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Curb Appeal in Washington : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Nov 16, 2010
Pam Holm answered:
I have no idea how many trains go through there. Check with the city, they might know and check for future plans.
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Sat Aug 7, 2010
Julie Baldino answered:
That's a tough question, Ron... and it really is lot specific. Obviously areas near a water body that are in a flood plain are highest risk... the ones that require you to carry flood insurance. Terracing does work for steep lots, but is very expensive. Depending on how steep/how tall each terrace is, it may have to be permitted by the county. As far as streams, I wouldn't say they are a risk, but it would depend on how close the house is. I saw a house last week with a creek running through the crawlspace. No kidding!

I know that doesn't fully answer your question, but I would have to look at it on a case by case basis. Are you looking at really inexpensive lots? The ones that are the hardest to develop, or have issues like you mention above, are going to be in the lower price ranges. You may try looking up in price range a bit and see if there is a difference.
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Fri Oct 29, 2010
Gary McNinch answered:
Hi Elizabeth,

Here is a link to HGTV. Good luck and have fun.

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Fri Mar 6, 2015
James Hsu answered:
De-facto standard is vinyl double-paned ... I am not hearing much new technologies in windows (making my argument on the heating question you posed moot). If you need to meet certain architectural styles, then sometimes wood framed windows are used, but generally white vinyl double-paned.
If you want to get really fancy ..triple-paned windows can be used, but the benefits of a triple may not outweigh the costs.

aluminum has a very strong tendency to weep ..meaning gather moisture on the exposed areas inside the house causing slow and gradual water damage to molding, drywalls, etc. (at least the aluminums in my rental house do and my parents house).

Fiberglass, i haven't done much research into nor have i seen many.
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Sat Apr 25, 2009
Gloria Matthews answered:
pretty common in older homes, ....not so common in newer construction.
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Thu Aug 2, 2007
Vicki Maselli-Shoop answered:
Hi Cynthia,

I'm in Atlanta, Georgia and not familiar with your real estate market in Seattle (although I was born there and used to periodically travel to the area on business ;-)

For the particular neighborhood that you are referring to, do the homes have ample driveway and garage parking? If so, I would not think that speed-bumps, fire lanes and no parking signs have any bearing on the value. However, if there is little to no driveway and/or garage parking, I would tend to believe that these things do impact a properties worth (at least in the minds of home buyers desiring convenient overnight parking).

Best wishes,

Ted Shoop - ABR, e-PRO, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
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Mon Jul 9, 2007 answered:
Yes - if you abide by the county code restrictions. Before you hire a contractor - call the code office in the county where you preside or go in person with the survey of your property and the plat. ... more
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Wed Apr 23, 2008
Roberta Murphy answered:
I don't know about your area, but in San Diego having the historical designation is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because you receive a very suibstantial discount on property taxes and enjoy certain protections. It is also a curse because you will be severely limited in what you can do with the property and its original footprint. ... more
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Fri Apr 25, 2008
Lloyd Frink answered:
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