“We don’t want to panic. We need to be brave.”

Maybe I’m just in a “mood” this morning, but this story in today’s Tacoma News Tribune really cracked me up. A morning of housing pep talks greeted builders, real estate agents and government folks Thursday: Build green. Be brave. If Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, can go urban, so can you.Economist Glenn Crellin, director of the Washington […]

Mortgage Mess Difficult to Ignore

Take a look at the front page of the Seattle Times website this morning: Click to enlarge That’s Coalition warns of “mortgage tsunami”, followed by Accounting, executives at lender New Century investigated, Fraud charges at Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities settled, and of course Mess unlikely to break economy. First off, I don’t think the term […]

Seattle is Different. We’re Totally Immune.

Dow, Nasdaq, S&P500Click to enlarge Microsoft & BoeingClick to enlarge Update: By request, here is a graph of today’s stock performance for a handful of other locally-based companies. Other Seattle-Area CompaniesClick to enlarge For those of you keeping score at home: Boeing: -1.95% Microsoft: -4.12% Amazon: -5.00% Starbucks: -3.94% Nordstrom: -7.59% Costco: -3.48% Washington Mutual: […]