The Rise of The New Aristocracy

In my day to day business travels buyers and sellers tell me what is on their hearts when it comes to the next move. I often want to check out what I believe to be true with our local trends versus national trends. I’d like to share with you this article which confirms what I’ve been hearing in the luxury market and as it also applies in many ways to the median home buying/selling sectors. For someone like myself that has enjoyed rural living, I’ve been seeing a trend for more of an urban lifestyle where not getting into a car to get a coffee and easily experiencing community daily is desirable. Personally I will never dispute that doing the same or visiting friends by kayak or boat on Puget Sound saltwater has its merits! There’s something in here about multi-generational living too. Read on…

This article provided by the Luxury Portfolio International. All data is from YouGov Affluent Perspective, unless otherwise noted. 

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 5:38 pm
Claudia Gentzkow | Category: Home Design and Staging, Interior Design Ideas & Trends, Real Estate Trends, Windermere Market News

Selling or not, perhaps it’s time to tidy up!

As simple as this subject seems, it can surely spark some conversation as we honestly look at ourselves. I guess the question is, why we keep stuff? I find it’s just deep down personal. I don’t think of myself as a “collector” or even “hoarder” for that matter, but I sure like that mixed bunch of meaningful mugs that don’t match that people near and dear have given me over the years. A good friend once told me that I am the queen of “organized clutter, that I just have a way of making lots of stuff look good together”. I’m not quite sure if that was a compliment!

I coach many sellers getting ready to move well in advance of listing their homes. It can be emotionally and physically exhausting getting the home itself ready for sale before you even begin to deal with belongings. By doing this early, the bigger decisions that go with this process come easier. I also find that with the newly retired and those downsizing that they get to be thoughtful about where things go versus being in a rush at the end and just calling the dump truck to haul things away. This process also prepares people for the unexpected emergency moves. I highly recommend Marie Kondo’s book and her show on Netflix. If you get started now, there’s no need to do it all at once, though do give yourself an end date, as it’s just not something you want to be talking about for 10 years. Spring is around the corner and this could be YOUR season! Enjoy! The life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo

Get a sneak peak of the Netflix show featuring Marie Condo. (courtesy of Netflix)

Posted on January 26, 2019 at 9:20 pm
Claudia Gentzkow | Category: Home Design and Staging, Interior Design Ideas & Trends, Preparing Your Home For Sale, Real Estate Trends | Tagged ,

Announcing Pantone’s color of the year – near and dear to my heart!

What’s not to love about coral? Perhaps you don’t have an opinion. Either way you’ll begin to see it in many places if you haven’t already noticed. Maybe it will appear in the clothing you buy, the car you drive or perhaps just a throw pillow you have to have! For real estate professionals, designers, home stagers and marketers like myself, we take these queues seriously as they make our projects current and current is directly related to sales for our clients! Check this out for a “happy read!  PANTONE LIVING CORAL.


 

Article and Photo Courtesy Adweek® 12.6.2018 – By Diana Pearl

Posted on January 12, 2019 at 9:58 pm
Claudia Gentzkow | Category: Home Design and Staging | Tagged