A Windermere Tradition: Windermere for Kids 2016

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On Saturday, nearly 300 Windermere Real Estate brokers from six Eastside offices came together for Windermere for Kids. For the 16th occasion, Windermere brokers donated $225 gift cards to over 100 kids from the community.

The morning of the event, each of the over 100 children between the ages of 7 and 12 (a “little shopper”) were given a $225 gift card to Target and partnered with a broker who helps the little shopper select gifts for members of their family. Unbeknownst to the little shopper, a gift for them was also purchased. Gifts were then taken into the mall to six large wrapping stations, each powered by 15 to 20 brokers. The gifts were wrapped, tagged and packaged for the little shopper to take back to their family. While they waited for the gifts to be wrapped, there were Santa pictures, crafts, and food and beverages to keep them busy.

Since 1998, this event has been a favorite for brokers who year after year choose to support Windermere for Kids over having a company holiday party. Together, they helped deliver the holiday spirit to 109 deserving children and their families living on the Eastside. Over the 16 years of this event, Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc. has donated almost $250,000 to families involved in Windermere for Kids.

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Legal Savvy For You

nest-danielsTo continue our legacy of highly competent and educated brokers, our agents are attending a class next week with Lars Neste and David Daniels of Demco Law Firm.

Demco Law and Windermere Real Estate create and organize these classes frequently so our brokers can stay on top of any and all real estate laws. The goal is to keep everyone in the Windermere circle ahead of real estate requirements when it comes to purchasing or selling a home. These classes cover a wide range of topics from marketing to the forms and documents used to ensure a smooth closing process for you.

We bring in the top experts so our agents can be the best support and resource for you in your home search and sale experience.

Brokers: make sure you can attend the class next week! Talk to your office staff to sign up.

Halloween Happenings on the Eastside

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Believe it or not, it’s almost the end of October! Haunted houses, hay rides, pumpkin patches, and even a special harvest market from the Bellevue Farmers Market are waiting for you in the days ahead.

If you’re looking for something to do on Halloween Day, make sure you check out the Halloween Market with the Bellevue Farmers Market. They’re transforming their typical Saturday Market into something fun and full of treats. There will be pumpkin painting, face painting, live music, a family photo booth, costume contest, fresh cider, and a scavenger hunt for kids at the vendor booths.

If you still need to visit the pumpkin patch this weekend, here are a few great farms for you:

Dr. Maze’s Farm

Fall City Farms

Fox Hollow Family Farms

Remlinger Farms

Looking for something spookier than pumpkin patches and hay rides? Here are some haunted houses and events:

Spookfest Zip Tour

Nightmare at Beaver Lake

Fright Fest

Haunted Farm at Fox Hollow Family Farms

Windermere Shredding & Recycling Events

IMG_0570At their shredding event on April 25th, the Windermere office in Chelan collected donations for their local volunteer firefighters. While this was the Chelan office’s first shredding event, they were able to raise over $700 for the volunteer fire department. They’re excited for this event to grow into an annual fundraiser for an excellent cause!

Windermere offices across the Eastside host shredding and recycling events throughout the year. These are timely events spread out on the calendar so you don’t have to hold on to too many sensitive documents at any time, especially if you have too many for your smaller home office machine. Most offices will also be collecting donations at these events for local non-profit organizations, so it’s always worth taking advantage of our large professional shredders!

Here are some of the upcoming shredding events at local Windermere offices:

June 6 @ Mercer Island

September 19 @ Bellevue

October 17 @ Bellevue West

Here’s the upcoming list of electronics recycling events:

June 6 @ Mercer Island

June 20 @ Bellevue West

September 12 @ Woodinville

September 26 @ Issaquah

October 10 @ Bellevue

The Windermere Cup is Tomorrow!

windermerecupThis Saturday, May 2 marks the 29th anniversary of an event that is a touchstone for our company, our family of offices and agents, and the University of Washington. The Windermere Cup, held annually on the first day of boating season, is both an international sporting event and an opening day party, followed by the world’s largest boat parade. But more than that, it’s a celebration of camaraderie, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.

The camaraderie is everywhere you look: on the banks of the Montlake Cut, where Seattle residents welcome visitors from around the world to the beautiful University of Washington campus; on the water, where great athletes join together to do what none of them could do individually. Thousands of people coming together for a common cause. That, in and of itself, is powerful stuff.

But what we find most remarkable about this sport, and what sets the Windermere Cup apart from most other major sporting events, is the teamwork. Though it may look easy from the sidelines, rowing is a physically demanding full-body sport. Rowers practice long hours, starting before dawn and ending after sunset, both on the water and in the gym. A crew boat can only race if all eight members plus the coxswain show up, and they can only perform as well as the weakest among them. There are no superstars in crew. It’s one for all, and all for one. So they leave their personal issues at home and push themselves to the limit, every time, for the love of the team.

It’s that commitment to excellence, seen on the face of every rower in every shell at the Windermere Cup, that makes us proud to sponsor this community event each year. It reminds us of our own guiding principles at Windermere: strong relationships built on trust, goodwill, and mutual respect; a spirit of teamwork that makes us more successful as a whole than we are individually; and a ceaseless commitment to excellence and unparalleled service. It’s truly a great tradition to be a part of.

This year, we invite you to join us as the Husky men’s varsity eights race down the Montlake Cut against Columbia University and current world champs, New Zealand Rowing Team, while the UW women will face off against the University of Virginia. In addition to the competition, the Windermere Cup is a family-friendly community event that will include food vendors, booths to purchase Washington apparel and Windermere Cup commemorative gear, as well as a bouncy house.

To learn more about the Windermere Cup, visiting teams, and event schedule, go to www.windermerecup.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

This post was originally featured on the Windermere Blog.