Seattle-Bellevue

Oct 05

What’s it like to live in Seattle, WA?

  Doesn’t it rain all the time…? To answer the question on many people’s mind: “No, it doesn’t rain all the time.” Seattle gets less rain annually than Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Miami and many other major cities. The natural beauty of the city – it’s surrounded by both mountains and water on two sides …

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Jul 10

Housing bubble or not? Signs here not clear — yet

Jon Talton / Columnist / Seattle Times / July 10, 2016 Housing bubble or not? Signs here not clear — yet Jon Talton called our previous ‘bubble and crash.’ Does he see the same thing today? Reporting in the Seattle Times, Talton notes that Seattle home prices have risen a startling 74% percent in the past five years. As of June, the median …

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Nov 05

Seattle is fourth-richest city in the U.S.

The three “S” cities: San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle. These house more than the headquarters of the world’s largest technology companies… they are also some of the most productive hubs in the U.S. economy. The Seattle-area is home to some of the largest public companies in the country, as well as a bevy of smaller, but fast-growing …

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Jun 17

Seattle’s 10 Essential Food Trucks

Easily the most bad ass physical food truck in the city, the metal pig on wheels that isMaximus/Minimus serves pulled pork sandwiches, including a vegetarian version that’s pretty satisfying.                               Skillet gets street cred for the Airstream trailers as well as …

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Apr 04

Puget Sound March home sales

While the median price of single-family homes in King County rose 6% in March, ‘For Sale’ signs continue to remain scarce with the situation not expected to improve anytime soon according to today’s Seattle Times.   The annual rate of price growth has been slowing: In January the median price in King County was 17% higher over the previous 12 …

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Mar 03

34% Cheaper to Buy than Rent in Seattle

Is renting or buying cheaper in Seattle? The Trulia Winter 2014 Rent vs. Buy Report tells us that the savings gap between renting and buying is narrowing across the U.S. Still, on average home ownership is still 38% cheaper than renting, ranging from 66% cheaper in Detroit to 5% in Honolulu. Question to think about: …

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Dec 27

Most expensive cities to buy a home puts Seattle #23

Home prices bubbling again? Some faint concern is evidenced when prices raise 15% in a year… which we have seen in King County with November’s median price at $426,000. But our prices are not the most ‘un-affordable’ for residents earning a median income for the area. San Francisco prices exorbitant In San Francisco, only 14% of …

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Oct 23

Puget Sound rent increases lead the nation

Seattle area rents up 6% in one year Apartment rents in the Seattle area rose faster in the past year than in any of the 81 other major U.S. metros tracked by a leading property-research firm. New York-based Reis reports the average asking rent in the Seattle area climbed 6% in the past 12 months, outpacing …

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May 22

Most popular city? Seattle!

Seattle was ranked the most popular U.S. city, with 57 percent finding the land of Starbucks and Microsoft a favorable place. Fellow Pacific Northwest urban center Portland came in a close second with 52 percent favorable. A poll from Public Policy Polling names Detroit America’s least popular city, out of 21 major metropolises. Only 22 percent of …

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Mar 26

42% cheaper to buy in Seattle area than to rent

Wow! Did you realize that today’s mortgage rates and home prices combine to make it 42% cheaper to buy a home in the Seattle area than to rent? Big difference, eh? Nationwide it’s 44% cheaper to buy than to rent… but this picture will be changing according to Trulia.  Check Trulia’s infographics to see where …

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