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5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value


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Posted on 25 January 2015 | 12:16 am

Another Slam Dunk for Husky Hoops Half-Time Fundraiser Show

Since 1989, a portion of the proceeds from every home purchased or sold through Windermere Real Estate is donated to the Windermere Foundation. The Foundation uses these donations to provide funding to programs that support low-income and homeless families in our communities. One event that we have supported over the past few years is the annual Husky Hoops half-time free-throw fundraiser at the University of Washington vs. Washington State men’s basketball game.

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Posted on 15 January 2015 | 7:05 pm

Back To The Future: 2015 Home Technology Trends

This past weekend in Las Vegas, NV the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) tradeshow took place. Your inner geek is going to freak out when you see some of the things that were shown.

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Posted on 13 January 2015 | 5:25 pm

New Year, New Start

The New Year is a great time for renewal, and there’s no reason why your home shouldn’t share in this time of rejuvenation. Here are a few ideas to give your home - and your spirits - a lift as you move forward in 2015.

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Posted on 9 January 2015 | 7:04 pm

2015 Is the Year Millennials Start Buying Homes

Millennials, who make up one-third of the population in the States, haven’t been buying homes at the same rate as previous generations of young people. Due to the Great Recession, college grads have had a hard time finding jobs and an even harder time getting mortgages with their not-so-great credit scores. Tack on the mountain of student debt, and for a while, it seemed like “Generation Wait” might be their new nickname. But according to Bloomberg Businessweek, OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate, says that “this is going to be the year they start buying homes.” Economists and real estate agents agree, saying that 2015 will be a turning point for millennials, which could potentially put an even tighter squeeze on the already tight market.

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Posted on 6 January 2015 | 8:34 pm

Ring in the New Year right! Party inspiration and home décor ideas

New Year’s Eve is the one-day each year where you can incorporate as many sparkles and as much confetti as your heart desires. In fact, we’re pretty sure that New Year’s Eve is the quintessential holiday for glitter. Whether your plans involve throwing a party or attending one, here are some creative ideas to consider. 

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Posted on 30 December 2014 | 7:15 pm

Windermere Offices Make Christmas a Little Brighter for Those in Need

When people come together and rally for a good cause, they can accomplish great things. And it’s that spirit of giving and compassion that makes the holidays such a special time of the year. It’s also a favorite time of year for many of our Windermere offices with “all hands on deck” as owners, agents, and staff shop for, wrap, and deliver gifts to those who otherwise would not have such a happy holiday. Here’s just a sampling of our offices helping to make the season bright for those in their communities.

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Posted on 24 December 2014 | 5:10 pm

Insolvency Clause Tax-Saving Alternative to Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act in 2015

Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act Extended Retroactively for 2014:
Future of Mortgage Debt Relief Uncertain in 2015

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed a bill that extended the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act retroactively to cover mortgage debt cancelled in 2014. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act (MFDRA) prevents homeowners who went through a short sale from being taxed on the amount of their home mortgage debt that had been forgiven. For homeowners to qualify for a tax break in 2014, their short sale must close by December 31, 2014.

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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 5:40 pm

Making Memories: Fun holiday traditions for you and your family

Get Outdoors! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the great outdoors are off limits! Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, there’s still plenty to do outside. Sledding, ice-skating, and carriage riding are great places to start. Plus, it’ll give you a reason to cozy up inside with hot cocoa in hand. 

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Posted on 19 December 2014 | 7:35 pm

No Child Should Have to Sleep Outside

A few weeks ago the Windermere Foundation was approached with a remarkable opportunity to support the #NoChildSleepsOutside campaign, which is trying to raise $250,000 by December 23 to open a crisis-response winter night shelter for homeless families in Seattle. The Windermere Foundation was able to contribute $35,000 towards this campaign, started by Dick's Drive-in Restaurant, and benefiting Mary's Place in Seattle. Please read more about this issue that is facing all of our communities, and contact us at the Windermere Foundation for ways to help in your neighborhood. 

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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:37 pm