News For Seniors Finance Information for Senior Living from Sharp   A major component of financial planning is factoring in costs toward quality assisted living care. People are living longer than they have at almost any other time in history, which means the need for care will continue to rise. The economy is down and health care costs are up. It’s never […]
News For Seniors Assisted Living Checklist by Nicole on September 19, 2013 on Shart Seniors – A Trusted Senior Living Resource Moving into an assisted living community is just one of many important decisions that need to be made regarding senior care. The next challenge is choosing the right facility for you or your loved one. A personalized checklist will help […]
Economics Buyers: Window of Opportunity Still Open by The KCM Crew on September 30, 2013 in Interest Rates The Fed recently announced they would continue their current pace of purchasing bonds until the economy was stronger. This bond purchasing program is the reason that mortgage interest rates are at historic lows. Rates began to increase over the last several months just on the anticipation that the Fed […]
Economics Why It’s Wise to Reduce Debts Before Applying for Mortgage   Shutterstock By   | posted Sep 11th 2013 12:41PM Updated Sep 12th 2013 1:07PM By Scott Sheldon Trying to secure a mortgage right now? From higher mortgage rates, to rising home prices to the contraction in buying power — securing financing, for some, can be no easy endeavor. As prices, and rates rise simultaneously, lenders will still place the weighted emphasis on […]
Home Finances How to Investigate a Potential Neighborhood   By BRENDON DESIMONE, Published August 26, 2013, Zillow on Fox   You’ve gone to the open house. You’ve had a private showing. You’ve read the disclosures. You’ve decided this is the house for you, and you’re ready to make an offer. Before you take that step, though, you should fully check out the neighborhood. […]
Home Finances Stop stressing about your mortgage with these money-saving tips   Are your mortgage payments stressing you out? Beat payments at their own game with these four tips. By Andrea Duchon | Yahoo! Homes – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 1:12 PM EDT If your blood pressure instantly skyrockets every time you open your mortgage bill, it's time to think about how you might start to […]
Economics Do you really need to spend a lot on home insurance? By Andrea Duchon | Yahoo! Homes – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 1:53 PM EDT Want to make sure your home and family are adequately protected? Here are five questions to help you figure out how much insurance you actually need on your home. When you buy a new house, it seems like there are a […]
Economics Thinking of Selling Your House? 5 Reasons to Do it Now by The KCM Crew on September 10, 2013 ·in For Sellers, Pricing Many now realize that it is a great time to buy a home. Today, we want to look at why it might also be an opportune time to sell your house. Here are the Top 5 Reasons we believe now may be a […]
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Economics Cultural Trends: How driving trends are impacting the housing market Posted in Buying by Edward Krigsman  Windermere Blog   As we have mentioned in previous blog posts, home buyers continue to consider their daily commute when making home purchase decisions. Some Americans are limiting their driving or forgoing cars all together. In recent years, the driving trends of Millennial and Boomer generations have decreased steadily. More Americans in general are […]
Economics Should I Wait for Interest Rates to Come Back Down?   by THE KCM CREW on SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 ·in FOR BUYERS     Above is a graph of the movement of the 30 year fixed mortgage rate since the beginning of 2012. Some buyers are waiting to see if interest rates will come back down before making a decision about buying a home. Though no one can guarantee where rates […]
Home Improvement 7 Things New Homeowners Don’t Know They Need to Do   Date: July 19 2013 | Author: Brian |   Your first year as a homeowner is kind of like the first year of a marriage. There’s the honeymoon phase, where the fact that you never have to pay rent again feels freaking awesome, but there are also a bunch of new responsibilities. You’re […]
Home Improvement September home-maintenance checklist   School is back in session and mornings are crisp, making this a great month for tackling home projects. By Anne Erickson of MSN Real Estate Ever wake up in early September and notice that the air smells different? School begins, days get shorter, and a sense of responsibility begins to creep up on most […]
Economics Washington home prices up more than 12% in a year   by Ben Miller Contributing Editor – Puget Sound Business Journal Home prices in Washington state have risen 12.4 percent in the past year, which mirrors the national average. According to property information company CoreLogic Inc., single-family home prices in both Washington state and nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 12.4 percent on a year-over-year basis […]
News For Seniors Is Assisted Living Right for Your Aging Loved Ones? Posted in Selling by Regina Madiera-Gorden      Making a decision about whether assisted living is right for your loved ones is one of the hardest decisions we face today. Over the years I have worked with many adult children and their parents as they prepare to make the decision about when the parents should sell their family […]
Homeowner News Electronics Recycling Event Getting your home ready to sell? Have some new electronics and need to throw out the old? We are teaming up with 1 Green Planet to offer FREE recycling to our friends and customers. Saturday, September 7th from 10 am to 2 pm. Windermere Real Estate/M2, LLC parking lot 9502 19th Ave Se, Everett.  We'll […]
Economics Massive rent increases to continue The average annual increase of 3.9% is outpacing inflation and income growth. Will renters be priced out of many cities? It's no secret renters have been feeling the crunch of a competitive rental market for a few years now. If it seems like rent increases have been unusually high this year, though, that's because they […]
News For Seniors Is It Time to Sell Your House? By Tom Sightings August 13, 2013   For many reasons, a lot of baby boomers have been delaying retirement. One reason is that we have been unable to sell our homes. We've been trapped in our old houses, in our old, high-tax communities, handcuffed to our jobs by a lofty cost of living. We couldn't […]
Economics Moving Up? Do It Now!! by THE KCM CREW on AUGUST 5, 2013  New reports are revealing that the number of existing home ownerspurchasing a house is beginning to increase. Some are moving up, some are downsizing and others are making a lateral move. Another study shows that over 75% of these buyers will, in fact, be in that first category: a move-up buyer. We want […]
News For Seniors Windermere Launches Customized Program Focused On Supporting Growing Senior Population Posted August 9 2013, 10:00 AM PDT by Shelley Rossi    Two years ago, the oldest members of the Baby Boomer generation turned 65, and over the next 18 years, 79 million more will do the same. These seniors are projected to move out of an estimated 11.3 million housing units through 2020 creating what […]
Economics Selling a House? Don’t Overprice It   by THE KCM CREW on JULY 15, 2013 · in FOR SELLERS, PRICING There is no doubt that the housing market is coming back nicely. What, if anything, could slow down the current momentum? We believe it may be sellers’ over exuberance when it comes to pricing. There is little doubt that house prices have appreciated over the last twelve […]