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The Gardner Report Q3 2016

October 28, 2016

The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. I hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me. […]

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Windermere Neighborhood Update – October 2016

October 12, 2016

At a time of year when sales traditionally slow down, September saw particularly strong sales growth. Home prices rose yet again compared to the same time last year, but they remain below the peak of several months ago. And inventory, while still low, is at its highest level in two […]

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Millennials Are Buying the American Dream

October 3, 2016

Contrary to some predictions, Millennials are making owning a home a priority. While they’re buying their first home a bit later than prior generations, they’re embracing the long-term value that home ownership brings. 1) Millennials are dominating the first-time homebuyer category today. The median age of first-time homebuyers is 31, […]

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Windermere Neighborhood Update – September 2016

September 14, 2016

While homes prices were up by double-digits compared to a year ago, the market frenzy that has affected most of this year is showing some signs of moderating. With the exception of the Eastside, prices for most of the region were down from their peak. Home sales generally outpaced the […]

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Help for Buying a Home Now

September 1, 2016

Think you can’t afford to buy a house? There are a number of programs that can help make the dream of buying a home a reality. You don’t need to put 20% down. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have down payment requirements as low as 3%. If you’re a vet […]

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Mortgage Rate Predictions Drop

August 22, 2016

Freddie Mac economists have lowered their mortgage rate predictions for the remainder of 2016 and even into 2017. It looks like potential home buyers and home owners are going to be able to take advantage of low mortgage rates for a bit longer than previously estimated. Mortgage Rate Predictions & […]

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Windermere Neighborhood Update – August 2016

August 12, 2016

Home prices are still on the rise compared to a year ago, but there is some indication that prices are moderating. Combine that with an increase in inventory and we may be seeing some relief for buyers. Time will tell whether this is a momentary breather, or if we’re slowly […]

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Our Historic Population Growth

August 5, 2016

Residents of the greater Seattle area have all been feeling the pressures of population growth over the last several months. Not only are we seeing increased activity in the housing market, but plenty are moving to our area to take advantage of the economy, new technology jobs, quality of life, […]

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Windermere Neighborhood Update – July 2016

July 12, 2016

Despite an uptick in inventory, home prices hit new records in June yet again. A national study showed that home prices are rising faster in Washington than any other state. While lower interest rates provide some relief for buyers, sellers are the real winners. The increase in inventory indicates that […]

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