June Reporting Roundup: “The balloon is growing”

It’s time once again for the monthly reporting roundup, where you can read my wry commentary about the news instead of subjecting yourself to boring rehashes of the NWMLS press release (or in addition to, if that’s what floats your boat). To kick things off, here’s an excerpt from the NWMLS press release: “First time […]

May Reporting Roundup: Never a Better Market Edition

It’s time once again for the monthly reporting roundup, where you can read my wry commentary about the news instead of subjecting yourself to boring rehashes of the NWMLS press release (or in addition to, if that’s what floats your boat). To kick things off, here’s an excerpt from the NWMLS press release: J. Lennox […]

Year-Over-Year Change in Median Sale Price - Snohomish County Single-Family Homes

Home Salesperson Quote of the Day

From an article in today’s Everett Herald Business Journal: It’s a seller’s market as Snohomish County home prices rebound I don’t think we’re anywhere near in a position to worry about another bubble. The increase in appreciation has been pretty steady. It hasn’t gone up overnight. – Deidre Haines, Broker with Coldwell Banker Bain “Not […]

Earnest Money Disputes and HB 1730

Disputes over the release of earnest money are extremely rare, but anyone who has ever been involved with one knows they can be an extremely miserable experience. For a buyer with limited funds it can mean a lengthy delay in being able to make an offer on another property. For both parties it can be very emotionally draining and expose them to the potential of paying attorney fees—both their own and those of the other party.

The most common scenario for an earnest money dispute is after a buyer terminates a contract based on the Form 35 inspection contingency…

Quill Leaves NWMLS, Dramatically Slashes Listing Cost

Full disclosure: Quill Realty is a Seattle Bubble advertiser, and Tim worked with Craig at his previous company WaLaw (also an advertiser) to buy his home in 2011. Last week local brokerage Quill Realty (spotlighted in this 2014 post) announced that they will be withdrawing from the NWMLS completely in order to “offer broker services […]

Leafy bubble by Martin Thomas, on Flickr

April Reporting Roundup: “You Should Buy Now” Edition

It’s time once again for the monthly reporting roundup, where you can read my wry commentary about the news instead of subjecting yourself to boring rehashes of the NWMLS press release (or in addition to, if that’s what floats your boat). To kick things off, here’s an excerpt from the NWMLS press release: Northwest Multiple […]

KUOW Nails the Problem of Placing Blame for Rising Rents

In March I wrote a post calling out people who blame investors for rising rents and unaffordable housing. Today I’d like to highlight some reporting that gets it right. This story by KUOW’s Joshua McNichols is a couple weeks old, but he hits the nail on the head, and I wanted to make sure it […]