Home buying and selling Relocating for Remote Work As the ubiquity of working from home continues, many homeowners are making the decision to move. Whether the motivation for relocating is to lower the cost of living, to be closer to family, or simply a fresh start, there are various factors to keep in mind when relocating for remote work. Before You Relocate Before you […]
Uncategorized 10 Tips to Minimize Stress When Selling Your Home When I was growing up, my family must have moved a dozen times. After the first few moves, we had it down to a science: timed out, scheduled, down to the last box. Despite our best efforts, plans would change, move-out and move-in days would shift, and the experience would stress the entire family out. […]
Uncategorized Five Things to Consider When Downsizing Downsizing is on the minds of many homeowners today. Some are ready to retire, others want to live more simply, and many want to save money and say goodbye to home maintenance. If you can relate to any of those sentiments, ask yourself these five questions:   Have you done the math? The financial savings […]
Uncategorized Improve Your Curb Appeal with These Affordable Tips   You’ll never have a second chance at a first impression, so let’s make it count! When it comes to upping your home’s curb appeal, there are plenty of small changes you can make that have a big impact. And best of all, you don’t need to call in the pros or spend a fortune […]
Uncategorized Preparing Your Home for the Winter During the winter, it is tempting to curl up and hibernate in bed for the next few months. However, you shouldn’t put off these important home maintenance duties. Clean and check the gutters: While you are on the roof hanging holiday lights, make sure your gutters are clear of leaves, secured to the house, and in […]
Uncategorized How Neighborhood Affects Home Value   Whether you’re buying or selling, accurately pricing a home requires professional assistance from someone who knows the neighborhood. The “estimated” home prices you see posted online can be off by tens of thousands of dollars – not because they’re dishonest, but because the computer programs generating these guesstimates don’t take into account the current […]
Uncategorized Indoor Air Quality Basics   Most of us tend to think of air pollution as something that occurs outdoors where car exhaust and factory fumes proliferate, but there’s such a thing as indoor air pollution, too.  Since the 1950s, the number of synthetic chemicals used in products for the home has increased drastically, while at the same time, homes […]
Uncategorized New Features vs. Character We are often asked, “Which is the better buy, a newer or older home?” Our answer: It all depends on your needs and personal preferences. We decided to put together a list of the six biggest differences between newer and older homes: The neighborhood Surprisingly, one of the biggest factors in choosing a new home […]
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Uncategorized What’s In Store For The 2017 Seattle Housing Market? Posted in Market News by Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate   2016 was another stellar year for the Seattle housing market, in which a surplus of buyers and a deficit of sellers drove home prices higher across the board. So, can we expect to see more of the same in 2017? Here are […]
Uncategorized 10 Projects to Start at Home Over a Holiday Weekend Posted in Houzz.com and Living by Houzz.com  Putting photos into albums, tidying your closet, making holiday gifts — a long holiday weekend can be the perfect time to tackle a project you’ve been wanting to get to but just haven’t had time for. Here are 10 ideas for home projects that are doable over a […]
Uncategorized Should I Move or Remodel? There are a number of things that can trigger the decision to remodel or move to a new home. Perhaps you have outgrown your current space, you might be tired of struggling with ancient plumbing or wiring systems, or maybe your home just feels out of date. The question is: Should you stay or should […]
Uncategorized Weekend Warrior: Quick projects to upgrade your home Memorial Day traditionally represents the kick-off of summer. Kids are getting out of school, families are making summer vacation plans, and backyard barbecues are on everyone’s minds. This is also a great time of the year to get your house in order and ready for the summer season. The following is a handful of ideas […]
Uncategorized The Tax Benefits Every Homeowner Should Know About Posted February 22 2016, 2:00 PM PST by Chad Basinger.  Posted in Living by Chad Basinger  This article originally appeared in Times of San Diego  The housing market on the West Coast is predominantly very strong and more and more people are becoming homeowners. While there are many intangible benefits to owning a home, such as pride of ownership […]
Uncategorized 2016 Economic & Housing Forecast Posted in Market News by Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate  The National Economic Forecast   1.The U.S. will continue to expand with real GDP growth of 2.3% in 2016. Although a positive number, the forecasted rate of growth suggests that we will be modestly underperforming in 2016.  On a positive note, oil prices are likely to […]
Uncategorized Remodeling Projects That Bring The Greatest Return New Roof Is Greatest Remodeling Value DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2015 Reposted from Realtor..org Aside from the need to upgrade worn out features, two of the biggest reasons owners put money into remodeling are to increase the home’s value and to improve their enjoyment of the home. But according to a […]
Uncategorized Western Washington Real Estate Market Update   Posted in Market News by Matthew Gardner    ECONOMIC OVERVIEW After a period of above-average growth, Washington State has seen a modest slowing in employment growth, but we continue to add jobs at a respectable rate. The State unemployment rate was measured at 5.3%, marginally above the national level, but it is trending in the right direction. […]
Uncategorized What You Need to Know about Real Estate Appraisals     Posted in Selling and Buying by Tara Sharp  Appraised value vs. market value Appraisals are designed to protect buyers, sellers, and lending institutions. They provide a reliable, independent valuation of a tract of land and the structure on it, whether it’s a house or a skyscraper. Below, you will find information about the appraisal process, what goes into […]
Uncategorized Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Take a look at some ideal projects to complete this month. This article originally appeared on Porch.com    Written by Anne Reagan October is a great month to check off your fall home maintenance tasks. As our regions transition into fall, you may have a lot of weekend projects you’re trying to get done before peak holiday season […]
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Uncategorized Homeownership Has Declined, But It Won’t Be Forever Posted in Market News by Matthew Gardner   This article originally appeared on Inman.com In addition to talking about housing bubbles, another topic that is becoming popular among housing scaremongers is the ongoing decline in the U.S. homeownership rate. Remarks range from the direct, “American homeownership is at its lowest level in more than two decades,” to the downright inflammatory, “Rental surge […]