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Windermere Blog

Oregon and Southwest Washington Real Estate Market Update

Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Oregon and Southwest Washington real estate market. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions.

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Posted on 14 May 2015 | 6:53 pm

Western Washington Real Estate Market Update

Economic overview

From an economic perspective, employment in Western Washington continued to grow during the first three months of the year, and unemployment rates, although moving slightly higher in some counties, are still generally trending lower. In general, the region continues to perform well when compared to the United States as a whole.

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Posted on 6 May 2015 | 10:00 pm

Join us Saturday, May 2nd for the 29th Annual Windermere Cup

This Saturday, May 2 marks the 29th anniversary of an event that is a touchstone for our company, our family of offices and agents, and the University of Washington. The Windermere Cup, held annually on the first day of boating season, is both an international sporting event and an opening day party, followed by the world’s largest boat parade. But more than that, it’s a celebration of camaraderie, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.

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Posted on 30 April 2015 | 4:30 pm

Shaping the Future, One Stroke at a Time: Annual Windermere Cup #KidsCrew

The upcoming Windermere Cup regatta on May 2 is – without a doubt – our biggest event of the year. Teams from across the country, and around the world, come to compete in this incredible rowing competition. But one of our favorite parts of Windermere Cup has nothing to do with the race itself. Every year, a few days before big event, we invite a gaggle of kids to spend time with rowers from the University of Washington and visiting crew teams, for our annual Windermere Cup community outreach event. This year, 56 fifth-grade students from Martin Luther King Elementary came to spend some time at the University of Washington for a fun-filled day like no other.

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Posted on 29 April 2015 | 4:30 pm

Bravo Star, Fredrik Eklund Wows Windermere Agents

Last Friday we had none other than Bravo TV star Fredrik Eklund stop by our Premier Luncheon to talk to 200 Windermere agents and clients about his book, The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone. Although he’s sold over $1.5 billion in real estate, it’s not the money that excites him; his true driving force has always been something entirely different. Intrigued? Read on to learn more about what motivates the number one real estate agent in New York City.  

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 4:15 pm

What’s That Smell?! What to do When Your Home Stinks

Smells are a funny thing. A particular smell or scent is so closely tied to our memory bank, and can instantly conjure up memories and images. We all strive to have a nice-smelling home, especially when we’re placing our home on the market or hosting a party. The problem with smells is that a person can actually become “blind” to a scent, unable to actually smell their home the way other people do. If you are concerned that your home has a certain odor, consider following these tips.

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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 10:30 pm

Outdoor Living Inspiration

Can you believe that it’s already the middle of April? Summer is just around the corner and there is no better way to prepare than indulging in some exciting backyard inspiration. This year, turn your backyard or patio into the ultimate hangout. We’re talkin’ friends-never-want-to-leave kind of spot. Here are some ways to make that happen:

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Posted on 16 April 2015 | 7:45 pm

Windermere Foundation Infographic

If you've bought or sold a home through Windermere Real Estate, you're a part of the Windermere Foundation, and you've helped make a positive difference in the lives of your neighbors in need. The following infographic shows the types of services funded by the Windermere Foundation, and illustrates how even a small amount can make a big difference for low-income children and their families.

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Posted on 10 April 2015 | 4:00 pm

What Makes a Home Luxury?

We wanted to find out different perspectives on what truly makes a home luxury, so we went straight to the source: Our agents who are a part of Windermere’s Premier luxury marketing program. Through their eyes we can see that “luxury” doesn’t have an absolute interpretation.

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Posted on 8 April 2015 | 7:15 pm

Clear the Clutter and Help Others in Need!

It’s springtime, which means spring cleaning for many households. It’s also a time to declutter and purge all those worn out, unwanted, outdated, unused and unneeded items from our closets, garages and other storage spaces.

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Posted on 30 March 2015 | 11:06 pm