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Washington No. 10 destination for movers

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Courtesy of the NWMLS Oregon retained its position as the country’s top moving destination according to United Van Lines 39th annual national movers study, which tracks state-to-state migration patterns. New to the 2015 inbound list was Washington, which ranked No. 10 with 56 percent inbound moves. Officials with the country’s leading mover said this year’s data reflect longer-term trends of …

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Average home size and price continue to climb

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Courtesy of the NWMLS The average size of a new home rose to about 2,720 square feet in 2015, up from 2,660 square feet in 2014, the National Association of Home Builders reported. Nearly half of the homes constructed last year had four or more bedrooms. A quarter of homes also had garages that would hold three or more vehicles. …

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Housing Finance Commission helps Washingtonians live more affordably

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Courtesy of the NWMLS By almost any measure, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission fulfilled a mission during 2015 to “open doors to a better life” for residents across the state. Last year, one of its core services, the Home Advantage program, reached nearly 9,000 potential homebuyers through free education programs offered via in-person and online seminars. Several thousand benefited …

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Washington back among best states for green building

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Courtesy of the NWMLS Washington reclaimed a place on the top 10 states for sustainable building practices, ending a three-year gap. The list is compiled annually by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize “significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.” Washington, with 101 projects encompassing nearly 17.5 million square feet of LEED certified space, placed fourth on …

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Builders hoping to lure millennials unveil “Responsive Home” at builders show

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Courtesy of The NWMLS Responding to what they believe is a pivotal shift in aspects of the home buying process for younger buyers, Pardee Homes launched a “Responsive Home” project at this year’s International Builders Show in Las Vegas. In a nod to the travel revolution centered on renting a spare room, one design includes a “revenue suite.” The Responsive …

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Seattle’s innovation, livability help propel it to “Top City” ranking

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Courtesy of the NWMLS Seattle joined five other U.S. cities on the Top 20 City Momentum Index compiled by JLL, a commercial real estate services company. London topped the list that ranked 120 business hubs across the globe. JLL researchers said cities that attract cutting-edge businesses, nurture top talent, leverage technology and provide vibrant, inclusive communities made the list. Ten characteristics …

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Comprehensive Real Estate Market Report for Western Washington. February 2016. Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond WA

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Lack of Inventory “A Game Changer” For Home Buyers Courtesy of the NWMLS, KIRKLAND Washington Depleted inventory is contributing to “overwhelming” traffic at open houses, shifts in strategies for both buyers and sellers, and escalating prices, according to officials with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Dick Beeson, a former chairman of the MLS board, said the lack of inventory in …