent and the unemployment picture continues to improve or remain the same, we should see a moderate to strong market throughout the balance of 2014.” – Dick Beeson.

MLS spokespeople encouraged potential sellers to consider listing now. “Now is a great time for move up sellers/buyers who can sell their homes quickly today and secure another at today’s prices and today’s low interest rates,” Gain suggested. He also noted the majority of homeowners have experienced significant gains in their equity over the past two years. “Sellers who took their homes off the market in the down market can now get the prices they were wanting when they made their decisions to rent them. The prices are back and the homes will sell,” he emphasized.

Wilson urged sellers to make sure their home is exposed “to as many real estate brokers from as many real estate firms as possible to ensure all buyers in your area and price point have a chance to make an offer on your home.”

Buyers also need to be prepared, Wilson suggested. In addition to being fully approved for financing a mortgage before making an offer, buyers need to be mindful that their offer “may not be the only one being tendered to a seller” and be poised to respond.

Terrace Washington

About Mountlake Terrace Washington

The City of Mountlake Terrace Washington is known for its quiet residential neighborhoods, beautiful parks, trails and Lake Ballinger. Mountlake Terrace is conveniently located about 12 miles north of downtown Seattle and about 15 miles south of Everett.

Mountlake Terrace is home to 20,810 residents (2007 estimate from State OFM) and is about four square miles in size. Mountlake Terrace Washington has about 262 acres of recreational attractions including parks, playfields, two golf courses, fishing, a sports pavilion and year-round swimming in an internationally acclaimed aquatics center.

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Government Information

Local, County & State Government Information

These links are provided to assist you in gathering detailed information about the area or region where you may be thinking of buying a home. Each of these websites have LINKS to local services in their respective communities such as: Schools, Hospitals & Medical Care, Libraries, Parks and Recreation, Fire Departments and Economic Development.

Government Websites In Washington State

City of Arlington, Washington – Official Website
City of Bothell, Washington – Official Website
City of Brier, Washington – Official Website
City of Edmonds, Washington – Official Website
City of Everett, Washington – Official Website
City of Granite Falls, Washington – Official Website
City of Lake Stevens, Washington – Official Website
City of Lynnwood, Washington – Official Website
City of Marysville, Washington – Official Website
City of Mill Creek, Washington – Official Website
City of Monroe, Washington – Official Website
City of Mountlake Terrace, Washington – Official Website
City of Mukilteo, Washington – Official Website
City of Snohomish, Washington – Official Website
City of Stanwood, Washington – Official Website
City of Sultan, Washington – Official Website
Town of Woodway, Washington – Official Website
County of Snohomish, Washington – Official Website
State of Washington – Official Website
Washington Counties – Find useful information for each county in Washington State.