Real Estate

  Working On Whidbey Are you thinking of moving to Whidbey and wondering what working on Whidbey looks like? We’re not all retirees. Of Island County’s ~87,700 residents, ~28,000 residents have full-time jobs. (EDC Island County Profile 2020) The Navy accounts for ~11,000, so estimate that total at ~39,000. There are many retirees, children, and people employed part-time or […]
  Retirement in your future? If retirement is in your near future, or perhaps you are already there (congratulations) you may find yourself wondering if staying in your home is still a good fit. When you live in a home for an extended period, it is normal for your needs to change as you progress through life’s milestones. You may […]
  Keeping Saltwater In Its Place Saltwater defines Whidbey Island. We’re surrounded by it. Islands in the ocean are like that. We humans need freshwater, water without the salt. Therefore, keeping saltwater in its place is crucial for survival. Fortunately, Whidbey has freshwater, too. Freshwater flowing into saltwater isn’t usually a problem. The trick is to make sure the flow doesn’t […]
  Navigating Washington’s Agency Agreements Changes You may have heard real estate laws are changing in Washington State. While navigating Washington’s agency agreement changes it’s important to note that it’s not uncommon for laws to change as industries evolve. In 2019 the rules requiring that buyer broker compensation be offered to list a property was eliminated. For transparency purposes, in 2019 […]
  Is the Current Surge in Available Homes Fact or Fiction? Whether you are considering a move or just staying informed about the housing market, having the latest information is crucial. With all the latest headlines you might find yourself wondering, “is the current surge in available homes fact or fiction?” Let us help provide you some insight, follow along for a current update on the […]
  Q3 2023 Gardner Report   If you have further questions and would like to connect with one of our Realtors contact us here.
  Who are you going to call Who are you going to call? That’s up to you. How are you going to call? That’s up to you, too; but, that’s a shorter list. It is also easier to talk about. Welcome to Whidbey, or your new home, or your curiosity. Phone service on the island is unique for several reasons; and can […]
  Extend the Life of Your Herbs Don’t give up on your gardens just yet! These 5 alternative approaches will have your herb garden thriving all winter long. Just because the temperature has changed doesn’t mean your green thumb has to hibernate! You just need to modify your approach to stay gardening throughout the cold season. Are you ready to start producing […]
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  Low Housing Inventory Explained If you are considering moving in today’s market, you are probably wondering why it is so hard to find a house to buy. The lack of inventory might leave you feeling a bit defeated and likely on the verge of giving up and waiting to try again when there are more options. But… that is […]
  Firefighting Island Style Firefighters, we respect them. We get out of their way when they’re racing to a scene. We crowd around their trucks when they’re at a fair or a parade. We can tend to think that every firefighter is like every other firefighter, hanging out at a fire station while waiting for a call that demands […]
  Knowing When You’re Ready to Buy Homeownership is a lifestyle choice. Therefore, choosing homeownership isn’t a decision made overnight. The decision often takes careful planning for how the purchase of a home will fit into your life now and in the future. Additionally, the decision will take financial planning for how to pay for the home of your dreams. How will […]
  Q2 2023 Gardner Report   If you are interested in discussing this in more detail with an agent connect with us here so we can schedule you an appointment.      
  State of The Nation’s Housing Explained Harvard University’s latest edition of The State of the Nation’s Housing has arrived, and Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner is here to break down what the data presented in the report means for the U.S. housing market in 2023 and beyond. Watch this video and if you have further questions you would like to discuss […]
  6 Reasons to Attend Open Houses Some people wonder whether or not they should attend open houses. We believe open houses can be incredibly advantageous for both buyers and sellers. Follow along for 6 reasons why you should be attending open houses whether you are planning to buy or sell. Get an idea of how your home compares: If you plan […]
  5 Reasons to Use a Local Lender When it comes to buying a home, choosing the right lender is an important decision that can have a significant impact on your home buying experience. While it’s possible to work with a lender from anywhere, working with a reputable local lender in the area you are purchasing provides many benefits that make the process […]
  Moving to the PNW: Embracing the Beauty and Adventure of the Region The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful and dynamic region, encompassing the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. From stunning coastlines to towering mountains, lush forests to rolling hills, this area offers a unique blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. If you’re considering a move to the Pacific Northwest, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure. […]
  Q1 2023 Gardner Report      
  Mortgage Rate Predictions and Misconceptions Written by Matthew Gardner The Federal Reserve Bank of New York just released their 2023 Housing Survey, which shows how the U.S. population feels about the housing market. Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner digs into the mortgage rate predictions, showing how demographics played a role in the results. This video on mortgage rate predictions is […]
  Real Estate 101 Real estate refers to the buying, selling, and renting of land, buildings, and other properties. The real estate market is a vital part of the economy. Real Estate can be an excellent investment opportunity for those looking to purchase property for personal use or as a rental income source. Check out our article “Is it […]
  Title Insurance: Protecting Your Property Investment When you purchase a home, you receive a deed to the property which typically means you have full ownership. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes happen where hidden inaccuracies in previous deeds, mortgages, and easements might leave someone else with a claim to your property. Title insurance is a type of insurance policy designed to protect property owners […]