Homeownership Has Declined, But It Won’t Be Forever

In addition to talking about housing bubbles, another topic that is becoming popular among housing scaremongers is the ongoing decline in the U.S. homeownership rate. Remarks range from the direct, “American homeownership is at its lowest level in more than two decades,” to the downright inflammatory, “Rental surge to drop homeownership rate to 61.3% by…

A New Addition to the Seattle Skyline

A year ago, construction of The Mark started where the former Fifth and Columbia Tower used to stand. Designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, this 200 meter-tall skyscraper will consist of 44 floors and is set to be completed in April 2017. Part office, part hotel, it will be the tallest building completed in Seattle since 1990 (fifth tallest overall). In…

Welcome Matthew Gardner!

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
Last week, Windermere Real Estate welcomed Seattle economist Matthew Gardner. After closing his private firm of 17 years, he’ll become Windermere’s chief economist at the Sand Point Way headquarters to track and analyze residential real estate markets across 11 Western states full time. Windermere CEO Geoff Wood noted Gardner has…

Inside the Vacation Home Boom

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
According to a new National Association of Realtors (NAR) report, the market for vacation homes is booming. • Consumers bought 1.13 million vacation homes in 2014, the highest amount since NAR started tracking sales in 2003. • Vacation home sales were up 57% over the previous year. • Vacation homes…

Off the Grid with Tesla

We’re really excited to hear that Tesla Motors is expanding their horizons. Word on the street is that they’re gradually moving from just making automobiles to focusing on batteries, including ones that power homes. This is good news because while we love the idea of being able to rely entirely on solar-power to run our…

Wearable Tech Isn’t Just for Humans

Wearable technology has quickly gone from the pie in the sky, to an everyday essential accessory. In fact, we’re pretty sure we see more people with Fitbits than without. Now wearable technology is even available for dogs – and no we aren’t referring to the radio-tracking collars that have been around for decades. The latest doggy gadgets can be…

Your Spring Maintenance Checklist

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
Now that spring has sprung, let’s clear the cobwebs and get your home ready! Here is our quick guide to spring home maintenance: Inspection top to bottom: Now that the weather is temperate you will want to check on how your home weathered the winter. Check the roof for leaks,…

Calling All Geeks

This past weekend in Las Vegas, NV the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) tradeshow took place. Your inner geek is going to freak out when you see some of the things that were shown. Life Improvement: Wearable technology is all the rage right now and there was no shortage of evidence of this at the tradeshow….

Windermere Made Inman’s Top 33!

In honor of the 33rd anniversary of the Internet protocol suite, Inman News has decided to recognize 33 people “who are changing or will change the real estate industry in 2015 and beyond.” Windermere’s fearless leader, OB Jacobi, made the list: “OB Jacobi, broker-owner, Windermere Real Estate. Jacobi took over four years ago as president of Windermere Real Estate, the…

Matterport the Game Changer

3D photography is quickly becoming the “next big thing” in the real estate world because why would anyone want to see in 2D when they can see in 3D? Matterport, a West Coast company, is someone we haven’t stopped hearing about and their Model is quite simple. The Matterport Pro 3D Camera is placed in multiple positions throughout a…