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Community News & Events Matthew Gardner’s Top 10 Predictions for 2023   1 There Is No Housing Bubble Mortgage rates rose steeply in 2022 which, when coupled with the massive run-up in home prices, has some suggesting that we are recreating the housing bubble of 2007. But that could not be further from the truth.   Over the past couple of years, home prices got ahead […]
Community News & Events Returning to normal: buyer affordability dictates the market while sellers retain equity. There is no doubt that 2022 has been one of the most eventful years in real estate. This is saying a lot coming off the record-breaking years of the pandemic. We will probably never see anything like 2020 and 2021 again. During this time the market responded to a historical event that motivated the rearrangement […]
Community News & Events Understanding the Current Shift in the Real Estate Market: How Interest Rates Affect Prices As we continue to examine the shift in the market, we must take a moment to take a deep dive into interest rates. Since the first of the year, long-term interest rates have increased 2.7% from 3.11% on 12/30/21 to the peak of 5.81% on 6/23/22, but have started to level out. On 8/4/22 rates […]
Community News & Events Understanding the real estate market shift: Location is key! There is an old adage in real estate: location, location, location. Where a property is located has the biggest influence on its value. Through the pandemic years, we saw a shift in how the location was valued. Before remote working became more common, homes located in neighborhoods that were closer to job centers such as […]
Eastside Quarterly Market Trends Quarterly Market Reports for Q2 2022 As we head into the second half of 2022, we are experiencing a shift in the real estate market. The market is starting to balance out after two years of an intense seller’s market. Q1 this year had the lowest amount of inventory we have ever seen, which put upward pressure on prices. With the […]
Community News & Events Understanding the Current Shift in the Real Estate Market: PERSPECTIVE IS KEY! “How’s the market?” is a question I am asked all the time. It is a common segue in casual conversation over the neighbor’s fence, at a party or family gathering. Now more than ever, the answer to this question is critical and detailed. You see, our market is experiencing a shift, a slowing down of price growth, if […]
Community News & Events The Gardner Report At Windermere, we are fortunate to have Matthew Gardner as our Chief Economist. In fact, we are one of the only real estate companies in the country to have such a well-respected expert sitting in this role. Not only is Matthew an asset to Windermere brokers and their clients, but he is a coveted resource […]
Community News & Events With seller equity at an all-time high, it is still important who you align with to get the best results 2022 has had an incredibly eventful start in our local real estate market. In January, the average list-to-sale price ratio (the percentage a house sells for in comparison to the list price) in King County was 105% and in Snohomish County it was 106%. This is in conjunction with complete year-over-year median price appreciation (the […]
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Community News & Events Matthew Gardner’s 2022 Predictions for the Local Economy & Real Estate Market Last week, my office hosted our 14th annual Economic Forecast Event with Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist. It was an hour-long presentation followed by lively Q & A that was packed with useful information to help guide us as we start the new year. Matthew journeyed the audience through a macro to micro approach, reflecting […]
Community News & Events Is your home Windermere Ready? Home improvements with no upfront costs leads to profitable seller returns.   How a home is prepared for the market has a direct economic effect on the results a seller will have in the marketplace. Making home updates to match today’s trends, repairing deferred maintenance items, deep cleaning, and home staging all help contribute to a higher return for home sellers and less time on the market. According […]
Community News & Events The Zillow Algorithm vs The Human Algorithm: What is best for the consumer? The recent news of Zillow’s plan to shut down their iBuyer program due to a $328 million loss in the third quarter has heads spinning in the real estate world and on Wall Street.  Sadly, Zillow plans to eliminate 25% of its workforce because of its decision to move away from the practice of purchasing […]
Community News & Events Finding Buyer Success in a Seller’s Market: The Triangle of Buyer Clarity Embarking on a home purchase in a seller’s market can be intimidating, but it can be done. Long-term price growth confirms that owning a home is a key element to building household wealth. Home equity gained over time is typically the largest asset that contributes to a household’s net worth. Homeownership is not only an investment, but also […]
Community News & Events 2021 Year-to-Date Real Estate Market Review I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the 2021 real estate market has been a head-turner! In the second half of 2020, once we started to emerge from the COVID lockdown, the real estate market started to bustle with activity. 2020 ended up being a robust real estate year driven by low interest […]
Community News & Events Newsletter – Q2 Gardner Report & Summer Food Drive Recap   At Windermere, we are fortunate to have Matthew Gardner as our Chief Economist. In fact, we are one of the only real estate companies in the country to have such a well-respected expert sitting in this role. Not only is Matthew an asset to Windermere brokers and their clients, but he is a coveted […]
eNewsletter Newsletter – Summertime 2021: No Relief in Heat, But Relief for Buyers   Last week I heard a quote from Mike Loftin of the Urban Institute that resonated with me. “We need to stop seeing housing as a reward for financial success and instead see it as a critical tool that can facilitate financial success.” Homeownership as an investment has always been a long-term hold in order for […]
eNewsletter NEWSLETTER MAY 2021 – Year-to-Date Real Estate Recap: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Headed Here we are, one-third into 2021, and boy what a ride it has been so far. We all know that 2020 was a unique year full of challenges and change. The pandemic made us pause and reevaluate many aspects of our lives including where and how we live. The impact of the pandemic on the […]
eNewsletter Newsletter – What is your home worth? Price Appreciation Case Studies in Snohomish & King Counties Over the last 6 years, the median price for a single-family home in King County has grown by 65%, and in Snohomish County 69%. Above are examples of actual homes sold in late 2015 to early 2016 that also sold in early 2021. Note, they were not remodeled or significantly improved in between sales. These examples show the growth in […]
eNewsletter You Want to Sell, but Need to Buy, too: What to do? Homeowners across our region are enjoying incredibly healthy equity levels due to an upswing in the real estate market over the last five years. In fact, the median price in King County is up 50% over the last five years and up 55% in Snohomish County. Over the last 10 years, the median price is […]
eNewsletter Newsletter – Real-Time Market Update: Where We Are Now February 2020   The 2021 real estate market is off to a very brisk start. Historically low interest rates are driving buyer demand. This is coupled with a needed “catch-up” in available homes for sale. In 2020, we saw a stall in new listings during our normally plentiful spring market due to the pandemic. From April to […]
eNewsletter Newsletter: Matthew Gardner’s Top 10 Things to Look for in 2021 in the Economy and Our Housing Market Last week I had the pleasure of attending Matthew Gardner’s 2021 Economic Forecast. Matthew is Windermere’s Chief Economist and coveted expert in our region often called upon by the local and national media for his insights on the economy and housing. Windermere has relied upon his forecasts and advice for over 15 years, and we […]