Housing Trends

Buying Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time Successfully selling a home and buying a home are significant accomplishments on their own, but when their timelines cross it can be difficult to manage both. If you’re thinking about doing both simultaneously, it’s equally important to understand the steps you can take to make the process go smoothly as it is to have a backup plan in case […]
Buying How Covid-19 Impacted the Real Estate Market Just like so many parts of life, the real estate market was greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. From mass unemployment and reduced listings to high demand for houses in contrast to low inventory, the real estate market is much different than it was two years ago. With high housing prices, low interest rates, fluctuating […]
Community 5 Green Upgrades that Increase Your Home Value 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 research potential projects, keep in mind that making your […]
Housing Trends 7 Vintage Design Elements That Are Still Popular Today Adding the right touch of vintage décor to your home is a matter of balance. It brings that decades-old, well-traveled quality that gives the spaces in your home a special character. A common concern with vintage décor is that it will make a home feel outdated. Fortunately, certain design elements and trends have stood the test […]
Housing Trends Where to Stay While You Sell Your Home The time between selling a home and moving into a new one can be a challenging period for homeowners that leaves them with a basic question: Where should I live? In the interim, there are various housing options to choose from but picking the right one depends on your personal situation and the amount of time it will take […]
DIY Gardening in the Pacific Northwest Whether you are an avid gardener, or a novice starting for the first time this summer, there are some key aspects to gardening in the Pacific Northwest to take note of.  Stanwood and Camano Island Growing Zones Many maps place the Stanwood and Camano Island areas in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8a. These zones […]
Housing Trends Selling a Home with Pets For pet owners, it’s hard to imagine their home without a furry friend. However, when it comes time to sell, showcasing the qualities of a home should take precedence over the pets that live in it. This creates additional steps in the process of preparing your home for sale, but it makes all the difference in the […]
DIY 7 Weekend Home Projects So many projects, so little time. That tends to be the mantra for homeowners with an ever-growing to-do list and limited availability to accomplish their tasks. Fortunately, the weekend is an opportunity to dig into certain projects and see them to their completion by the time the weekdays come around again. These seven weekend home […]
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Housing Trends Knowing When to Sell Your Home Of all the components involved in a successful home sale, there is perhaps no greater contributing factor than timing. Knowing when to sell your house gives you the best chance to make an impact when you hit the market. Every seller’s situation is unique but choosing when to sell comes down to how prepared you […]
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 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 […]
Housing Trends Kick-Starting a Kitchen Remodel Image Source: Canva Ask a homeowner which room they would most like to improve, and most will point to the kitchen – the starting point for every meal and the heart of the home. Ask those same people why they don’t move forward with a kitchen remodel, and many will say the project seems so […]
Housing Trends Western Washington Gardner Report Q4 2019   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 your Windermere agent.   ECONOMIC […]
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 […]
Buying Market turnaround? King County home prices take biggest one-month jump ever. Originally published March 6, 2019 at 4:22 pm Seattletimes.com For months, there’s been one question in Seattle-area real estate: How low can prices go?       We may have found our answer. King County home prices had dropped $116,000 since last spring, falling to a two-year low in January. But in February, home prices bounced back as […]
Buying Seattle Area Home Price Cool-Down, Outlying Areas Price Increase? From Tacoma to Spokane, the housing market is hottest where homes are the cheapest, and downright cool in expensive areas like Seattle and Bellevue. (Source Seattle Times Newspaper February 26th, 2019). As the Seattle-area real estate market has slowed over the past year, it’s clear things have gotten better for buyers of the region’s priciest […]
Buying Latest NWMLS News for the Northwest Homebuyers Resuming Search Amid Improving Inventory, Attractive Terms Latest Press Release from Northwest Multiple Listing Service KIRKLAND, Washington (February 2019) – Homebuyers around Washington state are making their way back to the market, hoping to take advantage of improving inventory, attractive interest rates, and more approachable sellers, according to officials with Northwest Multiple Listing Service. […]
Buying Investing In a Green Home Will Pay Dividends In 2019 As we step forward into 2019, eco-friendly “green homes” are more popular than ever. Upgrading your home’s sustainability improves quality of life for those residing in it, but it is also a savvy long-term investment. As green homes become more popular, properties boasting sustainable features have become increasingly desirable targets for homebuyers. Whether designing a […]
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 […]