Lana Ames

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Windermere Blog

Making Memories: Fun holiday traditions for you and your family

Get Outdoors! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the great outdoors are off limits! Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, there’s still plenty to do outside. Sledding, ice-skating, and carriage riding are great places to start. Plus, it’ll give you a reason to cozy up inside with hot cocoa in hand. 

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Posted on 19 December 2014 | 7:35 pm

No Child Should Have to Sleep Outside

A few weeks ago the Windermere Foundation was approached with a remarkable opportunity to support the #NoChildSleepsOutside campaign, which is trying to raise $250,000 by December 23 to open a crisis-response winter night shelter for homeless families in Seattle. The Windermere Foundation was able to contribute $35,000 towards this campaign, started by Dick's Drive-in Restaurant, and benefiting Mary's Place in Seattle. Please read more about this issue that is facing all of our communities, and contact us at the Windermere Foundation for ways to help in your neighborhood. 

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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:37 pm

December Perspectives

A few weeks ago, we heard a term that was new to us: “emerging adulthood.” It was defined as the life stage where young adults in their 20s take time to find themselves. Otherwise known as the time when kids graduate from college and move home because they don’t know what the heck they want to do with their lives. We have a student like that graduating this spring, so this topic is definitely of interest to our family.

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Posted on 16 December 2014 | 6:32 pm

Preparing Your Home for a Winter Wonderland

As they say, winter is coming, and while it is tempting to curl up and hibernate in bed for the next few months, you shouldn’t put off these important home maintenance duties.

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Posted on 11 December 2014 | 10:15 pm

Why Not White Marble?

Are you thinking about replacing your kitchen or bathroom countertops? The choices are endless; tile, granite, soap stone, wood, or maybe marble? White marble often gets a bad rap because it’s a more porous metamorphic stone than most (which means it’s prone to stains and scratches), but we beg to differ, and here’s why.

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Posted on 4 December 2014 | 4:53 pm

Oregon and Southwest Washington Real Estate Market Update

Regional Economics

Job growth in the Oregon and Southwest Washington markets in third quarter saw an annual increase of 2.5 percent. Growth was most robust in Clackamas County, where employment grew by 5.7 percent (8,100 jobs). This was followed by Deschutes County which grew by 5.4% (3,570 jobs), and Clark County rounded out the top three with an increase of 4.5 percent (6,300 jobs).

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Posted on 26 November 2014 | 8:16 pm

Are cool places and unique spaces your thing? Follow us on Instagram!

We’re excited to introduce Windermere’s new Instagram account! @WindermereRE features luxury homes, unique spaces, Windermere events, community projects, and more. Stay up to date with us in a fun new way and tag us in your Windermere-related photos.

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Posted on 24 November 2014 | 8:39 pm

‘Tis the season to be grateful

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us will reflect upon this past year and remind ourselves of what we are thankful for in our lives. It’s also a time when many of us get together and work towards helping those that have not been so fortunate. This season, our Windermere Real Estate offices and agents have been hard at work collecting food, clothing and other necessities to help out our neighbors in need. These are just a few of the activities taking place throughout our Windermere network…

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Posted on 21 November 2014 | 9:54 pm

Western Washington I 2014 Third Quarter Market Update

Regional Economics

At first glance, the third quarter employment growth rate in Western Washington appears to be very healthy, with a substantial 62,520 jobs added since a year ago. For comparison purposes, the state as a whole grew by 2.5 percent and employment country-wide rose by two percent.

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Posted on 20 November 2014 | 9:06 pm

Add Some Sparkle to Your Holidays with Gilded Décor

In October we started to see gold amongst our pumpkins, but this fall get ready for all gold everything. From gilded pears to golden leaves, there’s something here for everyone.

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Posted on 18 November 2014 | 8:09 pm