The life span of your household components
Nothing in life lasts forever – and the same can be said for your home. From the roof to the furnace, every component of your home has a life span, so it’s a good idea to know approximately how many years of service you can expect from them. This information can help when buying or selling your home, budgeting for improvements, and deciding between repairing or replacing when problems arise.
Posted on 6 March 2014 | 8:11 pm
Babies in need of diapers and formula. Families with critically ill children in need of housing. Kids with no shoes or school supplies. For the past 25 years, these are the types of needs the Windermere Foundation has helped fulfill, thanks to the incredible generosity of our agents. That’s because every time someone buys or sells a home using a Windermere agent, a portion of their commission goes to fund the Windermere Foundation, which to date has raised more than 26 million dollars.
Posted on 24 February 2014 | 4:02 pm
Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Western Washington real estate market. This report is designed to offer insight into the realities of the housing market. Numbers alone do not always give an accurate picture of local economic conditions; therefore our goal is to provide an explanation of what the statistics mean and how they impact the Western Washington housing economy. We hope that this information may assist you with making an informed real estate decision. For further information about the real estate market in your area, please contact your Windermere agent.
Posted on 20 February 2014 | 5:15 pm
Love letters are a lost art form, in romance and home buying. Yes, home buying. If you’re a buyer and you want to set yourself apart from other buyers, you might want to state your intentions clearly by declaring your abiding love for the seller’s home in a letter. Here are a few tips for writing a love letter that works (for love letters of a romantic nature, you’re on your own).
Posted on 14 February 2014 | 6:00 pm
When it comes to advertising, real estate companies have historically stuck to one message, which is usually something about why they’re the best. It’s important to be good at what we do, but does that really tell you WHY you should work with our company? I would argue no.
Posted on 12 February 2014 | 8:00 pm
It should come as no surprise that online and mobile tools have become very valuable to people while they are in the process of buying and selling homes. According to a 2012 study by Google and the National Association of REALTORS® , 90% of home buyers used online search tools while looking for a home. In many ways, technology has improved the home buying process and provided sellers with more exposure to listings, while helping to decrease the overall sales cycle. Here’s a look at some helpful online tools that you can use during your next home purchase or sale.
Posted on 31 January 2014 | 8:08 pm
Is 2014 the “Year of the Big Move”? Some experts are predicting so. According to Real Estate Expert Charlie Young, certain real estate factors are in place that may compel more people to consider relocating to a different area of the country. Here are a few:
Posted on 24 January 2014 | 7:36 pm
Whether you are buying or selling a home, mold has become a hot issue. Health concerns and potential damage make mold a red flag for buyers. And even if you’re not planning to sell any time soon, taking care of mold problems now can prevent even larger problems in the future. Contrary to what some people think, mold is not a geographic problem—it can occur anywhere, no matter where you live. Here is some basic information about mold and how to deal with it.
Posted on 17 January 2014 | 5:56 pm
The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act expired December 31, 2013. The Act prevented homeowners who go through a short sale or foreclosure from being taxed on the amount of their mortgage debt that has been forgiven. (Normally, debt that has been forgiven by a lender counts as taxable income.) A short sale transaction would have had to close before Dec. 31, 2013 in order to take advantage of the Act's tax exemption. The good news is there is still a way to avoid paying income tax on forgiven debt.
Posted on 8 January 2014 | 11:36 pm