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April 29th, 2016

#YourStoryIsOurStory: It’s Never too Late to Fall in Love

Written by Josh Scott

In November 2015, Windermere Real Estate agent, Vivian Peterson met some new friends that would teach her an invaluable lesson. At an open house, Richard (76) approached Vivian about selling his current home. After almost 40 years in his place, a home he shared with his first wife until she passed away, Richard was looking …

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April 27th, 2016

Keeping Up with The Joneses: Seven Yard Tools a First-Time Homeowner Needs

Written by Josh Scott

So basically, when you have a baby and wife and a career, your home reno slows down a little when your extended family flies back to their respective time zones. Last month, we shared about that pesky 15% of a project that gets left undone.  And maybe we still haven’t fixed the grout line in the shower but… …

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April 25th, 2016

An Incoming Tide Raises All Ships: How the Growth in Homeowner Equity Continues to Stabilize the U.S. Housing Market

Written by Josh Scott

Every quarter, the U.S. Federal Reserve releases its report regarding the Financial Accounts of the United States. Although this is a very lengthy and detailed analysis, it does contain some interesting statistics on housing. The particular “nuggets” that I look for relate to the total value of residential real …

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April 24th, 2016

Western Washington Real Estate Market Update

Written by Josh Scott
Western Washington Real Estate Market Update

Great article on our Western Washington real estate market. You'll notice a moderate increase in the number of homes sold in Skagit County, and a very large increase in the average home sale price locally. Low inventory and low interest rates are keeping buyers busy. …

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April 22nd, 2016

New Home Construction Trends to Watch Out For

Written by Josh Scott

Earlier this week, at the Windermere Builder Solutions Breakfast, more than 100 Windermere brokers came together to listen to Windermere President OB Jacobi lead a panel discussion on new home construction trends in the greater Seattle area. The panelists included Mike Owen, General Manager: Macadam …

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April 21st, 2016

Western Washington Real Estate Market Update

Written by Josh Scott

  ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Washington State has seen very robust growth over the past 12 months with the addition of 102,600 new jobs, which is 224,000 more jobs than seen at the previous peak in 2008. With this robust growth, it is unsurprising to see the unemployment rate trend down to 5.8%—well below the long-term …

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April 20th, 2016

Windermere Foundation Quarterly Report

Written by Josh Scott

  Dear friends of the Foundation, Thanks to you and the wonderful support that the Windermere Foundation has received so far this year, we have disbursed nearly $470,000 to non-profit organizations dedicated to providing services to low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S. Our amazing agents, …

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April 14th, 2016

#YourStoryIsOurStory: How Windermere Cup Changed Jenni Hogan’s Life

Written by Josh Scott

Since 1987, Windermere Real Estate has partnered with the University of Washington to put on a one-of-a-kind rowing event called the Windermere Cup. For the last thirty years, Windermere and UW have brought some of the best rowers from around the world to Seattle to compete in this premier sporting event, and in the process, …

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April 11th, 2016

What's the Deal with Condos?

Written by Josh Scott

A question that I am being asked regularly these days is, “Why isn’t anyone building condominiums anymore? Given the egregious lack of homes for sale – and considering that single family home builders have not done their part to satisfy substantial pent-up demand – one would expect to see developers …

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April 6th, 2016

8 DIY Fire Pits to Get Your Yard Ready for Summer

Written by Josh Scott

This article originally appeared on Porch.com Written by Jacqui Adams    It might not be exactly tropical in your neighborhood yet. But for many of us, it’s finally warm enough to start daydreaming about summer. And that means thinking about getting the yard ready for cookouts, ball games, and …

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