Uncategorized Raising money to support the food banks By Patti Payne  – Columnist, Puget Sound Business Journal Apr 29, 2020, 1:56am EDT Windermere Real Estate, the largest regional real estate company in the western U.S. with more than 300 offices in 10 states, is challenging its brokers, franchise owners, staff members to raise money for food banks heavily impacted by the coronavirus. This community initiative, called “Neighbors […]
Uncategorized If only we could go into a restaurant to celebrate.
Uncategorized Mortgage Forbearance. Do you have to make your payments?
Uncategorized Recession? Yes. Housing Crash? No. With over 90% of Americans now under a shelter-in-place order, many experts are warning that the American economy is heading toward a recession, if it’s not in one already. What does that mean to the residential real estate market? What is a recession? According to the National Bureau of Economic Research: “A recession is a significant […]
Uncategorized Western Washington Real Estate Market Update – 3rd Qtr The Gardner Report by Matthew Gardner The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market update 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 […]
Uncategorized Windermere Friday Night Lights Windermere Friday Night Lights is part of Windermere Real Estate’s #TackleHomelessness campaign. As part of this campaign, the Marysville Windermere Office will donate $50 to Maud’s house for every touchdown scored during the regular football season for both Marysville Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell High Schools. Maud’s House is a local shelter for homeless women with […]
Uncategorized 2nd Quarter Economic Report 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 your Windermere agent. ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Washington […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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?