Windermere Living Magazine: Winter 2016

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What an exciting issue of Windermere Living! W Collection homes debut in this issue, following the Faces and Places section on page 6. The W Collection homes are featured on pages 8 through 15. Other amazing content included in this issue: luxurious tips for relaxation and fab Western U.S. spots we love right now.

Speaking of Faces and Places – members of the Windermere Mercer Island team are pictured in the Beverly Hills section, top left photo (left to right, Daniel Marinello, Julie Wilson, Cynthia Schoonmaker, Kelly Weisfield, Julie Barrows, Marianne Parks, Andrew Jackson). They attended Luxury Connect in Beverly Hills during October!

Other spots where WindermereMI brokers are featured in the Winter 2016 Windermere Living Magazine:

Winterizing Your Home

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Homeowner Tips / HouseLogic

Originally posted on Windermere Mercer Island’s website.

1. Not Buying a $2 Protector for Your Outdoor Faucet

What It’ll Cost You: Up to $15,000 and a whole lot of grief

It’s amazing what a little frozen water can do damage-wise. An inch of water in your basement can cost up to $15,000 to pump out and dry out. And, yet, it’s so easy to prevent, especially with outdoor faucets, which are the most susceptible to freezing temps.

The simplest thing to do is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet and drain it. Then add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes. They’re really cheap (some are under $2; the more expensive ones are still less than $10). “Get these now,” says Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host of the “Today’s Homeowner” television and radio shows. “When the weatherman says we’ve got cold coming, they’ll sell out in minutes.”

While you’re at it, make sure any exposed pipes in an unheated basement or garage are insulated, too, or you’ll face the same pricey problem.

Wrap pipes with foam plumbing insulation — before the weather drops. It’s cheap, too, just like the faucet cover (only $1 for six feet of polyethylene insulation). And it’s an easy DIY project, as long as you can reach the pipes.

2. Instagramming Your Icicles Instead of Preventing Them

What It’ll Cost You: $500 — if you’re lucky; a lot more if you’re not

Those icicles make your home look so picturesque, you just gotta take a few pics. But you better make them quick. Those icicles can literally be a dam problem. (Yes, dam— not the curse word that sounds the same.)

Icicles are a clear sign that you’ve got an ice dam, which is exactly what it sounds like: a buildup of ice on your gutter or roof that prevents melting snow and ice from flowing through your gutters. That’s really bad news because these icy blocks can lead to expensive roofing repairs.

Depending on where you live, expect to pay at least $500 for each ice dam to be steamed off. Leave the ice and you risk long-term damage, which could ultimately cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your roof, depending on what type of shingles you have and the size of the damaged area.

How to prevent them? Insulation. “Ice dams, icicles, and ice buildup on the gutters is a symptom of not enough insulation in the attic,” says Chris Johnson, owner of Navarre True Value and several other stores in the Twin Cities area.

And “you need to have at least 14 inches of insulation in your attic, no matter where you live,” says Lipford. If you live in a colder climate, you’ll need more.

If you don’t have the cash to insulate, heated gutter cables, which run between $50 and $150 each, can be a less expensive alternative when temporarily affixed to areas prone to ice damming, Johnson suggests.

3. Going Lazy on Your Gutters

What It’ll Cost You: You really don’t want to be in a position to find out

It can be so tempting to skip gutter cleanups as winter nears. It seems like as soon as you clear your gutters, they clog right back up again. So what’s the point?

Well, if it looks like you’re living inside a waterfall when it rains, water is missing your gutter system completely. It’s being directed to your foundation instead. And awater-damaged foundation is never, ever cheap to fix.

A contractor can plug foundation cracks for $1,500 to $3,000, says David Verbofsky, director of training for exterior home products manufacturer Ply Gem. But a worse problem, one that requires a foundation excavation or rebuild, can set you back (gulp) $30,000 or more.

Suddenly, cleaning your gutters a few times each fall doesn’t seem so bad. A pro can do the work for anywhere between $70 and $250, depending on the size of your gutter system.

4. Giving Cold Air a Chance to Sneak In

What It’ll Cost You: Nights where you never feel warm, despite sky-high heating bills

“If it were possible to take every crack on the outside of a typical home and drag them together, you’d have the equivalent of a three-by-three window open all the time,” says Lipford. Yikes.

Yet cracks can be easily and inexpensively sealed with a simple tube of caulk, and it’s available in hundreds of colors to match your window panes, outside siding, and even brick. Not sure where to caulk? Look for visible cracks around:

  • Window sills
  • Baseboards
  • Fireplace or dryer vents
  • Anywhere something inside pokes a hole to the outside

5. Not Getting Personal with Your Thermostat

What It’ll Cost You: Money you could spend on something else besides heating

We all know we should, but we seem to have some mental block when it comes to programming our thermostats to align with our schedules. It’s not that hard, and sometimes all it takes is buying a new one that suits you. (Like maybe a Wi-Fi one that’ll give you a little money-saving thrill each time you swipe your app.)

“From a cost-savings perspective, a programmable thermostat is a great investment,” Lipford says — as much as 10% off your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

6. Skipping Furnace Tune-Ups

What It’ll Cost You: A furnace that’ll die years before it should — and higher energy bills

“Forget to service your furnace and you could easily cut five years off the life of your system,” says Lipford, who added that five years is a full third of the typical unit’s life span. New units can cost around $4,000 installed, making the $125 annual maintenance charge a no-brainer.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to replace the furnace filter, which cleans the air in your home, and also keeps your furnace coils cleaner, which can shave up to 15% off your energy bill. Johnson suggests at least every three months, but possibly as often as monthly if you have allergies, pets, or smoke cigarettes at home.

7. Foregoing a Fireplace Inspection

What It’ll Cost You: Possibly your life — and your home

“A cozy fire is great, but if you don’t maintain your chimney, a fire can cost you thousands of dollars,” says Johnson, not to mention the risk to you and your family.

Schedule your maintenance appointment as early as you can.”If you wait until the busy season, you’ll have a hard time getting them out there, you’ll pay more, and you’ll get a lower quality job,” says Lipford.


Open Houses This Weekend: December 3rd & 4th, 2016

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Welcome to December – can you believe how quickly the end of 2016 snuck up on us?!  Starting this evening, Seattle Region holiday events will be occurring almost daily throughout the month. My Mercer Island put together a fabulous holiday guide covering Mercer Island events – click here to access it. Red Tricycle compiled a list of 15 can’t miss holiday attractions in downtown Seattle. Seattle and Sound created a calendar of Seattle area holiday events on their website. And if holiday light displays are your jam, Windermere Mercer Island composed a fantastic list of 5 area light shows that are worth the drive – click here to read about them and make your game plan! There’s so much to do, much of it free or low-cost, to enjoy a few hours of holiday joy with friends and family – what a spirit lifter!

Even though the holidays will be here in a hot minute, WindermereMI brokers are still hosting open houses around the region. Below is information regarding the homes that will be available to preview this weekend. Enjoy!


$500,000 | 1057410 |18310 129th Place NE |Lis Brown |Saturday December 3rd, 11am to 2pm

Seattle (Queen Anne)

$1,949,950 | 979311 | 1428 9th Ave W | hosted by Nicole Demers-Changelo | Sunday December 4th, 12 to 3pm


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Local Holiday Light Shows

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Ready to lift your spirits? Shimmering light shows are a brilliant way to celebrate the winter holiday season. Grab a warm coat and go exploring in gardens, zoos and even on the water.  Here are five local venues that are worth braving the cold to see…

1. WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

5500 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103 | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/25/16 – 1/1/17  |  5:30-8:30 pm
  • Cost: $7.95-$9.95 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
  • Promotion: Zoo members who purchase tickets by 12/9 get a $2 discount off each adult ticket
  • Parking: Free parking at the north (Bear Lot), inner north (Otter Lot) and and northwest lot (Penguin Lot)
  • Food: Refreshments are available at food kiosks, Pizza Corner, the Rain Forest Pavilion and at the Pacific Chowder House (with covered seating). Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks are permitted.
  • Special Events and Activities
  • Holiday Closures: 12/24 & 12/25

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo


2. Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue WA 98005 | click here to get tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/26/16 – 12/31/16  |  4:30-9:00 pm
  • Cost: $5 per person (ages 10 and under are free)
  • Promotion: Free admission on 11/28, 11/29, 11/30, 12/1, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7 and 12/8
  • Parking: $5 per car in the Garden’s lot (cash only) as space allows OR park for free at Wilburton Hill Park
  • Food: Hot drinks and snacks are available at the Aaron Education Center
  • Holiday Closures: None

Garden d'Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden


3. Snowflake & Celebration Lane at the Bellevue Collection
Bellevue Way & NE 8th Street, Bellevue WA 98004

  • Dates/Times: Nightly 11/25/16 – 12/31/16  |  20 minute show starts at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Free parking at Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square.
  • Food: A variety of dining options (from happy hour, to kid fare, to gourmet meal) are all within walking distance
  • Special Events & Activities: Ice Skating, Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
  • Holiday Closure: 12/25

Snowflak Lane at the Bellevue Collection


4. Christmas Ship Festival
Launch locations include Lake Union Park, Kirkland City Dock, Leschi Marina, Des Moines Marina, Poulsbo Marina, Seattle Waterfront – Pier 55, Tacoma (Dock Street Marina), Port of Edmonds Marina, Fishermen’s Terminal, AGC Marina, and Shilsole Bay Marina | click here to get tickets

Christmas Ship at Lake Union, Photo Courtesy of Seattle Parks


5. Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl Street, Tacoma WA 98407
click here to get non-member tickets OR click here to get member tickets

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/25/16 – 1/1/17  |  5-9 pm
  • Cost: $8.50-$10.00 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
  • Promotions:
    -$5 tickets for zoo members
    -Combo Pass that includes daytime zoo admission ($12-$16)
    -Military Nights ($8 for US Veterans): 11/28, 11/30, 12/5, 12/7, 12/12 & 12/14
    -Scout Night ($8 for registered Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts): 12/6
  • Parking: Free parking in zoo lots (entrance on Pearl Street)
  • Food: Hot drinks and treats are available at the café and kiosks throughout the zoo
  • Activities
  • Holiday Closure: 12/24

Zoolights at Point Defiance

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

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Originally published on Windermere Blog by author Matthew Gardner, chief economist of Windermere Real Estate.

american-flag-1208660_960_720The 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 or stagnant wage growth of the past decade. But the votes are in and a new era is ahead of us. So, what does this mean for the housing market?

First and foremost I would say that we should all take a deep breath. In a similar fashion to the UK’s “Brexit”, there will be a “whiplash” effect, as was seen in overnight trading across the globe. However, at least in the US, equity markets have calmed as they start to take a closer look at what a Trump presidency will mean.

On a macro level, I would start by stating that political rhetoric and hyperbole do not necessarily translate into policy. That is the most important message that I want to get across. I consider it highly unlikely that many of the statements regarding trade protectionism will actually go into effect. It will be very important for President Trump to tone down his platform on renegotiating trade agreements and imposing tariffs on China. I also deem it highly unlikely that a 1,000-mile wall will actually get built.

It is crucial that some of the more inflammatory statements that President-Elect Trump has made be toned down or markets will react negatively. However, what is of greater concern to me is that neither candidate really approached questions regarding housing with any granularity. There was little-to-no-discussion regarding housing finance reform, so I will be watching this topic very closely over the coming months.

As far as the housing market is concerned, it is really too early to make any definitive comment. That said, Trump ran on a platform of deregulation and this could actually bode well for real estate. It might allow banks the freedom to lend more, which in turn, could further energize the market as more buyers may qualify for home loans.

Concerns over rising interest rates may also be overstated. As history tells us, during times of uncertainty we tend to put more money into bonds. If this holds true, then we may see a longer-than-expected period of below-average rates. Today’s uptick in bond yields is likely just temporary.

Proposed infrastructure spending could boost employment and wages, which again, would be a positive for housing markets. Furthermore, easing land use regulations has the potential to begin addressing the problem of housing affordability across many of our nation’s housing markets – specifically on the West Coast.

Economies do not like uncertainty. In the near-term we may see a temporary lull in the US economy, as well as the housing market, as we analyze what a Trump presidency really means. But at the present time, I do not see any substantive cause for panic in the housing sector.

We are a resilient nation, and as long as we continue to have checks-and balances, I have confidence that we will endure any period of uncertainty and come out stronger.

Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has over 25 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

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A Sneak Peek Of The Mercer Island New Seasons Market

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Community Happening / Mercer Island News

Tomorrow is the day that Islanders have been looking forward to for some time: the grand opening of the New Seasons Market! Doors open at 7am – the first 200 shoppers will receive a $10 New Seasons gift card and the first 1,000 will receive a free, reusable gift bag! The Grand Opening Celebration begins at 9am, and will include the bread breaking ceremony at 9:30am with a fresh loaf of challah bread baked right in the store’s bakery.

When you walk into the store, the first thing you see is the Solutions counter, which will have shopper information, samples to try, and a friendly employee available to answer any questions you may have. That’s where I met Mea Irving, New Seasons Corporate Marketing Coordinator, and Jami Scott, community and promotions manage of the new Mercer Island store, who were kind enough to take me on a guided preview tour of the store.

One incredibly fabulous feature of the Mercer Island New Seasons Market is they have a nutritionist on staff. You can meet the store nutritionist at the Solutions counter on Friday, November 11th, 11am to 5pm. She’ll have information available regarding the classes and Shop ‘n’ Talk tours she will be leading in the near future.

Supporting local vendors, offering organic and non-gmo verified products, and promoting healthy eating are a dominant part of the company culture. Throughout the store, you will see shelf tags highlighting products produced in Washington, Kosher products, items that are organic, or ones that have been through the non-gmo verification process. The produce section is full of color, well-lit, and spacious. Around the perimeter of the store you can peruse the full service meat counter, the cheese counter, the Charcuterie counter… and the bakery! All their breads are made in-house, and include organic options plus non-gmo verified products. The bulk section is beautifully laid out along one aisle, and includes coffees, spices, liquids, and nut butters you make on the spot.

The store preview was so informative – there are so many cool features available at New Seasons Market. I think this store will be a terrific addition to the Town Center area. Check out My Mercer Island’s list of 10 reasons to get excited for New Seasons Market for even more details about what to expect when you shop here!

How about you? After attending the grand opening, let me know your thoughts about the store and what your shopping experience is like in the days following.

Mercer Island Resident “Knits It Out Of The Park” For The We’ve Got You Covered Winter Drive

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20161101_122119Mercer Island resident Carla Kepler has a passion for knitting. It started when her children were old enough to attend a local play group. She could keep her hands busy while she watched her children play. What began as a casual interest developed into an opportunity to enjoy her craft while sowing compassion throughout the Mercer Island community, and beyond.

It could be said that sharing the love of knitting, and encouraging compassion, are missions for Carla. She knits bears for the Mother Bear Project, which delivers them to children in emerging nations who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Carla teaches knitting lessons to the students at Islander Middle School during the Thursday lunch periods. She also leads a weekly knitting group at Mary’s Place, a local non-profit that provides shelter and services to homeless women, children and families.  Carla delights in the sense of accomplishment her students receive from learning something new, and completing projects. Her heart is hard-wired for giving and she loves to shows her empathy through the comfort of a hand-knitted item, whether she knits it herself or taught someone else how to knit it. wp_20160827_002

When Carla heard about the We’ve Got You Covered winter drive that local Windermere Real Estate offices are currently hosting for YouthCare, she was immediately compelled to participate. “These are homeless teenagers. How can you resist that?” she shared when ask about her interest in the winter drive. YouthCare is a local non-profit that provides essentials to Seattle area youth who are homeless. Carla set a personal goal of knitting 10 sets of hats/scarves (or cowls) before the end of the month-long drive.  So far she has donated 8 sets! UPDATE: Carla finished the last two sets and brought them by our office. She finished her personal goal of knitting 10 sets for the young people at YouthCare!

Carla Kepler exemplifies the compassionate spirit of Mercer Island. Residents like her make the Mercer Island community a great place to call home. She, along with other community members, have donated generously to the We’ve Got You Covered winter drive hosted here at the Windermere Mercer Island office. To date WindermereMI has received the following, in addition to Carla’s hand-knit sets:

  • Socks: 155 pairs
  • Mittens/Gloves: 64 pairs
  • Sweaters/Jackets: 3
  • Hats: 15
  • Scarves: 2

20161101_123559-1We sincerely appreciate all who have donated so far. If you would like to make a contribution to the winter drive, we’ll be accepting warm socks, hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves/cowls through end of day Monday November 14th.  Just bring them to our office in Mercer Island’s Town Center, or ask your Windermere broker if he/she could make the delivery for you.

And if you are interested in learning more about knitting, Carla and her fellow Tuesday Knitters would love for you to join them for an afternoon of knitting and coffee at the Southend Starbucks.  They meet around 12:30pm each Tuesday. If you don’t have a set of knitting needles, or any yarn, do not despair. Carla always has a knitting project with her to work on wherever she goes. If someone shows an interest in her knitting, she has an extra set of knitting needles and a ball of yarn all ready. She will teach a quick knitting lesson on the fly, and give her new acquaintance the needles and yarn to take home for practice! UPDATE: Other members of the Tuesday Knitters group also delivered handmade donations for the winter drive! Margaret crocheted 2 scarves and is working on one more. Nancy knit 3 scarves and a hat.


Tuesday Knitters, left to right: Nancy Kolton, Deborah Snapp, Laurie Lehman, Carla Kepler, Blair Destro, Amy Mason, and Chris Mason.

Seattle’s Red Hot Housing Market and Its First-Time Homebuyers

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This is a well-written blog post covering the “whys” regarding the importance of our region’s double-digit price increases. These factors mean a great deal to those who are looking for starter homes. The greatest increases have been seen in those homes in the lower prices ranges, resulting in a 75% jump in starter home pricing over the past for years. It can definitely be intimidating to buy, especially as a first time home buyer, when home prices are growing so quickly. Connecting with a real estate broker who can help you with the process and be your guide is imperative. The brokers at Windermere Mercer Island would be happy to meet with you, discuss your home ownership goals, and answer your questions.

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dreamstime_s_8927135The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index was just released earlier this week ranking the major metropolitan areas across the U.S. by the fastest-rising home prices. While we have not muscled out Portland for the No. 1 spot on the list, we came in a close second having narrowed the gap significantly.

According to an analysis by The Seattle Times, Seattle-area home prices are now rising at their swiftest pace in 2.5 years. While we missed out on taking over Portland for the top spot on the Case-Shiller index, Seattle did increase its lead over third-place Denver where prices only rose 8.8 percent over last year.

Portland, having led the Case-Shiller index all year, had the fastest-rising home prices up 11.7 percent over a year ago. In Seattle, home prices were up 11.4 percent over 2015. Both Pacific Northwest cities saw home costs increase at more than twice the national…

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Should I Move or Remodel?

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Originally posted on Windermere Blog, author Tara Sharp.

There are a number of things that can trigger the decision to remodel or move to a new home. Perhaps you have outgrown your current space, you might be tired of struggling with ancient plumbing or wiring systems, or maybe your home just feels out of date. The question is: Should you stay or should you go? Choosing whether to remodel or move involves looking at a number of factors. Here are some things to consider when making your decision.

Five reasons to move:

1. Your current location just isn’t working.

Unruly neighbors, a miserable commute, or a less-than-desirable school district—these are factors you cannot change. If your current location is detracting from your overall quality of life, it’s time to consider moving. If you’re just ready for a change, that’s a good reason, too. Some people are simply tired of their old homes and want to move on.

2. Your home is already one of the nicest in the neighborhood.

Regardless of the improvements you might make, location largely limits the amount of money you can get for your home when you sell. A general rule of thumb for remodeling is to make sure that you don’t over-improve your home for the neighborhood. If your property is already the most valuable house on the block, additional upgrades usually won’t pay off in return on investment at selling time.

3. There is a good chance you will move soon anyway.

If your likelihood of moving in the next two years is high, remodeling probably isn’t your best choice. There’s no reason to go through the hassle and expense of remodeling and not be able to enjoy it. It may be better to move now to get the house you want.

4. You need to make too many improvements to meet your needs.

This is particularly an issue with growing families. What was cozy for a young couple may be totally inadequate when you add small children. Increasing the space to make your home workable may cost more than moving to another house. In addition, lot size, building codes, and neighborhood covenants may restrict what you can do. Once you’ve outlined the remodeling upgrades that you’d like, a real estate agent can help you determine what kind of home you could buy for the same investment.

5. You don’t like remodeling.

Remodeling is disruptive. It may be the inconvenience of loosing the use of a bathroom for a week, or it can mean moving out altogether for a couple of months. Remodeling also requires making a lot of decisions. You have to be able to visualize new walls and floor plans, decide how large you want windows to be, and where to situate doors. Then there is choosing from hundreds of flooring, countertop, and fixture options. Some people love this. If you’re not one of them, it is probably easier to buy a house that has the features you want already in place.

Five reasons to remodel:

1. You love your neighborhood.

You can walk to the park, you have lots of close friends nearby, and the guy at the espresso stand knows you by name. There are features of a neighborhood, whether it’s tree-lined streets or annual community celebrations, that you just can’t re-create somewhere else. If you love where you live, that’s a good reason to stay.

2. You like your current home’s floor plan.

The general layout of your home either works for you or it doesn’t. If you enjoy the configuration and overall feeling of your current home, there’s a good chance it can be turned into a dream home. The combination of special features you really value, such as morning sun or a special view, may be hard to replicate in a new home.

3. You’ve got a great yard.

Yards in older neighborhoods often have features you cannot find in newer developments, including large lots, mature trees, and established landscaping. Even if you find a new home with a large lot, it takes considerable time and expense to create a fully landscaped yard.

4. You can get exactly the home you want.

Remodeling allows you to create a home tailored exactly to your lifestyle. You have control over the look and feel of everything, from the color of the walls to the finish on the cabinets. Consider also that most people who buy a new home spend up to 30 percent of the value of their new house fixing it up the way they want.

5. It may make better financial sense.

In some cases, remodeling might be cheaper than selling. A contractor can give you an estimate of what it would cost to make the improvements you’re considering. A real estate agent can give you prices of comparable homes with those same features. But remember that while remodeling projects add to the value of your home, most don’t fully recover their costs when you sell.


Remodel or move checklist:

Here are some questions to ask when deciding whether to move or remodel.

1.      How much money can you afford to spend?

2.      How long do you plan to live in your current home?

3.      How do you feel about your current location?

4.      Do you like the general floor plan of your current house?

5.      Will the remodeling you’re considering offer a good return on investment?

6.      Can you get more house for the money in another location that you like?

7.      Are you willing to live in your house during a remodeling project?

8.      If not, do you have the resources to live elsewhere while you’re remodeling?


If you have questions about whether remodeling or selling is a wise investment, or are looking for an agent in your area, we have professionals that can help you. Contact us here.

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“We’ve Got You Covered” Winter Drive For YouthCare

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#tacklehomelessness / Community Happening / Windermere Real Estate Partners With Seattle Seahawks

weve-got-you-covered-poster-jpgStarting today, October 17th, and running until November 14th, Windermere Mercer Island agents and staff will be collecting new winter hats, scarves, mittens and gloves, plus warm socks to help homeless youth stay warm during the cold months. Your donations will be passed out to the youth that local non-profit, YouthCare, supports.

We have collection bins in our office lobby. You could also ask your Windermere real estate agent to drop off your donation at our office. Thank you for helping Windermere Real Estate, and The Seattle Seahawks, #tacklehomelessness!