Buying and Selling Tips 5 Thoughtful Staging Tips I usually recommend staging to my sellers. Most of us do not live in our homes the way we present them on the market. To be honest, we are creating an illusion of peace and calm – the way we all wish we lived!  My husband and I sold a home on Bainbridge when our […]
Bainbridge by the Seasons Easy Landscaping Tips for Curb Appeal – and Perhaps a Quick Sale Easy Landscaping Ideas Landscaping is the first thing buyers see when they consider purchasing your home. It extends either an invitation or a warning. If the outside of your home is neat and well maintained, it is safe to assume that the inside of the house will reflect that same care. Conversely if the outside […]
Buying and Selling Tips 5 Lessons Home Renovations Can Teach You About Yourself 5 Lessons Home Renovations Can Teach You About Yourself   I could spend ages talking about everything there is to learn from remodeling your house: the best types of tile for a shower floor, little details that you shouldn’t overlook when remodeling, tips and tricks for finishing a project on time — you name it. […]
Uncategorized 6 Dramatic Bathroom Makeovers You Won’t Believe 6 Dramatic Bathroom Makeovers You Won’t Believe Posted in Houzz.com and Living by Houzz.com Maybe it’s that 1980s soaking tub with the giant surround, or maybe you’re prepping for resale, or perhaps an overhead flood is to blame. Maybe it’s just time for a change. Whatever the motivation behind them, bathroom renovations are one of […]
Uncategorized Green Building Resources Residential single family home inventory is very low in Kitsap County this Spring, so people are turning to building as an option. Newer concepts are being explored such as how to build a home where you can age in place, and building green. Here are a few resources for Building Green: American Institute of Architects: […]
Uncategorized Why is home inventory so low? By Nick Timiraos   Associated Press The number of homes for sale fell to 1.82 million at the end of 2012, an 8.5% drop from November. Home sales in December dropped by 1% from November, the National Association of Realtors reported on Tuesday, but still stood nearly 13% above the levels of one year ago. […]
Uncategorized 2013 was a good year for Real Estate!         Susan Grosten Admin WORC Sign Out   January 2012 (2) December 2011 (4) November 2011 (5) October 2011 (6) September 2011 (3) August 2011 (2) July 2011 (4) June 2011 (1) May 2011 (5) April 2011 (2) March 2011 (3) February 2011 (2) January 2011 (3) December 2010 (5) November 2010 […]
Uncategorized New Finance Legislation   Susan Grosten Admin WORC Sign Out       Windermere Blog       Posted January 4 2013, 12:52 PM PST by Edward Krigsman How new finance legislation affects home owners, buyers and sellers   Posted inMarket NewsbyEdward Krigsman   Many home owners, buyers, and sellers have been carefully watching the new federal finance […]
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Uncategorized 2012 Bainbridge Home Stats Finally, positive news in home stats to share! After 4 years of declining home prices Bainbridge Island, median home prices were UP 6% in 2012. The number of home sales  for the year far exceeded the expectation of most people, topping unit sales well above the high of 2007, but equity has slow to return, […]
Uncategorized Greg Atkinson’s new eatery Marche opens March 17th! Well known local cook book author and  Chef Greg Atkinson will be opening his new eatery “Marche” on March 17th. Located on quaint Madrone Lane in down town Winslow-Bainbridge Island. Located near Bainbridge Performing Arts, and locally owned Directors Art Gallery and Mora Iced Creamery the recently renovated building is warm and inviting while maintaining […]
Uncategorized 2012 Real Estate Outlook January 18th, 2012        An Optimistic Outlook: 2012 Market Insights   by Matthew Gardner This is the time of year when the most frequent question that I am asked is about home prices and which direction I expect them to move during the upcoming year. Over the past three years, I have not made many friends, […]
Uncategorized Bainbridge Island Considers Plastic Bag Ban                                                        I could not believe that our Island disposes of 5-7 MILLION plastic bags per year. For our small population that is an astonishing number. Please stop and think about alternatives.  e mail me at SusanGrosten@Windermere.com and I will supply a complimentary re-usable bag ( one per Bainbridge Island household) so we can begin to make a […]
Uncategorized February Events from BI Chamber of Commerce February 2012   Date Time Event Location   2/1 5:30pm 1st Wednesday Networking Event OfficeXpats, 403 Madison Ave. (2nd floor of The Pavilion), Bainbridge Island.   2/1 5:30pm FIRST WEDNESDAY Networking OfficeXpats, upstairs in the Pavilion   2/2 10am Free First Thursday at KiDiMu Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) 301 Ravine Lane N.E. Bainbridge Island, WA […]
Uncategorized Bainbridge Island Chocolate Festival! Just in time for Valentines Day and serves a good cause!                                                                                                The Chocolate Festival So, we dodged a bullet with this storm! However, we know that will not always be the case.  The last one left many people out of power with nowhere to go.  Homeland Security in conjunction with the Red Cross has […]
Uncategorized Impacts of Short Sales and Foreclosures Action Requirements Bankruptcy (All Except Chapter 13) Conventional:   4-year time period from either the discharge or dismissal date of the bankruptcy.FHA / VA:  2-year time period from the discharge of the bankruptcy.  Borrower must have re-established good credit. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Conventional: The time period for Chapter 13 bankruptcy actions is measured as follows:• 2 […]
Uncategorized Cut your power use-good for your budget-good for the planet. I learned that my 22 yr old free standing freezer, once used a lot and loved was now costing me $600 a year to keep! That is a lot for a few frozen pizza’s on sale and my sons old crab bait ( son now away to college). The best part was that they came to pick […]