All posts filed under: Real Estate

Open Houses this Weekend: March 25th & 26th

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Community Happening / Our Open Houses / Real Estate

Pike Place Market has been a staple on Seattle since the turn of the century – and in June 2017 opens up with the fancy new upgrades. In its early days, Pike Place Market saw farmers bring their vegetables, fruit, dairy, eggs, and meat to sell as Settle grew into a thriving metropolis. On its original, grand opening day, the market ran out of produce within minutes – and that is how Pike Place Market skyrocketed […]

Top 2017 Cost VS Value Report project for the Pacific Region: Engineered Stone Veneer

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Homeowner Tips / Houzz / Real Estate

Including stone on your home’s exterior adds texture and interest to your house. And with today’s engineered stone veneer options, the installation is not as expensive or invasive as it used to be. In fact, this particular task placed in the top 3 projects listed in the Cost VS Value report for the Pacific Region, with 106.7% of the project cost recouped! Houzz Contributor, Bud Dietrich, authored a Story about the potential stone has for improving […]

Top 2017 Cost VS Value Report project for the Pacific Region: Upscale Garage Doors

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Homeowner Tips / Houzz / Real Estate

Adding upscale garage doors to your home can definitely give your home an instant facelift, increasing its curb appeal immensely. In fact, upscale garage doors are the second highest project in the Cost VS Value Report for the Pacific Region. The return on investment for adding garage doors tops out at 110.8% recouped! Houzz Contributor, Laura Gaskill, compiled this helpful Story with the need-to-know facts about replacing your garage doors. Weather should not be too […]

Top 2017 Cost VS Value Report project for the Pacific Region: Attic Insulation

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Homeowner Tips / Houzz / Real Estate

Attic insulation topped the 2017 Cost VS Value report for the Pacific Region. The return on investment for this project is 122.8% of the price recouped! Houzz Contributor, Mariana Pickering, put together an informative Story covering insulation basics. She discusses how heat moves through a home, what materials can best help retain heat within our homes, and ways to make sure your insulation is being effective. Also covered is the R-value of thermal insulation, what […]

2017 Cost VS Value Report

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Homeowner Tips / Real Estate

The 2017 Cost VS Value Report compiled by Remodeling Magazine is celebrating a milestone anniversary, with its 30th year of publication! The Cost VS Value report is so popular because it not only shows detailed analysis of best projects for the return on your investment when you sell your home, but the report is also broken down by region. Within this year’s report there were 3 noteworthy take-aways:  Exterior “curb appeal” improvements generally pack a bigger […]

13 Tips to Jump-Start the New Year!

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Homeowner Tips / Real Estate

So, it’s January (almost February). What now? It’s the beginning of a fresh and exciting year, but we all want to start off productive right? A new year for new goals to make and accomplishments to achieve. The big question is: where do you start? Well, the answer is vast. We are all so different, with different goals, quirks, and ideas of where we want to be a year from now, going into 2017. So, […]

First Time Buyers, Millennials, and What to Expect in 2017

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Real Estate

Originally posted on Windermere Blog, author Matthew Gardner I believe that the big story for the coming year will be first-time home buyers. Since they don’t need to sell before purchasing, their reemergence into the market ensures that sales will continue to increase, even while inventory is limited. Thirty-one percent of buyers currently in the real estate market are first-time buyers, but it would be more ideal if that figure was closer to 40 percent. […]

2017 Windermere Real Estate Eastside Kick-off: We’re Ready For What This Year Will Bring!

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Real Estate / Windermere Eastside

If you follow Windermere Mercer Island on social media, a week ago Friday you saw our brokers attended the 2017 Eastside Windermere Real Estate Kick-off event. And what an event! Over 500 brokers from of the Eastside offices, and the Chelan area, gathered together to get energized for the New Year. The event, held at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel, opened with a lovely continental breakfast and the opportunity to network.  The opening emcee was Matt […]

5 Awesome Tips for Northwest Winter Season!

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Our Open Houses / Real Estate

While not the first “snow” of the season, it is the first snow that stuck to the ground. The Seattle region hasn’t seen snow in while, so we’ve compiled a short list of resources to read up on for snow tips, tricks, and good-to-knows. The City of Mercer Island has a Snow and Ice Response Plan that has great information for getting around the island during the upcoming snowy season. A link off the City of […]

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

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Real Estate

Originally published on Windermere Blog by author Matthew Gardner, chief economist of Windermere Real Estate. 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 or stagnant wage […]