NW REporter

May 2019 Issues

4th annual Affordable Housing Week starts May 13

More than 30 events are planned to commemorate Affordable Housing Week, according to the Housing Consortium of Seattle-King County. The 4th annual observance takes place at locations around King County from May 13-17. Planners expect more than 1,000 advocates to convene to educate, engage, energize and empower individuals and groups [..]

Trio of community idols will lead tributes to “Father Steve” at banquet honoring him as the 81st First Citizen Award recipient

Three distinguished business/community leaders will honor Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., at a civic banquet to celebrate his selection as the 2019 Seattle-King County First Citizen. The dinner event saluting this widely respected “community builder” is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Dorothy Bullitt, [..]

Forget Fridays if you’re frugal and want a fill up of gas.

Friday proved to be the worst day to fuel a vehicle in terms of cost and wait times, according to smartphone app GasBuddy. More specifically, 5 pm Friday is the time to avoid, as stations nationwide reported that’s when they are busiest, and, according to GasBuddy, also when prices peaked. [..]

Northwest MLS housing report for April signals good news for home buyers

KIRKLAND, Washington (May 6, 2019) – Housing activity during April signaled good news for buyers in Western Washington as inventory continued to grow, the rate of price increases was slowing in many areas (and even decreasing in a few counties), and mortgage rates remained low. Northwest Multiple Listing Service statistics [..]

Northwest MLS meeting agenda covers surveys, strategic planning, systems updates, and stats

Strategic planning, a satisfaction survey, system updates, upcoming services, and updates pertaining to rules, forms and legislation were all part of the spring 2019 meetings for Northwest Multiple Listing Service members. As part of its strategic planning process, Northwest MLS conducted various group and individual “listening sessions” as well as [..]

News In Brief

Nearly 400 bridges in Washington state are “structurally deficient,” including dozens of bridges on interstate highways, according to a newly released report and reported by KOMO news. The report, by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, says that of the 8,278 bridges in Washington state, 382 are classified as [..]

Distracted driving at an all-time high

As a REALTOR®, you’re always on the move. Showing homes to clients, hosting open houses and taking calls are all part of the job. It’s tempting to send a quick text, check your email or make a call while driving to save time – but any phone use behind the [..]

TV homes vs. reality of home buying inspires latest Realtor.com campaign

A collection of seven ad spots created around a “Public Reality Announcement” began airing in late April as part of realtor.com’s “Homes for the Real of Us” campaign. The :15- and :30 second spots are tailored to viewers watching real estate, lifestyle realty, or food television. Each ad satirizes the [..]

SKCR Events Calendar

Date Event Time Where Phone 5/13-18/19 NAR Meetings Washington, DC 425-974-1011 5/23/19 First Citizen Banquet 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Fairmont Hotel, Seattle 425-974-1011 5/27/19 Holiday – Office Closed 6/4/19 Housing Issues Briefing 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Meydenbauer Center 425-974-1011 For updates visit: www.nwrealtor.com and look under “Events”

Seattle leads trend of high-income Americans opting to rent instead of buy

Seattle outgained 19 other cities in the growth of high-income Americans opting to rent instead of buying a home, according to an analysis by RENT Café, a nationwide internet listing service. This “new breed” of renter is challenging the home owner market, the service suggests. According to its analysis, which [..]

Home buyers rate ENERGY STAR items as highly desirable

ENERGY STAR® rated items claimed the top three spots in a recent survey of home buyer preferences for green features. In the study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), ENERGY STAR windows were the single-most wanted green feature with 89 percent ranking it as an essential/must have or [..]

Washington job gains in March tops all states

Washington added 27,900 nonfarm jobs in March, the largest gain of any state, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Evergreen State also claimed top spot for gains in employees in the construction sector by adding 14,800 jobs. Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment in March rose 1.7 percent year-over-year [..]