For the past 27 years, the Windermere Foundation has donated a portion of the proceeds from every home purchased or sold towards supporting low-income and homeless families in our communities. What started as a grassroots foundation serving families in need in Washington State has grown to encompass eleven states and raised over $30 million for programs and organizations providing shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those who need our help most. Every time a Windermere agent sells a home, a portion of the commission goes to the Windermere Foundation.
This year Windermere is excited to announce its designation as the official real estate company of the Seattle Seahawks . What do Windermere Real Estate and the Seattle Seahawks have in common? Both got their start in Seattle in the 1970s and both are organizations who believe in giving back to our community. So when presented with the opportunity to become the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks, we didn’t have to think twice.
At the center of this partnership with the Seahawks is a new #tacklehomelessness campaign. The Windermere Foundation will donate $100 for every Seattle Seahawks home game tackle during the 2016 season. On the receiving end of these donations is YouthCare, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that has been providing services and support to homeless youth for more than 40 years. In addition to raising money, the #tacklehomelessness campaign will also bring awareness to the very issue of homeless youth struggling in our community. We know the Seahawks are equally committed to this important cause.
Our partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and YouthCare fits perfectly with the mission of the Windermere Foundation which is to support low-income and homeless families in the communities where we have offices. Through the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign, we hope to be able to do even more.
I’m honored to be affiliated with Windermere Real Estate and the efforts of the company and its foundation to give back to our community.
The high demand for housing in Bellevue has created a robust real estate market, driving sale prices for houses and condos and residential rents up in recent years. It was great news when the King County Housing Authority announced last week it had reached an agreement with local builder Intracorp to purchase the Highland Village apartment community and preserve the apartments as an affordable place to live in Bellevue.
Intracorp, the developer who purchased the Highland Village property, had submitted plans to redevelop the property’s 76 affordable apartments into 87 townhomes selling between $650,000 and $900,000. The KCHA agreement with Intracorp to purchase the property will preserve the Highland Village apartments as affordable housing, allowing existing families to continue to live in the community. (Intracorp will sell the property to KCHA for below appraised value.) After the acquisition of the property KCHA will renovate the property over the next two years, keeping rents at or near their current affordable levels.
Finding and preserving opportunities for affordable housing is a goal of city, county and state governments. Preserving Highland Village will allow these families to maintain their homes where there is access to quality schools, employment and public transit.
As Realtors® we do more than just assist clients in buying and selling homes. Many of us, at the local, state and national level, are involved in supporting non-profit organizations that provide services and support to families and children in need. Windermere has recently partnered with the Seattle Seahawks as the official real estate company of the Seahawks. More important . . . this partnership will enable us to do even more for our communities through our new #tacklehomelessness campaign. For every home game tackle the Seahawks make, Windermere is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides services and support to homeless youth.
Its going to be a great season, for so many reasons. Just in case you need a little help getting ready for the coming season, click the link below. GO HAWKS!