Linda Bianchi

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Windermere Blog

At Home in the Outdoors

More than 80 percent of Americans say they want an outdoor living space where they can relax and entertain. And it’s no wonder why. Outdoor spaces extend your livable space, add visual interest, and increase not only your quality of life, but also the overall value of your home. (In some cases, the increase in your home's value can cover most or all of the cost to create the new space.) Here are some options to consider:

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Posted on 23 May 2017 | 8:50 pm

The Trump Administration's Impact on U.S. Housing

Will the Trump administration have an impact on the U.S. housing market? Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, weighs in on how mortgage rates, inflation, and the possible repeal of Dodd-Frank could impact housing in the foreseeable future.

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Posted on 22 May 2017 | 7:00 pm

Windermere's Chief Economist Weighs in on White House Uncertainty

Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, was interviewed by real estate industry news leader, Inman News, on what impact recent White House turmoil could have on the U.S. housing market. This is what he had to say: 

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Posted on 18 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

5 Things Your Contractor Doesn’t Want to Hear

 

There are parts of every job, no matter what field you’re in, that are just less fun than others. Building professionals pride themselves on doing anything and everything to make clients happy. But that doesn’t always mean the builder is jumping up and down with excitement at every stage of a project.

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Posted on 18 May 2017 | 6:30 pm

Windermere Helps Fight Food Insecurity by Funding Weekend and Summer Meal Programs

For many children, the free meals that they receive in the school cafeteria may be the only food that they get for the entire day. And that’s just on the weekdays. On the weekends, children often go hungry because their families cannot afford to cover basic household expenses, including groceries. And when the school year ends, they lose the security of those two meals, making summer the hungriest season of the year for children in our communities.

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Posted on 17 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Oregon and Southwest Washington Real Estate Market Update

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Oregon State has added almost 40,000 new jobs over the past 12 months. Although growth has slowed significantly, we can attribute this to the fact that the state has reached “full employment.” When this is achieved, growth has to rely on the population rising to drive jobs higher and, inevitably, the pace slows. Year-over-year, employment in Oregon rose by 2.2%.

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Posted on 15 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

How to Stay Organized During a Home Renovation

When you’re embarking on a renovation project, it’s a good idea to clear as much space as possible before the chaos ensues. Think about what you want and need in your new room, and thoroughly declutter the area. Follow these tips for clearing, organizing and storing to ensure your building work creates as little upheaval as possible.

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Posted on 12 May 2017 | 6:30 pm

Colorado Real Estate Market Update

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Annual employment in Colorado grew by a respectable 2.3% in February, which equated to about 64,000 new jobs over the past 12 months. Within the metropolitan market areas included in this report, employment has been mixed, with Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs reporting above-average growth. However, Greeley and Grand Junction saw a modest decline in employment.

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Posted on 10 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Nevada Real Estate Market Update

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Employment in the Las Vegas area continues to improve, reporting a 3.2% increase compared to first quarter of last year, while the unemployment rate remained essentially the same. As of February, 966,300 people were employed in the Las Vegas market, up by 29,900 from February 2016. Another good sign is that the labor force continues to expand, suggesting that there is more confidence in the area’s economy. I believe we will continue to see the job market improve as we move through the year

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Posted on 9 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Eastern Washington Real Estate Market Update

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

I’m happy to report that Washington State continues to add jobs at a steady rate. While the rate of growth is tapering, this is because many markets are getting close to “full employment”, during which time growth naturally slows. That said, I believe that the state will add around 70,000 jobs in 2017. Eastern Washington continues to see employment growth, albeit modest in some markets, as well as a decline in unemployment. It is still my expectation that we will continue to see the regional economy improving as we move through the balance of the year. 

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Posted on 8 May 2017 | 6:00 pm