Electric Planes are in the Puget Sound’s Future

Puget Sound Business Journal reports that the electric aerospace industry is growing, as local companies such as Magnix and Zunum Aero are “fighting to raise money and counter critics of emerging electric aviation technology, which could revolutionize short-haul aviation and revive regional air travel.” Experts estimate that there are roughly 100 worldwide companies developing electrically propelled aircraft and though many of the projects are in very early stages, “airline executives are lining up to buy them, lured by the promise of lower operating costs, bigger profits and much lower to zero emissions.”

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The Commercial Real Estate Industry Continues its Upward Trajectory

Commercial real estate—and its economic trajectory—was the topic of a recent forum at the REALTORS® Legislation Meetings & Trade Expo, and it made one thing clear: growth will continue in the marketplace. As the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) outlines, a panel led by Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of NAR, discussed “the economic forces shaping commercial real estate markets and how high-tech company expansions, such as Amazon, will have a significant effect on regions across the country.”

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Smart Home Features That Add Value

Smart home technology is a growing trend, with nearly half of American households now implementing at least one form o the technology. As Realtor.com outlines, these products can make our homes a better place, saving us “money, time, headaches, and other hassles.” Below I’ve re-capped their top five reasons to “go smart.”

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Real Estate Investors Target Innovation Economies

According to a recent study by JLL, real estate investors are putting their money into cities with strong technological economies: GeekWire reports that the study “finds a correlation between the real estate investment dollars spent in a community and the strength of its innovation economy.”

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U.S. News Names Washington the Nation’s Best State

U.S. News recently completed their ranking of the Best States in the nation and our very own Evergreen State topped this year’s list! Washington’s impressive performance may be attributed to the State’s strong economy, coming in at third, second-ranked infrastructure, and health care and education, which both came in at fourth on the list.

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Zillow Presents the Customer Service Award (Badge)

Back in March, I announced that Zillow had awarded me with the “Best in Customer Service” Award, an achievement given only to those with a score of 90 and above on Zillow and Trulia. Earlier this month, I was thrilled that Zillow presented me with the award in-person, an event that was published by Inman News on Instagram. I was one of only three agents that were personally awarded and at any one time, there are approximately 3,000 agents recognized with the Best of Zillow Badge. The award presentation came shortly after Zillow unveiled a comprehensive rebranding campaign, including a refreshed logo and new website design, and the addition of the word “Zillow” to the “Premier Agent” program.

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Features that Boost a Home’s Sales Price

When considering home renovation, it’s important to think not only about how added features will add value to daily life but also how they will impact your home’s value when it comes time to sell. MarketWatch recently put together a list of the top home features that boost a home’s value, both at the entry-level and top tier price points. Data was compiled by Zillow and utilized the listing descriptions, sold prices, and sales times for over 4.6 million home sales in 2017 and 2018.

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