NW REPORTER

NW REporter

April 2021 Issues

Washington repeats as Best State

Washington finished first in this year’s Best States rankings by U.S. News & World Report, retaining its top spot from 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the media company postponed publishing new rankings during 2020 to focus its editorial coverage more directly on that public health issue. The “Best States” [..]

Raise your own veggies with a low-cost DIY raised garden bed

Whether you are an accomplished gardener or an aspiring one, you may want to check out the step-by-step guide to creating your own raised garden beds from pallets. The DIY plans are available from the RE Store, a non-profit program in Bellingham that diverts reusable material from landfills. If you [..]

REALTORS® present 82nd First Citizen Award to “community treasure” Tomio Moriguchi and Family

Tomio Moriguchi and Family were honored as the 82nd recipients of the prestigious Seattle-King County First Citizen Award during a virtual ceremony last month. The event committee had hoped to honor “Tomio & Family” at a civic banquet — a traditional part of the recognition — during 2020 when they [..]

Fully vaccinated? Don’t toss the mask and start partying yet

For the fortunate number of people who have had their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, AARP’s health experts and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (COD) have published 10 specific guidelines to follow, keeping in mind the majority of Americans have yet to be vaccinated. “Precautions continue [..]

Issues & Impacts

Issues & Impacts is a quarterly publication produced by the SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS® to inform members about current issues and successes within your Governmental Affairs Department. SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS® (SKCR) is ensuring that public policies support homeownership and your business’s bottom line. View the full publication

Northwest MLS brokers say bidding wars, escalating prices, and buyer fatigue are widespread

KIRKLAND, Washington (April 7, 2021) – Brokers with Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) added 10,562 new listings to inventory during March — the highest volume since September when they added 11,210 properties to the selection. Even so, demand continued to outstrip supply, keeping inventory depleted. Read the Latest Press Release [..]

News In Brief: April 2021

Longview and the Anacortes-Mount Vernon area are two of 144 cities that the federal government is proposing to downgrade from the metropolitan statistical area designation, and it could be more than just a matter of semantics. Officials in some of the affected cities worry that the change could have adverse [..]

SKCR Events Calendar: April 2021

SKCR Events Calendar: April 2021

Second homes account for 15% of new home sales

Second homes are disproportionately represented in new single-family sales compared to their share in the existing housing stock, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). An analysis by the builders’ group found an estimated 15% of new home sales are classified as second homes. The findings were based [..]

NWMLS spring meeting covers service, system and legal updates

In opening comments at the spring general membership meeting of member-brokers (held virtually), Northwest Multiple Listing Service President and CEO Tom Hurdelbrink noted the date coincided with the one-year anniversary of Governor Inslee’s first stay-home directives to curb the spread of COVID-19. Those mandates led to a series of frequently [..]

Northwest MLS brokers say bidding wars, escalating prices, and buyer fatigue are widespread

KIRKLAND, Washington (April 7, 2021) – Brokers with Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) added 10,562 new listings to inventory during March — the highest volume since September when they added 11,210 properties to the selection. Even so, demand continued to outstrip supply, keeping inventory depleted. The latest statistical summary from [..]