Windermere Blog

Selling Your Home: The Final Walkthrough

Posted on 2 June 2023

Congratulations, you’ve found a buyer! But before you celebrate, there’s an important part of the closing process you need to pass: the final walkthrough. The final walkthrough isn’t a full-fledged home inspection, but if the buyer finds issues during the process it could complicate things. Your seller duties are still in play here, so be […]

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What is Victorian Architecture?

Posted on 31 May 2023

Like its namesake Queen Victoria, Victorian architecture is home design royalty. With its uniquely detailed decorations, it helped to define the style of homes in its era. These special homes still exist in large numbers today around the world, perhaps none more famous than San Francisco’s “Painted Ladies” near Alamo Square pictured above. Let’s dive […]

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Turnkey vs. Fixer-Upper: Pros and Cons

Posted on 24 May 2023

The beauty of real estate is that different properties satisfy different needs. Although single-family homes are great for putting down roots, that may not be your motivation for purchasing your next home. If you’re looking to buy a property with the intent of renting it, both turnkey and fixer-upper listings will cross your path during […]

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Would the FHFA Mortgage Fee Changes Have Favored Buyers with Low Credit Scores?

Posted on 22 May 2023

The Federal Housing Finance Authority recently put a hold on raising upfront mortgage fees given pushback that suggested home buyers with good credit were being penalized. Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner looks at Loan Level Price Adjustments (LLPAs) to explain why some headlines were misleading. This video on the proposed FHFA mortgage fee changes is […]

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Windermere Foundation Funds Shelter for Low-Income and Homeless Families

Posted on 19 May 2023

When the Windermere Foundation was started, the original mission was to provide housing for community members facing homelessness. The mission has expanded since then, but Windermere offices across the Western U.S. continue the cause, donating to organizations that make a difference for homeless and low-income families in our communities. From supporting homeownership to providing shelter […]

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Selling Your Home: 5 Common Myths

Posted on 17 May 2023

Selling your home is a crash course in real estate education. You’ll learn how to work with your real estate agent to find a buyer and sell at the right price. As you prepare to sell, it’s important to remember that that not everything you’ve heard is true. There are several common myths that can […]

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How Much Paint Do I Need? Indoor Paint Calculator

Posted on 15 May 2023

Whether you’ve just bought a house or you’ve lived in your home sweet home for years, at some point its walls and surfaces will be due for a fresh coat of paint. Repainting can breathe new life into an interior and help you personalize the space, whether you’re working within the latest interior design trends […]

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How to Pay for a House

Posted on 10 May 2023

Buying a home is, for many people, the largest financial undertaking of their lives. So, how do the numbers work? How is the price of a property converted into a transaction? Let’s take a look at how to pay for a house by focusing on some of the major components in a real estate purchase, […]

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What Goes Into Owning a Waterfront Home?

Posted on 8 May 2023

A waterfront home offers surroundings unlike any other. Their prime locale and stunning views virtually guarantee a lifetime of relaxation, waterfront get-togethers, and summer nights under the stars. Waterfront homes have great potential as investment properties as well. But for all the perks waterfront homeownership offers, it comes with its own set of responsibilities, too. […]

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Q1 2023 Northern California Real Estate Market Update

Posted on 5 May 2023

The following analysis of select counties of the Northern California real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact your Windermere Real […]

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