A 25-Year Tradition of Golfing and Giving

 

Golfing and giving seems to be a tradition with Windermere Real Estate. Many of our offices hold golf tournaments to raise money for local non-profits via the Windermere Foundation. The longest-held Windermere golf tournament has been hosted by a group of Windermere offices in Snohomish County, Washington.

 

Snohomish County Windermere Foundation Golf Tournament

This year’s 25th Annual Snohomish County Windermere Foundation Golf Tournament was held on July 26 at Cedarcrest golf course in Marysville, Washington. It was a festive day of golfing, food, and fun as they celebrated 25 years of support for low-income housing. The event raised nearly $30,000 for the Windermere Foundation, which then sent a donation to support Housing Hope and their ChildHope programs. Each golfer received a commemorative Windermere Foundation 25th Annual Golf Tournament coin. Over the past 25 years, this tournament has raised over $400,000 in support of non-profits in Snohomish County.

 

About Housing Hope

Housing Hope’s mission is to promote and provide affordable housing and tailored services to reduce homelessness and poverty for residents of Snohomish County and Camano Island, Washington. In 2018, ChildHope programs served 747 people–358 parents and 389 children in 315 families. Tomorrow’s ChildHope Child Development Center serves children from four weeks to twelve years of age, providing assessments for each child to determine special needs and treatment plans to help those children who may be traumatized by poverty and homelessness.

 

 

 

Windermere Legends Golf Tournament

Another golf tournament of note is the Windermere Legends Golf Tournament–in honor of Windermere legends Dick Wood, Don Deasy, Don Riley, John Demco, Terry Haberbush, Vince Haugerud, and Walley Starkey. It is hosted by several Seattle-area Windermere offices. Established in 2007, the golf tournament benefits the Windermere Foundation and The Don Deasy Memorial Leadership 1000 Scholarship Fund. The tournament was originally called the Don Deasy Memorial Golf Tournament, in honor of Don Deasy, a Windermere icon and valued franchise owner. The scholarship fund provides grants to help fund the college education of a Quincy High School graduate (Don’s hometown) who plans to attend the University of Washington. In its first year, the tournament raised $75,000. Sixteen years later, this annual golf tournament has raised a total of over $671,300.

 

Thanks to events like these golf tournaments, the Windermere Foundation has been able to raise more than $38 million over the past 30 years in support of low-income and homeless families. To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit windermerefoundation.com.

 

The Slow Down in Foreign Buyers

The United States housing market is experiencing a significant reduction in foreign buyers. Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, cites several factors that could be contributing to this trend and offers his opinions as to what to expect in this recent Market Update.

Prepare For and Prevent Damage This Wildfire Season Before It Happens

After last year’s wildfires, some of the largest and deadliest in recent memory, spread along the west coast, homeowners are on edge as to what this fire season will bring. The questions of whether their home will be burnt, or if they will be affected by poor air quality, hang in the air much like the smoke of a nearby fire. Accompanied by heatwaves hitting much of the U.S. these fears can turn into realities just as quick as a spark in brush. Luckily there are ways to prevent damage and to prepare for anything coming your way.

Be prepared with fire insurance

Are you currently protected in case of a fire? Make sure to talk with your insurance agent and work on a plan to insure your home.

Questions to ask them are:

  • What is covered should our home be destroyed in a fire?
  • What kinds of documentation do we need to do in order to get the full benefit of the insurance?
    • It’s usually a great idea to keep a log of what is in your home and how much it costs. Keep receipts and invoices if possible.
  • Who at the company should we contact in case of emergency? 

Be prepared with an emergency kit

Cal Fire has a comprehensive guide to all things wildfire preparedness. Here they suggest putting together an emergency kit that’s always ready in case of sudden evacuations. They recommend including:

  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Non-perishable foods to last three days
  • Prescriptions and medications. Also, eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries and sanitation supplies
  • And extra set of car keys, as well as credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Copies of important documents like birth certificates and passports
  • Food and water for your pet
  • Chargers for cell phones and other devices

Some other items you might consider having close by are easily carried valuables, sentimental items like family photos, and computers or hard drives. Keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed for any evacuations at night.

Prevent damage by fortifying the building

Fire-Safe Landscaping

You don’t have to re-do the entire garden to slow the fire down. Home Advisor recommends you create a balance of aesthetically pleasing flora and slow-burning plants that are less likely to ignite.

Additionally, keep your garden and property free of dry materials that are ideal for kindling either in your bonfire or for a wildfire. Not only does creating this barrier protect your home, it also gives firefighters a safe area to work from as they work to control the fire.

To see what plants to use and other ways to fireproof your property, visit HomeAdvisor.

Build or remodel with flame-resistant materials

Materials like brick, stucco, metal, or concrete are great exteriors that can prevent the fire from taking hold of your home, at least initially. If your home is already built with one of these materials, the weak points might lie in your extremities like your deck or porch. Consider re-building these with fire-proof materials or add a coating to protect them.

Additionally, protect the most vulnerable areas of your home, like your windows and any air vents. Add retractable fireproof panels to your windows or replace the glass with wire glass or fire-proof safety glass. Don’t forget your skylights or windows on your doors.

Rent Control

Oregon’s statewide rent control legislation has stirred discussion at the Legislative level up and down the west coast. Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, says Oregon’s law is really more a rental price stabilization tactic and weighs in on whether other states are likely to adopt similar regulation.