Mark Lesti

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Windermere Blog

Trick or Treat: Dress up Your Porch With No-Carve Pumpkins

For those of you out there who have older kids or just want to do something different than the typical Halloween jack-o-lantern this year, try a more sophisticated pumpkin. Instead of carving one, paint one. Here are some ideas:

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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 4:42 pm

Windermere Foundation Charity Challenge follow-up

Earlier this year, Windermere Real Estate hosted the “Windermere Foundation Charity Challenge” to celebrate the Foundation’s 25th anniversary. Twenty-one non-profit organizations throughout the Western United States were nominated by Windermere offices to compete via Facebook for $25,000. The five non-profits that received the most votes were Hand in Hand, Friends of the Children of Portland, Family Promise of Spokane, Boys and Girls Club of El Sobrante, and Yavapai CASA for Kids, Inc. Each organization received $25,000, for a total donation of $125,000 from the Windermere Foundation. Here’s what they’ve been up to since receiving their winnings.

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 9:45 pm

Thriving Economy, Clean Air, and Chinese Film Draw Homebuyers to Seattle

Earlier this week, I attended the Pacific Rim Summit which was hosted by Seattle’s local chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). While the overarching discussion was about international home buyers, the main focus was on wealthy Chinese families seeking out cities that can offer their children better educational opportunities and cleaner air.

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Posted on 17 October 2014 | 11:27 pm

Windermere Gives Back with 30th Annual Community Service Day

On Friday, October 17, Windermere offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Nevada will be closed for a very special reason. For the past 30 years, Windermere has dedicated the third Friday of October to our annual Community Service Day*. On that day, you will find our teams doing a variety of projects, like cleaning, landscaping, and painting at local community centers and schools, collecting coats for low-income and homeless families, and working with local nonprofit organizations to ensure that kids in our communities are getting the resources they need.

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Posted on 15 October 2014 | 3:17 pm

Perspectives - Standards of Practice

As you’ve probably heard, the housing market is a little crazy right now. Every day we hear stories from our agents about the competition among buyers and what it takes to secure the winning offer. Escalation clauses, love letters, waived contingencies, non-refundable earnest money. The list goes on and on. Navigating this type of market requires an agent with moxy. An agent who is highly trained. And an agent who is ethical and respected by other agents (you’d be surprised how important respect between agents is in these situations).

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Posted on 13 October 2014 | 5:00 pm

In the market to buy a home? Make a list and check it twice.

Are you thinking of buying a home, and you aren’t sure exactly where to start? Here is a checklist to help you get ready to make your home dreams come true:

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Posted on 10 October 2014 | 4:30 pm

Selling Your Home? Go Through This Safety Checklist With Your Real Estate Agent

Selling your home can be stressful for many reasons. Not only are you trying to get the best financial return on your investment, but you might also be working on a tight deadline. There’s also the pressure to keep your home clean and organized at all times for prospective buyers.  One thing you can be sure of when selling your home is that there will be strangers entering your space, so it’s important for you and your agent to take certain safety precautions.

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Posted on 3 October 2014 | 5:00 pm

A Quick Guide to Understanding Real Estate Designations

What do those letters and acronyms mean at the end of your real estate agent’s name? We’re here to answer that question and explain why it might matter to you. Like other professionals, real estate agents have the ability to specialize in certain areas of the business by earning designations. Those acronyms signify that they have achieved a specific designation through extensive training and education. In simple terms, designations enable agents to increase their skills, proficiency, and knowledge in various real estate sectors. They can also provide agents with access to members-only marketing tools and resources which can be an added benefit to their clients.  

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Posted on 26 September 2014 | 8:18 pm

Here’s Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

Fall is an ideal time to tackle maintenance projects both inside and outside. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Gutters top to bottom: Water in the wrong spots can do a lot of damage. Start by ensuring that gutters and downspouts are doing their job. (Don’t attempt this task yourself if you have a two-story house with a steep roof; hire a professional instead.) If your home is surrounded by deciduous trees you may need to clean out your gutters a few times a year, especially in the fall. Check to make sure your gutters are flush with the roof and attached securely, repairing any areas that sag or where the water collects and overflows. Clean out the gutters and downspouts, checking that outlet strainers are in good shape, and are firmly in place. Finally, check that your downspouts direct water away from your house, not straight along the foundation.

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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 8:30 pm

Oregon and Southwest Washington Real Estate Market Update

Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Oregon and Southwest Washington real estate market. This report is designed to offer insight into the realities of the housing market. Numbers alone do not always give an accurate picture of local economic conditions; therefore our goal is to provide an explanation of what the statistics mean and how they impact the Oregon and Southwest Washington housing economy. We hope that this information may assist you with making an informed real estate decision. For further information about the real estate market in your area, please contact your Windermere agent.

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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 4:31 pm