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  • Big News On Tax Reform

    Summary:

    In the anticipation of passage of the final tax reform package late tonight or night or early tomorrow morning, Washington REALTORS® President Margo Willis issued the following statement:

  • REALTORS®' Position on Tax Reform

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    We've received a lot of inquiries from members and the public regarding our position on Tax Reform...

  • Misinformation on Tax Reform

    Summary:

    Tackling misinformation spread by Heritage Action for America regarding Tax Reform.

  • Call For Action #TaxReform

    Summary:

    Do no harm to Homeownership! Take action with a few very simple steps to let Congress know that you want to protect tax incentives for homeowners.

  • Washington state median house prices at record level of $337,700

    Summary:

    Washington state’s housing market showed the continuing effects of high demand in the second quarter of 2017, according to the Washington Center for Real Estate Research.

  • Legislative Successes

    Summary:

    Coming into the 2017 Legislative Session we knew two things. First, because of a Supreme Court order, the Legislature was going to have to spend significantly more money on K-12 education. Second, we knew that real estate and REALTORS® were in the cross hairs on where that revenue would come from. With a final budget vote taken on June 30th we can now tell you who the winners this session were - schools in our communities and also small businesses like yours.

  • Homes for the Brave


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  • Ask a REALTOR®

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    The Thanksgiving Season is a time when we celebrate what we are thankful for. For Many, that includes the home...

  • Call to Action - Oppose Increase of the REET

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    Increasing a real estate tax rate that is already one of highest in the country, and is not a fair or stable revenue source, will hurt affordability for homeowners, businesses, and renters. REALTORS® request you oppose increasing the Real Estate Excise Tax.

  • Broker Update: Protecting Business AND Funding Education

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MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Washington REALTORS® Legislative Update

    Summary:

    For Washington REALTORS® the 2019 Legislative session was focused on our theme of "Unlocking the Door" to affordable homeownership opportunities (visit https://unlockthedoorwa.com/ for more information). Our goal was to have housing policy as the top policy issue that the legislature engaged on. As of this writing and based on the number and scope of bills, that goal is very likely to be achieved. There are nearly 20 pieces of legislation that have to do with housing policy that have made their way through various committees and obstacles and have been passed on either the House or Senate floor.

  • Trust Your Intuition

    Summary:

    In January 2001, Mike Emert, a Bellevue-based real estate broker was brutally killed by a client at a vacant home he was representing. Mike's tragic death inspired the formation of the Washington State Real Estate Safety Council. This Council was made up of REALTORS®, law enforcement and the Department of Licensing...

  • Fixing the Housing Ladder by Addressing Affordability

    Summary:

    The Washington Center of Real Estate Research's James Young tells what REALTORS® can be doing to make an impact on affordable housing in their local areas.

  • Are You Adequately Insured, 2.0?

    Summary:

    In 2019, broker liability, and thus insurance risks, expanded and now the appropriate inquiry begins with... are you insured for the action you are about to take? Only after you answer that question do you need to consider whether your insurance is adequate.

  • What is a Buyer Love Letter?

    Summary:

    Letters, videos, photos, or any communication accompanied by an offer from a potential buyer to appeal to the seller. Love letters place sellers in the position of indicating a preference for a buyer based on a "feeling" or something that the seller "just likes" about a potential buyer. This "feeling" frequently arises from shared interests, history, family preferences, etc. of the buyer and seller and may trigger decisions by seller based on the seller's unconscious bias.

  • REALTOR® PROfile: Mark Kitabayashi

    Summary:

    By focusing on continuing education, market trends and the cultural nuances among his client base, Windermere broker, Mark Kitabayashi, has carved out a niche for himself that's endured nearly two decades in the South Puget Sound market.

  • How to Get Started with Podcasting

    Summary:

    Podcasting is taking the real estate world by storm! At the recent Inman Connect conference in New York City, Dustin Brohm from the Massive Agent Podcast said onstage, "Podcasting is huge for two main reasons: you can listen to it while you are doing something else (walking the dog, driving, working out) and they are free!"

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