Matthew Gardner

Buying Homes Monthly Newsletter: Summer Time 2021   Last week I heard a quote from Mike Loftin of the Urban Institute that resonated with me. “We need to stop seeing housing as a reward for financial success and instead see it as a critical tool that can facilitate financial success.” Homeownership as an investment has always been a long-term hold in order for it to make […]
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 Will COVID-19 Impact Where People Want to Live? Will COVID-19 Impact Where People Want to Live?   Recently, Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist released a video about the effects COVID-19 is having and/or could have on consumer tendencies in real estate. There seems to be quite the paradigm shift happening due to health reasons, appreciating simpler schedules, and the new phenomenon of many people working from home. Along with […]
Community Are we Headed Towards a Repeat of the 2008 Housing Meltdown? Are we Headed Towards a Repeat of the 2008 Housing Meltdown? The pressure the COVID-19 global pandemic is putting on the economy is a reality. As a real estate broker, I take great pride in having the honor of being your trusted advisor when it comes to your investment in the housing market and protecting […]
Buying Homes 2020 Real Estate Forecast & More – Monthly Newsletter   Last week, I had the pleasure of attending our office’s 11th Annual Matthew Gardner Economic Forecast Event.  At this event, Matthew gives the crowd a review of the previous year and forecasts trends for the economy and housing market for the next year and beyond.  Below are my Top 12 Takeaways worth noting as you […]
Buying Homes Monthly Newsletter – November 2018   I am pleased to present the third-quarter 2019 edition of the Gardner Report, which provides insights into select counties of the Western Washington housing market. This analysis is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. I hope that this information will assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about […]
Buying Homes Don’t Miss the Boat on Current Interest Rates     Most recently, buyers have enjoyed more selection in the marketplace which has led to more open negotiations versus bidding wars. This is illustrated by an increase in average Days on Market and a decrease in the average Sold-to-List Price Ratios complete-year over year (the last 12 months over the previous 12 months). In King […]
Buying Homes June Monthly Newsletter   Changes are coming: The Washington State Legislature is changing the way in which real estate excise taxes (REET) are calculated. REET are different from your annual property taxes; they are the tax that a seller pays when they sell their home, based on the sale price. Currently, the Washington State excise tax is 1.28 […]
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Gardner Reports New Formula For Real Estate Excise Tax Calculations Beginning January 1, 2020   Changes are coming: The Washington State Legislature is changing the way in which real estate excise taxes (REET) are calculated. REET are different from your annual property taxes; they are the tax that a seller pays when they sell their home, based on the sale price. Currently, the Washington State excise tax is 1.28 […]
Community April Newsletter   I am pleased to present the first-quarter 2019 edition of the Gardner Report, which provides insights into select counties of the Western Washington housing market. This analysis is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. I hope that this information will assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about […]
Buying Homes Monthly Newsletter Most recently, we have experienced an uptick in market activity. In fact, in King and Snohomish counties we saw a 53% increase in pending sales from December to January. While it is seasonally normal to see activity increase at the first of the year, it was 16% higher than the previous January. This increase is being driven […]
Buying Homes 2019 Economic & Housing Forecast   Happy 2019! As we head into the New Year, it’s a great time to look ahead to what the real estate market has in store. Just last week, I had the pleasure of hosting an Economic Forecast Event with Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, and soaked up his knowledge and predictions. Below are his […]
Buying Homes November Monthly Newsletter   Quarterly Economic Update for Western Washington We are so fortunate here at Windermere to have Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist to help keep us informed on our economy and the real estate market. Each quarter Matthew compiles in-depth research on counties from across Western Washington. Click here to download Matthew’s full Q3 2018 report and check out […]
Buying Homes A Love Letter to Buyers   I hope your Valentine’s Day was a sweet one, but it got me thinking. I am often sharing with you the advantages of this market for home sellers, which is unbelievably positive. With that said, I thought I’d take some time to give the potential buyers in our marketplace some love, hope, and of course, data! […]
Buying Homes Commute Times, Price Premiums: The Value of Location, Location, Location Flickr Photo/SounderBruce (CC BY SA 2.0)/http://flic.kr/p/MzGznr It is the time of year when I like to re-cap the price premiums in our area based on commute times. The price divide continued in 2017 between key market areas in the Greater Seattle area based on proximity to major job centers. These pricing premiums have cemented the drive-to-qualify market. Seattle […]
Economic Forecasts & Trends W. Washington Economic Report – 4th Quarter 2017     ECONOMIC OVERVIEW The Washington State economy added 104,600 new jobs over the past 12 months. This impressive growth rate of 3.1% is well above the national rate of 1.4%. Interestingly, the slowdown we saw through most of the second half of the year reversed in the fall, and we actually saw more robust […]
Buying Homes Predictions for the 2018 Housing Market & Economy At Windermere, we have the privilege of working with esteemed economist, Matthew Gardner.  Throughout the year, I have shared his quarterly Gardner Reports which delineate out all the different housing markets in Western Washington and reports on price appreciation and sales data.  Below is a recent article he wrote about predictions for the 2018 overall real […]
Economic Forecasts & Trends W. Washington Economic Report – 3rd Quarter 2017 As a member of Windermere Real Estate, the leading real estate company in the Western U.S., I have access to a vast array of resources and services that are designed to help you make well-informed decisions regarding your real estate needs. This includes access to the most relevant housing and economic data from Windermere’s Chief […]
Buying Homes Three Reasons Why We’re Not Headed For Another Real Estate Bubble I get asked this question often, and I can understand why. With the 2008 Great Recession not too far back in our rear-view mirror it is understandable that folks don’t want history to repeat itself, as that was a very painful time for many. Also, price appreciation has been rapid across the country, but especially […]
Economic Forecasts & Trends W. Washington Economic Report – 2nd Quarter 2017 The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me. ECONOMIC OVERVIEW The Washington State […]