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Gerhard’s Take on the News
For the past four years, Gerhard Ade has published a mid-month newsletter called News with a View. The three news items have a theme. Gerhard’s view is reflected in Gerhard’s Take.
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The only constant is change.
Chinese buyers are staying away.
Chinese yuan’s drop in value makes Seattle homes more expensive.
Gerhard’s take: Adds up to a dim sum.
Anonymous buyers disappeared.
Miami real estate sees steep drop in shell company purchases.
Gerhard’s take: Miami heat meets bay watch.
Buyers refuse to play the multiple offer game.
Blame rising mortgage interest rates and rising inventory.
Gerhard’s take: For now, sellers still have the upper hand.
First published by Gerhard in his August News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
Moving on or staying put?
Owning a home in retirement?
Even with a reverse mortgage, some baby-boomers plan to stay put.
Gerhard’s take: Fixed income and raising property taxes a threat?
Other baby boomers moving into rentals
Can’t downsize due to lack of affordable homes.
Gerhard’s take: Will Millennials step up to the plate?
First published by Gerhard in his July News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
Buy, Rent, Beach
A comprehensive buying guide
What does it really take to buy a home in the Seattle area?
Gerhard’s take: An excellent article by Mike Rosenberg
Buy near the beach.
America’s Most Affordable Beach Towns, 2018
Gerhard’s take: A Washington town waves in at number three.
First published by Gerhard in his June News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
Find a job, find a wife, find a home (in that order)
More millennials live with parents than in the past decade.
It allows the pursuit of passions that may not be especially lucrative.
Gerhard’s take: Find a real job and move out!
Single women buying homes at twice the rate of single men.
Single women only trail married couples as the largest buyer segment.
Gerhard’s take: Get married guys so you can buy that home!
First published by Gerhard in his May News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
The good, the some say bad, and the ugly
A West Seattle home was saved by friends.
The coffee shop will continue to serve the neighborhood.
Gerhard’s take: The $1.25 million sale that did not happen.
Seattle area home prices are still climbing.
This Bellevue home in the Factoria area sold for 39% over list price.
Gerhard’s take: Someone named Zhu paid cash.
First published by Gerhard in his April News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
News on SeattleRealEstateNews.com
February Seattle Area Real Estate News
Despite tax increases, the Seattle market stays strong.
Gerhard delivers: Freshly served monthly via the Northwest Multiple Listing Service
The News, Past and Present
Three-year market trends for more than 50 Zip codes
Gerhard delivers: Updated monthly, inventory, average price & days-on-market
First published by Gerhard in his March News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
King County’s costly school funding plan
Property taxes up by an average of 17 percent over last year
Gerhard’s Take: schooling the tax payer
Snohomish taxes catching up with King
Increase driven largely by changes in state education funding
Gerhard’s Take: hard on fixed income owners
Spare bedrooms galore
At least one spare bedroom in 44 million homes
Gerhard’s Take: take in a lodger to soften the blow
First published by Gerhard in his February News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
Average rent dipped 2.9 percent in December across King and Snohomish counties.
Gerhard’s Take: Those cranes are doing their job.
New short-term rental rules welcome by Airbnb and Seattle hotels
Gerhard’s Take: Better deal than sugary sodas
First published by Gerhard in his January News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
Loan fraud plagues Chinese real estate market.
Two extra contracts, one for the lender and one for the government.
Gerhard’s Take: How do you say “bubble” in Chinese?
A $52 million mortgage for Beyoncè and Jay-Z
30,000 square feet include a 15-car garage and four outdoor pools.
Gerhard’s Take: Live in style and fill one of the pools with bubbly.
First published by Gerhard in his December News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
It’s a Numbers Game
How much per square foot?
A 3-D map of the United States tells the story.
Gerhard’s Take: The smaller the pricier
Seattle inventory lowest since 2000
Sellers average 65% return on their original purchase price.
Gerhard’s Take: If you can, sell and leave town.
Is there a bubble in the future?
Portland and Seattle are tied for 5th on the watch list.
Gerhard’s Take: I prefer bubbly to bubble.
First published by Gerhard in his November News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
Where are millennials moving?
Some of these places aren’t served by an interstate highway.
Gerhard’s Take: Not going west, my friend!
This house will cost you just $10.
Naturally, there is a catch, and it’s a big one.
Gerhard’s take: Ready to move a mansion?
This chateau just hit the auction block.
Renovated in 2010 and offered without a reserve.
Gerhard’s take: No “make-me-move” price?
First published by Gerhard in his October News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!
Amazon plans to build a second headquarters.
26 US metropolitan areas fit the bill for Amazon’s HQ2.
Gerhard’s Take: Cleveland needs you!
Little Rock mayor ready to court Amazon
Uses Twitter to announce that the city “will Think Big and Be Creative.”
Gerhard’s Take: Little Rock could become Big Rock
Tacoma is after Amazon’s 2nd headquarters
Even Everett is throwing hat into the ring of contenders
Gerhard’s Take: The Boeing location model
First published by Gerhard in his September News with a View Newsletter. Subscribe here!