Monthly Archives: July 2011

May 2011 – Case/Shiller Index at Five Month High.

The numbers are just out for May, and Seattle home values apparently were up 1.05% from April, 2.79% from the February low.

The index for Seattle is at 136.56. This is down 7.0% from May of 2010, and down 29.0% from the peak of July 2007.

May was an “up” month in 17 out of the 20 markets surveyed; nationwide, the index was up 1.28% from April and down 6.58% from last year.

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Home Energy Audits: Affordable, Cost-Effective, Fabulous!

OK, so “fabulous” isn’t the word that comes to mind when you’re talking about conservation and home energy audits!

But what’s more fabulous than walking around your own fabulous house, looking for ways to cut energy waste and to make it more energy-efficient?

Do It Yourself!

The City of Seattle’s downloadable brochure, Do It Yourself Home Energy Audit – A Step-by-Step Guide for Identifying and Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency, delivers what it promises. You don’t need any fancy equipment, and the savings can be significant.

Professional Energy Audits

Seattle City Light is sponsoring a program where, for $95, an auditor certified by the Building Performance Institute will visit your home and conduct a thorough assessment for you.

Energy Performance Scores

Seattle Public Utilities has a program called the Home Resource Profile where customers can fill out a 20-minute survey that will result in a report with easy-to-read charts and graphs showing your billing history, how your usage of water and electricity compares with the average Seattle household, and tips on how to reduce your energy bills.

Here’s to energy savings!

BuiltGreen Townhome in Ballard

Every once in a while, we get a listing that is special.

This townhome, at  839B NW 63rd St, is one of those listings. It is a townhome, but it is different. It has its living space – the main floor – on the garden level, rather than the typical townhome which has a garage at street level and makes you climb a set of stairs with groceries to get to your kitchen.

The difference that this makes is dramatic. You walk in to a light-filled, garden home with lovely bamboo floors, there’s a powder room off the entry and a quick turn to the kitchen and the groceries are set down, you can take your coat off and relax.

When you’re cooking, it’s a short dash out the back for a sprig of rosemary; you don’t have to run up and down a flight of stairs just to go to your back yard. It’s quite a remarkable difference.

There are two bedrooms, a full bath, and a washer/dryer on the second floor, and daylight loft room above that. The parking is off to the side of the 4-unit complex, so your car can be out of sight, and out of mind!

Offered at $325,000. Click here for photos.