Remodeling Projects to Avoid When Selling Your Home   It’s common for homeowners to feel compelled to remodel their homes before they sell. Renovating the spaces in your home can increase its value and help you compete with comparable listings in your area. However, some remodeling projects are more beneficial than others as you get ready to hit the market. Always talk to […]
  Tax Benefits Every Homeowner Should Know About   It’s tax season again, but being a homeowner might just make it rain at refund time.  Check out the tax-deductible expenses, exemptions, and credits below.  Whether you own a house, condo, or mobile home, they can save you big money when you file.  Just be sure to compare your total itemized deductions against the […]
  How’s the Market? An Annual Review of Seattle Area Real Estate Median home sales prices across the region saw a year-over-year dip compared to 2022, with prices settling just above their 2021 levels. That being said, most homes still sold within the first 10 days on the market and either at or above the listing price. Today’s higher rates, in concert with constricted inventory, have slowed […]
  Top 10 Predictions for 2024 Real Estate Will 2024 be a good year for real estate? This question comes up a LOT, especially from those who are considering buying or selling a home in the near future. Housing economist Matthew Gardner weighed in with his top 10 predictions for what the real estate market will look like in the coming year. Here […]
  2024 Buyer Agency Law Changes: What Every Buyer Should Know   Maybe you’ve heard about the class action lawsuits in other states, or maybe you’ve clicked a link discussing how REALTORs® conspired to artificially inflate home prices through price fixing of commissions. What you probably haven’t seen is that in Washington our REALTORs® and our NWMLS have been actively working to make the real estate […]
  When is the Best Time to Buy or Sell a Home? Market peaks, holidays, school, oh my! Once you’ve decided that you want to sell or buy a home, the when can be tricky to tackle. Many factors contribute to optimal timing. Scroll down for the pros and cons of selling or buying in each season. While each season has its perks and challenges, your personal […]
  2023 Holiday Happenings Around the Sound The rain is back, the days are dark…who is ready to beat the gloom? Below are some Seattle-area favorites to brighten your spirits. You can bundle up and bask in breathtaking outdoor light shows, or relax and enjoy from the comfort of a cruise ship or theater seat…   Winterfest at Seattle Center 305 Harrison […]
  How’s the Market? Q3 2023 Review of Seattle Area Real Estate While median sales prices varied quite a bit from area to area, they stayed relatively stable with most communities posting either modest gains or slight declines compared to this time last year.  Low inventory is keeping us in what you might call a “flat” seller’s market…supply is low but prices aren’t appreciating as fast as […]
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  To Sell or to Rent? The Perks and Pitfalls of Being a Landlord Analyzing whether to sell or rent your home is a BIG deal…and it deserves careful consideration. Ultimately, the right choice for you depends on your financial situation, goals, and personal preferences. Here is a quick run-down to help you decide:   Renting Out Your Home Might Make Sense If… You don’t need the funds from […]
  On-Trend Fall Refresh in 5 Simple Steps Labor Day has come and gone, mornings are growing chilly, and thoughts are naturally turning back to our indoor spaces. Before you hibernate this fall, there are a few quick and simple tricks that will make your home instantly cozy and inviting. This is especially important if you’re planning to sell your home this fall. […]
  5 Home Improvements That Will Boost Your Property Value A home is the largest investment most people will make in their lifetime, so when it comes time to sell, homeowners often wonder what they can do to get the most return on their investment. Many have the misconception that remodeling is the way to go, but that isn’t always the case. Rather than going […]
  2023 Football & Hockey Schedules, Recipes & Tips… Football is BACK and hockey is coming in hot! Scroll down for printable schedules, tailgating hacks (including how to pack the perfect cooler!), and favorite gameday recipes. Fans of all ages will also love our printable bingo sheets. Need to brush up on your sports lingo? Check out Wikipedia’s handy football and hockey glossaries. You […]
  Extended! Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive August 1-21 Help us give kids the confidence they need to start the school year right! My Windermere team and I invite you to participate in our Kicks for Kids back-to-school sneaker drive. It connects low-income youth in our local communities with new shoes for the upcoming school year. Through August 21st, we’ll be accepting donations 3 […]
  How’s the Market? Q2 2023 Review of Seattle Area Real Estate While median sales prices rose in Q2 compared to Q1, they were still down about 10% from last summer’s peak. Most areas saw fewer new listings and sales this year than we saw last year. Supply levels are still low enough to keep us technically in a seller’s market — our Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew […]
  2023 Seattle & Eastside Farmers Markets: Locations, Times & More Summer is finally here, and so are these farmers markets! Spend an evening or weekend finding your new favorites among the tents. Think it’s all about kale? Think again. Most offer live entertainment along with a mouth-watering variety of local brews, cheese, bread, meat/seafood, honey, hand roasted coffee, and other hidden gems (in addition to […]
  Favorite Summer Festivals The sun is here and the whole PNW is celebrating!  Whether it’s a fair close to home or an excuse to pack up the fam for a destination festival, I hope you get out and make the most of these fun events…   JUNE Fremont Fair (6/17-6/18) Seattle PrideFest (6/24-6/25) JULY Seafair Summer 4th (7/4) […]
  7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal When it comes time to sell your home, first impressions are crucial. Improving your curb appeal will catch buyers’ attention and go a long way toward selling quickly and for the best price. Here are seven affordable changes you can make that have a big impact… 1. Lush Up Your Lawn A healthy, well-tended lawn […]
  Buying a Home: A Start-to-Finish Guide You want to buy a home. Where do you begin?   When you’re ready to buy—or maybe just ready to start seriously thinking about it—there’s a lot you can do to prepare. Here is a checklist to help you get started…   1. Determine a Price Range Step one is finding out your budget for […]
  Your Guide to Going Solar To reduce your carbon footprint, increase your household’s sustainability, and add value to your property, solar power may be right for you. Understanding how solar works and how to maximize its benefits are key first steps in your journey to becoming a solar energy-producing household. How does solar power work? The technology that turns your […]
  How’s the Market? Q1 2023 Review of Seattle Area Real Estate The first quarter of 2023 saw a price correction compared to last year’s spike, with year-over-year median prices down by 9% in Seattle and 14% on the Eastside.  That being said, prices are already beginning to climb again with steady growth since the beginning of the year.  Buyer demand remains strong despite higher interest rates—competitively […]