Seattle-Bellevue Market Update | June 2019

There is a nationwide phenomenon of home price gains slowing nationwide.  “Home price gains continued in a trend of broad-based moderation,” says Philip Murphy, Managing Director and Global Head of Index Governance at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Year-over-year price gains remain positive in most cities, though at diminishing rates of change. Seattle is a notable exception, where the YOY change has decreased from 13.1% in April 2018 to 0.0% in April 2019.

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Dive into the 2019 Waterfront Report

Summer is the official time for waterfront living in the Puget Sound and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has put together an in-depth look of waterfront trends in 14 counties around Western Washington. RSIRWaterfront.com charts 15 months’ worth of data and includes average and median sales price trends, topographic maps of 27 areas and monthly sales activity.

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Microsoft Makes Progress on Multi-Billion-Dollar Renovation

Microsoft has undertaken a multi-billion-dollar renovation of their Redmond headquarters, which will add another 2.5 million square feet of office space to the campus and easily accommodate 8,000 more employees. The project broke ground in January 2019 and it’s ambitious. Puget Sound Business Journal says, “the upgraded campus will include a two-acre plaza with room for 8,000 to 12,000 people for meetings and events, soccer and cricket fields, an underground ‘smart’ parking facility and a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Highway 520 connecting the company’s East and West Redmond campuses.”

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Richard Chandler Boosts Investment in Electric Aerospace Technology

Back in May, I looked at a growing trend in our region: the electric aerospace industry. At the time, local companies such as Magnix and Zunum Aero were raising capital for research in electric aviation and experts estimated that there were roughly 100 global companies developing electrically propelled aircraft. The Puget Sound region could soon see further advances in the industry, as billionaire Richard Chandler is backing Redmond-based Magnix with a sizable investment.

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Expedia Employees will Descend Upon Seattle this Fall

Years after the official relocation announcement, Expedia’s move to Seattle is drawing ever closer, with some employees expected to start work in Interbay this fall. That figure will balloon to 4,500 employees by February 2020, when all Expedia workers are fully relocated. A large concern for Seattleites and commuters is the traffic impact, but as Seattle Times reports, the new office “will be an oasis for employees who want to avoid driving to work, offering private shuttles, plentiful bike amenities and cash for every day they don’t drive.” There is a parking structure for those that are committed to automobile use, which will accommodate 2,300 vehicles with room for expansion.

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