This week’s relevant links: Week of April 15th-19th, 2013

“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets”. Will Rogers   70% of lenders believe housing recovery is real A new survey of bank risk professionals shows the originations space warming to the idea of expanding home lending Q1 Consumer Outlook Survey showing Consumer Confidence in

Normal Home Market

How’s the market? Using “Surprising” Stats to Jump Ahead in 2012

It’s official–the brokers in my office consider me a “stats” guy. This moniker has always bothered me a bit, because I don’t consider myself a numbers person at all. Far from it, I was likely that annoying kid in math class trying to look over your shoulder during the test on dividing fractions. No, I’m

Seattle Bellevue Housing Up

Demand for Puget Sound Homes Increases

Recently I was contacted by KING 5 News regarding a story they had been ‘pitched’ from another real estate company. Apparently, this other company had sold 10 homes with multiple-offers recently, and felt that this was a sign that the market was definitely heating up. Was I surprised? Wellll…no, not at all. Tracking the real-time

Washington Foreclosure Crisis? It depends where you look.

A recent article appearing in the Seattle Times, “Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Win Right to Mediation” contained this statement regarding Washington State’s foreclosures; The move by state lawmakers to require mediation comes as the foreclosure crisis in Washington continues. In the first three months of the year, more than 5,600 homes were seized and more than

Pierce County, WA home sales trends-Do the Math

AND NOW… THE GOOD NEWS! Last week an article appeared in The News Tribune titled “Home Sales on Decline in Pierce County”.  Although a cursory look at statistics would suggest that to be true, an understanding of the Real Estate market in Pierce County demonstrates the headline to be far from true. Mr. Boone stated