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Uncategorized What is Wire Fraud and How to Avoid It What is Wire Fraud and How to Avoid It by Sandy Dodge A form of cybercrime, wire fraud has led to major losses for homebuyers in recent years. Get to know what it is and what steps you can take to avoid it.   What is wire fraud? Real estate wire fraud is a scam […]
Uncategorized Eco-friendly Upgrades to Consider When Buying a Home Eco-friendly Upgrades to Consider When Buying a Home by Windermere Staff Buying a home is one of the largest investments you’ll make in your lifetime, which is why it’s important to take a long-term approach when looking at potential properties. In addition to imagining what your living situation will be over the next few decades […]
Uncategorized Minimize Stress While Selling Your Home Minimize Stress While Selling Your Home by Meaghan McGlynn After years of collecting furniture, plants, and memories, the thought of preparing your home to sell and moving to a new one can be daunting and stir up a lot of emotions. But selling your home doesn’t have to be stressful; here are a few tips […]
Uncategorized Simple Ways to Conserve Energy at Home Simple Ways to Conserve Energy at Home by Meaghan McGlynn Whether you want to use less energy to reduce your carbon footprint or your monthly costs, there are plenty of easy ways to conserve the electricity and natural gas you’re using in your home. Energy conservation can be as simple as closing your curtains, changing […]
Uncategorized How to Stay Safe at Home During a Power Outage How to Stay Safe at Home During a Power Outage by Sandy Dodge A stormy night with the lights out can complicate things at home. But with the right preparation, you and your household can switch gears quickly and ride out the blackout period, however long it may last. Power outages can happen unexpectedly, so […]
Uncategorized Turnkey vs. Fixer-Upper: Pros and Cons Turnkey vs. Fixer-Upper: Pros and Cons by Sandy Dodge The beauty of real estate is that different properties satisfy different needs. Although single-family homes are great for putting down roots, that may not be your motivation for purchasing your next home. If you’re looking to buy a property with the intent of renting it, both turnkey and […]
Uncategorized What to Do After Moving Into a New Home What to Do After Moving Into a New Home by Sandy Dodge Nothing beats the feeling of buying a new home. You’ve worked hard with your agent to find the right home for you, you’ve worked with the seller to finalize the deal, and you’ve signed all the paperwork to transfer ownership. Congratulations! Everything has led […]
Uncategorized Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Here’s Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist by Windermere Staff The leaves changing color is a sign that you may have some fall home maintenance tasks to tackle. With summer in the rearview and colder temperatures ahead, being proactive now will keep your home in pristine condition throughout the autumn days and nights. We’ve compiled a […]
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Uncategorized A Guide to Permits and Regulations for ADUs, Sheds, & More A Guide to Permits and Regulations for ADUs, Sheds, & More by Sandy Dodge The desire to maximize property value among homeowners is stronger now than ever. As the movement of short-term rentals, turnkey properties, and real estate investment continue to grow in popularity, it’s worth it to take a moment and understand the regulations that […]
Uncategorized How to Avoid the Most Common Buying/Selling Mistakes How to Avoid the Most Common Buying/Selling Mistakes by Windermere Staff There’s nothing more exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling than buying or selling a home. However, it’s a complex transaction, and there are a number of steps along the path that can confuse even the most seasoned buyers and sellers. How can you avoid potential selling […]
Uncategorized How to Negotiate as a Seller How to Negotiate as a Seller by Sandy Dodge Once a buyer makes an offer on your house, your goals as a seller are within reach. But before you cross the finish line, the selling process will enter a crucial stage: negotiation. Knowing how to negotiate as a seller will give you confidence as you and your […]
Uncategorized How to Pay for a House How to Pay for a House by Sandy Dodge Buying a home is, for many people, the largest financial undertaking of their lives. So, how do the numbers work? How is the price of a property converted into a transaction? Let’s take a look at how to pay for a house by focusing on some […]
Uncategorized How to Improve Your Curb Appeal How to Improve Your Curb Appeal by Sandy Dodge When it comes time to sell your home, first impressions are crucial. Improving your curb appeal helps to make the most of a buyer’s first glance and sets the stage for their interest in purchasing your home. Working with your agent to identify projects that boost your […]
Uncategorized How to Declutter Before Selling Your Home How to Declutter Before Selling Your Home by Sandy Dodge To sell your home for the best price, it needs to be in pristine condition. You’ll work with your agent to identify high-ROI remodeling projects and various ways to improve the property, but all that is a moot point if you don’t declutter before selling your home. […]
Uncategorized Selling Your Home in a Balanced Market Selling Your Home in a Balanced Market by Sandy Dodge Your local market conditions dictate the real estate climate around you. Where things are on the buyer’s/seller’s market spectrum will impact how you and your Windermere real estate agent approach selling your home. As a part of this process, it’s important to understand the different […]
Uncategorized Mortgage Buydowns How to Reduce Your Interest Rate: Mortgage Buydowns by Sandy Dodge When mortgage rates are up, prospective buyers can often feel like they’re at a disadvantage as they go about securing a home loan. Fortunately, there are ways to lower your interest rate to make your monthly mortgage payments more affordable. What are mortgage buydowns? A […]
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Uncategorized Western Washington Real Estate Market Update Western Washington Real Estate Market Update The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact […]
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