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Apr 14

Seattle/Bellevue/Everett jobless rate drops to 5.9%

The February jobless rate for the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett area dropped below 6%. The area has regained 82.3 percent of the payroll jobs it lost during the slump. The rest of the state: just over half. In King and Snohomish counties, which together make up the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett metro area, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell in February …

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Feb 07

NEW East Bellevue Home For Sale

Updated five bedrooms, 2440 s/ft, 2.75 baths, Master Bath, Bellevue Schools.           Wow! Everything important in this tasteful, light-filled home is new or updated! Kitchen w/granite and new stainless appliances. Open concept with vaulted ceilings in living area. Hardwoods, two full baths & Master bath. New garage, furnace, water heater, 50-yr …

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Jul 07

Tweet-Tweet Best Practices! Tweet on Saturday…

Tweet-Tweet on Saturday: Best Practices for Twitter! A new study titled Strategies for Effective Tweeting: A Statistical Review provides scientifically based advice to help you use Twitter more effectively. The study looked at “engagement” (by which it means retweets and replies). According to the results, brands get 29 percent more engagement from their followers when they tweet …

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Mar 03

Property Tax Appeals and Exemptions

Is it possible to reduce what I pay for property taxes?   …For many of us the answer is probably ‘no.’  However, there is an appeals process plus a number of programs where property owners may qualify for exemptions or deferrals. Click here to see your options.  

Feb 27

February 2012 News You Can Use

  Your credit report When you take out a loan, your lender will review your credit report from independent companies that monitor your credit. Your credit report is a compilation of three key factors: your credit history, information from employers, and financial information gathered from public records. Taken together, all this information is used to …

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Jan 06

Signs of housing turn-around

Floor for home prices? Recent data, such as new-home starts and existing-home sales, have offered some glimmers of hope. The release of the S&P/Case-Shiller index for October shows additional slippage in prices. But the rate of decline in the index, which tracks home prices in 20 metropolitan areas, is expected to continue slowing, to less …

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Sep 15

Mukilteo, Sammamish and Newcastle – Best Places to Live…

      Mukilteo, Newcastle and Sammamish make CNN’s Top 25 Best Places to Live list… Mukilteo is  #9, Sammamish is #15, Newcastle is #18. Click the cities for links to their web pages.

Jun 21

Housing fall greater than during Great Depression

The housing double dip is official: US home prices fell in the first quarter to a new recession low. “This month’s latest S&P/Case-Shiller price index report is marked by the confirmation of a double-dip in home prices across much of the nation,” said David Blitzer, chairman of S&P’s index committee. “The National Index fell 4.2% over the …

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Jun 02

Video: Chase-Shiller Report on housing for first quarter 2011

Home prices hit a new low in March, nearly five years after they first started to fall, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 cities. It’s important to bear in mind that the report reflects sales that were recorded in January, February and March 2011. These sales were negotiated before that, so …

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May 02

Mercer Island #2 on Forbes “Best Cities to Live and Learn 2011”

Mercer Island, WA Educational quality score: 99.12 Median home value: $708,740 Population: 24,351 “‘Play hard, work hard’ seems to be the motto on this 10-square mile speck floating in Lake Washington near Seattle…”  Click the link below to read more from the article that touts the benefits and achievements of the Mercer Island Schools. One …

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