NW REPORTER

NW REporter

September 2020 Issues

Affordable Housing Week Oct 12-16

Webinars, workshops, online convenings, and even some games/challenges to bring folks into their community are all part of the program agenda for this year’s Affordable Housing Week (AHW) an annual presentation of the Housing Development Consortium. Like many events scheduled during 2020, AHW – scheduled for October 12-16 will be [..]

Design and construction innovations can help contain costs of affordable housing

Innovations in design and construction can reduce the costs of multifamily housing, according to researchers with Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and NeighborWorks America (a network of organizations that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities). In the fourth and [..]

At Home with Diversity

Realtors are encouraged to take advantage of a 50% discount for the “At Home with Diversity” online course from the Center for REALTOR® Development. The special price of $49 is offered through the end of 2020. The course is presented in six modules. Producers say the course work is designed [..]

Flood risk data coming to realtor.com

On August 26, realtor.com® launched new flood risk data features which will be available on most for-sale properties on realtor.com®. Many of you already heard about this from our outreach last month during our initial testing phase. What are these features? At an individual property level, realtor.com® will offer insights into Federal Emergency [..]

Would-be homebuyers have more buying power, but also more competition for meager inventory

KIRKLAND, Washington (September 4, 2020) – Extremely low interest rates mean would-be home buyers have more buying power, but sparse inventory and increasing home prices in many parts of Washington state are leaving many buyers unable to take advantage of these attractive rates, reported broker Frank Wilson upon reviewing the [..]

Characteristics of the new American home buyer

John Burns Real Estate Consulting is predicting “The Great American Move” as states, counties and cities around the country slowly reopen. Home builders can capture pent-up demand from apartment dwellers, in-migrants (including city dwellers moving to suburbs), families wanting more space, and residents relocating to new jobs. Several factors are [..]

News In Brief

Washington state has the second-best community college system in the U.S., and two of the state’s community colleges rank among the nation’s top 20, according to a pair of new studies released in August. The studies, by personal finance website WalletHub, also found that Americans are increasingly reliant on community [..]

Realtors partner with U.S. Chamber, other groups to advance Equality of Opportunity Initiative

Realtors are among the initial partners of the Equality of Opportunity Initiative launched in June by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In announcing the nationwide effort to address systemic racism and to advance economic inclusion, more than 500 chambers and associations, including the National Association of Realtors, will focus on [..]

SKCR Events Calendar

Date Event Time Where Phone Sept 15 GAC Special Mtg. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Zoom 425-974-1011 Sept 16 Board of Directors 10:30 a.m. Zoom 425-974-1011 Sept 21-25 WR Fall Conference   Zoom 425-974-1011 Oct 6 Gov’t Affairs Committee 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Zoom 425-974-1011 For updates visit: www.nwrealtor.com and look under “Events”

Virtual tours proving popular among Northwest MLS brokers and their clients

Conducting business virtually “has been quite a shift for us,” admitted Frank Leach, a director at Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Now, he added, “I don’t see it reverting to what we had done in the past. Even our broker tours are now done virtually.” Although “shelter in place” directives, bans [..]