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Is this the year to buy or sell a house? Is this the year to get your Realtor's license and make big bucks?
Here's one opportunity to figure out those big question: the 2014 annual Real Estate Market Forum, starting at 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning. That's tomorrow. Registration at the door is $65.
The event will be inside the Spokane Convention Center.
Speakers will cover the past year and look ahead and provide handouts to share with work colleagues.
It's actually fun, even though it's mostly about real estate trends and scenarios.
The keynote will come from Selma Hepp, with the California Assoc. of Realtors.
Sponsors include the usual suspects, including Cowles Co., Avista Corp., the Coeur d'Alene Association of Realtors, Greenstonre, Valbridge Property Advisors and STCU.
That and other questions will be answered by a consulting economist for the National Association of Realtors at the Real Estate Market Forum, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Spokane’s Ag Trade Center.
In his keynote speech, John Tuccillo, consulting economist for the National Association of Realtors, will discuss the economic future of the nation and Northwest.
We spotted a listing at the Puget Sound Business Journal of the state's five largest credit unions.
Two are based in Spokane. The list, based on total assets:
Name Assets Members
- BECU $11.5 billion 826,000
- Wash. State Employees CU $1.85 billion 208,200
- STCU $1.77 billion 114,800
- Gesa CU $1.3 billion 114, 429
- Numerica $1.25 billion 98,000
STCU and Hughes Investments are happy to announce that the region’s leading credit union plans a branch at The CrossRoads Coeur d’Alene, a retail center where WinCo Foods will be the base occupant. “We are very excited that STCU will be opening a new branch in The CrossRoads at Coeur d’Alene,” said Alan Johnson, Senior Vice President of Development for Hughes Investments, which is developing the center. “STCU will definitely add to the success of the project. We are anxious for their opening.” Hughes Investments plans to open CrossRoads Coeur d’Alene in March 2014 on 16.5 acres where sand and gravel were formerly mined. Construction of the credit union branch will begin within 18 months at the corner of Ramsey Road and West Appleway Avenue, said Scott Adkins, STCU Vice President of Lending. The branch is not yet named/Dan Hansen, Spokane Teachers Credit Union. More here.
Seven Spokane area businesses or nonprofits won Agora awards Wednesday, an annual excellence in business designation presented by Greater Spokane Incorporated.
They winners and categories were:
- Two Wheel Transit (small business)
- Arbor Crest Wine Cellars (medium business)
- STCU (large business)
- Spokane H.O.P.E. School (small nonprofit);
- Christ Clinic/Christ Kitchen (large nonprofit)
- Rosauers (community service award)
- VEBA Service Group LLC (entrepreneurial spirit award)
The sun-dappled water glistened in the late morning light and so did the foreheads of the teens who planted trees along Hangman Creek last week. While some kids learn about sustainability in air-conditioned classrooms, students from M.E.A.D. put classroom knowledge to practical use thanks to a partnership with the Lands Council and help from Spokane Teachers Credit Union. For every member who switches from paper statements to e-statements until June 30, STCU will donate money to plant one tree along Deep Creek, Coulee Creek or Hangman Creek/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR photo: From the foreground, Amanda Parker, Aleu Aleu and Isaiah Mitchell poke cuttings of willow branches into the muddy banks of Hangman Creek in Valleyford on May 7)
Question: Have you ever planted a tree? When? Where? Why?
CONSERVATION — A local credit union is linking a promotion to the roots of conservation.
For every member who makes the switch from paper statements to e-statements between April 22 and June 30, STCU will donate the money to plant one treealong Deep Creek, Coulee Creek and Hangman Creek (also called Latah Creek). Work will be done in North Idaho, as well, although exact locations have not been selected.
Up to 400 Inland Northwest high school students will help plant the trees, said Amanda Swan, Lands Council director of development and communications. Students from Mead Alternative School, The Community School, On Track Academy, Lewis and Clark High School, Coeur d’Alene High School and Post Falls High School and St. Maries High School will participate.
“The benefits are in reducing erosion in the watershed,” Swan said. “Tree planting helps stabilize stream banks, reducing sediments and toxics from entering our watersheds and eventually the Spokane River. There’s a public health benefit that goes beyond doing something great for the environment and planting trees.”
You can find on Spokesman.com the full version of the announcement by Spokane Teachers Credit Union it purchased the downtown Hutton Building.
Reporter Jon Brunt summarized the main points in that story (top six graphs below). Saturday's print and online editions will have the expanded version, which includes details on the bankruptcy that led to STCU's purchase.
Spokane Teachers Credit Union is turning a foreclosed property into one of its most prominent buildings.
The credit union announced this week it will move its commercial lending operations to the Hutton Building, which it owns as a result of a foreclosure last year.
The seven-story Hutton Building, 9 S. Washington St., is valued at $3.5 million by Spokane County. It was built in 1907.
Credit union President and CEO Tom Johnson said that the credit union was running out of space for its commercial lending department at its current leased space at the Schade Brewery building near the Riverpoint Campus.
Since it already owned the building and the credit union desired to keep commercial lending offices in downtown Spokane, the Hutton Building was an ideal choice to help it expand, Johnson said.
The credit union will use the top two floors of the Hutton Building as well as some space on the ground floor for a branch.
Liberty Lake-based STCU is ranked 16th-best place to work in Fortune magazine’s rankings of medium-sized U.S. companies.
STCU is the third-largest credit union in Washington and the largest credit union in the Inland Northwest. It has 110,000 members with branches in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
The Best Places to Work ranking at cnnmoney.com praises STCU for a culture of celebration, fun and commitment to employees. The review noted STCU provides a tuition reimbursement for its staff of up to $8,225 per year for related studies.
“It allows parents to take time off for their kids' first day of kindergarten and first grade, as well as for parent-teacher conferences,” the magazine said.
The top-ranked medium-sized business in the ranking was Acuity, an insurance company based in Sheboygan, Wis. A total of 25 companies are listed.
Fortune's lists also include the annual 100 Best Companies to Work For. Northwest companies on that list include: Perkins Coie law firm, No. 58; Nordstrom, No. 61; Umpqua Bank in Portland, No. 69; Starbucks, No. 73,, Microsoft, No. 76; Everett Clinic, No. 87; and Schweitzer Engineering, No. 97.
Spokane Teachers Credit Union is breaking ground for its 16th branch office at 5711 S. Hailee Lane on Moran Prairie in Spokane.
The branch will serve the area near Palouse Highway and 57th Avenue, one of the busiest intersections on Spokane’s South Hill.
This branch is designed by Spokane’s Nystrom+Olson Architecture. Walker Construction is the general contractor for the 4,096-square-foot building. Construction is estimated to cost $916,000.
Like the recently opened South Valley Branch, this office is designed for earn an LEED Gold certification for high energy efficiency.
Its features include solar panels, heat-reflecting roof materials, efficient lights and heating system, and interior furnishings that are certified low in volatile organic compounds.
It’s expected to open by the end of 2012
SR reporter Mike Prager has a story today on Spokane Teacher Credit Union's new “green” branch in Spokane Valley. It has a free charging station for electric cars, solar panels and a roof that reflects heat. The new branch on 32nd opened this week.
Spokane Teachers Credit Union just broke ground for its 15th area branch, near University High School.
The new branch, at 13211 E. 32nd, will be open later this year, according to a press release.
It will be the second STCU branch in Spokane Valley.
Baker Construction & Development is contractor for the 3,496-square-foot branch, which is designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council standards for LEED Gold certification for sustainable building and development practices.
Designed by Nystrom+Olson Architecture, the building will have craftsman-style elements.
The release noted Spokane Valley's population of 91,836 is anticipated to grow by roughly 16,000 in the next 20 years.
A Spokane credit union says local consumers are reporting a phone scam aimed at tricking them to reveal debit and credit card information.
The STCU phone center today is inundated with calls from credit union members and some non-members who reported receiving official-sounding automated phone calls that supposedly come from STCU.
As of 10:30 a.m., more than 100 callers contacted STCU about the phone calls, spokesman Dan Hansen said.
The calls inform the recipients that “Your debit card (or credit card) has been deactivated.” They are asked to provide their debit or credit card number, PIN and expiration date, Hansen said.
The calls appear to be blanketing the region at random, as many of the recipients are not STCU members, he added.
STCU never calls its members asking for credit or debit card information, Hansen said.
Consumers should be wary of any call or e-mail seeking credit or debit card information or other sensitive personal information, Hansen said. These contacts often are scams perpetuated by people looking to commit identity theft.