The Gardner Report: Second Quarter, Volume XVIII (Western Washington)

Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Western Washington real estate market. This report is designed to offer insight into the realities of the housing market. Numbers alone do not always give an accurate picture of local economic conditions; therefore our goal is to provide an explanation of what the statistics mean and how they impact the Western Washington housing economy. We hope that this information may assist you with making an informed real estate decision. For further information about the real estate market in your area, please contact your Windermere agent.

REGIONAL ECONOMICS

There’s an old saying in Western Washington that you have to wait until the 5th of July for summer to start and that, after a prolonged period of tedium, light starts to shine. In reviewing the latest data on the economy and real estate markets, I believe the same can be said about them.

In aggregate, the job market in our region now appears to have come out of the darkness and is showing solid gains across a majority of the counties surveyed within this report. Between June of 2011 and June of 2012, the area added 58,070 jobs—a 2.7% growth rate, which exceeds both Washington State as a whole, as well as the United States. In our region, ten counties expanded their employment base with just six showing modest contraction. If we compare the data to the first quarter of this year, just one county, Grays Harbor, did not add jobs.

Year-over-year, Snohomish County continues to grow at the greatest rate—a function of the buoyant aerospace industry. This was followed by Whatcom (3.9%) and King (3.3%) Counties. Job losses were relatively modest with Grays Harbor (-4.4%), Kittitas (-3.3%), Jefferson (-2.9%), and Clallam (-1.5%) Counties suffering the largest job losses.

Looking at unemployment, all areas saw the rate improve when compared to a year ago.

The latest data is impressive indeed and has exceeded my expectations. As a result, I am going to give the current employment situation a solid “B” grade, up another notch from the last quarter.

The region has seen notable gains for several quarters now, and what is most impressive is that it has come despite continued reduction in government employment. The private sector in our region has taken the bull by the horns and continued to grow despite the uncertain macroeconomic and political environment.

Growth in our region has become the envy of the West Coast and I hope that this can be sustained.

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REGIONAL REAL ESTATE

The Western Washington market registered 21,651 transactions of resale housing units in the second quarter of this year—another impressive increase of 14.4% from the same period a year ago.

The spring market may have come late, but it certainly arrived with a vengeance with all but two counties exhibiting improving sales velocities over the same period in 2011. The counties where there were sales declines are somewhat of an anomaly, as both are small areas and the absolute losses were equally small.

That said, the late spring market was clearly evident with all counties surveyed improving in home sales when compared to the previous quarter.

From a transactional standpoint, the data shows solid improvement, but there is a caveat: units available for purchase declined across all the counties surveyed and this is a concern. Although most markets saw a modest uptick in listings during the quarter, the number of units for sale is down substantially from a year ago, as well as the long-term trend.

Much of this can be attributed to the slowdown in banks listing foreclosed homes for sale. Another factor is that homeowners who are marginally underwater are waiting to list their homes until prices rise sufficiently to enable them to sell and not owe money to their mortgage holders.

Choice in many markets has become limited which, if it does not improve, will likely lead to a slowdown in transactions in the second half of 2012.

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As is shown in the chart to the right, ten counties saw the average sales prices at levels above those of a year ago, five counties are at lower price levels, and one was static. Prices of home sales in the counties analyzed have turned around with aggregated prices 1.6% higher than seen in June of 2011. The disclaimer remains that this figure excludes the highly volatile San Juan County. If we include it, prices paid for homes dropped by a modest 1.7% year-over-year.

Of the counties that saw appreciation, the most pronounced gains were seen in Kitsap (+12.1%) and Lewis (+10.5%), followed by Snohomish and Island which both saw 7.9% growth. The greatest declines were seen in the previously mentioned San Juan County (-23.8%), followed by Clallam (-20.1%) and Cowlitz (-12.9%) Counties.

Previously in this report, I mentioned my concern with the low level of inventory in almost all of the counties surveyed and that it will likely have a negative effect on overall sales as we move forward. This not only has an effect on the number of sales in an area, but also home prices.

If we do see an increase in distressed units coming to market—and I have no doubt that we will—this is likely to cause the growth in prices to slow down, or even decline. This is due to the fact that distressed homes usually sell for less than market which can drag the overall average down, especially if we do not see a large increase in non-distressed listings to offset it.

I am actually going to hold the grade for home values at a “C” this quarter. It would be easy to get caught up in the long-awaited improvement in prices that we saw in the quarter, but due to the factors previously mentioned, I am adopting a “wait-and-see” attitude.

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CONCLUSIONS

Summer has appeared in Western Washington and this has, so far, been reflected in our economy, as well as our housing market.

Businesses have been adding staff at a fair clip and, to a degree, this has influenced people’s decision making when it comes to buying a home. The two are, indeed, intertwined.

Even with this positive data, I am still suggesting that we be a little cautious regarding the housing market. Not because I believe that we are going to see any sort of rapid decline in values, rather that the long-awaited improvement that is shown here may still have some hurdles ahead.

The wait for summer has been worth it—as has the very long wait for recovery/stability in our regional economy real estate markets. The glass is definitely half full right now, but it remains too early to call for a certified recovery in home prices. Enjoy the weather while it is here!

ABOUT MATTHEW GARDNER

Mr. Gardner is a land use economist and principal with Gardner Economics and is considered by many to be one of the foremost real estate analysts in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to managing his consulting practice, Mr. Gardner is a member of the Pacific Real Estate Institute; chairs the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Center for Real Estate Research; the Urban Land Institutes Technical Assistance Panel; and represents the Master Builders Association as an in-house economist.

He has appeared on CNN, NBC and NPR news services to discuss real estate issues, and is regularly cited in the Wall Street Journal and all local media.

Summer Perspectives: Market Report

Jacobi3Summer is finally here, and like many of you, when the weather turns nice we find ourselves smiling a little more. Our whole mood changes for the better. Maybe it’s the much-needed dose of vitamin D – or perhaps it’s that we’re finally getting some good news about the local housing market. Case in point: the most recent housing stats from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported gains throughout the Puget Sound region, including a ten percent increase in home prices in Seattle. Appreciation is usually an indicator of a strengthening housing market, so we’re cautiously optimistic about where things are heading.

Understanding the ups and downs of real estate can be quite challenging, so several years ago Windermere partnered with economist Matthew Gardner to get the most current, relevant data about the Western Washington housing market into the hands of our agents and their clients. Unlike the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which defines “Seattle” as King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, the Gardner Report dives into housing data on a far more local level and explains in detail what the numbers really mean. It analyzes employment figures, population growth, local business activity, and other factors that affect the housing market, such as distressed property sales.

Foreclosures and short sales have had a significant impact on the nation’s housing market, and Seattle is no exception. But, as the most recent Gardner Report points out, there is a light at the end of this tunnel in the form of “cash buyers”. A recent spike in the number of cash buyers in Seattle strongly indicates that real estate investors have returned to the market – and this helps deplete distressed inventory, resulting in less downward pressure on prices. And in the long run, both buyers and sellers benefit from a more stable, balanced market.

We’re proud to be able to offer a study of the Western Washington housing market through the Gardner Report, but ultimately all real estate is local. Hyper local. Market conditions can vary drastically within a single neighborhood. That’s why it’s important to always look to your real estate agent for expert insight. No one knows the local market like they do – or understands how those conditions can, and should, impact your long-term home buying and selling decisions.

Contact your Windermere agent for a copy of the Gardner Report, or go to www.blog.windermere.com and select “Market News”.

Too Early To Call Bottom, But Things Are Looking Up

Right now, the talk around Seattle, where I live and work, is all about the long-awaited rise in home prices.

On a local, as well as national, basis there is clear evidence of home values rising so far this summer. Several data sources that look at national price levels are all showing roughly the same, but there was one that stuck out. Clear Capital published a report suggesting that sale prices were up by 1.7% across the U.S. during the second quarter, and that “the West led the regions in price recovery and forecasted growth.”

They even went as far as to suggest that the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma market should exhibit annual price growth of 14.4% by year’s end, and that this market ranked first out of all the metropolitan areas analyzed.

But before we start celebrating the long awaited return of the market, I want to add a few words of caution to this very rosy story.

The data that I am looking at does, indeed, show several regions that have seen an extraordinarily good second quarter, but there is also data that suggests that we should not get too excited too quickly – and it’s all about foreclosures.

Whilst it’s undoubtedly true that foreclosures brought home prices down initially, they actually then started driving them up due to rabid demand from both investors and first-time buyers who were looking for bargains. (This has certainly been the case here in Seattle where over 30% of all transactions in 2011 were all-cash, investor purchases.)

Supplies of these cheap homes have now started to dwindle as banks continue their efforts to modify many underwater loans. Additionally, states that require a judge in the foreclosure process are facing a huge backlog that is dramatically lowering — albeit temporarily — the number of distressed units for sale.

Additional scrutiny on how lenders and servicers process foreclosures, along with aggressive foreclosure prevention efforts by the federal government, and several state governments, continue to hobble the foreclosure market at a national level.

Combining these two things indicates that prices are now being driven higher by the sale of more expensive, non-distressed units.

“So it’s all good”, I hear you way.  Well hold on just a minute.

Overall foreclosure activity was down in the second quarter of this year, driven primarily by a drop in bank repossessions (REO’s). But according to RealtyTrak, 311,010 properties started the foreclosure process during second quarter, which represents a nine percent increase from the previous quarter and a six percent increase from the second quarter of 2011. This marks the first year-over-year increase in quarterly foreclosure starts since the fourth quarter of 2009.

It looks to me as if lenders are now, slowly but surely, catching up with the backlog of delinquent loans, which is why the average time to complete the foreclosure process started to level off, or decrease in some states, in the second quarter.

I believe that the increases in foreclosure starts in the first half of this year will likely translate into more short sales and bank repossessions in the second half of 2012 and into next year.

What does this mean? If we see a dramatic increase in distressed listings, in concert with a persistently low level of non-distressed homes coming to market, we are sure to lose the price gains that we have been seeing recently.

That said, I would add that not all markets are equal, and some will certainly do better than others, but I am afraid that it is still too early to call a bottom on the U.S. housing market just yet.

An Agent in Seller’s Clothing: Walking in a Seller’s Shoes

By Michael Doyle

Have you ever wondered if your real estate agent understands what you are going through? They come into your house speaking confidently about your neighborhood and market trends. They have vendors ready to help you prepare your home for sale. But do they really think it’s that easy? Do they understand the conversations that follow once they’ve left your dining room table? Have they lain awake at night in worry?

You might be surprised.

I’ve been a real estate agent for eight years and recently attempted to sell my condo. My income hadn’t been what I’d planned; I was upside down and worried about the risks of holding onto it. I wanted less stress, so after months of consideration, I decided to sell.

Here’s how it went down:

-I chose my agent and sat down for a meeting. “Are you willing to meet the market?” she asked? That wasn’t easy to answer! The choices I’d made at purchase (lay out, upgrades, etc.) weren’t as valuable in her eyes as I had anticipated. I tried to fight the urge to feel that my home was worth more than she did.

-We moved out of the condo and hired a great stager to “edit” what we’d left behind. What?! You don’t like the black and white poster of John Lennon from my mother’s Let It Be album?!

-We had handiwork done and a professional photographer shot some great images. My agent listed the property, but after only one day on the market without an offer, I was already anxious.

-Then the Homeowners Association sued the developer (long story, but in short: not good for sales) and convinced me that I was definitely not prepared to meet the market. So, we removed the home from the market, and moved back in.

-Then, the phone rang. Agents wanted to show it, earnestly offering “My clients aren’t concerned with litigation.” Surprise: I didn’t believe it. Right or wrong, I suspected that these well-meaning people would not make it all the way to closing. I wasn’t ready to board that roller coaster.

And, it felt like the market was finally turning.

A property that had once seemed like a heavy weight began again to look like home; like a place that – from a post-tax perspective – is only marginally more costly than renting. So, here I am, happy with my decision to stay in my home and reminded what it’s like to walk in my sellers’ shoes – a win-win situation all the way around.

Michael Doyle is an agent with Windermere Real Estate’s Lakeview office in Seattle, WA.

Windermere Foundation Quarterly Report

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Greetings from the Windermere Foundation,

I am excited to share with you that the Windermere Foundation has received $521,000 in donations this year; this represents a 16 percent increase from this time last year! Thanks to our generous agents, brokers, staff, and owners, along with public donations, many low-income families have received the support they need to stay in their homes and meet their children’s most basic needs.

I would also like to thank our Windermere Foundation Representatives for their commitment and continued support of the Foundation. They volunteer countless hours to both raising and distributing money – which can be very demanding of both time and energy. Again, thank you – you are an important part of the Foundation’s success!

I would like to share a few letters from some of our recipient organizations, illustrating how your support is truly making a difference in the lives of others.

Capitol Hill Housing Foundation/Seattle-Capitol Hill
“On behalf of our staff and residents, we are very grateful for your generous grant. The trust you have placed in us, through your gift, allows us to create diverse communities that make life better for families of modest means. We value your partnership with CHH, and we thank you for your support of our work.”

-Capitol Hill Housing Foundation

Clothes For Kids/Snohomish County Group
On behalf of the Clothes for Kids Board, volunteers and the families we serve, I would like to thank the Windermere Foundation for the generous gift. These funds will help fulfill our ‘basic needs’ program allowing us to purchase much needed clothing and necessities for low income students in preschool through 12th grade throughout Snohomish County. Thanks to our supporters, we are well on our way to serving 6,000 children…”

-Clothes For Kids

The Newport, OR office donated funds to Operation Snackpacks which is part of a nationally recognized social program called The Backpack Program. The original concept was developed after a school nurse asked a local food bank for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomach ages and dizziness. The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in nondescript backpacks to carry home.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the Windermere Foundation. Many low-income families are receiving basic necessities because of your commitment to helping others.

Best,
Christine Wood

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Q&A with a Windermere Short Sale Expert

Q: How does a short sale affect a homeowner’s credit score as compared to a foreclosure?

A: If the homeowner is participating in the federal government’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program, there are definite credit benefits to choosing a short sale over foreclosure. Recent changes to the HAFA Program dictate what the lender can state on the borrower’s credit report after a short sale, and lessens the impact on the borrower’s credit rating. Credit bureau reporting of HAFA transactions where the deficiency is forgiven is now to be reported as “Paid or closed account/zero balance” or “Account paid in full/a foreclosure was started”, as applicable. A short sale is usually reported as “Account paid for less than the full balance”, or similar statements which have a negative affect on the homeowner’s credit score.

While doing a short sale will negatively affect credit, short sales by their very nature may well have a lesser effect on credit than foreclosures. For instance, a completed foreclosure means the borrower has, at a very minimum, missed six months of payments (often considerably more). The property has also gone through a completed foreclosure sale. So while a short sale negatively impacts credit, the effect has been shown to be less than a full blown foreclosure which followed months, if not years, of missed payments.

Some people feel there is a much stronger social stigma attached to foreclosure as compared to a short sale. With a short sale, the homeowner is in control of the sale, not the bank. In fact, today cash incentives may be available to homeowners who decide to do a short sale instead of foreclosure. When the consumer wants to obtain a loan to purchase a property in the future, more opportunities will be available to them sooner if they do a short sale. For example, contrary to popular belief, one can be current on their payments and still do a short sale. And if a homeowner is current on their mortgage through a short sale, they can qualify for an FHAloan afterwards without any waiting periods. The same option is not available following a foreclosure.

Every homeowner’s situation is different, so we always recommend speaking with a real estate attorney who can offer advice on the legal and tax implications for each individual’s circumstances.

What are your real estate questions?

MartinGoldberg

By Martin Goldberg

Martin Goldberg has been successfully negotiating short sales since 2003. Martin is a Windermere broker and partner in Washington Property Solutions, a company that helps brokers and homeowners successfully negotiate short sales. A Washington native, Martin graduated with honors from the University of Washington Law School and worked as an attorney at the Seattle law firm of Perkins Coie, was pioneering technology company Real Networks’ first lawyer, and then worked as in-house legal counsel for an Internet startup before making real estate his career. His 15 minutes of fame (actually 30 seconds) was as an extra on the TV show Northern Exposure. Martin lives in Bellevue with his wife and two children, who he takes on road trips whenever possible. He loves to explore the nooks and crannies of the United States, and has logged trips to 49 states.

Is a “home exchange” vacation right for you?

SummerSeatingIt is finally summer; time for barbecues, summer camp, and family vacations. In recent years we’ve  heard of people shortening their vacations, staying closer to home, or going nowhere at all for “staycations”.  Another way to save money, while still getting away, is to leverage your own home for a home exchange.

A home exchange—often called “house-swapping”—is a money-smart vacation idea that’s been around for a long time. With virtually everyone feeling the economic squeeze, some exchanges are more popular than ever before.

Why a home exchange? Since accommodations are usually the priciest part of a vacation, a home exchange saves money, allowing travelers to take longer vacations and perhaps splurge a bit on dining, tours, or shopping. Larger families appreciate how homes meet their needs for space, meals, and a good night’s sleep. And, home-swappers often say they enjoy “living like the locals,” especially when traveling internationally.

How it works. The basic idea of a home exchange is that two families agree to live in each other’s home (usually at the same time) at no cost—it’s considered an even trade. Exchangers find one another via home exchange website that provides detailed listings of available homes. Exchanges take place within the United States or internationally, and the length of stay is whatever the parties agree upon. Exchangers typically do not meet in person but get acquainted via phone calls and emails before the exchange happens. Details, including pets, the use of a car, and cleaning are all agreed upon ahead of time, usually in a written contract provided by the website.

What makes a house desirable? You might be surprised! As a general rule, home exchangers are looking for location, location, location. They want to explore attractions in your area, attend an event, or visit family. A beachfront house in California is highly desirable, as is a condo in an exciting city—and even a home in the suburbs will appeal to the right travelers. Because swappers are primarily looking for a convenient jumping-off point for their adventures, your home’s age, floor plan, and furnishings don’t matter too much, as long as it’s clean, comfortable, and accommodating.

Vacation homes are ideal. Whether it’s a rustic cottage on a secluded fishing lake or a condo at a popular ski area, a second home is ideal for exchanges. Logistically, you don’t have to vacate your primary residence, and you have more flexibility as to when the swap can happen.  For this reason, many retirees—who often own second homes and enjoy freer schedules—find home exchanges especially appealing.

First steps. If you’re intrigued, start by exploring a few websites; you can view a lot of information for free. Home exchange websites typically charge an annual membership fee of $50 to $100 to list your home. If you decide to join a service, you’ll provide several photos and a detailed description of your home. You’ll also post your desired destination(s) and travel dates, and you’ll be able to peruse the homes that meet your criteria. It’s common to trade information with several homeowners before finding just the right match, and the process may take several months.

Focus on the basics. Once you’ve agreed to an exchange and are preparing your home for guests, think about what makes a hotel room enjoyable.  A clean, clutter-free home is universally appealing, and comfortable mattresses and attractive bedding are a must. Your kitchen should be well organized, and internet access is a big plus. Your guests know they’re staying in someone’s home, so don’t worry about scuffed baseboards and well-worn furniture.  Likewise, don’t expect five-star accommodations when you step into your host’s home.

Is a home exchange right for you? If the very thought of others living in your home and sleeping in your bed—or you in theirs—makes your palms go clammy, an exchange is probably not for you. But many travelers are hooked!

What are your summer vacation tips?

Perspectives: Community Service Day

Jacobi3A few weeks ago, we stopped by one of our local offices for an art auction they were hosting to raise funds for their neighborhood elementary school. As we all know, when funding for public education gets cut, music and art are almost always the first programs to go. So, the agents in our office put their heads together and got creative by inviting local students to produce artwork for the walls of their office. A year later, the students/artists, their families, and the local community were invited back to our office for an auction, the proceeds of which will support the neighborhood school’s art program. It was both rewarding and humbling for everyone who attended to see this complete cycle of giving first-hand.

The philosophy of “giving back” is something that is deeply rooted in the Windermere culture. So much so that every year for the past 28 years, we have closed our offices for one day to help make a positive difference in our local communities. This year our annual Community Service Day took place on June 15. On that day you could find Windermere agents doing a variety of projects, including cleaning, landscaping, and painting at local senior citizens centers, facilities for homeless children and adults, public parks and schools, low-income housing, and emergency shelters, among others.

We are so grateful for the generosity of the Windermere team and the many ways that they support their local communities. Over the years, they’ve proven time and time again that service to others is not something you do, it is what you are. Some people might call it community service – we call it the Windermere Way.

Community Service Day 2012 wrap-up

Last week Windermere Real Estate offices from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, and Utah all took a day off from selling homes to help make a difference in their local communities. Many of the Windermere offices captured their hard work through video and photos, some of which can be viewed below. You can see the rest on the Windermere Real Estate Facebook page at www.facebook.com/windermererealestate. Thanks to the entire Windermere team for making this year’s Community Service Day such a huge success!

Check out some of the projects our Oregon Offices completed in this great video!

Windermere Offices: Moreland, Johnson, Portland Heights, Lloyd Tower and Lake Oswego.

Boise, Idaho at Life's Kitchen

Boise, Idaho at Life's Kitchen

Spokane offices: Manito, City Group, North, Mullan, Liberty Lake & Valley

Spokane offices: Manito, City Group, North, Mullan, Liberty Lake & Valley

Windermere Puyallup at the Washington Soldier's Home in Ortig

Windermere Puyallup at the Washington Soldier's Home in Ortig

Windermere North (Lynnwood) at Vision House

Windermere North (Lynnwood) at Vision House

Windermere Kelso/ Longview helping to revitalize downtown

Windermere Kelso/ Longview helping to revitalize downtown

Windermere Vashon Island working at the Vashon Community Care Center

Windermere Vashon Island working at the Vashon Community Care Center

If you want to learn more about the projects our offices completed and see more photos go to the Windermere Real Estate Facebook page.

Thank you again for all the amazing work you do in your communities!

Community Service Day NW

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On Friday, June 15, Windermere offices in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, and Utah will be closed for a very special reason. For the past 28 years, Windermere has dedicated the third Friday of June to our annual Community Service Day*. On that day, you will find our team doing a variety of projects, including cleaning, landscaping, and painting at local senior citizens centers, facilities for homeless children and adults, public parks and schools, low income housing, and emergency shelters, among others.

This year we want to do a little bit more. For each office that posts their Community Service Day photographs and videos on the Windermere Real Estate Facebook page, (www.facebook.com/WindermereRealEstate) the Windermere Foundation will donate $100 dollars to that office’s Foundation fund, to benefit low-income and homeless families. We encourage you to “like” your local offices Facebook page, as well as your favorite Community Service Day photos. The office with the most photo/video “likes” and comments will receive a $1,000 donation for the Windermere Foundation charity of their choice. The contest will end next Wednesday, June 20.

*Windermere’s Southwest offices hold their Community Service Day in October

Windermere Office Projects for June 15, 2012

Hawaii
Maui Kihei Youth Center
Kona Innovations Public Charter School
Kona Hawaii Island Humane Society
Idaho
Boise Life’s Kitchen
Caldwell Salvation Army Food Bank
Oregon
Ashland Medford YMCA
Bend Bend Community Center
Cannon Beach / Gearhart Seaside High School
Eagle’s Point Shady Cove Elementary
Hillboro & Pacific City Caring Cabin in Pacific City
Jacksonville Medford YMCA
Johnson Friendly House
Lake Oswego Bridge Meadows
Lane County(Eugene) Food for Lane County
Lloyd Tower St. Andrew Nativity School
Medford Medford YMCA
Moreland Sellwood Boys & Girls Club
Newport Undecided
Portland (Raleigh Hills) Hopewell House
Portland Heights Community Warehouse
Portland- Sunset Corridor Cordero House, Janus Youth Programs
Redmond Family Access Network (FAN)
Shady Cove Shady Cove Elementary
Vancouver-OR Fruit Valley Foundation Food Bank
West Linn West Linn Adult Community Center
Utah
Foothill-SLC Project Recovery
Union Park Project Recovery
Park City Project Recovery
Washington
Aberdeen Coastal Harvest
Arlington City of Arlington
Bainbridge Island Bainbridge High School campus to perform ground/landscaping maintenance
Bellevue Jubilee Reach
Bellevue Commons Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville
Bellevue- South Garden Patch in Newport
Bellevue West Camp Korey
Bellingham Lions Camp Horizon
Camono Island & Stanwood Soap Box Derby/ Foundation Fundraiser
Everett Tomorrow’s Hope
Federal Way Truman High School
Freeland & Langly (Whidbey Island) Good Cheer Food Bank
Issaquah Issaquah Food Bank
Kelso/ Longview Lower Columbia CAP
Kelso/ Longview Cowlitz County United Way
Kettle Falls Kettle Falls Food Bank
Kingston Village Green Foundation
Kirkland Juanita Beach
Kirkland-Northeast HOPELINK/ the Kirkland/Northshore Food bank & Emergency Services
Kitsap County/ Bremerton Hospice Care Center
Lake Stevens Sherwood Community Services
Lake Tapps Auburn Foodbank
Lynnwood Vision House: Construction on Jacob’s Well Complex
Maple Valley Residential Home Painting
Marysville Yard work & home repair for collegue with cancer
Mercer Island Mercerdale Park clean up
Monroe Take the Next Step, Community Resource Center
Mount Vernon Mount Vernon Mountain Trail Builders
Moses Lake Moses Lake Parks & Rec
Mukilteo The Mukilteo Food Bank
Ocean Shores Ocean Shores Library
Packwood Historical park service arboretum
Port Angeles Operation Uplift
Port Townsend Food collection for the Jefferson County Food Bank
Poulsbo Snyder Park
Property Management- Belleve Camp Korey
Property Management- Seattle Denny Park clean up
Property Management South Northwest Havest (Kent)
Pullman Pullman Parks & Recreation
Puyallup The Washington State Soldiers Home in Orting
Redmond Hopelink Food Bank
Renton City of Renton Parks Department
Renton Highlands City of Renton Parks Department
Republic Curlew School
Richland Jubilee Youth Ranch
Seattle- Ballard Ballard Food Bank
Seattle- Capitol Hill Capitol Hill Housing, Helen V apartment building
Seattle- Green Lake Seattle Musical Theatre
Seattle- Green lake Northwest Harvest
Seattle- Greenwood Greenwood Food Bank
Seattle-Eastlake Goodwill Development Association/Aridel Mitchell House
Seattle- Lakeview BF Day Elementary School
Seattle- Magnolia Lower Kinnear Enhancement Plan
Seattle- Mt. Baker Grafitti Clean up
Seattle- Northlake Crystal Springs Elementary School, Bothell WA
Seattle- Oak Tree Greenwood Elementary
Seattle- Queen Anne Lower Kinnear Enhancement Plan
Seattle- Sand Point Magnuson YMCA and Sand Point Elementary
Seattle- Services/ Solutions Ryther Children’s Center
Seattle- Wall St Seattle Parks & Rec/ Lower Kinnear Enhancement Plan
Seattle- Wall Street
Seattle- Wedgwood Seattle Musical Theatre
Shoreline Food Lifeline
Squim Boys & Girls Club Car wash fundraiser
Tacoma- Professional Partners Northwest Furniture Bank
Tri-Cities Kenewick Planetree at Kadlec Hospital
Vancouver (Officers Row & Mill Plain Branches) Fruit Valley Foundation
Wenatchee Hospitality House Homeless Shelters
Woodinville North Shore YMCA
Yakima Veterans Group