Uncategorized Have a Happy, Haunted Halloween Boo! Did we scare you? Whether you’re a die-hard haunted house fan, or you prefer to leave the hauntings for your braver friends, there’s no arguing that Halloween is the season for thrills, chills and things that go bump in the night. We’ve gathered up a few of the region’s top haunted attractions for you […]
Buying a Home Local Listing Inventory is on the Upswing It’s been a frenetic year-and-a-half for the real estate market, particularly in Seattle and on the Eastside. Even as the state fully reopens and the number of new listings increases, demand for housing across King, Snohomish and Pierce counties remains insatiable, continuing to drive up prices. The most recent report from the NWMLS does offer […]
Local Real Estate News 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 […]
Local Market Update 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 […]
Local Real Estate News How Architects are Designing Offices in the Pandemic COVID-19 has changed just about every facet of life — and that includes the very architecture that surrounds us. As remote work and virtual gatherings have become the norm, architects and designers are reevaluating the ways in which they design communal spaces. In particular, offices have proven challenging as architecture firms address questions like which […]
Local Real Estate News Google Continues to Invest in Kirkland With the recent news that Seattle is the national leader in big tech office leases, it’s no wonder that Kirkland continues to be a prime spot for investment from Google. Google recently announced that it plans to invest more than $7 billion in offices and data centers around the U.S., including the continuing construction of […]
The Gardner Report Gardner Report – Q1 2021 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 Update Local Market Update – April 2021   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 […]
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Local Real Estate News Seattle Experiences Second Highest Home Price Rise in the Nation Across the nation, the coronavirus pandemic changed the way industries and individuals conducted their daily lives. In particular, the real estate market in Seattle overcame an initial slump at the onset of the pandemic, ultimately bouncing back to become one of the hottest markets in the nation. Since 2019, home prices in our area have […]
Local Real Estate News 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 […]
Local Market Update 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 […]
Local Market Update 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 […]
For Your Home Modern Design Trends Image source: Shutterstock   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, […]
For Your Home Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist Winter is a magical season to spend at home. We all want to be able to enjoy the shorter days and longer nights from the comfort of our homes while we watch the season change. To truly enjoy this winter at home with peace of mind, you’ll want to complete a home maintenance checklist to […]
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 […]
Give Back Windermere Offices Continue to Support Communities Through COVID-19 Pandemic Windermere offices have continued to support their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, raising money for the Windermere Foundation, which has provided over $43 million in funding to support low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S. since 1989. Here are some highlights from the past holiday season.   Windermere Whatcom Donates 84 Thanksgiving Boxes   […]
Local Market Update 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 […]
Local Real Estate News Matthew Gardner’s 2021 Housing Forecast   Every Monday since the start of the pandemic, Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, has provided insights into the current state of the housing market through his video series “Mondays with Matthew.” Gardner’s latest release represents the last of his videos for 2020, while offering his 2021 forecast in the US housing market. Throughout 2020, […]
Local Market Update 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 […]
Local Market Update Local Market Update – November 2020 The number of people who can work remotely may be changing the way we view our homes, but one trend has not changed. The local housing market in October remained unseasonably hot. And that doesn’t show signs of changing any time soon. October saw continued low inventory and record-level sales, with the number of sales […]