Spring Market Highs: Demand, Rates & Equity

By Jill Langer | May 15, 2024

As we sit almost five months into 2024 in the middle of the spring market and I reflect on how the year is going, I am grateful, amazed, and locked in on the stats. You see, the last four years since the start of the pandemic have been an eventful and wild ride. 2020 saw […]

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Three Hot Buttons in Real Estate

By Jill Langer | Apr 24, 2024

The real estate industry has been in the news a bit lately. Not so much about the trends and home values. More so about class action lawsuits, which have stolen a lot of attention away from the positive activity that is happening in our market. While the lawsuit is an important story to track, one […]

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Spring Arrives Early

By Jill Langer | Mar 8, 2024

When Punxsutawney Phill climbed up to his perch at Gobblers Knob on February 2nd and did not see his shadow, an early spring was predicted. Little did we know that he would be referring to the real estate market! As we experience temps in the 30s and scattered snow showers in the first week of March, we […]

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New Year, New Laws! What This Means for Consumers Moving Forward.

By Jill Langer | Mar 1, 2024

Effective January 1, 2024, the statute in Washington that governs real estate brokerage relationships (RCW 18.86) otherwise known as the “Agency Law” – was significantly revised. The revisions modernize the 25-year-old law, provide additional transparency and consumer protections, and acknowledge the importance of buyer representation. KEY REVISIONSFor decades, real estate brokerage firms were only required […]

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Matthew Garner’s 2024 Economic Forecast Highlights

By Jill Langer | Jan 27, 2024

Last week, my office hosted our 16th Annual Economic Forecast Event featuring Matthew Gardner. Matthew is a sought-after economist focused on the national and local economies and has a deep understanding of the housing market across the country and right in our own backyard. He is an economic advisor for the State of Washington, Governors Council, lectures on real […]

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Top 10 Housing Market Predictions for 2024

By Jill Langer | Dec 7, 2023

As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data. With over 30 years of professional experience, he provides valuable insights into the real estate industry and housing market, including quarterly regional reports, monthly videos, and timely analysis of the latest trends. Below the Top 10, you will find […]

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Now or Later: When Interest Rates Drop…

By Jill Langer | Dec 7, 2023

The question that many potential buyers are asking themselves right now is: should I wait for rates to drop before I buy? Higher interest rates have certainly made monthly payments higher and challenged overall affordability, however it is important to consider creative financing options and what the impact on prices will be once rates lower. Experts […]

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New Agency Law Changes: Transparency, Consumer Protection, & Commitment

By Jill Langer | Nov 3, 2023

New Agency Law Changes: Transparency, Consumer Protection, & Commitment On January 1, 2024, major changes to the Law of Agency will go into effect. These changes result from the real estate industry in the state of Washington wanting to elevate the level of transparency and consumer protection surrounding buyer representation. Senate Bill 5191 was voted […]

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The Low Inventory Effect: Nationally and Close to Home

By Jill Langer | Oct 6, 2023

The Low Inventory Effect: Nationally and Close to Home The video below from Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist, refers to the effects of constricted inventory levels on the national housing market in a higher interest rate environment. Review the localized numbers that I gathered that pertain to King and Snohomish Counties and then check out […]

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