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Personalize Your Pumpkins

This Halloween skip the knife and save a pumpkin! Last year we saw this new trend take off and turns out it's still just as popular this year. Do something different than the typical Halloween jack-o-lantern and try a more sophisticated pumpkin with a flourish of your personal style. We've scoured the internet for our favorite bloggers/Instagrammers to bring you the ultimate no carve pumpkin ideas. So, without further ado, here they are!

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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 6:00 pm

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Are you ready to move on to your next stage in life? Getting your home ready to sell can be a big task, from getting the physical space ready and preparing for the emotional aspects of selling your home. We recommend you work with a listing agent through this process to make sure you are effectively using your time and resources to get your home sold in a timely manner, and at the right price. Here are some tips for getting started: 

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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 10:00 pm

#YourStoryIsOurStory: Finding the One

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.

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Posted on 2 October 2015 | 7:29 pm

October Home Maintenance Guide

Take a look at some ideal projects to complete this month.

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Posted on 2 October 2015 | 4:15 pm

The Value of Home Staging

Your real estate agent wants to help you sell your home for the most money in the least amount of time. One way to ensure more people are interested in seeing your space is through home staging and professional photography. More than 90% of home buyers start their search online, which means they want to see professional photos of your home before they consider stepping foot in the space.

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Posted on 28 September 2015 | 7:00 pm

The Windermere Foundation: $30 Million Raised and Counting!

Nearly two years ago, in honor of the Windermere Foundation’s 25th anniversary, Windermere owners, agents, and staff came together and set a goal. That goal was to reach $30 million in total donations by the end of 2015. At that point, we were at $26 million in donations, so this meant raising $4 million in two years – nearly double what we had ever raised before.

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Posted on 25 September 2015 | 10:00 pm

#YourStoryIsOurStory: Finding a Dream Home after Forty Years

Bob and Gail have lived in the same house for 40 years. You'd think that a small one-level home with no yard or a condo would be their next step. Not for these two! They've dreamed of living in a big home on acreage. We just closed today on their dream home, which consists of 3,600+ square feet on 6 acres. They are excited to buy a riding mower and get to work in the yard. Just goes to show you, it's never too late to live your dream! Of course their agent, Erin Mitchell Hoppe, had to buy them matching John Deere baseball caps. #YourStoryIsOurStory

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Posted on 25 September 2015 | 6:00 pm

Windermere Beta Testing New Safety Device During National Agent Safety Month

In recent years, there have been a number of high profile cases of violence against real estate agents. In an effort to raise awareness about this important topic, and provide agents with the resources to protect themselves, the National Association of REALTORS® designates September as “REALTOR Safety Month”.

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Posted on 24 September 2015 | 8:48 pm

3 Quick Maintenance Tips to Make Your Roof Last

Your roof is one of the most important assets of your home. Here are some tips to help maintain it.

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Posted on 22 September 2015 | 6:00 pm

#YourStoryIsOurStory: Perseverance, Flexibility and Faith

When rent increases were pushing a disabled Marine veteran and his family out of their home, Nancy Chapin felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. After making multiple offers on single-family homes, with an open mind and faith, they found the perfect condo for them.

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Posted on 18 September 2015 | 6:00 pm