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Making Real Estate Personal Again: LaVerne Pike, Windermere Real Estate

In a business where technology can easily take center stage, LaVerne Pike, an award-winning veteran agent with Seattle’s Windermere Real Estate, stands apart by focusing on the person-to-person connection and a level of service that puts him—not the internet—at the center of the relationship. In this interview, Pike explains how his detailed knowledge of the […]

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Thomas Gallagher: A Real Estate Powerhouse With a Family Feel

Thomas Gallagher began in the real estate business in 1986 and two years later partnered with Mike Litzner to open CENTURY 21 American Homes, which will celebrate its 30-year anniversary this coming April. CENTURY 21 American Homes is unique, Gallagher says, in that while it is a larger than average firm, with a footprint that […]

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Appraisals Come Up Slightly Short

Appraisals came up slightly short of owner opinions in November, 0.67 percent lower than expected, according to the latest Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The latest Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) shows appraised values rose 4.24 percent year-over-year. “It’s encouraging to see opinions from homeowners and appraisers more aligned on […]

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Fed Raises Rate for Third Time This Year

The Federal Reserve acted as expected on Wednesday, increasing the key interest rate one-quarter percentage point for the third time this year. The action concludes a hastened 12 months for the policymaker, which raised the rate in March and June, as well as once in 2016 and once in 2015. It forecasts three rate raises […]

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Regional Spotlight: 2018 Seattle/Puget Sound Housing Forecast

In this commentary, J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, offers a 2018 housing forecast for the Puget Sound/Seattle market. The hot housing streak in Greater Seattle will continue for the sixth straight year in 2018. Similar to 2017, Puget Sound is poised for another year of intense sales activity […]

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The Commercial Broker Roundtable: The Amazon Effect

Editor’s note: The Commercial Broker Roundtable will take a quarterly look at the issues affecting the commercial real estate market and their ramifications for residential real estate. Moderator: Deena Zimmerman, Vice President, SVN Chicago Commercial Participants: Chris Bornhoft, CCIM, Broker, Commercial Sales and Leasing, Windemere Commercial Tommy Choi, Co-Founder, Weinberg Choi Residential Scott Maesel, Executive Managing […]

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Uncover the Secrets to Real Estate Success in 2018

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Southern California Homes Ignite Just Months After October Fire Siege

Just two months after the most destructive wildfires in California history—an event labeled the October Fire Siege—Southern California is now the target of various fires that have burned over 250,000 acres of Ventura, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara and San Diego counties (as of Dec. 12). Five of these fires were 100-percent contained […]

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10 Housing Markets to Watch in the New Year

Dwindling inventory, high demand and even higher prices. Will the housing market shift next year? According to a 2018 Housing Forecast by Trulia, the answer is contingent on many wait-and-sees. Definitive, however, is at least one indicator: the homeownership rate. In a continuation of its movement this year, the homeownership rate is expected to gradually […]

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Out With the Old, in With the New: A 2018 Real Estate Outlook

If you’re German, you might join your family at midnight to drop molten lead into cold water and make predictions about the year ahead based on the shape it takes. If you’re Russian, you will gather at one minute to midnight, write a wish on a small piece of paper, burn it over a full […]

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