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Community Tamales & Mexican Brewery Coming to Sunnyland A Seattle-based company known for its handmade tamales is coming to Bellingham in the of Fall 2022! Frelard Tamales & El Suenito Brewing Company will be located at 1926 Humboldt St. The new brewery will have a variety of beers, including Mexican-style lagers, and will have indoor/outdoor seating. It will be attached to Frelard Tamales […]
Community Summer Fun in Whatcom County! Whatcom County is the best place to be for summer fun!  Each community has its own taste of summer, whether it be weekly farmers markets, outdoor movies, concerts in the park, car shows and so much more! Here are some of the annual events festivals and parades that you may want to check out! July […]
Community Summer Food Drive! Every year since 1984, Windermere has designated one day to help make a positive difference in the communities where we work and live. 2022 is the 7th year that my office has spent this day working to put fresh produce on the tables of local families who need a little help. On June 10th, my […]
Community Hovander Park Opening! Hovander Park is one of my favorite places in Whatcom County! I love running along the Nooksack River trails and taking in the beautiful views of Mt. Baker. Unfortunately, it was closed to the public after suffering major damage during the 2021 flood. Good news is that the Nooksack River trial, the boat launch parking […]
Community Skagit Valley Tulip Festival IS BACK! One of my favorite things to do in spring is to visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!  Words truly cannot express the vibrant beauty of the colors spread across millions of flowers!  The pandemic limited the festival’s activities, but this year many activities that were on hiatus for the past few years are ON AGAIN, […]
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 […]
Community New Park in Barkley If you have seen some earth moving near the Barkley Theater, it is because there is a new park beginning construction there this Spring!  The Talbot Group/Barkley Co. is breaking ground on a unique nature park. Contrary to common playgrounds, this park will offer giant boulders, large logs for climbing, ropes for swinging and sand […]
Community UPDATE: Global influences on the Housing Market & Interest Rates A lot has happened in our world since the first of the year, specifically the rise in inflation and the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine. These factors can influence consumers and affect the housing and financial markets. Additionally, global unrest has had a clear influence on interest rates, driving them back down after a 1-point […]
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Community Cheers to 50 Years! Cheers to 50 Years! Fifty years of relationships, 50 years of giving back to our communities, and 50 years of growth. In 1972, Windermere Real Estate was founded by John Jacobi in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Since then, Windermere has expanded to 10 states including Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, […]
Community Healthcare Worker Meal Drive Results Thank you to everyone who gave to our Healthcare Worker Meal Drive in December! We raised $4,360 which enabled us to deliver meals and snacks to frontline workers at Providence in Everett, Swedish Edmonds, and UW Medicine Northwest Hospital. We partnered with We Got This Seattle, who helped us coordinate the restaurants we ordered from and […]
Community Matthew Gardner’s 2022 Predictions for the Local Economy & Real Estate Market Last week, my office hosted our 14th annual Economic Forecast Event with Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist. It was an hour-long presentation followed by lively Q & A that was packed with useful information to help guide us as we start the new year. Matthew journeyed the audience through a macro to micro approach, reflecting […]
Community Whatcom Holiday Fun Guide Whatcom County does Holiday Cheer well and there’s no better way to get into the Holiday Spirit than attending a community event.  Here’s a list of all things Holiday fun and I hope you will find a few to enjoy! ▪ First Friday Art Walk is 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in downtown Bellingham. ▪ […]
Community Santa Event! We are excited to bring Santa back for our annual holiday photo event! New this year, Santa will be socially distanced, contact-free, and photos will be by appointment only. Save the date for Sunday, November 28th for complimentary professional Santa photos! Follow the link below to secure your timeslot- Spots are limited, so be sure […]
Community Newsletter – Q2 Gardner Report & Summer Food Drive Recap   At Windermere, we are fortunate to have Matthew Gardner as our Chief Economist. In fact, we are one of the only real estate companies in the country to have such a well-respected expert sitting in this role. Not only is Matthew an asset to Windermere brokers and their clients, but he is a coveted […]
Community 8 Ways to Make Back to School Easier   The first day of school sneaks up so fast… summer is here and then gone in a flash! Whether your child is anxious or excited about the start of a more “normal” school year, here are some practical tips to help start things off on the right foot.   Start talking about it. New […]
Community Bellingham’s Downtown / Waterfront Update Bellingham’s more than 100 acres of Waterfront land has been tied up with industry until recently. The site is being transformed into a mixed-use space with public art and community access to the bay. In 2013 the Port and Harcourt Bellingham LLC started the restoration project and as of this summer, Bellingham is thoroughly enjoying […]
Community Windermere Community Service Day On June 11th, my office spent our annual Windermere Community Service Day with the Snohomish Garden Club constructing trellises, weeding and staking beds, and planting and labeling a half-acre of produce! We also assembled a pole shed, built out a composting area and a rock bench on the property for the Garden Club to use […]
Community Newsletter – Summertime 2021: No Relief in Heat, But Relief for Buyers   Last week I heard a quote from Mike Loftin of the Urban Institute that resonated with me. “We need to stop seeing housing as a reward for financial success and instead see it as a critical tool that can facilitate financial success.” Homeownership as an investment has always been a long-term hold in order for […]
Community Vendor Highlight – Hazel Designs   These last few months we have thoroughly enjoyed being part of a weekly floral subscription service through Hazel Designs Floral & Landscaping.  Each week Annika delivers a beautifully crafted, balanced, and whimsical bouquet of locally grown flowers for an upcoming listing, for a special colleague, client, or collaborator, or to someone in our sphere […]
Community NEWSLETTER MAY 2021 – Year-to-Date Real Estate Recap: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Headed Here we are, one-third into 2021, and boy what a ride it has been so far. We all know that 2020 was a unique year full of challenges and change. The pandemic made us pause and reevaluate many aspects of our lives including where and how we live. The impact of the pandemic on the […]