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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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
After inventory and affordability challenges in 2018, prospective home buyers may have better chances of scoring a property this year. Affordability will remain an issue in some high-priced markets, says realtor.com® Chief Economist Danielle Hale, but overall, the national market is looking brighter for buyers who have stayed on the sidelines. Here’s why.
More homes are for sale. For the last few years, a limited number of listings has given buyers fewer choices. But housing experts predict more robust inventory this year. “For buyers, there is going to be more inventory, so that’s a bright spot,” Hale says. “The downside of that bright spot is it might not be in their price range.” The supply of homes for sale under $300,000 may not grow
Early January, Microsoft publicly pledged $500 million to address homelessness and the growing gap of affordability among the Puget Sound region. This after the announcement of plans for a massive expansion of its Redmond headquarters sparked talks with Challenge Seattle.
The company plans to add 2.5 million square feet of new construction, and 6.7 million square feet in renovations. Microsoft is estimating an additional 8000 employees after the project is complete.
The pledge is the largest in the history of Microsofts 44 year run. It is also the largest pledge to public housing by any private organization thus far! Microsoft President, Brad Smith, explained how the pledge will benefit workers who “teach our kids in schools, and put out the fires
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
It sounds like the only question for this weekend will be are there six inches, 8 inches, or a foot of blowing snow and frigid temperatures! But no matter what this weekend storm brings to Puget Sound, cities around the region say they are making special plans to make sure everyone, pedestrian to drivers to firefighters, can get around safely.
Here are the published routes for snow and ice removal and plowing from the City of Sammamish!
Sammamish has a plowing priority system in place to clear our 400 miles of road. The plowing time required depends on several variables such as the snowstorm intensity, duration, wind, and the temperature. The Snow and Ice Route Map can be found here.
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 yearover- 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
Although consumer confidence seemed low in January with only 15 closed sales in Snoqualmie, and 20 in North Bend in what I feel is mainly due to the government shutdown; the market looking strong for sellers and buyers!
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to leave policy rates unchanged earlier this week during what was one of only eight regularly scheduled meeting the FOMC holds per year. Signaling that we may not see any further rate hikes this year.
Rates are still low by historical standards! Purchasing a home 10 or more years ago, chances are we were paying a much higher rate. Keep in mind we are still continuing trade talks with China and March 1st is the deadline for an agreement. However, with rates