Real Estate news and interesting articles for the week of 4/23
April 26, 2017 | Ray York
REAL ESTATE news
 
Who will buy baby boomer’s homes?
https://www.citylab.com/housing/2017/04/who-will-buy-baby-boomers-homes/522912/
 
U.S. home sales shoot up to 10-year high
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/04/21/us/politics/ap-us-home-sales.html
 
Housing starts fall in March, but permits are up
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/housing-starts-fall-7-but-permits-pick-up-the-slack-in-march-2017-04-18
 
 
MORTGAGE & FINANCE news
 
Down payment the top hurdle for would-be home buyers
https://www.zillow.com/research/down-payment-hurdle-zhar-14790/amp/
 
Hourly wage needed to rent a 2-bedroom apartment in every U.S. state
http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/05/mapping-the-hourly-wage-needed-to-rent-a-2-bedroom-apartment-in-every-us-state/394142/
 
Average mortgage rate drops to 5-month low
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/average-mortgage-rate-drops-month-low-46913733
 
 
HOME trends
 
Seattle #1 city with highest percentage of residents using LED bulbs
http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/8419/infographic-top-10-led-cities 
 
558 garage ideas and photos
http://www.homeadvisor.com/designmine/contemporary-garage/ 
 
Little free libraries feed the mind; little free pantries feed the hungry
https://thecisforcrank.com/2017/04/10/little-free-libraries-feed-the-mind-little-free-pantries-feed-the-hungry/ 
 
 
LOCAL news
 
Will the last middle class person leaving Seattle please turn off the lights? [SUBSCRIPTION MAY BE REQUIRED]
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/will-the-last-middle-class-person-leaving-seattle-turn-out-the-lights/
 
Homeowners to pay City of Seattle $400,000 over unauthorized cutting of trees on public land
http://murray.seattle.gov/city-settles-case-unauthorized-tree-cutting-public-land/
 
Why it’s hard to find a condo in Seattle
http://www.seattlemag.com/home-and-garden/why-its-hard-find-condo-seattle
 
Will your income keep up with rent in Seattle?
http://www.geekwire.com/2017/renting-seattle-much-income-needs-jump-keep-expected-increases/
 
Where to live now in the Seattle area
http://www.seattlemag.com/home-and-garden/where-live-now-seattle
 
Seattle millennials change homes more often than anywhere else in the U.S. [SUBSCRIPTION MAY BE REQUIRED]
https://t.co/dBCwevIaUi
 
Business Journals rank University of Washington among nation’s 10 best public colleges
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/04/17/top-american-public-colleges-university-washington.html
 
Downtown Bellevue is the fastest growing neighborhood in the city [SUBSCRIPTION MAY BE REQUIRED]
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/downtown-bellevue-springs-up-with-visions-of-a-seattle-like-urban-hub/
 
Trail of the Week: North Bend’s Mount Si
http://www.theolympian.com/outdoors/article144942829.html
 
Washington wine industry has growing economic impact on state
http://www.valleyrecord.com/life/guest-column-washington-wine-industry-has-growing-economic-impact-on-state/
 
Kayaks and paddleboards coming to Lake Tapps
http://www.courierherald.com/news/kayaks-paddleboards-coming-to-lake-tapps/
 
Open house on April 27 to discuss future changes to North Lake Tapps Park
http://www.courierherald.com/news/what-will-north-lake-tapps-park-look-like-in-10-years-you-decide/
 
Snohomish County PUD plans to modernize the power grid to provide energy stability to Arlington area and Stillaguamish Valley
http://www.arlingtontimes.com/news/snohomish-county-pud-to-give-arlington-oso-energy-boost/
 
Snohomish Conservation District changes rate structure
http://www.scnews.com/news/article_de77c982-1e3d-11e7-8938-57ad17f0228e.html
 
87 acres in a south Everett industrial will soon transfer to City to create park and recreational area
http://www.snoho.com/html/stories_2017/04122017_Everett_park_transfer_Cemex.html
 
Snohomish county now offers online permitting via mybuildingpermit.com
http://www.bothell-reporter.com/news/snohomish-county-introduces-new-on-line-permitting/
 
 
WEEKLY DOSE OF awesomeness
 
Samsung building foldable smartphone
http://www.newsweek.com/samsung-foldable-smartphone-583565
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