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“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only
today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Theresa
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Even with snowmageddon, there
were as many houses that came
on the market as off in February
It was a damper, but not a deal-breaker for many home buyers
It was a damper, but not a deal-breaker for many home buyers
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Real Estate Analysis Shows
Amazon Is Poised to Become
the Largest Tech Employer in
Portland
In 2016 and 2017, Amazon quietly rented properties on S
outhwest Broadway across from each other in downtown
Portland.
https://www.wweek.com/technology/2019/03/07/real-estate-analysis-shows-amazon-is-poised-to-become-the-largest-tech-employer-in-portland/
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Bellevue in for ‘real estate
frenzy’ as Amazon moves in
“We’ve always seen a lot of Amazon and Microsoft employees
buying homes on the Eastside because of its suburban
atmosphere and highly rated schools,”

Report: Bellevue in for ‘real estate frenzy’ as Amazon moves in


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Millennial homebuyers milked
January’s low interest rates,
says Ellie Mae
Millennials took the opportunity to refinance their mortgages
when interest rates dwindled in January. Their refinances were
at their highest since February last year, accounting for 13% of
all closed loans
https://www.mpamag.com/news/millennial-homebuyers-milked-januarys-low-interest-rates-says-ellie-mae-161515.aspx
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USA & Canada Start Daylight
Saving Time on March 10, 2019
Most of the United States, Canada, and Mexico’s northern border
cities start Daylight Saving Time (DST) on
Sunday, March 10, 2019.
https://www.timeanddate.com/news/time/usa-canada-start-dst-2019.html
DST Facts: https://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/
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Heavy Snowfall Ices February
Housing Activity Around
Western Washington
Seattle’s snowiest month in 50 years had an obvious chilling
effect on February’s housing activity, agreed officials with
Northwest Multiple Listing Service
http://www.northwestmls.com/News–Information/page/Latest-Press-Release
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Market turnaround? King County
home prices take biggest one-
month jump ever
Despite the shift in the single-family home market, King County
condo prices are falling at their fastest rate in seven years, as are
single-family home prices in neighboring Snohomish County.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/market-turnaround-king-county-home-prices-take-biggest-one-month-jump-ever/
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The No. 1 Thing Millennials Hate
About Their Home Is Not What
You’d Expect
Life is full of regrets, from the risks you never took to the fashion
choices you unfortunately made (shoulder pads, really?). But for
many millennial homeowners, their biggest regrets may have to
do with the homes they’ve purchased.
https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/what-millennials-regret-about-their-home/
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The Most Expensive Neighbor-
hood in Every State in America
We’re curious. There’s no other way to explain our fascination—
make that obsession—with the biggest, the best, and the richest.
https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/2019-most-expensive-neighborhoods-in-every-state/
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Rocky Mountain and the Far
West Led GDP Growth in the T
hird Quarter of 2018
Washington, recorded the highest real GDP growth rate of 5.8%
for the third quarter of 2018 Real gross domestic product (GDP)
increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia, in the third
quarter 2018 compared to the second quarter of 2018. U.S.
Bureau of Economic Analysis reported

Rocky Mountain and the Far West Led GDP Growth in the Third Quarter of 2018


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MBA: Rising mortgage rates put
a damper on application volume
Applications for 30-year fixed rate rise 2.5%
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/48359-mba-rising-mortgage-rates-put-a-damper-on-application-volume
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Tenant bill of rights will ‘protect
and empower’ residents of
privatized housing
Following visits to military housing units, where they saw
firsthand some of the problems military families are facing, the
service secretaries have announced a joint tenant bill of rights
to help address the problems.
https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2019/03/07/service-secretaries-tenant-bill-of-rights-will-protect-and-empower-residents-of-privatized-housing/
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The Best North Seattle
Neighborhoods Near Light Rail
Though the light rail stations are not set to open until 2021 in
the North End, real estate agents have already started featuring
this mass-transportation option in their advertisements
https://www.seattlemag.com/news-and-features/best-north-seattle-neighborhoods-near-light-rail
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From the Viaduct to Link Light
Rail, Seattle Continues to
Change
As our city begins to undergo one of the most epic physical
changes that’s likely to occur during most of our lifetimes—the
teardown of the Viaduct and the development of a new water-
front downtown—it’s only fitting that our annual best neighbor-
hoods issue focuses on a huge city and regional initiative:
transportation, specifically light rail.
https://www.seattlemag.com/news-and-features/viaduct-link-light-rail-seattle-continues-change
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What is Co-Living and How Can
It Ease The Pain of Today’s
Housing Crisis?
Co-living (short for “communal living”, sometimes spelled
“coliving”) is a term that has gained a lot more prominence in
recent years due to today’s whirlwind housing economy. When
searching for a new home, prospective residents traditionally
looked for entire units to stay in. As housing prices continue to
skyrocket and the middle class continues to dwindle, co-living
is a concept that is gaining popularity out of necessity.

What is Co-Living and How Can It Ease The Pain of Today’s Housing Crisis?


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Cricket League Owner Agrees
To Buy Gwinnett Place Mall For
20,000-Seat Stadium
An ailing mall close to Atlanta is on the verge of being
repurposed into a stadium to watch one of the world’s most
popular sports.
https://www.bisnow.com/atlanta/news/mixed-use/gwinnett-place-mall-under-contract-for-future-cricket-stadium-97690?&utm_source=outbound_pub_75&utm_campaign=outbound_issue_1181&utm_content=outbound_link_1&utm_medium=email
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A look at NHL Seattle’s
ambitious plans for reimagined
Northgate Mall
Seattle’s soon-to-be-named NHL team is getting ready to play in
a renovated KeyArena, but that’s not all the city will have to offer
in terms of facilities. Details regarding the team’s practice facility
— and accompanying retail and living spaces — were recently
released, laying out ambitious plans for what’s currently the
home of the country’s first outdoor mall in Northgate.

A look at NHL Seattle’s ambitious plans for reimagined Northgate Mall


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Thousands of New Millionaires
Are About to Eat San Francisco
Alive
Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Pinterest plan to go public. California’s
newly minted rich will be hungry for parties, houses, boats,
bikes — and ice sculptures.

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5 places to buy a luxury home
in 2019 if you want to get a deal
A leading global real estate consultancy has picked the high-end
neighborhoods set to outperform the rest
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-places-to-buy-a-luxury-home-in-2019-if-you-want-to-get-a-deal-2019-03-07?mod=real-estate-personal-finance
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Seattle Condo Market Is Active,
Will It Last?
Have you guys been watching the Seattle condo market?
In the last 7 days there have been 25 units in Downtown Seattle
that have gone under contract. See here. The list includes our
sub-penthouse listing at Madison Tower – it will be a record
busting sale on both a price per foot basis and sale price.

Seattle Condo Market Is Active, Will It Last?


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Amazon rethinks Seattle plan
Amazon is abandoning a prominent downtown Seattle office
project 10 months after it threatened to do so if the city imposed
a new business tax.
https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/mar/03/amazon-rethinks-seattle-plan-20190303/?business
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Strategies for the Post-Chinese
Buyer Boom, Rebounding U.S.
Home Sales and More
Mansion Global’s daily round-up of the latest luxury real estate news from around the world
https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/mansion-global-daily-strategies-for-the-post-chinese-buyer-boom-rebounding-u-s-home-sales-and-more-123700
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Power is Shifting To Buyers in
Most California Housing
Markets in 2019
According to Zillow’s Buyer-Seller Index, in 20 of the 35 largest
U.S. metros, market conditions favor buyers more than they
did a year ago. The index is based on the share of listings with a
price cut, how long it takes to sell a home, and the sale-to-list
price ratio. By comparing each metro across time, this analysis
shows whether the market is cooler (favoring buyers) or hotter
(favoring sellers) than it was in the past.
http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/real-estate-news/united-states/laguna-beach/zillow-housing-reports-2019-home-buyer-trends-in-2019-real-estate-news-zillow-buyer-seller-index-skylar-olsen-california-real-estate-news-11293.php
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The World’s Best Places to
Retire in 2019 Revealed
The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2019 Revealed
http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/real-estate-news/panama/panama-city-real-estate-news/best-places-to-retire-in-2019-international-living-panama-editor-jessica-ramesch-international-living-2019-annual-global-retirement-index-best-cities-to-live-in-for-expats-in-2019-vacation-real-estate-news-11201.php
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Market Hotness Index
Metro Hotness – Zip Code and County Hotness

Market Hotness Index


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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable
either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and
primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navi-
gate location containing historical and current sets of statistics
such as:Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes
Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes(for Building Materials),
Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential
Vacancy & Absorption Rates,Units Under Construction, Value of
New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home
price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after
the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various
gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2018
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Seattle Architectural Styles
Through the Years
Real Estate Changes by Decade
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by decade/ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________
Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate
Mall Redevelopment Plan with New
NHL Seattle Facility

The NHL is coming to Seattle, and the group that will
bring a team to the Emerald City has announced that
it would make its home at the Northgate Mall, where
developer Simon Property Group is looking to
transform an ageing retail destination into one of the
region’s most vibrant new neighborhoods and
experience centers. This week, the project owners
also received approval at a second Early Design
Guidance meeting to advance the revised plans for
the redevelopment that now include an ice hockey
center, offices for NHL Seattle, the team ownership,
and a second hotel.

Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate Mall Redevelopment Plan with New NHL Seattle Facility


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“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more
truth we can comprehend…”
– Hypatia of Alexandria
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Happy Home-Wreckers: Trees
A limb falls on the house, triggering a chance to tackle home
improvements along with necessary repairs.
https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/happy-home-wreckers-trees-122956
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Michael Jackson’s Neverland
Ranch for sale: Listing price
slashed 70 percent to $31M
Michael Jackson’s infamous Neverland Ranch residence
has returned to the market for significantly less than when
it was first listed in 2015.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/02/28/listing-price-michael-jacksons-neverland-ranch-drops-70-percent/3013342002/
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Pending Home Sales Warm Up
A Brighter Forecast for Spring?

Pending Home Sales Warm Up


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Oregon Passes 1st-In-Nation
Statewide Rent Control
The Oregon House of Representatives has approved 35-25 a
first-of-its-kind statewide rent control bill previously passed
by the Oregon Senate. Everywhere else in the nation, rent
control — when it has existed — has been a local matter.
https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/multifamily/oregon-passes-1st-in-nation-statewide-rent-control-97729?&utm_source=outbound_pub_19&utm_campaign=outbound_issue_713&utm_content=outbound_link_2&utm_medium=email
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Seattle Apartment Market
Softens In 2018 After Long
Run Of Growth
Multifamily property sales in urban King County, which
includes the Seattle area, softened slightly in 2018 despite
setting a record for price per square foot, according to Colliers
International’s 2019 Apartment Market Study
https://www.bisnow.com/seattle/news/multifamily/seattle-apartment-softens-in-2018-after-long-run-of-growth-97707?&utm_source=outbound_pub_19&utm_campaign=outbound_issue_713&utm_content=outbound_link_5&utm_medium=email
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Amazon’s future in Seattle un-
certain as neighboring city
looks more and more like HQ2
For years, Amazon has gobbled up office space in Seattle at a
breakneck pace, creating a red-hot commercial real estate
market in the city’s urban core.
https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazons-future-seattle-uncertain-neighboring-city-looks-like-hq2/
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Multifamily Developers Are
Planning For Long-Term Partner-
ships With Short-Term Rental
Operators
Turning apartments into furnished short-term stay units has
long been an eleventh-hour move — a developer’s “Hail Mary”
when units are not leasing at the anticipated rate. But the
presence of nationwide short-term operators means leasing out
part of a building as furnished rental units is looking less like a
last resort and more like a common sense financial decision.
https://www.bisnow.com/portland/news/economy/multifamily-developers-are-planning-for-long-term-partnerships-with-short-term-rental-operators-97512
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Important Steps in the Home
Selling Process
Know what to expect when you sell your home
https://www.thebalance.com/home-selling-path-a-to-z-1799042
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Portland Attracts More San
Franciscans Than Anywhere
Else
For every 10,000 LinkedIn members 4.47 moved to Portland,
topping the list ahead of Seattle at 4.3.
Anecdotal evidence has long supported the idea that talented
San Francisco workers are leaving the city to look for similar
jobs in cities where the cost of living is lower.
https://www.bisnow.com/portland/news/economy/portland-attracts-more-san-franciscans-than-anywhere-else-74663
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Seattle real estate market
cooling faster than any U.S.
city, report finds
In yet another sign that the local real estate market is cooling
rapidly, a new report has found that the time required to sell a
home has grown more in Seattle than any other city in the
nation.
https://komonews.com/news/local/seattle-real-estate-market-cooling-faster-than-any-us-city-report-finds
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Seattle home price hikes
continue downward spiral, says
new report
Home price increases are continuing to plummet in the Seattle
area as the city’s once smoking-hot real estate market cools
down to a more glacial pace, says a new report.
https://komonews.com/news/local/seattle-home-price-hikes-continue-downward-spiral-says-new-report
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Amazon Backs Out of Lease at
Heart of Tax Fight With Seattle
Amazon.com Inc., which scrapped a deal this month to open
offices in New York after clashing with local politicians, is
pulling out of a lease in Seattle that was at the center of a battle
with the city council.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-27/amazon-backs-out-of-lease-at-center-of-tax-fight-with-seattle
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S&P/Case-Shiller WA-Seattle
Home Price Index
WA-Seattle Home Price Index
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/SEXRNSA
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S&P/Case-Shiller OR-Portland
Home Price Index
OR-Portland Home Price Index
https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/POXRSA
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A Numerical Look At How The
Housing Market Has Recovered
Since 2009
Here are the numbers on the country’s housing market recovery
since 2009. LendingTree recently crunched the data on 50 top
metros around the country analyzing the impact of the housing
market recovery since 2009.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenparis/2019/02/28/look-at-the-numbers-on-how-the-housing-market-has-recovered-since-2009/#3de6a55b2a36
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LendingTree Reveals the Most
Valuable Cities in America
Seattle #8! The real estate wealth is not evenly distributed
across the country and is largely concentrated in metropolitan
areas. But which are the most valuable cities in America?
https://www.lendingtree.com/home/most-valuable-cities/
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Pending home sales roar back,
suggesting a spring uptick for
housing
‘The reopening of the government (was) very beneficial to the
market,’ the Realtors say
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/pending-home-sales-roar-back-suggesting-a-spring-uptick-for-housing-2019-02-27
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Why aren’t there enough
houses to buy?
It’s a familiar refrain any time housing data is released:
There’s strong demand, but limited supply. Data from the
National Association of Realtors
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-arent-there-enough-houses-to-buy-2017-08-31
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Portland home prices increased
faster than incomes
Portland had 9th highest home price increase of 50 largest cities
https://www.koin.com/news/local/multnomah-county/report-portland-home-prices-increased-faster-than-incomes/1814845942
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Seattle’s plan to upzone 27
neighborhoods clears key
hurdle, set for final vote
The upzones would allow for taller buildings and trigger the
city’s the Mandatory Housing Affordability policy.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattles-plan-to-upzone-27-neighborhoods-clears-key-hurdle-set-for-final-vote/
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What Housing-Starved Cities
Can Learn From This Major
City’s Single-Family Zoning Ban
The term “Manhattanization” is often wielded in city planning
meetings around the U.S. to stoke fear of high prices and
displacement that could come from density luxury developments.
https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/multifamily/what-the-rest-of-the-us-can-learn-from-the-minneapolis-single-family-zoning-ban-97311
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Market Hotness Index
Metro Hotness – Zip Code and County Hotness

Market Hotness Index


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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable
either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and
primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navi-
gate location containing historical and current sets of statistics
such as:Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes
Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes(for Building Materials),
Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential
Vacancy & Absorption Rates,Units Under Construction, Value of
New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home
price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after
the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various
gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2018
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Seattle Architectural Styles
Through the Years
Real Estate Changes by Decade
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by decade/ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________
Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate
Mall Redevelopment Plan with New
NHL Seattle Facility

The NHL is coming to Seattle, and the group that will
bring a team to the Emerald City has announced that
it would make its home at the Northgate Mall, where
developer Simon Property Group is looking to
transform an aging retail destination into one of the
region’s most vibrant new neighborhoods and
experience centers. This week, the project owners
also received approval at a second Early Design
Guidance meeting to advance the revised plans for
the redevelopment that now include an ice hockey
center, offices for NHL Seattle, the team ownership,
and a second hotel.

Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate Mall Redevelopment Plan with New NHL Seattle Facility

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”
~ Aristotle

Seattle Weather Blog-Snow
Stats
Seattle averages just 5.9 inches of snow a winter, although
several winters—especially during the 1950s and 60s—have seen
much more.
http://www.seattleweatherblog.com/snow-stats/
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Snow and Other Weathers —
Seattle and King County
The Puget Sound region used to be known as the
Mediterranean of the Pacific, a place as balmy as a Greek island,
if also rainy.
http://www.historylink.org/File/3681
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Home Buyers’ Perceptions on
Affordability Are Largely
Unchanged
In addition to analyzing buyers’ perceptions about housing
availability, the quarterly Housing Trends Report (HTR) also
explores perceptions about housing affordability.

Home Buyers’ Perceptions on Affordability Are Largely Unchanged


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Hottest Zip Codes of Q4 2018
Hottest Zip Codes Q4 2018 Highlights:
http://eyeonhousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/HOUSING-TRENDS-REPORT-Q418.pdf
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The Property Brothers Reveal
One Thing That Really Dates a
Kitchen, Bad
“Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott have been
renovating up a storm in Nashville, TN, but this week on their
self-titled show they take their services north—to Calgary,
Canada.
https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/property-brothers-reveal-what-dates-a-kitchen/
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Seattle-area home prices drop
to lowest point in two years —
down $116,000 since last spring
Homebuyers are starting to leverage the cooling market to their
advantage, convincing sellers to take on closing costs and knock
tens of thousands of dollars off their asking price.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-area-home-prices-drop-to-lowest-point-in-two-years-down-116000-since-last-spring/
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2018 slowdown in action:
Seattle experienced its slowest
home price growth in 5 years
Just how slow is Seattle’s real estate market growing? According
to a new report from CoreLogic, it’s the slowest it’s been in five
years.
https://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Seattle-real-estate-home-price-growth-decline-13594960.php
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King County Cities Attract
Development With Tax
Exemption
A multifamily tax exemption is often touted as a powerful
incentive, but its effectiveness may vary.

King County Cities Attract Development With Tax Exemption


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U.S. Banks Report Expectations
of Tightening Standards on
Loans in 2019
The survey’s respondents reported, on the whole, that they
tightened standards on Commercial Real Estate (CRE) loans

U.S. Banks Report Expectations of Tightening Standards on Loans in 2019


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Unexpected Gain for New Home
Sales in November
Data for November indicated a surprise gain for the seasonally
adjusted annual rate of new single-family home sales.

Unexpected Gain for New Home Sales in November


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Home buyers scouring Kitsap
real estate market
Fewer than 4,500 single-family home sales closed last year,
down 7.4 percent over the year before
https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2019/02/04/home-buyers-scouring-kitsap-real-estate-market/2734851002/
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Big decline in Vancouver, B.C.,
home prices could be just tip of
iceberg
Metro Vancouver’s composite home price index fell 4.5 percent
in January from a year earlier. Canadian real estate experts see
more troubling indicators.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/big-decline-in-vancouver-b-c-home-prices-could-be-just-tip-of-iceberg/
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8 Things To Know Before Buy-
ing A Retirement Condo
Before purchasing the condo, the Williamses didn’t know they
should have scrutinized a document called the reserve study,
an independent analysis of the condo association’s reserve fund
for large expenditures
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2019/02/01/8-things-to-know-before-buying-a-retirement-condo/#3cc033c14c55
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Tacoma gets discovered – again
Nothing sets off my inner Tacoma curmudgeon more than
breathless pronouncements from those who have “discovered”
Tacoma.
http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/blog/tacoma-gets-discovered-again/2444614/
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Condos built at historic former
Portland West End church to be
sold at auction
Expensive condominiums that were created out of a historic
West End church property are headed to the auction block.

Condos built at historic former Portland West End church to be sold at auction


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Portland’s Affordable Housing
Crisis – What’s Being Done?
The January 24, 2019 meeting of the Oregon Chapter of NAIOP,
the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, featured
a panel of affordable housing experts who described the root
causes of Portland’s affordable housing crisis, and what is being
done to fix it.
https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/portland-s-affordable-housing-crisis-17923/
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Fewer homes affordable for
middle-class buyers, analysis
finds
Not quite this time. Home purchases in many areas of the
country have dipped, and price gains have slowed. Yet a rising
number of middle-class Americans are finding that home
ownership is unaffordable.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/fewer-homes-affordable-for-middle-class-buyers-analysis-finds
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Falling home sales not helping
middle-class buyers
Not quite this time. Home purchases in many areas of the
country have dipped, and price gains have slowed. Yet a rising
number of middle-class Americans are finding that home
ownership is unaffordable
https://komonews.com/news/business/analysis-falling-home-sales-not-helping-middle-class-buyers
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$47.2 billion: Looking back at
Washington’s 2018 real estate
Some balance came to the market, but everything kept growing
https://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Washington-real-estate-market-2018-review-Seattle-13549841.php
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100 Best Places to Retire in the
USA
To identify the best places to retire, U.S. News analyzed data for
the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the USA to assess how well
they meet Americans’ retirement needs and expectations. Top
criteria include the happiness of local residents, housing
affordability, tax rates and healthcare quality.
https://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-retire
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Your kitchen: Likely the most
important room in your house
Your kitchen is most likely the most important room in your
house: where the kids do their homework, where your friends
come for coffee, where you pay your bills and — for most of us
— where we cook our meals.

Your kitchen: Likely the most important room in your house


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This Unexpected Part of the
Home Got Some Attention at
CES 2019
Learn about the new product that’s reinventing the electric
socket, and how it could transform your home.

This Unexpected Part of the Home Got Some Attention at CES 2019


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As the expansion ages, Seattle
continues to turn in top
economic performance
No single trick will turn a locality into a world-beater. In
Seattle’s case, much more than Big Tech is behind the strong
performance.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/as-the-expansion-ages-seattle-continues-to-turn-in-top-economic-performance/
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Market Hotness Index
Metro Hotness – Zip Code and County Hotness

Market Hotness Index


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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable
either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and
primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navi-
gate location containing historical and current sets of statistics
such as:Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes
Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes(for Building Materials),
Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential
Vacancy & Absorption Rates,Units Under Construction, Value of
New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home
price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after
the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various
gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2018
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Seattle Architectural Styles
Through the Years
Real Estate Changes by Decade
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by decade/ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________
Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate
Mall Redevelopment Plan with New
NHL Seattle Facility

The NHL is coming to Seattle, and the group that will
bring a team to the Emerald City has announced that
it would make its home at the Northgate Mall, where
developer Simon Property Group is looking to
transform an ageing retail destination into one of the
region’s most vibrant new neighborhoods and
experience centers. This week, the project owners
also received approval at a second Early Design
Guidance meeting to advance the revised plans for
the redevelopment that now include an ice hockey
center, offices for NHL Seattle, the team ownership,
and a second hotel.

Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate Mall Redevelopment Plan with New NHL Seattle Facility

“The time is always right to do what is right.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.
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Buy your own Frank Lloyd Wright
house for $695K
The Boulter House hits the market this Friday
https://www.curbed.com/2019/1/15/18183632/frank-lloyd-wright-house-for-sale-boulter-house
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Mortgage rates stay subdued,
bringing relief to slumping
housing market
Americans flocked to line up financing for home purchases as
rates for home loans remained favorable, suggesting the recent
housing downturn may be easing.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-stay-subdued-bringing-relief-to-slumping-housing-market-2019-01-17
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Tech brought prosperity and a
housing crisis to Seattle.
Microsoft just stepped forward
with $500M and a plan
The tech giant will fund construction for lower-priced homes

Tech brought prosperity and a housing crisis to Seattle. Microsoft just stepped forward with $500M and a plan


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FBI searches Portland business
run by man convicted of fraud,
money laundering
Investigation revealed the business engaged in “at least 30
owner-financed residential real estate transactions” from
Sept. 4, 2015 to May 25, 2017, the document states.
https://www.caller.com/story/news/crime/2019/01/17/fbi-search-portland-business-run-man-convicted-fraud/2609157002/
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Student debt hinders millennial
homeownership
New Fed study estimates 400,000 more young adults would be
homeowners, if not for student debt burdens
https://www.curbed.com/2019/1/17/18186772/credit-student-debt-millennial-homeownership
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3 outside-the-box alternatives
for home buyers in a tough
housing market
As the housing crunch continues, would-be buyers may want to
consider these unorthodox options
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-the-housing-market-crunch-continues-here-are-3-unorthodox-alternatives-to-a-wasted-sunday-afternoon-2019-01-09?mod=andrea-riquier
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Don’t Forget To Ask These 14
Questions During Your Property
Inspection
Whether you’re purchasing a home or an investment property,
the final inspection before the sale closes is one of the most
important steps of the process
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2018/12/14/dont-forget-to-ask-these-14-questions-during-your-property-inspection/#66c61adc181c
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Mortgage rates hit a 9-month
low as government shutdown is
already biting the housing
market
Throughout 2018, the 30-year-fixed averaged 4.54%. So far in
2019, it’s averaged 4.48%
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-hit-a-9-month-low-as-government-shutdown-is-already-biting-the-housing-market-2019-01-10
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Homeowners Love Their D.I.Y.
Remodels
Homeowners looking to add personality and individuality to
their home are more likely to undertake a do it yourself remodel
than hire a professional
https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/homeowners-love-their-diy-remodels-says-realtor-survey
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Infographic: 2019 Remodeling
Impact Report: D.I.Y.
47% of consumers completed a home renovation project
themselves (D.I.Y.), while 53% of consumers hired a professional
to do the home renovation project.
https://www.nar.realtor/infographics/infographic-2019-remodeling-impact-report-diy
This report takes a deep dive into the differences between re-
modeling when hiring a professional compared to individuals who
“do it yourself” (D.I.Y. ).
Download:
https://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/documents/2019-diy-report-01-03-2019.pdf
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Seattle still has the most cranes
in America, and construction
isn’t losing much steam
Most of the cranes dotting the skyline now are building apartment
high-rises, though there are also several new offices going up at a
time of intense competition for space among companies.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-still-has-the-most-cranes-in-america-and-construction-isnt-losing-much-steam/
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Minneapolis to Become First
Major U.S. City to End Single-
Family Zoning
Minneapolis will become the first major U.S. city to end single-
family home zoning. City Council passed Minneapolis 2040, a
plan to permit three-family homes in the city’s residential
neighborhoods. This significant zoning change will also allow
high-density buildings along transit corridors and abolish
parking minimums for all new construction
https://www.archdaily.com/907764/minneapolis-to-become-first-major-us-city-to-end-single-family-zoning
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More King County residents
moving to Kitsap
Kitsap County has moved up the list of destinations for people
moving out of King County, according to a U.S. Census Bureau
report.
https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2018/12/26/census-more-king-county-residents-moving-kitsap/2416483002/
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Rich people approach problems
like this — and it helps explain
why they’re wealthy
Optimists are far more likely than pessimists to make smart
money moves, new research reveals.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/rich-people-approach-problems-like-this-and-it-helps-explain-why-theyre-wealthy-2019-01-17?mod=MW_story_top_stories
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The deed to your Seattle-area
home may contain racist l
anguage. Here’s how to fix it.
Starting in the 1920s, covenants in force throughout the region
allowed only white people to own property in most neighbor-
hoods in Seattle. The covenants were outlawed in the 1960s, but
now a new state law allows property owners to strike them from
a property deed.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/the-deed-to-your-house-may-contain-racist-covenants-heres-how-to-fix-it/
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Eastside Rail Corridor re-
branding in 2019
The Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC), the multi-purpose corridor
connecting Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville and
Redmond, is getting a new name and brand in 2019.

Eastside Rail Corridor rebranding in 2019


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How a recession could impact
the housing market
The fundamentals of the housing market are strong. But is it
recession-proof?
https://www.curbed.com/2019/1/10/18139601/recession-impact-housing-market-interest-rates
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How to equip your home gym on
a budget
Don’t have the time or money to join a gym? Don’t worry! There
are plenty of ways you can work your muscles from the comfort
of your own home without overspending. In fact, you can create
an entire home workout circuit by purchasing exercise
equipment on the cheap or using props that are already part of
your home
https://www.freep.com/story/sponsor-story/henry-ford-health-system/2019/01/14/how-equip-your-home-gym-budget/2551940002/
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Get ready: home remodeling is
set to surge at the fastest pace
in more than a decade
Home remodeling is projected to grow at the fastest pace in more
than a decade this year, according to a report out Thursday.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/get-ready-home-remodeling-is-set-to-surge-at-the-fastest-pace-in-more-than-a-decade-2018-01-18
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Modern Japanese house in the
woods looks like fallen leaves
The “Four Leaves” weekend villa is a deep breath in the form of
a building. Located 93 miles outside of Tokyo, the house was
designed as a serene forest retreat from the city’s fast pace.
https://www.curbed.com/2018/12/14/18139964/modern-japanese-house-kentaro-ishida-architects
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The stock market hasn’t started
a year this strongly since 1987
— uh-oh!
Although the Federal Reserve appears to be in pause mode, the
central bank does want to eventually normalize interest-rate
policy, which may add more friction for small-cap names.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/small-cap-stocks-are-off-to-the-best-start-to-a-year-since-1987-uh-oh-2019-01-17?mod=MW_story_top_stories
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Viadoom day 5: Tracking the
afternoon commute
After three relatively light days of traffic, the afternoon commute
on the fourth day of Viadoom quickly became the worst drive of
the week, thanks to rain and a handful of collisions. Friday
morning’s commute started off with fire.

Viadoom Day 5: Traffic snarled by car fires, crashes, and protest

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First Look: Inside Boeing’s New Private Business Jet, BBJ 777X


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Tech set to continue driving
Seattle-area housing market in
2019
As 2019 begins, the bustling technology sector in the Seattle
area is likely to continue fueling Seattle’s housing market,
though there will be some changes.

Tech set to continue driving Seattle-area housing market in 2019


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The best ways to get into
downtown Seattle during
Viadoom
The upwards of 90,000 cars that regularly use the route will
have to find an alternative, and in this series of special Choke-
point columns, we’re looking at what options are best depending
on where you’re coming from.

Viadoom Day 5: Traffic snarled by car fires, crashes, and protest


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The myth of ‘We don’t build
houses like we used to’
The common lament misses crucial context about the style
trends and building materials of the pasthttps://www.curbed.com/2019/1/16/18184194/mcmansion-hell-kate-wagner-modern-building-materials
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Market Hotness Index
Metro Hotness – Zip Code and County Hotness

Market Hotness Index


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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable
either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and
primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navi-
gate location containing historical and current sets of statistics
such as:Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes
Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes(for Building Materials),
Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential
Vacancy & Absorption Rates,Units Under Construction, Value of
New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home
price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after
the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various
gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2018
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Seattle Architectural Styles
Through the Years
Real Estate Changes by Decade
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by decade/ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________
Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate
Mall Redevelopment Plan with New
NHL Seattle Facility

The NHL is coming to Seattle, and the group that will
bring a team to the Emerald City has announced that
it would make its home at the Northgate Mall, where
developer Simon Property Group is looking to
transform an ageing retail destination into one of the
region’s most vibrant new neighborhoods and
experience centers. This week, the project owners
also received approval at a second Early Design
Guidance meeting to advance the revised plans for
the redevelopment that now include an ice hockey
center, offices for NHL Seattle, the team ownership,
and a second hotel.

Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate Mall Redevelopment Plan with New NHL Seattle Facility

“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.”
~ John Lennon
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Home buyers have “window of
opportunity” with shift to more
balanced market
With more plentiful inventory, recently announced increases in
lending limits, and moderating prices, prospective home buyers
are finding more options around Western Washington, according
to industry experts from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
http://www.northwestmls.com/index.cfm?/News–Information
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Here’s when the City Council
could upzone Seattle
neighborhoods
The City Council outlined a tentative timeline for when it might
approve upzones in parts of more than two dozen neighborhoods
across Seattle.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/heres-when-the-city-council-could-upzone-seattle-neighborhoods/
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Fed still likely to raise interest
rates in December, economists
say — even as stock market
gyrates
The FOMC “made clear” in the minutes of the November
meeting that they intend to raise interest rates in December
and “their whole mantra has been that gradual rate hikes
remain appropriate,”
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/fed-still-likely-to-raise-interest-rates-in-december-economists-say-even-as-stock-market-gyrates-2018-12-06
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If you haven’t waded into
Seattle’s real estate (but want
to) now’s the time
The Seattle market is cooling, and experts think now is the
perfect time to take a first dive in
https://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Seattle-real-estate-buy-primer-millennial-new-13440137.php
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Winter Might Actually Be the
Best Time to Sell Your Home:
Here’s Why
Spring and summer are the most popular times of year to sell a
house, but winter hides surprising potential to make even more
cold, hard cash.
http://videos-a.jwpsrv.com/content/conversions/Obf13ESt/videos/Xt5nyFLk-21944002.mp4?hdnts=exp=1544244166~acl=*/Xt5nyFLk-21944002.mp4~hmac=092f46e1503e455772b1cfdc138010e399a03b8feb7a179263763896b760adfd
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How to Create a Holiday-Themed
Kitchen
Bring the ho, ho, ho to the heart of your home! The holidays are
here and you’ll want to make sure your kitchen is prepped for the
season! Here are some things you can do right now to get your
kitchen ready for a party!

How to Create a Holiday-Themed Kitchen


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U.S. Residential Real Estate
Markets are Peaking and Some
Cities are in a Pricing Bubble,
BH&J Buy vs. Rent Index Shows
U.S. metropolitan residential real estate markets are peaking and
some cities are in another pricing bubble, according to the latest
national index produced by Florida Atlantic University and
Florida International University faculty.
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-residential-real-estate-markets-are-peaking-and-some-cities-are-in-a-pricing-bubble-bhj-buy-vs-rent-index-shows-300759260.html
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BERACHA, HARDIN & JOHNSON
BUY VS. RENT INDEX
The Pending Home Sales Index,* www.nar.realtor/pending-
home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract
signings, decreased 2.6 percent to 102.1 in October, down from
104.8 in September. However, year-over-year contract signings
dropped 6.7 percent, making this the tenth straight month of
annual decreases.
https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/pending-home-sales-slip-2-6-percent-in-october
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How exactly are loan interest
rates determined?
Let’s say that two people walk into a bank for a loan. Both have
similar jobs. Both have similar backgrounds and both have
similar debt. However, one will receive a lower interest rate on
his loan than the other.
https://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/2018/12/02/how-exactly-loan-interest-rates-determined/2163494002/
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Seattle’s housing crunch could
be eased by changes to single-
family zoning, city report says
In case global warming makes their homes uninhabitable, some
millennials have a Plan B: investing in places like the Catskills,
Oregon and Vermont.

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Luxury home sales could see
long winter chill
Luxury home prices are seeing the smallest gains in nearly two
years
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/04/the-housing-market-is-cooling-and-toll-outlook-shows-luxury-hit-hard.html
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Seattle-area home prices drop
again — down 11 percent in last
six months
The cool-down in King County’s real-estate market has now
reached six months, and the drop in home prices over that span
is among the largest on record.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-area-home-prices-drop-again-with-6-month-decline-among-largest-ever/
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Fewer Americans are flipping
homes — and that’s a bad sign
for the housing market
‘Home flipping acts as a canary in the coal mine for a cooling
housing market.’
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/fewer-americans-are-flipping-homes-and-thats-a-bad-sign-for-the-housing-market-2018-12-06
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Why so many property listings
advertised as ‘bargains’ sell
above the asking price
Buyers in San Jose, Calif. and Dayton, Ohio will find wildly
different versions of ‘bargain’ home listings, a new report finds
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/found-a-home-listing-that-claims-to-be-a-bargain-it-could-be-depending-on-where-you-are-2018-11-15
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Conquering the Clutter Before
the Spring Selling Season
If you plan to put your home on the market this spring, one of t
he first steps you should take is corralling the clutter and getting
your home organized. There’s a lot to do before the for-sale sign
goes up, and spring will be here before you know it, so why not
start the process after the holidays. Here are a few ideas to get
you started.

Conquering the Clutter Before the Spring Selling Season


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Active Home Buyers are
Spending Significant Amounts
of Time Looking for the Right
Home
In the third quarter of 2018, 13% of adults in NAHB’s Housing
Trends Report* poll report planning to purchase a home in the
next 12 months. Of that group, 46 percent are not merely
planning it, they are already actively engaged in the search for
the right home to buy. And they are spending significant
amounts of time looking. In fact, 54% of those actively engaged
in the process have been trying to find the right home for three
months or longer.

Active Home Buyers are Spending Significant Amounts of Time Looking for the Right Home


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The Housing Slowdown Is Here
and These 10 Cities Are Getting
Hit Hardest
The real estate market has begun to slow down—and house
hunters have taken note. We found the top 10 markets that are s
lowing the most.
https://www.mysanantonio.com/realestate/article/The-Housing-Slowdown-Is-Here-and-These-10-13438791.php
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Winter Might Actually Be the
Best Time to Sell Your Home:
Here’s Why
Spring and summer are the most popular times of year to sell a
house, but winter hides surprising potential to make even more
cold, hard cash.
http://videos-a.jwpsrv.com/content/conversions/Obf13ESt/videos/Xt5nyFLk-21944002.mp4?hdnts=exp=1544244166~acl=*/Xt5nyFLk-21944002.mp4~hmac=092f46e1503e455772b1cfdc138010e399a03b8feb7a179263763896b760adfd
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Christmas Light Safety Tips:
Did You Deck Your Halls the
Right Way?
These Christmas light safety tips will help you get in the
holiday spirit and reduce your risk of fire or electric shock
injuries.
https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/christmas-light-safety-tips/
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A Silicon Valley Retreat Where
‘Star Trek’ Meets ‘Star Wars’
Now a 49-year-old tech entrepreneur, Mr. Qurashi has made
futuristic features a reality in his gadget-filled Northern
California home, where he can open the shades while lying in
bed and set the temperature of the shower before entering the
bathroom.
https://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/silicon-valley-retreat-star-trek-meets-star-wars/

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Market Hotness Index
Metro Hotness – Zip Code and County Hotness

Market Hotness Index


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___________________________________________________________________________________________________
HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable
either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and
primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navi-
gate location containing historical and current sets of statistics
such as:Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes
Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes(for Building Materials),
Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential
Vacancy & Absorption Rates,Units Under Construction, Value of
New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home
price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after
the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various
gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2018
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Seattle Architectural Styles
Through the Years
Real Estate Changes by Decade
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by decade/ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________
Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate
Mall Redevelopment Plan with New
NHL Seattle Facility

The NHL is coming to Seattle, and the group that will
bring a team to the Emerald City has announced that
it would make its home at the Northgate Mall, where
developer Simon Property Group is looking to
transform an aging retail destination into one of the
region’s most vibrant new neighborhoods and
experience centers. This week, the project owners
also received approval at a second Early Design
Guidance meeting to advance the revised plans for
the redevelopment that now include an ice hockey
center, offices for NHL Seattle, the team ownership,
and a second hotel.

Seattle Gives Green Light to Northgate Mall Redevelopment Plan with New NHL Seattle Facility


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“Owning a home is a keystone of wealth… both financial affluence and emotional security”.

~ Suze Orman

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Metro Seattle home prices falling at fastest rate in U.S.

Seattle had led the nation in home price increases for nearly two years and had been among the top two markets in the country for almost three years, but that has changed recently.

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/metro-seattle-home-prices-falling-at-fastest-rate-in-u-s/

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Portland real estate market sees a slowdown

The Portland real estate market has been sizzling hot for years, but now it seems to be slowing down just a little.

https://www.kgw.com/article/money/business/portland-real-estate-market-sees-a-slowdown/283-618601586

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S&P/Case-Shiller WA-Seattle Home Price Index

Economic Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis lays out the Case Schiller report in an easy to read format!

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S&P/Case-Shiller OR-Portland Home Price Index

Economic Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis lays out the Case Schiller report in an easy to read format!

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/POXRNSA

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Understanding The Case-Shiller Housing Index

You’ve probably heard the Case-Shiller Index mentioned repeatedly in the news. Maybe you know it has something to do with home prices and the housing market. But what is this index, exactly, and how does it

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/mortgages-real-estate/10/understanding-case-shiller-index.asp

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Pending Home Sales Slip 2.6 Percent in October

The Pending Home Sales Index,* www.nar.realtor/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, decreased 2.6 percent to 102.1 in October, down from 104.8 in September. However, year-over-year contract signings dropped 6.7 percent, making this the tenth straight month of annual decreases.

https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/pending-home-sales-slip-2-6-percent-in-october

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How Will Real Estate Handle Rising Interest Rates?

Areas with strong job growth may be able to weather higher mortgage rates, analysts say.

https://money.usnews.com/investing/real-estate-investments/articles/how-will-real-estate-withstand-rising-interest-rates

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Fed Minutes Signal December Interest Rate Increase

The Federal Reserve is poised to raise interest rates at its next policymaking session in mid-December,

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Climate Change Insurance: Buy Land Somewhere Else

In case global warming makes their homes uninhabitable, some millennials have a Plan B: investing in places like the Catskills, Oregon and Vermont.

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4 Tips for Investing in Property in Another Area

Investors should look for growing regions and then pay attention to the taxes.

https://money.usnews.com/investing/real-estate-investments/articles/2018-08-16/4-tips-for-investing-in-property-in-another-area

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Rising interest rates, home prices will make buying, selling a home tougher in 2019

In this Rising home prices and interest rates are expected to make buying and selling a home more difficult in 2019. Portland and South Portland are expected to see sales growth of single-family homes fall half a percent next year, though prices will continue to rise close to 5 percent, according to a realtor.com 2019 housing forecast.

Rising interest rates, home prices will make buying, selling a home tougher in 2019

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Realtor.com’s 2019 Housing Forecast Is Pretty Interesting

Here’s a look at realtor.com’s® housing forecast for 2019. Look at rising mortgage rates to play an even greater part in affordability. Realtor.com looks to San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; Seattle-Tacoma- Bellevue, Wash.; Worcester, Mass.-Conn.; Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H.; and Nashville-Davidson– Murfreesboro–Franklin, Tenn for potential double-digit inventory gains.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenparis/2018/11/29/realtor-coms-2019-housing-forecast-is-pretty-interesting/#2e356bb616cd

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What is your Burnout prevention plan for 2019

Over the past year, as prices continued to rise, the median home value in more than 100 neighborhoods crossed into $1 million territory.

https://www.trulia.com/research/million-dollar-neighborhoods-nov18/

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‘Psychologically scarred’ millennials are killing countless industries from napkins to Applebee’s

The concept of “starter homes” — they’re renting longer and buying expensive houses later

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The Man-Made Affordable-Housing ‘Crisis’

In Mandarin English, these domiciles are “accessory dwelling units,” smaller secondary residences built on the lots of other houses.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/affordable-housing-crisis-man-made-regulations/

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Future U.S. seniors to face housing crunch as wealth declines

In years to come, the housing picture will become even more gray as baby boomers head into their seventies and eighties.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-column-miller-housing/column-future-u-s-seniors-to-face-housing-crunch-as-wealth-declines-idUSKCN1NY1CJ

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The housing market is having a wobble

House prices are rising nationally just as, according to Freddie Mac (a government-backed mortgage insurer), the effective rate on home loans has risen by 0.8 percentage points since 2017.

https://www.economist.com/united-states/2018/12/01/the-housing-market-is-having-a-wobble

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Airbnb will start testing prototype homes next year, report says

The new project, called Backyard, will assess how novel manufacturing techniques, connected devices and feedback from Airbnb customers can be used to design new types of buildings that adapt to flexible living arrangements.

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/airbnb-will-start-testing-prototype-homes-next-year-report-says/

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The 4 Key Trends Home Buyers and Sellers Should Watch in 2019

Now, markets are like the weather: You can’t entirely predict how they will act, but you can get a sense of the forces that will push things in one direction or another.

https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/real-estate-trends-expect-2019/

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Desert Delight! Luxe Midcentury Modern in Palm Springs Gets Full Makeover

If you’re into shades of sea foam green and mauve, boomerang tables, and “Mad Men” marathons, you already know Palm Springs is the mothership for midcentury modern housing stock.

https://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/midcentury-modern-makeover-palm-springs/

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Market Hotness Index

Metro Hotness – Zip Code and County Hotness

Market Hotness Index

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HOUSING STATISTICS

Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.

http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311

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Economic Indicators

U.S. Census Bureau Economic Indicators

https://www.census.gov/economic-indicators/

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CoreLogic Home Price Insights

The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.

http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl

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Bureau of Economic Analysis

U.S. Economy at a Glance

http://www.bea.gov/index.htm

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U.S. Housing Market Tracker

The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.

http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/

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Mortgage Market Survey Archive

Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015

http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

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Housing Economics

NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.

https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx

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“This Weeks Links” are compiled by John Deely