This week’s relevant links: Week of April 1st-6th, 2013

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.” ― Joseph Addison   GenY is finally in a mood to buy (houses) A generation that’s about 90 million strong, Millennials (or Generation Y) form the largest demographic

House for Rent

RENTING VS. BUYING

With the changing of economies in the housing sector over the past half dozen years, many wonder, “How does that affect my decision to rent vs. buy a home?  Is renting a better bet?  If not, is now a good time to buy?” According to a new analysis by Zillow the “Breakeven Horizon” in seventy-five

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

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