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Category: Real Estate Business

Economics Group – Special Commentary

Housing Chartbook: February 2014 Several Mortgage Professionals with Wells Fargo have sent me this report over the last couple of days. It’s a very thoughtful analysis of the near-term housing outlook based on historical data and near-term predictions using a number of factors. They look at GDP, energy and material costs, demographics and changing family …

Time to Prepare for Year-end Homeowner Tax Deductions

Homeowner Tip: Time to start thinking about how you are going to end your tax year with regard to home deductions. Some purchases and repairs need to be finished by end of year, and others just need to be started. Think about those energy-saving systems like furnaces and solar systems. Puget Sound Energy has a …

Climate Change and Rising Tides in Seattle

I’m not sure if this is really a major concern for most people. But long-term real estate investment and development groups should be paying attention. With the expected rise in sea levels over the next 40 years or so, some areas of Seattle could become flooded. Seattle Public Utilities released this map yesterday showing the …

Seattle Housing Prices Increasing According to Case-Shiller

Seattle is one of a number of cities that showed a year-over-year sustained recovery in home prices according to the monthly S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released today. S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed home prices rose in the 20-City Composite an average of 4.3% in the 12 months ending …