Geordie Romer's blog

New Report on Vacation Homes

The National Association of Realtors just published a report that says over 1/3 of recent home sales were of vacation properties (13%) or investment properties (24%). The median price of a vacation home nationwide is at $190,000 while the median price of investment properties is $148,000. These trends are expected to continue as more investors put their money in real estate instead of the stock market. The upcoming retirements of the Baby Boomers is also likely to strengthen these trends. For those who own property in Leavenworth or Lake Wenatchee this is great news!

Stevens Pass Is Re-opening!

This sure has been a strange winter. We were all a little upset when Steven's Pass ski area was taking so long to open this winter, but it got worse when they got 6"+ of rain one January weekend. They have been closed ever since. The effect on the Leavenworth has been sad. Many of the seasonal employees who work at the resort have fled town, looking for greener employment pastures. Uncle Uli's hosted a party - "Mother Nature's a *&$!" and gave discounted food and drink to the out of work folks.

Trends in Real Estate

People always ask me about the current trends in real estate. One of the biggest trends is the increasing popularity of ramblers. Single story homes are becoming more and more popular every year. Why? Simple demographics. Our population is getting older every year and these buyers don't want to or can't use stairs. From bad knees to wheelchairs, the reasons for ramblers just make sense. The Wenatchee Valley is becoming more and more popular for retirees - sunshine, good health care, recreation, and affordable homes all make us popular.

2004 Growth in Local Real Estate

No real surprises here. The Leavenworth and Cashmere real estate markets continued to see great growth in 2004. The average price of a 2 bedroom home in Leavenworth went from $196,000 in 2003 to $210,000 in 2004. 3 bedroom homes went from $260,000 to $295,000. These are gains of 7% and 13.5%. The average home price went from $219,000 to $254,000, a nearly 12% gain. Volume went from 106 to 161 homes - an amazing 52% increase!

Cashmere saw incredible growth too. Average home prices soared 27% from $142,000 to 180,000. Volume was up 38%.

Brand New Blog

Welcome to my new real estate blog. This will be a great spot for me to talk about all the new and exciting things that are going on in the real estate market around Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee Washington.

Check back here often, there's sure to be something new all the time.

Allyson and Geordie Romer

Leavenworth real estate agents - Allyson and Geordie Romer

For over a decade, Allyson and Geordie have been serving clients in the Leavenworth-area real estate market. Together, they work tirelessly to stay on top of the regional market and present the most relevant opportunities to their clientele.

When not in the office, they can be found exploring the endless recreation opportunities of the area in all of its seasons.

 

Testimonials

 

Geordie provided excellent real estate representation! We appreciated his detailed knowledge of the market, his up front and honest approach, and his negotiation skills.
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Laura Anderson

 

 

As “west siders” looking for a getaway near Leavenworth, Geordie provided insight … his knowledge of design features important in a “snowy winter wonderland” was appreciated. Thanks Geordie!
As reviewed on Zillow  –
 

- Jean Stern

 

 

Geordie made this somewhat complicated transition easier for us…going above and beyond to help us work through issues that came up during the sale of our parents home. We appreciated his knowledge, attentiveness to details and his willing spirit.
Our family is grateful for Geordie!
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Terry Foster

 

 

Geordie was great in every way. We have been looking in the Leavenworth area for some time, and Geordie was absolutely the best for local knowledge, history and depth on neighborhoods, developments and the local market trends. He was very quick to respond (even when he was on his vacation) and worked very diligently to get all of our questions answered in a very timely fashion. We would recommend him highly to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Very friendly, and helped us navigate all of the local options before we made an offer on the property that we purchased. Thank you, Geordie!

As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Ryan Olsen

 

 

It was such a pleasure to work with Geordie and his wife, Allyson on our cabin purchase. They showed us a variety of locations, listened to what we wanted and helped us find the perfect match. Everything was smooth and not stressful, just relaxed and easy. We would definitely recommend Geordie and use him again if the need arises!

As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Cammie Schlosser

 

Moving to Leavenworth?

Are you looking for a cabin or a condo in Leavenworth that your family can use as a home base when climbing, skiing or hiking around Leavenworth or Lake Wenatchee?

Maybe you rent a house here and have decided to stay, surprised how a summer of rafting somehow turned into seven years.

Maybe it’s time to escape the hustle of the big city (and its rain) and move to Leavenworth with its four seasons.

Maybe you bought a condo years ago, don’t seem to use as much, and it’s time to sell.

Whatever your motivation, we are here to help. If you are buying a home, the best place to start is with our Homebuyer’s Guide to Leavenworth.