Uncategorized Washington not talking about foreclosure settlement as 40 states sign on – Puget Sound Business Journal Washington is among a handful of key states that have not announced whether they will support a draft deal settling claims of improper mortgage servicing. More than 40 states opted in as the deadline for joining the proposed state-federal mortgage service settlement passed Monday, CNN    Money reported. The office of Washington State Attorney General […]
Uncategorized Number of Improving Housing Markets Expands to Nearly 100 The number of housing markets showing measurable improvement expanded by 29 metros in February to include a total of 98 markets listed on the Improving Markets Index published monthly by First American and the National Association of Home Builders NAHB. Thirty-six states are now represented by at least one market on the list. FOR THE […]
Uncategorized $118.8M in deals shows commercial property market improvement – Puget Sound Business Journal Three big property sales in less than a week in the Seattle area show that the commercial real estate market continues to thaw. On Jan. 27, longtime local apartment developer Claudio Guincher of Bellevue-based Continental Properties Inc. sold two apartment properties in Kirkland to Arizona-based apartment investor Archstone for $47.46 million. Continental bought the multifamily […]
Uncategorized Spring Hill going Hawaiian to focus on fried chicken – Puget Sound Business Journal Spring Hill is probably West Seattle’s most-acclaimed restaurant and owner Mark Fuller, formerly head man at Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Lounge, is undoubtedly the neighborhood’s most accomplished chef. So it was a shock this week when Fuller and co-owner Marjorie Chang Fuller announced that they are changing the restaurant’s name and concept – from deftly prepared […]
Uncategorized Washington in top 10 on business-friendly taxes, women’s salaries Washington in top 10 on business-friendly taxes, women’s salaries Puget Sound Business Journal by Jennifer Sokolowsky, Web producer Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 1:01pm PST Related: Seattle is No. 7 in the U.S. for business-friendly tax systems, and No. 10 when it comes to average salaries for women, two new rankings show. Jennifer SokolowskyWeb producer […]
Uncategorized One-third of King County home sales distressed in 2011 – Puget Sound Business Journal One-third of single family home sales in King County last year were sales of distressed properties, while one-half of single family home sales in Snohomish and Pierce Counties were distressed, according to a new report from Bellevue-based Washington Property Solutions    . Distressed sales include both foreclosed homes that have been put up for sale […]
Uncategorized 120-unit apartment project in West Seattle Junction approved – Puget Sound Business Journal A proposed six-story, 120-unit apartment project in West Seattle’s Junction neighborhood took a big step forward, receiving land use approval on Thursday. The $13 million project by local developer David Meissner is now expected to start construction by early June, said Steve Fischer with Seattle-based Nicholson Kovalchick Architects, which is designing the project. The H-shaped […]
Uncategorized Seattle/Tacoma apartment market jumps to No. 8 in U.S. – Puget Sound Business Journal The Seattle/Tacoma area apartment market ranks eighth nationally based on anticipated job growth in 2012, according to a new research report from the real estate services firm Marcus & Millichap    . The Puget Sound area vaulted seven slots, moving from No. 15 last year to No.8, based on job growth among its tech companies. […]
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Uncategorized Seattle No. 5 in U.S. for wage growth – Puget Sound Business Journal Seattle’s wage growth over the past year was the fifth highest in the nation, trailing only Houston, Chicago, Miami and Washington, D.C. According to Seattle-based PayScale, Seattle’s rating in the PayScale Index for the fourth quarter was 1.6 percent higher than a year earlier. Xconomy reports PayScale attributes the growth to the Seattle area’s economic […]
Uncategorized Record snow possible for Wednesday in Seattle – Puget Sound Business Journal National Weather Service    forecasters are expecting unusually heavy snowfall in the central Puget Sound lowlands on Wednesday, when warm, moisture-laden air flows over the top of a layer of cold air blanketing the region. The Seattle office of the National Weather Service on Monday night said the snowfall “amount should be impressive,” with a […]
Uncategorized Seattle-area average salaries outpace the nation – Puget Sound Business Journal Wages in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area rose faster than the national average last year, according to PayScale    Inc., a Seattle-based compensation research firm.According to the PayScale Index released Jan. 12, average wages in the Seattle metro area grew by 1.6 percent during 2011, compared to an average rise of 1 percent in the nation as […]
Uncategorized Healthy Marketplaces Emerging NWREporter February 2012 "Healthy marketplaces" emerging with shrinking inventory, favorable financing NWMLS KIRKLAND, WA. (Jan. 4, 2012) – Home sales finished the year much stronger than they started, with pending sales for the fourth quarter outgaining the first quarter by more than 3,000 transactions for a 21 percent increase, according to new figures from Northwest […]
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Uncategorized United Way of King County – Community Resource Exchange Community Resource ExchangeLast year, United Ways Community Resource Exchange connected 1,800 people experiencing homelessness with the services they needed—all in one place, on one day.Our next Community Resource Exchange will take place at CenturyLink Field formerly Qwest Field Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. The event connects homeless individuals and families with the services they need all […]
Uncategorized Seattle luxury condo story most popular in 2011 – Puget Sound Business Journal A slideshow showing some spectacular luxury penthouses and townhomes for sale in downtown Seattle, at prices ranging from $1.1 million to nearly $5 million, was the most popular story on the Puget Sound Business Journal website in 2011. via Seattle luxury condo story most popular in 2011 – Puget Sound Business Journal.
Uncategorized West Seattle: Now and then | Seattle’s Big Blog – seattlepi.com Great find by Jimmy! West Seattle: Now and then | Seattle’s Big Blog – seattlepi.com.
Uncategorized Highway 520 or 90? Another new app can help you decide – Puget Sound Business Journal Hate the Highway 520 toll? Here’s another option from a tech startup. 520or90.com has a new mobile application available to help Seattle-area drivers estimate the time and cost of using either of the two bridges over Lake Washington — Interstate 90 or State Route 520. 520or90.com says the app takes 10 seconds to calculate the […]
Uncategorized Know a house in need of a home makeover? Home makeover, anybody? TV-production company’s recruiting January 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments Quick note from Seattle-based Screaming Flea Productions, a Georgetown-based company with more than a few West Seattleites on staff. Your house might be just what they’re looking for. Screaming Flea says it is […]
Uncategorized King County housing prices sag in December – Puget Sound Business Journal Housing prices in King County in December were down sharply, with the median sale price down 15 percent compared to December 2010. The median price for single family homes and condominiums in King County last month was $291,000, according to a new report by the Northwest Multiple Listing service. That compares to a median price […]
Uncategorized 11 Items That Will Cost More in 2012 – ABC News The new year can bring a fresh start for many people and, unfortunately, higher prices on a number of consumer goods. Commodity prices increased around the world in 2011, leading to hikes in everything from food to gold. Natural disasters, shrinking supplies of various materials, and other events could lead to higher prices for many […]