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Wow. The December Case-Shiller Index report came out today, and it showed that Seattle home values fell to their lowest point since December 2004, at 138.70. (The index is calibrated to 100 for January 2000). This was a 2.03% drop from November 2009, and 6.0% from December, 2009. Nationwide, the index is at 142.43, a…

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The latest Standard & Poors / Case-Shiller Index is out, and it shows that Seattle home values for November dropped 1.1% from October, to 141.57. This is the lowest level in Seattle since February 2005. This also represents a dip of 4.7% from November 2009. Nationwide, values were down 0.97%, and 19 of 20 markets…

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Pablo Picasso. The greatest artist of the 20th century, and the Seattle Art Museum was host to a massive show of over 150 of his iconic works, on loan from the Musée National Picasso in Paris. More than 400,000 visitors came out for the exhibition, with some visitors having waited six hours or more on line, in…

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Felix Hernandez, the 24-year-old ace of the Seattle Mariners’ pitching staff, was voted the American League Cy Young Award winner today, baseball’s highest honor for individual pitching performance. The vote went: 21 for Felix Hernandez, 4 for David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, and 3 for C. C. Sabathia of the New York Yankees.…

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We are baseball fans, and have been season ticket holders here in Seattle since about 1990. We are saddened to learn of the death of Dave Niehaus, who had been the Mariners’ lead announcer since their inception in 1977 and is a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame. Dave was the “Voice of the Mariners”…

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Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez won baseball’s coveted Rawlings Gold Glove Award this week, this award is given to the best defensive players at their position. For Ichiro, this is his tenth Gold Glove award, behind only Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente who have won twelve each, and tying Ken Griffey Jr and Al Kaline…

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Back in January of 2009, Steven Levitt (Freakanomics) wrote a blog post in the New York Times to report on a student’s website, http://truecostofcredit.com/. The article may have caused a brief ripple, newswise, but has clearly not done much to change Americans’ paying habits. We ask you to reconsider. Americans spend $50,000,000,000 on credit card processing…

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We’re not desperate to find them, mind you, but we are wondering – with all the foreclosure problems nationwide, how Seattle has pretty much avoided this problem. It was reported in yesterday’s Seattle Times that: The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area registered the sharpest annual increase – 71 percent. One in every 129 households received a foreclosure…

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This is the first course in five leading to the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist designation, offered by the National Association of Realtors, which Mack completed today. In this astounding seminar, we broadened our horizons as the first step toward reaching out to Canadian, British, and Italian nationals in an effort to expand our practice…

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