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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 […]
Homeownership Easy Earth-Friendly Energy Fixes Easy Earth-Friendly Energy Fixes There are plenty of good reasons to make your house a little greener, including saving money on energy expenses and ensuring a more livable planet for future generations. No matter what your motivation, making eco-friendly changes doesn’t have to be a daunting proposition. The following relatively simple tips will help to […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
Community Spring is Here … FINALLY! Spring is here … FINALLY! This is the most exciting day on the calendar for gardeners. Ready, set…let’s dig in the dirt. Spring is the time to get your hands back in the dirt and amend your gardens to ensure those seeds and plants have a perfect place to thrive and grow. You should see […]
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’ […]
Uncategorized Pantone 2024 Color of the Year: How to Use Peach Fuzz in your Home Pantone 2024 Color of the Year: How to Use Peach Fuzz in your Home Written By Meghan McGlynn The global color experts at Pantone have spoken, announcing the 2024 Color of the Year to be “Peach Fuzz.” Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute shared this explanation on the website, “in seeking a hue that echoes […]
Uncategorized Real Estate Terminology: Contingent, Pending, Under Contract, and More Different real estate transactions have different conditions based on the status of the listing. The following information is meant to clarify some common real estate terms that describe a home for sale and its position in the closing process. For sellers, understanding this terminology will inform your conversations with your agent when it comes time to […]
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 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 […]
Uncategorized Incorporate Pantone’s Color of 2020 into Your Home Image Source: Pantone Classic Blue has officially been anointed Pantone’s 2020 “Color of the Year”.  Pantone says it picked this color because of its ability to instill calm, confidence, and connection as we cross the threshold into a new decade. A dependable color, Classic Blue is timeless, and enduring, making it a great addition to just […]
Uncategorized Agent Spotlight: All In, For You At Windermere, extraordinary is our ordinary. Our agents live and work in Stanwood and Camano Island. They know the area better than anyone and are here to help you.  Every one of our agents understands how important your home is. Whether you’re buying a new home, selling a property or looking for someone to manage […]
Uncategorized Remodel for the Most Resale Value   What’s the best remodeling project for your home? The answer, in part, depends on where you live. Every year, Remodeling Magazine evaluates which projects bring the most return at resale in different markets around the country in their “Cost vs. Value” report.  For the purposes of this blog, we are focusing on the Pacific states (WA, […]
Uncategorized Western Washington Gardner Report Q3 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 OVERVIEW […]