Our Story

Thanks for visiting my website. I'm Vince Decker of Windermere Real Estate: down to earth, experienced real estate broker and remote world traveler. With experience and integrity, over the last 20 years I've helped more than 700 clients and friends buy and sell their homes.

"Vince found my dream home and sold my former home with a combination of personal qualities and skills rarely found in the same person. Rarely do you find someone is who extremely task-oriented, skilled and efficient, while simultaneously building casual and calm working relationships. On the business of getting tasks done he is very driven; but on the people side, his confident, fun, and easy-going nature relaxes what can often be a stressful period in people's lives. He is generous with his effective and empathetic listening skills and is an artful and fair negotiator. Vince's work is influenced by a set of life values that encompass both his business and personal life. He truly values helping others, justice, community stewardship, and trusts that abundance comes from giving. Like many of his former clients, I consider Vince a friend and someone I will know in this community for years to come. If you don't know Vince and are considering working with him ... I trust very much that you will experience the same positive experience as many others have during the often very sensitive and momentous process of buying and selling homes". Dr. Earl Martin, Professor

Are you buying or selling a unique, vintage or view home? Are you relocating to this area? Please call me anytime. When you HIRE ME TO HELP YOU BUY YOUR HOME, instantly you will see that I am completely dedicated to securing the place you love with solid research and artful negotiating. I promise to provide you strong, ethical and effective representation, honesty about the benefits and drawbacks of each property and a true competitive advantage. I'll teach you special techniques that will help you get the home you want and connect you with ethical lenders who can get you preapproved and ready to buy your home. Let's get to work!

When you HIRE ME TO LIST AND SELL YOUR HOME, my knowledge of view, vintage, custom and unique properties will help immensely. Your house will have beautiful high-definition photos taken and used on all marketing, I will expose your place to our large network of home buyers and contacts here and relocating buyers all over the world. With my advanced internet marketing your home will receive the maximum exposure on 30+ real estate websites, posted daily on Redfin, Google, Yahoo, The Real Estate Book, Zillow, Trulia, Home Seekers, HomeGain, MLS, Craigslist, Real Estate Espanol, Oodle, RealEstate.com, Listingmania, MLS.com, Lycos, Propsmart, Citycribs, Cyberhomes, Hotpads, AOL, CLR, Enormo, Frontdoor and many others (MY SITES RECEIVE 10,000+ VISITS PER MONTH). I create great traffic and host open houses at your property, giving you full exposure on the multiple listing service and presenting your home professionally and effectively. When we work together, you will quickly learn that I do not rest until we accomplish your goals.

Over the last 20 years, I've helped more than 700 clients and friends buy or sell their homes. I am completely committed to providing fantastic service and accomplishing your goals.  I am quite clear that my most important job is to strongly represent your goals and I promise to work hard for you! My love for and experience with vintage and homes of character provides a huge benefit to those who work with me. Our area is international, friendly, vibrant, natural, connected, cultured, outdoor-loving, open-minded and beautiful.

The homes I work with are unique, I am too. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read a story of a solo trip I took to live with the Waorani Amazon tribe. To recharge my spirits, I backpack each year to remote places on the planet.  On my journeys I have trekked among ancient Sri Lanka sacred temples, beaches and indigenous Veddah cuture, explored remote post-tsunami Aceh Province, Batak culture, orangutans, komodo dragons and the origin of the best coffee on earth on Sumatra and Flores Island-Indonesia, walked through the jungles and vibrant city of Paramaribo, Suriname. I've lived alone for ten days with the Waorani native tribe in the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador, traversed the lemur-filled rain forests and baobab jungles of Madagascar, rockclimbed Hat Raileh, Thailand on amazing jagged limestone cliffs that rise above the Andaman Sea. I've stood at the edge of the biggest single drop waterfall on earth, bathed with native Amerindians in remote swimming holes and drank great rum in the remote Rupununi area of southern Guyana, journeyed around wildlife filled Tanzania, listened to bizarrely beautiful music on a rooftop in Zanzibar and sipped mint tea and shopped for rugs in chaotic medinas in Morocco. Ive hitchhiked just for fun from Sapporo to Shiretoko National Park in the far north of Hokkaido, Japan, played beach volleyball with locals and watched matches at the biggest soccer stadium in the world in Rio de Janeiro, canoed in to live with the Embera Tribe in the Panamanian Darien Jungle, had a solo walkabout for one month in remote areas of Ethiopia where I went to the hottest place on earth, stood on the edge of a bubbling lava lake, slept on the ground with 3,000 other locals at the ancient Timket celebration in Lalibela. I've traveled alone to prehistoric cave paintings, vibrant camel markets and went swimming in the Gulf of Aden in peaceful Somaliland (a self governing area that almost no one has ever heard of). I've gone off the grid with the Kogui indigenous tribe of Colombia, trekked without a plan across isolated parts of Bangladesh and Assam and Meghalaya, in Northeast India. I speak Spanish to some real estate clients, discuss trips to Africa with others. These annual walkabouts continually recharge my spirits and help me have genuine and interesting connections with people I work with.

Client testimonial: Susannah & Aashish Dhamdhere, Azure Cloud Systems, Microsoft."Our realtor Vince is a very unique person who made our homebuying experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible. From the first time we visited, he embraced with vigor the needs of our family and provided us with an excellent variety of home options, often seeming to know about the best listings even before they reached the market! He wasn't afraid to give us honest assessments of the benefits and drawbacks of each home and neighborhood, and at no point did we feel pressured or pushed in any direction. Vince possesses a wealth of knowledge of communities, transportation, restaurants and real estate. Within 10 days, he had helped us locate our dream home, saving us time and money. His warm personality also put the sellers at ease immediately, and he chose the exact approach to help us get the house for the price we wanted. Vince is a diligent worker, a gifted communicator and was extremely responsive to our needs and questions. During evenings, weekends and holidays, he worked tirelessly to move our purchase process along. Vince went above and beyond in representing our needs all the way through to the end: he was not only literally by our side during the financing, inspection and settlement phases, but he also helped us connect with contractors, served as a furniture broker between us and the sellers, and came up with creative win-win solutions when any challenging issues arose in the transaction. We greatly benefited from his honesty, warmth and sense of humor, and we would highly recommend him to anyone. Thank You Vince!"

I hope that you will CALL ME ANYTIME I CAN BE OF HELP to you or your friends. Over the years I've assisted hundreds of clients and friends buy and sell homes in the Puget Sound area: Seattle to Everett to Bellevue to Tacoma. I love what I do and give every ounce of energy and creativity to help you accomplish your goals. I've helped many of you sell your homes and move to more spacious ones, helped others downsize and move to condos, helped people sell who are moving to other parts of Puget Sound, Texas, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, Florida, California, many other states and overseas. I have gently helped couples sell who are going through divorces and helped families sell an estate after a loved one has passed on. I have helped clients buy their first home, toured countless people all over our community. I am here to help whenever you need me.

"To put it simply, Vince amazed us. There are brokers out there who seem like used car salesmen, and we were not interested in dealing with one. Hearing great things about his work, we decided to give Vince a chance to try to "sell" us on working with him. He was the first real estate professional we'd ever met who was an actual genuine human being. He looked us right in the eye, listened carefully and processed what we were telling him about our needs and our plans. He really understood what we were wanting, and rather than looking for how we could "make him a sale," he showed us what our options were and how he could assist us. I can honestly say this guy put our needs and our best interest as his top priority, which says a lot these days. It's as if making a living at what he does is a secondary concern to him, simply because he enjoys this work. We never felt urged or compelled to do anything that didn't feel right or that deviated from our plans, and we felt that we were in the driver's seat with a safe and knowledgeable companion along for the ride. Not only that, but he's a really great guy! He has wonderful stories to tell from his world travels, and he's a joy to spend the afternoon with, either house-hunting or collaborating on selling. He goes out of his way, every step of the way, and it's fun all along. When it comes to the meat and potatoes of working with Vince, this guy gets the job done. He's not just friendly and genuine, he's a real pro. When we first met with him, we convinced ourselves quickly to work with him. And he blew our minds. He really knows his stuff, and he makes magical things happen without that slick-thing (he's got a firm grasp on the concept of karma). He gave us fantastic advice about how to get the house ready for market, and when we did, our house sold in under 12 hours, and for more than we were asking! We were moving out of state at the time or we certainly would have had him as our real estate agent for buying the next house. When we moved back to the Puget Sound this winter, no doubt about it, Vince was our guy. He found us the perfect house and made magic happen. He gave us tips about being competitive buyers, and sure enough we got the house. He even helped us negotiate our way through the inspection details. We simply could not be happier with the service and friendship Vince offered us so freely. It's as if he's an artist and real estate is his medium. No, wait. He's an artist, and honesty and integrity are his medium. Real estate just happens to be his vocation. And he's fantastic at it! Thank you Vince" Geoff & T.C. Cooke, Musicians & Vintage Home Lovers


Amazing Jungle Journey: What the heck does the following story have to do with helping people buy or sell homes? Please take a few moments to read this true story and I think it will help you understand my passion for authenticity, dwellings and people.

Have you ever wanted to go to a place that is completely different than what you know? An authentic true adventure story will follow. I hope you enjoy. Since I was a young boy I had dreams of seeing the real Amazon jungle. The massive trees, snakes and wide rivers all seemed so exotic. A few years ago I decided to stop dreaming and make it happen and studied an indigenous tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon called the Waorani. First contact with them happened about 50 years ago and their ways appeared to be quite traditional still. I read about them, learned where they were, imagined how to get there and brushed up on my mediocre Spanish language skills. The Continental flight from Seattle passed through Houston and on to Quito, Ecuador, a beautiful city of two million ringed by volcanoes in the Andes Mountains. After a few days of getting provisions, tracking down a jungle hammock and orienting myself, adventure was calling. I left the main station in Quito on an old bus that took me 12 hours up over the high Andes, down past massive waterfalls and eventually into the Amazon Basin. The ride was fantastic, lots of laughter, natives getting on with chickens for market and everyone wondering where on earth I was going. After a very long day with many new smells and sights, the bus bumped into the small town of Coca on the Napo River. The Napo and Maranon River from Peru join to form the Amazon. I found a small room, ate some salmon jerky from Trader Joe's and slipped into a deep sleep.

I awoke the next day filled with excitement and sat by the banks of the wide river feeling that plans would soon begin to fall in place.Amazingly, within an hour I met Mario (a younger Waorani tribesman who in town from the deep jungle to do some trading). After some discussion and negotiation, Mario agreed to take me with him to spend a week in his village, eating and live as he did. We hopped in the back of an old pickup truck, sat on some spare tires and settled in for a long ride. Crossing the Napo River and heading down a small road into the jungle, we talked of people, politics, soccer and life.
Two hours later we pulled up to an old bridge where Mario's wife Anna and little girl Flora were waiting with a dugout canoe. We baled water for about 30 minutes, loaded our supplies and pushed off. For the next four hours we floated down the Shiripuno River, with only the sounds of the jungle around us. Parrots screeched overhead, a massive anaconda on the bank, the vegetation became much more dense and humidity was thick in the air. After much paddling and many bends in the river, we got to the village where I would spend the next week solo with the tribe. Rarely had any travelers come to this place, 20 or 30 children stood wide-eyed and cackled as I struggled up the muddy hill from the river.

The village had about 20 beautiful thatched huts, probably 100 people. I was taken to see the chief soon after arriving. I thanked him graciously, asked permission to stay, and shared some gifts of food, drawing paper and colored pencils for the children of the tribe, walking with Mario back to his hut, hung a hammock inside the structure, and took a look around. The hut was well crafted of hardwood pole rafters, bamboo floors and palm fronds. A cooking fire inside provided heat and food. The food in this place consisted of hunted meat from the jungle, piranha and other fish, mangoes and some cultivated foods like corn and yams. The villagers bathed in the river everyday at 6PM, spent their time building and weaving, used a red pigment from a plant to paint their faces before hunting parties left and lived peacefully and communally as they had for thousands of years. The younger members spoke Spanish; it had been decided that it was important that they learn in order to trade and communicate. Elders spoke the native dialect. So this was my home for the next week. I tromped through the jungle, swung on vines with the village kids, bathed in clear pools, ate VERY interesting food, worked clearing land and building a school, made good friends and learned a great deal about the Waorani culture. Each night I was lulled to sleep in my hammock by the amazing stars and jungle sounds and will remember forever the people I met and the great experiences I had.

Why did I share this adventure with you? It took someone who was creative and optimistic to make this dream happen, the kind of person you want working for you. Please remember me when it comes time to buy or sell your home.

PLEASE CALL VINCE ANYTIME AT 206-962-1700 or 425-422-1290.