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November 28th, 2016

5 Midcentury Modern Homes That Make the Most of Their Small Design

Written by Josh Scott

Midcentury modern homes were small out of necessity. Money was in short supply after World War II, so architects and builders had to keep houses compact yet functional to stay within homeowners’ budgets. At the same time, lifestyles were changing. Smart architects took on a new approach and designed homes with an …

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November 23rd, 2016

What to Expect in Housing Affordability

Written by Josh Scott

What keeps Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, up at night? Housing affordability. As the U.S. Population moves towards both coasts and the Southwest, putting upward pressure on land prices and the value of homes, we will see a greater cost of living, which could directly impact the work force and economies …

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November 21st, 2016

Windermere Winter Drive Collects over 3,500 Items for Homeless Youth

Written by Josh Scott

  As part of Windermere’s #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, 38 Windermere offices* in King and Snohomish Counties collected new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks for Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. The recipient of these donations was …

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November 18th, 2016

9 Options to Remove, Hide or Play Down a Popcorn Ceiling

Written by Josh Scott

Don’t love your popcorn ceiling? You’re not the only one stuck with some unwanted stucco overhead. There are many options for moving on from it, but not all of them are equally effective — or equally easy. To help you decide how to address your popcorn problem, here are some top ways to remove, cover or …

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November 15th, 2016

Ten Ideas for New Thanksgiving Traditions

Written by Josh Scott

  Most of us already have our “ways” of doing Thanksgiving – ways our mother did it, ways our extended family did it, ways our neighborhood did it. Thanksgiving doesn’t lend itself well to trying out new traditions, but sometimes the situation calls for it – you can’t make it home …

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November 14th, 2016

Helping Fight Holiday Hunger in Our Communities

Written by Josh Scott

The holiday season is a time in which Windermere offices across our network come together to help those in need in their communities. Here are just a few of the events that our offices are involved in this month to help fight hunger.   The Windermere office in El Sobrante, CA is hosting an in-house Holiday Food Drive …

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November 14th, 2016

Helping Fight Holiday Hunger in Our Communities

Written by Josh Scott

The holiday season is a time in which Windermere offices across our network come together to help those in need in their communities. Here are just a few of the events that our offices are involved in this month to help fight hunger.   The Windermere office in El Sobrante, CA is hosting an in-house Holiday Food Drive …

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November 11th, 2016

Prepare for Winter and the Holidays With This November Home Checklist

Written by Josh Scott

With Thanksgiving approaching and the winter holidays just around the corner, there is a lot to look forward to (and prepare for) at this time of year. Batten down the hatches for winter weather and get a jump on holiday hosting prep, so you can relax and savor the many simple pleasures of the season, from big family dinners …

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November 9th, 2016

The Trump effect. How will it impact the US economy and housing?

Written by Josh Scott

The American people have spoken and they have elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Change was clearly demanded, and change is what we will have. The election was a shock for many, especially on the West Coast where we have not been overly affected by the long-term loss in US manufacturing …

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November 7th, 2016

Oregon and South West Washington Real Estate Market Update

Written by Josh Scott

  ECONOMIC OVERVIEW The labor market in Oregon/Southwest Washington continues to remain robust. During third quarter, the region added 13,800 new jobs, up from the 9,500 jobs that were created in the same period in 2015. Year-over-year, the region has grown at an impressive rate of 3.5%—well above the U.S. …

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