Here you can read about our wonderful area, and also pick up quick tips about real estate, and the local market.

The Risks and Rewards of Purchasing a Bank-Owned Home

September 23, 2018

  The process of purchasing a home directly from a lender can be long and arduous, but could very well be worth it in the end. If you have your sights on a particular home or are looking to find a deal on your first, working directly with the lender may be your only option. […]

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5 Reasons Rising Interest Rates Won’t Wreck the Housing Market

September 16, 2018

  Interest rates have been trending higher since the fall of 2017, and I fully expect they will continue in that direction – albeit relatively slowly – as we move through the balance of the year and into 2019. So what does this mean for the US housing market? It might come as a surprise […]

8 Laundry Room Updates to Fit Any Budget

September 11, 2018

Hoping to transform your tired laundry room into a sparkling clean, efficiently working space, but without the major costs of a full remodel? By not changing the layout or adding square feet, you can bring costs down while still making meaningful changes to your space. Use this guide to help you decide what to prioritize […]

Broker’s Perspective: Housing Inventory Increase

September 2, 2018

Our brokers are deeply connected to the issues that face local home-buyers and sellers. In this series of blogs, “The Broker’s Perspective” Windermere Stanwood and Camano Island brokers provide insight into current market trends and topics. This week, we discuss the King 5 feature on increased housing inventory with broker, Jill Vail.   King County […]

Local Market Stats for July

August 27, 2018

Every month, Windermere Stanwood-Camano publishes a snapshot of the local real estate market. Our Brokers use this data to help determine listing prices, realistic offers, and tailored advice for their clients. We also like to make this information public, to help you with your real estate journey. Here are our key takeaways from July 2018. […]

How Zoning and Regulatory Costs Impact Housing Affordability

August 24, 2018

Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner explains the ways zoning rules and regulatory costs can limit housing affordability.​    

Simple Steps for Maintaining Air Quality in Your Home

August 21, 2018

  Most of us tend to think of air pollution as something that occurs outdoors where car exhaust and factory fumes proliferate, but there’s such a thing as indoor air pollution, too. Since the 1950s, the number of synthetic chemicals used in products for the home has increased drastically, while at the same time, homes […]

Broker’s Perspective: Is New Construction Declining?

August 13, 2018

Our brokers are deeply connected to the issues that face local home-buyers and sellers. In this series of blogs, “The Broker’s Perspective” Windermere Stanwood and Camano Island brokers provide insight into current market trends and topics. This week, we discuss The Seattle Times article on the looming housing market slowdown with broker, Dianna Pence. The […]

The Broker’s Perspective: Home Staging

August 10, 2018

Our brokers are deeply connected to the issues that face local home-buyers and sellers. In this series of blogs, “The Broker’s Perspective” Windermere Stanwood and Camano Island brokers provide insight into current market trends and topics. This week, we discuss how staging your home can impact its value with broker, Laine Kloke. For more than […]

GARDENING TRENDS FOR 2018

August 7, 2018

  Outdoor living during the spring and summer months is extremely popular. Months of cold, wet winters are followed by glorious spring colors and warm summer days of vivid blue skies. In this post, we thought that now would be the best time to share some pretty garden trends for 2018.   Wabi-Sabi Leisure time […]

Western Washington Real Estate Market Update

August 3, 2018

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 the Stanwood and Camano Island area, please don’t hesitate to contact us.   […]

The Broker’s Perspective: Price Increases

July 20, 2018

Our brokers are deeply connected to the issues that face local home-buyers and sellers. In this series of blogs, “The Broker’s Perspective” Windermere Stanwood and Camano Island brokers provide insight into current market trends and topics. This week, we discuss Mortgage Orb’s article on the current home price forecast for Western Washington market with broker, Kelly […]

Local Market Stats for June

July 20, 2018

Insights From Marla Local Thoughts on Big Ideas Every month, Windermere Stanwood-Camano publishes a snapshot of the local real estate market. Our Brokers use this data to help determine listing prices, realistic offers, and tailored advice for their clients. We also like to make this information public, to help you with your real estate journey. […]

New Soap Box rally race comes to Camano

July 11, 2018

Soap Box Derby fans don’t need to wait until next June to get their racing fix. Randy and Marla Heagle are launching the Arrowhead Summer Classic Soap Box Derby Rally Races on Aug. 18-19 at Arrowhead Ranch, 615 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island. “It’s something we always wanted to do,” Randy Heagle said. “The local […]

What to Expect From Property Taxes in Washington State in 2018-19

June 29, 2018

Why have property taxes gone up so much in Washington State this year and what can we expect them to do in 2019? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner answers the question that many homeowners are asking.  

Local Market Stats May

June 18, 2018

  Insights From Marla Local Thoughts on Big Ideas Every month, Windermere Corporate publishes a snapshot of local markets. Brokers use this data to help determine listing prices, realistic offers, and tailored advice for their clients. On top of that, we like to make this information public, to help you with your real estate journey. […]

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Commuting From Camano

June 18, 2018

Seattle zoning laws are creating a residential climate similar to the one already being felt in cities like San Francisco. With land restrictions that limit residential development to only single-family homes, real estate is at a premium. Home prices are skyrocketing. The Seattle Times reported that, in 2017, single-family home prices were pushing $820,000. Similarly, […]

How to Get Back to a Balanced Housing Market

June 16, 2018

Developers are not building enough single-family homes to keep up with demand. The reason why? Cost. Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner explains why new construction is so cost prohibitive and how to shift the trend.  

Navigating A Seller’s Market In The Stanwood-Camano Island Area

June 4, 2018

It’s no great secret that right now, in mid-2018, we’re experiencing a seller’s market. Home prices across the country (and especially in Seattle) have skyrocketed. Homes in the King County area gained value at double the national average between 1995 and this year. So what should you do with this information, and how has this […]

Will Smart Homes be the new Normal?

June 1, 2018

Lennar, the nations largest home builder, will make home automation standard in their new home construction. With built in Wi-Fi, smart locks, video door bells, thermostats and lights, devices will be controlled by Alexa – Amazon’s voice activated digital assistant. Lennar and Amazon will open 8 model Smart homes  in California, hoping to show perspective […]