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Hey everybody! We’ve moved our blog site to make it more easily accessible. You can now see my blog directly through my website, cindykelly.com. Thanks for following along! -CK&Associates

July 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Windermere Living – Summer 2016

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
The Summer 2016 issue of Windermere Living showcasing residences and destinations from across the West is now available! Windermere Living is the exclusive listings magazine…

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Architectural Elements That Set Homes Apart

Are you missing an opportunity to enhance your home with brackets, cabinet feet and moldings? Have you ever stepped into a home and been immediately charmed? Chances are it had … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 06/20/16 to 06/24/16

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:
What I Saw Last Week U.S. Retail Sales rose 0.5% month-over-month in May – above my forecast for an increase of 0.3% – while…

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Home Trends

Originally posted on Mercer Island Pulse:
Design changes, as does architecture. Trends don’t emerge as rapidly here as they do in say, food or fashion, but the economy, the environment,…

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 06/13/16 to 06/17/16

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:
What I Saw Last Week Consumer Credit  rose by $13.4B in April after increasing a downwardly revised $28.4B (from $29.6B) in March.  I had…

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Creating Color Flow in Your Home

Avoid a choppy feel in your interior by choosing a flow-through color, paying attention to sightlines, working with accessories and more. Color preferences vary as much as personalities, with some … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Local Market Update – June 2016

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
House hunters looking for relief from soaring rents continued to snap up homes at a record pace in May. By one analysis, 80 percent of…

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Contrasting Design Elements That Will Liven Your House

Rustic and modern, casual and formal … mixing contradictory design elements makes rooms add up to much more than the sum of their parts Before undertaking any design project, it … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 05/30/16 to 06/03/16

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:
What I Saw Last Week U.S. New Home Sales far surpassed all estimates in April, running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000…

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Design Tips for a Light and Calm Space

Light paint and pale woods can feel rich and cozy too. Here are 7 design twists and colors to try Many homeowners describe their ideal room as being clean and … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dreaming of a White Kitchen?

Dream Spaces: 12 Beautiful White Kitchens Snowy cabinets and walls speak to a certain elegance, while marble counters whisper of luxury Crisp, clean white kitchens with gleaming marble counters and … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Concrete Flooring

The days of concrete floors being banished to the basement or subfloor of a house are long gone. Today these floors offer a contemporary aesthetic that not only looks good … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Local Market Update – May 2016

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
The supply of homes for sale in April was up over March, indicating that more sellers are deciding to list their homes. But with less…

May 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

How to Spruce up Your Porch

The porch should be an inviting space for hosting friendly cocktails, gathering for casual family meals and savoring outdoor naps. It’s a place where you can let go and relax. … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Decorating 101: How to Use White Right

White has long been beloved by architects and interior designers for its versatility and freshness. But as anyone who has ever tried to choose from among hundreds of shades of … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 05/02/16 to 05/06/16

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:
What I Saw Last Week U.S. New Home Sales in March ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 511,000 – I had forecast…

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Cost of Waiting

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
All of the latest statistics are pointing to a seller’s advantage right now. But are there still benefits for buyers in this market? Absolutely. Some…

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 04/18/16 to 04/22/16

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:
What I Saw Last Week Plagued by a 2.1% drop in auto sales, Retail Sales contracted by 0.3% in March – I had forecast…

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

8 DIY Fire Pits to Get Your Yard Ready for Summer

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
It might not be exactly tropical in your neighborhood yet. But for many of us, it’s finally warm enough to start daydreaming about summer. And that…

April 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Play Chess… Not Checkers

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
Checkers is a simple game with a simple objective; eliminate the other player’s pieces. Even the process of doing so is simple, jump the other…

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

3 Home Remodels that Will Keep You Happy for Years

Homeowner Cindy Carey loves to host big parties, so she combined her kitchen, dining room, and living room into one open great room. Now she has plenty of space to … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Local Market Update – March 2016

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
A severe lack of inventory has led home prices to reach an all-time high. With the supply of properties at its lowest level since 2003,…

March 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why Buying Beats Renting Today

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
Buying a home in the Puget Sound area beats renting in less than two years, according to a new study. The “breakeven horizon” – the…

March 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 02/22/15 to 02/26/16

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:
What I Saw Last Week Although I was hoping to see the NAHB Housing Market Index remain at 60 in January, sentiment turned sour…

February 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

6 Ways to Incorporate the Color of the Year in Your Home

Originally posted on Seattle Spaces & Places:
The Pantone Color of the Year was announced a couple of months ago and we can’t express how awesome these colors are apart, let…

February 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

How did the numbers for the NWMLS stack up during 2015? Local real estate brokers were busy!

Originally posted on Mercer Island Pulse:
Brokers within the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) area were *busy* during 2015 (all 23,800 of them, working within 23 Washington State counties!). Closed…

February 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Local Market Update – February 2016

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
Record low inventory has placed the area in an extreme seller’s market. 70 percent of homes sell in the first 30 days. With 30 percent…

February 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Clean, Classic, & Modern Kitchen

Designer Jessica Williamson wasn’t willing to sacrifice efficiency over style when designing her family’s kitchen. Using Houzz to gather ideas, she mixed unexpected modern design elements that add personality and … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

How to Landscape a Sloped Yard

Steep or hilly yards can pose some of the biggest landscaping challenges, but also some of the most beautiful solutions. Make the most of your sloped lot with artful stone, … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Gardner Report: Fourth Quarter 2015

Originally posted on Seattle Spaces & Places:
ECONOMIC OVERVIEW The Washington State economy has added almost 370,000 jobs since the lowest point of the recession at the start of 2010.…

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Housing Forecast: “Very Strong” for Sellers

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
According to a recent REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report, 2016 is projected to be a very strong market for local area sellers. With inventory at…

January 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 01/25/15 to 01/29/16

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:
What I Saw Last Week As I had expected, the National Association of Homebuilders Housing Market Index held at a downwardly revised 60 in…

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Emerging Trends in Seattle’s New Construction Housing Market

Originally posted on Seattle Spaces & Places:
Earlier this week, at the Windermere Builder Solutions Breakfast, more than 150 Windermere brokers came together to listen to Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner…

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Open Floor Plan: Trend, or Here to Stay?

Open-plan living hasn’t merely risen in popularity in recent years, it seems to be the mainstay of what many people look for in a home. At the time of this … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Market Reviews – Fourth Quarter 2015

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
Our Eastside Market Review and West Bellevue Market Review are now both available for the fourth quarter of 2015. Eastside Market Review Read the full…

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

5 Financial Habits to Form this Year

Often when people set New Year’s resolutions, they’re ambitious but vague. For instance, a Fidelity survey found that the most common financial resolution Americans have this year is to save more, followed by the … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Predictions of the 2016 Housing Market

The Fed has raised interest rates, millennials are getting older…so what does next year’s housing market look like? No housing expert has a crystal ball, but Svenja Gudell, recently appointed … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

King County Had Almost Half of 2015’s 30 Most Competitive Neighborhoods in America

Originally posted on Seattle Spaces & Places:
We probably don’t need to tell you that 2015 was a crazy year in real estate, especially in our city. Bidding wars and…

January 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

4 Trends for 2016

Put a lid on the chalkboard paint and give burlap the boot, because “Farmhouse Chic” is officially on its way out. According to Zillow Digs’ 2016 Home Trends Forecast, the … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

King County Housing Shortage

King County is experiencing the worst shortage of homes for sale in more than a decade, driving prices higher and keeping more would-be buyers in apartments. The median price of … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Surviving the Christmas Countdown

Well, it’s almost Christmas. How’s it going? If you tried to answer that and found you could produce only a strange clicking sound and not actual words, I understand and … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Healthy Living is Driving Home Buying

Increasingly, Americans are interested in wellness-based activities such as yoga, exercise, and eating healthy foods. Changing values around homeownership are shifting consumers’ focus from healthy finances to healthy lifestyles. Only … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 12/14/15 to 12/18/15

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:
What I Saw Last Week Consumer Credit increased by $16B in October from the prior month, bolstered almost entirely by a $15.8 billion increase in…

December 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bringing Intimacy to a BIG Master

Most homeowners would be thrilled to have a large bedroom, but sometimes too much space can make a room feel cold and uninviting. That was the case for Jim and … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Take the Plunge in 2016

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home, 2016 is the year to take the plunge. Mortgage rates have been bouncing around record lows for a while now. … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lifestyle Northwest – Winter 2015

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:
The Winter 2015 edition of Lifestyle Northwest by Windermere Real Estate featuring homes for sale in waterfront and island communities throughout Puget Sound is now…

December 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ways to Make Your Home a Haven

A home should be more than just somewhere to live. It should also be a retreat — a place in which you feel relaxed and nurtured. All too often, though, … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Economic & Real Estate Forecast – 11/23/15 to 11/27/15

Originally posted on The Windermere Economist:
What I Saw Last Week Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, came in right in-line with my forecast with total CPI and…

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

10 Tips for a Calm and Truly Thankful Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, learn to embrace imperfection for a less stressful and more meaningful holiday. Whether it’s setting a simple table and preparing dishes ahead or finding mindful moments throughout a … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment
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