Community Local Farmer’s Markets 2021   When you shop at a local Farmers Market, you’re buying outstanding freshness, quality and flavor. Knowing exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown provides peace of mind for your family. Plus, you’re supporting a sustainable regional food system that helps small family farms stay in business; protects land from over-development, […]
Economic Forecasts & Trends Newsletter – What is your home worth? Price Appreciation Case Studies in Snohomish & King Counties Over the last 6 years, the median price for a single-family home in King County has grown by 65%, and in Snohomish County 69%. Above are examples of actual homes sold in late 2015 to early 2016 that also sold in early 2021. Note, they were not remodeled or significantly improved in between sales. These examples show the growth in […]
Buying Homes You Want to Sell, but Need to Buy, too: What to do? Homeowners across our region are enjoying incredibly healthy equity levels due to an upswing in the real estate market over the last five years. In fact, the median price in King County is up 50% over the last five years and up 55% in Snohomish County. Over the last 10 years, the median price is […]
Community Newsletter – Real-Time Market Update: Where We Are Now February 2020   The 2021 real estate market is off to a very brisk start. Historically low interest rates are driving buyer demand. This is coupled with a needed “catch-up” in available homes for sale. In 2020, we saw a stall in new listings during our normally plentiful spring market due to the pandemic. From April to […]
Economic Forecasts & Trends Newsletter: Matthew Gardner’s Top 10 Things to Look for in 2021 in the Economy and Our Housing Market   Last week I had the pleasure of attending Matthew Gardner’s 2021 Economic Forecast. Matthew is Windermere’s Chief Economist and coveted expert in our region often called upon by the local and national media for his insights on the economy and housing. Windermere has relied upon his forecasts and advice for over 15 years, and […]
South King County South King County Quarterly Market Trends – Q4 2020   The 2020 real estate market was a bright spot in the economy and the fourth quarter finished strong, with the median price up 11% complete year-over-year. Interest rates started the year just over 3.5% and ended the year under 3%! The long-term average rate is 7.9%, putting into perspective the massive advantage for homebuyers […]
North Snohomish County North Snohomish County Quarterly Market Trends – Q4 2020   The 2020 real estate market was a bright spot in the economy and the fourth quarter finished strong, with the median price up 10% complete year-over-year. Interest rates started the year just over 3.5% and ended the year under 3%! The long-term average rate is 7.9%, putting into perspective the massive advantage for homebuyers […]
Seattle Metro Seattle Metro Quarterly Market Trends – Q4 2020   The 2020 real estate market was a bright spot in the economy and the fourth quarter finished strong, with the median price up 6% complete year-over-year. Interest rates started the year just over 3.5% and ended the year under 3%! The long-term average rate is 7.9%, putting into perspective the massive advantage for homebuyers […]
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Eastside Eastside Quarterly Market Trends – Q4 2020   The 2020 real estate market was a bright spot in the economy and the fourth quarter finished strong, with the median price up 10% complete year-over-year. Interest rates started the year just over 3.5% and ended the year under 3%! The long-term average rate is 7.9%, putting into perspective the massive advantage for homebuyers […]
North King County North King County Quarterly Market Trends – Q4 2020   The 2020 real estate market was a bright spot in the economy and the fourth quarter finished strong, with the median price up 7% complete year-over-year. Interest rates started the year just over 3.5% and ended the year under 3%! The long-term average rate is 7.9%, putting into perspective the massive advantage for homebuyers […]
South Snohomish County South Snohomish County Quarterly Market Trends – Q4 2020   The 2020 real estate market was a bright spot in the economy and the fourth quarter finished strong, with the median price up 12% complete year-over-year. Interest rates started the year just over 3.5% and ended the year under 3%! The long-term average rate is 7.9%, putting into perspective the massive advantage for homebuyers […]
Gardner Reports Goal Setting with Self-Compassion   We all know that there is no magic in the first day or month of the year, and yet we are all drawn to the idea of new beginnings. A fresh start. And so with 2020 finally put to bed, many of us are setting goals for this fresh, new year.   The topic […]
Community December 2020 Newsletter – Helping our Neighbors in Need As 2020 comes to a close, we pause to take inventory for what we are thankful for and look for opportunities to give back to those in need. We would typically be hosting our annual Santa Photo Event around this time, but this year we are pivoting to this very important food drive. The global pandemic […]
Community Newsletter, November 2020 – Inventory, Equity & Experts: Laying Fact Over Fact to Find the Truth in the Housing Market.     It is important that we pay attention to the data when measuring the health of the housing market. There are a lot of feelings and media influences that can play into one’s opinion of the housing market. I choose to focus on three things: inventory, equity levels, and the experts. This has been […]
Economic Forecasts & Trends South Snohomish County Quarterly Market Trends – Q3 2020   The real estate market continued to positively perform in the third quarter and is the bright light in the economy during the COVID-19 health crisis. The protocols in place that have helped protect the safety of the community have recently been expanded to allow small group open houses to help address the demand in […]
Community Newsletter – October 2020: The Windermere Bridge Loan. Inventory levels got you down, but your equity is high.      Homeowners across our region are enjoying very healthy equity levels due to an amazing upswing in the real estate market over the last five years. In fact, the median price in King County is up 49% over the last five years and up 51% in Snohomish County. This growth in equity has given […]
Community Pumpkin Patches 2020 Nothing feels more like fall than pumpkin picking, hay rides and corn mazes. Get your latte in hand and head out to any one of these great, local farms to have some harvest fun and find that perfect jack-o-lantern to light up your porch. Please be sure to verify and take note of each farm’s […]
Monthly Newsletters Homebuyer Tips for Winning a Home in a Seller’s Market     We’ve said it so many times, but it is so true: these are unprecedented times! In relation to the real estate market, there are many factors that are contributing to this environment. First and foremost, we are living through a global pandemic. Our daily lives have changed and they will probably never be […]
Buying Homes When Equity Meets Lifestyle: Sellers Moving Out, the Push to the Burbs, & Who’s Coming into the City    Over the last 5 years, housing has had abundant price appreciation, providing substantial equity for homeowners to utilize to make meaningful lifestyle moves or invest back into where they are. In King County, the median price has appreciated from $463,000 to $689,000 since July 2015, which is a 49% increase equaling $226,000! In Snohomish […]
Community 8 Tips for Back to School During COVID-19 Here we are again, with a new school year right around the corner. We all know that this year won’t be anything like what we’re used to, or what we hoped for… those fresh supplies, cute outfits, and all the “first day of school” pictures spamming our Facebook feed. Your family might be mourning what […]