I was reading an article the other day about how, in some parts of the country, the economy – while still challenged – is beginning to see signs of improvement.
In Seattle, Washington, for instance, orders for Boeing planes have jumped dramatically in the past 2 months. Nordstrom increased its profit by 7% in the third quarter. Starbucks is reinvesting cash into roasting and repackaging plants. A survey of business leaders indicates that they intend to begin hiring again in 2012.
What I find interesting is that for many of us, it’s easier to listen to – and read about – the bad news, rather than actively seek out good news. I’ve decided to seek out good news about our local economy and here’s what I’m finding:
Snapshot of 2011’s housing market:
The changing face of town houses:
New refinance plan in the works:
10 BIG tax deductions many of us miss:
An easy explanation of ‘who pays for what’ in a real estate transaction: