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July 28th, 2016

Western Washington Real Estate Market Update

Written by Josh Scott

  ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Washington State continues to see strong employment growth, outpacing national numbers with an annual rate of more than 3%. Interestingly enough, despite these substantial job gains, the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 5.8%. However, I’m not overly concerned about this because …

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July 25th, 2016

Seattle Seahawks and Windermere Real Estate Announce New Partnership

Written by Josh Scott

                To say that Windermere has a lot of Seahawks fans would be an understatement. That’s why we are so excited to announce today that we are now the “Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks”! At the center of this partnership with …

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July 22nd, 2016

6 Alternative Flooring Solutions to Refresh Your Home

Written by Josh Scott

Feeling ho-hum about classic hardwood floors? Here are six alternative floor solutions that can give any room in your house a fresh sense of personality, whether you’re starting from scratch or looking for an inexpensive DIY update. 1. Rubber. Often associated with commercial interiors, industrial rubber flooring …

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July 20th, 2016

Planning for the Future: Housing Options to Consider

Written by Josh Scott

It should come as no surprise that 75% of the senior citizens polled in the latest AARP Preferences survey strongly agreed with the statement, “What I’d like to do is stay in my current residence as long as possible.” After all, home is where the heart is; and the longer you live in a place, the stronger …

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July 19th, 2016

The Timeless Appeal of the Equestrian Life

Written by Josh Scott

  Bronte Jacket with Fox and Horn Scarf, photo: O’Shaughnessey Apparel   Recently, I put my well-worn paddock boots away for a weekend and treated myself to a trip to New York. Though I love my horses and thoroughly enjoy taking care of them (yep, I even enjoy mucking their stalls!), I needed a …

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July 18th, 2016

Refinancing: What you need to know

Written by Josh Scott

Thanks to all-time-low interest rates, the number of homeowners refinancing their mortgages is at an all-time high. Of course, no one should refinance just because everyone else is doing it. But, for many homeowners, the benefits are simply too hard to ignore any longer. Save money each month. According to Freddie Mac …

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July 15th, 2016

3 Garden Alternatives for a Patchy Lawn

Written by Josh Scott

I’ve met with more than one client while standing on a struggling lawn. “I keep trying,” they tell me, “but the grass won’t grow.” I tell them that maybe this means there’s another option, something even better than a lawn. Maybe it’s time for a garden. And it’s as if …

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July 13th, 2016

Windermere Foundation Quarterly Report

Written by Josh Scott

  Dear friends of the Foundation, Thanks to your generous donations, the Windermere Foundation has collected nearly $818,000 in donations during the first half of 2016. This is an increase of 11 percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 61 percent of …

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July 13th, 2016

Windermere Foundation Quarterly Report

Written by Josh Scott

  Dear friends of the Foundation, Thanks to your generous donations, the Windermere Foundation has collected nearly $818,000 in donations during the first half of 2016. This is an increase of 11 percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 61 percent of the donations, …

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July 11th, 2016

Will Rental Prices Continue to Escalate?

Written by Josh Scott

Over the last ten years, the U.S. has added more than nine million rental households, increasing demand on apartments throughout the country, escalating rental rates faster than wages. Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, shares his view on what to expect for future of rental prices and when long-term renters …

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