Buying a Home

Buying a Home Key Factors to Note as the Market Recalibrates in the New Year 2022 has been an eventful year in the real estate market and the economy. After 2 years of pandemic-fueled demand and historically low interest rates, we experienced a shift. The Fed quickly raised rates (by 2 points) from April to October to combat inflation, curbing buyer demand as affordability took a hit. The overall economy is starting […]
Buying a Home Matthew Gardner’s Top 10 Predictions for 2023 1. There Is No Housing Bubble Mortgage rates rose steeply in 2022 which, when coupled with the massive run-up in home prices, has some suggesting that we are recreating the housing bubble of 2007. But that could not be further from the truth. Over the past couple of years, home prices got ahead of themselves […]
Buying a Home 2023 Real Estate Goals The new year is just around the corner! If you are thinking you might want to invest or make a move next year let’s talk! My calendar is open starting in November for some afternoon/evening consultations. Let’s meet at the brewery of your choice or I can come to your home. We can do some […]
Buying a Home Current Shift In Inflation & Interest Rates It has been my goal to report to you accurate, real-time updates on the real estate market as we navigate the shift that started in May 2022. The two factors that have been the biggest contributors to this shift are inflation and interest rates. Inflation caused interest rates to rise by over 2-points over a […]
Buying a Home Shifting Market: How Interest Rates Affect Prices As we continue to examine the shift in the market, we must take a moment to take a deep dive into interest rates. Since the first of the year, long-term interest rates have increased 2.7% from 3.11% on 12/30/21 to the peak of 5.81% on 6/23/22, but have started to level out. On 8/4/22 rates […]
Buying a Home Decelerating Does Not Equal Depreciating Home Prices Did you know that decelerating home prices do not mean depreciating home prices? Price appreciation is starting to slow down. At the end of May 2022, complete year-over-year price appreciation was at record highs. At the end of July, Whatcom County’s Average Sold Price was down 6.3% compared to June. This means that we are […]
Buying a Home Quarterly Market Reports for Q2 2022 As we head into the second half of 2022, we are experiencing a shift in the real estate market. The market is starting to balance out after two years of an intense seller’s market. Q1 this year had the lowest amount of inventory we have ever seen, which put upward pressure on prices. With the […]
Buying a Home Still a Seller’s Market Did you know? It’s STILL a Seller’s Market. What does that even mean?! We can gauge who has more power in negotiations based on one simple thing. If no more homes were listed tomorrow—— how long would it take to sell ALL the homes currently available? This is “months of inventory”. Here’s how the power […]
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Buying a Home Your Kids College Education for Free! 3 Years ago a family I had met in my previous career reached out to me because their daughter was coming to Western Washington University. They had the idea that on-campus housing or even renting an apartment off-campus would be a waste of money. And they were SO RIGHT! Sadie (pictured above) just graduated from […]
Buying a Home Seasons of More Inventory Did you know that Spring and Summer are when we see the highest levels of inventory come to market in our region? Do you feel like you have been battling to win a house with such slim pickings? Well, now’s that time to stay in the game! More selection means more leverage! Sellers are still […]
Buying a Home Shifting Market: Perspective is Key “How’s the market?” is a question I am asked all the time. It is a common segue in casual conversation over the neighbor’s fence, at a party or family gathering. Now more than ever, the answer to this question is critical and detailed. You see, our market is experiencing a shift, a slowing down of price growth if […]
Buying a Home 5% Interest Rates Interest rates have gone up in the past few months! But, they are still well below the historical average. In fact, they are 2 points below the 30-year average! Buyers are best to get qualified on payment, not rate. What does this mean? It means we work with a lender who helps us figure out […]
Buying a Home 50% Home Equity Did you know that 50% of homeowners have at least 50% equity in their homes?! This means that half of the homeowners in the US have a loan balance for less than half of the value of their home. These equity amounts will keep the housing market stable and real estate a smart investment even […]
Buying a Home Current Market Update Housing inventory is holding strong! We continue to have record numbers of new listings since the start of the pandemic. It’s time to start paying attention to how long it’ll take for a listing to accept an offer and if the sold homes will continue to close at over asking price. Windermere’s economist, Matthew Gardner, […]
Buying a Home Spring Market in Bloom – Keeping Perspective is Paramount As we round out the first quarter of 2022 and head into the notorious Spring Market there are a handful of factors that should be considered whether you are a buyer or a seller. Paying attention to the anticipated increase in housing supply, monitoring buyer demand, and assessing the effects of rising interest rates on […]
Buying a Home Triangle of Buyer Clarity Embarking on a home purchase in a seller’s market can be intimidating, but it can be done. Long-term price growth confirms that owning a home is a key element to building household wealth. Home equity gained over time is typically the largest asset that contributes to a household’s net worth. Homeownership is not only an investment, but also […]
Buying a Home The Windermere Bridge Loan Homeowners across our region are enjoying very healthy equity levels due to an amazing upswing in the real estate market over the last five years. In fact, the median price in Whatcom County is up 59% over the last five years. This growth in equity has given homeowners the exciting option to sell their homes […]
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Buying a Home A Lending Update w/ Lena In light of the massive increase of unemployment due to COVID-19, the guidelines for obtaining a home loan are changing regularly.  If you are back-to-work and are looking to get pre-approved for a home loan, check in with your lender well ahead of time to be sure you can provide the proper income documentation.  Lenders […]
Buying a Home Location, location, location I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase once or twice, and may wonder what inspires us brokers to say the word three times. The word is repeated three times for emphasis, and it is the NUMBER ONE rule in real estate, though it is often the most overlooked. In a nutshell, location, location, location means if […]