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Design Keep Up With Your Resolutions at Home! New Years Resolutions are notoriously hard to keep, but not impossible! While we can’t help you get to the gym every day or cut back your screen time, we can help you find ways to tackle that to-do list you’ve been avoiding around your home.   Resolution #1 – Create a Clean Routine Kick off […]
Design Host a Stress-Free Holiday Dinner Tis the season for holiday festivities! Between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and all the celebrations in between, the fall and winter months are chock full of opportunities to gather with friends and family for a warm meal. If you are in charge of organizing this year’s get-togethers, we’ve got a list of do’s and don’ts to help […]
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. […]
DIY Preparing Your Home for Fall Weather As summer bleeds into the beautiful colors of fall, many homeowners are beginning to prep their winter-preparedness lists for the months to come. But getting a jump on the season and starting the cold weather turn-down in autumn is not only a smart idea, but a money saving one as well!   Many of the […]
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 […]
Design 5 Tips For Small Yards Some of the best memories are the ones created right at home. From deep conversations over yummy meals to evenings spent with loved ones under the stars, the place we choose to call home plays an important role in creating opportunities for deeper connection. With summer now in full swing, you may want to enjoy […]
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 Real Estate Local Market Update – August 2021 As the temperature went up, so did the amount of homes on the market. With more homes and less multiple offers in comparison to last year, we’re starting to see even the slightest ease in this competitive market for buyers. While there was a small increase in homes for sale in July, inventory remains very […]
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Bellevue Real Estate Local Market Update – July 2021 With the slight spike in the amount of listings in June, it seemed as though there may have been the smallest glimpse of hope for homebuyers. However, it’s still hard to predict whether this trend will continue. Despite the slight spike the inventory is still less than the demand, and our beloved Puget Sound region […]
Bellevue News Organizing Your Home     Image Source: Shutterstock When organizing your home, knowing where to start can often be the most difficult part. Breaking the process down room-by-room and keeping the following tips in mind will help you get started and keep your home organized in the long run. Kitchen Given how much time is spent in the […]
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 Five Ways to Incorporate Pantone’s ‘Living Coral’ Into Your Home Design inspiration comes in many forms, but few carry the cache of the Pantone Color of the Year. For two decades, the Pantone Color Institute has convened to debate and determine an appropriate color that represents the current times. In a tradition harkening to the pageantry and mystique of secret societies, biannual meetings are held […]
Bellevue News Windermere Living Winter Issue 2019 The Winter 2019 issue of Windermere Living is out and it’s gorgeous! Features include: A Luxury update from Chief Economist Matthew Gardner Kitchen design trends What does a 3.5M listing look like in different markets? A Caring Connections story about how the Windermere Foundation and a Windermere broker helps link families to the resources they […]
Bellevue News Make A Statement With Your Bookshelf In the New Year There comes a time in life where gifts take different forms during the holidays. Toys are replaced by tools and appliances. Games are supplanted by gift cards and gear for grander hobbies. Clothing ranges from stylish to functional, but typically reflects real-life necessities over fantastical dresses or costumes. But for many, books remain a timeless […]
Bellevue News Four Holiday Decor Trends We’re Excited About This Winter The holiday season is here and for many of us, that means it’s time to deck the halls. If you’re looking for some inspiration and a place to start, here are some ideas that are certain to get everyone in the spirit. A Tree of a Different Color Photo Credit: Left – Lushome, Center – HGTV, Right […]
Bellevue News Bringing Your Plants Inside for Winter Winters in many parts of the Western U.S. can easily see temperatures that dip down below freezing. For many gardening homeowners, this can be troublesome when precious plants are concerned. Covering your plants with sheets may not be enough to save a plant from succumbing to freezing temperatures. Check out these ways to bring your […]
Bellevue News 5 Dangers of Overpricing a Home by Windermere Guest Author on the Windermere Blog It is still a great time to be a seller, but in much of the Western U.S., the local real estate market has begun to soften. With significant increases in inventory, buyers now have more choices and less sense of urgency. If you are thinking about selling your home, […]
Bellevue News Transforming Your House from Summer Home to Winter Hideaway by John Trupin  on the Windermere Blog None of us want to admit it, but Winter is Coming. The new season of Game of Thrones might not be until 2019, but your home will need preparation before then. As the days shorten, you can mitigate many mid-winter headaches with some preemptive prep. Proper weatherizing can help protect your […]
Bellevue News Building Character-Balancing a Home’s Personality and Amenities by  John Trupin originally posted on the Windermere blog It’s sometimes said that the limitations of a house are what help make it a home. For many, however, it is a point of pride to accept only the finest in their new residence. How can you find the balance between cultivating a lived-in home with personality […]
Bellevue News 4 Ways to Make Smart Tech Upgrades to Your Garage When it comes to upgrading your home with the latest technology, your garage is likely to be the last thing on your radar. But as electric vehicles and even self-driving cars are hitting the road across the country, real estate listings are touting smart garages in high-tech cities like Palo Alto, California and Austin, Texas. […]