I’m here with a foundation contractor who is kind enough to take the time to share a few signs that a house may have foundation problems.
About a 3 hour drive from Sammamish is a kept secret by those living in Eastern Washington.
Wide open spaces with the Yakima & Columbia Rivers meandering through, it’s an easy place to call home. Photo courtesy of Theresa Marty Clary
Here’s a testimony from John & Daniele Donatelli…”Sandy’s proactive marketing and outstanding communication resulted in such a positive experience that we are forever advocates of Sandy and his service…especially in a climate where many people we have met had a “not so positive” experience with their chosen real estate agent. When our home first became available, Sandy’s proactive marketing resulted in multiple offers. Unfortunately the chosen offer ended up not working out. We regrouped with Sandy re-initiating his marketing program which AGAIN resulted in multiple offers! We couldn’t be happier with the service from Sandy.”
If you take mortgage-interest tax deductions, the next 100 days could have significant financial implications for you, thanks to Congress’ federal debt-ceiling plan.
Though the compromise legislation involved no new taxes, it created an unusual mechanism — an evenly split, 12-member bipartisan super-committee — that could call for major cutbacks in real-estate write-offs by Thanksgiving.
All it will take is a single vote by a lone senator or House member who breaks with his or her party to put the mortgage-interest deduction into serious play.
Here is what’s about to unfold and how it could affect you:
The legislation signed by the president Aug. 2 calls for a two-step increase in the federal debt ceiling plus spending cuts of about $917 billion. It also created the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction with the goal of slashing an additional $1.5 trillion from the deficit over the coming decade.
With the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 400 points today, and many market experts predicting more volatility ahead, some advisers are recommending their clients put some of their cash to another use: To buy that house or summer home at the shore.
Potential homebuyers certainly have plenty of incentives: Home prices are still way down in many parts of the country, and mortgage rates are nearing their all-time lows. Consider: The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 1 basis point this week, to 4.45 percent — just a few basis points above the record low hit in October 2010, according to the Bankrate.com national survey of large lenders. Freddie Mac, meanwhile, reported today that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.15% for the week ended Aug. 18, its lowest reported rate in 50 years.
Money magazine on Monday published its 2011 list of “100 best places to live in America,” highlighting small towns across the country with populations of 50,000 or less. For the annual cover story, which hits stands on Aug. 19, Money looked for places with the optimal combination of job opportunities, fiscal strength, top-notch schools, safe streets, good health care, cultural and outdoor activities, and even nice weather.
One of the Eastside’s treasures, the “Slough” is host to an abundance of flora and fauna. On your next walk along the Sammamish River Trail during these idyllic summer days and evenings, take a look into the Slough itself. Although altered extensively in the 1960s for flood control by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it remains an Eastside treasure, host to an abundance of flora and fauna.(Entire article)
If you look hard enough, you’ll find hidden gems like this lake that holds either trout or bass in Washington. This lake happens to be in Montana. (Photo: Steve Avril)