Tracie's Thoughts

Community Thank You: Thanksgiving Blessings I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the generous souls who joined hands in making Tracie Gulit Homes Thanksgiving Food Drive an overwhelming success this year! Through your kindness and generosity, we were able to crowdfund a total of 18 full Thanksgiving meals, complete with special additions like Martinelli’s and a beautiful […]
Community Fall Farms – Whatcom & Skagit County It is finally MY favorite time of year! As the leaves paint a kaleidoscope of colors and that delightful crispness fills the air, it’s time to unleash your inner autumn enthusiast. How, you ask? Well, what’s better than exploring the Fall Farms right here in Whatcom and Skagit counties? These farms are your one-way ticket to […]
Community Meet The Team The Power of Enneagrams in Our Team: Strengths that Serve You! Meet our dynamic real estate team, each guided by their unique Enneagram numbers. Together, we create a formidable force that benefits not only our team but also our cherished clients: 🌟 Tracie (Enneagram 7 – The Enthusiast): Strengths: Optimism, adaptability, and a knack for […]
Buying a Home The Decision Is Up To You There has always been a direct correlation between interest rates and home prices. The rule of thumb has always been when rates go up prices go down, and vice versa. This was temporarily proven true in the summer of 2022 when rates quickly rose by 2% (3.5%-5.5%) over 5 months. It caused a price correction in the […]
Home Ownership Women Outpace Men in Homeownership Women earn $0.83 to every $1.00 a man makes, but they are dominating the market! Prior to 1974 it was not legal for a women to secure a mortgage without a male cosigner. Once that barrier was broken, women have outpaced males as homebuyers since the NAR started tracking the data in 1981. In 2022 […]
Community Why We Love Living In Whatcom County I recently asked some of my clients why they love living in Whatcom County.  There are some strong similar storylines no matter whom you ask!  Here are a few of the answers… The Lifetime Resident Q. What makes Whatcom County a great place to work and live? A. “Even though our city keeps growing, it […]
Community Home Fresh 2022 Update 6 years ago I made a commitment to serve my community with a donation of 1,000 pounds of fresh produce for every purchase or sale. This year, you helped me donate 31,000 lbs.  This means that over the past 6 years you have helped donate over 202,000 lbs! Every time you send a friend or family my name […]
Market Updates 2022 Recap 2022 can’t be summarized with just a slideshow of properties sold- it was SOOO MUCH more than that. So much more than any other year because it was the year business finally felt genuine. Yes, I helped 40 families achieve their goals in real estate. We celebrated with joy and cried tears of frustration and […]
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Home Ownership Affordable Travel through Timeshare Ownership A few weeks ago my family went on our annual Florida vacation, but this year it looked and felt very different. The timeshare we own was unfortunately destroyed by Hurricane Ian only two weeks before our scheduled vacation.  My grandparents bought this condo in the 80’s and gifted the weeks they owned to their grandchildren […]
Tracie's Thoughts Make A Statement With Your Front Door We all know about curb appeal, but did you know that your door color might influence how much a buyer offers on your home? A recent study showed that certain door colors could impact the value of your home by thousands of dollars. Here are a few fun facts. Blue and black were the most […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Market Updates The Gardner Report 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 resource […]
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, […]
Tracie's Thoughts Fair Housing April is FAIR HOUSING month for the National Association of Realtors. If you have not noticed I’m an advocate for every single person becoming a homeowner and building wealth in real estate. Here’s just a few of the commitments I uphold as a member of the Association of Realtors. I commit to Provide equal professional […]
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 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 […]
Tracie's Thoughts 2021 Success Your support and encouragement in 2021 have helped me maintain a thriving business through your referrals and personal endorsements. Thank you all for being such a meaningful part of my business and life this year! For this, I am eternally grateful! Thank you for your ongoing trust, support and friendship. This year I had the […]