DISCOVER HOW TO CREATE THE MOST DEMAND WHEN LISTING YOUR HOME FOR SALE The Four Part Plan: 1) FOCUS ON SELLING A LIFESTYLE You’re not just selling a house, you’re selling a lifestyle. Think  beyond your “house data” such as square footage and room sizes. Highlight home features that resonate with the lifestyle buyers will get if they purchase your home. Whether that’s entertaining space, smart home tech, […]
DISCOVER GUIDE TO BUYING & SELLING SIMULTANEOUSLY   The thought of buying or selling a home can be intimidating . . . the idea of doing both simultaneously can be downright overwhelming.  Should you buy first?  Should you sell first?  Should you rent in between?  With the recent impact of COVID, now more than ever, our clients are seeking the opportunity to […]
DISCOVER HOME SCHOOL PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE   Let’s be honest, six months ago, none of us imagined we’d be where we are today.  While last spring was filled with coping strategies and beliefs that this was all just “temporary,” the new reality is we are in this for the long haul.  Here in Seattle, most schools have moved to an online […]
DISCOVER 5 TIPS TO SUCCESSFULLY SELL YOUR SEATTLE HOME DURING COVID   Even with COVID restrictions, the Seattle real estate market continues to be very strong.  We find that our sellers who follow these 5 steps are more successful in this market, often selling over list price with multiple offers.  While your market may be faster, or slower, than Seattle, in the time of COVID, it […]
DISCOVER 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 […]
DOORSTEPS 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 […]
DATA 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      
DATA 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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DISCOVER 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 […]
DATA 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 […]
DATA 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 […]
DATA OCTOBER 2019 MARKET STATS
DISCOVER 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, […]
DISCOVER 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 […]
DISCOVER 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 […]
DISCOVER 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 […]
DATA FEBRUARY 2019 MARKET STATS
DATA 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 […]
DOORSTEPS 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 […]
DATA 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 […]