When it comes to the Pacific Northwest’s real estate market, the name Windermere stands head and shoulders above the rest. With a longstanding reputation for excellence, this brokerage has been a household name for decades, thanks to its unmatched market share across all price points.
But when it comes to the luxury market, Windermere’s reputation really soars. With a keen ear tuned to the needs and desires of their clients and brokers representing the high-end market, Windermere has been able to put in place a series of qualifications, marketing resources, and organizational structures that ensure that their “Premier Properties” receive the exposure and attention they deserve.
Becoming a Windermere Premier Property in a given region is no small feat. Properties must meet certain qualifications and be approved by a local Premier Director, guaranteeing that only the finest, most prestigious homes make the cut. And for those truly exceptional luxury homes that start at a staggering $3 million, Windermere offers the W Collection, a showcase of properties that are not only stunning and unique but also benefit from a separate website and national and international portfolio.
But Windermere’s reputation in the high-end market isn’t just about its exclusive properties. It’s also about the extraordinary level of quality and service that they provide. Windermere’s brokers and staff are known for their unparalleled expertise, professionalism, and attention to detail, ensuring that every aspect of the home buying and selling experience is executed with the utmost care and consideration.
In short, Windermere is more than just a real estate brokerage; it’s a trusted partner in the luxury home market, providing a level of service and expertise that is simply unmatched in the industry. If you’re in the market for a truly exceptional property or looking to sell your luxury home, you won’t find a better partner than Windermere. Connect with a local Windermere broker by clicking here.
If you are interested in becoming a luxury broker on Whidbey Island, email us at KStavros@windermere.com.
Knowing what to expect not only calms your nerves but also expedites the lending process.
During your search for a lender, you will discover that most lenders will sincerely work on your behalf to help you attain the financing needed to quickly get you into the home you have chosen.
Your chosen lender will guide you through the process and shed light on the documents you need to prepare as well as provide you with the various options available to you. Talking to a lender well in advance about your goals and your financial situation will better prepare you for home ownership. The journey is different for everyone. We cannot stress enough how important it is to talk to a lender early on. The lender can help you determine a realistic timeline and address any problems early on to prevent a problem from arising later that could cost you your dream home.
To expedite the loan process come prepared with the following documentation.
- Your most recent pay stubs (this should be computer generated and include the YTD earnings and deductions).
- Last two years’ W2s.
- Two years’ tax returns.
- Copy of your valid U.S. picture ID (bring the ID with you)
- Two months’ bank statements for all your accounts (must include the date, name, and account numbers)
- Last two statements for asset accounts such as IRA, 401K, investment, ect.
- Contact information for whom you anticipate getting your home insurance. (Connect with us if you need help finding home insurance companies)
- If applicable, bankruptcy documentation including discharge paperwork
- If applicable, a divorce decree and/or child support court order
What if I’m self-employed?
If you are self-employed it is of the utmost importance for you to speak with a lender as soon as possible if homeownership is on your wish list.
You will need to come prepared with things like the last two years of Business Tax Returns and if possible, a letter from your CPA detailing at the very least two years of self-employment with a continued positive outlook for your business.
To help you get started with your search check out Guild Mortgage, Peoples Bank, and Home Bridge for a few lenders here on Whidbey Island. Don’t forget to check out our Neighborhood Guide when you are ready to start looking for your dream home on Whidbey.
We hope this was of help to you. If you need help connecting with a lender, send us a message here. If you are ready to start speaking to an agent about the next steps let us know you are ready to start looking in a message to us here.
Valentine’s is a day to show your appreciation for those you love. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make Valentine’s special. Here is an easy non-alcoholic drink that will please children and adults! Start by making an area of your home festive, cut out paper hearts, use conversation candy hearts, a special tablecloth, flowers, or use whatever is special in your relationship. If you are able, buy a couple of special glasses to drink from.
Try this Valentines Day Recipe for Everyone
Making this drink is so quick and easy! Just measure out the ingredients, pour into glass with ice, stir, and top with conversation candy hearts, a slice of orange, add in a cool straw or sugar rim the glass before pouring. The best thing about this drink is it is good any time of day! This is a great way to sit and have a great conversation about love, whether its love for your parents, siblings, children, partner, friends, or pets. There is always room for love in our lives. Cheers!
Tag us in your Instagram posts of you and your loved ones enjoying this recipe at @windermere_whidbey_island don’t forget to tell us what you think of it.