Are You Ready for the Rainy Season?

Don’t get all wet. Prepare for the rainy season while it’s dry.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We know. The last thing you are thinking about at the summer barbecue is preparing for the stormy season. But it really is worth taking a look around your house during fair weather, because finding out you have a problem during inclement conditions is at best inconvenient and at worst very costly.

Check your rain gutters.
Clear them out and make sure they are in good working order to prevent damage to the roof or house.

Look at your roof.
If you see loose or damaged shingles, get them repaired. Look for tears and buckling on flashing. Check the chimney and look for damaged bricks, cap or cracked joints. Don’t forget the flashing there too.

Check indoors for signs of roof leaks.
Look for discoloration and peeling paint on ceilings and walls. Check in the attic for damp rafters.

Check the trees.
Trim back branches and cut sections that could fall in a rainstorm.

Check doors and windows.
Make sure there are properly insulated with weather stripping.

Look for water collecting at the base of the house.
Redirect water with trenches or drains.

Keep sandbags on hand.
if your area is prone to flooding, keep them filled and at the ready.

Check for erosion.
This is important if you live near a hillside. Shore them up if necessary.

Most importantly enjoy the fall and all the beauty it holds.

Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time

Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time

Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time | MyKCM

Last week, the National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic slowdown is in the near future:

“While only 10% of panelists expect a recession in 2019, 42% say a recession will happen in 2020, and 25% expect one in 2021.”

Their findings coincide with three previous surveys calling for a slowdown sometime in the next two years:

  1. The Pulsenomics Survey of Market Analysts
  2. The Wall Street Journal Survey of Economists
  3. The Duke University Survey of American CFOs

That raises the question: Will the real estate market be impacted like it was during the last recession?

A recession does not equal a housing crisis. According to the dictionary definition, a recession is:

“A period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.”

During the last recession, prices fell dramatically because the housing collapse caused the recession. However, if we look at the previous four recessions, we can see that home values weren’t negatively impacted:

  • January 1980 to July 1980: Home values rose 4.5%
  • July 1981 to November 1982: Home values rose 1.9%
  • July 1990 to March 1991: Home values fell less than 1%
  • March 2001 to November 2001: Home values rose 4.8%

Most experts agree with Ralph McLaughlin, CoreLogic’s Deputy Chief Economist, who recently explained:

“There’s no reason to panic right now, even if we may be headed for a recession. We’re seeing a cooling of the housing market, but nothing that indicates a crash.”

The housing market is just “normalizing”. Inventory is starting to increase and home prices are finally stabilizing. This is a good thing for both buyers and sellers as we move forward.

Bottom Line

If there is an economic slowdown in our near future, there is no need for fear to set in. As renowned financial analyst, Morgan Housel, recently tweeted:

“An interesting thing is the widespread assumption that the next recession will be as bad as 2008. Natural to think that way, but, statistically, highly unlikely. Could be over before you realized it began.”

Real estate-related community news (and a bit of awesomeness).

REAL ESTATE news

Sales of existing homes slipped 0.7 percent in July, fourth straight monthly decline

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Lower priced homes are experiencing fewer price reductions than upper end properties

Why hospitals are investing in real estate

Home value growth slowing in several hot markets

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

Young homebuyers funding home down payment from their retirement account

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Massive student debt makes homeownership almost impossible

HOME trends

Guide to understanding your home’s value

Declutter your kitchen and double your storage space Kitchen

Questions to ask before buying a condo

LOCAL news

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Seattle-area frenetic growth has cooled, but boom is still on

Buyers see hope on the horizon in cooling Seattle market

Seattle-area drops to the #12 market for home price growth

Home price acceleration slows, but it’s still a challenge if you’re a buyer

Seattle #2 on list of best cities for ice cream lovers

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Performing arts and affordable housing come together in planned Rainier Valley development

Why do so many apartment buildings in Seattle look the same?apartment

New Hugo House opens in Seattle

The SR-99 tunnel gets its stripes (and some running stick figures)

Amazon leases Expedia’s entire Bellevue tower

Renton’s Kenworth Truck assembly plant celebrates 25 yearstruck

Port of Everett breaks ground on huge and historic modernization project

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Economic outlook for Washington State

Where do Washington State’s billionaires live?

Homes throughout the Northwest continue to appreciate

WEEKLY DOSE OF awesomeness

What do the smart home systems of the wealthy have that Alexa doesn’t?

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(hint: Morgan Freeman)