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Community 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 […]
Community 10 Things to Do in Stanwood: Spring Edition Stanwood, Washington, is an amazing city with plenty to do. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or you’ve just moved to the area, there is a long list of activities for you to enjoy. Combining Washington’s beautiful landscape with a welcoming town, Stanwood is an excellent place to go, especially in the springtime. Here […]
Community The Great Northwest Glass Quest 2021 Clue #1. . Be Safe. Have Fun. Dream Big . Clue #2. . Real Mans Darts . Clue #3. . Gentlemen, Start Your Engines. Let’s Go to Derby Downs. . Clue #4. . “A Date That Will Live In Infamy”. . Clue #5. . Bare Hyggelig . Clue #6. . Rain Garden . Clue #7. […]
Community The Q4 2020 | Western Washington Gardner 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 a Windermere Stanwood / Camano Island […]
Community A Guide for First-Time Home Buyers Buying a home is a huge investment. You want to ensure that you’re making the right choice for yourself and your finances. If you are thinking about buying your first home, there are some things to consider. . Prepare Your Finances Owning a house is much more expensive than renting, as you have to pay […]
Community Ways to Save Money by Going Green Contrary to popular belief, going green does not have to be hard or cost money, in fact it can even save you money.  There are many small things that you and your family can do within your home to save money while reducing landfill waste and the use of natural resources. Discover a few ways […]
Community Top 10 Things to Do in Stanwood & Camano Island (Winter Edition)   Although Stanwood and Camano Island are best known for the summer season, there’s plenty to keep you occupied year-round. Here are our top ten winter activities to enjoy in the Stanwood Camano area.  . 1. Arrowhead Axe Bring out your inner lumberjack with Camano Island’s first axe-throwing venue. Enjoy the exciting art of hurling […]
Community Why Q4 Is A Good Time To Sell   Just because the weather’s turning chilly doesn’t mean the final quarter of the year is a frozen market for sellers, even during a pandemic. In fact, here are four considerations that make a strong argument for why selling during Q4 could be an excellent decision—especially right now.   Seasonal sell: easier than you think […]
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Community Winter Crabbing on Camano Island and Stanwood   Summer may be dwindling, but in the Stanwood Camano area, this just means it’s time for winter crabbing! There’s nothing like enjoying one of Puget Sound’s famously delicious Dungeness crabs, freshly caught in your own crab pots. In fact, crabbing is so popular that Washington sport fishers catch over 1.5 million pounds a year […]
Community The Q3 2020 | Western Washington Gardner 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 me.   REGIONAL ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Employment […]
Community Public Boat Launches on Camano Island   With over fifty miles of Washington’s pristine Pacific Coast beachfront at our doorstep, there’s no better place than Camano Island to find peace and relaxation on the water. Whether your passion is boating, crabbing, saltwater fishing, sailboarding, or watching the breathtaking sunrise over the Cascades, here are all the public boat launches available on […]
Community Top 5 Short-Term Rentals on Camano Island It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about day-to-day living, working, learning, and travel. With strict travel advisories and airports largely being seen as a risk, many are looking for local escapes that offer a change of scenery and minimize travel risks.  Camano Island is an ideal escape for Seattle […]
Community All in, for Stanwood & Camano Island. All in, for you. All in, for you.™ It’s been a summer without our favorite local traditions like community parades, art festivals, and the Stanwood Camano Soap Box Derby but we want to remind you that although we are apart, we are not alone – We Are Stanwood Camano! At Windermere, we are proud to be part of this […]
Community Maintaining Our Sense of Community Over the last few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way that businesses operate. In compliance with the Governor’s stay-at-home orders, our team has adapted some remote operations – like sending and signing contracts electronically, video walkthroughs of our listings and virtual client meetings. We have also implemented best practices to keep people […]
Buying A Guide to a few of the Puget Sound’s Unique Island Communities Seattle is the beating heart of the Puget Sound area. An explosive regional economy backed by some of the world’s largest tech companies has brought an array of big-city benefits to the once sleepy city. World-class culture, cuisine and sporting events are at the fingertips of those in the city. However, like many large cities, […]
Community Strong regional economy putting pressure on local housing market     By Evan Caldwell  | Jan. 29, 2019      Stanwood, Wash. – Economic growth doesn’t come without some burden. “We are suffering from our own successes,” said economist Matthew Gardner. “We have a robust economy, and that means growing pains.” The solid economy equates to more jobs — and more people — moving […]
Community Economist to talk about 2020 job, housing markets at free forum     By Evan Caldwell  | Jan. 15, 2019        Stanwood, Wash. – Matthew Gardner returns with his crystal ball to peek at what 2020 holds for the local economy and housing market. Gardner, the chief economist for Seattle-based Windermere Real Estate, is the keynote speaker for the 2020 Economic and Housing Forecast […]
Community The Easy Drive-On Island Moving to an island can be challenging. To live on many islands in the Pacific Northwest you have to account for ferry schedules, as well as being far away from major shopping centers. Even things you don’t normally think about, like having a few different options for gas stations, or being able to quickly drive […]
Community Island Amenities There are many reasons to move to Camano Island: the relaxed island atmosphere, friendly neighbors, and beautiful scenery right in your backyard. Everything that island living has to offer coupled with modern conveniences like coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores make Camano Island a great choice for your next home.   Sometimes there are drawbacks […]
Buying 2019 Economic and Housing Forecast What a year it has been for both 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 comes to a close, it’s time for me to dust off my crystal […]