Real Estate

  Is the Oak Harbor Housing Market Getting Squishy? Written by: Kristen Stavros 16 September 2021 There is a general feeling amongst brokers that the Oak Harbor market has softened up just a bit. As Branch Manager and Co-owner of Windermere Whidbey Island I pay close attention to what my brokers are seeing and feeling out there in the market. When I begin to […]
  Staging a Home Should You Stage Your Home? Every home is changed by those who live in it even under the care of the most vigilant homeowners. Staging a home for sale is one tactic that may take the attention away from less than stellar paint, flooring, or kitchen cabinets and convince the buyer that they can make […]
  What View is Best on Whidbey Island? Whidbey Island straddles the 47 to 48th parallel. This means the summer brings gluttony of sun, so much that black-out shades are a staple in Pacific Northwest homes. Although, this abundance of light is sometimes hard to remember during the darkest days of winter when the sun only passes by at a shallow 45 degrees […]
  Monthly Stats: June 2021
  Set Yourself up for Success by Doing These 7 Things When Buying Your First Home Buying your first home can be easy when you are adequately prepared and you have a good agent on your side. But where to start and what actions are most important? We will get you pointed in the right direction. Let’s get started! Know your credit score. Many first-time homebuyers fail to recognize that one […]
  The Importance of Shredding During or after the purchase or sale of a home you find a lot of paperwork that may have sensitive personal information. What do you do with all of that paperwork?! Throwing it in the trash could mean it falling in the wrong hands and used against you. The safest way to deal with old […]
  Benefits of Plants in the Home Some have used the hashtag #CubicleFlorist in their descriptions of me. Yes, I will admit my earlier days in the Real Estate industry things got out of hand quickly – my cubicle basically had its own ozone! What I could not convince my wife to let me keep in the home, I very quietly and […]
  Preparing to List in the Whidbey Island Real Estate Market Right Now Today’s housing market is full of exceptional opportunities for sellers.  The large buyer demand combined with record-low housing inventory has created an optimal sellers’ market. This means that it can be a great time to sell your house if you are thinking about selling. However, one misconception is that sellers are guaranteed success no matter what. We […]
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  10 Questions you should ask a builder when interviewing them for your custom home build Written By Clay Miller What kind of homes do you really love to build? Can you help me with my feasibility study as I look for a lot? How long are permits taking? How long does it take to build a new home right now and when could we break ground? Can I get a […]
  5 Most Affordable Neighborhoods Near Oak Harbor & NAS Whidbey Watching today’s housing market is like reliving a supply and demand lesson straight out of your High School Macroeconomics class. Home prices continue to rise due to the sheer lack of homes for sale on Whidbey Island. Especially in the lower price points $400,000 and below. Here are 5 of the most affordable neighborhoods within […]
  Where Have All the Houses Gone? In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for sale. When many homeowners delayed their plans to sell at the same time that more buyers aimed to take advantage of record-low mortgage […]
  Q1 2021 – Quarterly Report Stats Q1, 2021- Quarterly Stats by Windermere Whidbey Island   Download the PDF version!   You Might Also Like:
  Matthew Gardner Presentation: 2021 On March 31, 2021, we hosted a live virtual event where we invited Matthew Gardener Windermere’s leading economist, to present an economic review and Forecast for our local Whidbey Island real estate market. You may be asking yourself, “who is Matthew Gardner or why should I listen to what he has to say?” Why We […]
  Monthly Stats: March 2021
  How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar By now you’ve probably heard every REALTOR® you know yelling from the rooftops, We need more inventory!!! “Now is the time to sell!” While that is definitely true, buyers are more selective now than ever. You need a strategy to ensure you hit the market at your very best! In order to sell your home […]
  5 Things Every Septic Owner Needs A Drain Snake Don’t kill your system with Drano! Hair clogs happen. Instead of pouring caustic Drano into your plumbing (which can actually cause damage to pipes and will kill your septic system) try this super cheap (less than $2 each) and easy drain snake that works in seconds. This tool coupled with prevention (see […]
  Monthly Stats: February 2021
  Q4 | 2020 Gardner Report
  Black History Month Black History Month Began In 1915, American historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded what is now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History® (ASALH) to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans and to encourage studying the history of Black people. In 1926, the ASALH debuted what […]
  Buying Vacant Land on Whidbey Island If you have always dreamed of building your own home, choosing your own layout, selecting dream finishes, and want all your desires in a home met then you will be looking for vacant land. This is a completely different world than buying a preexisting home where there is complete certainty when it comes to electricity, […]