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May 1st, 2017

Western Washington Real Estate Market Update

Written by Josh Scott

  ECONOMIC OVERVIEW I’m happy to report that Washington State continues to add jobs at a steady rate. While the rate of growth is tapering, this is because many markets are getting close to “full employment”, during which time growth naturally slows. That said, I believe that the state will add …

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April 27th, 2017

Over half-a-million dollars has been disbursed to non-profits so far this year!

Written by Josh Scott

Thanks to the generosity of Windermere agents and the community, the Windermere Foundation collected over $325,000 in donations during the first quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 17 percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 55 percent of the donations, …

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April 27th, 2017

Over half-a-million dollars has been disbursed to non-profits so far this year!

Written by Josh Scott

Thanks to the generosity of Windermere agents and the community, the Windermere Foundation collected over $325,000 in donations during the first quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 17 percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 55 percent of the donations, …

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April 26th, 2017

The 4 Phases of Remodeling: Happily Ever After

Written by Josh Scott

This fairy-tale phase of a home remodel is the tail end of any major project. The Honeymoon has come and gone. The Midproject Crisis has thankfully passed. The Renewal of Vows has given you the strength you need to continue on, and now we’re finally, and gratefully, just about out of phases. It’s time to wrap …

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April 25th, 2017

How Neighborhood Affects Home Value

Written by Josh Scott

  Whether you’re buying or selling, accurately pricing a home requires professional assistance from someone who knows the neighborhood. The “estimated” home prices you see posted online can be off by tens of thousands of dollars – not because they’re dishonest, but because the computer …

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April 19th, 2017

The 4 Phases of Remodeling: The Renewal of Vows

Written by Josh Scott

Passing the midway point of a remodel can be an exciting time. After weeks (or months, but hopefully not years) of being in a state of disarray, things finally start to feel as if they’re coming together. You’ve experienced the fast-paced bliss of the Honeymoon. You’ve trudged through the slowdown that …

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April 17th, 2017

How to Avoid the Most Common Buying and Selling Mistakes

Written by Josh Scott

  There’s nothing more exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling than buying a home. However, it’s a complex transaction, and there are a number of steps along the path that can confuse, betwixt, and befuddle even the most seasoned buyers and sellers. How can you avoid those potential pitfalls and common mistakes? …

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April 14th, 2017

Home Decorating Trends Expected To Last Through 2018

Written by Josh Scott

  Home décor and design trends are an ever-changing landscape by nature. Consumers grow weary of seeing the same colors and styles, and who doesn’t love to freshen up their home with a few new throw pillows? Some trends can be fleeting and you might feel resistant to jumping into them if you’re …

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April 10th, 2017

The 4 Phases of Remodeling: The Midproject Crisis

Written by Josh Scott

We recently covered the ins and outs of what I refer to as the Honeymoon Phase of construction. Next up is a stage similar to a concept most everyone is familiar with: the Midlife Crisis. (Whether you’ve experienced one or not is an entirely different story.) It often comes with questions like, “What am I doing? …

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April 7th, 2017

Work Smarter ... Not Harder with Smart Home Technology

Written by Josh Scott

  While still in its infancy, the number of smart home products—devices that let you control lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your smartphone—is rapidly growing. These are products and whole ecosystems that help you control your home via a single iOS or Android app. You …

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