Puget Sound Business Journal Honors Windermere Agents as Tops In the Seattle-Area Luxury Market

Congratulations to our Seattle-area agents for representing a disproportionate share of clients on this year’s Puget Sound Business Journal list of Top 25 Most Expensive Home Sales. In the Seattle-Eastside luxury market, Windermere outperformed all other real estate companies, including participating in over half of the region’s most expensive sales, generating top returns for their sellers, and reaching closings at nearly double the pace of other agents. We’re proud of the expertise of our agents and look forward to seeing their diligent work continue to be recognized as they define luxury real estate.

This blog originally appeared on the Windermere Blog.

Commute vs. Home Price Trade-Off: How Far Are You Willing To Drive?

Would you be willing to swap a longer commute time for a lower monthly mortgage payment? With prices of homes near city centers skyrocketing, many buyers are rethinking their priorities and choosing to “keep driving until they can afford it.”

Housing Search Trade-Off: Price vs. Commute Time

We examined active listing on the Northwest Multiple Listing Service and their drive-time proximity to downtown Seattle. Looking at homes within a 30-minute radius from downtown, the median home price was $1,612,500. Homes located within a 31 to 60-minute commute from downtown had a median price of $890,000–that’s 45 percent less. This means if you are willing to commute over an hour, the price of the average home in the area would be $1 million less than if you lived close to the city.

Search for Homes by Commute Time on Windermere.com

The Drive Time Search function on Windermere.com and our Windermere brokers’ websites allows you to customize the search criteria with your work address, time of day that you commute, and maximum amount of time you want to spend driving to and from work. The results will exclusively show homes for sale within your preferred drive time. 
Search By Drive Time
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One of our qualified Windermere brokers can help you choose the right area, narrow down your criteria, and create a strategy for getting you the home you want at a price you can afford.

 

Join Us For The 2018 Windermere Cup Weekend!

 

Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington are excited to host the women’s crew from the Dutch National Rowing Team and the men’s crews from Oxford Brookes University and the University of British Columbia as the challengers for the 32nd annual Windermere Cup Regatta on Saturday, May 5th.

Enjoy the annual regatta as part of Seattle’s Opening Day of Boating Season followed by the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. This year’s regatta will include 23 races featuring athletes ages 14-70.

Schedule of Events

 8:30 – 9:00 am Pick up coffee, scones and find your spot along the Montlake Cut or Bridge for the races.
9:40 am Montlake Bridge closes
10:00 am – Noon Windermere Cup Regatta (22 Races)
10:14 am

The Battle of the Brave:
Police vs. Fire Department Race
 12:30 – 1:00 pm Windermere Cup and Cascade Cup Award Ceremony (Stage)
 1:00 – 2:30 pm Masters, Collegiate and Junior’s Award Ceremony (Stage)
 3:00 pm Montlake Bridge Opens

More than 800 athletes earn a spot to compete in this prestigious event, which culminates with the women’s and men’s Windermere Cup races. After the races, fans are invited to join the regatta champions for an awards ceremony and presentation of the Windermere Cup Trophy on the stage located near the finish line at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Admission to this event is free. Viewing is available on the shores of the Montlake Cut or by boats anchored to a log boom in Lake Washington.

 

Party On The Cut

$10 Child Admission | $25 General Admission ($30 at the gate)

The boats hit the water Saturday morning but the party begins Friday night! Kick off Windermere Cup weekend at Seattle’s annual party on the Montlake waterfront featuring three live bands: Brian DiJulio & the Love Jacks, The Groove Surfers and SPIKE & THE IMPALERS! Enjoy live music, food vendors, beer garden, lawn games and more Friday, May 4th from 6-10 PM on the northeast shore of the Montlake Cut. All ages are welcome!

Proceeds from the Party on the Cut will establish rowing scholarships for low income youth through the Windermere Foundation.

Download the App!

Looking to find all the information for the 2018 Windermere Cup in one place while you’re on the go? Download the Windermere Cup 2018 App now! You can access the schedule, stay up-to-date on the events, and more. Go to Google Play Store or IOS App Store, download “CrowdCompass AttendeeHub”, then search for “Windermere Cup 18.”

 

Windermere Real Estate Hits Refresh Button on Company Brand

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When you’ve been in business for 46 years, you learn that one of the keys to being successful is knowing when it’s time to spruce things up – and that’s exactly what we’ve done with the Windermere brand. We knew we didn’t need an entire brand overhaul, but a little facelift was definitely in order.

It all started in the spring of 2017 when we launched Windermere’s ultra-luxury marketing brand, W Collection. The development of that program and its visual identity caused us to take a step back and look at how the primary Windermere brand and all of its sub-brands worked together as a cohesive unit.

The result was a 12-month process that saw every element of the Windermere brand updated to reflect a more modern look and feel. Everything from signage to business cards, marketing materials, and the Windermere website now features our new and improved brand. For a complete look, please visit windermererefresh.com.

May 1 marks the official launch of the refreshed Windermere brand; to commemorate this major company milestone, we produced a video that visually embodies our core values of professionalism, relationships, collaboration, and community.

We’re incredibly proud of the refreshed Windermere brand and thankful that we’ve been able to serve communities up and down the West Coast for the past 46 years.


This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com blog.

Windermere’s Winter Drive Collects over 3,000 Items for Homeless Youth

As part of Windermere’s #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, 37 Windermere offices* in King and Snohomish Counties collected new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks for Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. The recipient of these donations was YouthCare, a Seattle-based non-profit that provides critical services and support to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

Over 3,000 items were collected during the four-week drive, which included some 737 pairs of socks, 391 hats, 467 pairs of gloves/mittens, 111 scarves, and an assortment of other accessories and cash donations. Two agents out of the Mill Creek, WA office even made 32 scarves by hand for the Winter Drive. We are thankful for these generous donations which will go a long way towards helping keep homeless youth warmer this winter season.

The folks at YouthCare were all very thankful to receive the delivery of eight bins full of donated items. And to make the day even more exciting, Blitz, the Seahawks mascot, was on site to oversee the delivery of the items to YouthCare!

Brittny Nielsen, Communications and New Media Specialist said, “We were thrilled to see our friends from Windermere and Gentle Giant dropping off a semi-truck full of donations for homeless youth this season. Having Blitz from the Seahawks show up to help us celebrate was icing on the cake! This crucial donation from Windermere brightens the holidays for youth in need. We’re so grateful!”

All of us at Windermere are very grateful to Gentle Giant Moving Company, who partnered with us on this drive, and generously donated their time and trucks to pick up all of the donated items from our offices and deliver them to YouthCare.

Thank you to our participating offices, the Seahawks, and all those who donated, for making Windermere’s Winter Drive a success!

 

*Participating Windermere offices

BellevueBellevue CommonsBellevue SouthBellevue WestBurienChelanIssaquahKirkland CentralKirkland Yarrow BayLynnwoodMaple ValleyMercer IslandMill CreekMonroeProperty Management – BellevueProperty Management – EdmondsProperty Management – SouthRedmondSeattle-BallardSeattle-Capitol HillSeattle-EastlakeSeattle-Green LakeSeattle-GreenwoodSeattle-LakeviewSeattle-Madison ParkSeattle-MagnoliaSeattle-Mount BakerSeattle-NorthgateSeattle-NorthwestSeattle-Queen AnneSeattle-Sand PointSeattle-Wall StreetSeattle-WedgwoodSeattle-West SeattleServices-MarketingSnohomishWoodinville

This article originally appeared on the Windermere.com blog.