NW REPORTER

NW REporter

June 2020 Issues

Harvard student, multifamily experts offer strategies for building more for less

There is no simple – or single – solution for making housing more affordable, but a new report offers ideas from multifamily experts for reducing design and construction costs. Titled “More for Less? An Inquiry into Design and Construction Strategies for Addressing Multifamily Housing Costs,” the 47-page report was published [..]

10 recommendations from scientists for disinfecting your home

Even the most meticulous house cleaners are likely worried about the best ways to protect their homes and loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic. The publishers at Home Ownership Matters, a resource for current and future homeowners produced by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) gathered tips from medical reports [..]

Only Phoenix surpassed Puget Sound region for home price gains during March

Housing prices continue to be remarkably stable across most of the U.S., according to a leading tracker of residential real estate prices. The latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index for March – when the first impacts of the pandemic were emerging —   showed prices were gaining strength, rising 4.4% annually (up [..]

Housing could lead post-pandemic economic recovery

With the likelihood of a recession looming, a Harvard researcher believes the housing industry may be poised to help lead the post-COVID economic recovery. Daniel McCue, a senior research associate at Harvard’s Joint Center for Real Estate Research, acknowledged it’s too soon to say how far the economy will fall [..]

Housing activity in Western Washington shows resiliency as buyers, sellers and brokers adjust to COVID-19 restrictions

KIRKLAND, Washington (June 5, 2020) – “The market has proved to be very resilient,” remarked Northwest Multiple Listing Service director Mike Larson upon reviewing the statistical report for May. “Buyers in Pierce County stepped on the gas last month after a brief, but significant, tap of the brakes in April,” [..]

News In Brief

A measure to tax the wealthiest residents and the biggest businesses in Portland to raise $2.5 billion over a decade to address homelessness sailed to victory as final ballots were tallied last month, even as the state faces crippling revenue losses and record-high unemployment due to the coronavirus according to [..]

Have you registered your SAW account to prevent unemployment fraud?

Even if you don’t plan to file for unemployment benefits in Washington state, residents are urged to open a Secure Access Washington (SAW) account with the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD) to help keep fraudsters from collecting benefits in your name. “Tens of thousands” of Washingtonians are believed to among [..]

SKCR Events Calendar

Date Event Time Where Phone June 10 Affiliate Council 10 am – 11 am Zoom 425-974-1011 June 23 Gov’t Affairs Committee 10:30 am – 1:30 pm SKCR/Zoom 425-974-1011 July 6 Holiday – Closed Office       For updates visit: www.nwrealtor.com and look under “Events”