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Monday, October 18, 2021   /   by Jordan Stupey

QUARTERLY REPORTS Q3 2021

As we start the fourth quarter of 2021, homeowners are sitting on top of a heap of appreciation. Annual median price growth has been unprecedented. Pandemic-driven moves, historically low interest rates, and limited inventory have all played into this phenomenon.
 
The third quarter saw price growth start to level out as many sellers have stair-stepped their pricing up based on growth in the first half of the year. That has reduced the average list-to-sale price ratios compared to the spring market; however, the average is still over list price. Days on market have also inched up, but continue to be brisk. Inventory has increased some as we find ourselves settling into fall, but demand still abounds with many buyers eager to secure a low interest rate.
 
You can always count on me to keep you well informed. I am a committed student of the market who continually researches the trends and understands the value of sharing this knowledge to empower ...

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Monday, September 20, 2021   /   by Jordan Stupey

Pumpkin Patches & Fall Activities

Nothing feels more like fall than pumpkin picking, hay rides and corn mazes. Get your latte in hand and head out to any one of these great, local farms to have some harvest fun and find that perfect jack-o-lantern to light up your porch.
Please be sure to verify and take note of each farm’s COVID-19 safety guidelines, as well as any potential weather-related (or COVID-related) closures or changes.
 
SNOHOMISH COUNTY
Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkins & Corn Maze
2412 59th Ave NE, Arlington
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm
10917 Elliott Rd, Snohomish
Carleton Farm
630 Sunnyside Blvd SE, Lake Stevens
Craven Farm
13817 Short School Rd, Snohomish
The Farm at Swans Trail
7301 Rivershore Rd, Snohomish
Fairbank Animal Farm & Pumpkin Patch
15308 52nd Ave W, Edmonds
Stocker Farms
8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish
Thomas Family Farm
9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish
 
KING COUNTY
Carpinito Brothers
1148 Central Ave N, Kent
Fall City Farms
3636 Nep ...

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Monday, September 20, 2021   /   by Jordan Stupey

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 rates and many COVID-influenced moves due to remote working and retirement. Who would have thought a global pandemic would have such a profound effect on the demand for real estate? Many people decided to retire and exit the state, many people entered our state and exited another, and a large portion of buyers who were no longer anchored by their commute followed their hearts to the suburbs and more rural locations.

When the calendar turned to 2021 the real estate market exploded! Inventory was depleted as 2020 did not provide the normal amount of new listings in tandem with a jump in demand. This combination created price escalations in 2021 that were beyond our wildest im! ...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021   /   by Jordan Stupey

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 resource within the industry. He is often called upon by major media outlets and industry think tanks for his insights.

Every quarter Matthew produces The Gardner Report which re-caps various statistics and predictions for all of Western Washington. What is so great about this is you can read about where you live and also get a glimpse into other markets that may pique your interest.
Read the full Western Washington report here.  Additionally, since Windermere spans the entire Western Region of the United States, he also provides this same report for Washington (Western, Central & Eastern), Oregon, Idaho, California (Southern & Northern), Utah, Colorado ...

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Monday, August 9, 2021   /   by Jordan Stupey

8 Ways to Make Back to School Easier

 
The first day of school sneaks up so fast… summer is here and then gone in a flash! Whether your child is anxious or excited about the start of a more “normal” school year, here are some practical tips to help start things off on the right foot.
 
Start talking about it. New teacher, new classmates, new schedules can all create some anxieties with kids. Start talking about school a few weeks before the first day. Talk about practical things like what the new schedule will be like and what the school’s COVID policies are, but also make sure to address their feelings and concerns about the upcoming year.
 
Go back to school shopping early. Take advantage of your summer schedule to shop while the store isn’t as busy and the supplies haven’t been picked through. Don’t forget to buy extras for homework time or the winter re-stock that inevitably happens in January.
 
If you have the means to, also consider reaching out. ...

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