Tag Archive | neighborhood

Not for sale? Not necessarily a problem.

May Buying Advice: Choked by a weak housing inventory, some agents are coaxing homeowners to the market with a different approach. Frustrated with the lack of housing inventory, homebuyers in many markets are taking matters into their own hands by sending letters to homeowners and asking them to sell. In this month’s Buying Advice, we’ll […]

Bringing Beauty to the Parking Strip

The city owns it, but the homeowner is supposed to maintain it. No wonder the parking strip — that space between the curb and sidewalk — is often referred to as “no man’s land.” Small trees add curb appeal to the parking strip in front of this Seattle home. Ironically, this much-maligned patch of earth is often […]

Renovate or Relocate?

To move or to improve? For the first time since the housing market went bust, homeowners are seriously contemplating that question. Until recently, selling a home was a dicey proposition. Even those who were lucky enough to find a buyer often walked away with far less than the home’s previous value, and in some cases […]

Creating Privacy on Decks and Patios

Build a private haven in your outdoor space with plants, fences or even artwork. A small porch becomes a private party space with this imaginative makeover by landscape designer Jamie Durie, who created “pocket gardens” around the perimeter to create a living wall. The grasses and trailing plants in the planting pockets are non-fussy plants […]

Signs of a Housing Recovery in Your Neighborhood

Just because all the talking heads are saying “housing is back!” doesn’t mean everyone is buying it. There’s a high degree of skepticism surrounding the housing recovery, according to a recent survey by the MacArthur Foundation. According to the survey, 77 percent of homeowners don’t believe the housing crisis is over, with some saying the […]