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May 2018

Found 4 blog entries for May 2018.

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Seattle is a leading destination when it comes to U.S. cities where people are most interested in moving for work, but it still trails several others, including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and more.

That finding is among many in a new economic research study out today from Glassdoor, the job and recruiting website. The study, Metro Movers: Where Are Americans Moving for Jobs, And Is It Worth It?, identifies, among other things, where job applicants are most interested in moving, where they’re interested in leaving, and which factors drive people to move for a new job.

The study is based on a sample of more than 668,000 online job applications started on Glassdoor during a one week period, from Jan. 8-14, for the 40 largest metro areas

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home-inspectionHiring a home inspector before you make a purchase can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs. But don't assume every home inspector is the same.

Washington State law dictates the minimum standards for a residential home inspection. The state also requires home inspectors to complete 120 hours of special classes and 40 hours of field training and they must pass exams in order to obtain a home inspection license.

The best inspectors are also insured, and certified by a recognized home inspection certification organization.

While there are many excellent inspectors working in our state, unfortunately there are many who leave a lot to be desired. When you're making one of the biggest investments you'll ever make, you want someone who

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 As the Seattle area continues its run as the nation’s hottest real estate market, it has now seen home prices surge upward for a full six years – with more growth in home values during the current boom than during past decade’s bubble.

Single-family home costs across the metro area grew 12.7 percent in February from a year earlier, the biggest increase in the nation for the 18th month in a row, according to the monthly Case-Shiller home price index, released last week. The report marked six years since home values bottomed out in February 2012. Since then, values have increased 85 percent – nearly triple the region’s historical average for a typical six-year span. Only San Francisco and Las Vegas had bigger gains during that period.

Even during

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The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

The Washington State economy added 96,900 new jobs over the past 12 months, representing an annual growth rate of 2.9%—still solidly above the national rate of 1.5%. Most of the employment gains were in the private sector, which rose by 3.4%. The public sector saw a more modest increase of 1.6%.

The strongest growth was in the Education & Health Services and Retail sectors, which added 17,300 and

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