Earth Hour with a Prayer

Earth Day

This Evening we reflect with an Earth Hour. It is a reminder that our resources are precious and should always be appreciated. We are asked to honor this by turning all lights out from 8:30-9:30 pm.  Hundreds of homes, offices, and famous landmarks across the world will turn off their lights and remain in the dark for a full hour. This will happen not to try to cut electricity costs for this month, but in order to celebrate.

I am taking this a step further and ask that if you are one of the many that honor this to also, during this time, stop, reflect and say a prayer for the families that are dealing with great pain right now.  I know our Governor asked this of all of us at  10:37 a.m this morning 1 week after the terrible disaster but as we know this has been a very difficult week for Snohomish County and especially the town of OSO and they can use all our prayers and thoughts we can give. We all in this area seem to know someone or someone who knows someone that has been touched by this extreme tragedy. My hope is that all the families involved find the answers they seek and the help they deserve. I am so proud of our county for the show of support and the resolve of pulling together to help a neighbor in need. Lets all give hope and pray that April will be a brighter month.

I think it would be a wonderful gesture and I hope you will join me and spread the word.


Young Adults Will Drive Demand For New Housing

Young Adults Will Drive Demand

…for new housing

Northwest Reporter March 2013

Young adults, not aging boomers, will drive the demand for new housing. That’s the conclusion of George Masnick, Fellow, The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Census data show aging baby boomers (those born 1946-1955) began shifting most of the population growth to the over 65 age groups starting in 2010. Masnick notes the dominance of this cohort in the population growth equation will persist until “sometime after 2030 when they begin to reach the end of their lives in large numbers.”

“Many are quick to conclude that, since population growth drives most of the demand for new housing construction, we must primarily build for the elderly,” Masnick stated. He believes that logic is flawed, instead contending elderly population growth does not represent new additions to the population. “Most elderly are already housed quite comfortably and show little inclination to move to a different residence,” he explained.

The Joint Center’s analysis of census and other data shows fewer than 4 percent of the population over the age of 65 changed residences in 2012-2013. More than 80 percent of the elderly live in owner-occupied housing, and their mobility rate is now about 2 percent.

Conversely, during the past decade, from 2000-2010, the estimated 40 million young adults ages 25-34 claimed the highest rates of mobility. Statistics show this cohort dominated the moving/recent occupants segment, accounting for almost three times as many as the largest baby boom group, which average only 6.2 percent of total moves during the 2000-2010 timeframe.

Masnick also compared occupancy rates for newly built housing. Based on those findings, the Joint Center projects that by 2030, only about 20 percent of newly built units will be occupied by heads of households over the age of 65. “To increase the share of newly built housing occupied by the elderly significantly above that figure, tomorrow’s elderly will need to relocate out of older housing at higher rates than we now observe,” he concluded.

The Joint Center suggests helping the elderly achieve a better fit with their housing will largely involve initiatives to support aging in place. For the next 15-plus years, as the baby boomers age, Masnick expects the need for assisted living facilities and nursing homes will gradually increase.

Whether boomers’ mobility rates will increase may depend on public and private efforts to provide housing better suited to the needs of this aging population. However, he cautions, “there are a host of demographic, social and economic characteristics of baby boomers that argue for less, not more, geographic mobility among the next generation of elderly.” He expects to explore that topic in future reports.


The Top 9 Professions Who Own Homes

Ever wonder who most of the home owners are? I don’t think I ever have wondered this questions but I was curious so I am sure others are too. Of course, I knew us Real Estate Agents would be in there but others surprised me a bit.  However, after thinking more on what certain professions due and why some would need to own a home more than others these do make sense.

What do you think? Are there other professions that you think should have made the cut more that others? Let me know I would love to hear what you think.

TOP 9 PROFESSIONS who own homes, by percentage


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TOP 9 PROFESSIONS who own homes, by percentage