What to Expect From Property Taxes in Washington State in 2018-2019

Why have property taxes gone up so much in Washington State this year and what can we expect them to do in 2019? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner answers the question that many homeowners are asking.

This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com Blog.

Windermere Hosts 4th Annual Washington Waterfront Home Tour

Are you drawn to the water? Do you dream of launching your boat off your own personal dock? Are you at your happiest on the beach or out fishing? What if you had all that just yards from your back door?

This weekend Windermere Real Estate is hosting the 4th Annual Washington Waterfront Home Tour. More than 60 homes throughout the Puget Sound area priced from $1.1 million to $13 million will be available to tour by boat, bike or car. Most will be held open 1-4pm on June 23 and 24. For those listed as “by appointment only”, please contact the agent for a private tour.

Several Windermere Eastside agents are proud to have their listings featured in the Tour. Get the full map here.

Distinctive Hunts Point Home

A signature entrance winding through an acre of lush, native garden property heralds arrival to this distinctive Hunt’s Point home. Move across the auto court and the bridge over a sparkling water feature and you have arrived! Featuring an impressive front facade where dark steel meets robust stone and stucco joins matte glass in a strikingly fresh NW contemporary. The new owner will enjoy 80 ft of their own private waterfront. Designed by Baylis Architects, revel in the full expression of light with incredible entertaining spaces.

By Appointment Only.

MLS: 1310174 | Presented By Anna Riley & Denise Niles

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Extraordinary Luxury On The Water

You will treasure coming home to discreet luxury in this oasis on the lake. Ideally located on the prestigious Medina Gold Coast with 75 ft of pristine waterfront. This custom home was wholly inspired by its year round symphony of Mt Rainier views. Serenely nestled in specimen gardens awaits an iconic jewel. Deftly fusing a sophisticated blend of geometric lines, soft subtle curves and gallery walls, this extraordinarily crafted home is a perfect canvas for a beautiful life.

By Appointment Only.

MLS: 1297920 | Presented By Anna Riley & Denise Niles

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Everyday Oasis On Lake Sammamish

An everyday oasis destined for invigorated living on 177 ft of glorious lakefront bound by alluring architecture, enchanting gardens, sand beach and waterfalls. Swim, surf and host from the indoor/outdoor infinity pool, marvel in secret spaces and savor afternoons sailing. From beachside s’mores and jacuzzi soaks to grand scale affairs, intimacy and luxurious proportions exist in ideal harmony. Playful amenities include a gym, sport court, koi pond and rock wall offering daily delight while old world elegance inspires.


MLS: 1284016 | Presented By Karl Lindor & John Kritsonis

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Coveted Laurelhurst Retreat

A phenomenal waterfront oasis in coveted Laurelhurst with 140 ft of lakefront playground with a backdrop of Mt. Rainier and stunning sunsets! A symphony of exquisite details coalesce creating an ambiance that delights, pampers and inspires. Completed in 2017, the kitchen showcases distinctive design through a luxurious lexicon, including creamy honed Michelangelo Marble, Walnut, Wolf and Subzero. Christopher Peacock kitchen, Stuart Silk, Kelly Nutt and Adam Leland the West Coast design dream team. Gorgeous!

By Appointment Only.

MLS: 1313441 | Presented By Anna Riley & Denise Niles

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A Boater’s Dream in Newport Shores

This impeccable waterfront remodel is a true find in Bellevue’s coveted Newport Shores. Home is 5,090 sq ft with 5/6 bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms and 200+ ft of protected, deep water, bulkhead moorage. Don’t miss the 275 sq ft heated boater’s storage room for all the toys! 2017 interior and exterior remodel has never been lived in! New bathrooms, carpet, light fixtures, doors, floors, molding, blinds, hardware, stucco, driveway, interior and exterior paint and more! Bellevue Schools.


MLS: 1301941 | Presented By Rip Warendorf & Ric Mangialardi

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Cozy Cove Remodel

Nestled down a quiet cul-de-sac on a sun-drenched property in the heart of Yarrow Point, you’ll find the Hideway by the Cove. Remodeled in 2017, the Hideaway offers protected Western views, a sunny yard and shared waterfront with a new dock and owned boat lift on Cozy Cove. West-facing deck and level yard space perfect for entertaining anytime – before or after you head out on the boat! Main floor master suite highlighted by lakefront views. Plus daylight bonus-room, sport court, gym and hot tub.


MLS: 1279847| Presented By Scott Whittlesey & Art Whittlesey

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Gorgeous Lake Sammamish Estate

Lake Sammamish Waterfront Estate on sunny private 1/3 acre lot with manicured grounds. Enjoy gorgeous lake views from every room. Updated formal and casual spaces including renovated kitchen with high-end appliances and granite countertops. Fabulous master with 5-piece spa bath, huge walk-in and stunning views. 68 sq ft of waterfront. Decks for alfresco entertainment and hot tub. Paddleboard off the dock with canopied boat lift and wave runner lifts. Ideally close to I-90 Lakemont exit. Don’t miss this special home!


MLS: 1285302 | Presented By Jeff Klosterman

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Custom Beachfront Home

Thoughtfully designed custom home on 75 ft half-acre of no-bank waterfront! Vaulted entry, slate and tigerwood flooring lead to panoramic lake views from nearly every room. Entertain in your gourmet kitchen with a 10-ft slab island, tile backsplash, and high-end SS appliances. 3 Bedrooms + Den, Theater, and Library. Structured Panel (SIPs) build is strong, energy efficient, and quiet. Street-to-beach offers privacy and expansion options. Award-winning Bellevue schools; minutes to Microsoft, Sea-Tac, and Downtown Seattle.


MLS: 1300432 | Presented By Lynly Callaway

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Luxurious Beaver Lake Home

The embodiment of a Whistler retreat on 70 ft of soul-stirring lakefront; custom-built in 2008 to radiate warm ambiance with expanses of heated walnut floors, alder millwork, slate and granite. This home allows for summer days spent swimming and kayaking followed by a lazy dinner barge cruise. Luxuriously appointed with gourmet kitchen featuring a Viking gas range and custom cabinets. Soothing lake view master suite with coffee bar. Coveted amenities include A/C, dog wash, terraced garden, outdoor and steam showers and wine cellar.


MLS: 1305630 | Presented By Karl Lindor & John Kritsonis

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Amazing Canal View Home

120 ft of waterfront in coveted Newport Shores. Covered boat lift plus moorage for up to 75 ft. Sprawling open floor plan is perfect for entertaining. Chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, wine fridge and dual islands positioned to enjoy canal views. Main floor master with en-suite bath and heated floors. Super flexible lower level. Huge wrap-around deck, oversized 3-car garage. Resort-style living with luxurious neighborhood amenities including clubhouse, tennis and pool overlooking Newport Yacht Club marina. Bellevue Schools.


MLS: 1312192 | Presented By Tony Marrese

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Western Exposure And Waterfront Lifestyle

Premier, main level retreat at waters edge. 2 bedrooms and 2 baths plus den. 2600+ sq ft. View from every angle. Built-in wine cabinet. Secluded and private. Master suite with fireplace and sweeping lake views. Butlers pantry, bar area conveniently located next to dining room. 2 decks. Secured building and parking. Close to Microsoft, Downtown Bellevue. Covered outdoor entertaining area. A stone’s throw from the shores of Lake Washington. Moorage with power/water. TENANT LEASE until 9/30.

By Appointment Only.

MLS: 1259554 | Presented By Karen Santa

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Beachfront Living In Burien

Designed from the beach up, commanding 108 ft of shoreline privacy on Shorewood’s expansive cove sits this sparkling home where high-tide splash applauds patio dining and curious seals, otters, eagles, heron, osprey faithfully entertain. Step onto the sand, paddle board, launch your kayak, a skiff to your buoy moorage, fish, explore. Graciously remodeled, a bulkhead fortress, From spa-level to breathtaking master suite, fireplaces throughout, a 2-chef galley. Flawless. Entertain beyond sunset.


MLS: 1284623 | Presented By Stan Isenhath

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Elegant Waterfront Residence

Welcome to soothing elegance with this masterly crafted residence overlooking panoramic views of Puget Sound and the islands while enjoying private community beach rights. Built in 2008 and fully renovated in 2016, this home offers beautifully appointed, spacious rooms where one feels at peace. Stunning chef’s kitchen and family room. Private Master en-suite. High ceilings on all three levels. Perfect flow between interior and exterior spaces. The ultimate retreat for entertaining.


MLS: 1292985 | Presented By Veronique Hval

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These are just a few of many waterfront homes throughout Western Washington that will be available for viewing during this special event. A map of all the featured homes and their open house hours can be found on the tour website. There is an undeniable luxury in waterfront living, and there’s no better way to get a taste than with us on this tour!

Community Service Day 2018

On Friday, June 8th our Windermere offices closed their doors for our annual Community Service Day. Since 1984, Windermere has dedicated a day to giving back to the community and assisting with neighborhood improvement initiatives.

We’re proud to share these projects completed by our East, Inc. offices:

Jubilee Reach

The Bellevue and Bellevue West offices teamed up to lend a hand at Jubilee REACH. This local organization supports the social and emotional needs of children and their families through mentoring, tutoring, and after-school clubs and sports programs within Bellevue public schools. Our Windermere team helped with a variety of maintenance tasks including painting doors and benches, landscaping, replacing lights, washing windows, repainting the basketball court, pressure washing walkways and play sets, and more. We are proud of our offices’ hard work at this site, and we are grateful to Jubilee REACH for their important contributions to our community and for letting us be a part of their mission!

See more photos of the day here.

Kids Without Borders

Windermere Redmond CSD 2018

Our Redmond office assisted Bellevue-based Kids Without Borders, an organization founded by Son Michael Pham, who used his experience as a refugee from Vietnam as a catalyst to serve children in our local and international communities with the vision of “all kids, one world.” Agents and staff spent the day with Son Michael Pham at the KWB storage units where they sorted and packed clothing for distribution to families in need. This was a great opportunity for us to return some of the generosity this organization has put into our global community!

See more photos of the day here.

Heritage Park

Windermere Yarrow Bay CSD 2018

Yarrow Bay agents and staff rolled up their sleeves, slipped on their gardening gloves, and grabbed shears and rakes to landscape and remove invasive plants at Heritage Park near downtown Kirkland. The park offered an incredible view of the Seattle skyline across Lake Washington as they worked – a reminder of how lucky we are to be able to enjoy the serenity of nature while still being close to the bustling city. We were happy to do our part to beautify and help preserve part of what makes our community so special!

See more photos of the day here.

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Windermere Bellevue South CSD 2018

Our Bellevue South office gave back by partnering with Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, which strives to promote quality pediatric care, family advocacy, health collaboration, mentoring, and education in a culturally relevant context. Our agents and staff helped with landscaping and mulching the clinic grounds, facilitating the book drive, and working on art projects with kids at the clinic. As an added bonus, they had the chance to listen to talks by a pediatrician and Lenny Wilkens, former NBA player and coach and current children’s healthcare advocate. We are thankful to OBCC for welcoming and inspiring us on Community Service Day and every day!

See more photos of the day here.

Cougar Mountain Zoo

Windermere Issaquah CSD 2018

Our Issaquah office headed to the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah to help with their mission to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Earth’s wildlife and the role of humanity in nature through education, conservation, propagation, and exhibition – and enjoy the company of some of its animal inhabitants. A few of their projects included clearing brush, painting benches, and habitat maintenance/wall building. This was one of the Issaquah office’s favorite Community Service Day projects, and we loved seeing them experience the zoo in a whole new way that reminded us of all of the work that goes into maintaining these neighborhood treasures!

See more photos of the day here.

Community Service Day has always been a treasured tradition and an important part of our culture here at Windermere. We greatly appreciate everything our agents invest in our communities to make them even better. Thank you all for continuing to make this a place we are proud to call HOME.

Local Market Update – June 2018

Last month brought some long-awaited, positive news for buyers with May posting the most new listings in over a decade. Despite the uptick in inventory, most homes are selling in less than a month. Prices haven’t been impacted either, with the majority of the region continuing to experience double-digit home price increases.


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The median home price on the Eastside hit an all-time high of $960, 000 in May; a 10 percent gain over the same time last year. While there were a third more homes for sale in May than a year ago, the area still had only about a month of available inventory. Three to six months is considered a balanced market. Redmond, a city with a population of 64,000, currently has only 51 single-family homes on the market.

King County

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First the good news: Those looking to buy a home in King County in May had almost 1,000 more homes to choose from compared to the previous month. The bad news: That boost in inventory did little to moderate home prices. The median price for a single-family home jumped 15 percent to $726,275, up slightly from the record high set in April.


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A strong economy and desirable lifestyle have kept Seattle a leading destination for job-seekers. The ever-increasing demand for housing has sapped supply and sent prices soaring. For 19 months Seattle has led the nation in rising home prices.  May saw the city set yet another record, with the median home price jumping 14 percent to $830,000.

Snohomish County

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Soaring prices in King County combined with rising interest rates make Snohomish County an affordable alternative for those willing to extend their commute time.  The typical home cost $500,000 in May, an increase of 11 percent over the previous year, and down very slightly from last month.

Preparing Your Home for Summer

The calendar may claim summer begins on June 21st, but for most of us, it’s already fully in gear. Kids are getting out of school, families are making summer vacation plans, and backyard barbecues are on everyone’s minds. This is also a great time of the year to get your house in order and ready for the summer season. The following are a handful of ideas and tips to help you with this process.

Outdoor Spaces

GardeningGardening– It’s not too late to start your garden!  If you’re thinking of getting your green thumb engaged, just make sure you use starts because many summer harvest vegetables won’t start from seed this late in the season.

Outdoor living– My home has an outdoor space that, like many, suffers in the grey of winter and the rainy spring. To get it properly in the summer spirit I need to get it prepped for hosting. This includes finding outdoor lighting options, updating the seating and cleaning up the barbeque.

BBQ- Make sure your grill is ready to go this season by making sure everything is clean and in working order before you fire it up. In the northwest that includes making sure the fuel lines are spider-web-free. Also, make sure you have propane or charcoal on hand for impromptu dinners.

Clean Windows- Now is a great time to clean your windows, inside and out. Sun shows more dirt and smudges.

Lawn care- Prepare your lawn for the months ahead. Depending on where you live this means different things. Check your sprinkler system to make sure it wasn’t damaged over the winter; upgrade your lawn care to ensure fuller greens, check for and remove moss to prevent dead patches and start your weeding regimen.

Pool prep- If you have an outdoor pool get this ready for a summer season of fun in the sun, (unless you are lucky enough to enjoy your pool year-round). Same goes for hot-tubs. Make sure your equipment has been serviced, chemicals are available and your pool is clean and ready to use. OR, head to the local hardware store and buy your kiddie pool now before they run out!

Summerize- Check or replace AC filters, window screens, and household fans to make sure these are all functioning and will help provide maximum circulation in your house. Consider installing an attic fan or vent to help pull heat out of your home all winter long. Pack away excess cold weather items such as heavy blankets, jackets, and other items so they aren’t in your way. Same goes for any sundry items you only use during fall and winter.

Inside Spaces

Lighten the Space- Though I likely won’t spend much time inside once the mercury rises, I want to keep the house as light and cool as possible. I have found that replacing the curtains with a lighter shade lets the light in, but also keeps the rooms from overheating from sun exposure. Summer always makes me want to lighten up with the accessories- lighter colors, more whites, bright accents and less clutter.

Rearrange – Freshen up spaces by rearranging some of your wall art. If you don’t have enough wall pieces to rearrange regularly it may be time to add to your collection. You can find inexpensive original art online at stores such as Etsy or in person at local galleries. You can always play with other items like framed images from books, vintage posters or record albums. Here are some terrific ideas for using what you have to add interest to a room.

SpringCleanupAir it out- Open all the windows, shake out the rugs and update home fragrances to fit summer moods (citrus, freesia, clean linen, coconut, melon, fruits and tropical, etc.). You can create your own diffuser with essential oils to distribute fragrance. This may be more symbolic than practical but it always makes me feel ready for summer.

Paint- If you have a room you really want to refresh, a three-day weekend is a good time to take on a project of scale, so you have plenty of time to prep, paint, dry, and clean up. Painting is one of the least expensive ways to really transform how a room feels. Need help picking colors and paint type? Here is some good advice.

Garage or Basement- Tackle a big space that makes a big difference. Our garages and basements often become year-long dumping grounds for seasonal decorations and clothing, items that don’t fit in cabinets, memorabilia and maintenance tools. Go through your items and sort by keep, throw out and donate/sell and then group your keeps by function. Make sure your tools are accessible for easy gardening and entertaining by making sure your tools are accounted for, ready to go, and easy to reach. Here is a useful video on garage organization.

Yard/Garage Sale- If you have overflow at your house, plan a yard/garage sale to get rid of items you no longer need or want. Just make sure to pack everything up and donate it at the end of the sale otherwise you are just letting the clutter back in!

Plan a party- Once your space is all cleaned up and redecorated you will want to show it off! Plan a summer BBQ, dinner party, pool party, picnic or any other gathering.

This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com Blog.