Home Prepare for Winter: Home Maintenance Checklist No one wants their holidays interrupted by a terrible leak or sudden home repairs, so now’s the time to prepare for winter. Here’s our handy home maintenance checklist to get you started. That way, you and your home will be ready for the holiday season. Weatherproof and Check Your Roof While winter in our corner […]
Sellers Should You Renovate Or Sell Your Home As Is? You’ve decided to sell your home, so should you renovate or sell your home as is? As with all decisions, there are pros and cons to each choice. If you choose to renovate your home, it will most likely sell for a higher price and faster, but remodeling projects can be costly. And, some don’t […]
Buyers Our Top Home Buying Tips Once you start looking for a new home, suddenly everyone you know becomes an expert with advice to share. Sometimes all this guidance can be a bit overwhelming and even distracting. To help you focus on what’s most important, we’ve put together a list of our top home buying tips. Know the Neighborhood Many home […]
Community Kitsap’s Top Places to Kayak, Swim, and SUP There are many great places to enjoy life on the water here in Kitsap County. We’ve gathered a list of beautiful places here (and a few outside of Kitsap) where you can kayak, swim, and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). Want to paddle but need the gear? We’ve also included rental information. Buck Lake County Park […]
Buyers First-Time Home Buyers: Pre-Approval, Making an Offer, Escrow Buying your first home is a big decision. But learning more about the process will help you feel prepared and increase your confidence moving forward. Below is a list of first-time home buyers’ frequently asked questions. Read on to find out about the pre-approval process, making an offer, and escrow. Pre-Approval Process What is pre-approval? […]
Sellers Benefits of a Comparative Market Analysis If you’re thinking of selling your home, one crucial element is ensuring your home is accurately priced. That’s why many sellers have their real estate agent provide them with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). Read on to learn about the benefits of a CMA and how it’s different from an appraisal. An Appraisal vs. a […]
Buyers 4 Important Benefits of Working with a Local Lender Buying a home in today’s competitive market can be intimidating. But there’s no need to feel discouraged! There are steps you can take to set yourself up for success such as using a local lender. Here are four benefits of working with a local lender. 1. Personalized Experience Before exploring neighborhoods and open houses, you […]
Sellers Windermere Ready Program: Increase Your Home’s Sale Price Preparing your home to make a great first impression is the best way to increase the sale price. The Windermere Ready program was created for home sellers to specifically address this important selling point. With guidance from a local expert, our program prepares your home to really impress potential buyers. And, if you need financial […]
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Community Greater Kingston Area Events to Enjoy Every Year The greater Kingston area, which includes Port Gamble, Suquamish, Indianola, Hansville, and Kingston, is home to many fun annual and recurring events. Here is a list to give you an idea of what this vibrant community offers in terms of festivals, live music, outdoor activities, and more. Annual Events in Spring and Summer  Story Walk: […]
Kitsap Statistics Kitsap’s Market: First Quarter, 2022 Kitsap County’s real estate market had a solid first quarter. In 2021, we saw strong buyer demand and low inventory, and that continues to be the case. It’s still a seller’s market, with many homes continuing to sell above the asking price.  We’ve compiled key highlights and market trends below.  And, if you have any […]
Community New Agent Spotlight: Alexandra Harkins A strong work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, and a passion for real estate make Alexandra Harkins the perfect fit for many home buyers and sellers. She’s a lifelong local and recently joined our Windermere Kingston team. Learn about her interesting background, her approach to real estate, and more in our Q&A. What unique professional skills […]
Community Easy Ways to Volunteer and Connect to Kitsap’s Community Want to connect to Kitsap’s community and volunteer in a fun, easy way? Helping a Kitsap County non-profit is a great way to meet new people, enjoy time with friends or family members, and even learn something new.  Volunteer in Kingston Heronswood Garden Run by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, this botanical paradise works to […]
Home Spring Gardening Tips Here in the Pacific Northwest, we take our sunshine seriously, and we’re really looking forward to spring. If you’re new to gardening or want to step up your game, here are some helpful tips to make sure it becomes a blooming sensation. 1. Placement Matters Be sure to plant everything in the proper place according […]
Community Enjoy a Fun Night Out in North Kitsap If this winter weather is getting you down, shake things up with a night out in North Kitsap. From excellent food and drink options to live music and creative activities, there are many fun things to do here. Check out these unique suggestions below. Enjoy Wine, Food, and Live Music at d’Vine Wines A popular […]
Kitsap Statistics Fourth Quarter Market Review for Kitsap County Looking for the latest information about Kitsap County’s real estate market? This market update gives you fourth quarter stats, an overview of the last five quarters, and some important insights from Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. As was expected, our local market slowed down as we entered the holiday season. There are still many eager […]
Sellers Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home Selling a home can often be a confusing, stressful process. Legal jargon and selling costs can make it challenging and time-intensive for the average seller. And, mistakes made during this process can eat away at your hard work. The good news is, you can avoid these costly pitfalls so that it goes as smoothly as […]
Community Our Community Involvement in 2021 Community involvement is one of our core values, so we thought we would share how our Windermere Kingston office has supported and invested in our wonderful community this year. By sharing this information, we hope it spreads awareness about these great events and nonprofits. Local Events In the spring, we helped with Community Kitchen, a […]
Buyers What to Examine When Touring a Home Before purchasing a home, touring it and examining every inch of it is essential. Although it may be tempting to focus on its beautiful features, it is important to keep often overlooked aspects in mind. This will really help you in the long run.  Cracked Walls and Floors A tiny crack in the drywall here […]
Community 5 of Kitsap’s New Eateries You Need to Try In case you missed our social media coverage, we’ve been featuring great, local eateries that have opened during the pandemic. We wanted to highlight them all in one place so you can fully appreciate their unique stories. It was such a joy to chat with all of these local small business owners and we hope […]
Kitsap Statistics Third Quarter Review for North Kitsap’s Market Our North Kitsap real estate market continues to grow more competitive for buyers. Read on for key highlights about our strong seller’s market. Our Competitive Seller’s Market North Kitsap’s inventory is now lower than this time last year and demand is consistently high. With the new remote working norm, the greener pastures of Kitsap living […]