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

Seattle / Eastside Market Report – May 2017

The local real estate market—already the hottest in the country—set yet another price record in April. The number of homes for sale dropped 27 percent compared to a year ago, the lowest amount of inventory ever recorded for a spring month. The historically low supply of homes is making competition among buyers fierce. Sellers are in the enviable position of being able to structure sales agreements to include concessions such as rent-backs and longer closing time so they can take the time to find their next home.
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Posted on May 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, economy, interest rates, market trends, real estate, seattle, statistics

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

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 | Category: bellevue, economy, interest rates, real estate, seattle, statistics

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 | Category: listings, real estate, seattle

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

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

Key to Hope Luncheon 2016

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I was delighted to serve with Joan Caine as co-chair for the Plymouth Housing Group – 13th Annual Key to Hope Luncheon.  This year’s event theme “Beyond Stability: The Healing Power of the Arts” celebrated the power of the arts to help formerly homeless men and women heal and leave life on the streets for good. We also highlighted Plymouth’s cultural partnerships, including connections with the Seattle Symphony and Path with Art.

Our keynote speaker was Vijay Gupta a violinist from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  He played and shared information about his work with the Street Symphony in LA.

I am so pleased to be part of an organization having such a powerful and positive impact in our city.  We raised $770,000 to support a housing first model that is working to end homelessness here in Seattle. Here is an article from Puget Sound Business Journal.

Every time you buy or sell a home with me, a portion of that goes back into the community to support the work that Plymouth Housing Group is doing and provide housing for someone in need.  Thanks for helping us give back.

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 11:37 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seattle

Seattle/ Eastside Market Update – September 2016

While homes prices were up by double-digits compared to a year ago, the market frenzy that has affected most of this year is showing some signs of moderating. With the exception of the Eastside, prices for most of the region were down from their peak. Home sales generally outpaced the same period a year ago, but a shortage of inventory continues to tip the advantage in favor of sellers.

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Bucking the trend of moderating prices, the Eastside saw the median home price soar 14 percent over last year to a new record high of $769,000. That eclipses the previous peak of $760,000 in May of this year. Very tight inventory in this highly desirable market was reflected in flat sales growth compared to a year ago.

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Posted on September 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, economy, market trends, real estate, seattle, statistics

#TackleHomelessness

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This year I am proud to be a part of something special.  Windermere Real Estate is the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks… and that is exciting in itself, but I’m even more proud of how this partnership is being used to help homeless youth in our community.

Since 1989, The Windermere Foundation has donated more than $30 million to programs and organizations that provide shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those in need.  Every time I sell a home, a portion of my commission goes toward this important cause.  And now, for every Seahawks home game tackle, the Windermere Foundation will donate $100 to Youth Care, which provides much-needed services to homeless youth.  $3100 was donated after the season home opener and $2600 in game 3.

I hope you’ll join our network of agents and 12s as we cheer on the home team as only Seahawks fans can.  The #TackleHomelessness campaign can make a real difference in the lives of the people who need it most.

Here’s to a great season.  Go Hawks!

 

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks, seattle