Windermere Foundation

Windermere Foundation Surpasses $38 Million In Total Donations Raised

Posted in Windermere Foundation by Marilou Ubungen


2018 concluded with another great year of fundraising and giving for the Windermere Foundation, thanks to the continued support of Windermere franchise owners, agents, staff, and the community. Nearly $2.5 million was raised in 2018, bringing our grand total to over $38 million raised since the Foundation’s inception in 1989! During the past year, nearly $1.9 million was donated to non-profit organizations throughout the Western U.S. that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families. In 2018, the Windermere Foundation fulfilled 689 grant requests and served 507 non-profit organizations.


A portion of the money raised every year is due in part to our agents who each make a donation to the Windermere Foundation from every commission they earn. Additional donations from Windermere agents, the community, and fundraisers made up 68% of the money collected in 2018. Each Windermere office has their own Foundation funds, which enable them to support local non-profits in their communities.


One organization that received Windermere Foundation donations from several Windermere Real Estate offices in the Seattle area is Treehouse. Treehouse’s mission is to give foster kids a childhood and a future. Their goal that they have set to achieve by 2022, is to see youth in foster care graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers across Washington State. And to provide them with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood. Donations from the Windermere Foundation have helped Treehouse clients like Ashley, get the support she needed to turn her life around.


“I didn’t have a childhood that all kids should have–like making friends my age or playing sports. I changed the path that I was on because I wanted to give people a reason to believe in me. You have to want to change and speak your truth, but you can’t do it without people believing in you. You can get through the darkest situations, you just gotta look for a little crack of light. Treehouse is that crack of light for me,” ~Ashley


2018 also marked the third year of our #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, in which Windermere committed to donating $100 for every Seahawks home game defensive tackle to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless youth. While the Seahawks didn’t make it past the first round of the playoffs, they did help us raise $31,900. When added to previous seasons, the total donation for the past three years is $98,700! We are grateful for the opportunity to provide additional support to homeless youth thanks to the Seahawks, YouthCare, and the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit

Posted on January 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Real Estate |

From an Outsiders Perspective

 I have now lived in Moses Lake 14 years.  It blows my mind!  Prior to this I had never lived in the same place more then 2-3 years.  I was moving from town to town on the West-Side. Not putting down roots just floating along.

In 2002 a transfer position came up in this little down and my husband took it “We said why not!”  Little did I think or anticipate that 14 years later I would still be here.

I have to admit that first year here was tough and I mean TOUGH!  Going from a town where you could get anything within 10 minutes of your home and then coming here where you had to drive an hour and half for some things was a big reality check. This is a list of good things that came out of this and what I tell my clients about this town that grows on you over time if you let it.

You save money!  I can’t even imagine the dollars I saved not being able to go out on a whim and pick up things that honestly I didn’t need (sign up for amazon prime just for the free shipping).  If you need to wait 2 weeks to get something it really makes you rethink if you need it or not.

You are forced to spend more time with your family if you like it or not!  With less places to go you focus more on what’s important right in front of you.  That means more family time, more time signing kids up for all the amazing Parks and Recreation programs just more time together with less distractions and ultimately that is a good thing.

Stay tuned for all the fun things we have available in Moses Lake for you to get involved in.

Heather Adkinson

Designated Broker/Owner

Posted on March 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Real Estate |

And they just keep coming……

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Real Estate |

The last 6 months in Moses Lake

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Real Estate |

Creative Open House

Would this get you to an Open House?  I do them every weekend and am looking for great ways to keep myself entertained!


Posted on December 14, 2014 at 1:16 am
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Real Estate |

Moses Lake Market Stats


It has truly been a pretty solid market for the past year. October has been especially strong.  Below you will find the number of active homes, pending homes, and sold homes.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Real Estate |

Ellen brought the funnies!!

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Real Estate |

Is it an issue of down payment?

Looks like things really haven't changed much in the last 3 years…..

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Real Estate | Tagged

Relationship Marketing Specialist (RMS)

Another day another designation.  Do those letters behind my name really make a difference in the whole scheme of things?  I guess that all depends on you and who you want representing your most expensive asset.  Do you want the person that stopped learning 10 years ago or do you want the person who is constantly learning how to market and use the current tools to market your property most effectivly?  Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, these are all platforms that can be used to help market your home and on top of that it's fun!  Moses Lake WA seems to be behind the 8 ball when it comes to this so lets bring us into the current millianium I can help you with that!

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in Real Estate |

USRDA Loans & Underwriting

A little known issue that is popping up in regards to using this loan for housing in the local Ephrata area is throwing a wrench in some sales. So buyer beware when using this loan program that your costs for obtaining the loan might be higher then you think.flood zones ephrata

Because of the fact that Downtown Ephrata is within a flood zone obviously you have to obtain flood insurance which can cost you an extra $800 or more prior to closing.  Along with this however, is the requirement that USRDA requires housing within a flood zone to also have a survey of the flood zone and where the house is sitting to verify that the home is 12 inches above the flood path.  If the home is not above the 12 inches they will not loan on that particular piece of property.

This survey is going to cost you an additional $500-$1000 from a local engineering company.  Don’t be caught unaware in the middle of the transaction with additional costs that can keep you from buying your dream home.

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm
Heather Adkinson | Posted in banking, Moses Lake, Real Estate |