Seattle's First Hill: All About the Hottest Neighborhood in the Country

The market is still booming in Seattle, with houses flying off the market almost as soon as they are listed and prices continuing to skyrocket to record-setting levels month after month. Seemingly, there's no end in sight for this hyper-competitive market. However, there's one neighborhood in Seattle that is even more competitive than the rest of the city – First Hill. According to an article published on GeekWire, First Hill has been named as the top neighborhood for expected home sales for the remainder of 2017. Not only is it predicted to be the top neighborhood for sales in the city, but the top neighborhood for home sales in the entire...

Seattle Housing Development Falls Behind Job Growth

The tech industry has settled nicely in Seattle, making the city one of the best hubs in the country for these kinds of jobs and more. From start-ups to large corporations, the tech companies that are creating headquarters in Seattle have driven the economy to new heights. For those who are looking for a great job in a vibrant city, this is wonderful news. However, this impressive job growth does come with its own challenges for residents to overcome.

The Gap Between Job Growth and Housing Development

A recent Curbed Seattle article published data from an Apartment List report that showcased the divide between job growth and housing development. The report noted that between the years 2010 and 2015, job growth was twice...

As Tech Industry Thrives, Seattle Real Estate Adapts

The conditions in Seattle were perfectly aligned for a technology boom. Known for its innovative atmosphere, Seattle became a natural choice for many technology corporations and emerging start-ups to do business. For the last several years, Seattle has been climbing the ranks as one of the up-and-coming tech markets, but now it's earned the number two spot in the nation.

According to GeekWire, Seattle clocked in as the third best tech market in the country last year, falling behind Washington D.C. and unable to compete against long-time leader San Francisco. However, the city has now climbed into second place, and there's no denying that the tech industry is making its mark on the city more than ever before....

To Seattle and Beyond: Housing Market Breaks Records in Every Direction

City dwellers have long known that their housing prices — as well as the cost of living, in general — is higher than that of the suburbs. In the last decade, as Seattle grew into a tech hub and attracted thousands of jobs to the region, and it's become more expensive and challenging to find an affordable place to live in the heart of the city.

Now, however, Seattle residents are finding that the same trends are taking place in the surrounding communities. In fact, a recent Seattle Times article reports that you'll be hard-pressed to find an affordable home within an hour of Seattle, as the housing market continues to explode into one of the most competitive markets...

The Reality of a Record-Breaking Market

Month after month, the Seattle housing market continues to shatter records — and April was no different. Not only are property prices sky-high in the city, but home prices throughout all of the counties that surround Seattle are rising higher than ever before. In King County, the median sales price has reached heights of more than $600,000 for the first time, while the median price of an Eastside home is $900,000 — a jump of more than $150,000 in a 12-month period. 

For home sellers, this is great news. They are already listing their property in what has been dubbed by the Seattle Times as the hottest market in the country. And the best part? There's no end in sight.


How Amazon is Impacting the Seattle Real Estate Market

In many respects, Amazon brought life into Seattle and rejuvenated the city when the online mega-retailer brought its corporate headquarters to the city about 7 years ago. Ushering in jobs and real estate development, Amazon became an anchor in the community and has continued to grow exponentially since coming to Seattle. 

For any city, a major corporation impacting the local economy in such a way is often welcomed news, but Amazon's unencumbered growth has had negative impacts on the city along the way. It's a sensation that has been dubbed by locals as "Amageddon," and it's made its mark on the local real estate market.

Amazon's Expansion

Around the world, Amazon employs about 340,000 individuals — 30,000 of whom are based out of its Seattle headquarters. That's a pretty big chunk of the corporation, and the company recently...

Who's Moving the Market in Seattle?

When mentioning the housing market in Seattle, one is likely to be bombarded with comments about how crazy it is out there for anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the city. It's incredibly competitive, as inventory is low and prices are rising steeply — in some cases, even creating an affordability crisis for those who are interested in moving. Beyond that, the economy is strong in Seattle and high-paying job opportunities are bringing new residents to the Seattle metropolitan area, adding strength to the suburban markets as well.

However, it might come as a surprise that the biggest movers and shakers in the Seattle real estate market are not the new residents who want to make the Emerald City their home. According to the ...

Redmond, WA Ranked in Top Mid-Sized U.S. Cities For 2012

redmond washington top place to liveThinking of moving to the Seattle area, and want to live in a great community?

While there are many fantastic communities in the Seattle area, some rank higher than others based-upon various factors. CNNMoney has released its Best Places To Live 2012 list, and Redmond, WA is on the list, ranking #5. Bellevue didn't quite make the Top 10... coming in at #40, but obviously well within the Top 100.

The survey is based on data from Onboard Informatics. Using Quality of Life factors such as education, crime and "town spirit", and focusing on towns with between 50,000 and 300,000 residents, this year's survey ranks the country's best mid-sized cities.

To be eligible for the Best Places to Live...

Interesting Facts About Washington State

seattle space needleHow much do you know about our Washington State?

Whether you're a new resident of the Seattle area or have been here all your life, there's a good chance you are unfamiliar with at least one of these interesting facts.

  • Washington was the 42nd state to join the United States. It is the only state named after a president.
  • Your dad's favorite day, also known as Father's Day, was founded in Washington in 1910.
  • People who say Seattle is the rainiest city in the United States are wrong. With an average of 37 inches, Seattle actually gets less rainfall each year than Atlanta, Boston, New York, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
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