Hands-free law starts July 1st – That means Realtors too!

Look Ma, No Hands! Washington State will go ‘hands free’ for cell phone use in the car on July 1st, so agents (and everyone else) shouldn’t be driving around with one hand up to their ear anymore. Well…that’s the intent anyway. The Washington State Patrol says you could face up to a $125 fine, although […]

Sunday Night Stats – King County

Of course Monday is the last day of the 2nd Quarter and the 1st Half of 2008.  Exciting stuff!  But that will be next week’s news. Tonight, since 6/29 will be kind of boring weekly stuff, I tracked of few of the top listing machines to see how their volume has changed.  Can’t tell you who they are, […]

Survived the one-year threshold and still lovin' Seattle

Yes, I know, it’s been an eternity since I’ve tapped on the keyboard – at least for RCG. I’ve now muscled past the one-year hump of living in Seattle, and honestly can’t say I adore it any less than I did when I first moved here in June 2007 from Naperville, IL. If anything, I […]

Friday Rates are Improved

This week month continues to be very ugly for the stock market and traders are seeking the safety of bonds.   In fact, the DOW is on track for being the worst June since the Great Depression and we have oil closing at a record $140.  Mortgage rates continue to be very volatile and odds are, […]

Head Scratcher: $100K loan orig. fee, poof! Maybe it's our hot weather.

Life in the escrow business: A borrower notices a $100,000 loan origination fee on a very large transaction, puts on the brakes and says, “not so fast.” The borrower stops the transaction after the loan officer and borrower can’t work it out. I know Lynlee mentioned a nutty conversation in an earlier post, but this […]

SocialNotes for Blog Posts?

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Stewart Title in Everett on fire

I just received a call from Mark Perez who works at Stewart Title in King County telling me that Northwest Cable News is showing film footage of a fire in progress at Stewart Title’s Snohomish County main office in Everett.  If you recall it was less than a year ago that Stewart Title Everett received a two […]

What do Governor Gregoire's actions mean for local Countrywide employees and short selling homeowners?

Is Governor Gregoire just a little too late in regards to Countrywide’s lending tactics? Aren’t we merely days away from the Bank of America takeover? As I drove back to the office today after teaching yet another short sale class, I heard the news on KIRO 710 AM that Governor Gregoire is seeking to pull Countrywide’s […]

Next Week on Rain City Radio: Tim Ellis

Fresh off an great conversation with Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog, I’m really excited to have Tim on our show next week!   I’m sure we’ll talk about all things Seattle bubble as well as Tim’s great new parody project: Naked Loon. Please set aside Tuesday, July 1st at 4pm to join us!   And […]

Ballard Denny's is now gone

As Myballard.com reported, the ballard Denny’s is no longer.  Without public notice, the building was taken down just 3 days after Benaroya received the demo permit (looks like the application was opened and issued on June 19th). Myballard.com did a great job reporting (with great pictures) on this demo, so check out that site for more info.  Here is […]