Buying

Buying Search (a lot) Smarter with Windermere’s New INRIX Drive Time™ Tool I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I tell you that over 90 percent of home purchases in the U.S. involve an internet search at some point during the process. As a real estate company owner, this tells me that we better have a pretty compelling website.
Buying New Home Design & Social Trends Builders of new homes frequently discover new ways to differentiate their new construction from existing houses, hoping to capture the attention of potential customers by delighting and surprising them.
Buying New Year’s Tips for the Home Aficionado Now that the end of the year is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about some New Year resolutions. At Windermere, our resolutions change very little year after year. That’s because the highest expectation we can set for ourselves is to anticipate and respond to the needs of our clients, while supporting the communities in which we serve.
Buying When searching for homes online, are you really seeing everything that’s for sale? Today the WAV Group, one of the largest real estate consulting firms in the nation, published the results of an independent study that compared listing information on real estate brokerage websites like Windermere.com with those of national real estate portals, such as Zillow and Trulia.
Buying Moving on up! Moving is stressful, whether it is across town or cross-country. Once you have closed on your house, the reality of packing, moving, and setting up a new home can become overwhelming. While no list can make a move “stress-free”, planning ahead and staying organized can help make your move a little smoother. Here is our list of tips:
Buying An Optimistic Outlook: 2012 Market Insights The real estate data that I have reviewed suggests some markets are likely to exhibit positive price growth in 2012. Markets that are seeing sustained employment growth and price stability in the second half of last year are the ones most likely to see some very modest price growth this year.
Buying December Perspectives The year is nearly over, the holidays are in full swing, and reflection and resolution are top of mind. As we look back at the past year, it’s clear that in many ways 2011 was a time of transition and renewal for the residential real estate market.
Buying Is Buying a Short Sale Right For You? If you're shopping for a home, you may have noticed that a large number of the homes that are currently on the market are short sales. A short sale occurs when a homeowner owes a lender more than their home is worth, and the lender agrees to let the owner sell the home and accept less than what is owed.
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Buying Then and Now, Comparing Home Ownership Costs In recent years, real estate has become something of a polarizing topic; there are those who argue that it’s still a worthy long-term investment with tangible benefits; and others who don’t see the value of owning a home, financial or otherwise.
Buying Washington State Foreclosure Fairness Act Mediation Program As a homeowner it is important to know your rights. This article is specific to Washington State; please be aware of the foreclosure laws in your area.
Buying Can Mid-Century Modern Design Successfully Meet Today’s Energy Standards? It was an open house. The buyers came in, fell in love, and wanted the home. The only problem was, it had just sold.
Buying Apples and Oranges – Do we have short memories? In recent weeks, I have been reading much about the lack of confidence in the housing market that is demonstrated by declining transactions and prices. Although it is clear that we are far from “out of the woods” at this point, I would like to suggest that this news may not be as dire as everyone is thinking.
Buying When it comes time to downsize If you are inclined to feel that the home you currently reside in may have out-lived its purpose, you may be struggling with some of the same thoughts and emotions my husband and I had when it came to the emotional and financially sensitive decision to downsize.
Buying Preparing to buy (Home resolutions, part III) If you are ready to make the move towards purchasing your first home or upgrading to a new home, there are some considerations you should keep in mind to make the process easier.
Buying Practical resolutions: preparing for the best in 2011 (Part I) The new year offers the chance of renewed energy to accomplish the goals from past years and start fresh projects. This is the first post in a four-blog series about setting home resolutions, come back to see more information on making your existing home more personal, and buying and selling your home in 2011.
Buying Does the Home of Your Dreams Really Exist? When you ask yourself to visualize the home of your dreams, what comes to mind? Certainly not a nondescript 3 bedroom, two bath home. It’s much more likely that your vision could include features like maple flooring, granite countertops, 6-panel doors, built-in speakers, or access to 220-electricity in the garage for a workshop. Everyone has their own custom needs and desires.
Buying The Reality of Home Improvement: HGTV installment On any given weekend in my house, at least a couple of hours will be spent watching the designers, craftspeople and entertainers on HGTV or its spunky sister station, the DIY Network.
Buying Investing in home: building a foundation for memories Finding and creating a home is an emotional, psychological, social and financial investment.
Buying What do you think about the recent market news? There is no question the economy and the housing market has slowed down over the last few years and the recent deluge of articles for and against homeownership is impossible for us to ignore. Ultimately, we believe that the American dream of homeownership is alive and well.
Buying The Future of Homeownership Homeownership has been pushed by the past two presidents and certainly contributed to the financial meltdown that we experienced in 2008 and are still recovering from.