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2015 Was a Brutal Year for Home Buyers

2015 Was a Brutal Year for Home Buyers If you have ever purchased a home in a strong seller’s market, you know it can be very tough for the average home buyer. In 2013 and 2014, we noticed that competition for properties had moved to levels we’d never seen before. Then, in 2015, adverse home buying conditions and strong competition eclipsed all other years in terms of difficulty for buyers. 2015 vs. a “Normal” Market In the fairly balanced market of 2004-2007, about 7% of smaller single family homes went under contract in 5 days or less. 24% went under

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 8

The Move In.  On Friday the 26th we officially moved into the house.  We still have a stair rail that needs to be built and the back splash to install (which should both happen this week).  I have to say after everything….the headaches, the stress, constantly being on the phone, making 5-20 decisions a day, it was totally worth it.  So if you are thinking of renovating a house think very long and carefully about it.  But know that it will be worth it.  And let me know if you need any names!

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 7

Electrical.  Most of the outlets throughout the house (except for the basement) were original 1966 outlets.  Since we needed to rebuild and upgrade the electrical panel we decided to replace all the outlets and lights switches (what is referred to as re device).  This was expensive but relatively painless.  Because the house was built in 1966, we happened to have aluminum wiring.  Aluminum wiring can make the re device more complicated.  There are two options.  They can use aluminum plates, so it is an aluminum to aluminum connection, or they can pigtail.  We initially decided to do use the aluminum

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The Fascinating World of Dryer Lint

The Fascinating World of Dryer Lint It’s not unusual for home inspectors to find dryer ducts packed with lint in the course of an inspection. When they do, they strongly recommend dryer duct cleaning. This is not a trivial issue because the lint is potentially combustible and a somewhat common source of house fires. Do Your Clothes Take Forever to Dry? But with that knowledge, it still didn’t occur to Norris to have the dryer vents cleaned at his home or the rental condo he owns. Shortly after a new tenant moved into his condo last year, they called to

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 6

Termites.  As we have found throughout this process inspections can only uncover so much.  The family room had thick, dated wood paneling on all the walls.  We tested the paneling for Asbestos and it came back negative.  So we decided to have it pulled off the walls.  This is when we discovered evidence of termites.  On the exterior wall there was what looked like water damage.  I met once again with Marvin at MDR Corporation to have that wall of drywall removed and part of the ceiling so that we could re-insulate and re drywall (the interior walls showed no

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 5

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 5 By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. The Kitchen Once we closed on the house I started going through the kitchen. The cabinets and appliances, while functional, were in much worse shape than I thought. The stove was the original 1966 model

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 4

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 4 By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Replacing the Flooring We knew from the start that we were going to replace all the flooring in the house except for the bathrooms and laundry room. As with many things during this remodel, I

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 3

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 3 By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In earlier posts, I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Goodbye Swamp Cooler, Hello A/C We bought our home knowing the previous home owners did not have A/C and used a swamp cooler instead. The swamp cooler was full of mold and had not been

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 2

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 2 By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I unintentionally bought a major fixer-upper. In part one of this blog I talked about some of the problems we uncovered during our routine and not-so-routine inspections of the home. I hope my story will make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Mold Mitigation We ordered a simple air quality test for mold in the house. When it came back positive, I knew we needed to do more extensive testing and get a quote

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Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 1

Lindsey Buys a Fixer-Upper: Part 1 By Lindsey Wolf Lunney Last May, my husband and I bought an older home, built in 1966. We had not been looking for a fixer-upper, but because we loved the location, we bought it anyway. As those of you who have renovated a home know, taking on a fixer-upper is a challenging process. I wrote this blog in hopes that it might make the process easier for others who are thinking of taking on a big project like this one. Understand the Scope of Work Before You Buy When we initially bought the house

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