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    Tuesday, November 21, 2017   /   by Leneya Ludwick

    Co-op vs. Condo

    Co-op vs. Condo: What's the Difference Between These Types of Homes?

    By Jeanne Sager | Nov 6, 2017


    Urban dwellers and potential buyers who want to purchase a new home in a common building or community will likely consider two types of properties: co-op and condo. Although they're similar in size and appearance, a co-op (short for "cooperative") and a condo (short for "condominium") are actually quite different.
    To help you decide which property is right for you—and how buying one or the other will affect you financially—let's take a closer look at the intrinsic differences between co-ops and condos.
    Co-op vs. condo: What's the difference?
    The major distinction between these two properties is exactly what you will actually end up owning. A condo is a private residence owned by an individual or family in a building or community where the reside ...

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    Wednesday, November 15, 2017   /   by Leneya Ludwick

    Why Seattle Will Maintain It's Hot Streak-Seattle Times

    Why Seattle Real Estate Will Maintain Its Hot Streak

    Forbes Real Estate Council
    Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

    Anthony Hitt

    President and CEO of Engel & Völkers Americas, overseeing the European real estate brand's growth and operations in the Americas.
     Anthony Hitt , Forbes Councils


    Seattle is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country and we’re betting on Seattle to maintain growth for the foreseeable future. Limited inventory coupled with significant development, high demand and a constantly evolving marketplace are just some of the reasons why. As such, Seattle represents lucrative opportunities for individual investors (as we’ll see later, international investors are pouring resources into the city): real estate agents and brokers, who will find opportunities in a variety of neighbor ...

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    Monday, November 6, 2017   /   by Leneya Ludwick

    High-Tech Affordable Housing

    Prefab startup Blokable goes high-tech for affordable housing


    These smart home-ready dwellings start at $58,000

    BY PATRICK SISSON  NOV 2, 2017, 6:54PM EDT






    As a serial startup founder and former Amazon manager focused on the company’s physical retail spaces, Aaron Holm was used to seeing technology solve problems. But when he began experiencing the holdups and delays that came with building stores, and connecting some of the issues he was seeing on the street in Seattle, such as homelessness and housing affordability, with the old-school approach of much of the construction industry, he began to see a new problem that needed a tech-savvy approach.

    The inspiration led Holm to found Blokable, a company that manufactures a high-tech, customizable housing unit to order, last year. Inspire ...

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    Tuesday, October 24, 2017   /   by Leneya Ludwick

    This takes house boats to a whole new level!

    Modern floating home lets you dive from bed to lake


    Seattle’s latest aquatic stunner

    BY JENNY XIE  AUG 15, 2016, 3:52PM EDT






    Main living spaces are placed upstairs for better lighting

     Photo by Benjamin Benschneider via Dezeen

    Surrounded by scenic bodies of water, Seattle has a vibrant history of floating homes, ranging from the quirky to the prefab. This striking modern rendition, docked on the shore of Lake Union, hopes to continue that tradition.

    Recently completed by by local firm Vandeventer + Carlander Architects, the two-story abode embraces wooden slats as shading on the exterior and accented ceiling on the interior. It also features a reversed program, wherein the main living spaces are on the upper level and the bedroom ...

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    Tuesday, October 3, 2017   /   by Leneya Ludwick

    Amazon in Seattle


    Mike Rosenberg 

    Seattle Times business reporter

    Less than a month after opening up a hunt for a second headquarters, Amazon has agreed to expand in Seattle in a big way.

    The company confirmed Tuesday it has signed a lease to take over the entire office portion of a planned downtown skyscraper called Rainier Square that will become the second-tallest building in the Pacific Northwest.

    Even by Amazon’s standards, the expansion is massive: Rainier Square will be among the company’s biggest office buildings when it opens as soon as 2020, with room for more than 3,500 additional employees.

    Amazon will occupy about 722,000 square feet in the Rainier Square development, which is in the early stages of construction. No other company in the city has an office that large.

    Amazon has been scooping up offices on a regular basis for years. It already takes up nearly 20 percent of a ...

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