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New Agent Spotlight: Marisa Robba

A sincere advocate with a wealth of knowledge, Managing Broker/Realtor Marisa Robba is a wonderful recent addition to our Windermere Poulsbo office. She’s been helping buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals for seven years and possesses a unique skill set and a sincere love for Kitsap County. Read our Q&A to learn more. […]
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Windermere Ready Program: Sell Your Home for More

To get the best offer for your home, making a great first impression is key. In fact, our belief in the importance of first impressions is so strong that we developed the Windermere Ready program to support sellers. With professional advice from local experts, our program prepares your home to wow potential buyers. Also, we’re […]
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Why a Local Lender Can Make a Huge Difference

Looking to buy a home but worried about this competitive seller’s market? There are many steps to take that can set you apart from the competition. One of those can be using a local lender. A great local lender can be very advantageous. We’ll explain why with insights from some of our real estate experts. […]
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Kitsap’s Market: First Quarter, 2022

Kitsap County’s real estate market is picking up and had a solid first quarter. In 2021, we saw high demand and low inventory, and that is still the case. It’s still a seller’s market; homes continue to sell above the asking price.  Read on for key highlights and market trends below.  And, if you’re looking […]
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Kitsap Great Give: An Easy Way to Give Back

Whether you are new to donating to the nonprofit world, or you are a seasoned giver, Kitsap Great Give is a phenomenal event. This year, it’s on April 19th, but early giving has already begun. Kitsap Great Give supports a multitude of local organizations, making it easy to donate to more than one nonprofit at […]
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Poulsbo’s Annual and Recurring Events You Don’t Want to Miss

With taglines such as “Little Norway, Big Fun”, it’s not surprising that there are so many great events in Poulsbo happening throughout the year. From shopping and live music to embracing the Nordic roots of Poulsbo’s founders, here’s a roundup of festivals and activities to put on your calendar. Spring Girls’ Night Out First Wednesday […]
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7 Spring Gardening Tips

1. Don’t Underestimate Your Soil Soil really has a rich life of its own so pay attention to it and manage it properly. Enrich your soil with organic matter to make sure it can retain moisture and nutrients. You also want to make sure it drains well. You should be able to easily dig, and […]
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What I Wish I Knew Before Buying a Home

If you’re thinking of buying your first home, you may be worried about typical first-time buyer mistakes or taking on too much. Luckily, we’ve gathered a mix of common misconceptions as well as insights from our real estate agents to equip you with what you need to know.  Buying the Neighborhood One of our Brokers, […]
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Fun Weekend Getaways in the Pacific Northwest

In need of a fun getaway or a relaxing retreat? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites that are located in our corner of the Pacific Northwest. From romantic places to outdoor explorations, these Washington gems are sure to help you unwind and recharge.  Angeline Spa & Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish Part of the […]
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Fourth Quarter Market Review for Kitsap County

Wondering how Kitsap County’s real estate market did during 2021’s fourth quarter? We’ve compiled key highlights and insights to keep you up to date. Just as in previous years, our local market slowed down during the holiday season. There are still many eager buyers looking to make Kitsap County their home, but fewer homes were […]
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Kitsap’s Indoor Fun: Great Places to Take Kids

While there are many wonderful outdoor gems across Kitsap County, here are some fun indoor places to enjoy on cold, rainy days. These family-friendly activities are great for kids of different ages and many are free or under $15.     Interesting Indoor Activities in the Bremerton Area Ahoy Kitsap Playland in Bremerton This indoor playground […]
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Tips to Improve Work-Life Balance

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton Now, more than ever, it’s important to redefine work-life balance. This past September alone, 4.4 million people voluntarily left their jobs. Often referred to as “The Great Resignation”, many Americans are quitting due to issues such as job […]
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Our Community Involvement in 2021

We are proud to live and work in Kitsap County, and community involvement is a key component of the way we do business. So, we thought we would take a moment to share the many ways in which our Windermere Poulsbo office has supported and invested in Kitsap this year. By doing so, we hope […]
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Creative Holiday Decorating Ideas

The holiday season is upon us! Add some spice to your holiday decorations with these creative ideas. We’ve even included local shops around Kitsap where holiday items can be purchased. And, some of these ideas can be turned into fun DIY projects with your family.  Children’s Book Display or Advent Calendar The easiest way to […]
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New Agent Spotlight: BryAnn Bingham

We’re excited to feature BryAnn Bingham, a new agent who recently joined Windermere Poulsbo. She’s dedicated, hardworking, and has excellent interpersonal skills. Her interesting background, community involvement, and passion for our area make her a great choice for buyers and sellers. Read on to find out more. What drew you to real estate? I have […]
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Great Places to Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Pies

If baking pies isn’t your favorite thing on your Thanksgiving to-do list, these wonderful local bakeries have got you covered. Just make sure to order ahead so you can get your favorites before they sell out! Bigleaf Maple Bakery in Poulsbo Not only can you order Thanksgiving desserts from this new Poulsbo bakery, but you […]
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Why You May Need a Comparative Market Analysis

If you’re thinking of selling or wondering what your home is worth, a real estate agent can provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). Not sure if you really need one? Read on to find out more. Comparative Market Analysis A CMA is an informative report with data that compares your property to similar […]
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Third Quarter Market Review for North Kitsap

Our North Kitsap real estate market has been even more competitive for buyers. Read on for key highlights from our strong third quarter and insights from Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner.  Our Competitive Market North Kitsap’s inventory is now lower than last year while the demand remains high. Remote working culture seems here to stay, […]
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Tips for Buying an Equestrian Property from Our Advisor

If you love horses and want to purchase an equestrian property, there are many aspects to consider. First-time buyers are often eager yet unaware of some of the challenges that may come with a particular property. That’s why we’re providing insights from our local Equestrian Advisor and Realtor, Liz Bailey. We’re proud to have Liz’s […]
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Our Home Inspection Checklist

Knowing what to look for in a home inspection is essential. In short, home inspections are when you hire a professional to inspect a property for any potential issues. If you’re a first-time buyer, you probably have questions about this process and we’re here to guide you.  Why Do a Home Inspection? As a buyer, […]
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12 Kitsap Farms to Visit

City proximity is one of the many benefits of living in Kitsap County, but during the summer months, rural life can really steal the show. Here are some local farms that offer U-pick flowers, farm stands, and opportunities to visit and interact with animals.  Farm Animal Fun Bushel & Barrel in Poulsbo Although Bushel & […]
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Kitsap Community Foundation’s Important Scholarship Program

Kitsap County is full of amazing nonprofits that improve and enrich our community in a variety of ways. For this edition of our Community Spotlight series, we’re shining a light on the Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF) and its scholarship program. Kitsap Community Foundation strives to “connect people who care with causes that matter”, facilitating and supporting philanthropy […]
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Second Quarter Market Review for North Kitsap

Our North Kitsap market performed even better than expected during our second quarter. We’ve compiled key highlights so that you can easily stay informed about our local real estate market. Our Strong Seller’s Market North Kitsap’s inventory remains low and demand remains high. Many people are continuing to move out of bigger cities in part […]
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New Agent Spotlight: Will Storch

We’re excited to feature Will Storch, a newer agent who recently joined Windermere Poulsbo. As a lifelong local, Will is passionate about community and serving clients’ individual needs. He works with buyers and sellers on Bainbridge Island and across Kitsap County. Will brings a range of skills and experiences to the table, allowing him to […]
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Local Events Happening 4th of July Weekend

While the majority of the big fireworks shows and traditional large gatherings have been canceled or changed, there are still a lot of festive ways to celebrate the 4th of July. Kingston is set to have their fireworks show – but plan to arrive early. They are the only big one we know of that’s […]
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First-Time Home Buyer? Here’s Our Checklist to Get Started

Congratulations, you have decided to buy your first home! While it’s easy to view homes for sale online, there are some important steps to set you up for success as a first-time home buyer. Here’s our checklist to help you get started. 1. Know What You Want in a Home Before you start showing up […]
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Community Service Day with the Poulsbo Historical Society

Last Friday was our annual Community Service Day (CSD), and we love getting out and helping the wonderful community we serve. We were proud to get to work with the Poulsbo Historical Society. Read on to find out more about what we were able to accomplish and the incredible work that they do. The History […]
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Community Spotlight: Poulsbo Historical Society

The Poulsbo Historical Society is sheer proof of what a group of passionate volunteers can accomplish. What started as small “chat” sessions in 1991 has transformed into a full-time operation with three museums. For decades, the volunteers of the Poulsbo Historical Society have worked tirelessly to preserve the town’s rich history.  Poulsbo Historical Society’s Start […]
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Western Washington’s Best Camping Trips

Summer is almost here and if you haven’t started planning your camping trips, now’s the time! There are so many wonderful places to choose from, and here are some of our favorites. It’s important to note that campsites offering reservations fill up fast while others are on a first-come, first-served basis so check now and […]
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First Quarter Market Review for North Kitsap

Poulsbo’s North Kitsap market picked up in our first quarter despite a seasonal slowdown. We’ve compiled key highlights so that you can easily get informed about our local real estate market.  Our Strong Seller’s Market North Kitsap’s inventory remains low and demand remains high due to people moving away from the bigger cities and COVID-19 […]
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Community Spotlight: Fishline Food Bank

As one of the oldest food banks in the United States, Fishline has served North Kitsap County for 54 years. It distributes over one million pounds of food annually. Today, Fishline provides comprehensive services to assist our neighbors in need. Read on to find out more about this incredible organization. Fishline’s History and Mission The […]
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Your Checklist for Spring Home Maintenance

The seasonal cleaning fest is right around the corner just as gray winter skies clear to welcome the warm spring sun. Get ahead of the spring home maintenance frenzy by following this simple checklist. Top to Bottom Home Inspection No one knows your house better than you do! Complete the first task on this checklist […]
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6 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

There are many ways to “go green” and that includes making your home more eco-friendly. Here are six easy ways that you and your family can help the environment at home.  1. Start Composting  Most of us are used to recycling, but have you ever thought about composting? It’s easy to believe that our food […]
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New Agent Spotlight: Rebecca Olodort

We’re excited to feature new agent Rebecca Olodort. She knows how important it is to be a good listener, a strong advocate, and a trusted guide. Rebecca offers a wealth of information and experience and her love of home design and helping people shines through. Read on to find out more. What unique professional experiences […]
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Fourth Quarter Review and 2021 Forecast for North Kitsap

Poulsbo’s North Kitsap market saw a strong end to 2020. We’ve compiled key highlights from our fourth quarter as well as some useful insights from Windermere Real Estate’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. Gardner also offers his 2021 market forecast with some uplifting and interesting predictions. Our Strong Seller’s Market Poulsbo’s inventory remains low while demand […]
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Hidden Gems Across Kitsap County

Kitsap County is full of interesting places to explore, and there are some lesser-known spots that we’re often excited to share with clients, friends, and family. Here are six that we highly recommend.   Foulweather Bluff Preserve   On the northernmost tip of the Kitsap Peninsula sits the beach town of Hansville. Although Hansville is […]
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New Agent Spotlight: Angela Winks

We are proud to feature Angela Winks in our new Q&A spotlight series. With a diverse set of skills and experiences, Angela offers buyers and sellers a focused, personalized approach with an emphasis on clear communication, positivity, and a sincere appreciation for the areas and clients she serves.  Read on to find out about Angela’s […]
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Easy, Fun Ways to Start the New Year Right

2021 is the fresh start we’ve been waiting for; it’s a new year full of hope and possibility. Want to really make it a year to remember? Here are some fun, easy ways to do just that, right here in Kitsap County. Enjoy the View We all get caught up in routines and sometimes that […]
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4 Reasons to Sell Your Home in the Winter

Not sure if winter is the time to sell your home? Although the real estate market tends to slow down as it gets colder, you can actually use this season to your advantage. Here are some points to consider. 1. Supply is Low and Demand is High According to Realtor.com’s Monthly Housing Trends Report, national […]
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S’Klallam: Evergreen Strong

As beautiful and adaptable as the evergreen, The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe has been a hallmark of the Kitsap Peninsula for over 10,000 years. Ancient Landscape The S’Klallams thrived through a seasonal connection to the changing climates. In the warm summer months, they roamed semi-nomadically and re-visited fishing holes and hunting/gathering sites. During the cold […]
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Shop Local: Unique Holiday Gifts Found Across North Kitsap

What better way to support our wonderful local businesses than to “shop local” this holiday season? There are so many unique, thoughtful holiday gifts you can buy right here. While it’s challenging to put together a complete list of all of the wonderful options across North Kitsap, we’ve created a collection that provides a range […]
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North Kitsap’s Market: Third Quarter Review and Forecast

North 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 North Kitsap. Inventory remains low while demand is […]
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Visit Poulsbo for Culture and Charm

Smithsonian Magazine suggests, “instead of Norway, visit Poulsbo.” Culture runs deep in the town known as the “Little Norway on the Fjord.” Poulsbo blends Norwegian immigrant influence with indigenous Suquamish roots, making a beautifully unique Pacific Northwest community. Enjoy Poulsbo’s Landscape A treasure of Kitsap County, Poulsbo hosts a delightful downtown that charms locals and […]
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The Seahawks and Windermere Team Up Again to Tackle Homelessness

As the “Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks,” all of us at Windermere are proud to kick off our fifth season of partnering with the Seahawks to tackle homelessness. Our Tackle Homelessness Campaign For every defensive tackle made at a Seahawks home game this season, Windermere will donate $100 to Mary’s Place in […]
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