Join Us for a Free Kids’ Planting Event at Summer Celebration: July 8 & 9, 2017

Join Us for a Free Kids’ Planting Event at Summer Celebration: July 8 & 9, 2017

The Windermere Mercer Island team is incredibly excited about Summer Celebration this year. Summer Celebration’s 2017 theme is “Out of this World!”

We have a new booth that we’ll be debuting in Mercerdale Park. Stop by to check it out, and make sure to bring the kids to participate our coloring contest.

We’ll be hosting our 12th annual My First Garden children’s planting event and…. Ciscoe Morris will be leading it this year! Ciscoe will offer his fun, entertaining plant knowledge and gardening experience to this year’s My First Garden as he leads the young gardeners through planting a flower in a decorated pot to take home.

In addition, we’re proud to be the sponsor of the Windermere Stage. There’s a great line up of musical acts scheduled to perform over the weekend!

Below is the schedule of Windermere sponsored events, which will occur in the Mercerdale Park festival location.

My First Garden with Ciscoe Morris, a kid’s free flowing planting event sponsored by Windermere Real Estate
Windermere Stage, 2 pm Saturday

Entertainment on the Windermere Stage
Saturday, 7/8 from 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, 7/9 from 10 am – 5 pm

The Windermere Booth Coloring Contest and Giveaways
Saturday, 7/8 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 7/9 from 10 am – 5 pm

Click here to access more details about the weekend schedule.

How are inventory shortages impacting the housing market?

How are inventory shortages impacting the housing market?

The latest video in Windermere Real Estate’s Economics 101 video series featuring chief economist, Matthew Gardner. 

The shortage of homes for sale has been a major concern for buyers and real estate agents over the last few years. Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, explains the impact these shortages are having on the housing market.

2017 Windermere Real Estate Eastside Kick-off: We’re Ready For What This Year Will Bring!

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If you follow Windermere Mercer Island on social media, a week ago Friday you saw our brokers attended the 2017 Eastside Windermere Real Estate Kick-off event. And what an event! Over 500 brokers from of the Eastside offices, and the Chelan area, gathered together to get energized for the New Year.


The event, held at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel, opened with a lovely continental breakfast and the opportunity to network.  The opening emcee was Matt Deasy, owner of Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc. Mr. Deasy discussed how Windermere brokers provide value to their clients in 3 different ways: opportunity, synergy, and endurance. Windermere brokers are distinctively primed to take advantage of the strong local economy and educate clients regarding the hot Seattle area housing market.

eastsidekickoff-161The Top Producer Broker Panel featured 5 amazing brokers from Windermere offices around the region. Mike Connolly, owner of Windermere Real Estate/Central, Inc., moderated this panel that included Nicole Mangina (Bellevue Commons), Ruth Harle (Bellevue-South), Jay Agoado (Mercer Island), Clive Egdes (Kirkland – Central), and Tony Butz (Bellevue-South). Each of the stories shared by this group were unique, but their success in real estate all contained common characteristics: determination, hard work, establishing real connections with people in their communities, not being afraid of technology, and offering concierge level customer service. The panel interaction, delivered in an Inman Connect Interview format, was fast-paced and engaging. A key take-away was the importance of adding value for clients who are already data savvy regarding real estate, and to own that professional value proposition.

Tech Tools to Make You Look Like a Rock Star

eastsidekickoff-211Shawn Prutsman, Vice President of Technology with Windermere Services, was introduced by Julie Barrows, owner of Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island. She moderated this segment by asking Mr. Prutsman about the impressive new tools that will be available to Windermere brokers during 2017, and what technology updates to expect. An exciting topic was the updated listing photo gallery, and all of its amazing features, that debuted at the end of 2016. All the tools and updates scheduled for 2017 will provide further assistance to Windermere brokers– helping them effectively and beautifully market homes, assist buyer clients in our fast-paced local market, and stay cutting-edge in a region where technology is what helps drive our economy.

Amy Adams, owner of Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons, presented a wonderful introduction of the man everyone in the room was eagerly waiting to hear speak – Matthew Gardner. As chief economist of Windermere Real Estate, Mr. Gardner prepares an annual forecast addressing his predictions for our economic and real estate climates. First, he covered our local economy – which is experiencing remarkable growth. The economies of the large cities in western states have been generally robust, and Washington metro areas have been at the top of the list. He sees this trend continuing into 2017, along with low unemployment. In fact, we should see more people relocating to our area during 2017 to fill jobs in the tech sector, and escape higher priced real estate in the Bay area. Two sectors he noted as slower growing are manufacturing and construction. We’re seeing that trend play out in lower numbers of single family residential permits being issued. Less new construction places pressure on our resale market, which will contribute to our housing market’s continued low inventory this year. House prices will see more increases in Western Washington. Housing affordability is an issue that needs to be addressed. King County homes are not affordable for many first time home buyers, which we’re seeing translated into people opting to purchase outside of Seattle metro.

 

NW Home Design Trends to Watch

eastsidekickoff-277Peter Hickey, owner of Windermere Real Estate/Northeast, Inc., moderated a panel of architecture and design specialists who detailed current home design trends that are especially popular in the Pacific Northwest.  Sheri Olson of Sheri Olson Architecture, Susan Marinello of Susan Marinello Interiors, Inc., and Brenda Gage with JayMarc Homes shared their favorite trends along with what they are seeing out in the field. New materials, exploring the color black as a neutral, and simplicity are all sought after in the interior design environment.  Modern, yet informal gathering places – both inside and out – are desired by homeowners in our region. Aging in place is also a hot topic in home design — with main floor masters, or dual masters on upper and main floors, an increasingly requested home feature.

The Right Mindset for 2017

eastsidekickoff-288Dan Givens, of Windermere Professional Development, closed out this year’s Kick-off event with a short presentation on having the right mindset to succeed at both work and home. He shared three simple, but impactful, mindsets that can redirect your outlook in a positive direction.

  1. Decide you are going to have fun.
  2. Set out to meet nice people each day.
  3. Help someone solve a problem.

Mr. Givens stressed during his presentation that affirmations don’t just happen by accident. If you consciously set out to change your outlook to meet your desired affirmation, that’s when the real change begins! His message offered simple ways to stay positive, and be effective in changing a habit or adding a new activity to your day.

eastsidekickoff-303What a great way to start of the year! The information shared during the event is so useful, and gave each broker who was in attendance tools that can help them improve their businesses, and deliver to their clients even better customer service during 2017. A round of applause is due for the owners and managers of the Eastside offices for offering such a terrific annual event to your brokers. And a special thank you to Julie Barrows, owner of the Mercer Island office, who organized this year’s Eastside Kick-off.

Photo credit: Frances Gaul

Please Join Us This Weekend At Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration !

 

SummerCelebrationWebSummer Celebration is coming back to Mercer Island’s Mercerdale Park and Luther Burbank Park on July 9th and 10th, complete with live entertainment and events at our Windermere Stage. We’ll be at the Saturday morning parade handing out festive swag and cheering on the parade participants.  Our office is proud to be sponsoring a fun children’s gardening event and a booth with fun giveaways for kids and grownups alike…

 

“My First Garden” Free Planting Event for Kids
Saturday, 7/9 at 1:45 pm
The Windermere Stage

 

Coloring Contest and Giveaways
Saturday, 7/9 from 10am – 7pm
Sunday, 7/10 from 10am – 5pm
The Windermere Booth

 

More from the Mercer Island city website:

“Summer Celebration 2016 theme is “Symphony of Summer” and is all about music! Come enjoy a weekend of musical entertainment and fun all weekend long, July 9th and 10th in downtown Mercer Island. Join us for community karaoke, arts & crafts, community parade, car show, Obliteride Kids Ride, Boat Rides Around the Island, music activities, Food vendors, fireworks, live bands & entertainment, and a Swedish Pancake Breakfast.”

Events include:  ParadeBoat RidesFood VendorsArts & CraftsCar ShowChildren’s Fun ZoneCommunity KaraokeFireworksObliteride Kids’ RideMusicEntertainment

 

Festival Hours:

    Sat., July 9 10 am – Parade Town Center
11 am to 7 pm
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
~10:00 pm – Fireworks
Festival at Mercerdale Park
Luther Burbank Park
Luther Burbank Park
    Sun., July 10 10 am to 5 pm Festival at Mercerdale Park

Click here to download the full schedule of events!

Festival Locations:
Mercerdale Park (Main Festival, Parade, Obliteride Kids’ Ride)
3249 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Luther Burbank Park (Fireworks, Shakespeare, Boat Rides)
2040 84th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

King County Residents: Compost Days Kicks Off Spring Gardening Season!

20160218_091723“Compost Days” is back to kick off the 2016 gardening season! What is “Compost Days” exactly? It’s a region-wide campaign to thank King County residents for their excellence in composting and diverting 375,000 tons of food, food-soiled paper, and yard waste from landfills during 2015.

The event is sponsored by Cedar Grove and open to all King County residents. It runs from March 17 to April 17. You can download coupons for discounted Cedar Grove products to use for gardening projects to redeem at participating retailers. Right here on Mercer Island the coupons may be redeemed at the True Value Hardware in Town Center.

It really does makes a big difference recylcing your food scraps in your free curbside yard waste cart. Nearly 30% of what we throw away in our garbage is material that should be composted instead. With the compost that was created from food scraps recycled in 2015, Cedar Grove was able to donate over half mile of compost to local gardens through their Big Garden Give.

Click here to get your “Compost Days” coupons to redeem.

Windermere Foundation: making a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in need

If you’ve ever worked with a Windermere broker, then you too are a part of the Windermere Foundation. Every time one of our brokers helps a client buy or sell a home a portion of their commission goes to the Windermere Foundation. And you’ve helped us achieve the $30 million milestone we reached during 2015, which has supported programs and organizations that provide shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services since 1989.

On behalf of everyone at Windermere Real Estate, thank you! Windermere produced the following video to highlight what you’ve done, through the Windermere Foundation, to make a difference in your community.

How did the numbers for the NWMLS stack up during 2015? Local real estate brokers were busy!

Brokers within the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) area were *busy* during 2015 (all 23,800 of them, working within 23 Washington State counties!). Closed sales NWMLS-wide surpassed the pre-recession volume levels of 2007. Measured in dollars, single family residences and condo sales topped $34+ billion. That equates to sales of 75,975 single family homes and 12,356 condos last year. Wow!

Appreciateion Map revisedGrowth in Seattle area home prices during 2015 repeatedly made national news. This image above outlines how much growth the NWMLS areas in the Puget Sound region experienced last year in the single family residence market, with each area seeing increases in median home prices year-over-year. The neighborhoods with the largest single family increases are Bellevue – West of 405(22.7%), Beacon Hill (17%) and Shoreline (15.5%), while 11 of the neighborhoods in the Puget Sound region experienced over 10% growth in median prices in 2015. Well priced, desirable homes flew off the market, which contributed to these increases, with the droves of tech and STEM workers who relocated to greater Seattle.

Luxury sales NWMLS-wide surged last year, with the sale of 2,676 single family homes and 237 condos priced at $1million or more. The high end home market in the greater Seattle area experienced noteworthy activity, where 34 homes sold at $5+ million dollars during 2015 (compared to 31 homes in 2014). 2/3 of those sales were all cash! The international buyer extensively made high end home purchases in the Puget Sound area, making up 39% of high end buyers. Which cities had the most high-end sales during 2015? That would be Mercer Island and Bellevue, they both had 7 home sales priced over $5 million dollars. In fact, the city of Mercer Island was home to the highest priced sale in the NWMLS last year ($13.8 million).

2016 is shaping up to bring more home price growth to our region. Zillow projects a 5.4% growth in Seattle housing prices this year, placing it in the number 2 spot on their list of hottest markets in the U.S. Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell said in a statement, “… this year, the markets that shine brightest will be those that manage to strike a good balance between strong income growth, low unemployment and solid home value appreciation.” There have been questions about affordability for Seattle buyers, but our income is also slated to grow by 1.1% – that solidly places our area second on the national income growth list Zillow compiled.

How about the luxury market? Will it fare as well in 2016? Zillow is speculating a cooling in higher priced residential real estate. Windermere Real Estate president, OB Jacobi, has something different to say about this real estate sector, “With so many companies hiring, and no one wanting to leave, we expect the trends of 2015 to carry on through 2016.”

Photo credit: Windermere Mercer Island, compiled with statistics from provided by the NWMLS

Sound Transit Hosts Community Meeting at MICEC This Evening, 9/24/15, 5-7pm


Sound Transit is hosting a community input meeting, aka “Listening Tour,” at Mercer Island Community & Event Center on this evening, scheduled from 5-7pm. The Listening Tour will include representatives from Sound Transit, the City of Mercer Island, King County Metro and WSDOT. Topics being discussed include upcoming changes connected to the East Link Light Rail project, commuter bus issues, commuter parking, and traffic impacts. Click here to access the Listening Tour meeting materials.

If you’d like to read more about transportation issues and proposals islanders will be facing, Erin Sirianni, of My Mercer Island, put together a comprehensive article on the transportation issues that will be affecting island residents in the near future. Mercer Island city council candidates have also been fielding transportation related questions at community forums. It was definitely a hot topic at the September 15th voter’s forum at Mercer Island Beach Club.

Please stop by tonight’s meeting so you can participate in the conversation surrounding important transit issues that will affect island residents in the near future. Can’t make it this evening? In addition to the Listening Tour there will be 3 drop-in sessions here on Mercer Island within the next two weeks.

  • 9/30/2015: 4-6pm at Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way
  • 10/1/2015: 10am-12pm at Tully’s, 7810 SE 27th St.
  • 10/5/2015: 7-9am at Starbucks, 8415 SE 68th St

Open Houses: Saturday August 22 and Sunday August 23, 2015

liveonguides dot comThe team at Windermere Mercer Island have put together an incredibly helpful tool to aid you in your search for the perfect home in the community that best suits your needs and life aspirations. LiveOnGuides.com contains detailed information about cities and neighborhoods that make up the Puget Sound region. You can read about school districts, explore community maps, get the scoop on favored neighborhood restaurants, read about the parks and green spaces in the cities you are interested in – and see photos of the Seattle/Eastside neighborhoods you may want to call home.

liveonguides.com is a labor of love by the team at Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island, developed to give consumers easy to access tools to enable them to learn more about potential communities within our Seattle Metro area” says the company’s owner Julie Barrows. The website relies heavily on relevant links to great resources that locals know, but others might not. It’s beauty is that it is all assembled in one easy to access place.

We hope you find LiveOnGuides.com an informative resource and go-to tool to help you refine your search for your next home.

WindermereMI brokers will be hosting open houses around Seattle, Mercer Island and the Eastside. Details about the houses available to preview are below by city, and include a link to a video sharing the home’s features. Enjoy!

Have a fun, fabulous weekend!!

Hunts Point
$4,788,000 l 830921 l 3113 Fairweather Place l Video l Larry Williams l Sunday August 23, 1-4pm

Mercer Island
$1,825,000 l 777739 l 5438 91st Ave SE l Video l Anni Zilz and Julie Wilson l Saturday August 22, 11am-2pm

$4,588,000 l 797475 l 8252 Avalon Dr l Video l hosted by Kelly Weisfield l Sunday August 23, 1-4pm

Seattle (Ravenna)
$599,000 l 831464 l 6248 25th Ave NE l Video l Claire Dion l Sunday August 23, 12-4pm

Yarrow Point
$3,688,000 l 832841 l 4432 92nd Ave NE l Video l Emily Roberts l Sunday August 23, 1-4pm

Happy weekend! With a few weeks of summer left before back-to-school season kicks in, it’s a perfect time to get out and tour some of the amazing homes open this weekend. There are 15 properties available for tour this Saturday and Sunday, featuring water and mountain views, and gorgeous living spaces. Check out the full list below and enjoy the rest of summer!

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Mercer Island Farmers Market: Sunday August 16th, 2015

 Are you curious who won last weekend’s Berry Pie baking contest?  Check out the Mercer Island Farmers Market (MIFM) website to get the scoop! Besides bragging rights, this year’s winners received pie baking swag bags along with the coveted Wooden Spoon trophy.

Even though this week’s market may see a few raindrops (finally!) there will be lots to do at the market and it will be a refreshing Sunday afternoon stroll over there by Mercerdale Park.

Tasting Event: See What’s Freshly In Season this Week

Children’s Table With Judy: Market Colors to Paint – grab a paintbrush and let your inner Pollock, Picasso and Monet create artwork showing the colors you see at MIFM.

Live Music: The Beautiful Strangers. Singer-songwriter, Sheryl Wiser, and Seattle guitarist, Pete Alba perform bluesy songs with Americana roots.

Master Gardeners will be on site to answer questions. Stop by their booth to learn more about gardening best practices and find answers to those questions you have.

In celebration of Market Colors, MIFM shared this about purple produce this week on their website:

Purple. The magical thing about the color purple is during photosynthesis (while the plant is growing) the color purple develops a disease fighting bacteria that the common world now refers to as antioxidants. So any hybrid (cauliflower, artichoke or carrots to name a few) have been breed to carrying antioxidants…
Produce Items in the color Purple:
*Eggplant

*Purple Potatoes

*Purple Cauliflower

*Purple Bell Peppers

*Black Cherry Tomatoes

*Purple Carrots

*Purple Artichoke

Did you know that Mercer Island Farmers Market is on Pinterest? Click here to follow their boards.