Community Service Day 2017

Every year Windermere closes its offices for one day to help make a positive difference in our local communities. It all started in 1984 when a handful of Windermere owners and agents came together to make repairs at a local elementary school. Thirty years and more than one million hours of community service later, we’ve continued this tradition through neighborhood-enhancing projects in the areas where our Windermere teams live, work, and play.

Windermere Bellevue South brokers and will be working at the safe houses in North Bend with repairs around the houses, general yard work, painting, and building decks.

Want to learn more about Mamma’s Hands? Visit their website here or follow them on Facebook.

Community Service Day will take place on June 9th, 2017

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 11:07 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back

Give Big 2017 is Today!

My career as a real estate agent allows me to connect people to homes where memories are made.  But that opportunity doesn’t come easily for everyone.  I believe in giving back to organizations that are helping people get back on their feet and get one step closer to their dream of home sweet home.

Here are some of the organizations I support with help from you and every sale made.

Windermere Foundation supports low income and homeless families with food, shelter and emergency services right here in our community.

Bellevue Schools Foundation supports students in need across the district and programs that make our schools some of the top in the nation.

Jubilee Reach affirms the value of our Bellevue youth with afterschool activities that promote leadership and teamwork.

Youth Eastside Services (YES) provides support and mental health counseling for our eastside youth.

Plymouth Housing Group provides supportive housing as the formerly homeless make the transition to independent living.

Now more than ever, we are called to support the nonprofits that shape our community and uphold the values that make the Seattle area so special.   So today… skip the latte and stretch your donation today and #GIVEBIG

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 10:03 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, events, giving back, seattle

It’s Windermere Cup Week 2017!

Windermere Welcomes China to 31st Windermere Cup This Saturday

For the past 31 years, Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington have joined together to host the annual Windermere Cup rowing regatta, which brings the world’s best crews to Seattle to compete against the nationally acclaimed UW men’s and women’s teams. Held annually on the first Saturday in May, the Windermere Cup is both an international sporting event and opening day party, followed by the world’s largest boat parade.

This year’s event will see the Huskies take on the Shanghai men’s and women’s High-Performance Rowing teams from China on Saturday, May 6. This matchup will mark the third time that a team from China has travelled to Seattle to compete in the Windermere Cup. Their first appearance came 27 years ago when the People’s Republic of China took home the Windermere Cup ahead of Navy, Washington, and Cambridge. Twelve years later the Chinese men’s rowing team returned for the 2002 Windermere Cup.

In addition to the crew races, the family-friendly Windermere Cup event also includes food vendors, booths to purchase UW and Windermere Cup apparel and commemorative gear, as well as a bouncy house for the kids.

Windermere Cup App:

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The crew races start at 10am and end around noon. Following the final Windermere Cup race is the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. Download the Windermere Cup App to access schedule and team information, and for live race results: https://event.crowdcompass.com/windermerecup17

 

 

Windermere Cut Cinco de Mayo Party:

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A new addition to this year’s event is the Windermere Cut Cinco de Mayo party down along the north shore of the Montlake Cut. Twenty dollars gets you into the beer/margarita garden where you can listen to Spike and the Impalers while munching on food from one of three Mexican food trucks. For more information and to buy tickets go to Brown Paper Tickets.

 

Windermere Cup Book: 

This book is about the athletes, colorful characters, and brilliant people the Windermere Cup rowing regatta has featured every first Saturday in May since 1987. Through interviews, original documents and pages upon pages of breathtaking photographs, author Gregg Bell captures this event’s more than 30 remarkable years, its spirit and its soul.

The Windermere Cup is a touchstone for our company, our family of offices and agents, and the University of Washington. Not only is this an international sporting event, it’s a celebration of camaraderie, teamwork, and community – and truly great tradition that we are honored to be a part of.

 

For more information please visit windermerecup.com and follow us at Facebook.com/WindermereCup and @WindermereCup on Twitter.

 

Originally posted in Windermere by Shelley Rossi

Posted on May 3, 2017 at 7:19 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seattle

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 | Category: bellevue, community

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 | Category: community, giving back, words to live by

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 | Category: 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 | Category: community, giving back, words to live by

Bellevue Schools Foundation

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When we moved to Bellevue, it was because of the schools.  My daughter, Mary was 5 years old and getting ready to start kindergarten.   We found Somerset Elementary, not only because of their test scores and achievements, but also because of the parent involvement.  They had 100% PTSA participation.

Getting a good education is more than test scores and national rankings.  It’s about creating emotionally healthy, curious minds and lifelong learners.  Bellevue Schools Foundation supports a wide variety of programs that make this possible through their innovation grants.

Mary is now in her first year at University of British Columbia in Vancouver and loving it.  One of the grants that helps makes the college search process easier is the BSF investment in the Naviance program.  It is a college and career planning platform that starts students out in middle school looking at their strengths and interests, then begins to research college options. In high school, Naviance helps to organize all the aspects of the college application process, communicates with their counselors and tracks their to-do list all the way to college acceptance.

We know one of the reasons people are moving to our area is because of our highly regarded schools.  I am pleased to be an Honor Roll Realtor, giving back to a program that has had a huge impact not only for our family, but also our community.

Please consider supporting the fall fund drive.  For more information or to donate click  ALL IN FOR KIDS or text KIDS to 71760 to give from your mobile device. Every gift dollar makes a difference for Bellevue students!

 

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 10:40 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community, giving back, somerset

We’ve Got You Covered

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Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks have partnered in our #tacklehomelessness campaign.  For every home game tackle made by the Seahawks, the Windermere Foundation is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

Now we’re excited to announce Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter clothing drive benefiting YouthCare.

Here’s what we are collecting:

  • Warm socks
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves/mittens

Between now and November 14, feel free to stop by my office with donations or send me a message and I am happy to pick your donation up.

Gentle Giant Moving Company will pick up all of the donations from local Windermere offices. Donations can also be dropped off directly to YouthCare in South Lake Union at the James W. Ray Orion Center: 1828 Yale Avenue.

So please help our youth stay warm this winter and consider making a donation to our “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive.

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks, seattle

Octoberfest 2016

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Octoberfest is a time for pumpkin patches, harvest festivals and haunted houses.  Enjoy fall in the Northwest at some of these favorites. Wear your boots and grab a jacket.  Get ready to experience a bit of farm life, and make some fall memories!

Remlinger Farms

32610 NE 32nd St, Carnation 98014 ~ Saturday & Sunday in October 10am-6pm

This patch isn’t just place to pick up your future jack-o-lantern. Although you can do that for 10 cents a pound!  This is an entertainment center with corn mazes, petting zoo, train and amusement rides.

 Jubilee Farms

229 W. Snoqualmie River Rd. NE Carnation, WA 98014 ~ Saturdays & Sundays in October 10 am – 5 pm

Free admission & free parking! This local favorite CSA celebrates the harvest more traditionally. They offer rides on the hay wagon to the pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin. Come back to the barn for hot spiced cider.

Thomas Family Farm

9010 Marsh Road Snohomish, WA 98296 ~ Saturday & Sunday in October 10am-6pm and Fridays and Saturdays 6 pm – 12 am

Beyond the day activities Thomas Family Farm offers evening activities including Haunted House and Zombie Safari Paintball where you take a ride out in the field to takeout the Zombies.

Wild Waves

36201 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003 ~ Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings

Well this isn’t a farm but a place to enjoy some Halloween fun.  Take a ride on some of their thrill rides in the dark and check out their three haunted houses.

The Scarlet Curtain

5620 119th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA  98006 ~ Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 – 6:30

Looking for something different for your Halloween costumes. Check out this huge, seasonal vintage clothing shop with gently used costumes curated over the year. The owner provides personalized service in pulling together everything you need for that one of a kind costume!

Posted on October 15, 2016 at 10:06 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community