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When Things Go Bump in the Night

It’s almost Halloween; the time of year when people decorate their homes with haunting embellishments and spooky décor. Bats, spiders, and rodents are all good and fun when they’re made of plastic, but when you have the real thing taking up residence in your home, it’s no treat. Here are some tips for making sure these frightening critters don’t make your house their permanent home.

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 6:00 pm

Help Us Keep Homeless Youth Warm Again This Winter

All of us at Windermere are very excited to be in the midst of the second season of our partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, and continuing our campaign to help #tacklehomelessness. For every home game tackle made by the Seahawks, the Windermere Foundation is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit that provides critical services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

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Posted on 16 October 2017 | 6:00 pm

Find a New Home in Four Steps

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a current owner looking for a bigger home, the ideas below will help you better navigate that all-important first step: Finding a property that you like (and can afford).

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Posted on 11 October 2017 | 6:00 pm

6 Dramatic Exterior Makeovers to Inspire Your Own

Upgrading your home’s exterior has many benefits, not the least of which is a nice welcome home every day. Whether you freshen up your finishes, add a new garage door or redo your landscape, there are many ways to elevate your home’s curb appeal. These six before-and-after projects offer a sample of what can be done. See the exteriors, then take a look at the rest of each home.

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Posted on 9 October 2017 | 6:00 pm

Renting vs. Buying in Today’s Market

The debate about whether it makes more financial sense to rent or buy has been raging for decades. Advocates of buying say: When you rent, you’re essentially paying someone else’s mortgage. Buying, on the other hand, is an investment—one that can significantly increase in value every year you continue living in the home.

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Posted on 4 October 2017 | 6:00 pm

Perk Up Your Home’s Exterior With a Splash of Green

If our recent profile of homes with bold blue accents wasn’t your speed, this week we take a look at houses that sport a splash of green. Whether you choose a softer, more neutral green that picks up hues in your landscape or you go for a bright hue, first consider the following examples of how to work in a green accent to the exterior, along with paint color palettes to try out on your own home.

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Posted on 2 October 2017 | 6:00 pm

Getting Organized Is Good for Your Home and Your Health

For the last nine years, the HomeGain National Home Improvement Survey has been asking real estate professionals across the country the same question: What are the top 10 things a homeowner can do to get their home ready to sell?

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Posted on 27 September 2017 | 6:00 pm

6 Foyers That Invite in Style

With a side entrance to your home, you can be a little more forgiving when it comes to messes. But with a front-door entry, through which you and your guests get a first impression of your home, you’ve got to be a little more on top of your style and storage game. The following are some of the most popular front-entry photos recently, as measured by the number of people who saved them to their Houzz ideabooks from January through March. Let us know which will inspire your next project.

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Posted on 25 September 2017 | 6:00 pm

New Home Construction

Developers are not building enough single family homes to keep up with demand. The reason why? Cost. Windermere's Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner explains why new construction is so cost prohibitive and how to shift the trend.

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Posted on 20 September 2017 | 6:00 pm

I'm Ready To Downsize But How Do I Start?

By June Griffiths

Are you thinking about downsizing but don’t know how to make the tricky transition work? How do you buy a new place before you sell your current home?

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Posted on 18 September 2017 | 6:00 pm