Uncategorized 2019 Economic Forecast 2019 Economic and Housing Forecast  By Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate What a year it has been for both for 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 […]
Uncategorized Holiday Decor Inspirations The holiday season is here and for many of our agents, that means it’s time to deck the halls. If you’re looking for some holiday decor inspirations and a place to start, here are some ideas that are certain to get everyone in the spirit.   A Tree of a Different Color Photo Credit: Left […]
Uncategorized Moving on It is with mixed emotions that I am selling my family homestead, after 62 years of family ownership. My parents had this house built in 1956, moving in when I was one. I lived there until moving to Hawaii in 1978 (except for college fraternity life at the UW). Mom passed in 2011 and Dad […]
Uncategorized Home Maintenance Checklist It’s February – winter’s not over yet, but spring is right around the corner. If you have cabin fever from being inside, cleaning and freshening up your house can help you get through this last month of winter and be ready to get outside when spring arrives. Home Maintenance Checklist for Spring Once you check […]
Uncategorized 8 Laundry Room Updates to Fit Any Budget Hoping to transform your tired laundry room into a sparkling clean, efficiently working space, but without the major costs of a full remodel? By not changing the layout or adding square feet, you can bring costs down while still making meaningful changes to your space. Use this guide to help you decide what to prioritize […]
Uncategorized Remodel or Sell? Empty Nesters     Your kids have moved out and now you’re living in a big house with way more space than you need. You have two choices – should you remodel or sell? Here are some things to consider about each option. Choice No. 1: Remodel your existing home to better fit your current needs. Remodeling […]
Uncategorized Get ready for FOOTBALL!!!!
Uncategorized Time to Sell (your stuff, not your home)? Time to Sell? Some Tips for Selling Your Stuff   If you are looking around your home and thinking to yourself that it’s time to de-clutter, the summer months provide an ideal time to hold a garage sale. But if that sounds like too big of an undertaking, there are other options available to you […]
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Uncategorized Keeping your Sanity on a Home Remodel 12 Sanity Savers to Get You Through Your Home Remodel Posted in Houzz.com by Houzz.com It’s easy to get excited about a home project at the beginning, when the work seems theoretical and you hear yourself saying things like, “Oh, we could just knock all of these walls out, no problem!” Then reality sets in. […]
Uncategorized Market Update for Western Washington ECONOMIC OVERVIEW The Market Update for Western Washington is here! I’m happy to report that Washington State continues to add jobs at a steady rate. While the rate of growth is tapering, this is because many markets are getting close to “full employment”, during which time growth naturally slows. That said, I believe that the […]
Uncategorized What to Expect in Housing Affordability What keeps Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, up at night? Housing affordability. As the U.S. Population moves towards both coasts and the Southwest, putting upward pressure on land prices and the value of homes, we will see a greater cost of living, which could directly impact the work force and economies in those areas. Gardner […]
Uncategorized Ideas for new Thanksgiving traditions Most of us already have our “ways” of doing Thanksgiving – ways our mother did it, ways our extended family did it, ways our neighborhood did it. Ideas for new Thanksgiving traditions are a popular topic around our office. Thanksgiving doesn’t lend itself well to trying out new traditions, but sometimes the situation calls for […]
Uncategorized Why are inventory levels at historic lows?
Uncategorized Community Service Day in Marysville We had two service projects going on that day–one was for a family whose daughter has a terminal illness, and six of our agents went over and worked on their yard and planted flowers. The rest of us worked on landscaping for the new Historical Society building (boy, is that going to be a beautiful […]
Uncategorized Love it Before You List It The year was 1989, and I was just about to learn the meaning of the word “boom.” We’d met one afternoon with a real estate agent who advised us that if we wanted to sell our Silver Lake home, we needed to paint the living room, re-stain the deck, and put fresh bark over the […]
Uncategorized Curb Appeal – What’s the Big Deal? The experts tell us that in human interactions, two people meeting for the first time size one another up and form an opinion of each other in the first seven seconds. In just that short span of time, each determines if the other is a friend or a foe; someone to approach or someone to […]
Uncategorized Some Smart Reasons to Downsize Your Home I met a friend at a restaurant in Edmonds last week, and of course, the conversation eventually turned to real estate. Over our lunch of chicken pot pies, Cathy said, “We’re thinking of downsizing, but how do you know when it’s the right time?” Let’s talk about some reasons to downsize your home. That’s a […]
Uncategorized What Your Front Door Says About You So you know how they say you can’t judge a book by its cover? I’m not so sure about that. Over the years, my husband has collected a good number of those Chilton Auto Repair Manuals. We had one for our Honda Civic, our Ford Taurus, our VW Cabriolet, and our VW Bug. I glanced […]
Uncategorized Buyer Video’s – Must See TV With Elizabeth Banks The National Association of Realtors put together 5 wonderful informational video’s, hosted by actress Elizabeth Banks. They are very informative for a first time home buyer, and quite funny as well. Even if you are not a first time buyer, they will be worth checking out.  Each video is only about 2 minutes long, but […]
Uncategorized Memories of a time past We were driving back from visiting my Dad at his retirement community in Arlington today when I saw a For Sale sign in front of this house, on the corner of Olympic & Highland Drive in Arlington, just down the street from where I grew up. Built in 1930, my Grandparents were the first owners of […]