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Washington was Just Ranked Best State in America

SEATTLE – A top national news site has ranked Washington as the best state in America. The ranking, announced Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, says the home of Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks and Boeing earned the No. 1 ranking based on several criteria, including health care, education, economy and opportunity. “This confirms what we in
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Local Market Update – May 2019

April brought good news for homebuyers. Inventory increased, prices continued to moderate and mortgage rates remained low. While buyers have more choices, there is still less than two months of inventory on the market. Demand is expected to remain strong as we head into the prime spring real estate season. Eastside >>>Click image to view
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2019’s Housing Market is Likely to Be Stronger Than We Thought–Here’s Why

Despite a real estate slowdown gripping the nation, this year’s housing market is expected to be busier than realtor.com® economists originally predicted late last year. That means more home sales—and higher prices—are on the way. The anticipated uptick in activity is due to lower mortgage rates, which make homes more affordable for buyers. The economic team expected
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Happening on the Eastside: May 2019

Each month, we bring you the up-to-date list of community and special events happening across the Eastside in cities like Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond. May is packed full of fun things to do from street fairs, to Mother’s Day events, yoga and music festivals, art and more! Kirkland May 11: Kirkland Art Walk May 12: Mother’s Day ½
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Local Market Update – April 2019

After months of softening, home prices began to rise in February. That trend continued in March. While prices in most areas were down from the same time last year, they increased over the prior month. New listings rose as well, offering buyers more options and more time to make the right choice. Despite the uptick
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Washington Ranks Second in the Nation in New Report Analyzing the Most Innovative States

Washington state ranks second in the country when it comes to states contributing the most to the nation’s position of innovative strength during the tech era, according to a new study from WalletHub, the Washington, D.C.-based personal finance website. The 2019 Most & Least Innovative States report compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across
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Happening on the Eastside: April 2019

Each month, we bring you the up-to-date list of community and special events happening across the Eastside in cities like Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond. Spring is finally here, and April is abloom with possibilities from Jazz Festivals, to Arbor Day celebrations and much more! Kirkland April 20: Kirkland Egg Hunt Date Night April 20: Earth Day at
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Homeownership Greatest Predictor of Wealth

According to the Survey of Consumer Finance, homeownership is the primary driver of wealth in the U.S. A recent Seattle Times article reported that the median net worth for Seattle homeowners is about 25 times higher than those who rent. How Homeownership Creates Wealth A home appreciates. Since 2000, homes in the Seattle area have appreciated at an average