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September 27th, 2016

Keeping Up with the Joneses: The Great Paint Debate

Written by Josh Scott

A few weeks back, Jenn and I decided to finally pull the trigger on painting our home. The vinyl siding of the 1942 Seattle Cape Cod fixer we purchased nine months ago had been sun bleached to the point of resembling a kind of soft lemon chiffon yellow you’d see on a cake your grandmother baked. Great for …

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September 26th, 2016

Selling Your Home? Go Through This Safety Checklist With Your Real Estate Agent

Written by Josh Scott

Selling your home can be stressful for many reasons. Not only are you trying to get the best financial return on your investment, but you might also be working on a tight deadline. There’s also the pressure to keep your home clean and organized at all times for prospective buyers.  One thing you can be sure of …

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September 23rd, 2016

#YourStoryIsOurStory: Kicking off the School Year Right

Written by Josh Scott

  Starting the school year can be nerve wracking; new friends, new classroom, and for some, a new school all together. Imagine starting the new year already behind, with shoes that don’t fit, clothes that are stained or too small, and inadequate school supplies. Many Windermere offices work very hard at the …

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September 22nd, 2016

First Day of Autumn

Written by Josh Scott

Even though it happens year after year, the arrival of autumn is always a little surprising. Almost as if on a switch, one day late in the summer you feel it – a subtle crispness in the air. And before you know it, it’s pumpkin-spice-everything everywhere. We are suddenly swathed in sweaters, wearing boots, …

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September 19th, 2016

U.S. Government $10,000 Short Sale Incentive Expires December 30, 2016

Written by Josh Scott

  The federal government’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program is set to expire December 30, 2016. The program pays homeowners $10,000 to complete a short sale rather than go through the foreclosure process. Since the application deadline for HAFA is only a few months away, it is important …

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September 16th, 2016

Here's Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

Written by Josh Scott

Fall is an ideal time to tackle maintenance projects both inside and outside. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Gutters top to bottom: Water in the wrong spots can do a lot of damage. Start by ensuring that gutters and downspouts are doing their job. (Don’t attempt this task yourself if you have a two-story …

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September 12th, 2016

Great Design Element: Why Awnings Are Making a Comeback

Written by Josh Scott

Awnings are a valuable home design element that our grandparents knew all about. In the days before air conditioning, they were used to shade interiors and help keep homes cool. With the focus on sustainable design today, there’s renewed interest in the power of awnings. They block the sun from entering the house …

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September 9th, 2016

Windermere and the Seahawks partner to #TackleHomelessness

Written by Josh Scott

What do Windermere Real Estate and the Seattle Seahawks have in common? We both got our start in Seattle in the 1970s. And we’re both organizations who believe in giving back to our community. So when presented with the opportunity to become the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks, we didn’t …

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September 8th, 2016

Do You Have ‘Average' Credit? If so, Getting a Mortgage May Be Tough

Written by Josh Scott

This article originally appeared on Inman.com     In the early 2000s, getting a mortgage was hardly difficult thanks in great part to lax lending standards. This practice eventually led to a bubble forming in the nation’s housing market — which, as we all know, subsequently burst. Since …

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September 7th, 2016

Investing in Rental Property: The Risks, Rewards, and Benefits of Owning Rental Property

Written by Josh Scott

  One area of the real estate market that is thriving right now is rental property. All indications suggest that the rental market will continue to improve because of low vacancy rates and rising rents. In fact, the demand for rentals is predicted to far exceed supply through 2016, with 4.5 million new renters expected …

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