For the most part, a majority of us are feeling that summer in the Northwest has just begun the last few weeks with little or no rain, temperatures in the 70’s and sometimes 80’s. However, this week brings the start of the 2011/12 Stanwood/Camano School year and what is usually a sign of the end of summer! It is a little hard to believe that although the weather is here, summer is over and fall will soon begin. Hopefully we will experience another 30-45 days of this “Indian Summer” that will extend into October. This next weekend also brings Labor Day which is another tradition sign of the end of summer! Non-traditional is the late surge of Real Estate activities and Pending sales up even higher than last week now at 57 for Camano Island!! The influx of buyers is a welcome business trend for us and a slightly slow year. If the current rate of Pending sales continues we are hopeful to finish ahead of last years’ yearend sales!! Specifically for News from the Windermere Club Office, last week’s “Club Friday” Community Open House was another success with our sponsor Westside Pizza! Rising temperatures well into the 70’s made for a perfectly lovely afternoon in the sun. Due to everything happening this week starting out Monday and Tuesday with catch up from the weekend; Wednesday with the traditional Brokers Open Houses of new listings; Thursday the start of September and the new school year, Friday there will be no Club this week with a long three day Holiday weekend! Family and friends come together for traditional Labor Day BBQ’s and outdoor activities and the “last hooray” for the summer! We still experience low housing prices, low interest rates and improved sales. Even those homes that have been on the market for months, sometimes years which have been reduced to the “right” price have been getting offers and in most case multiple offers!! Smart and savvy buyers know that it is the right time to purchase and are doing most or all their research on the internet with visible increased website traffic and direct communications. It would serve well for agents to make sure that their photos are true and realistic representation of their listings and that their prices are sharp and thoroughly competitive. Whether by internet or any other means, we welcome all buyers and new clients to the Camano and Stanwood area and continue to be ready to help in one of what may be your biggest purchases and life changing events. Good luck for those returning to school, watch out for the children in the morning and Happy Labor Day!!!
The end of a super fantastic week and the start of another!! The Camano Island Real Estate market has been so “Hot” along with our gorgeous weather that I didn’t even have time for an update last week!! Perhaps it is the weather and perhaps it is the volatile stock market but desire has been high and interest rates continue to be low; low 4%’s and under 3% for some types of financing! Real Estate prices are continuing to stay low and be reduced and a lot of savvy buyers appear to be walking through the doors and calling their agents to purchase now. Some buyers have been relocating for work. Some are smart first time home buyers or those move up buyers that have equity. There are also a lot of investors; tired of the fluctuating stock market and looking for that long term investment proven to eventually pay off. Whatever the reason, we are grateful and excited. With 52 current Pending Sales on Camano Island alone we are seeing an amazing upward trend. All of our Windermere agents have been gearing up with current information, trends, competition and comparable sold statistics to help their clients and everyone make informed and wise choices. We have a wide variety of inventory and there is something for everyone! We are also continuing our goal of improving the Windermere Club office with better access, more information and our welcoming “Open House” type of atmosphere so our entire community can feel comfortable coming in whether they are buying, selling or simply needing advise. The prior week’s Club Friday Community Open House was a huge success sponsored by WAVE Broadband and Randy’s famous pulled pork BBQ, ribs, coleslaw and the works! Wow, follow up that with last week’s Club sponsored by Network Mortgage and Premier Designs Jewelry and near 80 degree weather. Every indication and premonition is that the busy, hot trend will continue in the weather and Real Estate! Come on down on Fridays or any day because we are “Cookin’ at the Club”!!!
Well, the Stanwood/Camano Fair is over and what a great last week and weekend! Lots of fun, lots of people and great weather! The Fair itself had some pretty exciting landmarks and the Parade on Saturday went off beautifully. Hope you all had a chance to see our Antique Fire Truck Float. What a great time! Good memories for our families, children and community! I didn’t grow up on Camano but have been here now going on 20 years. I remember growing in my home town and some of the fondest memories were of our annual City Festival with their own Parade, Carnival and Events! Good times!
It seems to me like the Fair is the beginning of the end of summer. There are only a few more weeks to cram in everything you’ve wanted to accomplish before the Labor Day Holiday and the start of school.
So let’s get on with a new week! This week on Camano and at the Club Office we gear back up for a very busy one! The extended weather forecast for the week shows clear and sunny from high 60’s to low 70’s! That is perfect for all the coming Events! Stop on in any day for free coffee and water, Real Estate statistics, Free Comparative Market Analysis’s, Wednesdays Open Houses and winding up the end of this week with Club Friday and our sponsor WAVE Broadband!
Since we have had a couple weeks off from our “Club Friday” Community Open House, we are hoping and planning that it will be bigger and better than ever. Come see us this Friday August 12, 2011 from noon to 2 pm to meet the WAVE team headed up by Justin and see what’s new. Of course, Free lunch will also be provided and we’re planning the best one yet with Randy’s slow smoked BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, dessert and drinks! If that isn’t enough for everyone, we will have Live Music again by Ford and his acoustic guitar.
If you haven’t been to a Club Friday, this week would be a great time to mark your calendar and make a point to come by. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, business associates and everyone that may be in the area to come and see us and keep that summer fun going!! Hope to see you all “any day” at the Club!!
Unbelievable as it may seem it is already August 1st!! Where has the summer gone? There is so much to do and so little time. August and September are County and State Fair months throughout Washington. That includes our local Stanwood/Camano Fair always held the first weekend in August and this year the 5th-7th. In support of our community, Windermere always tries to be a large part of the Fair. Look for us this year with our new booth located across from the Grandstands. As part of the celebration don’t forget The Parade which will be held on Saturday August 6th starting at 11 am at the East End of Main Street in downtown Stanwood. For the past several years Windermere has decorated a Vintage Fire Truck as a Float for the parade and invited our local kids to ride along and toss candy! This year’s theme is a Tribute to the Military past, present and future and our Truck is already decorated and ready to go. Come by the Country Club Office and see her parked all week. Stop inside for a Fair Newspaper and the schedule of all the Events and everything that will be going on! See you at the Fair!!
Seems like everyone is on the web for one reason or another (working, shopping, fact-finding, communicating, browsing) and everyone is blogging…blog…blog…blog!!! Time to jump aboard! After three months as the new Branch Manager of the Windermere Office at the Country Club (or as we like to call it now just “The Club”) on Camano, there have been quite a few changes and it has been extremely busy. Things are happening and it is quite exciting! We need to get the word out to all our clients and community about the new, the old and what’s coming! My goal on the blog, as it is with the changes here at our office, is to become a Community Source of information and reliability. A place where everyone feels comfortable to come not only for all their Real Estate needs but current local events and community awareness. Located almost in the “Center” of Camano Island, we want to make our office your “Center” for information, activity and life line to all that is Camano Island! For Real Estate needs, of course we would really like you to visit one of our three offices between Stanwood and Camano and new listings are posted weekly. Each week I would like to post more that just a new listing but new information and exciting changes to invite you to come to Camano and stop in!
One of the newest and greatest additions to our office is the introduction of “Club Friday”! A chance for Windermere and a different local sponsor each week to give back to the Community. Every Friday, when advertised, we hold a Community Open House from noon to 2 pm and provide Free Lunch, Giveaways, Music, Networking and Fun for all of our friends, clients, families and neighbors just for stopping!
Hope to see you on a Friday or anytime. Keep up with the weekly posts to see what’s coming next!