Uncategorized The Difference Between a Comparative Market Analysis and an Appraisal Thanks Sandy Dodge at Windermere for this helpful explanation. It can be difficult for sellers to distinguish between two methods of finding the value of their home: a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and a home appraisal. Though they share many similarities, there are key differences in how the two approaches ultimately arrive at a listing price […]
Home Maintenance Preparing Your Home for Summer Heat and Wildfires Thanks Sandy Dodge at Windermere for this helpful guide! Summer is the season for spending long days in the yard, taking dips in the pool, and sitting in the shade to beat the heat. In the midst of these sun-filled adventures, though, lies the potential for heat waves, smoke, and wildfires. Every homeowner should be ready […]
Home Maintenance 5 Green Upgrades that Increase Your Home Value Thanks Sandy Dodge at Windermere for this helpful guide! Selling a home begins with understanding how much it’s worth. After an initial assessment, you may want to make some updates to increase the value of your property. There are several ways to do that, including boosting your curb appeal or making renovations with significant ROI potential. As you […]
Living Windermere Living: Board it Up This article originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Windermere Living By Naomi Tomky | Photography by Carly Diaz | Food Styling By Anne Parker   For an intimate gathering or celebration, or just to change up a weeknight dinner, charcuterie boards are impressive crowd-pleasers. Once an innocuous appetizer, charcuterie boards are stealing the […]
Market Activity Q2 2021 Western Washington Real Estate Market Update   The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. I 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 me any time.   REGIONAL […]
Local Communities Windermere Foundation Surpasses $1 Million Raised in 2021 The Windermere Foundation continues to make impacts in the community! Thank you Sandy Dodge at Windermere who originally wrote this post. In the first six months of 2021, Windermere offices collectively raised over one million dollars through the Windermere Foundation. June, a month in which Windermere celebrated its 37th Community Service Day, saw an outpouring […]
Local Communities Windermere Partners with UW to Launch Internship Program An informative and encouraging post about how Windermere is creating strategic partnerships to further support the community. Thanks Shelley Rossi at Windermere for originally writing this post. The University of Washington College of Built Environments (CBE) announced a new paid internship program, Aspire, that offers financial support, mentoring, and skill-building through academic and professional office […]
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General Info Forget Stocks. Millenials want their money in cold, hard cash. Here's an article from CNN-Money about Millenials— 18-29 year olds are a recession-scarred generation and have a risk aversion to investing money in stocks and real estate. They want it in cash—all cash—. Is that an investment?  It is accessible and usable for immediate needs. Is that enough? Economists hope that this generation will return […]
Local Communities How Seattle Neighborhoods Got Their Names Here is a story on How Seattle Neighborhoods Got their Names. See Here….. $25 STARBUCKDS GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR THE FIRST PERSON TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS.. 1.  What was the original name of Beacon Hill? 2.  What neighborhood is the oldest suburb of Seattle? 3.  When was Columbia City established? 4. Where did the term skid […]
Home Maintenance Do Remodeling Projects Pay? Take a peek at this great information that can help inform your remodel projects and when to do them even–some you might not even suspect would be worth doing. Timing is also important. Why not have a plan to enjoy your remodel work before you have to sell and leave it all for someone else!?  […]
Uncategorized What Matters in Approval Sometimes it is just a good review to see what is considered in qualifying for a mortgage. Click the link to this article and see what ya think. The four C’s what are they? Take Care out there!
Home Maintenance Free Carbon Monoxide Device Be entered into a drawing  to receive a free carbon monoxide device for your home. As noted in my previous blog post, as of April 1, 2012, one will be required in every single family home sold, and will expand to multiplexes by 2013, and all homes by a similar time. Might as well get one […]
Local Communities It’s an Edmonds Kind of Day There’s a common phrase throughout this sought after neighborhood of Edmonds just 20 min. north of Seattle and a popular destination for many Northwesterners. It’s an Edmonds Kind of Day just smacks of beautiful views found from the downtown proper overlooking the Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and a host of activity on the water […]
Investment Property Improve Your Bottom Line Buying Investment property is one of the ways to improve your bottom line regarding your personal wealth. Numerous Americans are taking advantage of this historic Buyers market, and building their future wealth. My 4-plex in Edmonds, WA, sold this week with numerous multiple offers, as a case in point. Buyers are recongnizing that this product […]
Uncategorized I’d Buy Up a Couple Hundred Thousand Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, said he’d buy up a couple hundred thousand single family homes if it were practical to do so. They are a very attractive investment right now, he continues. He has a very positive outlook for the recovery and for the investment climate in America right now. Buffett […]
Uncategorized Keeping Folks in their Homes Here is a great article in the Seattle Times Real Estate Section on March 26th 2012…talking about the new campaign that Bank of America is proposing to allow people to stay in their homes and rent. They are beta testing it in three states, Arizona, New York and Nevada. If the reaction is positive, it […]
Uncategorized New Law Affecting Homeowners Having a Carbon Monoxide Alarm in your home or condo or apartment that you own or rental that you own, is now LAW in the state of Washington. By April 1st of this year, they are “required before a buyer or any other person may legally occupy the residence following the sale.” (RCW 19.27.530). Check […]
Uncategorized Shadow Inventory This is another information link to explain the current market conditions. Today the discussion is about Shadow Inventory. The term Shadow Inventory  indicates the amount of homes that Banks have in their back pocket, so to speak, that will eventually be released to the market. The significance of it is that we have to work […]
Uncategorized TWO FREE TICKETS REMODELING EXPO 2012 I am offering TWO free tickets to the first person who contacts me through the Web/Blog site for the Seattle Remodeling Expo 2012. This comprehensive and expansive home show brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts. Every aspect of the home can be explored, from […]