Windermere Foundation Approaches $1.5 Million Raised in 2021

Windermere offices across the Western U.S. have remained committed to serving their communities in 2021, collectively raising nearly $1.5 million so far this year alone, pushing the foundation’s grand total raised since 1989 to nearly $45 million. After a successful Community Service Day in June and a first half of the year which saw over $1 million raised, Windermere offices have continued to give back this summer. Here are some recent highlights from across our network.

Windermere Utah

Windermere Utah has always been deeply rooted in its community, and 2021 has been no different. This year alone, they have hosted multiple fundraisers and supported several organizations to affect positive change in their community.

One of the greatest challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has put on schoolchildren is access to technology. After searching for a way to provide digital access to local schoolchildren, Windermere Utah came across the organization Spy Hop, based in Salt Lake City. Spy Hop is a digital media arts center that provides classes in film, music, audio, and design for students between the ages of nine and nineteen. They offer mentoring and host technology drives to provide computers for students in need through a program called the Technology Liberation Project. Windermere Utah donated $3,000 to support Spy Hop’s programs while sponsoring their technology drive in August.

The office also rallied together to support Lincoln Elementary School. As a Title I school, they cannot ask for supplies or funds, often leaving them underfunded compared to other schools in the area. Windermere Utah donated $1,000 for kids to purchase the supplies they need for the school year.

 

From Left to Right: Misty Medina, Laurann Turner, Lincoln Elementary Rep, Shawnee Cooper, Lincoln Elementary Rep, Michelle Adkins, Chelle Preslar, Kelly Silvestor, and Stephanie Vera

 

Windermere Evergreen – Evergreen, CO

Windermere Evergreen has close ties to the local Rotary Wildfire Ready program and given the prevalence of wildfires across the Western U.S. in recent years, the office was inspired to tap their Foundation resources to support local wildfire relief efforts. John Putt–managing broker at Windermere Evergreen—is a member of the Rotary Wildfire Ready leadership council. A former paramedic and firefighter, he is passionate about providing resources and education to mountain communities regarding wildfire preparedness. After trying to come up with ways to support the program, they settled on a classic method of bringing the community together—a good old tailgate party.  The office donated $1,000 to support the Rotary Wildfire Ready program, and the first annual Windermere Foundation Tailgate Party saw members of the community come together from all corners of town.

 

The Evergreen, Colorado Rotary Wildfire Ready firetruck.

The Evergreen, Colorado Rotary Wildfire Ready firetruck.

 

Windermere Spokane – Spokane, WA

After hosting a blood drive earlier this year, Windermere Spokane has continued to find ways they can provide for those in need in their community. In early September, they turned their attention toward Spokane’s youth. When they saw the Spokane branch of Volunteers of America announce that they were planning to move their Crosswalk Youth Shelter across town to a new facility, the office jumped at the opportunity to help. Windermere Spokane held a matching fundraiser that ultimately raised over $21,000 for the new shelter. But the office’s recent foundation efforts didn’t stop there.

In preparation for the new school year, the office held their Spokane Sock and Shoe Event to support local low-income and homeless grade school-aged kids with new pairs of shoes and socks. This year’s event provided new shoes and socks for 116 kids.

 

Two women with masks on take a selfie during a clothing drive for local schoolchildren.

Left to Right: Windermere agents Blythe Thimsen and Brenda McKinley

 

A woman in mask holds up pairs of socks during a clothing fundraiser for local schoolchildren.

Windermere agent Brenda McKinley

 

Kritsonis Lindor Team — Windermere Bellevue South – Bellevue, WA

Windermere agents John Kritsonis and Karl Lindor of Kritsonis Lindor have been strong supporters of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank in years past, but the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that the IFCB needed their support more than ever. After food insecurity for children in their county jumped 54% in 2020, John and Karl knew they had to go all-in for their community. They doubled down on their fundraising campaign with a $25,000 match, ultimately raising $55,958. On August 20, their team spent the day volunteering at the food bank, putting together produce bags, and passing out groceries to families. All in all, they were able to provide groceries to over 120 families and over 350 kids. Their donations will support IFCB’s summer lunch program, which feeds roughly 300 children weekly during the summer.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit windermerefoundation.com. To help support programs in your community, click the donate button below.

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Windermere Partners with the Seattle Seahawks for Another Season to #TackleHomelessness

All of us at Windermere Real Estate are proud to kick off another season as the “Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks.” Since 2016, we’ve partnered with the Seahawks to #TackleHomelessness by donating $100 for every Seahawks defensive tackle made in a home game. And for the third season in a row, the money raised will go to Mary’s Place, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting homeless families in the greater Seattle area. Mary’s Place works to provide safe and inclusive shelter and services that support women, children, and families through their journey out of homelessness.

Mary’s Place’s mission and the work of the Windermere Foundation go hand-in hand. Last year, we were able to donate $32,100 which brought our #TackleHomelessness total to $160,300 donated over the past five seasons. We look forward to raising even more this year!

Interested in following along with our progress this season? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for updates. Go Hawks!

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Windermere Foundation Surpasses $44 Million Total Raised


 

Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has supported low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S. Earlier this year, the Foundation proudly crossed the $44 million mark in total donations.

2021 has been an active year for giving back at Windermere. Our offices have continued to support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, donating time and money to local organizations. In June, Windermere celebrated its 37th Annual Community Service Day, which saw agents and staff from across the Windermere footprint show up in force to partner with local organizations serving a variety of needs. When all was said and done, this year’s Community Service Day resulted in hundreds of hours of volunteer time and over $269,000 in donations.

Through the efforts of Windermere agents, owners, and staff, the Windermere Foundation raised over $1 million in the first half of 2021. This included the Windermere Lloyd Tower office which partnered with Adelante Mujeres, an organization that educates and uplifts the low-income Latina population in the Portland area. The Windermere Coeur d’Alene office worked with Second Harvest to set up a mobile market at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds to feed those in need, and the Windermere Spokane office partnered with Vitalant to set up a blood drive for local blood banks with depleted supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit windermerefoundation.com. To help support programs in your community, click the Donate button below.

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Windermere Foundation Surpasses $1 Million Raised in 2021

In the first six months of 2021, Windermere offices collectively raised over one million dollars through the Windermere Foundation. June, a month in which Windermere celebrated its 37th Community Service Day, saw an outpouring of donations from across our 10-state footprint, bringing in over $269,000 to push the year-to-date total over $1 million. These dollars go toward supporting low-income and homeless families in the communities where Windermere offices are located. Here are some examples of how our offices have been giving back this year.

Windermere Realty Trust / Lloyd Tower – Portland, OR

Windermere Lloyd Tower can’t speak highly enough about the work of Adelante Mujeres, a local organization committed to educating and uplifting the low-income Latina population in the Portland area. The organization has a variety of programs to support women from childhood to adulthood. Their Adult Education program helps Latina women complete their secondary education and empowers them to become leaders. Empresas, a small business development program, focuses on immigrant entrepreneurs, providing one-on-one coaching and technical assistance over the course of eleven weeks. Chicas Youth Development supports over 600 girls between the ages of eight and eighteen in weekly after-school classes, designed to develop their leadership and foster academic success. In April, the Lloyd Tower office donated $5,000 to support programs like these and the small business development services Adelante Mujeres has provided local entrepreneurs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Windermere Lloyd Tower office is part of the Windermere Realty Trust network of offices in Portland, Oregon.

Windermere / Coeur d’Alene Realty, Inc. – Coeur d’Alene, ID  

This past spring, Windermere Coeur d’Alene set out to make a difference in their community by helping fight food insecurity. They found the perfect partner in Second Harvest. Second Harvest brings community resources together to feed those in need and believes that nutritious food is the key ingredient for a healthy lifestyle. The office donated $2,000 to Second Harvest to set up their “Mobile Market,” a system for transporting food directly families, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in the heart of town. Windermere agents volunteered their time to staff the event, and the stage was set for a successful food drive. On the day of the drive, the donations poured in. Agents helped direct traffic, unloaded vehicles, distributed donations to families in the community, and cleaned up the fairgrounds afterward. Nearly 15,000 pounds of goods were donated, enough for Second Harvest to feed 209 families.

 

Pictured Left to Right: Amy Smock, Mark Whitt, Midge Smock, Larry Frisbie, Paulette Fabian, Kris Arnett, Andrew Steiner, Bob Zern, Joel Greiner, John Tindall, Morgan Keller, Ryan Keller

 

A man unpacks boxes during a food drive.

Pictured: Mark Whitt

 

Windermere Stanwood Camano – Stanwood, WA

Windermere Stanwood Camano and their local YMCA have formed a tight bond over the years, partnering together to create memorable events for the benefit of the community. Whether it was supporting the YMCA while teaching children water safety or rounding up donations on behalf of the Windermere Foundation, they’ve always found a way to make a positive impact in the Stanwood-Camano community. This past April, the office set a goal of raising $10,000 for the YMCA through donations made by staff and agents, which were matched by the office’s owners, Marla and Randy Heagle. The office hit their goal and in celebration, hosted a food truck from Seattle’s renowned burger joint, Dick’s Drive In. Attendees were encouraged to round up their purchases in support of the YMCA.

 

A man and a woman stand together in front of a food truck.

Pictured: Marla Heagle and Randy Heagle

 

An aerial shot of the Windermere Stanwood Camano building.

An aerial shot of Windermere Stanwood Camano during the event.

 

Windermere Spokane – Spokane, WA

In April 2021, over a year after the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Windermere Spokane felt a call to rally their community to donate blood. The pandemic had left local blood banks depleted and in desperate need of donations. Working with Vitalant, an independent, nonprofit blood services provider in the Spokane area that focuses on providing life-saving blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services, Windermere Spokane hosted a donation site at their office. Spokanites came out in force to support the blood drive! After all donations had been tallied, the blood drive yielded 34 units of blood.

 

A man sits in a chair getting his blood drawn.

Pictured: Richard Stokes

 

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Windermere Partners with UW to Launch Internship Program

The University of Washington College of Built Environments (CBE) announced a new paid internship program, Aspire, that offers financial support, mentoring, and skill-building through academic and professional office settings to students, with a focus on those from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups. In partnership with Windermere Real Estate, this CBE-led internship will begin today, July 13, and will focus on the single and multi-family residential real estate market in the greater Seattle area. 

During the eight-week paid summer internship, the eight interns will work and study for 25 hours per week. They will interact with real estate industry and academic leaders, while learning about the important role homeownership plays in building thriving communities. The program participants will gain skills in financial principles, sales, marketing, intercultural fluency, and leadership. At the end of the internship period, interns will present their work to industry professionals and participate in tours showcasing a range of processes in the home buying sector. 

Students who complete the eight-week Aspire internship will also receive a $5,000 scholarship, funded by Windermere and awarded in Autumn 2021. This scholarship aims to help the next generation of real estate professionals lead and build our communities in inclusive and equitable ways. Windermere has committed to continuing to support this internship through the upcoming academic year and beyond.

Windermere president, OB Jacobi, stated that this partnership is a continuation of the more than three decades long relationship between Windermere and UW, which started with the first Windermere Cup Rowing Regatta in 1987, and has continued through ongoing financial gifts to both athletic and academic programs at the university. 

“After learning about Windermere’s commitment to increasing diversity within the real estate industry, Renee Cheng approached us with an opportunity to partner with the College of Built Environments on the Aspire internship program,” said Jacobi. “Our goal is to inspire interest and engage students of color in the wide variety of careers and leadership opportunities available to them in real estate.”

Renee Cheng, Dean of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, highlighted the Aspire program’s real world learning experiences: “It can be difficult for our students to appreciate the historical role of homeownership in building generational wealth, particularly if their own lived experience includes housing insecurity. This program equips students with the context and confidence to engage with the role of home in the built environment.”

Aspire program manager Alexis Wheeler agreed, saying that “in addition to building intergenerational wealth, homeownership cultivated a sense of belonging and stability, encouraging people to grow into the fullest version of themselves and fostering vibrant communities throughout our region. Through the Aspire program, students will also develop an appreciation for this aspect of ‘home’ and its role promoting a more inclusive and equitable society.” 

The Aspire internship specifically sought students from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups and/or those with lived experiences with housing insecurity. With a robust slate of over 40 applicants, the CBE and Windermere were able to select a strong inaugural cohort of Aspire interns, which includes students majoring in Real Estate and Community, Environment, & Planning (CEP), as well as majors beyond the CBE. 

The Aspire Internship will run from July 13-September 1, 2021. This is an ongoing internship opportunity for CBE and other UW students, offered in collaboration with our community partners.

To learn more about our DEI Initiatives like this one, visit Windermere.com/dei.

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Windermere Celebrates 37 Years of Community Service Day

Every year in June, Windermere offices close for business in order to participate in Community Service Day. An annual tradition since 1984, our agents, staff, and franchise owners spend the day volunteering in their communities completing a variety of neighborhood improvement projects. Here are a few highlights from this year’s Community Service Day from around our network.

 

Windermere Rowland Realty – California

The Windermere Pinole and Diablo Realty offices joined together and volunteered for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Counties, working in their warehouse to bag produce for a food giveaway. After reaching out to their clients and peers, agents were able to gather $2,850 in donations for the food bank, an amount that will allow them to provide 5,700 meals to the local community.

 

Pictured: Scott Tuffnell, Denise Ramirez, Mike Rowland, Renee Rowland, Diane Cockrell, Mona Logasa, Dave Nardi, Ellen Osmundson, Jim Georgantes, Tina Rowland, Jacob Cardinale, Nicolars Ramirez, Luis Ramirez-Agudelo

 

A group of people hold up a check in a warehouse.

Pictured: Scott Tuffnell, Denise Ramirez, Mike Rowland, Renee Rowland, Diane Cockrell, Mona Logasa, Dave Nardi, Ellen Osmundson, Jim Georgantes, Tina Rowland, Jacob Cardinale, Nicolars Ramirez, Luis Ramirez-Agudelo

 

Windermere Fort Collins & Windsor – Colorado 

For CSD 2021, Windermere Fort Collins partnered with ChildSafe Colorado, an organization that provides therapy for victims of childhood abuse and seeks to “break the cycle and heal the trauma resulting from childhood abuse and neglect with specialized treatment, education, and community outreach.”

Windermere agents and staff completed a variety of indoor and outdoor projects including painting, planting flowers, landscaping, as well as supply collection and organization. In addition to their hands-on work, Fort Collins also set up an online portal for clients, friends, family, and community members to support their work through online donations to ChildSafe.

 

Two women and a boy work in the garden.

Pictured: Heather Patel, her son, and Jill Pino

 

The Windermere office in Windsor, Colorado partnered with the Weld RE-4 School District to host a school supply drive to provide supplies for children in low-income households for the 2021–2022 school year. In addition to the in-person event, they also had over fifteen local businesses volunteer by hosting a drop box in the weeks leading up to the event. Twenty-five boxes were donated by a local moving company, Johnson Moving & Storage. On the day of the supply drive, the boxes were filled with donations.

 

A group of women handle drop box donations.

Pictured: Suzanne Ekeler, Tammy Fisher, Angie Hoskins, Kelsey Vandemark, Angie Clauser, Karla Laferriere, and Anali Roath

 

Windermere Sandy Real Estate – Oregon

The Windermere Sandy Real Estate office organizes blood drives every year, so when it came time for this year’s Community Service Day, they knew exactly where to turn: The American Red Cross. With the help of Windermere agents, Red Cross volunteers set up in Windermere Sandy’s conference room, getting folks registered for the drive and handing out t-shirts. The Windermere Sandy staff greeted donors on the way in and during the afternoon, reception was handled by Windermere owners Alan and Therese Fleischman.

 

A white American Red Cross truck parked in a parking lot.

A white American Red Cross truck parked in a parking lot.

 

Windermere Real Estate Utah 

In communities throughout the state of Utah, Windermere agents were out in force for Community Service Day. The office in Layton, UT weeded and maintained playground areas and outdoor spaces at the Safe Harbor Crisis Center. Agents joined together to lay bark and install solar lights along the walkways on the property. The organization was also presented with a $5,000 check from the office’s Windermere Foundation funds.

Agents from the Park City office worked with local organization EATS Park City to package seeds and provide interview clips of stories relating to food and local culinary traditions. EATS Park City is dedicated to empowering and growing healthy communities with fun, food, and nutrition advocacy. Windermere Utah also made a $5,000 donation to the organization.

 

Windermere Real Estate Ellensburg – Washington

The agents and staff at Windermere Real Estate Ellensburg held a canned food drive, collecting donations at their office and dropping off grocery bags at three-hundred homes in the area for people to add non-perishable food items. They made the round on the final day of the drive, collecting 1,387 pounds of food for the Fish Community Food Bank. After they dropped off the donations, the Ellensburg team went to two different gardens owned by the food bank and spent the day weeding, cleaning up, and planting new foods.

 

A group of people posing for a photo in a garden.

Pictured: Caitlin Wable, Sally Vietzke, Danielle LaHaie, Erich Cross, Jennifer Savage, John Gardner, Cara Marrs, Genevieve Gillman, Casey Mills, Taylor Hull, Misti Sandnes

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National Homeownership Month – Part Two

In recognition of National Homeownership Month, we’re featuring unique home buyer stories from across our network. Earlier this month, we shared three stories of first-time home buyers and how they worked with their agents to find the perfect home. Here is part two:

 

Jordan Cain

After years of helping clients find their dream homes, Windermere agent Jordan Cain of Windermere Abode and his girlfriend Sami decided it was time to find theirs. And their hearts were set on Tacoma, Washington. Even though Jordan had a deep understanding of the local market conditions, it was important to him to let Sami learn about the home buying process at her own pace.

Looking for a home in the summer of 2021 meant Jordan and Sami were up against some serious competition, including bidding wars and cash buyers. Jordan knew the process could get emotional. As an agent, he has helped calm many clients so they can make educated and calculated decisions. This time around, he leaned on his fellow agents for moral support when he found himself in those same emotional moments.

After putting several offers in, they eventually found the perfect home. For Jordan and Sami, becoming homeowners will allow them to continue to grow in their lives together. For Jordan and his family, owning his first home is deeply significant. Here’s what he had to say: “As the youngest child in my family, I’m the last one of my siblings to purchase a home. I’m even more proud of the fact that four Black siblings, and our mother, have all pushed past systemic racism to pursue one of the pillars of the American dream—owning property.”

 

Danica and Nick – Windermere Agent Ashley Abolafia

It’s been Danica and Nick’s dream to own a home before turning thirty. And this year, they made that dream a reality!

In a competitive market, it’s common for buyers to put in multiple offers and face rejection again and again. Fortunately for Danica and Nick, luck was on their side. With low interest rates and a lack of inventory, their local market in Lake Stevens, Washington was just beginning to heat up when they started the process with their agent, Ashley Abolafia of Team Abolafia. Throughout their home buying journey, they saw Ashley and her team as a guiding light, who they leaned on for her wealth of knowledge.

When they found their dream home, Danica and Nick jumped at the opportunity to make an offer. And to their surprise, it was accepted without having to enter a bidding war! Reflecting on their time with Ashley, and the entire home buying process, Danica and Nick say that owning a home means they can achieve anything they set their minds to.

 

Lauren – Windermere Agent Jana Ross

Being a first-time home buyer, Lauren had no idea what to expect as she prepared to hit the market in Tacoma, Washington. She had a million questions for her Windermere agent Jana Ross, who answered every single one with a level of care and knowledge that put Lauren at ease.

It didn’t take long for the process to pick up steam. Just two days after meeting her agent, Lauren was looking at houses and picking out things she liked and noticing things she didn’t. Jana took notes and found a home for Lauren she thought was perfect. Sure enough, Lauren fell in love, and they put in an offer.

Most of the process from there was routine, but it wasn’t without its bumps. After Lauren took possession of the home, the seller retained access by keeping a key in a contractor box, which they used to access  a garage full of items they left behind after the closing was finalized. Though these complications tested Lauren’s patience, Jana was there the whole time to help keep her levelheaded until move in day. Jana gave Lauren the encouragement she needed and allowed her to keep a sense of humor along the way.

Now that she’s settled into her new home, Lauren is grateful for the stability it provides and appreciative of the support she received from Jana throughout her home buying journey.

 

To begin your own home buying journey, connect with an experienced Windermere Real Estate agent today:

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National Homeownership Month – First-Time Buyers

In recognition of National Homeownership Month, we’re shining a spotlight on the home buying process. Each home buying journey is unique, as are the challenges that people face en route to becoming a homeowner. These three stories of first-time homebuyers showcase the importance of working closely with an agent to navigate the buying process and find the perfect home.

 

Maria and Alvaro – Windermere Agent Team: The Brazens

Being first-time homebuyers, Maria and Alvaro knew they would have to adjust to the changes in the market. They were among a large influx of buyers buying during the pandemic, so they were aware that sellers had high expectations when it came to accepting an offer. A confluence of factors, including the pandemic, low interest rates, and many buyers’ desire for homes with more space, were igniting bidding wars left and right, with houses often going well above asking price. This also drove up listing prices on comparable homes in the area. These factors forced Maria and Alvaro to be flexible when it came to location and what they had previously considered “must-haves” for their ideal home at the beginning of their search.

They worked closely with their agents Taylor Brazen Tagge and Randi Brazen of The Brazens—a family-led real estate team based in Bellevue, Washington—to find the right competitive balance in what they were able to offer before hitting the market. This meant, in some cases, adjusting their expectations about what the “perfect” home was for them and having the patience to wait until they found it. They knew that when they time came; they would have to be aggressive in their approach.

Maria and Alvaro relied on Taylor and Randi throughout the buying process. The Brazen team’s knowledge of the Bellevue area provided the guidance and advice they were looking for to help them make informed decisions. The Brazens met with them at several showings, walked them through neighborhoods, and made themselves available to answer any and all questions they had along the way. The trust they formed in the early stages of working together laid a foundation for a friendship that translated to a successful experience navigating the market. They eventually found the home of their dreams, and although Maria and Alvaro miss working with the Brazens, they are grateful for the ultimate success of their home buying journey.

For Maria and Alvaro, homeownership is not just a financial investment; it is the start of a new chapter that will eventually provide the means for them to grow their family. They encourage buyers to be patient in finding their perfect home. It may be challenging at times, but the reward is so worth it.

 

Jocelyn – Windermere Agent: Nick Odermann

During her yearlong home search, Jocelyn’s expectations were quickly replaced with the reality of the hot housing market amid the pandemic. While touring homes, she realized that many listings were in worse condition than the photos implied, so she adjusted her expectations to remain levelheaded through the process. She experienced the pandemic buying frenzy first-hand when she was outbid multiple times and saw several homes sell for significantly higher prices than what they were listed for.

Luckily, Jocelyn had a trustworthy agent at her side by the name of Nick Odermann, who is one half of the Odermann Brothers team in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Together with his brother Steve, Nick helped Jocelyn navigate the challenges of finding a home in a seller’s market. Jocelyn was living in Southern California at the time, so she relied heavily on Nick’s judgement as he toured homes on her behalf. She had a specific vision of her dream home and Nick stayed true to it, quickly pointing out which homes would not suffice. When Jocelyn began to lose hope, Nick stayed positive. He was sure the perfect home was out there—and he was right.

For Jocelyn, homeownership is her path to adulthood. Now that she has a home, she looks forward to growing her pet care business. Becoming a homeowner was a major life goal of hers, and now that she’s achieved it with the help of her Windermere agent, she couldn’t be happier.

 

Jake – Windermere Agent: Taylor Hinds

It’s common for first-time homebuyers to learn as they go through the process, and Jake quickly discovered that information was the key to overcoming challenges. For example, he had no idea what earnest money was or that it was something he had to factor in on top of his mortgage. Learning that helped him work with his Seattle-area agent, Taylor Hinds, to form a strategy for making an offer.

Like the buyers above, Jake was buying in a hot seller’s market during the pandemic. He was surprised by how cash-ready sellers expected buyers to be. Luckily, he had a team behind him who were communicative and transparent throughout the whole process. When it came time to write a competitive offer, he leaned on Taylor’s expertise and advice to make the offer as attractive as possible, which eventually made all the difference in securing a home.

To Jake, homeownership means having a place to call your own, a place to be proud of. He looks forward to creating memories in his new home and building equity over time.

 

To begin your own home buying journey, connect with an experienced Windermere Real Estate agent today:

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What Is Landlord Insurance and Why Do You Need It?

If you are a landlord, it’s important to take steps to properly protect yourself and your property before the renters move in. Landlord insurance helps fill in the gaps of coverage where homeowners insurance policies don’t apply and allows you to rest easy knowing your home is sufficiently covered while tenants occupy your property.

 

What is Landlord Insurance?

While homeowners insurance provides coverage for a home occupied by its owner(s), landlord insurance covers properties that are rented to short-term guests or long-term renters. If you plan on renting out a room while you stay in the home, your homeowners insurance policy may offer coverage, but it depends on factors like the number of renters and the length of their rental agreement(s), so check your policy first.

A typical landlord insurance policy will cover the following:

Property Damage

Property damage insurance ensures your home is protected against damage caused by natural disasters, fire, electrical mishaps, and more while your home is being rented. This typically covers the home itself, any detached structures on the rental property such as ADUs or garages, and any personal property you use to maintain the home.

 

Liability

If a renter or visitor suffers an injury on your property, your landlord insurance will help cover their medical costs and, if legal action is taken, legal costs. Liability costs can snowball quickly, and it’s important to have coverage in place to protect yourself from having to pay out a lump sum for hospital bills or a settlement. For example, if a renter steps through a floorboard while walking on the deck and hurts their leg, a court may decide that a lack of property maintenance was the cause of the injury, thus leaving you responsible. However unlikely the scenario may seem, having coverage in place is better than the alternative.

 

Rental Income Loss

Homes are prone to accidents and issues that can render them uninhabitable. If this happens at your rental, you won’t see rental income until the problem has been fixed. Most policies provide reimbursement for lost income during a time when you’re unable to rent out the property, as long the cause of the underlying issue is covered. For example—if you live in a climate that’s conducive to mold growth, a rapid spread of mold could put a halt on renting your property. Accordingly, you’d want to make sure your policy provides adequate coverage against damage caused by mold.

 

Why Do You Need Landlord Insurance?

In short, renting out your property and having landlord insurance go hand-in-hand. Because homeowners insurance is unlikely to provide sufficient coverage for your rental, you’ll need a separate policy that covers you specifically as a landlord. When shopping around for landlord insurance, make comparisons based on the needs of your rental property. For instance, if you have separate dwellings on the property, prioritize additional structures coverage when looking at different policies. If you’re looking to bundle your landlord insurance with your existing coverage, keep an eye out for bundling discounts.

 

For more information on managing your rental, read our article on how to Give Your Rental A Competitive Advantage.

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Windermere Foundation Approaches $500,000 Raised in 2021

In the early months of 2021, Windermere offices have continued to give back to their communities. Across Windermere’s 10-state footprint, over $417,000 has been raised this year alone, bringing the total raised by the Windermere Foundation to over $43.7 million since it began in 1989. Thirty-eight percent of this year’s funds were donated by agents from their commissions, while sixty-two percent was raised through fundraisers and additional donations made by owners, agents, and staff. These dollars go toward supporting low-income and homeless families in the communities where Windermere has offices, such as those described below.

 

Windermere Fort Collins

In late March, the Windermere Fort Collins office stepped up to make a significant impact in their local community by donating $10,000 to ChildSafe Colorado. The organization’s mission is to break the cycle and heal the trauma resulting from childhood abuse and neglect with specialized treatment, education, and community outreach. The Windermere office’s donation will help ChildSafe run its day-to-day operations. The organization is Northern Colorado’s only comprehensive outpatient treatment program for child and adult victims of childhood abuse, treating about 700-800 clients per year.

 

Windermere Lane County

The team at the Windermere Lane County office in Eugene, Oregon continues to be highly active in their community. So far this year their donations include $2,200 to Bags of Love, which provides necessities and comfort items to children who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, poverty, or homelessness. Another $2,200 went to CASA of Lane County, which provides court-appointed special advocates to serve neglected and abused children aged 0-17. A $2,500 donation went to Kids First Center to further their impact in the community. Kids First is part of the first response team that supports the healing process when a child is a victim of abuse. Donations of $603 and $2,200 were made to Florence Food Share and Food for Lane County respectively, two organizations dedicated to reducing hunger locally. Lastly, the Windermere Lane County office made a $602 donation to the local Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County. All in all, these donations totaled over $10,000.

Windermere is so proud of our owners, agents, and staff, and all they do to give back. We are grateful to everyone who has supported the Windermere Foundation – it is because of you that we are able to help our neighbors in need and make an impact in the communities where we serve. To help support programs in your community, click the donate button below.

 

 

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