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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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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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Washington State Changes to Excise Tax

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 & Housing Market 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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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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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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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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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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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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