How a Death in a Home Affects Its Value

Death is never an easy topic, but some real estate agents have to deal with home sellers who disclose a grim past and wonder if the property’s history will take its toll and leave them with fewer dollars in their account. So, yes, death has an unsuspected impact on real estate and like many, you would like to find the value of a house after death.

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1827 187th St Ct E, Spanaway, WA 98387

$294,900

3 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; 1214 square feet

You’ll love this bright craftsman rambler w/ open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, fresh paint throughout the interior and all new blinds! Enjoy beverages on the covered front porch, BBQs on the back patio & entertaining in the fully-fenced (w/2 gates) level backyard that’s near a green area. Master bedroom features full bath & walk-in closet. You’ll appreciate the gated community w/ playground, basketball, picnic & relaxing area.

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Kitchen Hoods That Steal the Spotlight

In the kitchen, the spot for the range hood is considered prime real estate. Homeowners used to put the microwave there. But that’s getting swapped out for a decorative hood, which can come in a range of metals.

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A Possible New Way to Fund Roads in Washington State

Washington has been exploring a potential gas tax replacement to fund our roads and bridges. Conducted by the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC), the test-driving phase of the Washington Road Usage Charge (WA RUC) Pilot Project ended in January 2019. Approximately 2,000 drivers participated in the year-long WA RUC Pilot Project, reported their mileage, and provided feedback to help state decision-makers understand if this potential policy could work for Washington drivers.

Did you know that the current gas tax of 49.4 cents per gallon is used to fund the state’s roads and bridges? As cars become increasingly more fuel efficient and as more electric vehicles are on the road, gas tax revenue used to support our roads and bridges will decrease more each year. To ensure stable, long-term funding, we need to change the way we pay for our roads.

A road usage charge (RUC) system is a per-mile charge drivers would pay based on how many miles you drive, not how much gas you consume. This approach is similar to how people pay for their utilities, including electricity or water. The WA RUC Pilot Project tested a mock 2.4-cent-per-mile road usage charge for light-weight, non-commercial vehicles including gasoline-fueled, hybrid, and electric vehicles.

Read more and watch a short informative video at WaRoadUsageCharge.org

1846 N Baltimore St, Tacoma, WA 98406

$359,950

3 bedrooms; 1.75 bathrooms; 1532 square feet

You’ll love this light and bright rambler with completely open floor plan, vaulted ceilings and skylights! The large kitchen with lots of cabinets and counters is conveniently located off the utility room and garage. You’ll appreciate the utility sink and all appliances that stay, including a freezer. The large master suite features a large walk-in closet and double sinks. Enjoy the fully-fenced yard with fruit trees, sidewalks, large covered patio and boat/trailer parking. Though exterior paint is needed, the home has a new water heater and some newer windows.

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10 Tips for Maintaining a Wood-Burning Fireplace

The fireplace is the focal point of many homes. There’s just something homey about the crackling sound of wood and the glow of fire filling the room with warmth. To help ensure that your fireplace continues to provide comfort in style for years to come, consider these best practices for fireplace maintenance.

Aging at Home: Where Seniors Really Want to Live

Despite the allure of senior communities that offer a surfeit of amenities, such as pools, gyms, coffee bars, and cooking classes, most older adults—76 percent of Americans age 50 and older—want to remain in a home throughout their golden years, according to an AARP survey.

Often, when older adults do move, it’s for reasons other than the desire to live in a 55-plus community, such as high real estate taxes, ongoing maintenance tasks and costs, the absence of an accessible first-floor bedroom and bathroom, or a neighborhood that makes them too dependent on cars to get around.

Helping clients who want to purchase or update a home where they can age in place is a growing niche in real estate and ancillary industries. Agents and brokers who are Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES) or Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) can help this cohort find homes or stay put and modify their homes to address physical or cognitive impairments.

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