In a recent special external affairs report, The Counselors of Real Estate® highlighted the Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate™ for 2018 – 2019, with a look at five short-term trends and five long-term items the industry should be looking at in the coming months and years. Below, you’ll find an outline of the five most pertinent issues impacting real estate now.
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As Puget Sound Business Journal reporter Marc Stiles recently tells readers, “if it looks like there are more construction cranes dotting the city of Seattle’s skyline, it’s because there are.” According to a report released in mid-July by Rider Levett Bucknall, “Seattle’s crane count increased from 45 to 65 from December through May,” which means “Seattle has more cranes than any other U.S. city for the third year in a row.”
The US Census Bureau recently released new population statistics that reveal Seattle added just over 17,000 people to its population in 2017, which equates to about 326 people per week or 46 people per day. As Curbed Seattle reports, Seattleites aren’t likely to be surprised at the latest figures, which show “that around 724,745 people lived in the Seattle city limits alone as of July 2017.”
Upon the announcement that Amazon was on the hunt for a second headquarter location, many wondered what impact a new city would have on the company’s presence in Seattle. And as recent activity from the retail giant has shown, it is definitely not slowing things down. According to reports, Amazon “has increased its forecast for the size of its campus in Seattle by about 2 million square feet, the equivalent of three additional skyscrapers,” which means the company will occupy nearly 14 million square feet of office space once current and planed projects are complete.