US HOME PRICES INCREASE

According a recent Bloomberg keep rising.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose in September by the most in more than three years, indicating resilient demand at a time of persistently scarce inventory, according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller data released Tuesday.

HIGHLIGHTS OF HOME PRICES (SEPTEMBER)

  • 20-city property values index increased 6.2% y/y (est. 6%), most since July 2014, after gaining 5.8% y/y
  • National home-price gauge rose 6.2% y/y
  • Seasonally adjusted 20-city index advanced 0.5% m/m (est 0.3%)

Key Takeaways

The residential real-estate market is benefiting from steady demand backed by a strong job market and low mortgage rates. The ongoing scarcity of available houses on the market, especially previously-owned dwellings, is likely to keep driving up prices. Eight cities have surpassed their peaks from before the financial crisis, according to the report.

In the past few years, growth in property values has been consistently outpacing wage gains, crimping affordability for younger, first-time buyers. That could eventually become a headwind to faster price appreciation. For now, though, rising property values are also helping to boost home equity and support consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy.

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Salute To Salvation Army

In our community impact segment we gave a shout put to the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian movement and an international charitable organization structured in a quasi-military fashion. The organization reports a worldwide membership of over 1.5 million,[2] consisting of soldiers, officers and adherents known as Salvationists. Its founders Catherine and William Booth sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their “physical and spiritual needs”. It is present in 127 countries,[3] running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless and disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries.

The Army was founded in 1865 in London by one-time Methodist circuit-preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine as the East London Christian Mission. In 1878 Booth reorganised the mission, becoming its first General and introducing the military structure which has been retained to the present day.[5] The current world leader of The Salvation Army is General André Cox, who was elected by the High Council of The Salvation Army on 3 AugThe Salvation Army was founded in London’s East End in 1865 by one-time Methodist Reform Church minister William Booth and his wife Catherine as the East London Christian Mission. The name “The Salvation Army” developed from an incident on 19 and 20 May. William Booth was dictating a letter to his secretary George Scott Railton and said, “We are a volunteer army.” Bramwell Booth heard his father and said, “Volunteer! I’m no volunteer, I’m a regular!” Railton was instructed to cross out the word “volunteer” and substitute the word “salvation”.[6] The Salvation Army was modelled after the military, with its own flag (or colours) and its own hymns, often with words set to popular and folkloric tunes sung in the pubs. Booth and the other soldiers in “God’s Army” would wear the Army’s own uniform, for meetings and ministry work. He became the “General” and his other ministers were given appropriate ranks as “officers“. Other members became “soldiers“.[7]ust 2013.[citation needed]

In 1880, the Salvation Army started its work in three other countries: Australia, Ireland, and the United States.

The Salvation Army’s main converts were at first alcoholics, morphine addicts, prostitutes and other “undesirables” unwelcome in polite Christian society, which helped prompt the Booths to start their own church

The Salvation Army’s reputation in the United States improved as a result of its disaster relief efforts following the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The familiar use of bell ringers to solicit donations from passers-by “helps complete the American portrait of Christmas.”[according to whom?]

In the U.S. alone, over 25,000 volunteers with red kettles are stationed near retail stores during the weeks preceding Christmas for fundraising.[9] The church remains a highly visible and sometimes controversial presence in many parts of the world.

As of 1 September 2015 the Salvation Army operates in 127 countries and provides services in 175 different languages

Its stated membership (as quoted from 2010 Year Book) includes 16,938 active and 9,190 retired officers, 1,122,326 soldiers, 189,176 Adherents, 39,071 Corps Cadets, 378,009 Junior Soldiers, around 104,977 other employees and more than 4.5 million volunteers.

The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest providers of social aid,[citation needed] with expenditures including operating costs of $2.6 billion in 2004, helping more than 32 million people in the U.S. alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Happenings

Below are real estate stats Spokane ( courtesy of Go-Spokane) & Tacoma Market

 

Today 1 Month Ago               1 Year Ago
Active Inventory 6 7-14% 4+50%
Median List Price $662,000 $725,000-8% $269,000+146%
% Distressed 0% 0% 0%
Median Days on Movoto 56 64-12% 259-78%
Median House Size 5,578 4,331+28% 2,700+106%
Median $/Sqft 131 124+5% 103+27%

The median list price in Spokane is $662,000. The median list price in Spokane went down 8% from September to October. Spokane’s home resale inventories is 6, which decreased 14 percent since September 2017. The median list price per square foot in Spokane is $131. September 2017 was $124. There were 743 sales of single family homes under one acre in September. Year to to date there have been 5, 967 homes sold. Info courtesy of Go Spokane real estate

 

Tacoma

 

 

  • Median Sales Price. The median sales price for homes in Tacoma for September  was $257,900 based on 1,349 home sales.
  • Price Per Square Ft. Average price per square foot for Tacoma was $208, an increase of 15% compared to the same period last year.

 

Trends in Tacoma show a 9% year-over-year rise in median sales price and a 2% rise in median rent per month.  The median home value in Tacoma is $257,900. Tacoma home values have gone up 12.3% over the past year. Courtesy of Zillow

 

The median price of homes currently listed in Tacoma is $259,000. The median rent price in Tacoma is $1,600, which is lower than the Seattle Metro median of $2,300.

Lulu the black lab has flunked out of the CIA’s elite bomb sniffer school

According to a recent Circa news story

Lulu the black lab might be many things in her life, but being a part of the CIA’s bomb sniffing K9 squad will not be one of them.

The 18-month-old doggy was admitted to the agency’s explosive detection K9 fall 2017 puppy class, but early on it was clear that job just wasn’t for her.

“A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors,” said the CIA in a “pupdate” on their website.

 Pupdate:
Sometimes, even after testing, our pups make it clear being an explosive detection K9 isn’t for themhttp://bit.ly/2gQf3vk pic.twitter.com/07TXRCH7bp

We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09

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Lulu’s trainers tried their best to motivate her with treats and playtime, but it was clear bomb detection just wasn’t her thing. It’s not uncommon for the puppy trainees to have a bad day during the training course, according to the CIA.

All dogs, like humans, have good & bad days when learning something new.
Same for our pups, though it usually lasts just a day or two. pic.twitter.com/z9lQa2uKX4

There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups. pic.twitter.com/iaeRpGiSUR

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“A pup might begin acting lazy, guessing where the odors are, or just showing a general disregard for whatever is being taught at the moment,” said the agency. “Usually it lasts for a day, maybe two.”

Trainers have to become “doggy psychologists” in order to determine what’s wrong. Sometimes the trainee is just bored, needs a break or a new challenge. It can also be a physical issue, such as a food allergy. These issues are usually solved within a matter of days.

For some dogs, after weeks of working w them, it’s clear the issue isn’t temporary & instead, this just isn’t the job they are meant for. pic.twitter.com/bBjPz8Ng2U

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX

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“But for some dogs like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary,” the article explained. “Instead, this just isn’t the job they are meant for. Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives.”

The CIA considers the mental and physical health of its K9s a top priority. The agency therefore determined it was best to cut Lulu from the program.

But it’s not all bad news for the lethargic lab. Lulu’s trainer decided to adopt her after she flunked out, a common practice once a K9 is retired. She has also discovered her true passions: sniffing for rabbits and squirrels, playing with her trainer’s kids and chowing down in her dog dish.

When a pup is removed or retires from our K9 program, the handler & their family is given the chance to adopt them & many do. pic.twitter.com/EMfua7zhbT

Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D

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A Salute to Seattle Children’s Hospital

Salute to Children’s Hospital by Louis Howard

 

The hospital was founded as the seven-bed Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in 1907  after The death of Anna Clise’s young son from inflammatory rheumatism in 1898 made her tragically aware of the lack of specialized care for children – and inspired her to take action.

With the help of 23 female friends, Clise established the first facility in the Pacific Northwest to treat these children, most of who would otherwise have been left to endure pain and disability throughout their lives.

Clise’s original vision – to care for children regardless of race, religion, gender or a family’s ability to pay – still guides Seattle Children’s today.

Seattle Children’s, formerly Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, formerly Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, is a children’s hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. n 1953, Children’s moved to a new campus in Laurelhurst, east of the University of Washington   In 2016, it was ranked as the 5th best children’s hospital in America by U.S. News and World Report and was ranked #4 in nephrology, #6 in cancer, #5 in neonatology, #13 in gastroenterology and GI surgery, #11 in pulmonology and #9 in neurology and neurosurgery.[1]

 

Seattle Children’s was ahead of its time at the turn of the 20th century. The same is true at the turn of the 21st century. Many of our physicians are national leaders in their fields, using their skill and experience to discover new cures and deliver the very latest, best treatments available – all part of our mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.

In 2014, Seattle Children’s received the largest donation in its history: $73.9M from Jack R. MacDonald

Under you Inspire Hope: ways to get involved:

Start A Guild: There is a independent network of Guids with over 5000 volunteers. Many sorts and celebrities support these fundraisers every year. One such Guild is The Imagine Guild.

 

Twenty One years ago, 100 motorcycles gathered to participate in Children’s Ride 1. The  event was a success raising $13,000 for Children’s Hospital.

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In 2009, the Imagine Guild moved the Gala and Auction to the Fremont Studios where John Curley hosted an evening of laughs and fundraising to benefit the kids. We also featured the Bagger Build-off competition between Paul Yaffe/Destination Harley-Davidson and Brian Klock/Downtown Harley-Davidson.

In 2008, CR 13 raised more than $700,000 for Children’s Hospital. Who could have predicted that Children’s Ride would become one of the top five guild fundraisers for Children’s Hospital as well as one of the largest charity motorcycle events in the Pacific Northwest?

The Imagine Guild and Children’s Ride was founded in 1995 by Rick Baldwin. In 1974, Rick’s daughter Tessa was admitted to Children’s Hospital for treatment of third-degree burns when a coffee pot toppled onto her  Being a young father with limited financial resources, Rick benefited from the uncompensated care fund provided by Children’s Hospital. Always wanting to repay the hospital for the care his family received, Rick combined his love for motorcycles with his gratitude to CIn 2005, Children’s Ride grew from a one-day to a three day weekend event. The Children’s Ride Gala and Auction made its debut as a resounding success that year. Attracting one of the top custom motorcycle builders in the industry today, Paul Yaffe built a one-of-a-kind custom chopper for the auction. Excitement was at an all time high in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom as Edgar Martinez of the Seattle Mariners and Chad Eaton, a former Seattle Seahawk, matched each other bid for bid on the custom motorcycle until Edgar offered the winning bid of $95,000.children’s Hospital and the idea for Children’s Ride was born.

Other Ways to Help:

Donate a Toy

Your donation of new toys, gift cards and other items help patients and families when they need comfort Ways to Donate

New Housing Data for September

Below is recent sales data for Seattle & King County courtesy of NWMLS.

Housing & Economic  Update:

 

September 2017 Number MOM YOY Buyers Sellers
Active Listings 3,104 +10.1% -16.1%
Closed Sales 2,512 -10.2% -0.2%
SAAS (?) 1.17 -2.7% -3.9%
Pending Sales 2,736 -11.0% -6.3%
Months of Supply 1.24 +22.6% -15.9%
Median Price* $625,000 -3.8% +16.2%

DOW Sets New Record

Dow touches 23,000 for the first time, closes at record

  • The Dow reached 23,000 for the first time. The index first closed above 22,000 on Aug. 2.
  • Boeing and Caterpillar were the biggest points contributors on the Dow since Aug. 2, when the index first broke above 22,000.
  • On Tuesday, the index was buoyed by UnitedHealth, which reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.

A Look At Our National Anthem

Louis Howard. With all the conversation and actions centered around the anthem sporing events. I explored the history of the national anthem in the USA.

The History Of the national Anthem

 

  • The anthem was originally a poem written by Francis Scott Key
  • The poem was originally called “ In Defence of Fort McHenry was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the war of 1812.
  • Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected in the now-famous words of the “Star-Spangled Banner”: “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”
  • Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779 He became a successful lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and was later appointed U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
  • On June 18, 1812, America declared war on Great Britain after a series of trade disagreements. In August 1814, British troops invaded Washington, D.C., and burned the White House, Capitol Building and Library of Congress. Their next target was Baltimore.
  • After one of Key’s friends, Dr. William Beanes, was taken prisoner by the British, Key went to Baltimore, located the ship where Beanes was being held and negotiated his release. However, Key and Beanes weren’t allowed to leave until after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry. Key watched the bombing campaign unfold from aboard a ship located about eight miles away.  On a rainy September 13, 1814, British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding the American fort for 25 hours. The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore,
  • the British were unable to destroy the fort and gave up. Key was relieved to see the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry and quickly penned a few lines in tribute to what he had witnessed. The poem was printed in newspapers and eventually set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called “To Anacreon in Heaven” by composer John Stafford Smith.

 

 

 

  • In 1931, It became the theme for America People began referring to the song as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson announced that it should be played at all official events. It was adopted as the national anthem on March 3, 1931.

 

 

 

  • Today, the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1914 is housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Trump Signals EXO On Healthcare

Republicans still have not fulfilled their biggest campaign promise — to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Now, President Donald Trump is signaling he may go it alone without Congress and take executive action to allow insurers to sell health plans across state lines.

“I’ll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines, do lots of things and buy their own health care,” Trump said last week on the South Lawn of the White House. “It’s being finished now. It’s going to cover a lot of territory and a lot of people, millions of people.”

Details of any executive order are still unknown, but Trump already has some early support.

“I’m all for it. If it’s constitutional. and he’s got some pretty good lawyers, I assume that he does, I’m all for it,” said Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican.

Republicans say they will support Trump’s executive action to fix Obamacare, but feel backed in the corner legislatively.

“I don’t think there’s any question about it. I’m a member of the legislative branch and I would rather us do it legislatively. However, in this situation where we can’t get the Senate to pass anything, obviously the president’s got to do something,” said Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican from Georgia.

Democratic Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett does not believe the president is ready to have the federal government guarantee what state regulators provide.

“There needs to be adequate consumer protection so that these health care policies don’t take away in the fine print what they promise in the sales promotion,” Doggett said.

Republicans argue selling health plans across state lines would improve competition and give consumers more choice. But Democrats push back on that claim and say cross-state sales could get confusing.

“If you buy a policy in Louisiana, you’re under Louisiana law unless it’s a national policy like the Affordable Care Act and that way you’re under federal law. On a Texas hospital it’s just going to confuse the issue,” Rep. Gene Green, a Democrat from Texas, said.

The Affordable Care Act already allows cross-state insurance, but only eight states are trying it. One big reason is insurance companies tailor their policies to their local customers.

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