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.

 

Windermere Agents Party in the Park for a Good Cause

On Friday, June 24, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) hosted its annual fundraiser, Party in the Park, at the Olympic Sculpture Park. This much-anticipated dining event is a chance to take part in one of their largest fundraisers to benefit exhibitions and public programs. Windermere Real Estate was proud to sponsor an Artist’s Table at this year’s event. Our agents in attendance were treated to a table that was decorated by renowned jewelry artist Rachel Ravitch, as well as a delicious meal prepared by Daisley Gordon, Owner and Executive Chef of Café’ Campagne.

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Windermere Agents Set Sail On A 3 Hour Luxury Tour

On June 9, more than 100 Windermere agents set sail on an Argosy cruise for a guided tour of luxury waterfront homes around Lake Washington.

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With food, libations and conversations flowing, Windermere agents from all over Western Washington were given a unique preview and perspective of some of the remarkable homes on last weekend’s 2016 Waterfront Home Tour.

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Listing agents were able to share key information regarding the space, amenities and lifestyle offered by each home, making it an educational tour as well as a boat load of fun.

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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 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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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.