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“Strategic defaults,” the latest instrument in the economic toolbox, are on the rise as more borrowers who are underwater on their home loans decide it’s not worth it to stay current on their payments each month. That trend could have repercussions for the housing market, and for borrowers, for years to come.

Strategic defaults are when borrowers who owe more on their homes than they’re currently worth choose to stop paying their mortgage but continue to meet other financial obligations, according to a definition by Morgan Stanley in a research report on the topic. read more »

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Kitsap Real Estate TrendsThe shift in the real estate market over the last couple of years continues to whittle the ranks of local real estate agents. Kitsap County Association of REALTORS has been going down in membership — currently it has 657 members, compared to almost 1,000 at the end of 2007 (867 at the end of ‘08). But, according to the association’s CEO, Mike Eliason, Kitsap County has fared better than most other areas in the state in its membership reductions.

New agents are also entering the field, and Eliason said just in the past month, 15 new members, who are new to the industry read more »

  • Almond Properties
    18120 Viking Way NW, Poulsbo 98370
  • Alger Real Estate Group
    PO Box 1310, Silverdale 98383
  • Buckley & Buckley Real Estate
    168 Winslow Way W., Bainbridge Island 98110
  • Cantu & Company, Inc
    3303 Looney Tune Lane NW, Seabeck 98380
  • Century 21, Anchor Associates, Inc.
    3608 Wheaton Way, Bremerton 98310
  • CMESELL.com
    3635 Seabeck Hwy NW, Bremerton 98312
  • Coldwell Banker/McKenzie Associates
    10048 NE High School Rd, Bainbridge Island 98110
  • Coldwell Banker-Bain read more »

When Alvin Mullins moved to Washington State last fall, the timing was right for a career change. As hundreds of real estate agents statewide were leaving the field, Mullins decided he would get started instead. With a sales background going back more than two decades and a longtime interest in real estate, Mullins obtained his real estate license last October and joined RE/MAX Town & Country in Gig Harbor.

“Some real estate agents got in when the market was hot and didn’t have to do a lot of work for it,” he said. read more »


The Bremerton Harborside Condos taught the KCCHA a very harsh — and expensive — lesson about renewal development and why sticking to its core mission is better for all — but especially the taxpayers. Kitsap County has stepped in to bail out the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority by assuming responsibility for more than $40 million in agency’s debt. read more »


Krista Murphy and her husband, Jeason, were pushing their 30s but had never owned a home. After moving to Washington from California two years ago, they rented and watched home prices drop. Finally, they decided to take the plunge and bought a home in Suquamish this past November.

“We love being in Suquamish because we’re right in the middle of Poulsbo and Bainbridge,” she says. Not only is the home within an easy commute to the island, where they both work, it also has access to the beach and biking trails. read more »


The Washington Attorney General’s Office declared a major victory for consumers in response to a judge’s order that a notorious foreclosure rescue scammer must pay more than $3.2 million to victims he wronged plus $179,000 in penalties for violating the Consumer Protection Act.

“Joseph Kaiser’s a cunning real estate investor who made his living by claiming to help people facing tax foreclosure — then taking their homes, land and money,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said. read more »


L-R Latitude 123 owners Judy Lynott, Charles Bucher, and Deann Nordi Latitude 123 recently opened in downtown Gig Harbor to serve business and homeowners with architectural design, construction, and interior design services. The business caters to new construction, remodels, and full service design.

Three local talents have joined forces to work under one roof, operating in a freshly renovated space at 8811 Harbor view Drive in Gig Harbor. read more »


The U.S. Green Building Council has released the LEED regional credits as part of LEED 2009, the new version of the LEED Green Building Rating System. These LEED credits encourage that specific regional environmental priorities be addressed when it comes to the design, construction and operations of buildings in different geographic locations. read more »

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