Economy Q2 2021 Western Washington Real Estate Market Update 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 Real Estate agent.   […]
Economy Matthew Gardner on Post-Pandemic Recovery The “demise of downtown” has been greatly exaggerated, according to Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. That’s one assessment Gardner made recently, along with other observations about the current housing and job markets in the Seattle area. According to Gardner, those who keep tabs on the real estate market should be careful about reading too much […]
Buying a Home Dreaming of a Bigger Home? Why Not Buy It This Year? Are you clamoring for extra rooms or a more functional floorplan in your house? Maybe it’s time to make a move. If you’ll be able to work remotely for the long-term or your overall needs have simply changed, it’s a great time to sell your house and move up. Why? With mortgage rates in their […]
Local Market Updates Local Market Update – May 2021 A sizeable increase in new listings in April offered some good news for buyers, but it was matched by an even greater increase in sales. With supplies depleted, and homes being snapped up within days, nearly every area saw double-digit price gains. The current forecast as we head towards summer: the market remains as hot […]
Economy New Bellevue Projects Promise a Busy Future It appears bustling Bellevue has an ever-busier future on the horizon. Already the site of a growing Amazon presence outside of Seattle, the city now has quite a few significant construction projects in the works, including new office space, residential towers and a huge mixed-use project. Set among Amazon’s leased office buildings, a new luxury […]
The Gardner Report The Gardner Report – Q1 2021 Western Washington 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 me!   REGIONAL ECONOMIC OVERVIEW In […]
Local Market News Local Market Update – April 2020   Despite a bump in new listings the supply of homes still can’t keep up with the demand. The result? Multiple offers, escalation clauses, and record-breaking prices. If you’re considering selling your home, you’d be hard pressed to find a more lucrative market than what we have today. March marked the first post-COVID/pre-COVID comparison, and […]
Community News Pier 62 Unveiling Revives the Seattle Waterfront Following so many shuttered businesses, restaurants and cancelled events, it seemed that Seattle was in need of a win. And thankfully, that’s just what the city received in September 2020, with the unveiling of the reconstructed Pier 62 on the waterfront. The new pier, comprised of 175 steel legs and an attached floating dock with […]
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Local Market Updates Local Market Update – March 2021 Neither the snowstorm nor the increase in mortgage rates dampened buyer demand in February. Lack of inventory continues to be a frustration as there are way more prospective buyers than there are homes for them to buy. As a result, prices continued their upward climb. While the number of homes for sale edged up, it […]
Buying a Home 3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble like the one we experienced a little over a decade ago. Here are three reasons why this market is totally different. 1. […]
Windermere Striking Restrictive Racial Language from Your Title Restrictive racial covenants—which excluded people of color from purchasing, leasing, or occupying homes in certain neighborhoods, developments, or regions—have been deeply embedded in the practices of the housing industry since the early 20th century. Although the Supreme Court ruled that municipally mandated racial zoning was unconstitutional with 1917’s Buchanan v. Warley, this decision extended only to […]
Local Market Updates Local Market Update – February 2021 This winter’s real estate market is looking more like a typical spring market. Sales were up, competition was fierce and prices continued to rise. Lack of inventory still presents a huge issue. At the end of January there were only 1,055 single-family homes on the market in all of King County, 33% fewer than a […]
Home Improvements Modern Design Trends Modern design can tie your home together while making a statement. Getting to know the modern farmhouse, mid-century modern, and industrial design trends will help to determine which is best for your home. Modern Farmhouse  Bringing country living to wherever you call home, modern farmhouse is a style marked by sleek lines, vintage touches, and […]
Local Market News Which Local Neighborhoods Closed Strongest in 2020? It’s no question that 2020 was an unprecedented year in just about every way possible — including real estate. Low inventory and high demand sent home prices skyrocketing, ratcheting up the competition in King County’s already hot market. This competition didn’t slow down in the winter months either, as neighborhoods continued to see a rise […]
The Gardner Report Q4 2020 Western Washington Real Estate Market Update 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 me!   REGIONAL ECONOMIC OVERVIEW After […]
Local Market Updates Local Market Update – January 2021   The end of 2020 marked a most unusual year, and the real estate market was no exception. While homes sales usually take a holiday during December, this year saw the continuation of an exceptionally strong and competitive market. New listings, closed sales and home prices all went up. With supply nowhere close to meeting […]
Buying a Home Turning a House into a Happy Home We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership. No matter the living space, the feeling of a home means different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair, the feel-good connections to our […]
Community News Seattle Remains No.2 City for Relocation, Despite Remote Work Options Much work in 2020 has shifted from high rises and board rooms to home offices and video calls. While some employees are itching to get back to the office and resume business as usual, it was initially believed that another subset of Seattle’s sizeable tech force was considering life outside the city. This prediction was […]
Uncategorized How to Childproof Your Home While Grayson has already forced the Hogan household to childproof once before, our newest announcement has us thinking about the crawling/toddling stages all over again! Here are some tips for childproofing your home: ——— Whether your household includes a newborn, toddler, or young child, your home has the potential to pose a risk to their […]
Local Market Updates Local Market Update – December 2020 Nothing about 2020 is normal, and that includes real estate trends. The housing market typically slows significantly during the holiday season, but that is not the case this year. Buyer interest is strong, sales are up, and prices have followed suit. A recent report ranked our area as the most competitive real estate market in […]