U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Washington
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 09-18-2020, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Embarrassing, WA
2,127 posts, read 1,531,390 times
Reputation: 2471

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by momma4evr View Post
Thank you, xPlorer48,for your kind response.
I'm sure you have seen all of these changes up close and personal. It's difficult to see the place where one grew up, or where their children were raised, change so much and become out-of-reach for many families to remain in.
I shouldn't slam Bellingham. It's easy to want to blame "the place". Who wouldn't want to call this beautiful area home? Just don't care for what I see happening here and not sure what the solution is. We've probably run out of patience and hope in buying a place; just not sure what the next step or solution is. I just can't take being a renter much longer...! :-)
It's unfortunately the nature of the beast these days, a town gets posted up in some magazine or internet forum as the best place to retire and/or live. People pour in, and pretty soon its in the top 50 WORST places to live (Bellingham now is, due to cost of housing).
I had hope that there would be some downward pressure on RE due to Covid and the college students now going to school online, but the demand for homes has actually increased with more implants moving in and prices are still going up-up-up.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-20-2020, 06:35 AM
 
1,196 posts, read 637,664 times
Reputation: 991
Quote:
Originally Posted by LogaKoga View Post
Yeah, my house is small and fairly and my yard is small so the maintenance is fairly minimal, and hopefully I'll be in a position before any major maintenance; the most significant will be a new roof which it will probably need in about 15 years and will probably cost about $12K or so

I think degree of interest in owning your residence is mainly based on personal and generational differences. I'm 49 and owing has never been important to me, but both my parents seem to view renting negatively.

I almost backed out of buying (mortgage), but my mom pressured me and gave me a fairly large down payment so my monthly payment is less than it would've been, and if I do opt to sell the closing costs won't negate my equity. But I'm really looking forward to eventually selling my place and eventually renting. It's so much simpler and less stressful.
Good, if she's so concerned with you owning they should put their money where their mouth is.

But I understand the urge to own or have a daughter/son own something, it can't be taken away or kicked out of it. Especially if it's affordable and will be paid eventually. You can also do what you want with it, like making it homely or suitable to lifestyle.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-20-2020, 06:40 AM
 
1,196 posts, read 637,664 times
Reputation: 991
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkcarguy View Post
Wood decks/patios have about a 5 year life here
My last home had a decent sized cedar deck. I used a good stain that didn't have to be removed to recoat, and applied it every summer. It didn't matter, it was 6 years old and half the cedar 5/4 was rotten. You have to go with Trex composite decking or pour a concrete one instead if it's at ground level.
I'm not one to sit on a deck anyway. My family paints their's every year and it has looked good for decades, but it also has a roof over it. I've seen people lay large square tiles as a patio, it worked out good and was pretty.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-25-2020, 12:13 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
86,754 posts, read 79,936,652 times
Reputation: 89623
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkcarguy View Post
It's unfortunately the nature of the beast these days, a town gets posted up in some magazine or internet forum as the best place to retire and/or live. People pour in, and pretty soon its in the top 50 WORST places to live (Bellingham now is, due to cost of housing).
I had hope that there would be some downward pressure on RE due to Covid and the college students now going to school online, but the demand for homes has actually increased with more implants moving in and prices are still going up-up-up.
More "implants" are moving in, because they've discovered they don't have to live in Seattle to hold down a high-paying techie job.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-25-2020, 12:20 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
86,754 posts, read 79,936,652 times
Reputation: 89623
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkcarguy View Post
Wood decks/patios have about a 5 year life here
My last home had a decent sized cedar deck. I used a good stain that didn't have to be removed to recoat, and applied it every summer. It didn't matter, it was 6 years old and half the cedar 5/4 was rotten. You have to go with Trex composite decking or pour a concrete one instead if it's at ground level.
I've never understood the deck mania going on, in home remodels, the landscaping industry, etc. I look at RE listings online, and some of them have so much backyard decking, it takes over the beautiful yard, and looks like an expensive nightmare to maintain. It's a turn-off, rather than an attractant. A nice flagstone patio looks very nice, and is very low maintenance. I've had landscapers work decking into their design, even though the one-story house back doors were right at ground level.
I guess decking is one way they make their money?? But decking right at ground level? How would that even work? Laying the deck material right on bare ground?? Makes no sense.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-25-2020, 04:42 PM
 
Location: PNW
711 posts, read 1,966,127 times
Reputation: 516
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth View Post
I've had landscapers work decking into their design, even though the one-story house back doors were right at ground level.
I guess decking is one way they make their money?? But decking right at ground level? How would that even work? Laying the deck material right on bare ground?? Makes no sense.
A nice Trex deck outside the back door is great in winter (to avoid mud, better if it's covered). It's usually up on piers slightly off the ground. It's easy to maintain (unlike wood that rots or pavers that get grass encroaching on the sides and need to be edged). It gets muddy if there's nothing behind the back door.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-25-2020, 06:01 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
86,754 posts, read 79,936,652 times
Reputation: 89623
Quote:
Originally Posted by mayfair View Post
A nice Trex deck outside the back door is great in winter (to avoid mud, better if it's covered). It's usually up on piers slightly off the ground. It's easy to maintain (unlike wood that rots or pavers that get grass encroaching on the sides and need to be edged). It gets muddy if there's nothing behind the back door.
Well, this design wasn't outside the back door, actually. It was outside double-doors from the master bedroom. There would be no need to use it in winter. There already was a nice lawn out there. The landscaper wanted to cover up the lawn with decking. I think she was just hoping to make some extra $$. As a design, it made no sense. The back yard didn't get muddy ever, because of the tall cedar trees that formed their own type of canopy. The lawn was along the south side, so it got plenty of sun, and absorbed rain in winter.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-26-2020, 12:11 AM
 
256 posts, read 48,251 times
Reputation: 257
Quote:
Originally Posted by kynight View Post
Good, if she's so concerned with you owning they should put their money where their mouth is.

But I understand the urge to own or have a daughter/son own something, it can't be taken away or kicked out of it. Especially if it's affordable and will be paid eventually. You can also do what you want with it, like making it homely or suitable to lifestyle.
That's ridiculous. If I don't pay the mortgage eventually the house will be taken away and I'll be kicked out, the same as with renting.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-26-2020, 04:48 AM
 
1,196 posts, read 637,664 times
Reputation: 991
Quote:
Originally Posted by LogaKoga View Post
That's ridiculous. If I don't pay the mortgage eventually the house will be taken away and I'll be kicked out, the same as with renting.
no kidding, I'm talking about a house that's paid
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-26-2020, 10:56 AM
 
115 posts, read 263,011 times
Reputation: 167
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth View Post
More "implants" are moving in, because they've discovered they don't have to live in Seattle to hold down a high-paying techie job.
High-paying techie jobs are rarely long term. When that job ends, they'll be stuck here in Hellingham working at bLowes being as miserable as legally possible.

Don't take my word for it. Search out the lengths of employment at major high paying tech firms. Example: average stay at Google is 3 years. A programmer with an advanced degree starts at $66k.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Washington
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top