Home Buying

Home Buying Real Estate Market Update – February 2024 WBC Designated Broker, Cortney Adams, offers a quick break-down of recent market stats for February 2024. Keep reading to learn more!   The market it is heating up as we head into the Spring!  This is typical as we have seen more properties becoming available and a few more options for would be buyers.  The […]
Home Buying Agency Update – Buyer Brokerage Service Agreements Effective January 1, 2024, the statute in Washington that governs real estate brokerage relationships (RCW 18.86) – otherwise known as the “Agency Law” – was significantly revised. The revisions modernize the 25-year-old law, provide additional transparency and consumer protections, and acknowledge the importance of buyer representation. Key Revisions   For years, real estate brokerage firms […]
Bellevue Real Estate A First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Mortgages Mortgages can seem daunting for many first-time home buyers. While becoming a homeowner is exciting, it can be intimidating to embark on an investment of this magnitude. We sat down with WBC’s resident loan officer, Jim Murphy of Movement Mortgage to get the best tips for first-time buyers  who are navigating the mortgage loan process. […]
Bellevue Real Estate Wildfire Preparation and Evacuation Tips This article originally appears on the Windermere Real Estate Blog, here. Written by Sandy Dodge   Wildfires cause chaos for homeowners. Though they are destructive, with the right preparation, you can ensure that you and your household have a plan in case of an emergency. Many homeowners insurance policies cover damage caused by wildfires, but check with […]
Home Buying Real Estate Market Update – July 2023 WBC Designated Broker, Cortney Adams, offers a quick break-down of recent market stats for July 2023. Keep reading to learn more!   Pendings in July slightly under performed the pending count from this time last year. This is not a shock since the months of inventory has not been above 1 month for at least […]
Bellevue Real Estate Turnkey vs. Fixer-Upper: Pros and Cons This article originally appears on the Windermere Real Estate Blog, here. Written 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 […]
Bellevue News Now More Than Ever, “We’re All in, for you” Staying Connected Through COVID-19. All In, For You. In these times of social distancing, we are finding creative ways to stay connected. We have never been more “All in” for our clients and our communities.
Bellevue News Local Market Update January 2020 2019 ended with too many buyers chasing too few homes. December marked the sixth straight month of declining supply. The severe shortage of homes, historically low interest rates, and strong job growth are predicted to keep the local housing market strong in 2020. In a region starved for inventory, sellers can expect significant interest in […]
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Forecasts 2020 Predictions: What Will Impact the Housing Market? This will be an interesting year for residential real estate. With a presidential election taking place this fall and talk of a possible recession occurring before the end of the year, predicting what will happen in the 2020 U.S. housing market can be challenging. As a result, taking a look at the combined projections from […]
Bellevue News Windermere Launches “All In, for you” Branding Campaign Windermere Real Estate has officially launched a new branding campaign on the heels of the company’s brand refresh that was completed in 2018. The “All in, for you” campaign is the next step in bringing the refreshed Windermere brand to life by amplifying the company’s unique “why”. Told, in part, through stories generated by actual Windermere agents, the […]
Bellevue News More Than a Yard: Finding the Right Home for Your Pooch For many house hunters, a dream home isn’t complete without being a good fit for the family dog. Some might see the fenced in yard, and consider the box checked. However, if you are looking for your next home, you may want to look a little deeper to be sure the fit is right before […]
Bellevue News Tips for Moving into a Smaller Home as a Senior By Michael Longsdon For many seniors, there comes a time when the expense and upkeep of a big home no longer seem realistic. All of your kids have moved out, and suddenly, your multi-bedroom house feels excessively large and empty. Plus, it may be difficult to keep up with mortgage payments if you’re expecting a […]
Bellevue News Home Inspections Matter So Be Sure to Get Them Right by John Trupin pn the Windermere Blog     For many people, a home inspection is a hurdle that has to be overcome during the process of buying or selling a home. But, in fact, it can be a useful tool for buyers, sellers or anyone who plans to get the greatest possible value from […]
Bellevue News Introducing the NEW Windermere.com Around the halls of Windermere, we’ve decided that 2018 is the year to hit #refresh; it started with the launch of the refreshed Windermere brand earlier this year and today it continues with the unveiling of our refreshed website! The new Windermere.com is a result of a lot of research and input from our agents, franchise owners – and […]
Bellevue News What Happened in the Market Last Month? May 2018’s Median closed sales price saw a 14% increase from $754k to $856k. Last month brought some long-awaited, positive news for buyers with May posting the most new listings in over a decade. Despite the uptick in inventory, most homes are selling in less than a month. Prices haven’t been impacted either, with the […]
Home Buying Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling! BUYING OR SELLING A HOME? See how hiring a Real Estate Professional can benefit you.      Whether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal. But in this […]
Home Buying How Rising Prices Will Help You Build Family Wealth In 2018 Homeowners can build wealth by purchasing a home. Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate on average by 3.35% per year and to grow by 24.34% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. So, what does this mean for homeowners and their equity position? As an example, let’s assume a young couple […]
Home Buying 3 Tips to buy your Dream Home How to start saving to buy your Dream Home Save for your Dream Home: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking a lot about it. Living within a budget: It will not only help you save money for […]
Home Buying Should I Buy a Home Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? When should I buy a home?   The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 4.4% by next year. CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate […]
Home Buying How Fast Can You Save for a Down Payment? Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long would it take you to save for a down payment in each state? Using data from the United […]