2017 Annual Shredding Event

Taxes done? Boxes of  old documents? Join us at our annual shredding event at Windermere Bellevue South.


Posted on April 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, community |

Seattle / Eastside Market Update – March 2017

Home prices are growing faster in our region than anywhere else in the country. After a brief slowdown last month, home prices in February jumped to new record highs. The reason? The lowest number of homes for sale on record. The surge in prices came well ahead of the normal seasonal spring uptick, adding even greater urgency among buyers competing for already severely limited inventory. It remains to be seen if the predicted hike in interest rates will help moderate the market. For now, sellers are calling the shots.
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Posted on March 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, economy, interest rates, real estate, seattle, statistics |

Remodeled – Private – Somerset

Tasteful remodel in Bellevue’s beloved Somerset, where commuting is a breeze and schools are prized! Nearly every surface has been touched with today’s real-living in mind: quartz, stainless, and cherry custom cabinetry in new open concept kitchen. Sleek finishes in remodeled baths. Resilient IPA hardwoods. Cozy lower level rec room with gas fireplace. Updated systems and low maintenance tile roof. Park-like grounds create serene setting with Somerset Elementary and playground half a block away.

Open Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 pm

Link to more information here


Posted on February 25, 2017 at 7:55 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset |

Four Reasons Why Dodd-Frank Will Not Be Repealed

by Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate
Many worry about President Trump’s pledge to remove regulations relating to financial services and the rollback of the ‘Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’. For those who may be unware of this very substantial bill, it represented the most comprehensive financial regulatory reform measures taken since the Great Depression, and was a result of the financial crisis and housing crash of 2008/2009.

In effect, the Dodd-Frank Act created an agency to enforce compliance with consumer financial laws, introduced more stringent regulatory capital requirements, and made banking institutions retain some risk associated with home mortgage issuance.

While I believe that it’s safe to suggest that certain aspects of Dodd-Frank will be rolled back, there are four reasons why I don’t think the entire Act will be repealed.
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Posted on February 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in economy, market trends |

Just Listed – Licton Springs Townhouse

Check out this fantastic new townhouse listing.  Light filled corner lot across from the park.  Details here.


Posted on February 18, 2017 at 11:14 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in listings, real estate, seattle |

Commitment to Service

One of my favorite podcasts is Happier by Gretchen Rubin.  In her weekly podcast, she focuses on the little things, the actionable items we can do on a daily basis to bring joy and happiness to our world and those around us.  In a recent episode they featured the Five Love Languages, a book by Gary Chapman which talks about the way we show our love to others.

My “aha” moment  came when I realized my love language is Acts of Service.  Nothing brings me greater pleasure than helping others.  It is the foundation of my relationships with family, friends, community and my business. I truly enjoy doing things for others which explains why I enjoy selling real estate so much.  It is not a sales position, but a service position.

Working in real estate is the opportunity to serve others in one of the biggest decisions they make.  By listening to my clients and understanding their goals, I am able to use my years of experience to help them from beginning to end.  I love be able make the whole process easier for them.

I also feel very fortunate to be part of a larger community that cares.  The opportunity to spend time with people working to end homelessness, improve our schools, or make a difference with our area youth is inspiring.

Thank you to everyone that takes the time for service.  I believe we are all in a better place when we ask the question, ‘How can I help?’


Posted on January 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in community, giving back, words to live by |

What’s In Store For The 2017 Seattle Housing Market?

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By Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate

2016 was another stellar year for the Seattle housing market, in which a surplus of buyers and a deficit of sellers drove home prices higher across the board. So, can we expect to see more of the same in 2017? Here are some of my thoughts on the Seattle/King County housing market for the coming year:

  1. Our market has benefited greatly from very healthy job growth, driven in no small part by our thriving technology companies. Economic vitality is the backbone of housing demand, so we should continue to see healthy employment growth in 2017; however, not quite as robust as 2016. Migration to Seattle from other states will also continue in the coming year, putting further pressure on our housing market.
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Posted on January 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in economy, market trends |

Seattle/ Eastside Market Update – November 2016

Home sales outgained new listings again in October, further squeezing already tight inventory and pushing prices higher. Since new listings traditionally decrease in the fall, that inventory shortage is expected to last until spring. Sellers willing to put their home on the market now can expect plenty of interested buyers, and a highly favorable chance of getting the best possible price for their home.
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Posted on November 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in economy, market trends, statistics |

Local Holiday Light Shows

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Ready to lift your spirits? Shimmering light shows are a brilliant way to celebrate the winter holiday season. Grab a warm coat and go exploring in gardens, zoos and even on the water.  Here are five local venues that are worth braving the cold to see…
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Posted on November 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, community, seattle |

Happy Veterans Day

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” (1)

On this day and everyday THANK YOU to all the Veterans who have answered the call.


Posted on November 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in community, giving back, words to live by |