Buying Homes The Zillow Algorithm vs. The Human Algorithm – what is best for the consumer?   The recent news of Zillow’s plan to shut down their iBuyer program due to a $328 million loss in the third quarter has heads spinning in the real estate world and on Wall Street.  Sadly, Zillow plans to eliminate 25% of its workforce because of its decision to move away from the practice of purchasing and […]
Buying Homes The Triangle of Buyer Clarity – Finding Buyer Success in a Seller’s Market   Embarking on a home purchase in a seller’s market can be intimidating, but it can be done. Long-term price growth confirms that owning a home is a key element to building household wealth. Home equity gained over time is typically the largest asset that contributes to a household’s net worth. Homeownership is not only an investment, but […]
Buying Homes Monthly Newsletter – Real Estate Market Recap   I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the 2021 real estate market has been a head-turner! In the second half of 2020, once we started to emerge from the COVID lockdown, the real estate market started to bustle with activity. 2020 ended up being a robust real estate year driven by low […]
Buying Homes Monthly Newsletter – The National Housing Market & Seahawks Partnership   As I mentioned in my last newsletter, Windermere is empowered by the knowledge and research of our Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. Below is his latest monthly video report which touches on the latest numbers surrounding the national housing market. Here are some key data points derived from the final recorded July home sales numbers: […]
Buying Homes Monthly Newsletter – Gardner Report & Food Drive Results   At Windermere, we are fortunate to have Matthew Gardner as our Chief Economist. In fact, we are one of the only real estate companies in the country to have such a well-respected expert sitting in this role. Not only is Matthew an asset to Windermere brokers and their clients, but he is a coveted […]
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 […]
Buying Homes Monthly Newsletter: Year-to-Date Real Estate Recap Here we are, one-third into 2021, and boy what a ride it has been so far. We all know that 2020 was a unique year full of challenges and change. The pandemic made us pause and reevaluate many aspects of our lives including where and how we live. The impact of the pandemic on the […]
Community Windermere Community Service Day & Food Drive On June 11th, my office spent our annual Windermere Community Service Day with the Snohomish Garden Club constructing trellises, weeding and staking beds, and planting and labeling a half-acre of produce! We also assembled a pole shed, built out a composting area and a rock bench on the property for the Garden Club to use […]
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Buying Homes Newsletter – Economy & Housing Market Update Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist at Windermere and a sought-after expert on real estate, both locally and across the country. Every quarter, Matthew breaks down the real estate market by region and provides the Gardner Report; you can read this quarter’s full report here.  Additionally, he also provides a monthly video report touching on […]
Economic Forecasts & Trends South King County Quarterly Market Trends – Q1 2021 Q1 2021 signified a measurable shift in the real estate market. Demand since the first of the year has been brisk, proving Q1 2021 to be one of the most impactful times in market history! Interest rates remain historically low, helping to offset the cost of price appreciation. Rates and the lucrative tech-influenced job market have helped pending sales […]
Economic Forecasts & Trends North Snohomish County Quarterly Market Trends – Q1 2021 Q1 2021 signified a measurable shift in the real estate market. Demand since the first of the year has been brisk, proving Q1 2021 to be one of the most impactful times in market history! Interest rates remain historically low, helping to offset the cost of price appreciation. Rates and the lucrative tech-influenced job market have helped pending sales […]
Economic Forecasts & Trends Seattle Metro Quarterly Market Trends – Q1 2021 Q1 2021 signified a measurable shift in the real estate market. Demand since the first of the year has been brisk, proving Q1 2021 to be one of the most impactful times in market history! Interest rates remain historically low, helping to offset the cost of price appreciation. Rates and the lucrative tech-influenced job market have helped pending sales […]
Eastside Eastside Quarterly Market Trends – Q1 2021 Q1 2021 signified a measurable shift in the real estate market. Demand since the first of the year has been brisk, proving Q1 2021 to be one of the most impactful times in market history! Interest rates remain historically low, helping to offset the cost of price appreciation. Rates and the lucrative tech-influenced job market have helped pending sales […]
North King County North King County Quarterly Market Trends – Q1 2021 Q1 2021 signified a measurable shift in the real estate market. Demand since the first of the year has been brisk, proving Q1 2021 to be one of the most impactful times in market history! Interest rates remain historically low, helping to offset the cost of price appreciation. Rates and the lucrative tech-influenced job market have helped pending sales […]
South Snohomish County South Snohomish County Quarterly Market Trends – Q1 2021 Q1 2021 signified a measurable shift in the real estate market. Demand since the first of the year has been brisk, proving Q1 2021 to be one of the most impactful times in market history! Interest rates remain historically low, helping to offset the cost of price appreciation. Rates and the lucrative tech-influenced job market have helped pending sales […]
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 […]