Windermere Leads in Luxury Home Sales

The boom in luxury homes sales on Eastside continued in 2015 as technology executives and foreign buyers snapped up high-end homes. Windermere maintained its leadership in the luxury home segment with Windermere brokers representing clients in 60 of the 98 sales.


Sellers who work with Windermere brokers receive unparalleled exposure through the Windermere Premier Properties program, along with extensive international marketing via Luxury Portfolio and Juwai, which specifically targets affluent Chinese buyers. In addition, Leigh Canlis has joined Windermere to develop a full-service luxury marketing division that will provide clientele with concierge services including financial services, landscaping and more.

2015 Luxury Home Sales Snapshot


  • Sales continue to climb. The number of $3 million+ home sales on the Eastside increased 20% over the previous year.
  • The majority of buyers paid cash. 53% of those buying high-end homes paid for the home in cash.
  • Waterfront homes are becoming scarce. The value of waterfront homes continued to increase as buyers competed for a dwindling supply of these highly coveted properties.
  • The Eastside is becoming more global. Whether they are buying a home to live in or as an investment, international buyers – particularly those from China – continue to favor the Eastside. According to the National Association of Realtors, 2015 was the first time that buyers from China edged out those from Canada as the largest group of foreign buyers of homes in the U.S.

You can view the full report for more detailed information.

Make sure you see the report of $5 million+ home sales in King County, too!

Welcome Leigh Canlis!

Leigh CanlisWe are excited to announce the addition of Leigh Canlis to the Windermere Services team!

Leigh has been a well-known business and community leader in the Seattle area for more than 18 years. Her background includes managing sales, events, and VIP client relations for Dale Chihuly, 13 years as President of Canlis Glass, and Vice President-Private Banker at JP Morgan, as well as Vice President-Wealth Strategist for Northern Trust. Leigh is also well known for her extensive charitable work with several Seattle-area non-profits.

“I want to help Windermere push the traditional boundaries of luxury real estate and define a new, refined category within the marketplace,” she said in a statement. “I want it to make a mark and grab people’s attention with its grace and sophistication, to feel out of the box for the real estate world, while complimenting everything that Windermere stands for.”

Windermere already leads in luxury sales on the Eastside, but we are excited for the creativity and fresh ideas Leigh brings with her. We know all too well how quickly our market can change, and we want to make sure Windermere stays ahead of the evolving needs of our clients.

Welcome to the Windermere family, Leigh!

Image via Puget Sound Business Journal.

Windermere Represents Eastside Luxury Home Sales

Windermere Represents Eastside Luxury Home Sales

2015 was a huge year in King County for luxury home sales in the Seattle area. The latest luxury statistics reported by Windermere Real Estate, seen below, show there were 33 home sales worth $5 million or more. Compare that to 2014 when there were 31 $5 million+ sales and it’s clear to see the increasing trend in our region.

Windermere Real Estate led these luxury home sales with involvement in 25 of the 33 sales. Several local publications called upon Windermere for our expertise in this market including KING5 News, The Puget Sound Business Journal, The Seattle Times, Bloomberg, and RealtyToday.

All-Cash Buyers

Nearly two-thirds of the luxury sales last year were paid in cash. Seven of these 33 homes sold in 10 days or less, and six of the buyers were local. Most buyers were either business owners or corporate executives, and about 40 percent were foreign nationals primarily from China.

Eastside Leads in Luxury Sales

All but four of the 33 sales were on the Eastside with seven luxury sales in Bellevue and Mercer Island each. There were also five luxury sales in Clyde Hill, four in Medina, and three in both Yarrow Point and Hunts Point.

Windermere Real Estate brokers are trusted in the rising, high-profile nature of our luxury market. All-cash buyers, local and international, are becoming more common. We’re here to continue leading through representation and professional experience in the luxury housing market of 2016.