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How COVID-19 is Affecting Buying Trends

Home Buying Trends Emerging from COVID-19

Sep 1, 2020

Coronavirus has made many of us rethink what is important to us…and our homes are no exception. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the top feature desired by buyers is now a home office (or even more than one). 22% of buyers are less concerned about their commute, […]

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How Interest Rates Impact Your Buying Power

Interest rates make a BIG difference when you buy…

Aug 3, 2020

  You probably know that interest rates affect your monthly mortgage payments, but most of us aren’t aware of just how big an impact they really have on a home loan. Each 1% change in interest rate equates to roughly a 10% change in buying power. This means you can […]

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Q2 Market Update: Seattle & the Eastside

Q2 2020 Reports: Market Update

Jul 15, 2020

  Q2 was a story of resilience for the Seattle market. It began with our region fully entrenched in a new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but ended with a strong seller’s market and historic low interest rates. Buyers have returned in droves to battle for the limited supply of […]

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Payback times for energy-efficient home upgrades

Jun 8, 2020

  Thinking of going green? Today’s technology offers a whole host of ways to boost your home’s efficiency, reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bills. Some upgrades can pay for themselves in a relatively short amount of time, while others with large price tags might take decades to […]

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How to Buy and Sell Safely in the New Normal

May 4, 2020

  While buying and selling real estate was recently deemed essential in Washington State, the landscape looks very different than it did before the COVID-19 outbreak. Real estate offices remain closed to the public with agents (like me) working remotely and hosting virtual client meetings. Important safety regulations prohibit in-person […]

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Q1 Market Snapshot: Seattle & The Eastside

Q1 2020 Reports: Market Update

Apr 14, 2020

  As we are fully entrenched in a new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to note that the Q1 stats you see are based on pre-coronavirus closed sales activity and therefore largely untouched by our current market reality.   While Q1 serves as a pre-coronavirus benchmark, Q2 […]

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How will the coronavirus impact the housing market?

Economic Insights from Matthew Gardner

Apr 7, 2020

  As we all hunker down through these challenging times, it is comforting to remember that there will be light at the end of the tunnel. A voice of calm and reason in this time of uncertainty has been our Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. While he is expecting an […]

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A Healthy Distance: Resources to Stay Sane While You Stay Home

COVID-19 Resources

Mar 30, 2020

  Make Working From Home Work for You… 5 Small Things You Can Do to Improve Your Home Office WRE’s “Work from Home” Spotify playlist Working remote tips from Time Magazine Staying productive during the coronavirus while managing stress/anxiety/fear Making the perfect office to work from home   Kids at […]

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2020 Interior Design Trends: 5 Takeaways to Refresh Your Home

2020 Home Trends

Mar 5, 2020

  With 2020 now in full swing, we’re seeing some clear shifts in how homes are being designed and decorated. Most notable for our area is the Modern Farmhouse trend with its juxtapositions of old & new, light & dark, and clean & rustic. Softer grey and lagom neutrals are […]

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