Privacy and Views in Somerset $975,000

4232 136th Pl SE – 3 bedroom – 3 bath – 2360 sq ft

Located at the end of a cul-de-sac in sought after Somerset where privacy and views abound. New deck soaks in the Olympic Mountains and Seattle to Bellevue skylines. Great flow on the main floor with open kitchen, dining and living room. Vaulted ceilings with open beam construction and large floor to ceiling windows create a spacious feel surrounded by nature. Updated kitchen with gorgeous white marbeled granite counters, stainless appliances and tailored beech cabinets. See full listing here.Sweeping views of Bellevue and Seattle skylines framed by snow capped Olympic mountains.

New deck in 2018 soaks in expansive views

Open floor plan with vaulted open beamed ceilings

Kitchen with bar open to dining room.  Garden window frames the serene sights and sounds of the backyard

Backyard waterfall


Posted on May 19, 2019 at 10:03 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset |

33rd Annual Windermere Cup

On May 4 the Montlake Cut will play host once again to the Windermere Cup rowing regatta. For the past 33 years, Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington have joined together to host this event, which brings the world’s best crews to Seattle to compete against the perennially 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. The races are followed by the world’s largest boat parade which is put on by the Seattle Yacht Club.

The UW men will go up against one of the oldest programs in rowing, Boston University, and the German National Federation, who is the current World Champion after taking gold in the 2018 World Championship. This is the first time in the Windermere Cup’s 33 year history that the Germans have competed in this regatta. Both will oppose a Washington men’s crew that has been a dominant program in the United States for several decades and came second in last year’s national championship.

The UW women, who also came in second at the 2018 NCAA Championship, will be opposed by the UCLA Bruins who have been a consistent national competitor in the last four NCAA Championships and the German National Federation women’s team, who have rowed in the A final of the eight competition in the past three Under-23 World Championships.

In addition to the 24 crew races throughout the morning, 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 and a selfie stand by Snap Bar. The crew races start at 10:15 am and end around noon, followed by the Opening Day Boat Parade.

Windermere Party on the Cut: Boats Brats Beers Bands

In honor of the German National Crews visiting Seattle to race in the Cup races, we’ll be celebrating German-style. So break out your lederhosen and dirndls and come on out to the party! This year’s pre-race Party on the Cut will take place Friday, May 3rd, from 6 PM to 10 PM. Join us on the northeast shore of the Montlake Cut for an evening of live music, lawn games, and food and drinks. Advance tickets are just $20, or $30 at the door. This year features live performances by Nite Wave and Brian DiJulio & the Love Jacks. This event is 21+ and tickets can be found through Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information please visit windermerecup.com and follow us at Facebook.com/WindermereCup@WindermereCup on Twitter, and @Windermere on Instagram. Share your excitement and your day-of experience by including the official hashtag: #WindermereCup2019.


Posted on May 2, 2019 at 10:53 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in community, events, seattle |

Is Now the Time to Downsize?

With the popularity of the minimalist movement and tidying up, many people today are working to downsize their homes.  Whether you are a recent empty-nester, a long term owner looking for retirement living, or even just ready to simplify your space, we have solutions.  We have a team that can help answer the questions of what to bring with you to your new place, finding the new place that’s the right fit, and what to do with all you have accumulated over the years.  Here’s a link to The Money Hour with Tina Mitchell interview where we discuss these ideas.  I’d love to get together and share how we can help. Let’s connect.  StephanieK@windermere.com


Posted on April 27, 2019 at 2:17 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in market trends, preparing your home, service providers |

Windermere Living – Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of Windermere Living showcases rising talents in interior design, spring refresh strategies, easy brunch ideas for your next get together and a helpful houseplant guide.

Windermere Living is an exclusive listings magazine published by Windermere Real Estate. Read the online version  or email us at KristenTeam@windermere.com for an exclusive copy.


Posted on April 13, 2019 at 2:03 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in community, design, preparing your home |

Free Shredding Event

The April 15th tax deadline is fast approaching.  Every year about this time I promise myself to be better organized next year. My filing system is always a work in progress.  I am often struggling with what to do with all the accumulated receipts, statements, bills and legal documents? Below is a link to an article on how long keep these docs and what can been thrown away or better yet shredded.

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/how-long-should-i-keep-records

Windermere is here to help and are providing some options for shredding your old documents.  We are offering complimentary shredding services at multiple locations.  You can bring your sensitive documents to be professionally destroyed on site. A certificate of destruction can be provided upon request.

Shredding Dates and Locations

Saturday, April 20th  10 am – 2 pm  – Issaquah Office  1810 15th Place NW, Issaquah

Saturday, May 11th  10 am – 2 pm  – Bellevue South Office   14405 SE 36th St, Bellevue

Wishing you all the best for a happy and pain free tax season. (well, as pain free as it can be!)


Posted on April 10, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, community, events, giving back |

Recycling Event this Saturday at Windermere Bellevue South


Posted on February 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, community, events, giving back |

Local Market Update – February 2019

January brought more good news for homebuyers. Prices were down, inventory was up and interest rates hovered near a nine-month low. Those factors drove more buyers into the market and resulted in an uptick in sales for the month. We’ll see how this transitioning market evolves as we head into the prime Spring home buying season.

Eastside

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The most expensive region in King County saw prices soften in January. The median price of a single-family home on the Eastside dropped 3 percent over last January to $910,000. It’s an excellent time for buyers to leverage the cooling market and negotiate terms that work best for their needs. Last January, 39 percent of the homes in this area sold for over asking price. This January, that figure dropped to 12 percent. With its favorable business climate and high rankings for both economic growth and technology capabilities, demand on the Eastside is projected to remain strong.

King County

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January marked the first time home prices in King County decreased year-over-year in seven years. The median price of a single-family home was $610,0000, a drop of 3 percent over the prior year. Inventory more than doubled. Unlike recent months, this was due primarily to more people putting their homes on the market, as opposed to homes taking longer to sell. Despite the surge in listings there is just two months of available inventory, far short of what is needed to meet demand.

Seattle

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The median price of  a single-family home in the city was $711,500 in January, a decrease of 6 percent year-over-year. Despite a 107 percent increase in homes for sale compared to a year ago, Seattle continues to have the tightest inventory in King County with less than two months of supply. A booming economy that shows no signs of slowing continues to draw more people to the city. The area will have to significantly add more inventory to meet that growing demand.

Snohomish County

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The median price of a single-family home in January inched up 1 percent from last year to $455,000. That price is down from the median of $470,000 recorded in December.  Snohomish County also saw a surge in inventory with the number of homes on the market double of what it was last year at this time.


Posted on February 12, 2019 at 1:06 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in economy, interest rates, market trends, statistics |

Windermere Foundation Surpasses $38 Million in Total Donations Raised

2018 concluded with another great year of fundraising and giving for the Windermere Foundation, thanks to the continued support of Windermere franchise owners, agents, staff, and the community. Nearly $2.5 million was raised in 2018, bringing our grand total to over $38 million raised since the Foundation’s inception in 1989! During the past year, nearly $1.9 million was donated to non-profit organizations throughout the Western U.S. that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families. In 2018, the Windermere Foundation fulfilled 689 grant requests and served 507 non-profit organizations.

A portion of the money raised every year is due in part to our agents who each make a donation to the Windermere Foundation from every commission they earn. Additional donations from Windermere agents, the community, and fundraisers made up 68% of the money collected in 2018. Each Windermere office has their own Foundation funds, which enable them to support local non-profits in their communities.

One organization that received Windermere Foundation donations from several Windermere Real Estate offices in the Seattle area is Treehouse. Treehouse’s mission is to give foster kids a childhood and a future. Their goal that they have set to achieve by 2022, is to see youth in foster care graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers across Washington State. And to provide them with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood. Donations from the Windermere Foundation have helped Treehouse clients like Ashley, get the support she needed to turn her life around.

“I didn’t have a childhood that all kids should have–like making friends my age or playing sports. I changed the path that I was on because I wanted to give people a reason to believe in me. You have to want to change and speak your truth, but you can’t do it without people believing in you. You can get through the darkest situations, you just gotta look for a little crack of light. Treehouse is that crack of light for me,” ~Ashley

2018 also marked the third year of our #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, in which Windermere committed to donating $100 for every Seahawks home game defensive tackle to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless youth. While the Seahawks didn’t make it past the first round of the playoffs, they did help us raise $31,900. When added to previous seasons, the total donation for the past three years is $98,700! We are grateful for the opportunity to provide additional support to homeless youth thanks to the Seahawks, YouthCare, and the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign.

With your help, we have been able to make a difference in the lives of many families in our local communities over the past 30 years. If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please Donate here.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

 


Posted on January 25, 2019 at 10:59 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in community, giving back |

Local Market Update – January 2019

A cool-down in prices and a surge in inventory spelled out good news for buyers in December. Median home prices throughout the region continued to moderate. The number of homes for sale more than doubled over a year ago. Condo inventory more than quadrupled. While we’re still far short of the four to six months that are considered a balanced market, December moved us closer in that direction. As winter months traditionally bring slower sales and lower prices, we’ll be able to determine a more solid trend when the peak real estate season comes this spring.

Eastside

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The number of single-family homes and condos on the market in December tripled as compared to a year ago on the Eastside. With an abundance of choices for buyers, homes here took longer to sell. However, well-priced homes still sold within weeks rather than days, which was the case earlier in the year. As with all of King County, home prices here continued to moderate. The median price of a single-family home was $909,000. That’s down 3 percent from a year ago, but up from November’s median price of $885,000.

King County

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In December, the median price of a single-family King County home was $639,000. That is 0.6 percent more than the same time last year and a welcome respite from the double-digit increases we saw for much of 2018. Inventory was up as well, soaring 143 percent from a year prior. The trend toward a more balanced market is good news for buyers. Instead of having to make a decision in a matter of hours, buyers now can take the time to consider their options and negotiate a price and terms that work best for them.

Seattle

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Last December there were only 299 homes on the market in Seattle. This December there were 1,111. Despite the sharp uptick, Seattle has the tightest inventory in King County with less than two months of supply. Demand is predicted to stay high in 2019. With an abundance of high-paying jobs and not enough people to fill them, Seattle’s population is expected to grow at twice the national rate this year. Prices have continued to moderate from the unsustainable increases of last year. The median price of a single-family home inched up 2 percent from the year prior to $739,000.

Snohomish County

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The median price of a single-family home was up 4 percent from last year to $470,000 in December – the same price the area posted the previous month. Inventory has more than doubled in the past year due to more sellers listing their homes and fewer sales. However, at 2.6 months of supply the area has a long way to go before becoming a balanced market.


Posted on January 14, 2019 at 11:19 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in economy, interest rates, market trends, statistics | Tagged , , ,

Where are home prices heading?

The Home Price Expectation Survey checks in with over 100 national real estate experts every quarter, including Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. Here’s where they think prices will go:

Gardner predicts our local market will fare better than the nation overall.

“As I look to 2019, I believe home prices in King County will increase 7.8% over the current year.”
– Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner

“The local economy will continue to grow and that will drive demand for ownership housing,” according to Gardner. “Supply will slow during the holiday season before we see a new influx of listings in the spring. With more supply, I believe that home price growth will continue to slow, but values will still increase.”


Posted on November 26, 2018 at 3:46 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in economy, market trends, real estate, statistics |