Market Reports How’s the Market? Annual Report on Seattle Area Real Estate… In the wake of extreme buyer demand and mind-blowing bidding wars, housing prices soared in Seattle and reached staggering heights on the Eastside. Record low interest rates were the silver lining for those buyers who were able to successfully purchase a home with financing.   2022 looks to be another strong year for real estate. […]
Home Seller Tips Pro Lighting Tips to Brighten Your Home As we approach the darkest days of the year, a few tweaks in your interior lighting scheme can brighten your home (and your mood) from the inside out.  Here are some great tips from Real Simple for a lighting scheme that is flattering and functional…   Use a combo of overhead and up lighting for […]
Living & Community Holiday Happenings Around the Sound Holiday shows are BACK for 2021 and ready to lift your spirits. Whether it’s meandering through a dazzling light show, watching the “snow” fall at Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane, or taking a holiday-themed cruise, there are so many ways to brighten up your Northwest holidays. Here’s the skinny on dates, times, food, parking, and safety requirements… […]
Living & Community Give Back This Season “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” Giving to others can enrich our own lives in ways we never imagined.  With that in mind, here are some of our favorite Seattle-area organizations who are in need of time, resources, toys, and more to help improve the […]
Market Reports How’s the Market? Q3 Real Estate Review The frenetic pace of Seattle-area real estate continued in Q3, with the number of sales and median sales prices both up across the region compared to this time last year. Seattle condo sales saw a healthy year-over-year jump as they continued to recover from the COVID slump we saw in 2020.   While buyers still […]
Living & Community Our Favorite Local Pumpkin Patches Grab your boots, pack a thermos…it’s time to choose those perfect Halloween pumpkins! This year, why not explore a new town and make your pumpkin patch experience a true adventure? All of these farms are open every weekend in October, and most are open on weekdays too. Some even welcome your furry family members. Check […]
Home Seller Tips Protect Your Investment: 5 Fall Maintenance To-Do’s Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While he was talking about fire safety, we think it applies equally well to home maintenance.  One weekend of prevention this fall can save you many headaches (and a lot of money) down the road.  Here are a few ideas to […]
Living & Community 2021 Football Schedules, Recipes & Tips… Are you ready for some football? Fall is just around the corner and tickets are on sale now for 12s who are itching to get back to the stadium (operating at full capacity this season but with enhanced safety protocols). Watching the game from the comfort of home? Check out these great tips on setting […]
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Home Seller Tips Why Taking Care of Your Buyer is Good for You Too How you leave your home matters more than you think…   In our extreme seller’s market, today’s home buyers are paying top dollar (or beyond) for their home purchase, and like many people paying a premium, they expect to get what they pay for. As a result, they have little tolerance for adverse surprises. This […]
Living & Community Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive Now Through September 3rd WHAT: Windermere’s Kicks for Kids event is a back-to-school sneaker drive for low-income youth, distributed through the Eastside Baby Corner. WHY: Kids from struggling families are in need of new back-to-school shoes that fit. When kids feel good about their appearance, it improves both their self-esteem and their performance in school. WHEN: Formal shoe collection […]
Market Reports How’s the Market? Q2 Real Estate Review Buyers found no relief as our region’s extreme sellers’ market continued skyward. Strong home buyer demand simply outpaced the number of available properties for sale. Fierce competition drove prices up 15% in Seattle and a staggering 38% on the Eastside as compared to Q2 of 2020. While COVID played a factor in early 2020; all […]
Home Buyer Tips What is FIRPTA Certification? A complete overview on why you need to know about it…   If you are purchasing property from a non-US individual or entity, you may be required to withhold taxes under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (“FIRPTA”), 26 U.S.C. 1445 (unless one of the exceptions in the Act applies). The […]
Home Buyer Tips Thinking About Buying a Second or Vacation Home? Here are a few tips to make sure it’s worthwhile… These days, having your own home away from home is a compelling concept. There are many clear benefits including being able to use your home how you wish, decorate to your taste, and include your furry friends in your time away. There are also challenges […]
Living & Community Free Paper Shredding on Saturday, May 22nd Want to do some spring cleaning and score a doughnut at the same time?  We’ve got your back.  Haul those old bank statements, embarrassing photos, and other sensitive documents to our parking lot on Saturday, May 22nd…you can enjoy a Top Pot doughnut and the satisfaction of watching your old tax returns go through the […]
Living & Community Thank You for Helping Us Support Eastside Baby Corner! UPDATE—Our Drive Made a Difference for EBC! We want to thank all of our clients, friends and family who pitched in to raise items and funds for the Eastside Baby Corner. In addition to your generous donations, our agents and owners personally donated a total of $7,772 along with hundreds of childcare items as part […]
Market Reports How’s the Market? Q1 Real Estate Review… An extreme sellers’ market, driven by too few homes for sale and incredibly low mortgage interest rates, led to the most aggressive multiple offer bidding wars we have experienced in our region. There are simply dozens of buyers for nearly every home that comes to market. To be competitive, most buyers did their home research […]
Living & Community The Four Phases of Remodeling As with anything in life, a remodeling project can come with its ups and downs. Certain phases seem to go a mile a minute, while others feel like they’ve lasted a lifetime and a half, all while it looks as though nothing is being completed. Fear not—this is pretty typical. And, while every project is […]
Home Buyer Tips Should I Be a Homebuyer in this Market? Fourteen offers, all contingencies waived, earnest money deposit released to seller on offer acceptance. This is the norm rather than the exception in our current market. Sound crazy? It is! And we’ve been here before. Today’s buyers are likely paying considerably above market values to “win” the war and snag a house that they can […]
Living & Community 2021 Home Trends Ready for a fresh start in 2021? With home still the place to be, refreshing your indoor and outdoor living spaces can make a big difference in your everyday life. The stresses and challenges of 2020 have influenced the trends of 2021 with a turn toward comfort, nostalgia and independent spaces to work and play… […]
Market Reports How Did Seattle Real Estate Fare in 2020? Our local real estate market overcame all odds in the surreal and tumultuous year laid at our doorstep. Despite many economic woes, home sellers were the big winners in 2020 as too few homes for sale could not keep up with increased buyer demand, leading to the most aggressive multiple offer bidding wars we have […]