Rebls: A New Matchmaking Service For Off-Market Homes

King County homeowners and homebuyers have another new option as Rebls—a matchmaking service for off-market homes—officially launches today. I connected with the Rebls team a few months ago and have had a few conversations with its founders Bryan Copley and Jeff White. What they’re doing is an interesting and unique approach to buying and selling. […]

Homeowner Tool Review: Toro Ultra Blower Vac Leaf Blower

Among the many “joys” of home ownership is the never-ending cycle of home maintenance. Since fall is the time when many homeowners find their lawns and driveways buried under a thick layer of brown, red, and gold, I thought it would be worthwhile to post a brief review of the Toro Ultra Blower Vac that […]

Rising Homeownership May Lead to Rising Unemployment

There was an interesting article in the New York Times last week that caught my attention: Homeownership May Actually Cause Unemployment Homeownership is a good thing, for the individual and for society. Or so American governments, whether Republican or Democrat, have long believed. The benefits have been cited repeatedly in justifying the existence and expansion […]

Homebuying Tip: Get a Sewer Scope Inspection

So far in this week’s poll more people have indicated a preference for homes built before 1940 than any of the other options. If you’re shopping for older homes, in addition to your regular inspection, you should really get a sewer scope done as well. A sewer scope is exactly what it sounds like. They […]

Pro Tip: LeakFrog to the Rescue

Sorry, no time for a substantive post today. Dealing with a leak a section of my home’s sewer line that runs right under the platform the previous home owner built to hold the water heater. Thankfully, when water started pouring out of a failed joint last night, the LeakFrog I had placed in that area […]

Great Reports from Redfin and Zillow

There has been some great stuff coming out of our Seattle-area “alternative” real estate businesses Redfin and Zillow this week that deserve to be mentioned. First up, Redfin came out with a great paper called Seven Tactics for Real Estate Bargaining. Check out their blog post announcing the study here. They analyzed recent sales data […]