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Buyers Spokane County Housing Market Report Here is a look at the Spring 2021 Spokane County housing market, prepared by Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner.  
Buyers KXLY: Houses Selling at Record Prices in Spokane SPOKANE, Wash. — We’ve seen how COVID-19 has changed almost everything this year, but that doesn’t apply to the housing market. Homes are selling at record prices across Spokane and really across the entire U.S. One Spokane family was in a bid with about five others for their “dream home”, just to find out they […]
Buyers Matthew Gardner’s 2019 Q4 Report: Eastern WA                 Click here to download full PDF: Gardner Report Q4, 2019_Eastern Washington PDF      
Buyers Matthew Gardner’s Mortgage Forecast for 2019 Mortgage rates are dropping, but what is the cause? Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, dives into that question and also what we can expect mortgage rates to do the rest of 2019 and into 2020.
Buyers Final walkthrough: When does it happen and what to look for So your offer has been accepted, you have gone through the inspection, and the appraisal came in at-value. You’re just a signing away from homeownership. Oh, and something your real estate agent calls a “final walkthrough.”  Let’s dive into what a final walk-through is, when it’s done and the most common issues that crop up […]
Buyers Matthew Gardner’s 2019 Q1 Report: Eastern WA
Buyers New construction vs existing homes New construction or moving into an established home? On the surface, new and shiny seems like the obviously answer. New builds are – well – new! You can customize the cabinets, the floor plans, new appliances… it all sounds great. BUT is it really the best choice? Today we’ll dive into the differences between new […]
Buyers Getting pre-approved: What it is and why you need it So you’re starting the house hunt – or at least entertaining the prospect – and you’ve heard step one is getting pre-approved. Today we’ll dive into what “pre-approval” means, why it’s important and the documents a lender will likely need to make it happen. What is a pre-approval? First of all, pre-approval is a mortgage […]
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Buyers First steps toward buying a house So you’ve taken the big step and decided you’re ready to buy a house… now what? Today we’ll go through the steps of the buying process and what you can expect when buying a house. Step one? You have to find an agent who you click with and who knows their stuff. First you’ll need […]
Buyers Are you searching for a real estate Bigfoot? Once you decide to make the big step to purchase a new home,  going inside prospective homes can really be an exciting time. However, it is important to make sure that you aren’t searching for a “Bigfoot.” I’m talking about that 100% perfect house, that checks every single one of your “wants,” and it’s at […]
Buyers Winter activities in and around Spokane We’re revving up to head into winter in the Pacific Northwest. So today we’re checking out a couple winter activities around Spokane when you just need to get away (but not too far away) – besides just skiing and boarding! INW Ale Trail  What can warm you up better than a craft beer tour?! The […]
Buyers Where should I move to?   There are a lot of things to considering when moving, one of them being: where should I move to!? Here are the biggies that you should take into account when decide which area to move to. Cost of living Different areas within the same town typically have different price tags. For instance if you […]
Buyers Homeowners insurance 101 Today’s lesson is homeowners insurance 101: what it is, why you need it for a mortgage and how much it is. Homeowners insurance (also called home insurance or property insurance) covers several things: Property damage (pretty self-explanatory) Personal property loss (for example if your house is burglarized or damaged due to an event that’s covered […]
Buyers Fall activities around Spokane   Life just seems to slow down during fall time in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few local day trips that are fun for the whole family: Green Bluff It’s all about harvest time up at Green Bluff right now. Green Bluff is a grower’s association of about three dozen family farms (plus many […]
Buyers HOAs: What’s the point?   Some neighborhoods have this little thing called a homeowners association. Some people believe HOAs are a helpful organization to keep everything in the neighborhood uniform and looking its best. Others see them as an annoying $200-ish bill you have to pay to have someone tell you what you can’t do to your own property. […]
Buyers Listing Tour: 605 W Bradford Ct.   Here’s a look at my newest listing at 605 W Bradford Court. This gorgeous, custom home is tucked in a quiet cul-de-sac near Comstock Park on Spokane’s beautiful South Hill. It’s a breathtaking, one-owner home that is just over 5,400 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Just some of the amenities include: gas […]
Buyers Square footage: What counts and what doesn’t? So you want a house that is 2,000 square feet – but does that include the garage? How about the unfinished basement? Or the attic? Today we’re diving in to what’s included in square footage and what isn’t. How square footage is typically measured by an appraiser: Measure the shell of the house from the […]
Buyers Alyssa Curnutt on KXLY: Spokane millennials buying houses SPOKANE, Wash. – For years, it seemed the millennial generation was content paying rent and living in urban areas. But earlier this year, reports showed more and more professionals in their 20s and 30s are putting down roots in neighborhoods. “I’d like to remove all of this. Maybe put in some flowers,” explained Megan Tollefson, […]
Buyers Home values: The difference between market, appraised, and assessed values   This week is about the value of houses. What is the assessed value, what’s market value and what is the appraisal value…and why are they all different numbers?! The market value is whatever a buyer is willing to pay for something. When you first decide to sell your house and you hire an agent, […]
Buyers Should it stay or should it go? Today we’re diving into a common question I get from both buyers and sellers: does (insert item here) stay with the house or does the seller get to keep it? If an item is valuable or sentimental…you can run into a lot of problems when the buyer expects an item to be there and it’s […]