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  • Builders: Land-use policy reform would improve traffic congestion

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in:
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    It’s no secret that Seattle traffic is bad. According to the Kirkland-based INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, the city ranks 10th nationally and 20th worldwide in terms of congestion. Similar conditions exist for the greater Seattle metro area. As state legislators and local lawmakers evaluate various transportation solutions to alleviate deteriorating road conditions, building industry leaders are encouraging them to also consider how land-use and zoning policies may be responsible for the scorching-hot real estate market that, combined with a low home inventory, forces many Seattle workers to move south or north and then commute back in on Interstates 5 or 405.
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  • Boom county: Faster permits for ‘houses waiting to get built’

    Posted on Jul 27, 2017 in:
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    EVERETT — Snohomish County has been striving to help builders put more houses on the market, as a short supply continues to make life hectic for homebuyers. County planners have been working to shave the time it takes to approve new subdivisions. They’re allowing developers to submit more plans online, rather than meeting in person. They’ve also added an in-house surveyor to their staff.
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  • Boom county: Faster permits for ‘houses waiting to get built’

    Posted on Jul 25, 2017 in:
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    EVERETT — Snohomish County has been striving to help builders put more houses on the market, as a short supply continues to make life hectic for homebuyers. County planners have been working to shave the time it takes to approve new subdivisions. They’re allowing developers to submit more plans online, rather than meeting in person. They’ve also added an in-house surveyor to their staff.
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Industry News

  • Housing bubble fears stronger in Washington than in any other state

    Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in:
    • Industry News
    A new survey found 71 percent of Washington adults think a housing bubble is coming. New York, Florida and California residents were the next most likely to fear a housing bubble.
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  • Here’s why you probably won’t retire in Puget Sound region

    Posted on Aug 9, 2017 in:
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    Blame the cool rainy seasons and pricey real estate for our low rankings in a new retirement survey. According to Zumper’s 2017 list of best places to retire, the Tacoma-Seattle-Bellevue metro area ranked 114 out of 117. Ranking lower were the Abilene, Texas, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts/New Hampshire and Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York metro areas.
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  • Tesla has completed its first ever Solar Roof product installations

    Posted on Aug 9, 2017 in:
    • Industry News
    Tesla has already completed the first installations of its Solar Roof products, which use integrated solar panels to gather energy. The solar tiles were first introduced last year, and are designed to look essentially indistinguishable from traditional roofing materials so that they present an aesthetically attractive option to consumers who might shy away from traditional panel designs.
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