Stan Audette from AAD Inspection Corp. joins Thom and Dave in the studio to chat about stucco; when to be concerned about cracks and how to maintain it.

Ron Wieczorek from Eagle Home Mortgage is here to fill us in on what the Nation Climate Assessment is and what it has to do with the mortgage world. Plus, Thom and Dave have some great energy saving tips to keep your home warm throughout the winter months.


Segment 1

Dave Burnett: This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. He is Thom Dallman, co-owner, associate broker with Core Group @ eXp. CoreGroupRealty.com, and of course, 208-933-7777. That's a phone number you could always call to get a hold of somebody at Core Group @ eXp.

Thom Dallman: Always have someone standing by.

Dave Burnett: Well, here we go.

Thom Dallman: Here we go. 2019.

Dave Burnett: 2018 is in the rear-view mirror, and 2019 lies dead ahead.

Thom Dallman: Yep. We've got a lot of fun stuff coming up in 2019, I think.

Dave Burnett: Well, real quickly let's look back.

Thom Dallman: Sure.

Dave Burnett: 2018, it was a good year. A year of change from Core Group to Core Group @ eXp.

Thom Dallman: Yeah, I think there was a lot of stuff happening in 2018. Like you said, the change, the way that the market has continued to ... Home prices have continued to raise, interest rates have started to go up in 2018 so yeah, 2018 was a crazy year.

Dave Burnett: It was. And you know, housing, there was shortage of housing for, I think, the entire year, wasn't there?

Thom Dallman: The whole, yeah, I think the last two years. It really started about two years ago.

Dave Burnett: It continues into 2019.

Thom Dallman: 2019, yeah. Excuse me. We're seeing that trend continue as more and more home owners are deciding to stay in their homes longer. And we're seeing that, as we've kind of mentioned before, the multi-generational family situation where we're seeing a lot of buyers, right, where they're wanting to move in with their parents. Parents and kids living together in the same household to care for their parents and stuff like that. So we're seeing a lot more of those multi-generational families coming together. Lot more requests for dual master bedroom, homes that have dual master bedrooms, which are ... we don't have a lot of them out there. If you happen to have one and you're thinking about selling, contact me because we've got buyers for it.

Dave Burnett: It won't be on the market very long.

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Dave Burnett: I just saw a TV show over the weekend talking about that, multi-generational, where you got mom and dad, you got the kids and then you got their moms, grandma and grandpa, and how building those homes, have a separate entrance, perhaps a little mini-suite kitchen. So that mom and dad or grandma and grandpa I guess can have their own space.

Thom Dallman: Or complete separate quarters as well. We're seeing that as a trend. Not just for the multi-generational family, but for those investors, those people wanting to dabble in investment stuff having that second quarters that they can do Airbnb with. Or be able to rent those second quarters out and have a little bit of income stream coming from that opportunity.

Dave Burnett: Well, you think about it, the day and age that we live where there's so many people now who work out of their home. If you had separate quarters on your own property to use even as office space, to be able to go in and do whatever you do for a living online or whatever. How huge that would be, so really something to think about if you're looking to buy or to build to look at going that direction.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. So, speaking of talking about building, we've brought up on episodes in the past just the new construction, how prevalent it is right now. The latest stat that just came out talks about the current inventory that we have right now. Resale, which is people, existing homes that people just are wanting to sell versus new construction. And the numbers, I think, are staggering. It's just crazy. Nationally, we have about a three-weeks supply of resale homes. So, homes that are existing.

Dave Burnett: None other came on the market place.

Thom Dallman: If not another home came on, we would run out with the current demand in buyers in three weeks.

Dave Burnett: That's nationally.

Thom Dallman: That's nationally. Locally we have .84 months, which is we're a little bit more than that three weeks. So, it's almost equivalent. That's for Canyon County, .85 months supply. I'm sorry, .85 months supply for Canyon and .84 for Ada. So nationally we're right in there, right around that three to four weeks ...

Dave Burnett: That's crazy.

Thom Dallman: ... inventory. Yeah. So we are at an all time low, which is crazy considering since the new year happened we've had so many buyers reaching out to us wanting to get back into the, looking at houses and stuff. And we just don't have the inventory.

Dave Burnett: I'll pause on that note, because there are those who've thought you know, maybe we should downsize. Maybe we should sell this house. Now's the time to do it. Don't wait until spring.

Thom Dallman: It's amazing time to do it.

Dave Burnett: Yeah. Don't say, oh we'll wait til spring. Start now so that it's ready to go by spring.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. And they just, the rates kind of went down just a slight bit came down a little bit too this week, so this last week, so it's a great time to buy, too, if you're a buyer 'cause interest rates are still all-time lows. Yes, they've gone up since from the lowest point, but they're still, it's still a great time to buy. It's still a great time to sell. We're at our all-time high. Our average market's price right now is at $322,000 , we're staying consistent there in Ada County versus 398 which is that's for resale homes, sorry, versus $398,000 which is new construction.

Dave Burnett: Let me ask you this, Thom. At Core Group @ eXp, 'cause somebody may be driving along listening, going okay, you're telling me it's a great time to buy but there's no houses to buy. There are homes to buy.

Thom Dallman: There are.

Dave Burnett: But it, I'm going to assume here. I don't just assume, but I know, you really work with your agents there at Core Group @ eXp that they get in there, they dig in. They find that they're working hard to find those homes for someone.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. We're constantly in there digging, looking for our clients, trying to find out those houses. We have some tools to be able to even reach out if you have a very specific community that you want to live in. We can do things that will generate the possibility to buy a home in those areas. So, we have several different things, but more importantly we have trained our agents to be able to deal with multiple offer situations where making your offer stand out from the others various ways.

I wanted to kind of back track a little bit because you said with the low inventory and stuff, I wanna remind everybody that while the resale, what we've been talking about is the resale inventory, new construction is a completely whole different picture. We have a lot of supply of new construction. We have almost, in Ada County, a three-month supply, 2.92 months’ supply of new homes available. Builders have been going crazy. This is their market right now for new construction. Lot of offers.

We've talked about it's roughly 30% of the homes that were sold in 2018 were new construction homes, which is an all-time high from the on average is usually around that 10% to 11% in the balance market. We're at an all-time high for new construction. There's some great options out there for people who want a home in the new construction realm. Great communities that are being built and stuff. Almost three months’ supply, two and a half months supply in Canyon County for that.

Dave Burnett: And I know growth is everywhere, but I just saw another major subdivision approved in north Meridian to be able to put new homes in a whole subdivision there. Meridian is a real hot bed. And it's centrally located.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. I'm gonna be attending the Builder's and Contractor's Association's annual meeting soon. I believe it's coming up pretty soon. Where I'm hoping to get some of those stats on what areas that-

Dave Burnett: What's hot.

Thom Dallman: ... they're gonna be building in and stuff like that. So looking forward to attending that. But I imagine that with the things like Amazon distribution plant that's gonna be going in, Nampa that with the, not only the jobs that are gonna be created there but the people that are coming in to town to fill those positions, that growth that's gonna happen with that. So there's gonna be a lot of growth throughout the valley, continuing through 2019 as it has been, that we'll see some. It's gonna be exciting for 2019 to see how the valley grows even more right now. All the options that are gonna be out there. But the most important part of this whole conversation is going back to that it's a great time to list your home if you are thinking about it. There's a lot of buyers right now and just not a lot of homes for them.

Dave Burnett: Something to ponder but not for too long.

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Dave Burnett: Don't think about it until July. I just wanna touch on this again. Interest rates, I was listening to a report recently, that they said that it doesn't appear that they're going to be as aggressive on raising interest rates this coming year. It's gonna kind of stay flat, so to see a little dip in it this past week or so, that is good news for the housing market. That it's gonna kind of stay stable.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. The Fed has backed off on their plan on taking an aggressive stance towards increasing rates this year, due to different areas, but they're trying to keep everything in check. To not create what everybody fears, the big crash.

Dave Burnett: A slow-down. And everything is kind of cyclical. I mean we talked about this with Ron a little bit. And that is a fact. Everything's cyclical. The new building will slow down. The economy will slow. It can't stay red hot forever or else it'll burn out.

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Dave Burnett: So, there will be a change so you wanna an agent that's gonna keep you on the cutting edge of what is happening. And in Treasure Valley, I mean it seems like here things are just changing almost on a weekly basis. New subdivisions going in, new areas, different things that are happening.

Thom Dallman: But these changes are, I know a lot of people don't like change and don't like the growth of Boise, but I mean it's led to this great economy that we're in right now as well as we're at our all-time low in unemployment rate, nationally and locally. It benefits us to be able to continue to grow and to have a community come together and embrace that growth.

Dave Burnett: Yeah. And the valley has changed so much. I was talking with somebody here recently that they'd lived here for a couple of years. And I said, "No, no, I remember when there was no mall." And they said, "No mall? I said, "Yeah, the Karcher Mall in Nampa, they had that. But Boise had no mall." Everything was invested in downtown and then they built the Boise Towne Square Mall and that was like a big deal. And they were just going, "No mall? There was no mall?"

Thom Dallman: But I've heard when it was built, it was basically in the middle of nowhere, right?

Dave Burnett: Oh, it was. It was out there in the end of the connector and people going that's not convenient at all.

Thom Dallman: Now it's a major anchor in the west Boise area.

Dave Burnett: That's another topic for another show to go in to what has happened there. When Eagle used to be a two-lane road and all of that. Maybe we will talk about this sometime. Get in and talk about how things have changed here in Treasure Valley. If you wanna find out about listing your home and talk to an agent, and we do encourage, interview that agent. Interview Core Group @ eXp. Talk to Thom and make sure that they're the right fit for you, because they want that to happen for you. They want it to be a partnership to get your home sold for the most amount of money possible and for the easiest stress level. 'Cause let's face it, it's stressful.

Thom Dallman: It's stressful. It's so stressful.

Dave Burnett: So they wanna help you walk through this. So give them a call. Come in and talk to them. See what they have to offer as far as social media, ways of selling the house, ways of getting that information out there. So before you sign or do anything with anybody else, at least come in to talk to the folks at Core Group @ eXp. This sponsor of this program, I'll tell you that right up front along with the folks at Eagle Home Mortgage. CoreGroupRealty.com. Give them a call 208-933-7777. Find out why they say, "You do get more with Core."

Segment 2

Dave Burnett: This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. He is Thom Dallman. He is a co-owner, also associate broker, at Core Group @ eXp. Give them a call today, (208)933-7777, or check out their website, CoreGroupRealty.com. Of course, we always get a chance to talk to Ron with Eagle Home Mortgage, equal opportunity lender, each and every week. Ron kind of warned us beforehand. He's going out on a limb here a little bit, going out of your comfort zone.

Ron Wieczorek: A little bit out of the comfort zone.

Thom Dallman: An interesting subject though. I'm excited to talk about it.

Ron Wieczorek: I gave you a breaking weather advisory.

Thom Dallman: Breaking news. Global warming's here.

Ron Wieczorek: I didn't say that.

Thom Dallman: Oh. That's not what you said. That's right.

Ron Wieczorek: Okay. I'll start to say that. So, every four years, and I've kind of prepped you for this, there's collection reports and research that scientists and experts from across the United States federal agencies come out with, and it's called the National Climate Assessment. Why is a mortgage lender talking about the National Climate Assessment? I'll get to that. But what they're saying is in short the assessment finds that climate change has continued to outpace efforts to combat it and to adapt to its effects. What they're talking about on a real estate level is that global warming, like you said, is here. Some people are in denial, but it looks real, and it may push millions of Americans away from the coast.

It may not be now. It may not be a year from now, but there's already been some instances that they've moved some communities inland already, and we may or may not know about it, and spent a lot of money doing it, but at the end of the day there's not enough money invested, and there's not enough preparation going in for that kind of I shouldn't say global, but mass migration. My talk and this report kind of just is putting it back on people's radar.

Thom Dallman: My imagination likes to go away from me, because I love movies, and so I'm picturing like the apocalyptic movies where all of a sudden California falls into the ocean and stuff like that. We're not talking that. We're talking about slow erosion and migration of people.

Ron Wieczorek: We're talking more like sea level rising.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. Exactly.

Ron Wieczorek: As the sea level rises more and more, it really reshapes the US population distribution. So, we're not talking about, you know, looking out your back door and all of a sudden there's a tsunami or your house is falling into the ocean, which that's happened.

Thom Dallman: That could happen.

Ron Wieczorek: That's happened, so it's not too far off, but there's gonna be a potential need for millions of people and billions of dollars of coastal infrastructure to be relocated. It creates a lot of problems. It's legal problems. It's financial problems. It's equity problems. Like I mentioned, we're not nearly prepared for that. The report came at a time ... To your point, Thom, 2017 was littered with natural disasters. We're still running the meter on how much it's cost, but the estimate so far has been over $300 billion-

Thom Dallman: Crazy.

Ron Wieczorek: ... in repair, when it comes to the hurricanes. We already forgot, or a lot of people forgot, about the hurricanes that ripped through parts of Texas and North Carolina, because the wildfires came right after them in California. That's stole out of the national spotlight ... and for good reason, because there was a lot of damage there and lost lives, unfortunately. That's a record. Any time you have records beating records beating records, it has to be on people's spotlight, you would think.

Brock Long, who is the administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is better known as FEMA, has highly criticized, what coastal areas are doing, because his job is ... I mean, they're insuring flood areas. There's a lot of areas that are insured for floods that he's saying, "Wait a minute. This is going to happen. It's not bound to happen. This is gonna happen. Why are we insuring places like this, when they're doing nothing to combat it or get out in front of it?"

Where I tie this all back in is that large scale migration has received more attention this year. In 2014, when the last report came out, there was no mention of any kind of migration. Sea level was maybe a footnote. Now, it's pushed to the front. What's that gonna do to places like Boise? Boise is not a coastal area. It's nowhere near a coastal area, and we've already seen a large migration. There's already 100 or 1,000 reasons to move to Boise. Now, there's one more that you're gonna see, in my opinion, when these coastal areas start getting in danger and people are moving out for ... whether they want a change of scenery, whether it's politics. Some will be forced out due to climate issues.

Thom Dallman: And Boise's still one of the most affordable places, so yeah. It's gonna bring people here.

Ron Wieczorek: Absolutely. It's just one more reason. That's why a mortgage lender in Boise, Idaho's talking about the National Climate Assessment is because I do see that as just another piece of the puzzle as what's gonna bring people to Boise, which, I mean, if you live here, like we do, you know there's already great reasons to live here, so-

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Ron Wieczorek: ... I think that's just gonna be one more piece of-

Dave Burnett: Don't tell people that.

Thom Dallman: I know there's a lot of people-

Ron Wieczorek: I don't think we broadcast that far out.

Thom Dallman: I know there's a lot of people who feel ... they're not enjoying the expansion of Boise and stuff, but it's a natural progression in the urban areas to be able to grow like this and to double in size, to grow in size, and to always be better. So, we're gonna continue that growth, you know, much to our chagrin. It's gonna continue to happen. Might as well ride the wave and go with it.

Ron Wieczorek: Ride the wave.

Thom Dallman: Ride the wave into Boise.

Dave Burnett: What I'm wondering in, as we continue to grow here in the Treasure Valley, as far as land goes, we see farm land going away. I mean, I remember when there was a big dairy farm right where the Mall of Meridian sits. It was a dairy farm at one time. So, we do see land beginning to go away and expanding out into the desert. How does that affect us, as far as building, as far as what goes on in Treasure Valley? I mean, it's gotta be a huge effect on us in some ways.

Ron Wieczorek: Well-

Thom Dallman: So many ways.

Ron Wieczorek: Economically, infrastructure wise. Just there's so many facets that it affects. I think we take for granted how much land we really have, because there's still ... You don't drive five minutes outside of-

Thom Dallman: Drive to Mountain Home. Talk about population explosion.

Ron Wieczorek: So, there's plenty of land yet to build on, and that's part of the reason that we're not gonna stop. We're already very desirable to be at, much less this ... The climate report is gonna be a small piece of that, but there's plenty to go. One thing that I thought was interesting, and I kind of alluded to it, in 2016 the Obama administration spent $48 million in Louisiana to move a small village inland. I don't remember that in the news.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. I don't remember ever seeing that.

Dave Burnett: Actually, I do. I do remember that. Yeah. And they abandoned an entire parish.

Ron Wieczorek: Right.

Dave Burnett: But they were built below sea level to begin with, so it wasn't a real good idea to start with.

Ron Wieczorek: No. Right. That's where you're gonna see the most affected areas. There's areas that are well above sea level that that's not even on the radar, but places like that ... There's a lot of communities in South Carolina, off the coast of Georgia, off the coast of North Carolina, that have these coastal communities that are probably in the biggest danger. Those communities happen to be ... not that our community's not tight. When you have a small, coastal community, it's really hard to convince them to leave that area, because there's a strong association, emotion to it. There's a strong community there already, because everyone knows everybody, and they don't wanna disrupt what they have going on. Then maybe they have their toys, boats, etc, and they just love that island or coastal life. So, it's a real close knit community that it's gonna be hard to break up or sell, at least maybe generational. I don't know how that looks, but those are the biggest spotlights. Off the East Coast is biggest target. It's across the country. California's on that list, but there's a lot of pockets on the East Coast that are in heavy danger of that.

Dave Burnett: Including the entire state of Florida that has about six feet of elevation.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. Right?

Dave Burnett: It is one, big, flat land there. Ron, if somebody wants to get a hold of you at Eagle Home Mortgage, how do they do it?

Ron Wieczorek: Well, I do do mortgages on the side of the National Climate Assessment. My direct number's my cellphone, which is always on me. It's (208)869-9154.

Dave Burnett: Very good. And it is a great time to buy a home, as we head towards spring. I've got my eyeball on it. A great time to get in there, get a loan, get pre-approved.

Ron Wieczorek: It feels like spring right now.

Thom Dallman: It kind of does.

Dave Burnett: It it kind of does, doesn't it? Get pre-approved. Ron, thank you so much. We will continue on the other side. This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, being brought to you by the folks at Eagle Home Mortgage and of course at Core Group at EXP. Give them a call today, (208)933-777. As always, you can go to the website, which is CoreGroupRealty.com. Find out why they say you get more with Core.

Segment 3

Dave Burnett: This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. He is Thom Dallman, the co-owner and also the associate broker at Core Group @ eXp. And you can always go to CoreGroupRealty.com, or give them a call, 208-933-7777. That is the phone number to call. And one of my favorite guests in the studio, Stan has joined us again today.

Thom Dallman: Yes, he has. We always love having Stan from AAD Inspections in here.

Stan Audette: Hi guys.

Thom Dallman: Welcome. We love having you on here 'cause you're a fountain of knowledge every time you're in the room. We love hearing from you. So.

Dave Burnett: You know it's funny, just last week, with all the nice weather we've had.

Thom Dallman: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dave Burnett: It was 45, 46 degrees and sunny, and I thought of Stan.

Thom Dallman: Whoa.

Dave Burnett: You know what, Stan would like this. I actually went out and walked around all of my house. I've got one side of my house, the north side, that I rarely go on, and I thought, since it's so nice, I should go walk around just make it hadn't fallen off.

Thom Dallman: It's probably a good idea for any home owner.

Stan Audette: Kudos for doing that by the way. I think most people don't do that so we really should be paying more attention to our houses.

Thom Dallman: Yeah.

Dave Burnett: Well, when it's snowing, you don't wanna go out there or when it's like 15 degrees. It's like yeah, I'll go look at that again some time in April. So I walked around and everything did ... it was a little muddy on that north because it had been wet, but all in all, things looked okay, I think, but some folks aren't finding that with their homes this winter.

Thom Dallman: No. It's not as wet out there and it's actually a great time to get out there and check it out for anything that could have happened in the last little snow falls that we've might have had or whatnot or what's transpired over these last couple months, and I would like to ask Stan what are some of the things that people should be looking for when they're out there walking around the house?

Stan Audette: Well, maybe one of the first things you're seeing when you're walking around your house in the fine weather and sunshine is you're actually looking at your siding, and I think you told me here just a few minutes ago didn't you that you're finding a lot of clients are worried about cracks they're seeing in stucco.

Thom Dallman: Stucco. That seems to be the subject of the week for us this week.

Stan Audette: You know, that comes up a lot and we find that people are unfortunately overly concerned about cracks in stucco. And when I talk to the stucco contractors, they assure me that all those little hairline cracks that are just almost inevitable, are cosmetic.

In face, they actually advise you to say that until those cracks become large enough to inset the edge of a dime coin, don't worry about them. They're cosmetic. Nothing's really going on.

Dave Burnett: Okay, now you said we're overly concerned about it. We shouldn't be concerned? Couldn't it damage our house?

Stan Audette: Well, it might damage our feelings about the cosmetic appearance. I'll grant you that. But the cracks themselves, they'll let a little water in but the let the water in only as far as the vapor barrier that should be behind the stucco.

Now, we're assuming here that the stucco is installed according to the manufacturer's intentions. That's not always the case.

But a thorough inspection, and perhaps concrete contractors, if they have any true problems, tell you, "Well, if it wasn't done correctly, here's what you need to do about it." But let's not go looking for reasons why things are installed incorrectly, because there's plenty of examples of that.

But back to the cracks themselves, what we found is that when people attempt to repair those cracks, their attempts become more visible than the cracks. They feel like they're going in the wrong direction.

So you don't have to feel a strong need to do that, but one thing we've learned through stucco contractors and manufacturers is that the manufacturers and that there are several of them, actually produce coatings that can be applied. They're acrylic polymers. Latex water based, very much like the paints you might buy, but a much higher quality.

Sure, they're more expensive, but I'd like to put something on your stucco finishes, that looks better than it does now, you can refresh that finish, clean it up, and they'll be enough body to that, that you can actually press some caulking into the crack first and then paint it with a color that's gonna match.

And whenever, by the way, whenever you're pressing any filler into a crack, I wanna advice you, don't be like grandmas used to do. After 10 times of patching a crack with something brittle, pretty quick the crack was a foot wide. Avoid that.

So the concept, whether you're patching concrete or stucco or even a crack in the wall in your house, is to put something inside that crack that's gonna eventually match, but leave none of it on the surface either side. So you force it into the crack and then wipe away or scrub away everything that might be excess on the outside, because anything past that hairline crack one way of the other, is gonna appear to have a different reflectivity, possibly a different color, and certainly a different texture.

So first of all, someone patching stucco cracks would look at filling the crack so that you don't have a contrasting shadow in it.

Dave Burnett: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Stan Audette: That's what makes it visible. And then, painting over the crack with a high quality acrylic polymer paint provided through the stucco manufacturers.

So that is one thing that could actually save you. If you really are proud of your house and you're walking around, you're worried about those cracks, first of all, know they're cosmetic, and second of all, know that yes, there's something prudent and appropriate that you can do about them.

Dave Burnett: Well, I think it's a situation if somebody's a selling a house, they got buyers looking at it, I mean, for me, I didn't know that much about it, but I'd look at it and go, "Oh no." Right?

Thom Dallman: Yeah.

Dave Burnett: So if you're trying to sell the house, it is something perhaps you want to have fixed so it doesn't even come up in question.

Thom Dallman: Yeah, and possible it could be an inexpensive way to improve that cosmetic or that curb appeal that we always talk about.

Dave Burnett: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Thom Dallman: We always say the first thing they see when they pull up is that outside of the house and the exterior of it and so it's super important to make sure that that looks the best that it can.

So this might be something that's inexpensive that they could do to really spruce up the outside of the house.

Stan Audette: Well, that's right.

Thom Dallman: Get that curb appeal going.

Stan Audette: Yeah, Thom, in almost every endeavor, when you're trying to sell something. First impressions count so much.

Thom Dallman: First impressions. Yeah.

Stan Audette: That's so wise, because you only have one chance to make a first impression.

Thom Dallman: Indeed.

Dave Burnett: Now, how about some other kinds of siding? Not necessarily just stucco, but vinyl sidings. You got the, what is it, press boards, where the long boards are. What should we be looking for there for anything that might be going wrong this winter?

Stan Audette: On those, as with all types of sidings, we want to look at possible water entry points. Now, especially the fiberboard siding. If water gets behind it, it's going to make the siding itself swell.

Dave Burnett: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Stan Audette: One of my pet peeves is really that we never seem to paint the under edges, the bottom cut edges of vertical siding trim or even the siding edges that are close to the ground. If we did, the siding would last a lot longer. We could actually put more water on them, from rain, from sprinklers, and whatever.

So it's a balancing act. You either keep the water and sprinklers away from it or you paint it so you don't have to worry as much.

Dave Burnett: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Stan Audette: But that applies to fiberboard. When you're seeing anything swelling, pay attention to it, because water's getting into it where it shouldn't. And by the way, you'd recognize that from maybe some waviness on fiberboard siding. You'd also recognize it if you look at where the nails are.

If it starts to look like a couch pillow around that, then you know the siding is swelling and the nail's trying to hold it in place. So it looks like an overstuffed pillow.

That's a clue that water's getting into the siding and it shouldn't. Perhaps you need to either caulk, seal, repaint, whatever. So if you let it go too long, then like most things the cost of your avoided maintenance is gonna be greater in the long run.

Thom Dallman: Yeah.

Stan Audette: Now, on vinyl. If you're seeing waviness, that's usually about the only thing you see on the vinyl. It can't take much heat so keep your barbecues away from it. Especially if you're barbecuing on the evening where the hot sun is hitting that vinyl, it's already taken as much heat as it can, and then you put a barbecue thing within four feet of it, and then you wonder why it looks wavy later. That's your fault.

But if you see other waviness, and you know that hasn't occurred, talk to the vinyl installers because really, according to the manufacturers, that means that it was incorrectly installed. We don't wanna throw anyone under the bus here, but I will assure you that even something like that is usually not that big of an issue. It can be taken care of.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. There's pretty easy fixes for that and it's something that we see quite often, mentioning the barbecue. When we were out looking at homes, you can tell sometimes in people's backyards when they have vinyl siding where they've keep their grill because it does create that buckling effect on the wall from it being too close to the vinyl and making it buckle.

Stan Audette: Yes.

Thom Dallman: Going back to the Hardie board stuff, that's one of the tips that I usually tell people, is to try to get out, get paint that matches, and get out once a year to paint around that bottom part of your house because your lawnmower scratches up against it, if you have big dogs that like to chew on the side of the house. Those little holes can cause intrusions and cause a lot of water damage to the Hardie board so that's one of the tips that I usually give, is go around once a year and paint the bottom of your house.

Stan Audette: That's a good tip.

Thom Dallman: With matching paint.

Stan Audette: Yeah. And you might want to start to take a mirror with you because who wants to lay on the ground to look up at it.

Thom Dallman: Right.

Stan Audette: Which is why most painters don't do that. You have to almost tie them up and make them do it.

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Dave Burnett: Yeah, you might not wanna see what you're gonna see if you lay down there, because it's probably not painted, but let me ask you this, mentioning painting, we are in the middle of winter and so certain temperature that we need to really be above to get out and effectively paint?

I mean, when it's freezing, probably not a good idea to be painting right now.

Stan Audette: Boy, is that a good question. We occasionally see homes being built in the winter time.

Dave Burnett: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Stan Audette: And as you know, in this industry, everybody's pushing towards the closing date. And sometimes that puts the builder and the painter contractors in a real bind. If you actually read the instructions on the can, I think in most ... now, painters out there, please, I know you're gonna cringe when I say this, but there's probably temperatures that are okay, but you want to be above that temperature for probably 12 hours and know that it's gonna be above that temperature til the paint's at least set before you apply it.

If you don't do that, then what's gonna happen is you'll end up with chalky paint, paint that peels, falls off, and nobody wants that. But yet, I just wanna remind you out there that how many people are really motivated and tempted to break those rules, hoping against hope that it won't ...

Dave Burnett: Yeah.

Stan Audette: Yeah.

Thom Dallman: And it's just ....

Stan Audette: So if you possibly can, just really avoid that whether it's a new house or you're painting yourself. When you already own the house, hopefully you got enough control to chose when the painter's gonna be out there.

I think the biggest risk is with new homes.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. Yeah. We see it often in new homes where they're trying to, like you said, rush into it and get it finished for home owner.

Stan Audette: And we all know the motivations for that. Completely understandable.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. For sure.

Dave Burnett: Well, Stan of course, is involved and does home inspections. If you're in need of a home inspection, maybe you haven't had one done in a while and just want a home inspection done. Stan, name of your business and how they can get a hold of you?

Stan Audette: Oh. Our business is AAD Inspection Corp. We've been doing business here for 25 years. Had the opportunity to see a lot of issues and hopefully be able to give some helpful advice to people, but you're absolutely right. Some of that advice would help if we gave it while you still owned the house, rather than when you're into frantic emotional distress of a transaction.

Thom Dallman: Trying to sell it?

Stan Audette: And why not? If you're gonna make improvements or corrections to the home, why not have a chance to enjoy those before you actually put it up for sale.

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Stan Audette: And you do that at actually less cost in the long run to do it that way.

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Dave Burnett: Well, as my dad always tried to teach me growing up, never ignore a squeak.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. Never.

Dave Burnett: Never ignore a squeak. Something's not right if that's going on. And of course, you can always go to CoreGroupRealty.com and look at the service providers. Stan's name is there and the name of his company as well.

We'll continue on the other side. This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz being brought to you by the folks at Eagle Home Mortgage and of course, Core Group @ eXp. Call them today. 208-933-7777. Find out why they say you get more with Core.

Segment 4

Dave Burnett: This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. He is Thom Dallman, the co-owner, also an associate broker at Core Group @ eXp. CoreGroupRealty.com, that's a easy to use website to go to to find out more information or, of course, you can always call 208-933-7777.

It's 2019 and by now, well, oh shoot, I blew it. But 2910 will be my year. Get some resolutions.

Thom Dallman: Oh my gosh.

Dave Burnett: Some people may have blown their resolutions already but you know, we've talked about this in the past, but it's a good time to make a resolution for your home.

Thom Dallman: For your house, yeah. I love this time of the year because it's encourages me to see so many people embrace that change that comes with New Year's resolutions and trying to better themselves each year. I don't know why we wait each year for this time of year to make that happen but why not make that happen for the house, right?

Dave Burnett: Exactly.

Thom Dallman: We talk a lot about losing weight, that's one of the major things that we talk about at the New Year's. We wanna lose weight, we're gonna lose the holiday weight or whatnot. The gyms are just packed. I don't know if there's many gym-goers out there listening right now, but you know that this is the time of year when you go to the gym and you can't get on any of the equipment because there's everybody there, so-

Dave Burnett: And you're waiting for February so they all go away.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. But it's also a great time to start thinking about losing weight or cutting energy costs at your house too.

Dave Burnett: A-ha.

Thom Dallman: Or if left unattended, our houses can start just consuming energy like nobody's business, so it's always a good time to think about that resolution of cutting energy costs for your house and doing things that will help increase the energy efficiency, making sure you're checking your windows for leaks so that you're not getting a lot of cold air come in, checking your weather stripping on your doors, that's one of the major areas where leaks start happening that you don't really notice. And having cold air coming through your front door and into the houses ...

Dave Burnett: Easy to do too, during the daytime, darken the house-

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Dave Burnett: ... if you see daylight around a door, not good.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. Insulating, going up into your attic and your crawlspaces to make sure your insulation is intact and hasn't fallen down, if it's in the crawlspace or whatnot. It's an unpleasant thought of going down there, there's inspectors that will go down there and do that for you at a very minimal cost. And while they're down there, have them check out the duct working to make sure that there's not been any settling that's happened that made the duct work disconnect where you might be blowing some of your heat into the crawlspace and stuff.

Dave Burnett: Unless you want a warm crawlspace.

Thom Dallman: Unless you want a warm crawlspace, yes. Our heater ... that's funny because our heater is in the ... our furnace is in the garage and has a small leak that goes out into our garage and I've been reluctant to fix it because we have a couple of furnace issues these last couple a weeks and I've been reluctant to fix it because our garage is nice and heated for the cars and when we go out there and [inaudible 00:03:05] but it's nice.

Dave Burnett: Wait until you get the bill for the heating.

Thom Dallman: Right.

Dave Burnett: Heating that garage can't be easy.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. Let's talk a little bit about quitting smoking. One of the other major resolutions for some people.

Dave Burnett: For my house?

Thom Dallman: For your house, purifying your indoor air and making sure your air quality is good. This involves getting into your HVAC system and having someone come out and clean out the ducting. We don't ever think about all the stuff that falls into our vents, especially the floor vents. The most inconvenient spot for a vent is on the floor because everything falls into it.

Dave Burnett: Yeah.

Thom Dallman: You don't think about it.

Dave Burnett: - falls into it.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. It's always a good idea to just pull those vents off, take your vacuum hose and stick it down in there and just at least get the stuff that's fallen in the immediate area to actually get that stuff out there. Make sure your ventilation's working well for your bathrooms, above your stove, vents and stuff like that. Check in and outside of your house. You know, walking around outside the house to make sure those vents haven't somehow gotten stuck closed through the winter, through just living.

Dave Burnett: And I guess the basic rule on your foundation vents is, open in the summer, closed in the winter.

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Dave Burnett: Yeah.

Thom Dallman: Yeah, yeah. Cleaning up your fireplaces, once again, we've talked about that. Getting up and getting the chimney swept, come in and clean out your chimneys to get that resin off there if you use your fireplace a lot, just to clean it out so that you're not burning that stuff and creating-

Dave Burnett: Creosote or build-in-

Thom Dallman: ... more fumes and stuff like that. Make sure you're using real firewood and not pressed products that can, you know ...

Dave Burnett: One of the things in my house, two years ago, I was stunned and a little bit frightened, I'll be honest with you, we replaced our dryer.

Thom Dallman: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dave Burnett: And I hadn't looked at our dryer vent until then. And I mean, it had been several years since and that dryer vent was full of lint.

Thom Dallman: Oh, yeah.

Dave Burnett: And that's a fire hazard.

Thom Dallman: Oh, that is a total fire hazard.

Dave Burnett: So, you wanna get that pulled out and get that cleaned out.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. Yeah, we went nine years and finally replaced our washer and dryer and that was the first time that anybody had actually looked at the dryer vent.

Dave Burnett: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Thom Dallman: And the guy that did it was like, "You have a lot of lint build-up in here. We should probably clean this out while we're replacing these" and I'm like, "Please do."

Dave Burnett: "Yeah, that lint would make two or three shirts."

Thom Dallman: Yeah, right? New Year's resolution number three, not my favorite, everybody who knows me knows that I love drinking, but drink less.

Dave Burnett: Drink less, my house?

Thom Dallman: And yeah, of course, save water, save on your water bill. They have great options for low-flow shower heads right now that still produce the same kind of powerful stream but use less water to make that happen. I'm thinking about going through and replacing some of those. I don't know if everybody knows this but they say on average, the average household uses about 400 gallons of water each day, which is about $700 per year in water and sewer costs for that.

Dave Burnett: The average water heater is like 40 gallons. 40, 50 gallons.

Thom Dallman: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dave Burnett: So I go through about 10 water heaters a day?

Thom Dallman: Can you imagine?

Dave Burnett: Oh my god.

Thom Dallman: If you think about, yeah, just the showers that you're thinking, how long we take our showers and-

Dave Burnett: Dish washing, washing clothes.

Thom Dallman: Dish washing, washing clothes, all that stuff.

Dave Burnett: Flushing toilets, yeah.

Thom Dallman: Flushing toilets is a huge one, they have some great low-flow toilets out there if you're in that remodel phase and thinking about doing a bathroom remodel. I look at some of those toilets.

Dave Burnett: I've even seen some now, and I'm not going to get too descriptive, but there are some where there's a number one option or a number two option for the amount of water you use.

Thom Dallman: Yeah.

Dave Burnett: And number two, obviously, would be significantly more than one. So I didn't even know that they had that.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. It's crazy what they have out there right now. So yeah, just think about your water usage, try to curb your water usage a little bit this year and drink less.

Dave Burnett: ... and we didn't even get to watering the lawn, which most of us over water.

Thom Dallman: Yeah. We're not thinking about that right now because ...

Dave Burnett: We're not doing that.

Thom Dallman: ... we're not doing it but come spring, once it's time to turn on the water sprinklers, a huge percentage of the population tends to over water their yards unnecessarily. Yeah, turning back or lessening your water time a little bit will still keep your grass green but save you some, not only water for the environment but money that you save from University water bill.

Dave Burnett: Exactly.

Thom Dallman: Let's see, what is another good resolution? Let's talk about maybe getting organized. There's some people who are like, yeah.

Dave Burnett: Uh-oh.

Thom Dallman: We need to get organized with our stuff, well, that means getting organized with your house. De-cluttering, we talk a lot about de-cluttering, especially if you're thinking about maybe selling some time this year. Now is a great time to start going through the house, pulling things off that just sit there and don't get used very often or ... excuse me, I apologize. Once a year where you're trying to do this, you know, when we go through and if we haven't used an appliance or we haven't used something in the last year, we're gonna try to get rid of it.

Dave Burnett: I saw a Facebook meme, in fact just this morning, that said, "Just by shoving it in the closet doesn't mean you'll use it more."

Thom Dallman: Exactly. Exactly. I have one closet that's dedicated to stuff that we may never use but it's sitting there on the off-chance that we need it. And I'm like, "We should just get rid of these whole closet full of stuff" because if we haven't used it by now, we may not use it.

Dave Burnett: Well, I guess this resolution would go understand weight loss as well-

Thom Dallman: Right?

Dave Burnett: ... because you're making the house weigh less by getting rid of stuff.

Thom Dallman: Oh, that's a real good point. Exactly. Yeah, I mean, think about your organizational space and better ways to organize stuff, thinking a critical eye and looking at your house storage and better utilizing it, whether it's installing some new shelving in your garage to be able to store things into that you don't use but seasonally. They have some great inexpensive racks and stuff that you can hang from the ceiling of your garage to utilize for storage space as well. Doing small remodel projects to create more storage for your house.

Dave Burnett: And I know this time of year, Home Depot and all the big box stores, they have sales going on, like the big tubs.

Thom Dallman: Yeah.

Dave Burnett: Organize, store stuff, stack it away and get it labeled so you know what it is, if you use it or not.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. Have we got time for one more?

Dave Burnett: I'm pretty ashamed of myself. Yeah, give us one more.

Thom Dallman: Let's talk a little bit about volunteering. One of my favorite subjects. You know, we, at Core Group, volunteer a lot for the community and get involved in the community a lot. So you may think about how does this involve your house? But this is more of your neighborhood. Join the neighborhood watch, if you don't have a neighborhood watch, create a neighborhood watch for the safety of your community. So volunteer in your community as far as ... go out there and meet your neighbor. We've talked about in the past that we're in a society now where we're so addicted to our tv's and to our games and to our electronics that we spend a lot of time indoors and we don't get outdoors and meet our neighbors enough.

Just this week, I was texting with one of my neighbors and he was telling me a little story about when he was in '66 when he was a young lad and working for a veterinary clinic and taking care of 100 dogs at this clinic. It was an interesting story, anyways, long story short, it was an opportunity to get to know my neighbor a little bit more and I think that's so important for the safety of your house. You know, when you're on vacation, we talk about ...

Dave Burnett: Well, just for the community, just to be able to wave to your neighbor and mean it.

Thom Dallman: Yeah.

Dave Burnett: Rather than, oh, I hope he didn't look at me.

Thom Dallman: Exactly.

Dave Burnett: You can wave to your neighbor and mean it and you know a little bit more about them.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. As humans, we are naturally inclined to socialize and be involved in our communities. So maybe that's your New Year's resolution this year. It's not necessarily for the house, except for safety of your house, but it is involving the safety of your house to have your neighbors knowing you a little bit to at least be able to identify if there's something strange going on out there.

Dave Burnett: Exactly.

Thom Dallman: And starting community gardens is one of the other suggestions that I've read about if there's space in your community and available for that, it might be a good idea to rally some people together. There's a cost saving there and not having to go to the local grocery store and buy veggies but it's just a great way for bonding with the community and stuff like that and save, they say anywhere between $200 and $600 worth of food annually with a small 4' by 16' garden. That's how much you can save a year.

Dave Burnett: And it's just good. It's good fun.

Thom Dallman: Exactly. Exactly.

Dave Burnett: Thom, if somebody wants to get a hold of you there at Core Group, the easiest way to do it, how do they do it?

Thom Dallman: Give us a call at 208-933-7777 ... 777, just keep dialing sevens, you'll get us eventually.

Dave Burnett: It will ring.

Thom Dallman: Or check us out at CoreGroupRealty.com. We have great links in there, we have our blog site, we have these radio segments posted on there, like podcasts so you can listen to, go back, review. They're transcribed so you can read quick brief synopsis on them. Or, yeah, just contact us any way, send us smoke signals if you need to.

Dave Burnett: Core Group Realty @ eXp, one of the sponsors of this program along with Eagle Home Mortgage. Catch us each and every week at this time, we appreciate it. If you wanna drop an email, you can do that as well at CoreGroupRealty.com. Core Group Realty, find out why they say, "You get more with Core."


Ron Wieczorek

Eagle Home Mortgage

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Stan Audette

AAD Inspection Corp.

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Core Group at eXp Realty

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