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Realistic Expectations - home purchase in Seattle

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Have you thought about a duplex? Live in one half, rent out the other. I believe that a portion of the rent will be considered in the total loan you qualify for. Your "half" of the property may be larger than what you could get if going the single family route. Something to discuss with your loan officer and your realtor.
June 23
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Find a Chinese Agent

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I know a number of good, experienced, competent and trustworthy bi-lingual Chinese agents who work with investors. Contact me for their contact info.Reid Guthrie[contact information removed by Zillow moderator]
January 17 2013
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What kind of company should I call if my basement is leaking?

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I've been a home inspector since 1995. I've seen multiple examples of the work of Wu Construction, Bodine Construction, and Perma-Dry NW. I would trust any of them to do that kind of work for me. They all serve the greater Seattle area.
December 28 2012
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Need to replace Knob & Tubing due to ins. coverage, but have a renter. How should we handle this?

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There are companies that will cover homes w K&T wiring. May cost a bit more, but probably cheaper than re-wiring the house.
July 30 2012
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We are looking to buy a DR Horton house in Washington state, please advise on their quality

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Home Inspector here. Have looked at many DRHorton homes since they moved into the Washington market a few years back. They tend to provide a good product. I have yet to find a "defect-free" home, but can't recall any significant issues with any of the dozens of DR Horton homes that I've  inspected.  From what I've seen of the materials and workmanship, I would consider purchasing a DR Horton home if I was in the market for new construction. 
January 15 2012
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How is life with a well?

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Some things that others haven't yet mentioned - you might expect some seasonal variation in the pressure and flow rate. Depending on the climate, if your well is in a detached well house, there may be some risk of equipment freezing/failing, so you may need to provide a relaiable heat source in the well house.
December 16 2011
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Why does my current home show as last sold in 2010? I bought in 02

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Contact me off line - I'm not going to put that info on the discussion board.
November 04 2011
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Should the person who does the sewer scope give your an estimate for the cost of repairs?

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Any defects starting at the sidewalk and going into the street are going to be complicated repairs, particularly if you're in Seattle. The City has to do part of the work if it's in the utility right of way, and that will add $ to the cost. Get multiple bids and factor the project costs into your response to the seller. As a home inspector, I've seen plenty of failed/damaged sewers, and these projects can quickly run over $10k.
October 08 2011
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