THE STARBUCKS EFFECT.

Sometimes, all I can do is shake my head.

Did you hear about the report released by Quartz a while back that came to the conclusion that “Home values rise when a Starbucks location hits the neighborhood”?

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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

DEPRECIATION. An Imaginary Expense.

THIS ILLUSION IS ITS OWN MAGIC TRICK. NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON’T!

Meet Jack.  Jack is an investor.  He has been doing this a while.  He likes rental properties and has a lot of them.  Continue reading

An Obvious Defense, Overlooked By Many.  By Jen Hudson

Note: The names have not been changed, as neither party is innocent.

Terry and Diane Visser lived in Blaine, Washington and had a habit of buying homes as investment properties.  They bought one of these “fixer-uppers” as an investment back in 2005.

After acquiring the property and beginning their renovations, they realized 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

Pay Attention To Market Cycles. By Jen Hudson

COMMON SENSE IS A FLOWER THAT DOES NOT GROW IN EVERYONE’S GARDEN.

Do you ever feel like you are the only one drinking Diet Coke in a casino full of boozing people?

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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

2016. TIME TO PLACE YOUR BETS. By Jen Hudson

Hello. It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to see my predictions for 2016. (Thank you Adele.)Blurb - Predictions

Let’s call this prediction thing what it really is. Predictions are really observations of trends that are just beginning. Get ready to place your bets for 2016 based on new trends that are emerging in the market. Continue reading

Straight Talk About “Forgiveness.”  No, not the kind of forgiveness at church.  I mean the tax burden kind.

The following is taken (well… almost) directly from Ed McFerran, McFerran Law, P.S. (253) 284-3838 or www.mcferranlaw.com.  He knows a lot of stuff.

First, you’re probably thinking to yourself… “Jen, we’re waaay past this whole recession thing.  Why are you talking about debt forgiveness? Continue reading