Windermere Blog

Windermere Real Estate Shows Two Property Listings at Annual Modernism Week Event in Palm Springs

In addition to great weather, beautiful scenery, world-class golf courses and fabulous shopping, Palm Springs is also full of modern era architecture that dates back to the 1950s. Each year, the city of Palm Springs shows its appreciation for these structural designs with its annual Modernism Week, a celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture.

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Posted on 12 February 2016 | 7:00 pm

Three Projects, Three Ways: Valentine’s Gifts for Your Loved Ones

Love it, or hate it, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! If you want to create a thoughtful gift for a loved one (or for yourself because you TOTALLY deserve it), try one of these easy, inexpensive, do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day ideas!

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 7:15 pm

Oregon and Southwest Washington Real Estate Market Update

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

I’m happy to report that employment in Oregon continues to grow at a fairly healthy rate. Through November of 2015, the state added 51,000 new jobs for a growth rate of 2.9 percent. As we move into 2016, I anticipate that the region will continue to expand its job base, but at a slightly more modest pace.

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 7:10 pm

Keeping up with the Joneses: How Much Does it Cost to Update a Bathroom?

Ever wondered what it would cost to update your bathroom?  Basic raw materials can range from $30 to…very high. Jenn and I decided to spend a little bit more on some beautiful, high quality floor tile and go middle-of-the-road with our fixtures (not IKEA but not Crate & Barrel). The most cost savings will be found in labor — we are doing all of the demo and install work ourselves once the professionals are finished with the behind-the-walls plumbing.

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Posted on 9 February 2016 | 11:00 pm

Windermere Foundation 2015 Year in Review

2015 was an incredible year for the Windermere Foundation. We reached a goal that we set back in 2013, which was to raise $30 million in total donations by the end of 2015. Not only did we reach that milestone, we did it three months early, thanks to the support of Windermere owners, agents, and staff that increased their giving, held more fundraisers, and brought new donors into the fold. With funds raised for the Windermere Foundation, our real estate offices are able to support local non-profits that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families in their communities.

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Posted on 8 February 2016 | 11:00 pm

#YourStoryIsOurStory: Starting from Scratch

Kate and Peter spend a lot of their free time on Whidbey Island, WA. In fact, Peter practically grew up there. The island holds special meaning to them and their relationship. It was the place Kate first met Peter’s family, where they were engaged and eventually married. For a couple renting a small apartment in downtown Seattle, Whidbey also offered a great escape from the city. So before they upgraded their city apartment to a city condo, they decided to invest in some land for their future vacation get-away and eventual retirement property.

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Posted on 5 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Keeping up with the Joneses: Demo Day One

This blog was written by Jenn Jones

 

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Posted on 3 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Western Washington Real Estate Market Update

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

The Washington State economy has added almost 370,000 jobs since the lowest point of the recession at the start of 2010. Additionally, total employment is 176,000 jobs higher than seen at the 2008 peak. With a vast majority of our metropolitan areas having fully recovered from the job losses seen during the recession, I expect to see somewhat more modest job growth in the coming year. That being said, our economy will continue to expand, which will be a benefit to our region’s housing market.

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Posted on 2 February 2016 | 5:21 pm

Keeping Up with the Joneses: Home Renovations

Our Dream

Jenn and I have long desired that our story would involve owning a home in Seattle in a great school district, with plenty of room for Addie to grow up, and space to host our friends and family overnight. But with home prices in Seattle rising higher every month (the median being $562k right now), this dream seemed like a stretch. We knew that the only way to make our dream become a reality would be to save our money diligently and buy a fixer that we updated ourselves. 

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Posted on 26 January 2016 | 9:00 pm

Make 2016 A Year of Service

On January 18, 2016, many people across the U.S. engaged in service activities on the federal holiday to honor the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to continue his legacy of service. The MLK Day of Service is also a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative which is built upon the belief that ordinary people can come together and achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools.

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Posted on 25 January 2016 | 11:05 pm