Living How to Prevent Water Damage to Your Home Water is constantly coursing through your home, flowing in and out of drain pipes, sinks, tubs, and showers. Numerous systems in our homes are dependent upon water, but the minute it runs rampant it begins to cause damage. The consequences of water damage run the gamut, from rotted drywall and mold growth to serious structural […]
Buyer Working with a Buyer’s Agent What is a Buyer’s Agent?   A typical real estate transaction involves a buyer’s agent representing the buyer and a listing agent representing the seller. A buyer’s agent helps the buyer identify potential homes to pursue, advises them on negotiations, and helps navigate any hurdles during the buying process. Once they are under contract, the […]
Living Timeless Home Design When decorating and designing, homeowners often strive for a home that may incorporate vintage and modern elements but remains timeless at its core. Fortunately, certain design principles and elements have stood the test the time and can help you curate the home you desire. Here is your guide to understanding how you can design a home that […]
Seller The Risks of FSBO Selling a home is a complex process that requires patience, knowledge of the market, and a deep understanding of the financial processes. And that’s just the beginning. Accordingly, many homeowners trust in a professional to sell their home by working with a real estate agent. Despite the expertise an agent brings to the table, some homeowners […]
Seller The Benefits of a Pre-Listing Inspection Pre-listing inspections can help sellers better understand the condition of their home before putting it on the market. They can also strengthen a home’s appeal to potential buyers and help to streamline the offer process, which is especially important in competitive markets. However, pre-listing inspections can also open sellers up to added liability. Talk to […]
Buyer The Importance of Pre-Approval To set yourself up for a smooth and successful home purchase, getting pre-approved is perhaps the most productive first step you can take. It strengthens your buying credibility, informs your home search, and speeds up the closing process.   The Pre-Approval Process  There is an important distinction to made between two important steps of your mortgage application process: […]
Market Report Local Market Update February 2021 This winter’s real estate market is looking more like a typical spring market. Sales were up, competition was fierce and prices continued to rise. Lack of inventory still presents a huge issue. At the end of January there were only 1,055 single-family homes on the market in all of King County, 33% fewer than a […]
Living Buying with Remodeling in Mind by Sandy Dodge Everyone has their own definition of a dream home. For some, they know right when they see a home that it’s perfect as is. For others, it takes remodeling to achieve their vision. Whether you’re looking for something in need of a few upgrades or a total fixer-upper, buying with the intention of remodeling comes […]
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Market Report Local Market Update January 2021 The end of 2020 marked a most unusual year, and the real estate market was no exception. While homes sales usually take a holiday during December, this year saw the continuation of an exceptionally strong and competitive market. New listings, closed sales and home prices all went up. With supply nowhere close to meeting demand, […]
Living Technology in Your Home Every year there are more products that come out to automate your home. There are many reasons to add technology and to automate your home including safety, security, efficiency and convenience. Here are some reasons and products that are must have for your home.   For Safety There are many products that will help keep […]
Market Report Local Market Update – December 2020 LOCAL MARKET UPDATE – DECEMBER 2020 Nothing about 2020 is normal, and that includes real estate trends. The housing market typically slows significantly during the holiday season, but that is not the case this year. Buyer interest is strong, sales are up, and prices have followed suit. A recent report ranked our area as the most competitive […]
Buyer How to Increase Your Buying Power One of the best ways prospective home buyers can empower themselves when purchasing a home is to improve their buying power. The numbers may seem daunting but identifying ways to strengthen your financial standing will help you each step of the way. When visualizing your dream home, it’s common for buyers to focus on the […]
Market Report Matthew Gardner’s 2021 Housing Forecast Throughout 2020, mortgage rates hit historic lows, largely due to the impact COVID-19 had on the housing market. These low rates drove already high demand for housing even higher, and Gardner does not predict mortgage rates will rise significantly in 2021. His current forecast sees mortgage rates dropping to their lowest rate in the current […]
Buyer What is Wire Fraud and How to Avoid It Image source: Shutterstock   A fast-growing form of cybercrime, wire fraud has led to major losses for homebuyers in recent years. Get to know what it is and what steps you can take to avoid it.   What is wire fraud? Real estate wire fraud is a scam that targets buyers while making payments during […]
Local News Seattle Ranks No. 6 For Investment In High-Density Housing Nationwide In a city as crowded as Seattle, it’s no wonder that builders and developers have been investing in high-density housing projects for years. High-density housing — specifically apartments, condos, townhomes and any building containing more than five housing units — has long seemed the best way to accommodate Seattle’s growing population in the wake of […]
Buyer A Guide to VA Loans Image source: Shutterstock VA loans provide a path toward homeownership for active service and veteran personnel and their families. The following serves as a guide to understanding what they are, who they are available to, and what types of loans are available to them. VA loans can be confusing, so talk with your Windermere agent […]
Market Report Local Market Update – November 2020 The number of people who can work remotely may be changing the way we view our homes, but one trend has not changed. The local housing market in October remained unseasonably hot. And that doesn’t show signs of changing any time soon. October saw continued low inventory and record-level sales, with the number of sales […]
Market News The Gardner Report – Third Quarter 2020 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 reach out anytime! REGIONAL ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Employment numbers in Western […]
Buyer House vs. Townhouse vs. Condo Image sources: House, Townhouse, Condo: Canva — Question marks: Shutterstock   Deciding between a house, townhouse, and condominium can be a difficult process. Knowing how their characteristics align with your life and goals as a homeowner will help guide you to the right choice.   What differentiates houses, townhouses, and condominiums?  House:  Detached houses offer […]
Market Report LOCAL MARKET UPDATE – OCTOBER 2020 While daily life may seem unpredictable, the local real estate market remains extremely stable. Activity in September acted more like the traditional peak spring market with home sales soaring and prices hitting record highs. Inventory remains very tight and new listings are selling quickly in every price range. There just aren’t enough homes on the […]