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Blog Is It Getting More Affordable To Buy a Home? Over the past year or so, a lot of people have been talking about how tough it is to buy a home. And while there’s no arguing affordability is still tight, there are signs it’s starting to get a bit better and may improve even more throughout the year. Elijah de la Campa, Senior Economist at Redfin, says: […]
Blog Local Market Update: April 2024 It’s the time of year when for-sale signs typically start popping up like tulips and daffodils. Houses show well in the spring, just as the number of homebuyers peaks and sellers feel more ready to list. While we are seeing the market thaw this spring, challenges remain, especially for buyers. There remain more buyers in […]
Blog The Best Week To List Your House Is Almost Here Are you thinking about making a move? If so, now may be the perfect time to start the process. That’s because experts say the best week to list your house is just around the corner. A recent Realtor.com study looked at housing market trends over the past several years (with the exception of 2020, since it was an unusual […]
Blog Happening on the Eastside: April 2024 As the month of April ushers in the beauty of spring, our local events calendar is blossoming with a variety of exciting events for you to enjoy. From outdoor festivals and cultural celebrations to family-friendly activities that make the most of the pleasant weather, Every month we put together a comprehensive list of community and […]
Blog 4 Tips To Make Your Strongest Offer on a Home Are you thinking about buying a home soon? If so, you should know today’s market is competitive in many areas because the number of homes for sale is still low – and that’s leading to multiple-offer scenarios. And moving into the peak homebuying season this spring, this is only expected to ramp up more. Remember these four […]
Blog Local Market Update: March 2024 Seasonal changes are starting to take shape across the region and the local real estate market is experiencing cautious optimism. As we transition from winter to spring, home and condo sales are increasing, in both units and price. Low inventory means motivated sellers are finding success in about a week’s time, while buyers thread the […]
Blog Why We Aren’t Headed for a Housing Crash   If you’re holding out hope that the housing market is going to crash and bring home prices back down, here’s a look at what the data shows. And spoiler alert: that’s not in the cards. Instead, experts say home prices are going to keep going up. Today’s market is very different than it was before the housing crash […]
Blog Happening on the Eastside: March 2024 As we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, there’s no shortage of exciting events and activities to look forward to in the coming month. From St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to spring festivals and everything in between, there’s something for everyone this March. Every month we put together a comprehensive list of community and […]
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Blog Strategic Tips for Buying Your First Home Buying your first home is a big, exciting step and a major milestone that has the power to improve your life. As a first-time homebuyer, it’s a dream you can make come true, but there are some hurdles you’ll need to overcome in today’s housing market – specifically the limited supply of homes for sale and ongoing affordability challenges. So, if you’re […]
Blog Local Market Update: February 2024 Like some plants and trees, the local real estate market is starting to bloom. Last month, median residential sold prices increased in each of the four geographic areas covered below. That’s welcome news for intending home sellers, who are also benefitting from continued low inventory region-wide. At the same time, local buyers are seeing stabilizing […]
Blog Will Home Prices Increase as Interest Rates Drop in 2024? With the recent news of possible loan interest rates decreases and home prices on the rise, it’s an interesting time to be in the real estate market. Fed Chair Jerome Powell recently said ‘time is coming’ to cut interest rates, which could have significant implications for real estate. What does this mean for buyers and […]
Blog Happening on the Eastside: February 2024 As we say goodbye to January and hello to the month of love, there’s no shortage of exciting things to look forward to. Each month we put together a comprehensive calendar of special events happening across the Eastside in cities like Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond. From Valentine’s Day celebrations to winter festivals and everything in […]
Blog 3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House in 2024 If one of the goals on your list is selling your house and making a move this year, you’re likely juggling a mix of excitement about what’s ahead and feeling a little sentimental about your current home. A great way to balance those emotions and make sure you’re confident in your decision is to keep these three best practices […]
Blog Local Market Update: January 2024 Despite moments of snow in Western Washington, the local real estate market is slowly warming, as new opportunities arise for both home buyers and sellers. Lower mortgage rates are welcome news for buyers, and low inventory means sellers are starting the year with minimal competition. King County continues to see residential price gains, with last […]
Blog What Lower Mortgage Rates Mean for Your Purchasing Power January 8, 2024 For BuyersFirst Time Home BuyersMove-Up BuyersBuying Myths If you want to buy a home, it’s important to know how mortgage rates impact what you can afford and how much you’ll pay each month. Fortunately, rates for 30-year fixed mortgages have come down significantly since the end of October and are currently under 7%, according to Freddie Mac (see […]
Blog 2024: New Year, New Beginnings As we welcome the new year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year and celebrate the accomplishments we have achieved together. In 2023, we saw a thriving real estate market, and we were honored to help many of you buy and sell your homes. Your trust means the world to […]
Blog Happening on the Eastside: January 2024 Each month we put together a comprehensive calendar of special events happening across the Eastside in cities like Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond. This January ring in the New Year with our exciting lineup of events! From concerts and comedy shows to art exhibits and wine walks, we’ve got something for everyone. So, mark your calendars, […]
Blog Expert Quotes on the 2024 Housing Market Forecast If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing market in 2024. In 2023, higher mortgage rates, confusion over home price headlines, and a lack of homes for sale created some challenges for buyers and sellers looking to make a move. But what’s on the horizon for the new year? The […]
Blog Local Market Update: December 2023     Just like December temperature variations, our local real estate market continues to feel up and down. Interest rates, regional economic conditions and seasonal market shifts have meant rising home prices in some areas and drops in others. While the expected winter slowdown means overall lower inventory, buyers are still willing to compete for […]
Blog Matthew Gardner’s Top 10 Housing Predictions for 2024 This video shows Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner’s Top 10 Predictions for 2024. Each month, he analyzes the most up-to-date U.S. housing data to keep you well-informed about what’s going on in the real estate market. See more market insights on our blog here.  Matthew Gardner’s Top 10 Predictions for 2024 1. Still no housing bubble […]