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Bad homeowner habits could be undermining your house. Here's how to nip serial "oopses" in the bud—and how to make them right!

By Sal Vaglica of This Old House magazine // Illustration by Ross MacDonald

Your home means the world to you—of course you intend to do right by it, from the front door to the wood floors to the walls, the roof, the porch, and yes, the septic system. But sometimes you may (unwittingly) get it wrong, and then compound any potential damage you inflict by repeating your mistake again…and again. Luckily, we're here to help. Coming up: our list of common ways even the most well-intentioned homeowners habitually hurt their houses, with advice on how to do better from here on.

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City Enacts Development Moratorium

The Issaquah City Council voted Sept. 6, 2016, to enact a six-month moratorium on certain types of development.

In 2012 — to protect Issaquah's existing neighborhoods and natural environment — the City adopted the Central Issaquah Plan (CIP), which guides the long-term evolution of Issaquah’s existing commercial core into an urban center.

Since the plan was adopted, several developments have been built, approved or are currently under review.

During a City Council work session in July 2016, the City assessed whether those projects met the community's vision for the CIP.

Several issues were identified, including:

  • Architectural fit with the community
  • Urban design elements
  • Vertical
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$324,995 - 29631 55th Ave S, Auburn

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 2
   Sq. Footage: 1,410
   Year Built: 1983
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1026822
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  Hailey Miller
Broker
714-655-0595
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Welcome to this charming, beautifully updated rambler! Home boasts: open floor plan w/ vaulted ceilings, living rm overlooking serene back yard & new deck. Gorgeous kitchen w/ granite counters, newer ss appliances, breakfast bar & workspace. Dining area is great for entertaining in front
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$550,000 - 35311 SE Swenson St, Snoqualmie

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 2.5
   Sq. Footage: 2,274
   Year Built: 2007
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1026774
OFFERED BY: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
  Leanna Young
Real Estate Broker
425.829.1029
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Welcome home to this stunning 3 bed home plus loft in Deer Park! New hardwoods throughout the main floor create inviting spaces to entertain or just relax. Dining and living room with fireplace leads to the spacious kitchen with maple cabinets, ample storage,
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$375,000 - 22406 56th Ave W, Mountainlake Terrace

   Bedrooms: 4
   Bathrooms: 1
   Sq. Footage: 1,132
   Year Built: 1954
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1026664
OFFERED BY: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
  Dafna Shalev
Broker
425-220-1356
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Turn key & remodeled rambler in highly sought after Mountlake Terrace! Great location near transit center, library, parks, restaurants & easy access to major rds! NEW wood cabinets, granite counters, full back splash & stainless appliances in kitchen. NEW doors, windows w/ beautiful wood trim! NEW
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$650,000 - 1914 - 216th Avenue SE, Sammamish

   Bedrooms: 4
   Bathrooms: 2
   Sq. Footage: 1,660
   Year Built: 1969
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 1026449
OFFERED BY: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
  Deborah Pavlic
Real Estate Broker
412-443-5121
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Immaculate, Remodeled Home close to Pine Lake. One Level living at its best!! Over $135,000 in major improvements and upgrades, including: - Open Kitchen with custom designed and built Center Island, Cabinetry, Recessed Can Lighting, Slab Granite Counter and Island
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$1,049,995 - 19417 NE 129th Way, Woodinville
  Bedrooms : 4
  Bathrooms : 3.25
  Sq. Footage : 3,571
  Year Built : 1990
  Garage Spaces : 3
  Type : Residential
  MLS® Number : 1026547
 
 
Offered By: Property Description:
  Shannon Woodcock
Real Estate Broker
206.484.5330
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Tuscany Entertaining Oasis Updated to Perfection! Traditional quality with modern upgrades in this 3,571 asf gem. PRIVATE sanctuary of greenbelt views, sport court, fire
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Housing market still active, with overall direction “positive” 

KIRKLAND, Washington (Sept. 7, 2016) – Home sales in Western Washington continued to outpace year-ago activity, but member-brokers at Northwest Multiple Listing Service say persistent inventory shortages are constraining activity. 

Despite a sparse selection in many areas, an expected summer slowdown, and “appraisal conundrums,” Northwest MLS members notched 11,898 pending sales during August, eclipsing the same month a year ago by 1,295 transactions for a 12.2 percent gain. There were 8,628 pending sales in the four-county Puget Sound region -- the best August for mutually accepted offers since 2005 when members tallied 8,874 sales.

Brokers added 11,411 new listings to the

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Home buyers get a lot of advice from friends and family – some good, some bad. A lot of myths can pop up and negatively guide their home purchasing experience. Make sure you don’t fall for one of these common buying falsehoods.

1. The only upfront cost is the down payment.

Buyers need to be prepared for several expenses – everything from fees, taxes, costs for inspections, credit reports, insurance, and others. Closing costs can be anywhere from 3 percent to 6 percent of the purchase price. Those costs can fluctuate greatly depending on the state you live in too.

Read more: Questions for Prospective Homeowners Home Buyer With Real Estate Agent

2. Just looking for a house casually is not a big deal.

Some people may want to just start looking at homes to get a feel

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This year has brought steady improvements in the real estate market. Prices rose driven by lower inventory in many markets, and consumers remained relatively optimistic about the economy and its direction—an encouraging indicator for real estate. While the long-anticipated increase in interest rates will likely occur in late 2016 or early 2017, a number of positive signs point to a balanced market with benefits for both homebuyers and sellers in the next year. For example, an increased supply of inventory and slightly more transactions are expected in late 2016 and on into 2017. Home prices are forecasted to see more modest increases, with some markets still facing bidding wars while other see slight price drops or fairly flat prices.

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