Uncategorized Puget Sound home prices up, inventory down – Puget Sound Business Journal Home sales in the Puget Sound area continued to strengthen in September, with sales in 13 of the 21 counties tracked by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service showing double-digit gains in closed sales compared to September 2011. Closed sales of single family homes and condominiums in King County were up 15.6 percent year over year […]
Uncategorized Common Ground studies shipping containers, micro hotels and other low-cost housing ideas – Puget Sound Business Journal Seattle-based Common Ground is studying shipping containers, modular apartments and other alternative structures as part of a plan to create more affordable low-income housing in Washington state, according to a report released Monday. According to the nonprofit developer, the average development cost of a new rental housing unit in Washington state is approximately $200,000. That’s […]
Uncategorized Seattle City Council passes law requiring landlord registration and rental unit inspection – Puget Sound Business Journal The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve legislation requiring owners of rental housing units to register with the city and undergo inspection to certify that their property meets city health and safety codes. The new law requires all registered properties to be inspected within the first 10 years of the program. Registrations would […]
Uncategorized Puget Sound Energy seeks to decrease natural gas prices for winter – PSBJ Puget Sound Energy seeks to decrease natural gas prices for winter Puget Sound Business Journal by Kirsten Johnson, Staff Writer Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012, 4:59pm PDT Utility provider Puget Sound Energy (PSE) filed a request to state regulators Wednesday to lower natural gas rates beginning Nov. 1. If the request is approved, PSE said […]
Uncategorized King County well below U.S. homeownership average – PSBJ King County well below U.S. homeownership average Puget Sound Business Journal Date: Friday, September 28, 2012, 6:23am PDT At only a bit more than 58 percent, King County falls well below the national homeownership rate of 65 percent. Only Whitman County in eastern Washington, home of Washington State University in Pullman, has a lower homeownership […]
Uncategorized Mid-Century Modern Tour: October 6 Arnold Gangnes, Architect, Tour of Homes | $10.00 Saturday, October 6thDocomomo WEWA invites you to join us for DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2012in West Seattle on Saturday, October 6th. You’ll visit three mid-century modern homes that demonstrate the creative work of one architect, Arnold Gangnes (1918 – 2003), who was known for his innovative designs […]
Uncategorized Seattle area home values post first annual rise since 2007 – Puget Sound Business Journal The Puget Sound area housing market outperformed the nation’s numbers last month, with home values posting their largest annual increase since local values began to slide five years ago. Area home values in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties rose 0.1 percent in August compared to the prior month and were up 1.4 percent compared to […]
Uncategorized Residential real estate: Seattle plays active role in reinvention of an industry – Puget Sound Business Journal Senior housing providers saw the Great Recession transform their business — from one that welcomes customers who want what they offer, to relying more on customers who need it. That’s because the real estate slump kept millions of aging Americans unable to trade their homes in for retirement ease — until a medical scare or […]
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Uncategorized Realtors group pitches looser lending guidelines – Puget Sound Business Journal To buy a house these days, home buyers need more than good credit — they need great credit, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors. If lenders were only a little less picky, home sales and jobs could increase dramatically, according to the professional association. The Office of the Comptroller of […]
Uncategorized 5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five major reasons purchasers should consider buying: Supply Is Shrinking With inventory declining in many regions, finding a home of your dreams may become more difficult […]
Uncategorized Private Companies: Windermere’s 2nd generation steers firm through housing crisis – Puget Sound Business Journal Founded 40 years ago by John Jacobi, Windermere Real Estate has grown into a half-billion-dollar business with more than 7,000 agents selling homes in the Western United States. Management of the family business is now in the hands of a second generation, a close-knit triumvirate that has steered the residential real estate firm through the […]
Uncategorized Invitation to connect on LinkedIn From Doug Baldwin Branch Manager at Windermere Wall Street, Inc. Greater Seattle Area I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. – Doug Confirm that you know Doug You are receiving Invitation to Connect emails. Unsubscribe © 2012, LinkedIn Corporation. 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
Uncategorized A personal take on being under 40 and a Zillow statistic on underwater mortgages – Puget Sound Business Journal More than 60 percent of Seattle residents under 40 years old are underwater on their mortgages. My husband and I are among them. Last week, Seattle-area real estate website Zillow released a list of the country’s largest 100 metropolitan areas and the percentage of people in those cities who are under 40 and whose homes […]
Uncategorized Credit Report Scoring | TransUnion What is credit report scoring? Credit report scores are often used by lenders as a predictor of how likely you are to repay your loans. A credit score is generated by a mathematical formula utilizing the data from your TransUnion, Equifax or Experian credit reports. Lenders have been using credit report scoring as part of […]
Uncategorized What your home is really worth – Aug. 9, 2012 NEW YORK (Money Magazine) — When it comes to assessing a home’s value, real estate agents and homeowners tend to be an optimistic bunch. In the post-bust world, appraisers are a different story. They have to predict a realistic value for your home that the bank can use to extend credit to a borrower — […]
Uncategorized Maintenance Jamboree week of Sept. 17 will spruce up Lincoln Park | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Seattle Parks and Recreation is bringing together multiple Parks staff at what they are calling a “maintenance jamboree” at Lincoln Park the week of September 17. They define it as “a maintenance jamboree is a concentrated effort to take on multiple maintenance tasks with members of various Parks crews. “Workers will concentrate on maintenance tasks […]
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Uncategorized Patty Murray at Husky Deli today 1:15pm Senator Patty Murray will hold press conference at Husky Deli today 08/23/2012 updated 1 hour ago U.S. Senator Patty Murray will hold a press conference in the cramped confines of Husky Deli in the West Seattle Junction to bring attention to middle class tax cuts she announced in a press release. The event will start […]
Uncategorized Average information sector pay in Seattle is $121K, No. 2 in U.S. – Puget Sound Business Journal The average worker in the Seattle area in the information sector earns $121,000 per year, which is the second-highest salary in the country, behind only San Jose, Calif. On Numbers, the research division of American City Business Journals, reports the national average yearly pay for the countrys 2.57 million information sector workers is $78,100. The […]
Uncategorized The Gardner Report – Regional Economics and Real Estate The Gardner Report: Second Quarter, Volume XVIII (Western Washington) REGIONAL ECONOMICS There’s an old saying in Western Washington that you have to wait until the 5th of July for summer to start and that, after a prolonged period of tedium, light starts to shine. In reviewing the latest data on the economy and real estate […]