Real Estate

Real Estate Should I Move or Remodel?   There are a number of things that can trigger the decision to remodel or move to a new home. Perhaps you have outgrown your current space, you might be tired of struggling with ancient plumbing or wiring systems, or maybe your home just feels out of date. The question is: Should you stay or […]
Real Estate Annual Seattle-Eastside Real Estate Report: A Look Back at 2018   An increase in homes for sale coupled with rising interest rates have created a far more balanced market than we started 2018 with. This is a good thing as it will help our region tame affordability and create a sustainable marketplace. More homes came to market in 2018 than in any year since 2011. […]
Real Estate Q3 2018 Seattle-Eastside Real Estate Report   As Q3 comes to a close, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages are at their highest levels since April 2011—now averaging just above 4.7%. Even so, they are still far lower than their 30-year trendline. A 1% increase in mortgage interest rates decreases buying power by 10%. Or said differently, a 1% rate increase has the same […]
Real Estate Q2 2018 Seattle-Eastside Real Estate Report   Signs of transition to a more balanced market are becoming abundantly clear as we move further into 2018. Price growth, while still climbing in most areas, has tapered off and average market times are inching up. Brokers are beginning to dust off forms that have seen little use of late—finance and inspection contingencies—as buyers […]
Real Estate Q1 2018 Seattle-Eastside Real Estate Report   Q1 prices in the Seattle-Eastside region have escalated yet again with no sign of slowing in the immediate future. An unprecedented lack of inventory for sale coupled with rising interest rates has prompted buyers to compete with reckless abandon to win the prize of their very own home, albeit with a steep price tag. […]
Real Estate Planning ahead: how tax reform will impact your home deductions next year   While you may still be busy filing your 2017 taxes, it’s important to look ahead and be aware of how the new 2018 tax reform laws will affect next year’s return–especially if you’re a homeowner. Those who itemize will need to note some big changes in what they can and cannot deduct. Many will […]
Real Estate 2018 Housing Forecast I feel fortunate to have Chief Economist Matthew Gardner on staff to provide valuable analysis of the economy and housing market. Matthew recently completed his national forecast which details his predictions for the 2018 housing market.  
Real Estate Perspectives: 2017 Forecast Originally published on Windermere Blog; authors Jill Jacobi Wood, OB Jacobi & Geoff Wood Well, it’s December; the time of year when we look to our crystal ball and offer our housing market predictions for the coming year. And by crystal ball we mean Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, who has been travelling up and […]
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Real Estate The Trump effect. How will it impact the US economy and housing? Originally published on Windermere Blog by author Matthew Gardner, chief economist of Windermere Real Estate. The American people have spoken and they have elected Donald J. Trump as the 45thpresident of the United States. Change was clearly demanded, and change is what we will have. The election was a shock for many, especially on the […]
Real Estate Western Washington Real Estate Market Update This blog post originally appeared on Windermere Blog, author Matthew Gardner. ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Annual employment growth in Washington State slowed somewhat in the third quarter of this year, but still remains well above the long-term average. Additionally, the jobs that are being created are primarily quality, high-paying positions, which is important for the health of […]
Real Estate 43% of King County Real Estate Transactions Involve Multiple Offers Multiple offers are no longer the exception in the King County housing market. My most recent listing garnered 29 offers from buyers- 29! I was able to efficiently guide my clients through this process due to my 18 years of real estate experience in the greater Seattle area.   Having an experienced real estate broker representing […]
Real Estate Home Sellers – Professional Photography Is A MUST! One of the most important tools I bring to the table as a listing agent is professional photography. I schedule a photo session with a real estate photographer for every home I list. Today’s curb appeal is digital, and if you don’t have quality photos of a home online then it will be difficult to […]
Real Estate 2016 Remodel Cost Versus Value Report 2016 Remodel Cost Versus Value Report   Did you know that some home improvement projects can pay for themselves, or even earn you a profit when it’s time to sell? According to the Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report for Seattle ( certain upgrades may increase your home’s resale value by more than what they […]
Real Estate Matthew Gardner’s Western Washington Real Estate Market Update I know many of you are wondering why we have seen such an increase in housing cost and lack of inventory.  Well just take a few minutes to read Matthew's report.  Western Washington continues to grow in the job sector especially in the tech markets.   The Washington State economy has added almost 370,000 jobs […]