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Building a Home? Be Aware of These Current Challenges

Building a house is a huge undertaking, and the pandemic has changed how we see our homes. For many of us, we went from commuting to work to commuting to the living room. Our homes became the epicenter of our lives, and it’s brought a renewed desire for home personalization. The current shortage of homes, […]
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Community Spotlight: PAWS of Bremerton

Since 1975, PAWS of Bremerton has helped countless cats and kittens find homes while also providing much-needed services. Kitsap County is lucky to have this wonderful volunteer-operated nonprofit in Bremerton and our Windermere Silverdale office proudly supports their important work. A Volunteer-Operated Cat Shelter and Much More The Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of Bremerton […]
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How to Get the Best Mortgage Rate

If you are thinking about purchasing a home, it’s essential to stay ahead of the game when it comes to securing the best mortgage rate. Understanding mortgages and how to secure low-interest rates earlier rather than later is highly beneficial. Below you’ll find the essential information you’ll need to get started.  What is a Mortgage […]
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6 Essential Tips for New Homeowners

Congratulations, you are now officially a homeowner! Although furnishing your home probably feels like the most immediate priority, we’ve gathered a list of essential tips to ensure you’ve checked all of the important boxes on your to-do list. 1. Check Your Homeowners Insurance Policy Your new house is probably the most valuable asset you have […]
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Second Quarter Market Review for Central Kitsap

Silverdale and Bremerton’s Central Kitsap market exceeded performance predictions during our second quarter.  We’ve compiled key highlights below so that you can easily get informed about our local real estate market.  Our Strong Seller’s Market In Silverdale and Bremerton, inventory is still low and demand remains high.  Many people are now able to work remotely […]
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Real Estate Investing 101

What is Real Estate Investing?  To put it simply, real estate investing is the process of taking space (real estate) and making a profit from it. There are many ways to do this. You can be investing in real estate just by renting out a room in your apartment or house. Managing rental properties is […]
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Community Service Day with Silverwood School

Every year, we love taking a day off to volunteer in the community for our annual Community Service Day (CSD), and last Friday we continued the tradition. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to volunteer at Silverwood School. Read on to learn about Silverwood School’s vital work and what we were able to accomplish on CSD. The History […]
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Kitsap’s Coworking Spaces

It has been said that remote work is the way of the future. Many people are ditching their long commutes or moving out of large cities because they’re now able to work from almost anywhere. But your dream home may be tucked away where Wi-Fi isn’t the best for video-conferencing. Or, you may need a […]
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Best Camping Trips in Western Washington

Our corner of the Pacific Northwest is filled with excellent places to go camping, but we’ve narrowed it down to a handful of our favorites. Whether you’re an avid backpacker or a fan of family-friendly campsites where you can drive up and enjoy the view, we have some ideas to get you excited. We should […]
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First Quarter Market Review for Central Kitsap

Central Kitsap’s market bounced back in our first quarter after the seasonal slowdown. We’ve compiled key statistics to keep you up to date with our local real estate market. Our Strong Seller’s Market Central Kitsap just had a great first quarter after the quieter winter season. With Central Kitsap’s proximity to Seattle and Tacoma, it’s […]
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Community Spotlight: Kitsap Sailing Foundation

When visiting the Port of Silverdale, you can often watch local youth learning to sail, thanks to the Kitsap Sailing Foundation. This non-profit’s mission is to teach the art of sailing and rowing to Kitsap’s youth while building leadership, teamwork, and decision-making skills. “Learning to sail opens up a whole new world. It is a […]
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Community Spotlight: Rotary’s Work with Illahee Preserve

In the middle of the most densely populated area of Kitsap County lies the Illahee Forest Preserve. With over 500 acres, it is a wonderful place to enjoy our area’s natural beauty. Inside this quiet forest oasis, you’ll see Douglas Fir, Red Alder, Maple, and Western Red Cedars providing homes to wildlife, including 55 bird […]
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New Agent Spotlight: Lena Musselman

Raised right here in Kitsap County, Lena Musselman is a new Realtor who recently joined our Windermere Silverdale office. She’s passionate about giving her clients her all. She’s even started producing brief yet informative real estate videos on her Facebook page. Learn more about Lena in our Q&A below. What drew you to real estate? […]
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Best Places to See Washington’s Spring Flowers in Bloom

Spring is in the air! Here are some of our suggestions for the best places to see Washington’s spring flowers in bloom. Thankfully, there are many wonderful places near us to celebrate and appreciate this beautiful time of year. Mark your calendars and then hop in the car to check these out! Bloedel Reserve – […]
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Community Spotlight: Silverdale Rotary Club

Every summer, a wave of rubber ducks make their way across Dyes Inlet to raise tens of thousands of dollars. Known as the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, hundreds of volunteers dedicate their time to plan and prepare this fun, one-of-a-kind fundraiser. The rules are simple. Community members who “buy” a duck will be entered into […]
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New Agent Spotlight: Melisa Wight

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Melisa Wight is new to our Windermere Silverdale office and we’re excited to feature her. Melisa’s background and friendly, helpful personality make her a great choice for buyers and sellers. Discover more about her below from our Q&A session. What drew you to real estate? I’ve been around real […]
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Want to Sell Your Home? Here Are 5 Things to Consider

Selling your home is a big decision and it involves a lot of moving parts. Luckily, we have compiled a list of things to consider, whether you want to sell in three months or three years. 1. Timeline Create a desired timeline involving the selling of your current home and the purchasing of your next […]
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Fourth Quarter Review and 2021 Market Forecast

Silverdale and Bremerton’s Central Kitsap market finished 2020 with a strong fourth quarter. We’ve compiled a comprehensive review of Central Kitsap market statistics, as well as insights and predictions for 2021 from Windermere Real Estate’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. Our Strong Seller’s Market Central Kitsap remains a seller’s market, like the rest of Kitsap County. […]
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New Agent Spotlight: Heather Hamilton

An experienced Broker, Heather Hamilton is new to our Windermere Silverdale office and we’re delighted to feature her in our spotlight series. Heather has experience in over $40,000,000 in sales and enjoys working with buyers and sellers in our area. Read on to discover more about Heather’s background, professional experiences, and more. What drew you […]
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New Agent Spotlight: Joe Stevick

We are proud to feature Joe Stevick in our new Q&A spotlight series. Joe is one of our new real estate agents and brings a range of interesting skills and experiences to the table. He’s a lifetime local of Kitsap County who is involved in the communities he serves and he has also spent time […]
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Silverdale & Bremerton: Strong Communities, Convenience and Charm

Surrounded by Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Silverdale and Bremerton boast a range of businesses and entertainment as well as a strong military presence. From Settlers to City On a beautiful, cloudy day, the Silverdale waterfront gleams with a silver glow.  On shore, a bustling city center houses the most expansive shopping experience on […]
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Why We Love Working with Military Families

We proudly support our armed forces and their families, not just today on Veterans Day, but every day. Many of our real estate agents possess a wealth of experience working with those who serve. We are well-versed in helping families who are about to PCS (Permanent Change of Station, for our non-military readers). And, we […]
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The Rich History of the Suquamish Tribe

All media courtesy of the Suquamish Museum.  Nothing embodies perseverance quite like the Suquamish Tribe. Thriving with tradition and culture, the Suquamish Tribe has lived in tandem with the land, now Kitsap County, for centuries. The Suquamish lived communally in permanent villages along the shore near rivers and streams of the Puget Sound during the […]
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Central Kitsap’s Market: Third Quarter Review and Forecast

Central Kitsap’s market had a very strong third quarter. We’ve compiled key stats below to provide a comprehensive review of our market, as well as insights and predictions from Windermere Real Estate’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. Our Strong Seller’s Market It’s a strong seller’s market here in Central Kitsap. Inventory remains low while demand is […]
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Selling Your Home is Now Easier: Windermere Invests to Impress

When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are everything. We believe this so strongly that we created the Windermere Ready program. With concierge-level service, our program prepares your home for the market with guidance from a local expert as well as financial assistance, if needed. Sell For More in Less Time On average, […]
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