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By Geordie Romer, Serving Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, and Plain
(Windermere Real Estate / NCW)
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According to a recent report, East Wenatchee was ranked number 8 of 75 cities based on crime reports. This is a big improvement from the previous year when they were ranked 18.Across the Columbia River, Wenatchee was ranked 31 while bigger cities like Seattle came in near the bottom at 71.The report, from Safewise, is based on crime data reported to the FBI.
By Geordie Romer, Serving Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, and Plain
(Windermere Real Estate / NCW)
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Now that spring is here, so is golf season. Have you been dreaming about a Wenatchee condo near the golf course?Believe it or not, there aren't any golf courses in the city of Wenatchee. East Wenatchee has 2 golf courses and there is also Three Lakes Golf and Rock Island Golf nearby.There are a number of condo projects adjacent to the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club (in East Wenatchee.The condos closest to the Country Club and the golf course are:  Ambercrest Canyon Creek Condos Country Club Crescent Condos The Legends Condos Stoneridge
By J Perrin Cornell, Broker, ABR, VAMRES
(Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate)
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This is BS (Before the Snow...lol)I thought clients and others might enjoy seeing what happens on a day in the life of a local REALTOR. This video, complete with the going back to the beginning in my car because I forgot to get the shsots the first time, is a small, very small insight. People often think showing a house(s) or writing a contract is the major part of the business... it is up there but not the hardest nor most involved. It all comes down to a point I have heard Brian Buffini and Tom Ferry make over and over again." You need to work on your business not so much in your business". Calls, notes popbys, researching information, looking ahead down the road of the future out past your headlights to plan moves are all important and are the things that create, showings, listings a...
By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
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 104 N Chelan Ave, Waterville 98858Commercial property in Waterville! Building has welcome entrance with executive counter desk. and several individual meeting rooms. Tamara Lamore360-631-2108The Ben Kinney TeamKW Everett
By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
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23 Moser Lane Columbia River Waterfront in Orondo Under Contract  It was HOT on the Saturday afternoon that I showed this tremendous waterfront piece of property to a very nice couple from the Seattle/Bellevue area. I think they knew immediately this was the right spot for them to build their home away from home, with a pool of course! We are under contract and of course they are doing their due diligence at this time, but something tells me these are the perfect buyers for this one of a kind lot on Lake Entiat in Orondo. 
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Mondays Madness-  Bat Junk in the Trunk-  Fun in Home InspectionsWenatchee Home Inspections. Today’s fun is called “Holy Bat Junk in the Trunk”. It can drive you batty controlling bats. If they are roosting in your attic you will need to deal with it.Bat guano can pose a few different risks, 1) excessive weight on ceiling structures2) disease by contaminated materials.Removal is not risk-free as it may simply spread contamination elsewhere.Exclusion of Bats is the best way to control bats and is also the safest, both for the bats and the homeowners.Informational Links- http://www.batsnorthwest.org/bats_in_your_house.htmlhttp://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bats.html Remember you should always have a qualified person, contractor or professional to do your work. Always get permits for work requiring...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Tuesday-  On the Columbia River Wenatchee Home InspectionsHere is a photo I took last week on my way to a home inspection. The Columbia River was calling to me to stop and take a moment.    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”  Heraclitus       NCW Home Inspections, LLC  is a Licensed Washington State Home Inspection service located in Wenatchee Washington serving Chelan County, Douglas County, Kittitas County, Okanogan County and Grant County Washington and the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Oroville, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee, Quincy and many more…   Your Wenatchee and Chelan Professional Real Estate, Home and Structural Pest Inspection Service Instructor- Fundamentals of Home Inspection-  Bellingham Technical ...
By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
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One of the things I love about living in the Wenatchee Valley is the proximity to so many outlying areas and day trip opportunities.A favorite thing to do is get in the car with a friend and go out randomly looking for interesting things to photograph.  One day last summer, a friend and I headed out toward the wheat land area of Waterville, Washington and found this old homestead.  I'm fascinated by old dilapitated homesteads and often wonder about the stories of the families who lived in them.  I wonder about that and whether the property is still in the family or if it's been sold to someone else who is farming the surrounding land and just letting the buildings fall down... which appears to be the case here.  If I had this property listed, I'd describe it as: "Needs TLC but vacant an...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Home Inspection Question of the Day Scenario: We have a bedroom in the basement. We have a closet and a heat source. There is no emergency egress window or door.  Just a door from another room. (The other part of the basement is used for mechanical- furnace/water heater etc..)   Question: If you remove the sleeping components of this room (bed) will it now be okay?ANSWER HERE   “No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.”Neil deGrasse Tyson  If you find any errors or have additional information that would expand on any code, building standards or manufacturer requirements please let me know. NCW Home Inspections, LLC  is a Licensed Washington State Home Inspection service located in Wenatchee Washington serving Chelan County...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Ungrounded receptacles and Washing Machines.East Wenatchee Home InspectionsWhen purchasing a home pre-1962(ish), it is most likely you will have an ungrounded electrical system. Fully grounded electrical systems will not be the norm till the early to mid-'60’s. It is interesting that in the very early years of electricity the “Grounded Electrical Systems” was actually debated (1890’s) as being unsafe.  After those early years grounding started to become accepted yet in many cases not fully understood.Washing machine using an adapterSo, let us look at the laundry area since most people will want to have cloth washing machine installed in their new abode.There are the requirements for grounded receptacle in the laundry area. The actual requirement goes back as early as 1947. Here is the c...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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There are those who think they can do drywall and then there are those who can. There are those who in the drywall business that uses texture to cover up imperfection then there are those create perfection with the texture.   More Information-http://www.berniemitchell.ca/ http://www.boredpanda.com/drywall-art-sculpture-joint-compound-bernie-mitchell/NCW Home Inspections, LLC  is a Licensed Washington State Home Inspection service located in Wenatchee Washington serving Chelan County, Douglas County, Kittitas County, Okanogan County and Grant County Washington and the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Oroville, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee, Quincy and many more…   Your Wenatchee and Chelan Professional Real Estate, Home and Structural Pest Inspection Service Instructor- Fundamental...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Fountain of Salmacis?- Leaking from weep hole on frost free hose bibb (silcock/hydrant). "As he rushed to quench his thirst,  A fountain spring appeared before him  And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,  A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring"." Fountain of Salmacis - Genesis The Nymph Salmacis from Ovid's Book IV poem MetamorphosesDo you have a fountain from your hose bibb? Some areas call these bubblers. This is a condition I have come across several times during a home inspections, where we had water spraying out of the weep hole on the stem of a frost free hose bib, or as some call a sillcock or hydrant.Leaking Weep Hole This cause of this condition is typically from a failed check assembly or o-ring on that assembly. This will require repair ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Lead encased electrical cabling- Early Electrical Cabling Systems On a  home inspection I ran into early lead encased or lead sheathed electrical cable. Something you do not see much of, at least not here. This was an early form UF cable (underground feeder). I scraped the side to show the lead mark Lead encased cable was  used for underground installations back in the early to mid-20th century in residential and there maybe local variation on timeframes. From what I could find it seems to be more common in England than here. It origins was derived from the early days of telegraphy. From research lead encased cables  were used extensively on early telephone cabling systems. There is record of using lead to encase conductors back to “Professor Morse”, yes the same Morse of Morse Code fam...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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When you flip my switch you may just light me up. East Wenatchee Home Inspections Sometimes you just have to wonder what some people are thinking when they do something. Here is an example from a recent home inspection. Someone actually installed  a light switch within the shower area. While this would have some convenience of sorts in that you could switch the bathroom light from the shower. You would be playing a little russian roulette. The issue is you may be turning on the lights but it may be lights out for you. This could be an extremely dangerous situation and of course it is not allowed. If you create a conductive path you would most likely  get a very good  shock and potentially electrocuted. This home had metal piping. So for those who want to know here is the code. From the ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Humpday Moment- Out here in the fields.East Wenatchee Home Inspections This was a photo I took while on my way to an phase inspection in Douglas County. This is the and area called the Waterville Plateau between Waterville and Mansfield. “The air in a man's lungs 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms, so that sooner or later every one of us breathes an atom that has been breathed before by anyone you can think of who has ever lived —Michelangelo or George Washington or Moses.”Jacob BronowskiNCW Home Inspections, LLC  is a Licensed Washington State Home Inspection service located in Wenatchee Washington serving Chelan County, Douglas County, Kittitas County, Okanogan County and Grant County Washington and the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Oroville, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Plop and Roll… Bathrooms, in name and layoutEast Wenatchee Home Inspections It’ one of the rooms that when shopping for home most home buyers  want to know about and have a minimum requirement.  Does the home have one John or two restroom?  Is it a full sized comfort station or just a throne. Is the privy just a potty or does it come with full facilities. Is the oval office more of a out-house than a proper wash room? The commode, latrine, toilet or Loo, it’s typically important for me and you. Now in older homes an extra water closet is often desired and you will find some creative use of space trying to get that extra place for that all important second magazine chair. But wait a minute... like all things in building there are rules and you just cannot go and stuff a crapper anywhere ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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You can not land neutrals on your auxiliary grounding busbar.East Wenatchee Home InspectionsOften in panels, especially older panels you will have a crowded condition on the Ground/Neutral Busbar where you land all the grounds and neutrals. In some cases I will recommend (especially of double lugging of neutrals are present) that to ease the crowding of wires on ground/neutral bus  that an auxiliary grounding bar could be installed to land all of the grounding conductors. Auxiliary Grounding BusbarOne thing that must not be done is now land any neutrals (grounded conductors) on the auxiliary grounding busbar.  Neutrals on Aux. Grounding BusbarBy landing the neutrals (grounded conductor) may create an improper current path back to the service grounded conductor (Neutral). So in essence t...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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New roof? Just need a can opener to finish. Wenatchee Home Inspections. In the world of home inspections you often get to scratch your head and go… okay!Government issue roof installation tool. While performing the roof inspection I come to one of the  bath vent hoods and it looks like the installer took his field training from an Army Sergeant training a Private on how to open his field rations. Now why would anyone even think this was okay and leave it that way is beyond me.  But it does keep the entertainment factor up.  Well this being a manufactured home I think that very important step of getting a permit was not completed.“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”Benjamin Franklin NCW Home Inspections, LLC  is a Licensed Washingto...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Why Sheetrock? Physical properties and Fire Resistance.   Douglas County Home Inspections With my recent post “The World’s most expensive Sheetrock” came some questions on fire resistance and the requirements for fire separation in a garage. The main purpose of the assembly in the garage is to slow down a fire and to prevent migration to the home and attic space for a certian period of time. The principle material used for this is gypsum board most commonly called sheetrock or drywall.  We have to understand that garages are much more likely to carry items that can contribute to a fire (a fire load) that is most likely not going to be stored in the home such as, gasoline, propane tanks, paint thinners, tools and vehicles (that have gasoline and oil  in them). Add to the fact that an att...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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The confluence- a flowing together of ducts                     East Wenatchee Home InspectionLets start with some definitions and concepts- Confluence: a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point the flowing together of two or more streams  Fluid: a substance, as a liquid or gas, that is capable of flowing and that changes its shape at a steady rate when acted upon by a force tending to change its shape.First, most people do not think of air in this way but air is a fluid. Liquids are fluids, but liquids are not the only fluids. Fluids are a subset of the phases of matter which include liquids, gases, and plasmas. Now what we have here is the confluence of the dryer duct and the bathroom exhaust.  (We also have separation of the duct) These duct systems should neve...

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