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Windermere Blog

Oregon and Southwest Washington Real Estate Market Update


I’m happy to report that employment in Oregon continues to grow at a fairly healthy rate. Through November of 2015, the state added 51,000 new jobs for a growth rate of 2.9 percent. As we move into 2016, I anticipate that the region will continue to expand its job base, but at a slightly more modest pace.

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 7:10 pm

Keeping up with the Joneses: How Much Does it Cost to Update a Bathroom?

Ever wondered what it would cost to update your bathroom?  Basic raw materials can range from $30 to…very high. Jenn and I decided to spend a little bit more on some beautiful, high quality floor tile and go middle-of-the-road with our fixtures (not IKEA but not Crate & Barrel). The most cost savings will be found in labor — we are doing all of the demo and install work ourselves once the professionals are finished with the behind-the-walls plumbing.

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Posted on 9 February 2016 | 11:00 pm

Windermere Foundation 2015 Year in Review

2015 was an incredible year for the Windermere Foundation. We reached a goal that we set back in 2013, which was to raise $30 million in total donations by the end of 2015. Not only did we reach that milestone, we did it three months early, thanks to the support of Windermere owners, agents, and staff that increased their giving, held more fundraisers, and brought new donors into the fold. With funds raised for the Windermere Foundation, our real estate offices are able to support local non-profits that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families in their communities.

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Posted on 8 February 2016 | 11:00 pm

#YourStoryIsOurStory: Starting from Scratch

Kate and Peter spend a lot of their free time on Whidbey Island, WA. In fact, Peter practically grew up there. The island holds special meaning to them and their relationship. It was the place Kate first met Peter’s family, where they were engaged and eventually married. For a couple renting a small apartment in downtown Seattle, Whidbey also offered a great escape from the city. So before they upgraded their city apartment to a city condo, they decided to invest in some land for their future vacation get-away and eventual retirement property.

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Posted on 5 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Keeping up with the Joneses: Demo Day One

This blog was written by Jenn Jones


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Posted on 3 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Western Washington Real Estate Market Update


The Washington State economy has added almost 370,000 jobs since the lowest point of the recession at the start of 2010. Additionally, total employment is 176,000 jobs higher than seen at the 2008 peak. With a vast majority of our metropolitan areas having fully recovered from the job losses seen during the recession, I expect to see somewhat more modest job growth in the coming year. That being said, our economy will continue to expand, which will be a benefit to our region’s housing market.

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Posted on 2 February 2016 | 5:21 pm

Keeping Up with the Joneses: Home Renovations

Our Dream

Jenn and I have long desired that our story would involve owning a home in Seattle in a great school district, with plenty of room for Addie to grow up, and space to host our friends and family overnight. But with home prices in Seattle rising higher every month (the median being $562k right now), this dream seemed like a stretch. We knew that the only way to make our dream become a reality would be to save our money diligently and buy a fixer that we updated ourselves. 

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Posted on 26 January 2016 | 9:00 pm

Make 2016 A Year of Service

On January 18, 2016, many people across the U.S. engaged in service activities on the federal holiday to honor the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to continue his legacy of service. The MLK Day of Service is also a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative which is built upon the belief that ordinary people can come together and achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools.

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Posted on 25 January 2016 | 11:05 pm

New Year, Bold Home

This article originally appeared on 

"New year, new me" is so 2015. We thought we would change things up a bit because frankly, 2016 deserves better and so do you. This is the year to be bold. In fact, if there was a color named "bold" we would recommend it for your kitchen remodel. Once a month we will be showing you a different way to go bold with your home. These will be easy, inexpensive changes to add character and life to various rooms and spaces.

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Posted on 20 January 2016 | 7:00 pm

#YourStoryIsOurStory: The New Kid on the Block

When starting a family, home takes on a special meaning. But what happens when you decide to start looking only seven days shy of your due date? Well, Andrew and Mandy called their Windermere Real Estate agent, Erin Mitchell Hoppe. Erin had to act quickly, so she made a plan to look at the best prospects in a very short timeline. Within days, Andrew and Mandy found the home that was a perfect fit, and Erin was able to negotiate mutual acceptance the next day. Luckily, the listing agent worked for Windermere too, so she felt confident the process would go smoothly.

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Posted on 15 January 2016 | 7:00 pm