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Windermere Hosts Fourth Annual Washington Waterfront Home Tour

Do you find yourself drawn to the water? Are you at your happiest launching a boat on the beach or fishing off a dock just yards from your back door? If you dream of a waterfront life, then you’re in luck! This June 23-24 we are hosting the fourth-annual Washington Waterfront Home Tour. More than 60 homes from as far north as Birch Bay, down throughout the Puget Sound area, and even out to the Olympic Peninsula’s western coast are available to tour by boat, bike, or car. Properties are priced from $1.1 to $13 million. There is an undeniable luxury in waterfront living, and there’s no better time to get a taste than with us on this tour!

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Posted on 20 June 2018 | 6:00 pm

The Office Away From the Office - Prioritizing a Home Work Space

Most people dream of working from home but ask anyone who does it on a regular basis, and they’ll tell you how hard it can be to stay productive when you work where you live. The most disciplined telecommuters will tell you that you need a structured routine and organization to rise and grind and get into work mode.

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Posted on 18 June 2018 | 6:00 pm

Finding an Affordable Vacation Through a Home Exchange

Summer is here, which means vacations are on the mind, but as always the cost can feel prohibitive. As folks take less and less time off work, people shortening their vacations, staying closer to home, or going nowhere at all for “staycations”. Another way to save money, while still getting away, is to leverage your own home for a home exchange.

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Posted on 13 June 2018 | 6:00 pm

A Beginner's Guide to Securing a Mortgage Loan

Entering into debt is a concept I grew up diametrically opposed to. I was raised, like many with frugal family members, to understand that anything you couldn’t pay for on the spot was something you couldn’t afford. But as we age we learn the pathway to financial growth requires a commitment beyond what many of us can deliver up front. Building and stabilizing wealth is, for many families, tied to home ownership. To reach that initial threshold, most aspiring homeowners will need to apply for a mortgage loan. That process can be daunting, but the long-term rewards of securing your home are worth it.

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Posted on 11 June 2018 | 6:00 pm

Today is Windermere’s Annual Community Service Day!

Today, you may notice that your local Windermere office is closed, or it may take a little bit longer for your Windermere agent to get back to you. That’s because it’s our annual Windermere Community Service Day, and Windermere offices across the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Utah, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona are taking a day off from selling homes to help make a difference in their local communities.

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Posted on 8 June 2018 | 4:00 pm

Preparing Your Home for Summer

The calendar may claim summer begins on June 21st, but for most of us, it's already fully in gear. Kids are getting out of school, families are making summer vacation plans, and backyard barbeques are on everyone’s minds. This is also a great time of the year to get your house in order and ready for the summer season. The following are a handful of ideas and tips to help you with this process.

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Posted on 6 June 2018 | 6:00 pm

To Sell or to Rent? The Perks and Pitfalls of Being a Landlord

Electing a full sale or a property management situation is a life-changing decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. In choosing whether or not becoming a landlord is right for you, there are a number of factors to consider, but primarily they fall into the following three categories: financial analysis, risk, and goals.

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Posted on 4 June 2018 | 6:00 pm

The Value of Homeowners Insurance Can't Be Overstated

In addition to providing shelter and comfort, our home is often our single greatest asset. It’s important that we protect that precious investment. Most homeowners realize the importance of homeowners insurance in safeguarding the value of a home. However, what they may not know is that about two-thirds of all homeowners are under-insured. According to a national survey, the average homeowner has enough insurance to rebuild only about 80% of his or her house.

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Posted on 30 May 2018 | 6:00 pm

Understanding the Modern Home

Sleek design, open floor plans, and great natural lighting are all appealing characteristics of modern architecture. Over the years, modern design concepts in home building have become more popular, as is the resurgence of interest in modern real estate. More companies, like 360 modern, are specializing in modern properties. Modern homes vary greatly in style; however, they have some unifying qualities that distinguish them from other properties built over the last 60 years. Here are some characteristics often found in modern homes:

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 6:00 pm

Let's Make Your Memorial Day a DIY Breeze

If you have ever had the responsibility of hosting a get-together over Memorial Day weekend, you probably know that it can be a daunting task. Between barbecuing, decorating, and general mayhem, the three-day weekend can feel like its own brand of work. To ease those stresses, we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite DIY Memorial Day traditions that can make everyone’s lives easier. Who knows, you might even have a little fun with them!

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Posted on 25 May 2018 | 6:00 pm