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!
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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.

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Windermere Agents Come Together to Learn About Being Culturally Savvy

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Every month, Windermere brings together its top luxury agents for the Premier Networking Breakfast. This month’s breakfast saw more than 100 Puget Sound area agents come together to discuss the latest luxury housing market trends and activity. Agents from as far away as the San Juan Islands joined local agents at Broadmoor Golf Club to present their newest $1 million-plus listings and hear speakers talk about the nuances of working with international and multicultural clients.

Agents discussed the ups and downs of the local luxury housing market, where sales are strong, but buyers continue to struggle to find homes amidst some of the lowest inventory levels in recorded history. As one agent put it, “As long as rates are low and jobs are up, I don’t expect much to change”.

Real estate attorney, Daniel Shin, from the law firm Inslee, Best, Doezie & Ryder, PS, presented some very interesting information on Chinese homebuyers. He stated that China recently replaced Canada as the largest population of international home buyers in the U.S. And Seattle is increasingly becoming one of their favorite destinations – but not necessarily for its investment potential. Rather, Mr. Shin said that the Chinese are drawn to the area for the clean air, top schools, and quality of life.

Lance Grob, who is the Business Development Leader for Multicultural Markets at Chicago Title, added to this by talking about how to be a culturally savvy real estate agent. He 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.

Given the growing number of international and multicultural home buyers and sellers in the greater Seattle area, our agents found both presentations particularly helpful and relevant to today’s rapidly evolving real estate market. The group’s next breakfast will be held in July at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Medina.

Premier Breakfast May 2015

More than 100 agents came together on May 27 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.
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The overall message was that the second home market is still in recovery mode. Those areas located in the Pacific Northwest say that their proximity to Seattle and its growing economy is starting to have a positive impact in their markets. For example, the Kitsap Peninsula is seeing an uptick in second home owners wanting a reprieve from the city. The same is true on San Juan Island where 80% of the homes are vacation properties. San Juan has an abundance or waterfront homes for sale, many of which are well under a million dollars. On Orcas, 60% of their market is priced at $900,000 and above, and prices are expected to see double digit appreciation next year.
Maui is a different story; they actually have a shortage of inventory which is driving up prices. They’re seeing a lot of international and cash buyers, even for homes priced in the multi-millions. Los Cabos is still recovering from last year’s hurricane which brought the real estate market to a standstill. Theirs is a buyer’s market and 20% of their inventory is luxury listings priced at $1 million and above.
Windermere’s Premier breakfasts always draw the crème de la crème of agents and give us an opportunity to hear what’s taking place in the housing market throughout the region. Thank you to everyone who joined us this month!

Premier Breakfast January 2015

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Today, more than 160 Windermere brokers attended the company’s monthly Premier Properties breakfast at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood. Agents from all over the Puget Sound area came together to share their new luxury listings and to learn how to make 2015 their most successful year yet through effective business planning. A big shout out to our speakers, Premier Executive Directors, Ty Evans (Windermere Bainbridge Island) and Rick Franz (Windermere Bellevue South), for sharing their insights and expertise.

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