NW REporter

September 2019 Issues

Built Green Conference 2019

Two keynote addresses, three breakout sessions, an awards luncheon, plus a networking reception make for a full agenda for the September 12 Built Green Conference. The annual event, being held this year at the Lynnwood Convention Center, is designed to showcase cutting-edge information on green building and sustainability. For last-minute [..]

Best and worst cities for women entrepreneurs

Seattle failed to make a top 10 list in a new ranking of entrepreneur-friendly cities. On the compilation by Fits Small Business, Seattle landed 12th behind #1 Austin, Texas and 10 other cities. All major cities in the United States with a population of at least 500,000, including surrounding metropolitan [..]

FHA updates condo rules that should boost financing options on condos

Long-awaited updates to Federal Housing Administration condo rules will take effect October 15, 2019 under revised guidelines issued last month. Housing officials praised the change, saying the FHA loan program will now be more “flexible and responsive to market conditions.” FHA said it is bringing back spot approvals and taking [..]

Eager buyers snag condos at “transformative” International District location

More than 80% of the homes at the first high-rise condominium to be built in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) have been reserved, according to project managers. Completion of KODA Condominium Flats – described as a “transformative development” – is projected for late 2020. The 17-story tower is located on a [..]

Home buyers seeking affordability are expanding search outside Greater Seattle job centers

KIRKLAND, Washington (September 9, 2019) – Depleted inventory continues to frustrate would-be buyers in Western Washington. Many of these potential homeowners are expanding their search beyond the major job centers in King County, according to market watchers who commented on the latest statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The MLS [..]

News In Brief

Seattle ranked as the 9th most pet-friendly city in the nation, according to a study by WalletHub. Researchers know owning a pet can be expensive, between licenses, grooming and medical care and added expenses for renting an apartment. So which cities give you the most bang for your buck? “With [..]

September is Realtor Safety Month

September marks the annual observation of National REALTORĀ® Safety Month when industry groups remind real estate practitioners of the need to be vigilant year-round to avoid risky situations. Research indicates brokers are particularly vulnerable in six situations: Entering foreclosed or vacant homes. Meeting with a new client for the first [..]

SKCR Events Calendar

Date Event Time Where Phone 9/10/19 Special Gov’t Affairs Meeting 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm SKCR 425-974-1011 9/11/19 Board of Directors 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm SKCR 425-974-1011 9/11/19 RPAC Event 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm SKCR 425-974-1011 9/18/19 Affiliate Council 10:00 am – 12:00 pm SKCR 425-974-1011 10/1/19 Government [..]

What would you do with 78 extra hours each year?

Seattle’s traffic congestion ranks behind 11 other urban areas, but in terms of lost dollars it placed 9th. Congestion cost the average Emerald City commuter 78 hours of time in 2017 and an estimated $1,408 in dollars according to the 2019 Urban Mobility Report from Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). [..]