Washington State Economic Update for the Seattle Metro [video]

Economic Update for Washington State and the Seattle MetroI recently gave a presentation about the how our National Economy and our local Washington State Economy and the Seattle Metro have started improving.  I am not saying that we are all the way out the woods but the economy is slowly growing both nationally, here in Washington, and the Seattle Metro while showing good signs that mean stabilization.  This presentation was done for the Vision Leadership Conference and it starts with the US Economy, the to Washington State, the Seattle Metro and King and Snohomish County.
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Could A New Seattle Sports Arena Send Housing Values Soaring?

Well the battle for a new Seattle sports arena has begun.  On one side we have basketball (and hockey) fans arguing that a new arena is good for the community and on the other we have the naysayers who insist that a new sports arena would just cost the city a lot of money.  But could it be that a new sports arena will have a ripple effect on the housing values of the entire city and even the outlying areas?  There are some who insist that a sports arena would have a positive shockwave effect on the economy.
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Government Shutdown Averted – Housing Disaster Straight Ahead

HUD Housing Disaster Ahead

In coming to a consensus on the provisional budget that will help our nation move forward until a more permanent budget agreement can be reached, we have averted a shutdown; but put ourselves on the road to a housing/foreclosure disaster. The budget agreement reached last week by legislators and the President has effectively gutted the funding for housing counseling provided by HUD. HUD approved housing counseling agencies will completely disappear if funding is not restored in the permanent budget agreement. What does the loss of HUD housing counseling mean for ordinary homeowners and even budding real estate investors? Read more