Moisture Issues

The Answer To Moisture Traps
Blue Board

Some people think installing a plastic barrier in the wall is the answer, but this approach only traps moisture. A better way is to use rigid insulation (also known as blue board). This insulation is semi- permeable and allows moisture to travel through the wall, allowing it to dry. Water can also enter the basement if the grade of the land is pitched toward the house. Grading the soil away from the house and adding rain gutters will guide rainwater away from the house. Openings from the house to the attic and poor ceiling insulation in houses located in colder climates can lead to ice dams that cause water to back up into the house. Air leakage from the house to the attic will carry moisture in the form of humidity into the attic that can form water on the underside of the roof leading to rotting and mold. (Courtesy: Rhinehart Inspections)

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 8:38 pm
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Uncategorized

The Tulane # 204 Delightful Capitol Hill Co-op Unit

Fantastic location and simply super-cute with great ambiance.

Open House Sunday 12-3 pm.

http://seattlehomesandliving.com/listing/WA/Seattle/408-Bellevue-Ave-E-204-98102/19559690

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Uncategorized

Fannie Mae Down Payment requirements to go up November 16, 2013

Contact your lender for more information.

Down payments requirements will increase from 3% to 5 %.

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Uncategorized

In-City Co-ops

A lot of the fabulous vintage buildings on Capitol Hill, Queen Anne and even the U-District are co-ops. How are co-ops different from condos. Ownership is held differently. You own a condo, with a co-op you own stock in the co-op, a non-profit entity.

Co-ops typically are somewhat cheaper to purchase than comparable condos. Things to remember: 5% down are required on a co-op. Interest rates a a tad higher than on comparable condos. However, property taxes are included in the HODs, together with other items such as hot water, for example for some co-ops. No FHA allowed. All lending goes throught the National Cooperative Bank.

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Uncategorized

Historic Interest Rate Chart

Putting interest rates in perspective:

http://www.mediacenternow.com/temp/6701_2.pdf?gd=940c2e02-3e96-43a4-9d1b-c6f53a06d3c5

Courtesy of Ken Pearson/Sterling

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Uncategorized

Condos

Own a condo? It makes a lot of sense to attend your HOA (Home Owner Association) meetings. As a condo owner it's important to stay in the know regarding the financial condition of the condo complex. This includes knowing about potential special assessments or issues that may have to be addressed.

This is especially crucial if you are planning to sell your unit.

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Uncategorized

Christmas Ships

Today…12/12/12……..historic……..how many years before a similar event?

Meantime, enjoy the Christmas ships, either aboard or ashore. Check the schedule for details:

http://www.argosycruises.com/themecruises/xmasSchedule.cfm

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Uncategorized

Open House for Lake Forest Park shoreline property owners

Ask questions at the Open House:

When: October 17, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Where: Council Chambers

Lake Forest Park

17425 Ballinger Way NE

http://www.cityoflfp.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=297

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 12:58 am
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Active Lifestyle, Buyer Topics, Fun, Green Living, Lake Forest Park, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Active Waterfront Lifestyle on Lake Washington

Lake Forest Park Waterfront Living!

  • Great location, close to the BG Trail, a stroll away from Third Place Books, the Library, Farmers' Market….

  • Convenient public transportation to Downtown Seattle, the Eastside, Everett…

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/B43mP575g4I?rel=0

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 6:22 am
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Active Lifestyle, Eastside, Fun, Lake Forest Park, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Positive Home Prices

Buyer activity in Seattle is up!  Multiple offers are pretty common in some areas. Recent statistics indicate that in Metro Seattle home prices are strengthening.

The Seattle Times picked up on this theme recently:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2018309425_caseshiller30.html

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Kim Edwards-Fukei | Category: Uncategorized