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  • Call For Action #TaxReform

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • Bill Clarke Provides Hirst Update

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    Washington REALTORS® Public Policy Director Bill Clark provides an update and much needed clarification on the Hirst Decision and WR's support for SB5239.

  • Call for Action Launched!

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    On Monday, April 24, Governor Inslee called the 2017 Legislature into a 30-day Special Session to negotiate the 2017-2019 Operating Budget and to comply with the Supreme Court’s McCleary education funding decision. Washington REALTORS® recently launched an extensive media campaign opposing real estate tax increases. And while the budget and taxes will have top priority in the Special Session, we need you to ask your legislator for action on two important policy issues during the Special Session: fixing the Hirst water rights decision and addressing housing supply and homelessness funding.

  • WR Submits Permit

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    Washington REALTORS® submits for building permit...

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Expense or Investment?

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    Due to the nature of real estate, I find that getting brokers to make a real investment in their business can be challenging. Sure, they will spend $49 per month here, $29 per month there but I would classify these as expenses – ongoing costs that are a result of doing business...

  • Consult The Coach - Autumn 2019

    Summary:

    I am a managing broker at a medium size office. I have a relatively new broker who is not starting off on the right foot. She gets defensive when I provide suggestions and feedback. What do you suggest?

  • Property Managment Q & A - Autumn 2019

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    I heard that the legislature amended the Residential Landlord Tenant Act (RLTA) to change a 3-day notice or pay or vacate to a 14-day notice. I heard there are other changes as well, what are they?

  • Residential Real Estate Firms - The Truth About High Valuations

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    An analysis of recent financial reports and valuations of firms. We're aware of a real estate services company with gross revenues that grew nearly 40% over the past 12 months. Unfortunately, their gross margin declined by 25%, their interest expense from operating credit facilities grew from nothing to over $2 million...

  • Residential Areas In Abu Dhabi Open To Foreign Residents To Buy Freehold Property

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    The residential real estate market in Abu Dhabi received a boost this year with stimulus packages and relaxed business regulations.

  • The CFPB Moves To End The GSE Patch

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that it plans to terminate the GSE patch, a safe harbor under its Ability to Repay requirements for loans eligible for purchase by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, on its scheduled expiration date of January 10, 2021, or possibly after a short extension.

  • Northeast Region Sees Third Consecutive Month Of Increased Buyer Traffic

    Summary:

    Midwest, South and West Regions Report More Moderate Year-Over-Year Declines

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