William Neilson
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William Neilson
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NAR: Even With Economic Gains, Homebuyers and Sellers Unsure

December 18, 2017 8:33 pm

Even with economic gains and employment growth, homebuyers and sellers are less optimistic about their prospects, according to recently released findings from a survey by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). NAR’s quarterly Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) report reveals 60 percent of renters believe now is a good time to buy a home, […]

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Tax Reform Vote: Any Last Holdouts?

December 18, 2017 8:33 pm

The Republican party’s self-imposed Christmas deadline for the widely debated tax bill is fast approaching. Last week, Republican lawmakers announced they had the votes necessary to pass the converged Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill. As the process moves forward, details are changing quickly, and, now, a couple of steadfast voters may not cast their […]

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Marijuana’s Impact on Real Estate

December 17, 2017 2:57 pm

While the cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana remain illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), nearly all states* allow for the limited medical use of marijuana and eight states (plus the District of Columbia) allow for some recreational use. More than 17 states allow individuals to grow their own marijuana plants for personal […]

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Net Neutrality Rollback Threat to Real Estate Industry

December 17, 2017 2:57 pm

The net neutrality controversy came to a head last week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the Obama-era open internet regulations following a meeting on Dec. 14. These protections required broadband internet providers to offer equal web access without added fees for preferential treatment or higher speeds. The net neutrality rollback won in a […]

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Thomas Gallagher: A Real Estate Powerhouse With a Family Feel

December 16, 2017 8:33 am

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

December 16, 2017 8:33 am

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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Appraisals Come Up Slightly Short

December 14, 2017 8:33 pm

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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Regional Spotlight: 2018 Seattle/Puget Sound Housing Forecast

December 13, 2017 8:33 pm

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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Fed Raises Rate for Third Time This Year

December 13, 2017 8:33 pm

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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Southern California Homes Ignite Just Months After October Fire Siege

December 12, 2017 8:33 pm

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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