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Bidding wars becoming more common as demand outpaces supply in local real estate market

June 24, 2020

  By Evan Caldwell  | June 23, 2020     Home sales have remained surprisingly steady since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but new listings have not. Fewer homes than ever are for sale in the Stanwood-Camano area, further pinching a market that already had historically low inventory, according to new data from the […]

Home sales brisk before COVID-19 slowdown

April 15, 2020

  By Evan Caldwell  | April 15, 2020     The local real estate market remained hot in March despite the slowdown related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is expected to change in April and May. The median price of houses sold in the Stanwood area hit a record high last month, and Camano […]

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Strong regional economy putting pressure on local housing market

January 29, 2020

    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 […]

Economist to talk about 2020 job, housing markets at free forum

January 15, 2020

    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 […]

You, too, can go ‘Green at the Beach’ — for $1.45 million

May 11, 2019

Now on the real estate market, this Warm Beach waterfront home is eco-friendly from top to bottom. By Evan Thompson | Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:30am   It hit Dave Porter back in 2004 that he was a hypocrite. After giving a speech to home builders and real estate agents about the importance of green design […]

What Paine Field means for county’s real estate

May 6, 2019

Connections to West Coast cities will allow easy travel for our residents and bring tourists here. Monday, May 6, 2019 It’s finally time to go after that second “dream home” you’ve been longing for since your 30s. You’ve earned it after a career of hard work, buckling down, and saving your pennies. When retirement or […]

Warm Beach home with lighthouse rotunda asks $1.45 million

May 1, 2019

By Sarah Anne Lloyd | @sarahannelloyd | May 1, 2019 A beach house with nautical details is one thing, but a built-in lighthouse is another. This home in Warm Beach—along semi-sandy Port Susan waterfront, facing Camano Island—goes above and beyond with waterfront whimsy. It was built in 2007 with all the trappings of a high-priced […]

Warm Beach’s iconic eco-friendly home for sale

April 29, 2019

The award-winning house featured on TV and in magazines.   By Evan Caldwell | Apr 29, 2019   One of the area’s most iconic homes is for sale. Easily identified along the Warm Beach waterfront by its lighthouse-inspired cupola, this ultra-green house is most famous for its sustainability. “The goal was to build this as environmentally […]

Local economy finding ‘balance’

January 30, 2019

Economist Matthew Gardner motioned his outstretched hand horizontally through the air. “Balance,” he said. “That’s what we’re trending back to.” Gardner was addressing some 250 people during an economic forum Friday, Jan. 26, at the Camano Center. After nearly 20 years of volatility in the housing market — the early 2000s boom, the Great Recession […]

2019 Economic and Housing Forecast

December 30, 2018

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 […]

Real Estate Forecast 2019

December 14, 2018

Nationally Recognized Economist, Matthew Gardner, Secured as Keynote Speaker for Community Forum in January   Windermere Real Estate Camano Island & Stanwood has secured nationally-recognized, expert chief economist, Matthew Gardner, as keynote speaker for Real Estate Forecast 2019, a community forum scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Camano Center. The forum, which will […]

Super bowls: Chili’s and chowder’s compete at Camano cook-off

November 21, 2018

  Palmer’s chili won Best Chili for the third time in the past four years at the Chili & Chowder Cook-Off on Camano Island. The contest marked its 23rd year Nov. 10. Twenty-four contestants competed for the titles of Best Chili and Best Chowder on Camano. A record-breaking 1,761 people — including this reporter — […]

We Are Stanwood Camano Giving Tree

November 19, 2018

Windermere Stanwood and Camano Island Prepares “We Are Stanwood Camano Giving Tree” to Support Neighbors in Need During Holiday Season   CAMANO ISLAND, WA (November 16, 2018) – Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Windermere Real Estate has put up its “We Are Stanwood Camano Giving Tree” at its Terry’s Corner office located […]

Free swim lessons making a big splash

November 1, 2018

Students are gleefully diving into a new effort to teach water safety — one third-grade class at a time. The Make a Splash program, in its first year in the Stanwood-Camano area, provides a week of free swimming lessons to all third-grade students in the district. Twenty-three boys and girls in Sandi Meier’s class at […]

Local Law Enforcement Group Honors Heagles

October 10, 2018

Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation last week awarded Randy and Marla Heagle with its inaugural Citizens of the Year award. The Heagles have supported the group’s efforts for several years in a row, along with providing a space for the organization’s main annual fundraising event. The foundation raises money to help Island County deputies and […]

This quirky century-old schoolhouse is yours for $695,000

August 31, 2018

The two-acre property on the Stillaguamish River in Silvana includes a replica Old West town. SILVANA — The old schoolhouse here and the quirky property it sits on, complete with a Wild West-style town in the back yard, is up for sale. The asking price is $695,000. The school was built around 1907, part of the […]

Letter: Thanks to neighborhood, Camano’s National Night Out was a success

August 20, 2018

Dear Editor: Camano neighbors gathered Aug. 7 at the Utsalady Ladies Aid Building for a giant block party to celebrate a night out against crime. Along with food and fun, information was available from local resource groups for making the community and neighborhoods on Camano Island safer places. Participating groups were: Camano Island Fire and […]

Curbed Seattle

August 17, 2018

1906 schoolhouse—plus a saloon and a chapel—listed for $695K Like your own little old-timey town! View the Listing Details Whether you’re looking to open an event venue or just for some unique digs, here’s something for you: a two-acre property in Silvana, a Snohomish County town with a population of 90 or so people, featuring a […]

Rotary announces parade winners

August 7, 2018

Seventy-six entries in this year’s Stanwood Camano Community Parade marched west through downtown Stanwood for about hour on Saturday, Aug. 4. Dan Sailer, chair of the parade committee, said kids, teens and adults came ready to see a grand parade with entries from all over the area competing for top honors. The parade, hosted by […]

Camano Island community made Soap Box Derby track possible

July 14, 2018

Letter to the Editor These past weeks, I have been repeatedly reminded of why my wife, Marla, and I chose to make the Stanwood-Camano community our home. During our recent efforts to raise funds and construct the new Soap Box Derby Headquarters and Track at our Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island, we were greeted time […]