"Katie Spurlock is a Portland area Realtor affiliated with Windermere Real Estate, that sells residential real estate all over the Portland Metro area." Katie Spurlock

Windermere Blog

What Is a Tudor Style House?

Posted on 20 March 2023

One look at a Tudor style house and you’re instantly transported to the English countryside. This distinct architecture dates back hundreds of years, borrowing elements of Renaissance and Gothic design, and later experienced a revival in the United States that continued to grow in popularity through the mid-twentieth century. Similar to cottage homes, their medieval […]

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Mansion vs Estate: Features of Luxury Properties

Posted on 15 March 2023

Mansion vs Estate If there’s one thing that’s clear about a mansion or an estate, it’s that they’re not your average houses. But what differentiates the two? Are the two terms interchangeable? Mansions and estates actually each have separate characteristics that give them their special classification. Understanding a bit more about what makes them special […]

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How to Fix Your Toilet

Posted on 13 March 2023

A homeowner’s life is filled with mini hazards that pop up at a moment’s notice. Our appliances make life easier, but they are subject to malfunction. A broken toilet interrupts your day and can cause serious water damage, which emphasizes the importance of timely repairs. The following tips to fix your toilet will help you […]

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Selling Your Home in a Balanced Market

Posted on 8 March 2023

Your local market conditions dictate the real estate climate around you. Where things are on the buyer’s/seller’s market spectrum will impact how you and your Windermere real estate agent approach selling your home. As a part of this process, it’s important to understand the different types of markets and how their conditions play into accurately […]

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5 Features of Mid-Century Modern Interior Design

Posted on 6 March 2023

Few interior design styles have captivated our imaginations like mid-century modern. Though the mid-century modern movement began to impact design culture many decades ago, we still see its lasting impact today. This vintage style remains popular for homeowners everywhere and shows no signs of slowing down. To aid your home décor efforts, let’s dig a […]

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Homeownership Terms to Know: Pre-Approval, Pre-Qualification & More

Posted on 1 March 2023

Throughout the home buying process, you’ll encounter several checkpoints. At every stop, you’ll get closer to the ultimate goal of purchasing your next home. Each one satisfies unique criteria required to become a homeowner, and each one has its own terminology. Before you begin your home buying journey, it’s helpful to know about pre-approval, pre-qualification, […]

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Renting vs. Buying a Home: The Financial Benefits of Homeownership

Posted on 27 February 2023

This video is the latest in our Monday with Matthew series with Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. Each month, he analyzes the most up-to-date U.S. housing data to keep you well-informed about what’s going on in the real estate market.   Renting vs. Buying a Home One of my followers asked me about some of […]

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7 Tips for Cleaning Your Appliances

Posted on 24 February 2023

Your appliances help your home run like a well-oiled machine. But without the proper cleaning and maintenance, they can make your life more complicated. When thinking about the most helpful cleaning tips around the house, we often center our efforts on open, high-foot-traffic areas. However, spending some time cleaning your appliances will have your home […]

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Deciding to Sell Your Home

Posted on 22 February 2023

Deciding when to sell your home can depend on a variety of factors. Perhaps your local market conditions are favorable to sellers, or you’ve recently changed jobs, or your family is growing and you need to upsize. Whatever the case may be, making the decision to sell your home is the first step in your […]

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How to Search for a Home: Buying Guide

Posted on 15 February 2023

The right home is out there, you just have to find it. This may seem like an oversimplification of the home search process, especially for first-time home buyers who haven’t been through it before. But once you’ve figured out your budget and discussed your needs with your real estate agent, you’ll be off and running. […]

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