Real Estate news and interesting articles for the week of 5/14
May 17, 2017 | Ray York
REAL ESTATE news
 
Prospective home buyers feeling the effects of competition from foreign investors
http://q13fox.com/2017/05/10/more-chinese-investors-buying-up-puget-sound-affecting-housing-market-as-a-whole/ 
 
New condo projects in the works may help ease low inventory on the Eastside
http://downtownbellevue.com/2017/05/10/downtown-bellevue-real-estate-market-update-historic-inventory-lows-new-condo-projects/ 
 
Homebuilders move away from luxury homes and begin focusing on starter homes
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/40104-homebuilders-switch-gears-look-to-starter-homes
 
 
MORTGAGE & FINANCE news
 
4 things first time homebuyers need to know
http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/11/real_estate/first-time-home-buyer/ 
 
5 ways to be a smarter investor as rates rise
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-strategies-for-navigating-a-shifting-investment-landscape-2017-05-03
 
How to buy a new home when you don’t have a lot of cash
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/14/smarter-living/how-to-buy-a-new-home-when-you-dont-have-a-lot-of-cash.html 
 
 
HOME trends
 
How to design a sustainable home
http://www.sunset.com/home/architecture-design/sustainable/view-all 
 
Tesla solar roof shingles now available for pre-order
https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/10/teslas-solar-roof-tiles-go-up-for-pre-order-today/ 
 
First time homebuyers want more smart home tech
http://www.cepro.com/article/houzz_first_buyers_smart_home_tech 
 
 
LOCAL news
 
The Puget Sound regions long bet on light rail
http://urbanland.uli.org/industry-sectors/infrastructure-transit/puget-sound-regions-long-term-bet-rail/ 
 
17.8 acres in Laurelhurst listed for sale
http://www.constructiondive.com/news/rare-patch-of-for-sale-land-could-bring-more-housing-to-seattle/442390/
 
Sellers seeing big profits
http://www.king5.com/money/markets/real-estate/ballard-couple-sells-home-for-big-profit/433922788
 
Seattle Metro area 8th most expensive city to rent in the U.S.
https://www.zumper.com/blog/rental-price-data
 
Seattle has highest percentage of Millennial movers in the nation
http://news.buzzbuzzhome.com/2017/04/seattle-highest-percentage-millennial-movers.html
 
Amazon surpasses 350000 employees
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/amazon-surpasses-350000-employees-43-last-year/amp/
 
Seattle rollout of wireless electricity meters begins this summer
http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/city-lights-smart-meters-are-hitting-the-grid-this-summer-is-there-anything-to-fear/
 
Deputy mayor see challenges ahead for Bellevue
http://www.bellevuereporter.com/news/mayor-deputy-mayor-see-opportunities-challenges-for-bellevue-ahead/
 
Sound Transit asking for patience
http://www.bellevuereporter.com/opinion/sound-transit-appreciates-patience-for-growing-pains/
 
Snohomish County hopes to become the climbing capitol of Washington
http://mynorthwest.com/616909/flying-high-near-paine-field/
 
Bear sightings in Snohomish County on the rise
http://q13fox.com/2017/04/30/a-beary-scary-encounter-black-bear-sightings-in-snohomish-county/
 
Merger of Fire departments may affect some Everett neighborhoods
https://myeverettnews.com/2017/05/06/merger-of-lynnwood-fire-and-sno-co-fire-district-1-may-affect-everett-neighborhoods/
 
Falling unemployment in Tacoma
http://www.businessexaminer.com/blog/May-2017/Federal-numbers-show-falling-unemployment-in-Tacoma/
 
New sculptures contribute to a more vibrant Puyallup
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/puyallup-herald/ph-news/article147842584.html
 
Puyallup approves new South Hill neighborhood plan
http://www.puyalluppost.com/south-hill-plan.htm/
 
Master plan and design for 18-acre park in Puyallup will be finalized this summer
www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/puyallup-herald/ph-news/article148111619.html
 
 
WEEKLY DOSE OF awesomeness
 
Dog loves hanging out…on the roof of his family’s house
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/dog-named-huckleberry-star-hanging-owners-roof/story?id=47345942
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