Happy Holidays! As 2016 closes, I have been reflecting on the past year. This year I am proud to be in the top 4% of all agents in Washington State (more than 20,000 people!)
I am constantly working hard to learn, better myself, and use each sale as a tool to make the next one easier for all parties. I never take the responsibility of assisting people with what is often their largest purchase lightly. I realize the weight of the amount of trust that my client put into my hands.
This year I also learned a lot about managing my responsibilities, and letting go of (some of) the control. I was lucky enough to have Hayes Trimm join my team and I know now that hiring him was an invaluable decision. Hayes has been behind many of the new and innovative ideas we have rolled out for Heather Maddox Homes in 2016. He is smart, thoughtful, and an excellent team player who understands that our main goal is to have clients that come back to us and trust us with their friends and family.
We have some exciting ideas for 2017, so make sure you keep tuning in. We are always here to help and are never too busy to assist you, or your friends and family, with their real estate needs! Have a happy & safe holiday season and we will see you next year!
What keeps Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, up at night? Housing affordability. See what he has to say about how West Coast Cities can improve housing affordability through policy and infrastructure changes.
GeekWire says it’s official, Seattle is the nation’s hottest housing market— driven largely by the tech boom. As GeekWire has previously reported, “there are now more than 80 engineering offices in the Seattle area operated by large tech giants, including fast-growing offices for Facebook, Salesforce, eBay and others. Homegrown tech companies such as Amazon.com, which now employs more than 25,000 people in the Seattle area, also are adding to the boom.”
8 experts predict what the 2017 housing market has in store
Inman, an online real estate publication, brought together 8 experts, including Windermere’s Matthew Gardner, on the outlook for housing in 2017.
Seattle buyers, spooked by rising interest rates, rush to buy
The Seattle Times reports that the region saw a roughly 30 percent rise in home sales in November as mortgage rates climbed. Home buyers hurried to lock in their interest rates and some without a rate lock found that they could no longer afford the home price they were approved for just months ago. This story has an informative map of sub-markets in the region.
$750 per month for a apartment the size of a parking space?
In what is arguably the smallest apartment in the city, The Seattle Times recently ran a story about a room for rent in the University District that is the size of a parking space! It’s a room with a shower, toliet, and sink.
New York is known for it’s “shoebox” size apartments and it looks like Seattle is offering spaces to fit that niche.
As the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks, Windermere is donating $100 per Seahawks home game tackle to YouthCare to help #tacklehomelessness. Last week the team made 28 defensive tackles, increasing our donation to YouthCare by $2,800 for a total of $20,700 this year! Go Hawks!
This was my 2nd listing this fall in the popular Fairwood Greens community. Living room with vaulted ceiling, open beams, and fireplace. Slider opens to deck overlooking lovely backyard. This home went pending in just 2 days.
This 3 year old home was a perfect choice for my first time homebuyer! Almost everything is new, the maintenance is very low, the location is perfect for them and it looks like they will be moving in before Christmas!
I sold this adorable 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo in the heart of West Seattle to my client several years ago. We put it on the market the week before Thanksgiving and we ended up with a cash offer that closed in less than 2 weeks.
Longtime clients of mine bought new construction in a Toll Brothers community in early 2016. We have watched their home come to life over the past 10 months, and they were finally able to move in just after Thanksgiving.
We live in a very wet climate, and often something as small as a missing roof vent, or a bathroom fan that is vented incorrectly can cause harmful mold in your attic. It is wise to pop your head into your attic a couple times a year to check the status. If you want a professional mold inspection, I would highly recommend Environix! I have been working with them for over 10 years and they always do a great job.