Street Cents http://kplu.org en Home Loans To Get More Scrutiny In 2014 http://kplu.org/post/home-loans-get-more-scrutiny-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you're planning to buy a house this year, closing on the deal will come with some changes.&nbsp; The two </span>biggies<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says Seattle area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar, involve appraisals and the final approval of&nbsp; your bank loan.</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 12320 at http://kplu.org Home Loans To Get More Scrutiny In 2014 Buying a Recreational Home: Is the Couch Included? http://kplu.org/post/buying-recreational-home-couch-included <p></p><p>With the economy picking up, housing sales have also been on the rise, including recreational property. Many of those ski chalets and charming cabins often include furniture.</p><p>Is it OK to include couches, lamps and things in a sale? Maybe, says Seattle real estate appraiser Richard Hagar, but you need to be careful.</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 11371 at http://kplu.org Buying a Recreational Home: Is the Couch Included? Key Questions to Ask Before Letting an Appraiser in the Door http://kplu.org/post/key-questions-ask-letting-appraiser-door <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should you vet a residential appraiser before letting him in the door? That's the question KPLU's&nbsp;John Maynard had.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Ask questions!" says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Hagar, a Seattle-area&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">real estate appraiser and educator.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 10817 at http://kplu.org Key Questions to Ask Before Letting an Appraiser in the Door Property Values: Computers Versus the Human Eye http://kplu.org/post/property-values-computers-versus-human-eye <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Want to know the value of a house? There are plenty of online resources to help you find the answer, including popular sites like&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.zillow.com/seattle-wa/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Zillow</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But </span>KPLU&#39;s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> John Maynard wants to know whether online sources for property values are enough to go on.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 10213 at http://kplu.org Property Values: Computers Versus the Human Eye New Apartments Filling Up While Retail Space Below Sits Empty http://kplu.org/post/new-apartments-filling-while-retail-space-below-sits-empty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Apartments in the Seattle area are in high demand, but the retail space in many of the new mixed-use complexes are not filling up as fast.</span></p><p>Local appraiser Richard Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard that there's a surplus of retail space and that's keeping the "for lease" signs up longer on vacant store-front windows.</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:23:36 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 9870 at http://kplu.org New Apartments Filling Up While Retail Space Below Sits Empty Buying a Historical Landmark http://kplu.org/post/buying-historical-landmark <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Interested in buying a home that's on a register of historic places? If so, you could be stepping into a lovely slice of&nbsp; history, but it's&nbsp; likely you will be expected to help preserve and maintain it. This goes for stand-alone houses and condos that are part of a historically-significant building.</span></p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 9529 at http://kplu.org Buying a Historical Landmark In Seattle's hot housing market, expert says 'buy; don't rent' http://kplu.org/post/seattles-hot-housing-market-expert-says-buy-dont-rent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Say you have out-of-town friends who are moving to Seattle. They want advice on whether to buy a house right away or rent first. What would you say to them? Seattle real estate appraiser Richard Hagar tells </span>KPLU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> John Maynard that he would urge them to buy right away.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 9205 at http://kplu.org In Seattle's hot housing market, expert says 'buy; don't rent' Money for thin air: Selling your home's 'air rights' http://kplu.org/post/money-thin-air-selling-your-homes-air-rights <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The air above your house could be worth a lot of cash if you have a view that's enjoyed by others in your neighborhood.</span></p><p>If you have a low-lying home that sits on a bank overlooking Puget Sound, for example, chances are the neighbors on the hill behind you may want to pay you to keep you from building up and blocking their view.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 8979 at http://kplu.org Money for thin air: Selling your home's 'air rights' Better to talk more and text less when buying a home http://kplu.org/post/better-talk-more-and-text-less-when-buying-home <p>Millennials are the most connected generation in history. In fact, The Pew Research Center calls them "history's 'always connected' generation, treating their handheld devices 'almost like a body part.'"</p><p>So when it comes to buying a home, Millennials (those born after 1982) are more likely to do most of their research online as well as communicate electronically. This extends to communicating with real estate agents. But real estate appraiser Richard Hagar says if you're buying a home, "talking" through texting&nbsp; is useful only up to a certain point.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 8680 at http://kplu.org Better to talk more and text less when buying a home Foreclosed houses at higher risk of meth contamination http://kplu.org/post/foreclosed-houses-higher-risk-meth-contamination <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of us have heard about houses and even hotel rooms that have been used to </span><a href="http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Contaminants/DrugLabs/MethLabs.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">cook methamphetamine</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But most of the time, the pictures of those crime scenes show a rundown house in a rural area or a seedy hotel that few of us would frequent.</span></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 8241 at http://kplu.org Foreclosed houses at higher risk of meth contamination Are you living on a garbage dump? http://kplu.org/post/are-you-living-garbage-dump <p>What exactly do our houses sit on? Seattle area real estate appraiser and educator Richard Hagar tells KPLU's John Hagar that it's not uncommon for office buildings and homes to be built on former garbage dumps.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 7895 at http://kplu.org Are you living on a garbage dump? Seattle property values: Catching up with San Francisco? http://kplu.org/post/seattle-property-values-catching-san-francisco <p>What's ahead for Seattle when it comes to property values and density? Seattle-area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar tell's KPLU's John Maynard that San Francisco may have some of the answers.</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 7725 at http://kplu.org Seattle property values: Catching up with San Francisco? High tides and storms risky for waterfront property http://kplu.org/post/high-tides-and-storms-risky-waterfront-property <p>Stormy weather and high tides may add drama to a waterfront view but they can also lead to major property damage, especially&nbsp; if your home sits close to the shore.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 7435 at http://kplu.org High tides and storms risky for waterfront property Fewer parking spaces in Seattle apartments likely to drive up prices http://kplu.org/post/fewer-parking-spaces-seattle-apartments-likely-drive-prices <p>As Seattle continues to focus on urban density, parking for those living within the urban core is becoming harder to find.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 7255 at http://kplu.org Fewer parking spaces in Seattle apartments likely to drive up prices Full disclosure or risk a lawsuit http://kplu.org/post/full-disclosure-or-risk-lawsuit <p>If you buy a house and shortly after moving in you're surprised to find a big crack in the foundation or the septic tank bubbling over, wouldn't your first question be, "Did the seller know about this?" Seattle-area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar says it's bad news all around if problems are not disclosed before the sale. Surprises like this not only mean headaches for the buyer but more times than not they lead to&nbsp; lawsuits for the seller and his real estate agent. So, what exactly should a seller disclose?</p><p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 6898 at http://kplu.org Full disclosure or risk a lawsuit