What’s the best use for a Seattle-area basement?

Let’s say you own a home in the Seattle area that sports an unfinished basement. Do you: Leave it unfinished and use it as storage? Partially finish it and use it as a workshop? Finish it and use it as a rec room? Fully finish it with bedrooms and a bathroom? Something else? I’m curious […]

Misleading Total Square Footage from NWMLS Includes Unfinished Basements by Design

If you’ve been searching for homes in the Seattle area for longer than about a week, you’ve probably had an experience like this: After searching your favorite listings website for homes between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet, you find a decent-looking 1,800 square foot home that looks like a good candidate in your price range. […]

Finished Basements: What Could Go Wrong?

If you have spent some time looking at homes for sale around here, you have probably noticed that finished basements are frequently used as a major selling point, with some listings even counting a finished basement in the advertised total square footage of a home. However, as an article in today’s Seattle P-I points out, […]