Washington State continues to see strong employment growth, outpacing national numbers with an annual rate of more than 3%. Interestingly enough, despite these substantial job gains, the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 5.8%. However, I’m not overly concerned about this because it’s largely due to a growing labor force rather than a declining job market. This means that those who are unemployed who had previously stopped looking for work are now resurrecting their job searches because they have confidence in the economy.
Posted on 28 July 2016 | 6:00 pm
To say that Windermere has a lot of Seahawks fans would be an understatement. That’s why we are so excited to announce today that we are now the “Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks”!
Posted on 25 July 2016 | 6:07 pm
Feeling ho-hum about classic hardwood floors? Here are six alternative floor solutions that can give any room in your house a fresh sense of personality, whether you’re starting from scratch or looking for an inexpensive DIY update.
Posted on 22 July 2016 | 6:00 pm
It should come as no surprise that 75% of the senior citizens polled in the latest AARP Preferences survey strongly agreed with the statement, “What I’d like to do is stay in my current residence as long as possible.” After all, home is where the heart is; and the longer you live in a place, the stronger your attachment to it becomes.
Posted on 20 July 2016 | 6:00 pm
Bronte Jacket with Fox and Horn Scarf, photo: O’Shaughnessey Apparel
Posted on 19 July 2016 | 6:00 pm
Thanks to all-time-low interest rates, the number of homeowners refinancing their mortgages is at an all-time high. Of course, no one should refinance just because everyone else is doing it. But, for many homeowners, the benefits are simply too hard to ignore any longer.
Posted on 18 July 2016 | 6:00 pm
I’ve met with more than one client while standing on a struggling lawn. “I keep trying,” they tell me, “but the grass won’t grow.” I tell them that maybe this means there’s another option, something even better than a lawn. Maybe it’s time for a garden. And it’s as if I’d just told them the secret to eternal happiness and long life.
Posted on 15 July 2016 | 6:00 pm
Dear friends of the Foundation,
Thanks to your generous donations, the Windermere Foundation has collected nearly $818,000 in donations during the first half of 2016. This is an increase of 11 percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 61 percent of the donations, while 39 percent came from donations through Windermere agent sales transactions. So far, we have raised $31,677,000 in total donations since 1989.
Posted on 13 July 2016 | 6:00 pm
Over the last ten years, the U.S. has added more than nine million rental households, increasing demand on apartments throughout the country, escalating rental rates faster than wages. Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, shares his view on what to expect for future of rental prices and when long-term renters will start to buy.
Posted on 11 July 2016 | 6:00 pm