Happy Holidays from Windermere Real Estate

On behalf of everyone at Windermere Real Estate, we wish you a very happy holiday season!

 

There’s No Need To Panic About Rising Interest Rates

This article originally appeared on Inman.com 

 

After seven years of some of the lowest interest rates in recorded history, the Federal Reserve has decided to raise the key Fed Funds Rate by 0.25 percent, which is causing some to be concerned that it will lead to a jump in mortgage rates and negatively impact the US housing market.

So, the question everyone wants to know is, do we need to worry about interest rates leaping?

While I expect there to be some volatility in rates for a while, I don’t believe the real estate market will implode in a rapidly rising interest rate environment. So, yes, interest rates are going to rise modestly, but no, I don’t think we need to be overly worried about it.

To qualify this statement, we need to understand that mortgage rates do not run in “lock-step” with the Fed Funds Rate. Although the Fed Funds Rate is a bellwether for the greater economic environment, there have been times when these two rates have moved in opposite directions, such as we saw in 2004/2005.

It’s also important to understand that while interest rates for revolving credit, such as credit cards and home equity loans, are tied to the Fed Funds Rate, non-revolving loans – like mortgages – are not. Mortgage rates are tied to bond yields – specifically the 10-year treasury.

So what do I think will happen?

I believe interest rates will rise above 4 percent, but we will not see a sharp spike in rates. The Fed has stated that any upward movement in the Fed Funds Rate will be slow and steady, and will reflect the greater economy. And I believe that mortgage rates will follow suit.  Additionally, mortgage rates have already moved higher in anticipation of an increase in the Fed Funds Rate.

That said, it is worth noting that any weakness in the global economy can actually have a downward effect on interest rates. This is referred to a “flight to quality”. In essence, investors seek safe haven during times of economic uncertainty. If markets outside the U.S. continue to underperform, there will likely be increasing demand for bonds which will drive up their price and drive down interest rates. Between China, the Eurozone, war in the Middle East, and a massive drop in oil prices, it's certainly possible that the price of mortgage backed securities could rise, leading U.S. mortgage rates lower.

Interest rates could not realistically stay at their current levels forever. But an increase should not be a great cause for concern. Yes, an increase makes mortgages more expensive, but not to a point where they will have a negative effect on home values. That said, the rate of home price growth will undoubtedly slow in the coming year, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

A little perspective might help: the average rate for a 30-year loan in the 1970’s was nine percent. It was 13 percent in the 1980’s and eight percent in the 1990’s. And yet people still managed to buy and sell homes throughout those years. With that in mind, the rate increases we’re likely to see in 2016 are nothing to fret over.

The increase in the Fed Funds Rate should be taken as a sign that our economy is expanding and is a preemptive move to limit anticipated inflation. While interest rates have risen from their all-time low, they are still remarkably favorable. And will remain so through 2016.

 

Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has over 25 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K. 

 

Holiday Mantel Glam Decor

 

Anyone who has a fireplace can appreciate how versatile a mantel is. It's easy to change its look with the different holidays and seasons. And there’s no better season to do this than Christmas. Hang a wreath, decorate it with candles, ornaments, and twinkling lights. The options are endless. If you’re not sure where to start, pick a theme. Here are some ideas to consider.

Gilded

Gold never goes out of style – especially when it comes to the holidays. If you choose this theme, the majority of your pieces on your mantel should be gilded in one way or another. Generally, it's good to have a centerpiece. Try a wreath like this gilded metal wreath to hang above the mantel and make a bold statement.

All White Everything

Nothing says Winter Wonderland like an all-white theme. All-white is pretty glam as it is, but you can use these stockings to add that little extra je ne sais quoi. What's even better is you can keep it on after the holidays, through the winter. Add a mirror to the wall above the mantel for added appeal.

Go Green

Go natural with some lush greenery. Create a base of winter greenery and lights, then layer on the Christmas touch with holiday candles and reindeer. Once the holidays are over, switch out the Christmas candles for plain ones and put away the trees and stockings. Leave the garland, crystal and silver candlesticks, and even the wreath for a fantastically decorated fireplace focal point for the remainder of the winter season.

Rustic Glam

Start with a pre-lit sparkling garland along the mantel top and a pre-lit wreath above. Add in some pine cones, candles (in mason jars or try glassybabies), and silver accents in whatever way you deem fit. Add some white stockings (try these) with a variety of textures and designs and you're ready to go.

Colors Galore

If you have kiddos running around your house, a colorful theme is a good way to go. You can't go wrong with reds, blues, pinks, greens, oranges, etc.; anything bright makes for one of the most festive themes! You can make a DIY Ornament Garland if you have a bunch of leftovers from your tree. Take a few boxes and frames, wrap them with colorful paper and bows, and lay them tastefully on your mantel.

See our Pinterest board for some visual inspiration!

 

Heading into the New Year, Agent Safety Still a Top Priority

As the New Year approaches, the real estate industry can look back on 2015 and be proud of the accomplishments to continue to make realtor safety a top priority. At Windermere, we pride ourselves on making realtor safety a top priority. Industry leadership requires both constantly looking for new innovative products to help protect the health and safety of our agents and team members, and also promoting resources available from the National Association of REALTORS ® (NAR) – REALTOR® Safety Program

The NAR 2015 Member Safety Report reminds us of the need to remain vigilant. It asked members how safe they feel on the job, about their personal safety experiences and about the safety procedures and materials provided by their brokerage. Interestingly, the report found that while 96% of realtors have never been the victim of crime, 40% have found themselves in situations where they have feared for their safety or the safety of their personal information.

During the 2015 REALTORS Conference and Expo, our agents and their colleagues from across the country had the opportunity to attend “Real Estate Safety Matters”, a safety class that serves as a primer on how to limit risk and protect themselves should the need arise. Realtor and safety course supervisor Tamara Suminski emphasized the importance of awareness and trusting your instincts. NAR also provides excellent year-round safety resources, including materials to share in the office or online such as safety presentations, videos, articles and webinars.

In September, Windermere began to pilot new technology from React Mobile for National REALTOR® Safety Month. Since then, we’ve provided about 150 Seattle-area agents with the React Sidekick Bluetooth panic button. The React Sidekick is a personal panic button that can be used to quickly and remotely activate a widespread emergency alert without the need to find, unlock, and dial from a phone that may be out of reach.

When the Sidekick is activated, whoever the agent has designated to be a part of their emergency network receives a “Help Me” alert text message and email that includes a link to their GPS location. Users can also choose to automatically post their alerts to Facebook and Twitter to let an even wider network of contacts know where they are and that they need help.

React Mobile is a featured safety provider in the National Association of REALTORS ® (NAR) – REALTOR® Safety Program and an example of our commitment to provide agents with the latest resources to protect themselves. As we approach 2016, our goal remains to give them an extra layer of security in situations when it matters most.

Perspectives: No Child Sleeps Outside

States of emergency are usually proclaimed after natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, but last month city leaders declared one in Seattle for homelessness. The numbers they quoted were staggering. Over 10,000 homeless people in King County. Sixty-four homeless deaths so far this year. And the stat that really sank our hearts: nearly 3,000 children in Seattle Public Schools are homeless.

These kinds of numbers make you feel like the situation is almost hopeless. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. That’s what we’ve been doing in our own small way through the Windermere Foundation. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has donated over $30 million to organizations that provide support to low-income and homeless families. While one of our main goals is to fund preventative services to help families stay in their homes, sometimes we’re contacted after it’s too late.

Like the time we received a call from a Seattle Public School counselor seeking rental funds for a family who was living in their car after being evicted. The mom was undergoing treatment for cancer and all they needed was someone to cover the costs of their deposit and first/last month’s rent. How could we say no?

We had the same response when we were contacted last year by Mary’s Place to support their “No Child Sleeps Outside” campaign. They needed help funding an emergency winter shelter for more than 500 families. Now in the second year of their campaign, their goal goes beyond providing temporary shelter for families during the cold winter months; it’s also to start those families on their journey into permanent housing. That’s a goal we’re very proud to support.

The only way we’re able to do any of this is because of the generosity of our agents. Every time they help someone buy or sell a home, a portion of their commission is donated to the Windermere Foundation. But it’s also thanks to our clients who make it all possible by choosing to work with Windermere. Thank you for enabling us to continue making a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.

 

#YourStoryIsOurStory: Finding the Right Home for the Right Time

When looking for a real estate agent, it’s important to work with someone who really understands where you are in life, and can help you find the right home for your circumstances. Julie Huff has worked with Doug and Alyson through three different moves. From Doug’s bachelor pad to their first family home, and most recently, a new spot for their expanding family. After sharing so much together through the years, Julie and her clients have built a relationship that goes well beyond a single transaction. It’s a relationship for life.  

Throughout the year we will be posting some of our favorite #YourStoryIsOurStory videos, photos, and blog posts. Please take a minute to share your experiences, and follow #YourStoryIsOurStory on our blogFacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, and Pinterest pages.

 

Embracing the Spirit of Giving

The holiday season seems to bring out the best in people. And at Windermere, when our offices see a need, they act on it. Often times the need is identified by an individual from an office, like Karen Cleveland from the Vancouver-Mill Plain office.

Karen was at her grandson’s confirmation class several weeks ago when they had a guest speaker. The speaker was from Janus Youth Programs and the topic was homeless youth in Clark County. The discussion brought awareness to the students and parents of the homeless situation. One topic they touched on was how these kids, especially in the Pacific Northwest, need socks. When it’s wet out, they don’t have any clean, dry socks. And walking around in wet socks contributes to health issues. The next day, Karen discussed the need with her manager and contacted the Windermere Foundation to get funding approved to purchase items for Janus Youth.

After securing $500 from the Vancouver-Mill Plain and Vancouver-Metro offices, Karen and her grandchildren set out on a shopping trip to purchase socks and other needed items. “Our kids were great shoppers,” said Karen. “They calculated how much they could spend and still have money to pay tax, and then figured out how many of each item to get.” At the end of the trip they had purchased 52 hats, 128 pairs of gloves, and 310 pairs of socks!  Karen added, “I’m also letting my agents know that when they’re out shopping this holiday season to grab a bag of socks and we’ll get those to Janus Youth also.”

But that is just one story from our network. Many of our Windermere offices get into the holiday spirit every year…

 

Each year, agents at the Edmonds office help fill stockings for children at Tomorrow's Hope, a branch of the Housing Hope organization in Snohomish County. These children are in the daycare program and are children of families in transition. Many of them do not even have homes. Agents select a few children to shop for, wrap and fill the stockings with small gifts which are then delivered by a group of “elves” from the office.. For many of these children, these are the only gifts they may receive.

 

Nearly 300 Windermere brokers from six Eastside offices in King County, WA came together on December 6 for their annual Windermere for Kids event. Brokers partnered with around 100 "little shoppers" at Target to help them buy presents for their families. Wrapping stations were also set up to help wrap gifts. This group of offices has participated in this holiday tradition 15 times in the last 18 years.

 

The Ellensburg office is having  free photos with Santa on December 10 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be collecting canned food to benefit the Community Christmas Basket. The office is also selling holiday wreaths as a fundraiser for children in need in the community until December 11.

 

The Issaquah office is holding a holiday drive for Eastside Baby Corner through December 17. The office is collecting items for babies in need. Items, such as infant clothing, onesies, sleepers, blankets, formula, diapers, and baby food. They are also collecting bedding for children in need for their “bedding bonanza.”

 

This is the second year that the Kent office has adopted two local elementary schools for the holiday season. Agents meet with teachers, the counselor, and principle at Fred Meyer to shop for the children identified as the most in need from their schools. They then coordinate with the parents to get the gifts wrapped and delivered so they can surprise their children with gifts for Christmas.

 

The Lewiston office co-sponsored the Northwest Children’s Home Red Stocking Campaign. This campaign raises funds for the NCH to continue to provide individualized therapeutic, educational, and residential services to abused, neglected, and abandoned youth at their Lewiston campus.

 

Windermere offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are collecting coats and blankets through December 18 for their annual Share the Warmth drive. Transition Projects will distribute the coats and blankets collected to those in need.

 

The Portland-Raleigh Hills office is hosting Windermere Stellar’s annual Silent and Live Auction on December 9 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. This free event is open to the public, and proceeds from the auction will benefit the Windermere Foundation.

 

The Salem office is hosting a holiday event/open house on December 9 for the Salem/Keizer community. Coffee, cookies, tea, and hot chocolate will be served and they’re also collecting donations for the Homeless Outreach Advocacy Program (HOAP) to benefit many homeless families throughout Marion and Polk County, and the Share the Warmth drive.

 

The Scappoose and St. Helens offices placed their annual giving tree in Fred Meyer with a wish list of gifts to purchase for children served by SAFE of Columbia County. They also donated funds to food banks in three different communities, donated to Toy and Joy in St. Helens and Scappoose, and donated to a local backpack program.

 

The Seattle-Ballard office adopted two large families this year. This is the 20th year in a row that the office has adopted families and provided them with gifts and other necessities for the holiday season. They also hold an annual photo with Santa event early in December, with donations collected to benefit the Windermere Foundation.

 

The Seattle-Northlake office held a free Santa photos event at their office on December 2 at which they also collected donations for the Windermere Foundation. The office also adopted a cabin of Ryther’s youngest residents, which houses youth ages four to ten years old, and fulfilled items on their Christmas wish lists.

 

The Seattle-Northgate office has an annual Secret Santa program in December. They purchase gifts for 10 or more kids from Kenmore Elementary and deliver the wrapped gifts to the schools on December 15.

 

The Seattle-Sand Point office is hosting a photos with Santa event on December 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are welcome in support of the Windermere Foundation.

 

The Snohomish office held its 7th annual Spaghetti Feed and silent auction on December 6. Brokers and staff from the office did all the prepping and serving at the event, and a local broker provided musical entertainment. Proceeds from this old-fashioned Christmas event benefit the Snohomish Food Bank.

 

The Spokane (City Group, Cornerstone, Liberty Lake, Manito, North, and Valley) offices held their annual Boots & Gloves event. This event has been put on each year since 1999, through a long standing partnership with Windermere and Big 5 Sporting Goods. Family Promise of Spokane, a homeless transition program for families, is one of the local organizations benefitting from the event. “We can't say enough about how grateful we are for Windermere Spokane annual Boots Drive for homeless and former homeless families. This year 52 present and past Family Promise kids got boots, socks, gloves and hats from the Windermere Foundation and their wonderful volunteers.”

 

The Seattle-West Seattle office is holding their annual Santa Paws event on December 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your family and pets in for a free professional photo with Santa.

 

Windermere Real Estate joined Dicks Drive-Ins to support Mary’s Place No Child Sleeps Outside campaign with a $20,000 donation from the Windermere Foundation. Over 550 families sleep outside in Seattle every night, mostly single mothers with children, sleeping in places that are cold, wet, and unsafe. For every $10,000 raised, 25 families can get the down payments they need to move into transitional or permanent housing. The goal is to reach $500,000 by December 31. 

These are just some of the events going on throughout our Windermere network. Thanks to the generosity and support of our agents, Windermere has been able to help make this holiday season a little brighter for those in need in the communities we serve. If you’d like to help us continue to support these and other programs, please click on the Donate button.

 

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

Embracing the Spirit of Giving

The holiday season seems to bring out the best in people. And at Windermere, when our offices see a need, they act on it. Often times the need is identified by an individual from an office, like Karen Cleveland from the Vancouver-Mill Plain office.

Karen was at her grandson’s confirmation class several weeks ago when they had a guest speaker. The speaker was from Janus Youth Programs and the topic was homeless youth in Clark County. The discussion brought awareness to the students and parents of the homeless situation. One topic they touched on was how these kids, especially in the Pacific Northwest, need socks. When it’s wet out, they don’t have any clean, dry socks. And walking around in wet socks contributes to health issues. The next day, Karen discussed the need with her manager and contacted the Windermere Foundation to get funding approved to purchase items for Janus Youth.

After securing $500 from the Vancouver-Mill Plain and Vancouver-Metro offices, Karen and her grandchildren set out on a shopping trip to purchase socks and other needed items. “Our kids were great shoppers,” said Karen. “They calculated how much they could spend and still have money to pay tax, and then figured out how many of each item to get.” At the end of the trip they had purchased 52 hats, 128 pairs of gloves, and 310 pairs of socks!  Karen added, “I’m also letting my agents know that when they’re out shopping this holiday season to grab a bag of socks and we’ll get those to Janus Youth also.”

But that is just one story from our network. Many of our Windermere offices get into the holiday spirit every year…

 

Each year, agents at the Edmonds office help fill stockings for children at Tomorrow's Hope, a branch of the Housing Hope organization in Snohomish County. These children are in the daycare program and are children of families in transition. Many of them do not even have homes. Agents select a few children to shop for, wrap and fill the stockings with small gifts which are then delivered by a group of “elves” from the office.. For many of these children, these are the only gifts they may receive.

 

Nearly 300 Windermere brokers from six Eastside offices in King County, WA came together on December 6 for their annual Windermere for Kids event. Brokers partnered with around 100 "little shoppers" at Target to help them buy presents for their families. Wrapping stations were also set up to help wrap gifts. This group of offices has participated in this holiday tradition 15 times in the last 18 years.

 

The Ellensburg office is having  free photos with Santa on December 10 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be collecting canned food to benefit the Community Christmas Basket. The office is also selling holiday wreaths as a fundraiser for children in need in the community until December 11.

 

The Issaquah office is holding a holiday drive for Eastside Baby Corner through December 17. The office is collecting items for babies in need. Items, such as infant clothing, onesies, sleepers, blankets, formula, diapers, and baby food. They are also collecting bedding for children in need for their “bedding bonanza.”

 

This is the second year that the Kent office has adopted two local elementary schools for the holiday season. Agents meet with teachers, the counselor, and principle at Fred Meyer to shop for the children identified as the most in need from their schools. They then coordinate with the parents to get the gifts wrapped and delivered so they can surprise their children with gifts for Christmas.

 

The Lewiston office co-sponsored the Northwest Children’s Home Red Stocking Campaign. This campaign raises funds for the NCH to continue to provide individualized therapeutic, educational, and residential services to abused, neglected, and abandoned youth at their Lewiston campus.

 

Windermere offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are collecting coats and blankets through December 18 for their annual Share the Warmth drive. Transition Projects will distribute the coats and blankets collected to those in need.

 

The Portland-Raleigh Hills office is hosting Windermere Stellar’s annual Silent and Live Auction on December 9 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. This free event is open to the public, and proceeds from the auction will benefit the Windermere Foundation.

 

The Salem office is hosting a holiday event/open house on December 9 for the Salem/Keizer community. Coffee, cookies, tea, and hot chocolate will be served and they’re also collecting donations for the Homeless Outreach Advocacy Program (HOAP) to benefit many homeless families throughout Marion and Polk County, and the Share the Warmth drive.

 

The Scappoose and St. Helens offices placed their annual giving tree in Fred Meyer with a wish list of gifts to purchase for children served by SAFE of Columbia County. They also donated funds to food banks in three different communities, donated to Toy and Joy in St. Helens and Scappoose, and donated to a local backpack program.

 

The Seattle-Ballard office adopted two large families this year. This is the 20th year in a row that the office has adopted families and provided them with gifts and other necessities for the holiday season. They also hold an annual photo with Santa event early in December, with donations collected to benefit the Windermere Foundation.

 

The Seattle-Northlake office held a free Santa photos event at their office on December 2 at which they also collected donations for the Windermere Foundation. The office also adopted a cabin of Ryther’s youngest residents, which houses youth ages four to ten years old, and fulfilled items on their Christmas wish lists.

 

The Seattle-Northgate office has an annual Secret Santa program in December. They purchase gifts for 10 or more kids from Kenmore Elementary and deliver the wrapped gifts to the schools on December 15.

 

The Seattle-Sand Point office is hosting a photos with Santa event on December 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are welcome in support of the Windermere Foundation.

 

The Snohomish office held its 7th annual Spaghetti Feed and silent auction on December 6. Brokers and staff from the office did all the prepping and serving at the event, and a local broker provided musical entertainment. Proceeds from this old-fashioned Christmas event benefit the Snohomish Food Bank.

 

The Spokane (City GroupCornerstoneLiberty LakeManitoNorth, and Valley) offices held their annual Boots & Gloves event. This event has been put on each year since 1999, through a long standing partnership with Windermere and Big 5 Sporting Goods. Family Promise of Spokane, a homeless transition program for families, is one of the local organizations benefitting from the event. “We can't say enough about how grateful we are for Windermere Spokane annual Boots Drive for homeless and former homeless families. This year 52 present and past Family Promise kids got boots, socks, gloves and hats from the Windermere Foundation and their wonderful volunteers.”

 

The Seattle-West Seattle office is holding their annual Santa Paws event on December 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your family and pets in for a free professional photo with Santa.

 

Windermere Real Estate joined Dicks Drive-Ins to support Mary’s Place No Child Sleeps Outside campaign with a $20,000 donation from the Windermere Foundation. Over 550 families sleep outside in Seattle every night, mostly single mothers with children, sleeping in places that are cold, wet, and unsafe. For every $10,000 raised, 25 families can get the down payments they need to move into transitional or permanent housing. The goal is to reach $500,000 by December 31. 

These are just some of the events going on throughout our Windermere network. Thanks to the generosity and support of our agents, Windermere has been able to help make this holiday season a little brighter for those in need in the communities we serve. If you’d like to help us continue to support these and other programs, please click on the Donate button.

 

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

Luxury? There’s an App for That

 

On the brink of 2016, it seems like there’s an app for everything. Need some help moving around the furniture in your home? Done. Has the radio made a comeback in app form? It sure has. The world is truly at our fingertips. And luxury is no different. These apps may not be for everyone, but it’s hard to argue their wow-factor.

 

LUXE

LUXE is an on-demand valet service that is available in a number of different cities. The premise is simple: You don’t hire the car, you use your own. You hire the driver who then will meet you at your chosen location to hand over the keys for them to park in one of Luxe’s secure lots. Just give 15 minutes notice and they’ll bring it back to you. Order the extra service and get it refueled and washed while you’re doing your Christmas shopping.

 

JetSmarter

Think of JetSmarter as the “Uber” of private jets. Basically, you’re buying a seat on a private jet instead of potentially dealing with crying babies and uncomfortable seats. Members get free flights and can enjoy complimentary helicopter rides to and from New York metro area airports and Manhattan (at your beck and call, we might add). Booking is quite easy: pay through the app, kick back, relax, and enjoy a full-service travel concierge with personalized catering.

 

Dufl

DUFL is a personal travel valet that simplifies business travel by shipping, cleaning and storing your business attire. It allows frequent business travelers the freedom to roam untethered. Their secure, sophisticated platform delivers your bag where and when you need it. With each use your clothing is cleaned the way you like it, stored in your virtual closet, and prepared for your next trip. James Bond would approve.

 

Zeel

Zeel provides same-day, in-home massages, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from the very best in the industry. Choose between a variety of massages like Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, or even a couples massage. You can also tell Zeel if you prefer a male or female therapist. Select the place and time—with as little as an hour’s notice. It will confirm in minutes via text with your massage therapist’s photo, bio, and arrival time. Zeel . . . because everyone deserves a little me time.

 

Y.CO

Y.CO is your go-to app for all things yachting. The app provides users with up-to-date information on a vast selection of luxury super yachts available for sale and to charter worldwide (along with crew and management). They’re all about offering unparalleled experiences on the water. Y.CO says “If you can imagine it, we can achieve it”.

 

Luxury Retreats

Luxury Retreats is more or less the luxury “Airbnb” of the world. It can sometimes feel sketchy renting online, but Luxury Retreats goes the extra mile. They have a global team of 150+ travel enthusiasts and partners that hand-pick and personally inspect every villa. Key destinations even include a “24Seven” concierge to wait on you hand and foot.

 

With these apps, you can experience the lap of luxury without the hassle. Go from your yacht in the Mediterranean to a grandeur villa in Monaco with the touch of a button. Don’t you just love technology?

 

 

#YourStoryIsOurStory: When your agent can read your mind

After twenty three years, Bruce and Suzanne knew it was time to move on from their home and start looking for a place with less stairs. Their real estate agent, Kristena Cox, was able to help them prepare their home for the market and hone in on what they needed for their next step. Kristena may not really be able to read minds, but with honesty and communication she was able to define their needs and find Bruce & Suzanne’s dream home. 

Throughout the year we will be posting some of our favorite #YourStoryIsOurStory videos, photos, and blog posts. Please take a minute to share your experiences, and follow #YourStoryIsOurStory on our blogFacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, and Pinterest pages.