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Freddie Mac: Top 5 improving metro markets for housing

Slowdown? Not here.
Brena Swanson
Despite the majority of the housing market losing momentum, there are a handful of divergent regions that haven’t slowed. But they all have something in common: they are the hardest hit markets.
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Windermere Real Estate joins RealtyTrac’s broker network

Company represents more than 40% of all real estate sales in Seattle
Ben Lane
“The addition of Windermere Real Estate to the RealtyTrac Network furthers our mission of aligning with top brokerages in the nation to leverage RealtyTrac’s many resources and further establish them as highly credible, sought after authorities on the housing market,” said Jamie Moyle, CEO of RealtyTrac.
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Home loan bank merger will take over Northwest

Doesn’t face a lot of opposition in Washington D.C.
Brena Swanson
If the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle are cleared to merge, the new bank would cover the vast majority of the Northwest. And so far, the merger is not facing much opposition.
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How much does it cost to live in America’s five “coolest” cities?

Being cool need not break the bank
Ben Lane
Forbes ranked the top 20 "coolest" cities in America, and we're not talking about weather here. But how much would it cost you to live amongst all of that coolness? Click on to find out.
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RTS Pacific, Regional Trustee Services complete asset purchase agreement

New company expands Butler & Hosch brand into Seattle
Brena Swanson
Regional Trustee Services announced it completed an asset purchase agreement. Under the purchase, the complete assets including client base, open matters and employee base, are transferred from Regional Trustee Services Corporation to RTS Pacific.
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Northwest housing market picks up into summer

Brena Swanson
The Northwest housing market is improving, as several key indicators witnessed increases from 2013, including inventory and pending sales.
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Top 13 cities for freshly minted millennials

Where should you live?
Brena Swanson
Many millennials are topping off the final days of their college educations and entering the beginning stages of their career. So where are they choosing to live, or better yet, where should they live?
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Zillow launches mortgage pre-approval tool

Brena Swanson
In light of the market heading into the spring buying season, Zillow launched its new mortgage pre-approval tool that allows home shoppers to get pre-approved for a mortgage quickly and easily.
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Seattle home sales rise after Seahawks Super Bowl victory

Didn't care for home shopping during playoffs
Brena Swanson
There were 507 fewer pending sales during February than the same month in 2013, but members believe the 6.5% decline isn’t due to a shortage of buyers.
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The 10 most romantic homes you can buy right now

Who says money can't buy you love?
Sarah Wheeler
With hot tubs, fireplaces and killer views, these homes glow with romance. The best part? You can buy one.
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