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Buying Market Insights: May 2024 May 2024 Market Insights May 2024: The recent increase in listings, the highest in over 1.5 years, is a positive sign for the real estate market, particularly during the spring selling season. This influx has pushed active inventory into the triple digits. Additionally, the market has seen the most sold listings since last August, further […]
Buying Why Buyer Representation Should Matter So Much to Sellers Why Buyer Representation Should Matter So Much to Sellers In today’s rapidly changing real estate landscape, understanding the critical role of buyer representation has never been more essential for home sellers. With the pending NAR settlement on the horizon, many sellers may not fully grasp the significant impact these changes will have on their transactions. […]
Buying First-Time Home Buyers First-Time Home Buyers! As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the idea of the American Dream differs from person to person. However, in a recent Bankrate study, participants were asked which accomplishments best embodied the American Dream. According to the results, owning a home continues to rank highest for many Americans today (see […]
Buying Market Insights: April 2024 April 2024 Market Insights April 2024: “Although home sales are at a 30-year low as buyers face higher borrowing costs and stubbornly low inventory, housing options on the market are beginning to increase.” according to Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.  That is clearly evident in our markets as inventories climb above 100 properties for the […]
Buying Seven Steps to Yard Sale Success Seven Steps to Yard Sale Success As you prepare to sell your house and move to a new one, you may be taking a fresh look at your belongings. You might be wondering how they’ll work in the new home or if you’ll need to upgrade to new ones. If you’re staging your current home […]
Buying Market Insights: March 2024 March 2024 Market Insights March 2024:  We are starting to see an up-tick of activity in the market, with more new properties being listed than we’ve seen since last spring.  While we are still in a seller’s market, we are seeing more activity than at the same time last year.  Pending sales in the month […]
Buying Buying with Your Pets in Mind Buying with Your Pets in Mind For many of us, pets play a central role in our home life, so taking into account what is best for them when buying a home is important for both their happiness and that of your entire household. Is the Neighborhood A Good Match For Your Pet? When looking […]
Buying NAR Settlement Statement from Windermere CEO and Co-Presidents NAR Settlement Statement from Windermere CEO and Co-Presidents Recent developments in the real estate industry concerning the settlement of a class action lawsuit by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has raised a number of questions, especially as it pertains to agent compensation. For more than 50 years, Windermere has put integrity and professionalism at […]
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Buying 10 Costs Associated with Selling Your Home 10 Costs Associated with Selling Your Home Selling a home is an exciting time for homeowners. Once you and your household have decided that you’ll hit the market, it’s easy to think solely about the revenue that comes with the sale. However, selling a home comes with its own set of costs. Knowing what these […]
Buying Market Insights: February 2024 February 2024 Market Insights February 2024:  Our Stanwood and Camano Island markets have remained slow over the past few months, which aligns with the typical seasonal patterns following the holiday season and winter weather. Interest rates continue to hover around 7%, which slows sellers’ willingness to give up their low mortgage rates and reduces buyers’ […]
Buying Minimize Stress While Selling Your Home Minimize Stress While Selling Your Home After years of collecting furniture, plants, and memories, the thought of preparing your home to sell and moving to a new one can be daunting and stir up a lot of emotions. But selling your home doesn’t have to be stressful; here are a few tips to help make […]
Buying Market Insights: January 2024 January 2024 Market Insights January 2024: Available inventory in our markets continues to decline due to typical seasonal patterns. Limited new listings are fueled by seller reluctance due to interest rates. They feel trapped with their low interest mortgages, limiting their ability to purchase the home that they want to purchase after they sell. Buyers […]
Buying Buying an Equestrian Property: Prioritizing House vs Land Buying an Equestrian Property: Prioritizing House vs Land Equestrian properties are unique. If you’re thinking about buying equestrian property, you have to weigh different aspects of a listing than you would for a typical single-family home purchase. As you look at properties, you will face the dilemma of whether to prioritize the property’s land or the […]
Buying Market Insights: December 2023 December 2023 Market Insights December 2023: December marked the lowest number of new listings for all of 2023 in both the Stanwood and Camano Island markets. As a result, active inventory is the lowest that it has been since April. Seasonal patterns typical of this time of year and low inventory resulted in the lowest […]
Buying Market Insights: November 2023 November 2023 Market Insights November 2023: The past weeks have seen gradual declines in interest rates. 30-year fixed mortgage rates have dropped over a point and a half over the past two months to just over 6.6% currently. Economists are predicting an additional drop in rates to 6% in the latter part of 2024. This […]
Buying Market Insights: October 2023 October 2023 Market Insights October 2023: In the past months, the purchasing power of potential home buyers has weakened further with rising interest rates and a continued lack of inventory, creating a slowdown in market activity. Active listings in our combined market have remained fairly steady over the past six months at just over 100 […]
Buying Should I Tell Buyers My House is Haunted? Should I Tell Buyers My House is Haunted? This time of year is full of spooky moments. If you’re selling a home that has a history of paranormal activity, it could scare buyers away, or intrigue them. Haunted houses are a great attraction for thrill seekers, but buying one is a completely different matter. There’s […]
Buying Market Insights: September 2023 August 2023 Market Insights September 2023: Home values are still holding strong with Average Sales prices at over $700,000 for our two zip codes. Additional home price gains are more challenging in the short term due to continued mortgage rate increases that limit prospective buyers’ purchasing power. The result is a continued decline in transaction volume in our current […]
Buying What Does DOM Mean in Real Estate? What Does DOM Mean in Real Estate? As you start searching for homes, you’ll likely come across different terms that describe the status of different listings. One term, “Days on Market” (DOM), can play a role in your strategy for making an offer. Knowing what this term means will help to inform your discussions with your […]
Buying Market Insights: August 2023 August 2023 Market Insights August 2023: Pending sales on homes during August in our two markets were both up year over year from 2022. We had 29 listings find a buyer on Camano Island and 34 in Stanwood, versus 25 and 31 respectively last year. Other key metrics for August activity showed year-over-year declines, including […]