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February 2019

Found 27 blog entries for February 2019.

  • U.S. home sales fell in January to their lowest level in more than three years and house prices rose only modestly.
  • The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales dropped 1.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.94 million units last month.
  • That was the lowest level since November 2015 and well below analysts' expectations of a rate of 5.0 million units.

U.S. home sales fell in January to their lowest level in more than three years and house prices rose only modestly, suggesting a further loss of momentum in the housing market.

The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales dropped 1.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.94 million units last month.

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Selling your home these days isn’t as simple as it used to be. With the explosion of real estate marketing on the Internet, prospective buyers can do their initial home shopping online. While this means that your listed property will be viewed by more prospective customers, it also means that many other properties will also be showcased, making for a much more competitive market.

While sales in the existing home market are expected to take a tick up early in 2019, there is a lot of concern about raising interest rates and economic uncertainty in the future. We are also looking for increasing inventory levels to start as early as March of this year with predictions of the greatest amount of housing inventory to hit the market in five years by

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Mike Eckhart!

We are very happy to welcome Mike Eckhart to The Cascade Team. Mike and his family live and work in the Puyallup area and will be a great resource for us in that area of the State. Mike is very involved in local youth sports and as a teacher. With a passion for people and Real Estate he will be a wonderful addition to The Cascade Team!

OUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE TEAM

Cascade Team Real Estate agents are proactive in serving their customers, studying the market and touring homes, so they can provide the most accurate housing market data for their clients. This helps you better understand the competitive environment, pricing strategies and provides an edge in the negotiation process.  Our goal is to always

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Selling your home these days isn’t as simple as it used to be. With the explosion of real estate marketing on the Internet, prospective buyers can do their initial home shopping online. While this means that your listed property will be viewed by more prospective customers, it also means that many other properties will also be showcased, making for a much more competitive market.

While sales in the existing home market are expected to take a tick up early in 2019, there is a lot of concern about raising interest rates and economic uncertainty in the future. We are also looking for increasing inventory levels to start as early as March of this year with predictions of the greatest amount of housing inventory to hit the market in five years by May.

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Savvy buyers are seeking out incentives from builders, especially on the West Coast and in other higher price point markets, according to representatives from John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

"Buyers have never had quicker and more complete access to information," stated consultant Dean Wehrli, one of a trio of consulting leaders with the Burns firm.

Joined by colleagues Lesley Deutch and Pete Reeb, Wehrli outlined four of the more effective incentives being deployed by today's builders. Speaking during a podcast, the presenters said the enticements are designed to generate traffic, save home seekers cash, provide buyers with nicer homes, and extend price discounts.

To generate traffic, builders are advertising more generous broker

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KIRKLAND, Washington (February 7, 2019) – Homebuyers around Washington state are making their
way back to the market, hoping to take advantage of improving inventory, attractive interest rates, and
more approachable sellers, according to officials with Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Northwest MLS statistics for January show year-over-year improvement in the volume of new listings
and total inventory, along with moderating selling prices. Although fewer pending sales (mutually
accepted offers) were reported than a year ago (down about 3.3 percent), January was the smallest year over-
year decline since May 2018 when the drop was about 2.7 percent.

Commenting on the MLS statistics summarizing last month’s activity, broker Gary O’Leyar said
January’s

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Pledging a "commitment to do our part to help kick-start new solutions to this [housing] crisis," Microsoft president Brad Smith and CFO Amy Hood announced a three-pronged $500 million workforce housing fund to boost affordable housing in the Seattle area.

Writing in a blog post, Smith and Hood emphasized affordable housing solutions require a multifaceted and sustained effort by the entire region but said the Eastside suburbs would be the primary focus of the initiative.

In their announcement, the Microsoft executives acknowledged the gap between job growth and housing production. While jobs in the region have grown 21 percent since 2011, housing construction has lagged at 13 percent. (One countywide report estimates the county needs

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Open the front door & you will certainly fall in love with this Buchan show-stopper! Inviting foyer w/ a romantic staircase, soaring ceilings & gleaming hardwoods. Elegant living & dining room combo w/ wainscoting, decorative woodwork & a gas fireplace. The chef of the house will certainly love the kitchen with trendy bistro lights, a tile backsplash & a high-end cooktop & double oven. The family room is a perfect room for relaxing w/ friends or for hosting large gatherings. Elegant front staircase leads to the bedrooms & a 2nd staircase leads to an over the top media room complete with theatre chairs, a projector & a 92-inch top of the line screen- what a great spot to watch your

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According to a 2017 analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM jobs grew at double the rate of non-STEM jobs between 2009 and 2015. STEM jobs are growing everywhere, but where are the hotspots, and where should you work in the field? WalletHub released a ranking of the best cities for STEM jobs, determined by a set of 20 key metrics assigned points that were evenly distributed into three categories: professional opportunities, STEM-friendliness and quality of life. Seattle topped the list for professional opportunities, which included metrics like job openings and employment growth. Also included in the ranking was STEM-friendliness, like qualities of engineering schools and math scores. And quality of life, which included

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Check out the video of our new Phoenix listing below

This newly remodeled 4 bedroom 2 bath homes has new custom 2 tone paint, new upgraded carpet, new plank flooring in all walk ways, kitchen and baths, upgraded stainless steel appliances and much more.  For more info call Local Phoenix Realtor Michael Gabriel at 602.290.1854 or visit http://5881375.thecascadeteam.com/. This home is being promoted on Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com and is move in ready. Contact Michael today for a personal showing of this great home.

1615 S. 81st Drive, Phoenix, Arizona

Don't miss out on this amazing Phoenix remodel blocks from schools, close to I-10 and soon to be completed loop 202 bypass.  Easy access to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, downtown Phoenix, Suns

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