Windermere Blog

How the American Home has Evolved

Owning a home has been an American tradition from the start. But the home itself has changed dramatically over the years.

For example, you may be surprised to learn how much the size of the average American home has increased since the turn of the 20th century—especially when you compare it to the size of the average family during the same time period.

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Posted on 22 August 2016 | 6:00 pm

Why So Many Americans Are Either Upsizing or Downsizing

According to two recent surveys that took industry watchers by surprise, many family homeowners are putting frugality aside and upsizing to new houses that average as large as 2,480 square feet (an increase of as much as 13 percent from the year before), and sometimes exceed 3,500 square feet in size.

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Posted on 19 August 2016 | 6:00 pm

The Birdies - And Bogeys - Of Buying A Golf Course Home

Living on a golf course has obvious appeal to anyone who enjoys teeing up on a regular basis. In addition to having your next round of golf right outside your door, living on a golf course often affords you a view of a sprawling green vista. Many golf communities also feature newer homes and offer extra amenities such as spas, planned activities and more.

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Posted on 17 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

#YourStoryIsOurStory: The Little Blue House

It’s tough being a first time home buyer, especially in a fiercely competitive market like Seattle where multiple offers are the norm. Windermere clients Haley and Yash experienced this first hand when they started shopping for a home. With the help of their agent Elsa Nunes-Ueno, they found and fell in love with “the little blue house”. It had everything they were looking for, including the potential for them to fix it up and make it their own. But other bidders and a steep price increase threatened to get in their way. Just when it seemed that all hope was lost, Elsa went to bat for her clients and came up with a creative approach to make Haley and Yash’s dream of the little blue house a reality.

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Posted on 15 August 2016 | 6:00 pm

How Long Is Your Contractor Liable?

Constructing or remodeling a home is a complex, expensive endeavor. Ideally, everything goes as planned, and when the dust clears, the homeowner can settle in and enjoy the new home — and never think about the building process again.

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Posted on 12 August 2016 | 6:00 pm

Helping Children and Families Gear-up for Back to School

Getting your children prepared to go back to school is stressful enough. We all want to make sure that they are adequately prepared for the upcoming year. Now imagine that you also have to worry about how you’re going to pay for new clothing, shoes and school supplies—it can be quite overwhelming! Many parents just aren’t able to afford all of the back-to-school necessities.

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Posted on 10 August 2016 | 6:00 pm

6 Smart Home Gadgets Perfect for Summer Fun

Tell your friends and families to clear their weekend schedules throughout the entire summer—your house is the place to be for fun all season long.

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Posted on 8 August 2016 | 6:00 pm

25 Ways to Make the Most of Small Spaces

Suburban homes—with their large spaces, big yards, and separate bedrooms for every child—will always be popular with families, especially families of four or more. But there’s also a contingent today that’s eager to live in a dense urban setting: a high-rise condominium in the downtown core, a small home in an urban neighborhood, a small apartment, or even a shared housing arrangement. For those people, designing, furnishing, and organizing these living spaces will require a very different approach.

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Posted on 5 August 2016 | 6:00 pm

Nevada Real Estate Market Update

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW 

Job recovery in the Las Vegas metropolitan area took a bit of a pause during second quarter. May employment was down by 200 jobs from the prior month, but still 21,300 higher than seen a year ago. This matches the annual pace of 21,300 jobs seen at the end of last year, but is below the average annual rate of 32,700 for the whole of 2015. It is too early to suggest that this “slowdown” will be ongoing, but I will be keeping a close eye on the numbers through
the summer months.

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Posted on 3 August 2016 | 6:00 pm

Southern California Real Estate Market Update

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Over the past 12 months, the Southern California markets covered by this report added 122,800 new jobs, and the total number of people claiming unemployment insurance dropped by almost 204,000.  With these changes, the unemployment rate has dropped by two percentage points from 6.3% to 4.3%.

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Posted on 2 August 2016 | 6:00 pm