Backyard Cottages – Going Green and Beyond

In a previous post, we gave you the low down on Seattleā€™s new ordinances regarding Backyard Cottages, now we want to explore whose building them and how the process works. Now that backyard cottages are zoned citywide, they’re beginning to pop up all over the place, and in a plethora of delightful flavors. While they

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New EPA LEAD Rules to Effect Residential Remodels

Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978. For those renting, buying or renovating a pre-1978 home, receiving a copy of the EPA’s lead pamphlet is federal law, and duly warns against things like letting your children chew on the windowsills. Lead has been

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Financing for Rehabs & Renovations

As the mortgage and credit crisis continues, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is becoming a lifeline for homebuyers seeking affordable mortgages. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development the number of FHA-backed home loans rose from 3.7% in 2006 to 21.1% in 2009. Why are FHA loans so attractive? Because

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