Windermere Real Estate Unveils “W Collection” Ultra Luxury Brand

Today, the Puget Sound Business Journal exclusively announced the launch of Windermere’s new ultra-luxury brand, W Collection. Spearheading the W Collection is Leigh Canlis, Vice President, Luxury Division of Windermere, who joined the company in February.

Canlis said,  “W Collection is much more than a luxury marketing program, it is like the American Express Black Card of real estate. “W” is a high-touch concierge service that not only markets luxury listings, but connects Windermere brokers and their clients to every aspect of the luxury industry.”

The new division will focus on homes priced at $2.5 million and above in Seattle and $3 million and above on the Eastside, and the top tier brokers who work in this arena.

Read  Patti Payne’s entire story in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

 

Premier Look Book April 2016

This month’s Premier networking breakfast saw more than 130 Puget Sound-area agents come together at the Overlake Country Club to go over the latest information on the Premier real estate market and waterfront properties. This breakfast also featured presentations for 34 of the newest luxury listings.
Windermere Real Estate agent Bryan Loveless shared with the group the importance of drone videos and how they can be effective for listings. Representatives from Juwai.com were also present to discuss new agent enhancements and answer questions about the partnership.
Guest speaker Michael Spence from Helsell Fetterman LLP shared information about what brokers need to know about the legal issues specific to waterfront properties. Michael is a real estate attorney and provided the audience with insight about terminology, policies, and guidelines that are imperative when working with waterfront properties.
The other guest speaker, Jim Romano from Conrad Romano Architects, shared inside knowledge about the difficulties of designing around policies for the different types of land and locations on the waterfront. Jim is an architect and provided multiple examples of designing obstacles and personal experiences he has had to face. A huge thank you to our speakers and hosts for this month!
Check out April’s Look Book and read more about the event by clicking here or on the picture below.

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Premier Look Book January 2016

This month’s Premier networking breakfast saw more than 150 Puget Sound-area agents come together to hear the latest information on the real estate market. Brokers from as far away as Bellingham joined local brokers at Broadmoor Golf Club to present their newest luxury listings and to discuss 2016 luxury real estate trends and forecasts.

This month, we heard from Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, and Windermere Owner, Matt Deasy. The Washington State economy has added almost 370,o00 jobs since the lowest point of the recession at the start of 2010. We expect to continue seeing modest job growth this coming year. That being said, our economy will continue to expand, which will be a benefit to our region’s housing market. A few other forecasts for this upcoming year: Mortgage rates will rise at a modest pace. We will see continued home price growth (+/- 5.5%). The Millennials will start to enter the market. Supply in the high-end market will remain tight, but easing demand may take some of the edge off. Matt Deasy provided a recap of 2015 year-end stats, which showed that Windermere continues to lead in the most homes sold and bought in luxury real estate in the Pacific Northwest.

Check out January’s Look Book and read more about the event by clicking here or on the picture below.

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Premier Look Book November 2015

This month’s Premier networking breakfast saw more than 120 Puget Sound-area agents come together to hear the latest information on the waterfront real estate market. Brokers from as far away as Bellingham joined local brokers at Overlake Golf & Country Club to present their newest luxury listings and to discuss updates and trends of the waterfront market.

This month, we had a panel who shared waterfront statistics and trends in the Greater
Seattle area. Kelly Weisfield spoke about Mercer Island, Anna Riley about the Eastside, Margo Allan on Lake Sammamish, and Barbara Cahill on Seattle. Many of the statistics were gathered by Julie Barrows (Windermere Mercer Island) and can be found at the waterfrontreport.com. The Eastside waterfront market is strong with several homes  entertaining multiple offers
before selling at or near their listed price. Mercer Island has seen moderate gains in their
waterfront market with a few notable sales above list price but otherwise a slow, steady and sustainable market. The waterfront market on Lake Sammamish saw 13 sales in a very active third quarter. The Seattle waterfront market in the third quarter posted 14 waterfront sales, with the highest private waterfront sale at $3.92 million in Laurelhurst. In addition to our knowledgeable panel, Alan Pope from Alan Pope & Associates gave insight on waterfront
appraisals and the trends we are seeing as a whole.

Check out November’s Look Book and read more about the event by clicking on the picture below.

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Premier Look Book September 2015

This month’s Premier  networking breakfast saw more than 120 Puget Sound-area agents come together to discuss the latest luxury housing market trends and activity. Brokers from as far away as Bellingham joined local brokers at Broadmoor Country Club to present their newest luxury listings and hear updates on the newest trends in architecture and construction.

Stuart Silk, principal at Stuart Silk Architects, presented new trends we are seeing in architecture, referring to “building science” and how homes today are built like IBM computers. Paul Vassallo, partner at Stuart Miller, spoke about the trends on construction, debunking some common myths about the pricing of construction projects.

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Premier Look Book July 2015

This month’s Premier Breakfast saw more than 90 Puget Sound-area agents come together to discuss the latest luxury housing market trends and activity. Agents from as  far away as Bellingham joined local agents at Overlake Country & Golf Club to present their newest $1 million- plus listings and hear legal updates pertaining to real estate. Attorney and shareholder from Demco Law, Lars Neste, presented some exciting new info that will keep our brokers up to speed on all the recent changes that have affected the real estate industry. Check out July’s Look Book and read more about the event by clicking on the picture below.

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Premier Look Book June 2015

Last week Windermere agents came together to learn how to be more culturally savvy. Lance Grob, who is the Business Development Leader for Multicultural Markets at Chicago Title, gave helpful insights into engaging with multicultural clients, whose customs and culture often differ from our own, as well as the importance of understanding other culture’s communication styles. Check out June’s look book and read more about the event by clicking on the picture below.

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Premier Look Book May 2015

Last month more than 100 agents came together for the monthly Windermere Premier Breakfast to network and learn about the growing vacation/second home market. This month’s panel consisted of agents from popular second home markets in Cabo, Lake Chelan, Maui, Orcas Island, Kitsap Peninsula, and San Juan Island. Check out May’s look book and read more about the event by clicking on the picture below.

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