Things to consider when buying a lake property

Buying a lake house can be a great investment, regardless of whether you intend to use it as a vacation property or a year-round residence. With that said, you shouldn’t rush into buying a lakefront property just because it’s available. As with any house, there are some things that you should think about before you sign on the dotted line. Here are a few specific considerations you should keep in mind when looking at a lake property that’s for sale.

Higher Moisture Levels

One of the first things that you’ll notice is that there’s more moisture in the air close to the lake. Higher humidity can be unpleasant during the summer, but it also can have a negative effect on your property as a whole. Mold, mildew and other humidity-related damage can occur over time, so it’s important to make sure that properties you consider were built and furnished with this in mind.

High Water Table

Because the property sits close to the lake, you’re going to have a higher water table than you would with more landlocked properties. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if the property has a basement or other underground area then you need to see what effects the water table has on those areas. Keep an eye out for leaks, flooding, cracks or mold that might be a result of the water table being higher than usual.

Lake Access

Having a home close to the lake is nice, but it becomes significantly less nice if it doesn’t offer you lake access that meets your needs. If you have a boat, see if you’ll have easy lake access from your property or if you’ll have to get on the water somewhere else. Likewise, if you just want peaceful evenings to watch the sun set over the water, make sure that there isn’t a busy lake access point or marina close to your property.

Inspect the Water Line

There’s more to consider when buying a lakefront property than just the view. Take the time to walk along the water line and see what sort of shape the shore and the nearby water are in. Look for signs of erosion in the shoreline and yard and see whether the water itself is choked with weeds or other plant life. You should also look for signs of debris or other indicators of how high the water tends to get when the lake is swollen from rain.

Take a Deep Breath

A lake house can be a feast for the eyes, but those aren’t the only senses you’ll experience your lake property with. Lakes often have a distinctive smell, and in some cases, it can be pretty strong. A little bit of lake odor is usually pretty easy to overlook, especially if your house is set back from the water a bit. For some lakes, though, it can be almost overpowering, especially during the summer months when you’re most likely to want to be out on the lake. Before you buy, make sure that any odors from the lake are tolerable not only for you but also any guests that you might want to invite out.

Check on Your Insurance

If you’re buying a lakefront home, you may find that it costs more to insure than a property that’s more inland. In some cases, the insurance can cost substantially more. That’s not even counting flood insurance or other disaster-related policies that you’ll likely want to take out. Just make sure that the cost of insuring your new lake property isn’t going to be more than you can really afford to take out.

Find the Perfect Lake Property

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Beautiful, move in ready home in Tehaleh is ready for you to call home! This 5 bedroom (or 4 bedroom + large bonus), 2.5 bathroom is sure to please! Open concept with gorgeous white kitchen (all appliances stay!) with wood laminate flooring throughout main, gas fireplace in the great room and on the covered patio. Huge master with enormous walk in closet and well appointed 5 piece bath. Bonus room with closet currently used as oversized 5th bedroom, choice is yours! Close to dog park and trail heads to miles of trails/ parks.

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This home has all the upgrades you could ask for! This 4 bed, 2.5 bath home on greenbelt has hand scraped hardwoods thru-out main, kitchen with island, butlers pantry, and quartz counter tops, open floor plan, gas stone fireplace in the great room, formal dining room, office on main with French doors, all beds have walk-in closets, and Master suite has 5pc bath & coffee bar. Don’t miss outdoor living with gas fireplace and electric heater. Privacy fencing, surround sound, tech/command center, upstairs loft & so more…

Just Listed!

Stunning Brookstone home on lush greenbelt has everything you could hope for! The grand open spindle staircase welcomes you upon entering and it just gets better from there! High-end plantation shutters throughout entire home, wood floors throughout main level, gorgeous kitchen open to great room with farmhouse sink & all appliances stay!

Master suite with sitting room, 2 walk in closets and 5 piece bath. You’ll love the privacy in your backyard with covered patio & fireplace. Backyard has a gate leading to 20+ miles of walking trails. Close to dog park & trailheads!

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Update: Latest Construction Trends

Throughout the years, the construction industry, and the trends that it follows, have changed significantly. While some key elements in construction tend to stay more or less the same, in other areas the industry needs to be adaptable to keep up with the changing wants and needs of consumers and other clients. So if you’re considering a change, but aren’t really sure what you want in your home, here are a few of the recent and upcoming construction trends to keep in mind.

Children’s Playrooms

A lot of homeowners with children have come to feel that their kids need a place to play when at home. While children can and will play anywhere, giving them free reign of the house can be nerve-wracking, especially when you have to clean it all up every day. Establishing a dedicated playroom helps to contain the chaos, confining the clutter to a single area within the house. It’s possible to use an existing room as-is for a playroom, but a lot of parents would prefer to do at least a little bit of remodeling to ensure that the room both meets their kids’ needs, and is optimized for safety and storage.

Ditching the Dining Room

Big formal dining rooms have been popular for a long time, though that popularity has waxed and waned over the years. These days, many households aren’t using their dining rooms nearly as much as they did in past decades. As a result, more homeowners are looking for other things to do with that space other than using it to hold a table and chairs. This has led to surge in remodeling to make better use of that dining room area, with homeowners opting instead to create nooks or other smaller dining spaces that can be used much more efficiently at mealtime.

Smart Home Construction

Once a thing of science fiction, smart home technology and home automation are increasingly popular options for homeowners. A lot of smart home automation tech is designed to be plug-and-play, with smart lights, smart thermostats and various sensors being available as aftermarket purchases. For new construction, though, more people are opting for integrated technology. Built-in smart sensors to track things like water leaks, open windows and various aspects of security are all popular. Other construction options such as built-in Ethernet and design that avoids Wi-Fi dead spots are also being requested more and more frequently.

Home Office Spaces

As people work from home more often, they need a dedicated area to do their work in. In some cases, this is as simple as moving a computer into a spare bedroom, but many home workers require more customization for their home office space. This can come in the form of additional storage or custom work areas, improved soundproofing or electrical work such as improved lighting and added outlets. Other home workers may want a custom outbuilding to serve as a “shedquarters” so that they have a work area that’s at home but separate from the house itself.

Smaller Room Designs

While open room designs have been popular for years, there has been a shift recently to smaller and more distinct rooms within the home. This doesn’t apply to every room, of course; for living rooms and some other spaces within the house, bigger and more open continues to be popular. And having other rooms with a more compact design can make these seem bigger by comparison, even when you don’t have a huge amount of floor space to spend on big open areas.

Keeping Up with the Trends

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It’s Time For A Giveaway!

The Liz Keeps It Real team has been missing all of our friends and clients during this quarantine and thought talking to you all would be amazing! So, we are going to give one lucky person a Big Green Egg grill and some fun grilling essentials to go with! All you have to do is call us!

The Big Green Egg is the highest-quality ceramic cooker on the market. But what are the benefits of a ceramic grill? The EGG’s design allows it to trap heat inside when in use. This means that it’s safe to touch without worrying about burning your fingers. Being airtight, the design also weatherproofs the cooker which allows you to use it in rain or snow.

 ​​THAT’S NOT ALL! We are also raffling off one $50 Visa gift card if you are able to give us a referral for someone looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate at the time you call in on the 15th!

Call us on Friday, May 15th at 253-670-0357 between 9am-2pm to enter!  We hope you will spread the word and share this awesome opportunity! 

Weekly Round Up

We have some awesome new listings this week!  If you have been looking to upgrade/downsize or know someone who would love to live in Tehaleh, we are available to help.  Reach out today and lets discuss how our team can help make your goals a reality!

Gorgeous move in ready St. Tropez plan in Trilogy 55+ community, offers resort style living in Tehaleh! Beautiful, landscaped corner lot with sprinkler system and all grass is maintained by the HOA! Large windows let in tons of natural light and look out into the back yard which has a covered patio and stone gas fireplace.  This home has over $100K in stunning upgrades including wood wrapped windows, master closet system, AC & more!  Over-sized 2 car garage with built in storage.  Access to Seven Summits Lodge with gym, swimming, events, dining and classes.

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Stunning Lennar Carnation resale on the best greenbelt in Tehaleh! Main floor features include soaring ceilings in the great room with tons of natural light, bedroom and full bathroom, Chef’s kitchen with double ovens (Fridge stays too!), huge pantry, butler’s pantry and mudroom off the garage.  Upstairs, you will love the open loft, huge laundry room, and generous master suite. All of the bedrooms have walk-in closets!  Enjoy the tranquility in the backyard from your covered patio.  Includes Smart Home Automation WiFi- CERTIFIED.

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Is Now A Good Time To Buy?

May 4, 2020 Liz Johnson

With social distancing being an important part of life at the moment and so many parts of the economy suffering the effects of state lockdowns, some are worried about how all of this will affect the housing market. This is especially a concern for those who were hoping to buy a new home and have seen their plans potentially derailed by the pandemic. Is this a good time to consider buying a new home, assuming that it’s even safe to do so?

Depending on where you live, the answer may be surprising.

It’s a Buyer’s Market in Some Markets (but not everywhere)

With the current state of the world, the demand for real estate has dropped significantly in some parts of the US and Canada. This has left many of those who have already listed homes for sale or who were planning to list over the summer in a position where there are far fewer people looking at their properties. For some sellers, this isn’t much of an issue; they can simply wait it out and stick to their previous plans. A lot of sellers don’t have that luxury, though. This creates a buyer’s market where a lot of sellers are willing to consider offers that they wouldn’t have in the past, giving potential buyers a lot more control in the home-buying process.

As the name suggests, it’s always good to buy in a buyer’s market. It isn’t necessarily a great time to list a home for sale, of course, since you’d likely have to settle for a lower offer than you were expecting if you want to move the property. This usually helps to balance out the market, with listing rates slowing down to meet demand until things pick back up again.

With all of that said, not every market is experiencing this pandemic the same way.  In fact, many markets remain a seller’s market due to low inventory, mortgage rates, or any number of other local demand characteristics.

Demand Is Staying Low in Most Markets

Most of the time, a buyer’s market is caused by shifts in the economy that have people trying to save money; an example of this would be a recession. These economic shifts temporarily reduce the number of people who are willing to take on large debts, creating a glut of sellers trying to entice a smaller pool of buyers. The buyer’s market typically fizzles out once the number of sellers shrinks or the economy stabilizes.

In the current buyer’s market, the economy certainly plays a factor. There is an external factor at play here as well, however: The physical distancing that COVID-19 requires has added additional worry about open houses and other forms of interpersonal contact that are traditional when buying or selling a house. There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, including how long it will last, so with this external factor and the currently stunted economy we could see demand stay low for longer than you would expect in a buyer’s market situation.

Market Recovery

This isn’t to say that the market won’t recover, of course. Some states have already started reopening non-essential businesses and other parts of the economy, and other states have plans to start reopening soon. The economy will likely stay sluggish for a while, but reopening is the first part of recovery. Even the pandemic is becoming something less of a factor as people continue to practice social caution and science continues to work toward treatment and vaccine options. While market recovery may take longer than in the past, a recovery will happen, and the good deals that buyers can find now will become less common as things move forward.

Buying Safe

If you do decide to shop for a home in the current market, make sure that you’re smart about it and stay safe. Maintain all physical distancing practices while looking at homes, even if there is only a seller or agent present. Ask whether no-contact options such as virtual tours or virtual closing with digital signage are options, and if touring the property request that any doors or other barriers be opened before you arrive to reduce contact. Wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer and take the same precautions that you would in any other social situation. This may seem excessive for viewing a home, but keep in mind that these practices not only protect you, but also protect the seller and agent as well.

New Real Estate Rules Under Social Distancing

 April 27, 2020 Liz Johnson

Buying or selling a home can be stressful even under ordinary circumstances. Unfortunately, the current state of the world is far from ordinary. The housing market is feeling the crunch, as fewer buyers want to get out and shop for a home, and fewer sellers want to take a risk with selling. This isn’t to say that nobody’s buying and selling, of course; the market is just going through some changes.

One of the biggest changes revolves around how buyers and sellers are handling social isolation and social distancing. If you’re thinking of selling, or are in the market to buy, here are a few new “rules” to keep in mind when entering the real estate fray in the era of self-isolation.

Increasing Online Presence

One of the big changes to the real estate process is an increased dependence on online resources instead of in-person shopping. This includes lots of pictures and videos of properties being posted online, but many sellers are taking things even further than this. Recorded virtual tours, online conferences to allow buyers to ask questions about the property, and even livestream walk-throughs with a seller or agent showing the property are all increasingly popular options to supplement or even replace in-person showings and conferences.

Fewer Open Houses

Open houses are a popular way to show off a property to many potential buyers, but in the current crisis these events are a big no-no. In many locales, open houses aren’t even allowed under state and federal guidance. In states where they haven’t been specifically banned, many sellers are still hesitant to hold an event that would bring multiple people into close contact with each other. Online “virtual open house” conferences are popping up as one option to adapt to this, letting multiple potential buyers come together on Zoom or a similar video conference service at the same time to get a better feel for the property that’s being sold.

More One-on-One Time

As convenient as online access and virtual tours are during the current isolation period, few if any buyers would sign on the dotted line without getting a chance to see a property in person. To accommodate this, many sellers and agents are meeting with potential buyers by appointment only. This lets a potential buyer get a good look at the property in question while also restricting the size of the meeting as much as possible. Many of these appointments are made with the understanding that if any participant feels the least bit under the weather on the day of the meet-up, then it will need to be rescheduled for another time.

Respecting Social Distancing

Even when buyers and sellers do meet up, the process is usually a little different than it used to be. Social distancing rules are usually respected, meaning that everyone involved should stay at least six feet apart at all times to prevent potential infection. Discussions about the property and general Q&As are more likely to occur outdoors in the open air, and any greetings or introductions skip out on traditional handshakes. Masks, gloves, shoe covers and hand sanitizer are commonly available on site, and many sellers go through and open all of the doors and windows to both maximize airflow and to allow interested buyers access to the entire house without having to touch doorknobs or other surfaces in order to see inside.

Closing Remotely

Remote closing negotiations are becoming much more common, taking advantage of video conferencing to bring everyone together without actually having to be in the same room. There may be some instances where people have to meet up to actually sign paperwork, but digital signing is more common because it removes that point of contact. Even when people do come together for closing and signing, it’s much more likely that everyone will utilize social distancing and that both parties will use their own pens instead of sharing.

As you can see, the way we do things as shifted slightly but we are still working hard to ensure our clients have the same level of service as before.  The market has not stopped; people are still moving and still looking.  If we can help your family with a real estate question or need, please reach out today! 

Prepping Your Home For Sale

Whether you have been thinking of listing your home or already have it listed, we have some tips on how you can get your home market ready, increase your homes traffic and make it more appealing to that perfect buyer.  

Maximize Curb Appeal
Getting them through the front door starts at the curb. Manicure the lawn, trim the trees and shrubs. Pull weeds and plant some colorful flowers. Clear the walkways. Fix peeling paint and wind up that hose. Paint the address number on the curb.

Make Repairs to Visible Blemishes
Is there something that’s an eyesore, but an easy fix? If looking at it bothers you, it could bother a potential buyer and reduce the appeal of your home. Replace burnt out light bulbs, fix that loose door handle, make needed paint touch-ups.

Make a Buyer’s Entrance Inviting
Freshly paint the front door with a color that contrasts the house. Add a new welcome mat. Hang a fresh wreath on the door.

Let the Light Shine In
Removing heavy window coverings to let in the natural light we all crave. Add lamps to brighten up darker areas to add more cheer.

Remove the Clutter
This serves two purposes. First, you want your home to have an open and inviting appearance. Removing clutter will make rooms appear larger and more appealing. Second, it helps YOU prepare to move. Going through the clutter and getting rid of what you don’t need will make your move much easier.

Remove Personal Items
It will be much easier for a potential buyer to imagine your home as theirs when they can envision their own items in it.

Highlight Special Features
Use accents and color to draw eyes to special features that you want potential buyers to notice—throw pillows, plants or other eye-catching accessories.

Add Mirrors
Use mirrors to make rooms look larger and lighter. Position opposite windows for best effect.

Clean Out Cabinets and Closets
Buyers are nosy and they WILL open the cabinets. Make sure your contents are orderly and organized.

Eliminate Odors
Clean to remove any odors and do not cook any meals with heavy, lasting smells before a showing.

Add Aromas
You can easily add appeal by quartering an orange and adding it to a pot of water with a cinnamon stick. Simmer on low for an inviting aroma. Or bake a fresh batch of cookies (and leave a plate of them on the counter for visitors).

Our team here at Liz Keeps It REAL- Estate is ready and available to answer any of your question’s regarding your homes worth and the listing process.  We would love the chance to help you get your house SOLD! Contact Liz today at 253-670-0357.

Weekly Listing Round Up

Tehaleh homes are hot right now! The real estate market is still busy and we are actively matching people with their dream homes. If you have been thinking of selling your home and making a move but all the uncertainty right now has you nervous to take that step, please reach out! Let’s chat and talk about why right now is the perfect time to get you in a new home.

NOW CONTINGENT!

Although our methods have changed a little, we are still busy matching awesome clients with their dream homes!  People are still looking and the market is still going strong.  We are here to help you and those you know who may be ready for something bigger, ready for more land to spread out, ready to make a move to somewhere new, or even needing to downsize, we will use every tool we have to make it as easy as possible for you during these tough times.  Reach out to our team and lets get you moving

NOW CONTINGENT!!

Exquisite MainVue resale features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + all of the luxury that comes standard with a MainVue home! Extra special because it backs to a gorgeous pond & park with views of the Cascades. Main floor den is set away from main living areas for privacy.Great room boasts an abundance of natural light with ceiling-height walls of sliding glass that opens to the Outdoor Room with fireplace. In the kitchen enjoy Quartz counters, huge pantry & Electrolux appliances. Amazing master suite, A/C & more!

Gorgeous move-in ready home on HUGE lot in Tehaleh! This home has it all! 4 bedrooms (one is a mini-master suite in addition to the Master) + 2 additional bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, gigantic upper loft and den on the main floor. Kitchen with a butler’s pantry, double ovens, a pot filler over gas cooktop and large island overlooking great room. A/C with Nest “smart connect” thermostat. French doors lead out to to oversized patio with gas hookup and private putting green with sprinkler system! 3 car garage has electric car charger with overhead storage.

Finally, a Next-Gen home in Tehaleh on a greenbelt is now available! This amazing Bainbridge (Home Within A Home) by Lennar will not disappoint even the pickiest of buyers! Main home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + loft and tech center. Main floor suite is 1 bedroom + .75 bathroom and has a separate entry. Home features Smart Home Automation by Amazon and is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™. Chef’s kitchen boasts an oversized quartz kitchen island, stainless appliances and large pantry. Fully fenced, private back yard, A/C too!

Remarkable resale in Tehaleh on a greenbelt is waiting for you to call home! This 3 bedroom+loft+flex room features a welcoming front porch and dramatic 2 story entry that makes this the obvious choice! Gorgeous wood floors throughout the main living areas, 3/4 bathroom on the main plus glass french doors that lead to the flex room off the kitchen which could be an office, play room or formal dining. Kitchen is a chef’s dream with double ovens and 2 pantries. Private back yard features a covered patio with gas fireplace.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to live in Tehaleh at such an amazing price! Move in ready, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom,  2317 sq ft home. The front porch welcomes you in and then gleaming wood floors greet you as you enter this spacious, well kept home. Kitchen features slab granite, gas range, butler’s pantry and opens to the great room. Loft upstairs makes for a great flex space. Home includes A/C, large laundry room with built in cabinets and walking distance to 20 miles of trails, several parks close by and more