The Gardner Report Q2 2022 Western Washington Real Estate Market Update The most recent employment data (from May) showed that all but 2,800 of the jobs lost during the pandemic have been recovered. More than eight of the counties contained in this report show employment levels higher than they were before COVID-19 hit. The regional unemployment rate fell to 4.5% from 5.2% in March, with total […]
Home Improvements 9 Summer DIY Projects When home-project lists pile up, it can leave some homeowners feeling overwhelmed by their to-dos. One helpful strategy is to prioritize your projects by season. The following list of simple and cost-effective summer projects will help make the most of your summer at home while preparing for the seasons ahead. 9 Summer DIY Projects 1. […]
Selling a Home Understanding the Value of Your Home: Market Value vs. Assessed Value and More The math of a home sale is relatively straightforward. Sellers list their home at a certain price, a buyer makes an offer, and eventually the two parties reach a final, agreed-upon price. However, between these two points in the selling process, there are several other figures that go into to setting a home’s value that […]
Buying a Home How to Win a Bidding War When Buying a House In a seller’s market, many buyers are competing for a limited number of homes. This creates fierce competition amongst buyers and ideal selling conditions for sellers. Sellers will commonly receive multiple offers for their home, often over their original asking price. As the offers stack up, bidding wars will ensue, since only one buyer can […]
Local Market News The Growing Housing Affordability Problem This video is the latest in our Monday with Matthew series with Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. Each month, he analyzes the most up-to-date U.S. housing data to keep you well-informed about what’s going on in the real estate market.  Hello there, I’m Windermere’s Chief Economist Matthew Gardner and welcome to this month’s episode of […]
Community News How to Plant an Herb Garden Homeowners are always seeking ways to breathe new life into the spaces in their homes. Using nature to achieve this transformation is beneficial in several ways. Planting an herb garden not only helps to make your kitchen feel fresh and sustainable, but it can make your food taste better, too. Here are some tips for […]
Selling a Home Preparing to Sell Your Home: A Complete Checklist Getting your home ready to sell can feel like a circus act. Without the right organization, juggling the countless moving parts involved in this stage of the selling process can take its toll. This is the perfect opportunity to create a checklist to keep yourself on track and within your budget. The following information will illuminate […]
Buying a Home What Happens After Making an Offer on a House? Making an offer on a house feels like a reason to celebrate. You’ve applied for financing, worked with your agent to search for available listings, put in time attending open houses, and have found the place you’re ready to call home. However, celebrating at this stage in the buying process could leave you heartbroken if your offer […]
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Windermere Foundation Windermere Foundation Sets Sights on $50 Million in Total Donations In honor of Windermere’s 50th anniversary, the Windermere Foundation has set a goal to reach $50 million in total donations raised by the end of 2022. At the end of last year, the Foundation surpassed $46 million in total donations, leaving a nearly $4 million gap to eclipse the $50 million mark. Through the fundraising efforts of offices […]
Windermere Windermere Cup Returns for 36th Annual Regatta The 36th annual Windermere Cup will be held Saturday May 7th, 2022, in Seattle, Washington. The rowing regatta hosted by Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington brings together the best rowing crews in the world for a weekend of festivities and races along Seattle’s scenic Montlake Cut. After a cancellation in 2020 due to […]
The Gardner Report Q1 2022 Western Washington Real Estate Market Update Regional Economic Overview The post-COVID job recovery continues. Though data showed the number of jobs dropped in January, February saw gains that almost offset the jobs lost the prior month. As of February (March data is not yet available), the region had recovered all but 47,000 of the more than 300,000 jobs lost due to […]
Selling a Home Blockchain Technologies and Cryptocurrencies in Real Estate Hello there, I’m Windermere Real Estate’s chief economist, Matthew Gardner, and welcome to the latest episode of Mondays with Matthew. This month we’re going to take a look at Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies themselves and how both may impact home buyers and sellers in the future. But before we dive into the potential impacts of cryptocurrency […]
Selling a Home How to Prepare for an Open House To successfully sell your home, you need to attract buyers. This is why open houses are an integral part of the selling process: they allow buyers to experience the property for themselves and envision what life will look like in their new home. To prepare for an open house, you’ll need to work closely with your […]
Buying a Home What to Consider When Buying a Second Home In some ways, the process of buying a second home is like buying a primary home. However, there are several key differences that require consideration before you make an offer. Whether you have visions of curating your ideal vacation home, are planning for retirement, or view the property as an investment opportunity, a second home can be […]
Buying a Home The Different Types of Home Loans for Buyers Financing terms are the nuts and bolts of a successful home purchase. Once you’ve decided you’re ready to buy a house, it’s a matter of making the numbers work. So, which home loan is the right one for you? Knowing the different types of mortgage loans available to you will allow you to pinpoint the one […]
Sam Smith Fund Windermere Launches Sam Smith “Hi Neighbor” Homeownership Fund Windermere Vice President of DEI, Samantha Enos, recently announced our partnership with non-profit Community Development Financial Institution HomeSight on a new loan product to increase purchasing power and help bridge the affordability gap facing Black/African American homebuyers. The Sam Smith “Hi Neighbor” Homeownership Fund “The Sam Smith ‘Hi Neighbor’ Homeownership Fund is designed to help low-to-moderate-income home […]
Windermere Windermere Real Estate Celebrates 50th Anniversary Seattle – On Wednesday, January 26, we hosted a virtual event for our agents, franchise owners, and staff, to kick off 2022 and celebrate our 50th anniversary. More than 4,400 people attended the virtual event to hear from several speakers, including company founder, John Jacobi, Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, and keynote speakers Matthew Ferrara and […]
Selling a Home Working With a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home A real estate agent is an invaluable asset. They will work with you to get your home sold for the best price and in a timely manner. Before you find the right agent to sell your home, it’s important to understand how you can work together toward a successful sale. The following information will help you […]
Buying a Home What is a Bridge Loan With so much in flux during the period between selling a home and buying a new one, short-term financing can provide some calm among the storm. With the fate of two properties up in the air, those who are selling a home will often look to secure a bridge loan to bridge the gap between the […]
Buying a Home What are Closing Costs? The closing process in a real estate transaction finalizes the terms of an agreement between the buyer and seller, leading to the transfer of the property’s title. This step of the buying/selling process comes with its own set of costs. Before a buyer can hold the keys to their new home, and before a seller […]