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5 TIPS TO HOME OWNERSHIP IN SEATTLE DURING COVID

5 TIPS TO HOME OWNERSHIP IN SEATTLE DURING COVID

    On March 23rd, our world in the State of Washington changed as we know it.  As we all hunkered down into our homes, many of us realized that perhaps it was no longer the “right” home.  With more free time available, and little to do but shop online, we have noticed an uptick of interest among Seattle home buyers. Prior to the impacts of COVID-19, Seattle’s real estate market was in full force.  We saw a slow down after Gov. Inslee’s Stay at Home Order went into effect, but once real estate was deemed an essential service, we were back in action.  While there are strict guidelines in place on how and when we can show homes, we continue to see multiple offers on homes that are in tip-top shape and priced accordingly. In other words, there are ...
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5 TIPS TO HOME OWNERSHIP IN SEATTLE DURING COVID

    On March 23rd, our world in the State of Washington changed as we know it.  As we all hunkered down into our homes, many of us realized that perhaps it was no longer the “right” home.  With more free time available, and little to do but shop online, we have noticed an uptick […]

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HOME MAINTENANCE SURVIVAL GUIDE

5 TIPS TO SURVIVING WITH SUCCESS We admit it . . . home ownership isn’t always about pretty paint and home decor.  As we pump the water out of our basement for the third time this week, we are reminded that surprises happen (especially in the Seattle rain) that can throw even us for a […]

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WASHINGTON STATE EXCISE TAX IN 2020

CHANGES COMING JANUARY 1st As of January 1st, 2020, important changes will be made to how the State of Washington charges excise tax as it applies to the sale of a home.  Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner explains:Washington State Excise Tax changes      

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2020 ECONOMIC AND HOUSE FORECAST

BY: MATHEW GARDNER, CHIEF ECONOMIST, WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE   As we head toward the end of the year, it’s time to recap how the U.S. economy and housing markets performed this year and offer my predictions for 2020. U.S. Economy In general, the economy performed pretty much as I expected this year: job growth slowed […]

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IS YOUR HOME SMARTER THAN A 3RD GRADER?

SMART HOME TIPS FROM A POWERHOUSE SEATTLE TECH COUPLE   Matt Thomlinson and Dana Hurley are a powerhouse Seattle couple, and one of our most favorite clients (and friends).  We are frequently in awe of their ability to fine tune house management while conducting a busy work and travel schedule.  As SVP of Security Engineering […]

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THE ‘”R” WORD

Will a recession affect Seattle’s housing market? “How’s the market?”  It’s the number one question we get in any given conversation when people discover we’re in Real Estate.  Here is an old question we haven’t been asked in nearly decade, “How do you think the recession will affect Seattle home prices?”  The answer is a […]

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The Q3 2019 Western Washington Economic Update

  The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact us. ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Washington State […]

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OCTOBER 2019 MARKET STATS

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Top 5 Seattle Area Picks to Get Your Pumpkins

  It’s Fall y’all, therefore it’s time to plan your great pumpkin adventure.  So grab your PSL, check out our Pinterest Board for pumpkin carving ideas, and let’s get to it.  Here are our Top 5 Picks to Get Your Pumpkins:     1) FOR THE SLACKER PARENTS: We totally get it – busy lives, […]

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TOP 5 PLACES TO SEE FALL LEAVES IN SEATTLE

    Today is officially the first day of Fall.  While letting go of summer in Seattle is indeed challenging, any true Seattleite will be hard pressed to deny how they feel “at home” in Autumn.  Curling up on the couch, watching their favorite sitcom, fire set and the rain pouring down outside – all […]

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TODAY IS EARTH DAY

Today is Earth Day. For some reason, this year I am more drawn to our planet than before. Perhaps it’s a bit of inspiration from a client who is striving to remodel their house into a passive home.  Perhaps it’s watching our 10-year-old daughter become more aware of her own surroundings, and just wanting to […]

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WHEN DELI MEATS BAR

When rumors began to spread in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle that a deli was opening in the former Little Gym kids space, we were both intrigued and skeptical.  But one visit to this neighborhood bar and butcher and you understand why The Shambles and their tagline “When Deli Meats Bar” has become the […]

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FEBRUARY 2019 MARKET STATS

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Q4 2018 MARKET UPDATE

By: Mathew Gardner, Windermere Economist   The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact […]

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AARON & SARAH

Our paths first crossed with Aaron and Sarah many years ago when we were all volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters.  It was then that we began to understand their passion for children, both mentoring and fostering at risk youth.  In addition to volunteering as “Bigs,” they were also short term emergency foster parents to […]

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2019 FORECAST

Author: Mathew Gardner, Windermere Economist What a year it has been for both the U.S. economy and the national housing market. After several years of above-average economic and home price growth, 2018 marked the start of a slowdown in the residential real estate market. As the year comes to a close, it’s time for me […]

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A FOLIAGE FETISH

For years I have proven to be a tried and true novice green thumb, never able to keep a plant alive. But after successfully keeping our human daughter alive for 10 years so far, I decided it was time to graduate to foliage. Like any Seattle native, my comfort zone is in grey. Various shades […]

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DAY TRIP TO COUPEVILLE

Whidbey Island has long been the go-to weekend destination for the people of the Pacific Northwest.  With a short 30 minute ferry line and bountiful beaches, quite a few Seattleites have established second homes around the island.  While most day-trippers stop at the town of Langley, heading north just 25 more miles lands you in […]

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