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Wednesday Links: August 30

There’s a statewide report about the market for the second quarter out from the UW center for real estate research.  Most of it is what you’d expect; low inventory, rising prices, and King County standing out for both.  I’m paying particular attention to the details at the end about building permits.  In a market so desperate for an increase in inventory, seeing new permits down 8% is a bummer.

The Case-Shiller numbers for May-June are out, and there aren’t any huge surprises there, either.  We’re still in the fuzzy are-we-aren’t-we territory around whether the market is starting to bubble, but it’s looking more and more like we did embark into bubble lands in the spring.

It might be interesting to take a look at the effects of flood insurance programs on housing.  We’re not seeing much flooding in Seattle, despite setting records both for rainfall, and stretches of time without rainfall, this year.  Still, good food for thought.

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Wednesday Links: February 15

Maps and stats are the theme for this week.  First up is this mapping project designed to give walking directions that make sense from the pedestrian’s perspective.

FEMA has issued updated flood maps that put 800 more properties in flood zones.  If own or are looking in Pierce county, you might want to check whether you’re affected by the changes.

The road to funding the 2040 transportation budget is nearly there.  At least, it looks like it’s there enough to get started.  (Which is great, because otherwise it might turn into the 2050 plan.)  And it’s definitely needed since commute times everywhere, including the Eastside, are growing.

There is a lot of interesting analysis for stat wonks to pry open in this writeup from the Seattle Bubble.  Particularly interesting is the breakdown on where current market growth is happening and comparisons to prior markets that saw similar growth patterns.