Windermere Blog

How to Get Through the ‘Punch List’ Stage of Your Remodel

When I say “punch” a house, I’m not talking about putting holes in your drywall. I’m referring to the writing of the “punch list,” which is created at the very end of a project and details any outstanding items that need to be taken care of.

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Posted on 14 January 2017 | 12:01 am

First Time Buyers, Millennials, and What to Expect in 2017

I believe that the big story for the coming year will be first-time home buyers. Since they don’t need to sell before purchasing, their reemergence into the market ensures that sales will continue to increase, even while inventory is limited. Thirty-one percent of buyers currently in the real estate market are first-time buyers, but it would be more ideal if that figure was closer to 40 percent.

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Posted on 11 January 2017 | 7:30 pm

Blinds or Curtains? Or Both? Top Things to Consider When Choosing Your Window Style

Some rooms just need blinds, other rooms just need curtains, and then some rooms look best with both. But how do you decide which rooms need what? There are a number of factors to consider when you’re picking window treatments for rooms in your house, from price to insulation to style to orientation within the room.

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Posted on 10 January 2017 | 11:45 pm

Inspired By Nature: Pantone 2017 Color of the Year

Each year the Pantone Color Institute declares a color of the year that ultimately influences trends in all facets of design; including architecture, interior design, graphic design, and fashion. This year they chose Greenery which is shade #15-0343 in the Pantone color spectrum.

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Posted on 4 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

6 Plumbing Hacks for Tiny Homes

 

Small spaces can drive you crazy, especially if you need pipes in a compact bathroom, kitchen or laundry to run toilets, sinks and washing machines. Here are some must-know tips and tricks for your home’s high-traffic rooms to free up space for features and fixtures that need plumbing.

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Posted on 30 December 2016 | 9:00 pm

What’s In Store For The 2017 Seattle Housing Market?

2016 was another stellar year for the Seattle housing market, in which a surplus of buyers and a deficit of sellers drove home prices higher across the board. So, can we expect to see more of the same in 2017? Here are some of my thoughts on the Seattle/King County housing market for the coming year:

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Posted on 29 December 2016 | 7:00 pm

The Most Important Marketing Choice When Selling Your Home: The Price

There is often a temptation for sellers to overprice their home, but Windermere agent, John McKenna, shares why that is a big mistake. Get insight into the psychology of the homebuyer and how to find a real estate agent that understands the science of pricing your home.

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Posted on 28 December 2016 | 11:45 pm

Hosting New Year's Eve at Home, with Style

Invite a few close friends to ring in the New Year with an easy, intimate party at home.

Preparation

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Posted on 27 December 2016 | 7:00 pm

How to Live Through a Home Remodel

 

If you’re thinking about remodeling or are about to break ground on your first renovation, odds are you probably know a bit about how the project is going to go. After all, you’ve watched a few TV shows, your cousin’s husband is a general contractor and the guy you sit close to at work tells you every detail of how his wet bar is coming together. So you pretty much know all there is to know, right? Not so fast.

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Posted on 22 December 2016 | 7:15 pm

Make Your Home Safe for the Holidays

With all the cheer and celebration at this time of year, it’s hard to believe anything bad could happen. However, statistics show there’s a significant increase in home-related accidents, fires, and burglaries around the holidays. To protect your family, friends and property, heed these six suggestions:

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Posted on 19 December 2016 | 9:00 pm