General Market Info

Community Info 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 […]
Community Info 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 […]
Community Info 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 Info What’s in Your Toolbox to Navigate the Changing Market? The late spring market brought about some welcomed change to our local real estate markets. In May, we experienced the largest increase in inventory in a decade! North King County and South Snohomish County are two examples of what is happening in all the markets across the Puget Sound as we head into the second […]
General Market Info Interest rates on all time low!   The long-term loan interest rate remains historically low, however it has made a slight jump since the first of the year. Over the last 13-months rates have gone from 4.25% to 4.625% with experts predicting a rise to 4.95% by the end of the year . Keep in mind this recent jump is still […]
Community Info Does it make more sense to rent or own? The current break-even horizon* in the Seattle metro area is 1.6 years! *The amount of time you need to own your home in order for owning to be a superior financial decision. With rising rental rates, historically low interest rates, and home prices on the rise, the advantage of buying vs. renting is becoming clearer each month. […]
General Market Info Why we are NOT headed toward another housing bubble   Double-digit price appreciation has taken place for over 3 years now, so prices are up. Way up. In fact, in just the last year we have seen prices rise 14% year-over-year. When talking with people about our real estate market, the conversation often involves the question, “are we headed toward a bubble?” I get […]
General Market Info Cost Vs. Value I am commonly asked which improvements sellers should make to get the greatest return on their home sale.  Every year The Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) compiles all the information and analyzes the estimated percentage return on home improvements in each region.  Getting a home prepared for market requires a keen eye and […]
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