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Newsletter for November 2016   
Seattle closing in on Portland for crown of hottest home market
October 25, 2016 Mike Rosenberg Seattle Times
Seattle-area home prices are now rising at their swiftest pace in 2 1/2 years, and the region is closing in on Portland for the title of fastest-growing home prices in the country. The typical single-family house across Greater Seattle cost 11.4 percent more in August than it did a year ago, according to the new Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday. That's the eighth straight month of double-digit growth, and the biggest annual increase since March 2014. Home prices grew at a similar rate in 1998 and soared even faster during the lead-up to the mortgage bubble in 2005 and 2006.[read more] |
Seattle home prices still raging despite extra inventory, slow fall season
October 5, 2016 Mike Rosenberg Seattle Times
After a punishing year for anyone looking to buy a home in and around Seattle, the fall price cool-down that many buyers have been waiting for hasn't arrived with much force. The good news for buyers is that Seattle isn't setting any more home-price records like it did this spring. And the rate of home-price increases has slowed to about half of what it was earlier in the year. [read more] |
Youth-football event brings Coach Snoop Dogg to West Seattle Stadium
October 23, 2016 West Seattle News
With the Seahawks on the road, the biggest football event in the city happened at West Seattle Stadium this afternoon. Hundreds came to watch as the Snoop Youth Football League and its founder, music and TV star Snoop Dogg, joined with Seattle Parks and local football organizations to present the first West Coast Clash. (Above is a play from the opening game, the Ravens vs. the Cowboys.)[read more] |
Washington students best national average on science test
October 27, 2016 Everett Herald
SEATTLE - Fourth- and eighth-grade students in Washington state scored higher than the national average on a federal science test in 2015. The Seattle Times reports that 42 percent of fourth-graders in Washington scored at or above proficient, compared with the national average of 37 percent. For eighth-graders, 38 percent scored at or above proficient, 5 percentage points higher than the national average. [read more] |
U.S. Economy In Record 73-Month Streak Of Job Growth
November 4, 2016 Lucia Mutikani Huffington Post
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) -- U.S. employers maintained a strong pace of hiring in October and boosted wages for workers, which could effectively seal the case for a December interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 161,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. August and September data was revised to show 44,000 more jobs created than previously reported. [read more] |
2.5 million consumers hit by financial crisis ready to reenter housing
October 28, 2016 Brena Swanson HousingWire
The time frame for borrowers who were significantly hit after the financial crisis to improve their credit score is about to happen, opening the door for a lot of consumers to reenter the housing market. According to Experian's latest analysis, foreclosures, short sales and bankruptcies remain on a credit report for seven years, which means these items are due to fall off the credit files of 2.5 million consumers between June 2016 and June 2017. [read more] |
What's Next in Real Estate? Markets, Trends to Watch in 2017
November 2, 2016 Suzanne De Vita RISMedia
Real estate in 2017 is to be shaped by cities that meet not only the economic standards of a sustainable market, but also the demand for distinct neighborhoods within those markets.[read more] |
NAR: More single women buying homes
October 31, 2016 Kelsey Ramirez HousingWire
Single-women increased their share in the market, hitting levels not seen since 2011, according to the National Association of Realtors' annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey. While married couples make up the largest share of homebuyers at 66% and had the highest income at $99,200, single women are increasing their role. Last year the share of single women fell to its lowest point since 2002's 15%, but this year they seem to be making a comeback. Single women represented 17% of the market this year, the highest point since 2011.[read more] |
Send Smarter Emails
August 2016 Erica Christoffer REALTORMag
Email is still an effective marketing tool for reaching prospects and staying in touch with past clients. But the trick is remaining relevant to your contacts. That's why you have to get personal.[read more] |
Do You Know Your Emoji Etiquette?
August 2016 Melissa Dittman Tracy REALTORMag
Emojis became popular in casual texting between friends and family years ago, but they're finding a place in professional communications as well. They can add a layer of comfort and familiarity between real estate professionals and their clients. These colorful, expressive icons - from smiley faces to winks and hearts - are popping up in marketing campaigns and workplace emails, text messages, and social media. So how fluent is your emoji-talk, and how much should you use them in your business?[read more] |

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