How Long Things Last

We all know that nothing lasts forever, but when everything is working fine it is easy to forget that all of the systems and appliances in your home have a finite lifespan. Keep this information in mind, whether you are buying or selling a home, budgeting for improvements, or deciding between repairing and replacing.

Here’s a brief look at some of the components of your home and their average lifespans (courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders)

ROOFING, SIDING, WINDOWS & DECKS. You can expect slate or tile roofs to last around 50 years, wood shingles 25-30, metal will get you about 25 years, while asphalts typically last about 20 years. The lifespan for siding can vary quite a bit. Brick will last 100 years or more, aluminum about 80 years and stucco will probably last you 25 years. Wood siding can last anywhere from 10 to 100 years depending on the climate you live in and how it is maintained. Both aluminum and vinyl windows will last 15 to 20 years, while unclad wood windows can have a life of 30 years or more. Cedar decks will average 15-25 years as long as they are properly treated and cleaned, and a high quality composite deck will last 30 years with minimal maintenance.

FLOORING. The natural flooring materials such as wood, marble, slate or granite will all last 100 years or more, while tile has an average life of 70-100 years. Vinyl can last up to 50 years, while laminate and linoleum will get you up to 25 years. Expect your carpet to last 8-10 years, depending on use.

KITCHEN & BATH. Laminate countertops can have a life of 20 years or more, but it will vary depending on use. Wood, tile and stone should last a lifetime, and cultured marble will typically see a lifespan of 20 years. You can expect your stainless steel sink to last you about 30 years, while an enamel-coated sink will give you five to 10 years. Slate, granite, soapstone and copper will be around for 100 years or more. Bathroom faucets should give you about 20 years, and toilets will average a 50-year lifespan, although some of the parts will need replacing.

APPLIANCES. The lifespan of appliances will vary widely depending on the appliance, the brand, model, and use. Use these average lifespan numbers as a rough guide for when it may make more sense to replace rather than repair. Gas ranges tend to have the longest lifespan of your major appliances, giving around 15 years of use. Electric ranges on the other hand, are closer to 13 years, which is also the expected lifespan for standard refrigerators and clothes dryers. Your garbage disposal should give you about 10 years of use, while the dishwasher and microwave will be around nine years. You can expect your electric furnace to last about 15 years, 18 for gas and 20 for oil-burning. Central air systems will live 10 to 15 years on average.

Check out the NAHB website for more information.


Posted on October 2, 2019 at 7:59 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

Pumpkin Patch Guide 2019

Nothing feels more like fall than pumpkin picking, hay rides and corn mazes. Get your latte in hand and head out to any one of these great, local farms to have some harvest fun and find that perfect jack-o-lantern to light up your porch.

Times, dates & activities may change, please use the provided links to confirm details and hours of operation.

 

KING COUNTY

Baxter Barn
31929 SE 44th St, Fall City
Pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hay rides, fresh eggs, gift shop, pony rides, picnic area, farm animals

Carpinito Brothers
1148 Central Ave N, Kent
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm fun yard, hay rides, produce stand, concessions

Fall City Farms
3636 Neal Road, Fall City
Pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hay rides, fresh honey, pre-picked produce, farm animals, snacks and refreshments.

Fox Hollow Family Farm
12031 Issaquah Hobart Rd SE, Issaquah
Pumpkins for sale, hay bale maze, bouncy house, face painting, haunted house, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, concessions

Jubilee Farm
229 W Snoqualmie River Rd NE, Carnation
Pumpkins, horse-drawn covered wagon rides, hay rides, hay bale maze

Oxbow Farm
10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
Pumpkins, produce, picnic area, playground

Mosby Farm Pumpkin Patch
12747-b South East Green Valley Rd, Auburn
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area

The Nursery at Mt Si
42328 SE 108th St, North Bend
Pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hay rides

Remlinger Farms
32610 NE 32nd St, Carnation
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, animal barnyard, pony rides, steam train, hay jump

Serres Farm
20306 NE 50th St, Redmond
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, duck races, animal train

Thomasson Family Farm
38223 236th Ave SE, Enumclaw
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, kids korral, tractor train rides, pumpkin sling shot

Tonnemaker Valley Farm, Woodinville Farm Stand
16215 140th Pl NE, Woodinville
You-pick pumpkin patch, you-pick flowers, produce stand, on-site pepper roasting on Saturdays

 

SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkins & Corn Maze
2431 Highway 530 NE, Arlington
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, farm market, picnic area

Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm
10917 Elliott Rd, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, bonfire & picnic area, hay rides, pony rides, playground, concessions

Carleton Farm
630 Sunnyside Blvd SE, Lake Stevens
Pumpkin patch, train rides, corn maze, haunted corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, farm animals, farm market

Craven Farm
13817 Short School Rd, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, face painting, farm animals, snacks & refreshment stand

The Farm at Swans Trail
7301 Rivershore Rd, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, pick your own apples, pig & duck races, petting zoo, putt-putt golf and more

Fairbank Animal Farm & Pumpkin Patch
15308 52nd Ave W, Edmonds
Pumpkins, petting zoo, farm animals, picnic area

Fosters Pumpkin Farm
5818 State Route 530 NE, Arlington
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay bale maze, corn cannon, pre-picked produce, face painting, farm animals, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area

Stocker Farms
8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, jumping pillow and more

Thomas Family Farm
9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, monster truck rides, haunted house, gem mining, Zombie Safari Paintball Hayride, beer garden, putt-putt golf and more

 

PIERCE COUNTY

Double R Farms
5820 44th St E, Puyallup
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides, farm animals, pumpkin sling shot

Maris Farms
25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy, Buckley
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted woods, farm animals, hay ride, trout fishing, play ground

Picha’s Farm
6502 52nd St E, Puyallup
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin sling shot, concessions

Scholz Farm
12920 162nd Ave E, Orting
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, play area

Spooner Farms
9622 SR 162 E, Puyallup
Pumpkin patch, farm animals, face painting, pumpkin sling shot, concessions


Posted on September 6, 2019 at 4:46 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

South King County Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

South King County Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

2019 provided a very healthy and more balanced spring market! Median price is up 5% complete year-over-year and up 2% from last June. Prices have started to find their balance as more inventory has come to market compared to the scarcity of years past. While buyers have had more choices over the last year, it is still a seller’s market with just 1.3 months of inventory based on pending sales, resulting in an average of 28 days on market and 99% list-to-sale price ratio in June. Low interest rates continue to drive demand, however sellers who overprice or don’t address condition issues will linger on the market.

Our real estate market continues to be driven by low interest rates, positive job creation, and upbeat consumer sentiment. Currently, interest rates sit around 4% which is still an historical low, affording buyers the ability to make moves and reduce their debt service. Price appreciation has started to temper to more normal rates, compared to the double-digit appreciation we experienced over the last 3 years due to more sellers coming to market. This has created more balance and greater opportunity for buyers. The generational shift we are experiencing as Baby Boomers move towards retirement and Millennials enter into their prime earning years is an exciting exchange happening in the market place right now.

This is only a snapshot of the trends in south King County; please contact me if you would like further explanation of how the latest trends relate to you.


Posted on July 17, 2019 at 8:49 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Real Estate |

Eastside Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

Eastside Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

2019 provided a very healthy and more balanced spring market! Median price is up 2% year-over-year at $925,000. Prices have started to find their balance as more inventory has come to market compared to the scarcity of years past. While buyers have had more choices over the last year, it is still a seller’s market with just 2 months of inventory based on pending sales, resulting in an average of 30 days on market and 98% list-to-sale price ratio in June. Low interest rates continue to drive demand, however sellers who overprice or don’t address condition issues will linger on the market, illustrated by the 27% increase in carryover inventory.

Our real estate market continues to be driven by low interest rates, positive job creation, and upbeat consumer sentiment. Currently, interest rates sit around 4% which is still an historical low, affording buyers the ability to make moves and reduce their debt service. Price appreciation has started to temper to more normal rates, compared to the double-digit appreciation we experienced over the last 3 years due to more sellers coming to market. This has created more balance and greater opportunity for buyers. The generational shift we are experiencing as Baby Boomers move towards retirement and Millennials enter into their prime earning years is an exciting exchange happening in the market place right now.

This is only a snapshot of the trends on the Eastside; please contact me if you would like further explanation of how the latest trends relate to you.


Posted on July 17, 2019 at 8:47 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Real Estate |

Seattle Metro Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

Seattle Metro Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

2019 provided a very healthy and more balanced spring market! Median price is even year-over-year at $750,000. Prices have started to find their balance as more inventory has come to market compared to the scarcity of years past. While buyers have had more choices over the last year, it is still a seller’s market with just 1.7 months of inventory based on pending sales, resulting in an average of 23 days on market and 99% list-to-sale price ratio in June. Low interest rates continue to drive demand, however sellers who overprice or don’t address condition issues will linger on the market, illustrated by the 66% increase in carryover inventory.

Our real estate market continues to be driven by low interest rates, positive job creation, and upbeat consumer sentiment. Currently, interest rates sit around 4% which is still an historical low, affording buyers the ability to make moves and reduce their debt service. Price appreciation has started to temper to more normal rates, compared to the double-digit appreciation we experienced over the last 3 years due to more sellers coming to market. This has created more balance and greater opportunity for buyers. The generational shift we are experiencing as Baby Boomers move towards retirement and Millennials enter into their prime earning years is an exciting exchange happening in the market place right now.

This is only a snapshot of the trends in the Seattle Metro area; please contact me if you would like further explanation of how the latest trends relate to you.


Posted on July 15, 2019 at 3:45 am
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

North King County Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

North King County Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

2019 provided a very healthy and more balanced spring market! Median price is up 1% year-over-year at $760,000. Prices have started to find their balance as more inventory has come to market compared to the scarcity of years past. While buyers have had more choices over the last year, it is still a seller’s market with just 1.6 months of inventory based on pending sales, resulting in an average of 23 days on market and 99% list-to-sale price ratio in June. Low interest rates continue to drive demand, however sellers who overprice or don’t address condition issues will linger on the market, illustrated by the 60% increase in carryover inventory.

Our real estate market continues to be driven by low interest rates, positive job creation, and upbeat consumer sentiment. Currently, interest rates sit around 4% which is still an historical low, affording buyers the ability to make moves and reduce their debt service. Price appreciation has started to temper to more normal rates, compared to the double-digit appreciation we experienced over the last 3 years due to more sellers coming to market. This has created more balance and greater opportunity for buyers. The generational shift we are experiencing as Baby Boomers move towards retirement and Millennials enter into their prime earning years is an exciting exchange happening in the market place right now.

This is only a snapshot of the trends in north King County; please contact me if you would like further explanation of how the latest trends relate to you.


Posted on July 14, 2019 at 2:44 am
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

South Snohomish County Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

South Snohomish County Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

2019 provided a very healthy and more balanced spring market! Median price is up 3% complete year-over-year and up 1% from last June. Prices have started to find their balance as more inventory has come to market compared to the scarcity of years past. While buyers have had more choices over the last year, it is still a seller’s market with just 1.5 months of inventory based on pending sales, resulting in an average of 21 days on market and 99% list-to-sale price ratio in June. Low interest rates continue to drive demand, however sellers who overprice or don’t address condition issues will linger on the market, which is illustrated by the 16% increase in carryover inventory year-over-year.

Our real estate market continues to be driven by low interest rates, positive job creation, and upbeat consumer sentiment. Currently, interest rates sit around 4% which is still an historical low, affording buyers the ability to make moves and reduce their debt service. Price appreciation has started to temper to more normal rates, compared to the double-digit appreciation we experienced over the last 3 years due to more sellers coming to market. This has created more balance and greater opportunity for buyers. The generational shift we are experiencing as Baby Boomers move towards retirement and Millennials enter into their prime earning years is an exciting exchange happening in the market place right now.

This is only a snapshot of the trends in south Snohomish County; please contact me if you would like further explanation of how the latest trends relate to you.


Posted on July 13, 2019 at 1:43 am
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Real Estate |

North Snohomish County Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

North Snohomish County Quarterly Market Trends – Q2 2019

2019 provided a very healthy and more balanced spring market! Median price is up 8% complete year-over-year and up 3% from last June. Prices have started to find their balance as more inventory has come to market compared to the scarcity of years past. While buyers have had more choices over the last year, it is still a seller’s market with just 1.3 months of inventory based on pending sales, resulting in an average of 23 days on market and 100% list-to-sale price ratio in June. Low interest rates continue to drive demand, however sellers who overprice or don’t address condition issues will linger on the market, which is illustrated by the 15% increase in carryover inventory year-over-year.

Our real estate market continues to be driven by low interest rates, positive job creation, and upbeat consumer sentiment. Currently, interest rates sit around 4% which is still an historical low, affording buyers the ability to make moves and reduce their debt service. Price appreciation has started to temper to more normal rates, compared to the double-digit appreciation we experienced over the last 3 years due to more sellers coming to market. This has created more balance and greater opportunity for buyers. The generational shift we are experiencing as Baby Boomers move towards retirement and Millennials enter into their prime earning years is an exciting exchange happening in the market place right now.

This is only a snapshot of the trends in north Snohomish County; please contact me if you would like further explanation of how the latest trends relate to you.


Posted on July 12, 2019 at 1:38 am
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Real Estate |

Outdoor Movie Schedule – Summer 2019

SOUTH SNOHOMISH

Arlington’s Movies @ Olympic Theater

Olympic Theater

  • 6/21     The Lego 2 Movie
  • 7/19     Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • 8/2       Dumbo

Edmond’s Outdoor Movie Night

Frances Anderson Center Field

  • 7/26     Trolls
  • 8/2       A Wrinkle in Time

Everett’s Cinema Under the Stars

Thornton Sullivan Park, Camp Patterson Field

  • 7/19     Incredibles 2
  • 7/26     Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • 8/2       The Lego Movie 2
  • 8/9       Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • 8/16     How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Everett’s Sail-In Cinema

Port of Everett North Guest Docks 6 & 7 (by boat) or Boxcar Park (by land)

  • 7/19     Battleship
  • 7/26     Transformers
  • 8/2       Remember the Titans
  • 8/9       Pirates of the Caribbean
  • 8/16     The Proposal
  • 8/23     Moana

Marysville Popcorn in the Park

Jennings Park

  • 7/13     A Dog’s Way Home
  • 7/20     Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • 7/27     Bumblebee
  • 8/3       Incredibles 2
  • 8/10     The Karate Kid

Monroe Movies Under the Moon

Lake Tye Park

  • 8/2       The Incredibles 2
  • 8/9       Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • 8/16     Mary Poppins Returns
  • 8/23     Black Panther

Movies in the Park

Willis Tucker Park (Snohomish)

  • 7/25     The Incredibles 2
  • 8/1       How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

 

Lake Stevens Community Park

  • 8/8       Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • 8/15     Mary Poppins Returns

 

 

EASTSIDE

Bellevue Movies in the Park

Downtown Park

  • 7/9       Hotel Transylvania 3
  • 7/16     A Dog’s Way Home
  • 7/23     Smallfoot
  • 7/30     How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • 8/6       The Lego Movie 2
  • 8/13     Ferdinand
  • 8/20     Wonder Park
  • 8/27     Back to the Future

Crossroads Movies in the Park

Crossroads Park

  • 8/1       Christopher Robin
  • 8/8       Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • 8/15     The Incredibles 2
  • 8/22     Mary Poppins Returns

Carillon Point Outdoor Movies

Carillon Point Plaza

  • 7/6       Mean Girls
  • 7/20     Crazy Rich Asians
  • 8/3       The Incredibles 2
  • 8/17     Solo: A Star Wars Story

Movies at Marymoor

Marymoor Park

  • 7/10     Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • 7/17     Bohemian Rhapsody
  • 7/24     Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • 7/31     Top Gun
  • 8/7       The Incredibles 2
  • 8/13     The Sandlot
  • 8/22     Grease
  • 8/28     The Princess Bride

 

 

SEATTLE

Bite of Seattle

Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre

  • 7/19     Wayne’s World

Cinema under the Stars

Columbia Park

  • 7/20     Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • 8/17     The Lego Movie 2

International District Summer Cinema

Hing Hay Park

  • 8/3       Crazy Rich Asians
  • 8/10     Iron Monkey
  • 8/17     Mirai
  • 8/24     Up

Movies at the Mural

Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre

  • 7/27     The Princess Bride
  • 8/3       Crazy Rich Asians
  • 8/10     Bohemian Rhapsody
  • 8/17     Dirty Dancing
  • 8/24     Black Panther

Outdoor Movie Nights @ Peddler Brewing

Peddler Brewing Co Beer Garden

  • 5/30     The Goonies
  • 6/6       Bridesmaids
  •  6/13     Super Troopers
  • 6/20     Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • 6/27     Mean Girls
  • 7/11     The Hangover
  • 7/18     The Princess Bride
  • 7/25     10 Things I Hate About You
  • 8/1       Back to the Future
  • 8/8       Point Break
  • 8/15     Pitch Perfect
  • 8/22     The Sandlot
  • 8/29     The Big Lebowski

Seattle Outdoor Cinema

South Lake Union Discovery Center (21+)

  • 6/22     The Matrix: 20th Anniversary
  • 7/20     Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure: 30th Anniversary
  • 8/17     The Life Aquatic

Seattle Skyway Outdoor Cinema

Skyway Outdoor Cinema

  • 8/2       Incredibles 2
  • 8/9       The Princess Bride
  • 8/16     Aquaman
  • 8/23     Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Posted on June 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |

Campership Drive

Sending Kids to Summer Camp

Every year, our office comes together to provide summer camp scholarships for local kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the adventures of overnight camp. We partner with YMCA Camp Orkila and Camp Colman; local programs dedicated to nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility.

This year, we collectively donated $16,125 for these camp scholarships. With a Windermere Foundation match of $1,000, our 2019 total of $17,125 is our highest number ever! But that wasn’t the end. An anonymous YMCA donor matched an additional $4,338, bringing us to $21,463 – Wow!

Overall, since 1994, we are responsible for $186,918 in summer camp scholarships for local kids who may be homeless, in transitional living shelters, living through family crisis, or existing within economic means that does not allow them the opportunity to experience the adventures of summer camp that other kids do. We are so proud to be part of an office that cares so deeply for the community!

 

 


Posted on May 22, 2019 at 10:02 pm
Greg and Janet Buehler | Posted in Uncategorized |