BREXIT. How Forces Influence Housing.

In case you missed it… recently the UK voted to Brexit from the EU.

BACK-UP.

This month’s read is less about the British withdrawal from the European Union and more about how world markets may or may not influence our local housing here at home in ‘Murica. Continue reading

4Q15 Apartment Guide

If I’m an investor looking at the Apartment Market in the Puget Sound, I sure have a lot of questions.  Things like…. Continue reading

A Crazy Little Thing Called… FIRPTA. By Jen Hudson

You’re telling me there is a chance that the buyer pays the seller’s taxes???  How is that???  Continue reading

New Tax Break Could Boost Sales in 2016. By Jen Hudson

Thanks to a tax break in FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act), foreign investors could double down on their US real estate frenzy in 2016.  How, you ask?… Continue reading

A GOLDILOCKS ECONOMY. By Jen Hudson

A GOLDILOCKS ECONOMY. By Jen Hudson

You know Goldilocks, right?  Not too hot. Not too cold.  But, just right?  Well, that’s kind of what our economic reports are looking like right now.

LET’S TALK JOBS.

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When the Walls are Closing In (based on a true story). By Jen Hudson.

You know when you run across those feel good moments and you realize why you’re really doing something? Recently, I had one of those moments again, and it made my day.

A couple months ago, I had a client call me.  To protect the innocent, let’s call him Joe.  The walls were closing in on him, and he had just gotten Continue reading

New Changes to Buying & Selling. By Jen Hudson

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is going to make changes.  First, you’re probably thinking… the what?  Continue reading

Tired of Treading Water? (Based on a True Story.) By Jen Hudson

Let me tell you a story.  Continue reading

11 Ways to Finance Commercial Real Estate Energy Retrofits

11 Ways to Finance Commercial Real Estate Energy Retrofits
by Michael C. Polentz

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings account for 35 percent of U.S. (and 40 percent of global) electricity consumption. Most commercial real estate professionals accept that energy efficient buildings can, and do, impact the value of the underlying asset. Notwithstanding this recognition, existing commercial buildings on average spend 30 percent of their budgets on operating costs and account for close to 20 percent of all global carbon emissions.

While they understand the benefits, the challenge for most commercial real estate owners and operators is not whether to implement energy efficient retrofits, but rather how to pay for or finance such improvements. Continue reading