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Fixing Squeaky Stairs

Squeaky stairs are annoying and can turn off potential buyers when your trying to sell your home in Wichita Kansas. Fixing Squeaky stairs

Often I notice homebuyers concerned when they walk down squeaky stairs. It must mean the house is about to fall down!

Fixing those squeaky stairs is cheap and easy. If you can get under the stairs, all the better.

Just so you know, the tread is the horizontal part you step on and the riser is the vertical under the tread holding it up.

First pick up an L bracket from your local hardware store. it should come with screws. If it doesn’t make sure you pick up a few that are not going to run clear through the tread or riser. Usually 3/4 inch will do it but be sure to check your own stairs. Keep in mind also the riser is often made with thinner material.

atr.com.myThe next step is to get under the stairs and attach the L bracket to the back side of the tread and riser with the screws. This tightens everything up and should stop your stair from being squeaky.

Wood blocks can also be used. Glue the wood block into place then drill pilot holes for the screws. Drive the screws into the tread and the riser.

If you can’t get underneath to fix the squeaky stair don’t despair. If the stairs are carpeted pull back the carpet if you can. Drill some pilot holes then ram some screws through the tread into the risers front and back.

If you can’t pull the carpet back for some reason drive the screws through the carpet in the same manner and simply break off the screw heads.

There it is, a quick and easy fix to your squeaky stair problem in Wichita Kansas!

November 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting The Fireplace ready

It’s getting close to time to start thinking about firing up the fireplace, if you haven’t already.Fireplace

My friend in Wichita Kansas wrote me a note today telling me of problems with his sealed artificial log  gas fireplace in his home.  It would start up, burn for a few minutes then die out. The pilot light remained lit.

So he had a repairman come out. His unit had a condition called ghosting. It wasn’t getting  air.

Turns out a bird had built a nest in the exhaust vent! The combustion air comes from outside the house and was being blocked. Cost him a hundred bucks. Maybe he saved you the same.

Check your vents and chimneys for obstructions before using your fireplace this season, be it gas or a wood burner.

It’s always a good idea to have the chimney “sweeped” if you haven’t in while. Creosote, a highly combustible product, can build up in your chimney. Creosote is caused by the flu gas, or smoke, traveling up a relatively cool chimney where it condensates. The carbon based condensation that materializes in the flue is creosote.

Creosote in your chimney can catch fire….and that’s never a good thing.  So be pro-active, be safe and do proper maintenance on your fireplace this season.

November 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Waterfront Lake Homes at Harbor Isle in Wichita Kansas

Waterfront Lake Homes at Harbor Isle in Wichita Kansas

Waterfront Lake Homes at Harbor Isle in Wichita kansas

Yes, there are waterfront lake homes available in Wichita Kansas. Not just a house built close to some water but real life actual waterfront lake homes on a real lake right here in Wichita Kansas. The place is Harbor Isle and your going to be impressed. The homes are luxury affairs built by one of the most quality conscience and premier builders in the area. Brad Bachman Homes.

Fine detail and quality are what makes Harbor Isle homes famous. Designed with functional kitchens, open floor plans and distinct styling and taste, these waterfront lake homes have won numerous awards including pick of the parade for the Wichita Parade of Homes many years in a row. Walkout basements with high ceilings doesn’t feel like a basement at all. Roomy master suites built for royalty with spacious tiled showers, his and her sinks, large tubs and even televisions in the shower if that’s your thing.

Living here makes the city seem light years away but is never actually out of reach.

The lakeWaterfront lake Homes at Harbor isle in Wichita Kansass at Harbor Isle are big, deep and full of fish. As you step out the backdoor of your waterfront lake home in Wichita your private dock is just steps away. Fish from the dock or take your boat out for a cruise on the lake in Wichita Kansas. It’s like having your very own personal resort with pontoon boats, sailing, jet skis, fishing and other water activities and with these hot Summers we have that’s a joy. This is truly like living a permanent vacation!

Once you’ve fallen in love with these lakefront homes in Wichita it’s time to sit down with Brad Bachman himself and start designing your own unique home at Harbor Isle. There are several different plans to work from or you can bring your own.

When you own a waterfront lake home at Harbor Isle in Wichita it makes a statement. It says you have arrived. Brad Bachman homes at Harbor Isle are the most custom built homes there are. The builder himself is there every step of the way making sure the homes meet his standards which will far exceed yours. This is a place where folks build their dream homes. Their forever homes!

Check out these incredible waterfront homes on the lake at Harbor isle in Wichita and let Brad Bachman help to make your dreams come true!

Call me to set up an appointment or with any other real estate questions or needs. With over 20 years experience in all aspects of residential real estate. I’m here to help.

Waterfront Lake Homes at Harbor Isle in Wichita Kansas

November 14, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Time Home Buyer Grants Assistance Wichita Kansas

There is a first time home buyer assistance grant program with incentives available in Kansas. It’s called FTHB for short. FTHB is not as well known as the famous first time home buyer tax credit of recent history but a powerful incentive program in it’s own right.

wichitahomesearch.comThe biggest obstacle to home-ownership for first time home buyers in Kansas is lack of cash. They may have a great job history and a perfect credit score but lot’s of young people trying to buy their first home are cash strapped. This program is designed to solve that problem with assistance and incentives.

First time home buyers in Kansas first have to qualify for the assistance program with a participating lender. Contact me to find a reputable lender that participates in the program. Once qualified the incentive program offers plenty of financial help for first time home buyers in Kansas.

To qualify for the assistance program the first time home buyer in Kansas must have a combined household income at or below 80 percent of the median for their area. Depending on the applicants income level the forgivable loan can be for 15-20 percent of the purchase price of the home. For the loan to be completely forgiven the first time home buyer must live in the Kansas home for a 5 full years. A percentage of the assistance and incentives drops off every year until the fifth year when the loan is erased from the books.

The first time home buyer in Kansas is expected to come up with $500 or two percent of the purchase price, whichever is greater. The house cannot cost more than $150,000, cannot be in a flood zone and must be occupied by the qualified first time home buyer in Kansas to get the incentives and assistance. Another big condition is the home cannot be with in the city limits of Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Lawrence or Johnson county. In that aspect it’s a lot like the rural incentive assistance program in Kansas but FTHB offers more and is exclusively for the first time home buyer.

If you have questions about the first time home buyer assistance program grants in Kansas contact me at 316.833.2677 or drop a line at joelw@rwwichita.com.

 

October 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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March 14, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting pre approved by a lender or bank before looking for a home in Wichita KS just makes sense. A mortgage lender takes the guesswork out of shopping for a house by letting you know how much you qualify for.

Most sellers want proof that you can get a loan to buy their house before they’ll go into contract with you. This is because the home is off the market while working through a contract and if it turns out someone can’t get financing that’s all wasted time and money.

Another good reason to have a pre approval letter from a lender in hand is when you find that perfect house your ready to make an offer. If you have to take the time to go and get pre approved someone else may swoop in and buy YOUR house!

Here’s another scenario;

Imagine you have been diligently searching for a home everyday for months and you finally find it. It’s perfect! You put in an offer and come to terms with the seller. Three weeks later the lender informs you that the house you want is $15,000 more than you qualify for. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating.

If one takes the time to get pre approved before searching for a home it makes the entire process easier and stress free. You know what you can afford. You’re ready to make an offer when you find that perfect home. You’ve already established a working relationship with your team consisting of yourself, your Realtor and your lender.

So do yourself a favor and go get pre approved by a lender before starting your home search in Wichita KS.

If you have questions about getting approved or need help finding a reputable lender in Wichita KS please contact me.

July 31, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

District Advisory Boards-DABs in Wichita

District Advisory Boards, or DABs, were created for the community by local Government in Wichita Kansas. DABs are comprised of a City Council member and 11 citizens representing that council members district. Citizens like you and I.

The district advisory board discusses zoning issues, community projects and other issues that affect the lives, homes and property of the districts citizens. They then make recommendations to the council which accepts those recommendations a great majority of the time. They do make a difference. Neighborhood meetings are a place where you can make a difference with the help of your DAB.

It’s not just the board but the entire district. The district advisory boards meet once a month and welcomes, in fact encourages, community input. Our DAB for district 6 meets the first Monday of the month at Evergreen recreation center. To find when your DAB  meets go to the Council section of the Wichita City website.

Show up at the meetings to have a say what happens where you live. This is a great way to be heard and your opinion counted. Your dealing with people just like yourself, not another Government official that to often just nods their head and forgets about you once your gone. It’s even possible to get on a board. Simply contact your council member and see if there’s a position open.

Get involved, it’s easy. You can be heard and make a difference.

November 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Uh Oh, Squeaky Stairs

Squeaky stairs are annoying and can turn off buyers when your trying to sell your home in Wichita Kansas. Often I notice potential homebuyers concerned when they walk down squeaky stairs.  House must be about to fall down.

Fixing those squeaks is easy and cheap. If you can get under the stairs all the better.

First pick up an L bracket from your local hardware store. It should come with screws. If it doesn’t make sure you pick up a few that are NOT going to run through the stair tread or riser. Usually 3/4 inch wood screws will do just fine but make sure to check your own treads.

Next simply get under the stairs and attach the bracket to the back side of the tread and the riser with the screws. This tightens everything up and stops the squeak.

Wood blocks can also be used. Glue the blocks in place where the riser and the tread meet. Drill pilot holes and screw the block into both the riser and the tread.

When you can’t get under the stairs don’t despair. If the stairs are carpeted pull the carpet back if you can. Drill a piliot hole and drive screws through the tread and into the riser.

If you can’t pull the carpet back you can still drive a screw through the carpet and the tread into the riser then simply break the screw head off.

If the stairs are wood use finish nails and wood putty.

November 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Interest Rates Rise

People  buying homes right now in Wichita Kansas or anywhere  else in the country using FHA financing get an added and very important bonus. Their loans are assumable.

What that means is when it comes time to have a Realtor sell that house in the future the buyer can take over your loan with that super low interest rate you got. Of course he or she has to qaulify just like you did.

With interest rates as low as they are right now due to the poor economy that will be a great selling point later on when rates have risen. Some economists think when rates begin to rise they may go up quite a bit for real estate, and they could be right. All this free money being appropriated out of thin air is going to have to be paid back someday.

Imagine when everyone else is paying 6,7,8 or who knows how high they will go some lucky buyer can pick up your house with a 3.7 or 4.5 interest rate.  There will be bidding wars!

Just one more thing to consider as you teeter on the fence.

p.s.  VA loans are also assumable.

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Too Warm For November, But We’ll Take It

It hardly seems like November out there with all this warm weather. I’m happy for it though, don’t get me wrong. Business in real estate has been booming. With that and all the volunteer work the garden at home has been somewhat neglected as of late.

Last week we took a day off, most of a day anyway, and finally got to the fall planting and transplanting that happens every year. In the Spring we’ll have some new Earthkind roses blooming. Among them Prairie Princess, Mutabilis and Winter Sunset.

Excited for that. Next year is the Dublin Bay that sold out at the Herb Day sale before we had a chance to get one.

This is also the season of half price sales at the nurseries. Yay! I picked up a couple very nice Japanese Barberries from Johnson’s last week. Gotta love those half price sales.

Sometime this month it’s time to get all the roses put to bed for the winter.

Everyone has a favorite way as we have ours. This month at the Wichita Rose Society (WRS) meeting we’ll have some of our most experienced Rosarians, of which I am NOT one, having an open discussion on how to go about winterizing your plants.

Lisel and I listened and learned the last couple years. Following the great advice we received from WRS we did not lose a single rose. On the contrary they all came to life and thrived in the Spring.

November 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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