Windermere Blog

#YourStoryIsOurStory: Starting from Scratch

Kate and Peter spend a lot of their free time on Whidbey Island, WA. In fact, Peter practically grew up there. The island holds special meaning to them and their relationship. It was the place Kate first met Peter’s family, where they were engaged and eventually married. For a couple renting a small apartment in downtown Seattle, Whidbey also offered a great escape from the city. So before they upgraded their city apartment to a city condo, they decided to invest in some land for their future vacation get-away and eventual retirement property.

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Posted on 5 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Keeping up with the Joneses: Demo Day One

This blog was written by Jenn Jones

 

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Posted on 3 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Western Washington Real Estate Market Update

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

The Washington State economy has added almost 370,000 jobs since the lowest point of the recession at the start of 2010. Additionally, total employment is 176,000 jobs higher than seen at the 2008 peak. With a vast majority of our metropolitan areas having fully recovered from the job losses seen during the recession, I expect to see somewhat more modest job growth in the coming year. That being said, our economy will continue to expand, which will be a benefit to our region’s housing market.

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Posted on 2 February 2016 | 5:21 pm

Keeping Up with the Joneses: Home Renovations

Our Dream

Jenn and I have long desired that our story would involve owning a home in Seattle in a great school district, with plenty of room for Addie to grow up, and space to host our friends and family overnight. But with home prices in Seattle rising higher every month (the median being $562k right now), this dream seemed like a stretch. We knew that the only way to make our dream become a reality would be to save our money diligently and buy a fixer that we updated ourselves. 

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Posted on 26 January 2016 | 9:00 pm

Make 2016 A Year of Service

On January 18, 2016, many people across the U.S. engaged in service activities on the federal holiday to honor the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to continue his legacy of service. The MLK Day of Service is also a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative which is built upon the belief that ordinary people can come together and achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools.

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Posted on 25 January 2016 | 11:05 pm

New Year, Bold Home

This article originally appeared on WindermereSeattle.com 

"New year, new me" is so 2015. We thought we would change things up a bit because frankly, 2016 deserves better and so do you. This is the year to be bold. In fact, if there was a color named "bold" we would recommend it for your kitchen remodel. Once a month we will be showing you a different way to go bold with your home. These will be easy, inexpensive changes to add character and life to various rooms and spaces.

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Posted on 20 January 2016 | 7:00 pm

#YourStoryIsOurStory: The New Kid on the Block

When starting a family, home takes on a special meaning. But what happens when you decide to start looking only seven days shy of your due date? Well, Andrew and Mandy called their Windermere Real Estate agent, Erin Mitchell Hoppe. Erin had to act quickly, so she made a plan to look at the best prospects in a very short timeline. Within days, Andrew and Mandy found the home that was a perfect fit, and Erin was able to negotiate mutual acceptance the next day. Luckily, the listing agent worked for Windermere too, so she felt confident the process would go smoothly.

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Posted on 15 January 2016 | 7:00 pm

Emerging Trends in Seattleā€™s New Construction Housing Market

At yesterday’s Windermere Builder Solutions Breakfast, more than 150 Windermere brokers came together to listen to Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner lead a panel discussion on new home construction trends in the greater Seattle area. The panelists included Todd Bennett, CEO: BDR Capital Partners; Ron Boscola, GM: Murray Franklyn Companies; and Eric Campbell, CEO: MainStreet Property Group. New construction housing was arguably one of the biggest casualties of the real estate crash of 2008, when a staggering 60 percent of the local builders went out of business. But those who weathered the downturn are beginning to build again and some interesting new trends are emerging. 

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Posted on 13 January 2016 | 11:00 pm

Windermere Welcomes Cuba to 30th Annual Windermere Cup

Along with our partners at the University of Washington, Windermere Real Estate is excited to welcome the Cuban Men’s and Women’s National Rowing Teams as the headlining opponent for the 30th annual Windermere Cup, scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016. Rounding out the event will be the Stanford men’s and University of San Diego women’s teams.

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Posted on 13 January 2016 | 7:15 pm

A Peek into the Future

This article originally appeared on WindermereSeattle.com 

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Posted on 12 January 2016 | 6:56 pm