NW REporter

June 2019 Issues

WSU researchers develop eco-friendly alternative to Styrofoam insulation

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a plant-based material that for the first time outperforms Styrofoam for insulation. Additionally, they developed a simple, environmentally-friendly manufacturing process to make the foam using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents. WSU said the researchers are now developing formulations for [..]

Realtor.com editors release guidebook for home buyers

Editors at realtor.com have released their first book, a 125-page guide for first-time home buyers. The book, titled “The Essential First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide,” was written to help prospective homeowners navigate the home-buying process, from the search to financing and negotiating – “all with a real estate agent’s help, of [..]

Buyers’ perceptions on affordability may be improving

Buyers’ perceptions about their ability to afford a home may be shifting, albeit slowly, in a positive direction, according to the latest Housing Trends Report. Prospective home buyers are asked to estimate what share of homes available in their markets they believe they can afford. For the first quarter of [..]

Fed Reserve economists discuss constraints on housing activity

Although the U.S. economy is “in a good place” following recent periods of turmoil and uncertainty, one of the missing pieces of the expanding economy has been housing, according to economists who spoke at a recent Federal Reserve press briefing. John Williams, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank [..]

Home buyers are “better off,” but market is heating up

KIRKLAND, Washington (June 6, 2019) – The housing market in western Washington may not be as hot as it was last spring, but it is heating up, suggested one industry leader in commenting on the latest statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Matt Deasy, president of Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc. [..]

Microsoft to begin accepting applications for $500 million affordable housing fund

Microsoft will begin accepting proposals this month for $500 million from an affordable housing fund it unveiled earlier this year. The tech giant expects to deploy the funds over the next three years. Applications must meet certain criteria to qualify for the funding which has a three-pronged purpose: Preserve existing [..]

News In Brief

Washington is one of the better states in the nation for working moms – but it is far from perfect, according to a new study by personal finance website WalletHub and reported by KOMO News. The study, released Tuesday ahead of Mother’s Day, also found that many of the challenges [..]

REALTORS honor Seattle U president as 81st First Citizen

Fr. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., president of Seattle University, hoists the Seattle-King County First Citizen Award upon receiving it from Rich Bergdahl, 2019 president of Seattle King County REALTORS®. During the civic banquet marking the 81st year of the event, “Father Steve” said it was probably the most important recognition [..]

Seattle offers new online resource for renters, landlords

The city of Seattle unveiled a new website last month with comprehensive information and centralized resources on rental regulations plus tips and best practices for successful renting. The resource, available in 13 languages (see list at right) and designed to make services more accessible and efficient, is intended for both [..]

SKCR Events Calendar

Date Event Time Where Phone 6/12/19 Business Practices Committee 10:00 am – 11:30 am SKCR 425-974-1011 6/25/19 Gov’t Affairs Committee 10:30 am – 1:30 pm SKCR 425-974-1011 6/26/19 Affiliate Council 10:00 am – 12:00 pm SKCR 425-974-1011 7/4/19 Holiday – Office Closed       7/10/19 Board of Directors 9:30 [..]