Migration into Washington on the Mend

The Office of Financial Management recently emailed me their latest annual migration data, which shows the first increase in new residents moving into the state since 2006: After a paltry 6,055 people moved to Washington between April 2010 and April 2011, the pace has picked up this year, reversing a five-year trend and mostly catching […]

Hagar: Never Mind the Bogus Data, Recovery is Here!

In yesterday’s post I took local real estate agent, appraiser, and real estate educator Richard Hagar to task for some misleading statements he made during a live appearance on KUOW last week. Specifically, I called out his claim that Washington State is currently experiencing net migration of 125,000 people per year. Mr. Hagar dropped by […]

Massive Imaginary Migration to Drive Seattle Recovery

As I was digging through local real estate stories last week, I was lucky enough to catch the following exchange on KUOW’s “Weekday” program last Thursday. Host Marcie Sillman discusses foreclosures and the Seattle-area housing market with guests Richard Hagar (real estate agent and appraiser) and Linda Taylor (housing director at the Urban League) in […]