escrow redondo washington: Spokane Business Honored with Hire-A-Vet Award - 06/27/12 08:23 AM
Employment Security Department/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 27, 2012/#12-029
Spokane business honored with Hire-A-Vet Award SPOKANE – Two state cabinet officials visited Spokane today to honor Haskins Steel for its track record of hiring military veterans.
Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause and John Lee, director of the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs, presented a Hire-A-Vet Award to the company’s general manager, Craig Dias.
“It would be hard to find a business more deserving of this award than Haskins Steel,” Trause said.
In accepting the award, Dias acknowledged the contribution veterans have made to the company.
“Today, veterans are among the best-trained … (3 comments)

escrow redondo washington: Washington States Department of Revenue Wins a National Award - 04/05/12 05:07 PM
Revenue wins national award for its implementation of taxpayer amnesty
Washington, D.C., April 5, 2012 – The Washington State Department of Revenue has won a national award for what judges said was its swift and taxpayer-friendly implementation of a 2011 taxpayer amnesty.
The Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA) today named the agency co-winner of its 2012 Taxpayer Service and Education award in recognition of how it launched the three-month amnesty period only seven weeks after the Washington State Legislature authorized it in a one-day special session.
“We put a great deal of thought and work into making Washington’s first-ever tax … (0 comments)

escrow redondo washington: February's Drop In Unemployment Rate May Shorten Unemployment Benefits - 03/21/12 10:22 AM
February’s drop in unemployment rate
may shorten unemployment benefits
OLYMPIA – Washington gained an estimated 4,200 jobs in February, adding to the state’s gradual climb up the employment ladder, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to an estimated 8.2 percent in February, down from a revised rate of 8.4 percent in January.  It was the lowest unemployment rate since January 2009, when it was 7.7 percent.
As a result of the improved unemployment rate, the maximum weeks of unemployment benefits in Washington will likely be reduced from 99 down to 73 … (0 comments)

escrow redondo washington: Are you Reading Your Short Sale Approval Letters Carefully? - 10/25/11 03:41 PM
Are you Reading Your Short Sale Approval Letters Carefully? Several Banks now include an Arms Length Affidavit with their short sale approval letters which require the parties to certify "That the sale of the property is between parties who are unrelated and unaffiliated by family, marriage or commercial enterprise".One Affidavit has the buyer certifying that they will not re-sell the property within 120 days without having substantially refurbished or added value to the property and goes on to require that the closing agent will not act as the closing agent of subsequent transactions involving the property within one year of closing the short sale.The … (2 comments)

escrow redondo washington: Claim Your Returns a Record Number of Refunds in Washington State - 09/13/11 05:40 PM
Revenue returns unclaimed property to a record number of claimants
OLYMPIA – Sept. 13, 2011 – The Washington State Department of Revenue returned unclaimed property to a record 108,441 claimants in Fiscal Year 2011, thanks in part to a sharp increase in the number of businesses reporting unclaimed property to the state.
The number of individuals who claimed property during the fiscal year ending June 30 was more than 10,000 higher than the 98,362 claims paid in Fiscal Year 2010. These individuals claimed $46.5 million in Fiscal Year 2011.
Revenue Director Suzan DelBene said the number of businesses reporting unclaimed property … (4 comments)

escrow redondo washington: I Have Been Inspired - And Why Not?? - 05/15/11 11:33 AM
I Have Been Inspired-And Why Not?
This little girl is my daughters niece in California.  At the Federal Way Chamber's May luncheon, I won a prize from the Relay for Life group and decided to start a team.  Cyndi Jacobson, another escrow officer assisted with creating the team name:  WRECK Cancer, which stands for "WE IN THE REAL ESTATE COMMUNITY KICK".  I do believe in contributing or giving back and I am going to do something about it.  I started losing friends from cancer about 10 years ago and we all know, love and are thankful for our cancer survivors.After attending the Team Captains … (6 comments)

escrow redondo washington: More Help Wanted: Job Openings Up 31% in Washington State - 04/21/11 12:44 PM
More help wanted: Job openings up 31 percent
OLYMPIA - Washington's recession-ravaged job market is on the road to recovery, according to the Employment Security Department's fall 2010 job-vacancy survey released today.
Job openings were up 31 percent last fall compared to a year earlier, growing to an estimated 41,889 vacant positions.
Employment Security conducts the job-vacancy survey twice a year, in the spring and fall. Estimated openings increased by 8 percent between the spring 2010 and fall 2010 surveys.
"The increase in job openings is a sign that employers are gaining confidence, and that's good for our economic recovery," said … (2 comments)

escrow redondo washington: Washington State will not interrupt UE Benefits if the Feds shut down - 04/08/11 06:22 PM
Federal government shutdown will not interrupt unemployment benefits or WorkSource job services
 OLYMPIA - Officials with the Washington State Employment Security Department are assuring unemployed workers that unemployment benefits will continue to be paid even if the federal government shuts down.
In addition, WorkSource offices will remain open to provide job-search, training and career development services.  There are about three dozen full-service centers across Washington, plus several dozen affiliates that provide a smaller array of services.
Although Employment Security and WorkSource operations are supported mostly with federal funding, Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause said, "We have funds on hand to maintain … (0 comments)

escrow redondo washington: Do you want to win a Northwest Multi City Vacation Getaway for Two? - 04/08/11 02:29 PM
Do you want to win a Northwest Multi City Vacation Getaway for Two? 
I sure do.  The lucky winner receives:
Round trip tickets on the Victoria Clipper plus a champagne continental breakfast aboard One night accommodation at Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina Transportation via Cruise Victoria motor coach to the Butchart Gardens Admission for two to The Butchart Gardens including high tea Pacific Coach Lines transportation and BC Ferry between Victoria and Vancouver, BC One night stay at Delta Vancouver Suites in Vancouver, BC Tickets for the Hop On Hop Off Vancouver Trolley Tour Amtrak Cascades transportation between Seattle, WA … (0 comments)

escrow redondo washington: How to Check The US Terrorist Funds List - Just in Case you Suspect Some Funky Business In Your Transaction - 04/06/11 06:14 PM
What are the chances...?That your buyer or seller is on the US Terrorist funds list? Every transaction in this Country is checked against the names on this 500 plus page listing at the Office of Foreign Assets Control.  This office was created to track down & locate funds that are earmarked for terrorist activities or that belong to "Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons".  I recall that after 9/11, while working for Fidelity National Title in Seattle the memo's were pouring in about this.  10 years later and nothing has changed - Are you interested in checking out this list?  Here it is, save … (4 comments)

escrow redondo washington: No Fooling: You May Have Unclaimed Property! - 03/31/11 01:11 PM
No Fooling: You May Have Unclaimed Property
OLYMPIA - April 1, 2011 - It's time to check the Department of Revenue's unclaimed property database again even if you didn't find anything last time.
"No fooling. Your odds of finding unclaimed cash are better than ever," Department Director Suzan DelBene said.
That's because the Department has added 623,000 names and $91.5 million to its huge online database at after businesses reported new unclaimed property late last year.
While the Department was able to pay $44.5 million to more than 98,000 claimants during Fiscal Year 2010, the database has grown to about … (0 comments)

escrow redondo washington: Booth Escrow is now accepting Escrows on Mobile Title Transfer Only's - 03/20/11 02:32 PM
Booth Escrow is now accepting Mobile Home Only Escrows!
As a closer who has worked for title companies for the last 28 years, I have always referred these transactions out to independent escrow companies, which I have continued to do since I opened.  Hey - wait a minute:  I AM an independent escrow company now!
I get a number of phone calls each month on this topic and since about 19 independent escrow companies have closed their doors in the South Sound area, I need to fill the need.
So give me a call and I would be happy to assist … (2 comments)

escrow redondo washington: We Celebrated Fat Tuesday in New Orleans this year! - 03/20/11 02:24 PM
We Celebrated Fat Tuesday in New Orleans this year!
This has been on my list of things to do since I was about 18.  We spent months planning the trip - where we wanted to stay - close to everything, but not in the middle of what I expected to be chaos.It was sensational!  7 nights, many parades, a jillion beads, the best food and so many friendly local people.    We enjoyed a dining experience at Emerils Delmonico on St. Charles one night and then walked outside to enjoy the parades with the locals.  Beakfast at Brennons was a treat too, not to mention Aligator Cheesecake … (5 comments)

escrow redondo washington: Washington State Reports Job Gains in February - 03/15/11 07:42 PM

Job gains continued in February
 OLYMPIA - Washington added an estimated 800 jobs in February and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent from January's revised rate of 9.2 percent.
The big gainer in February was the construction industry, which added an estimated 3,900 jobs. Other industries that grew last month were government, up 1,700; and leisure and hospitality, up 1,600.
Growth in the public sector is attributed primarily to military jobs and higher education.
Jobs were lost in retail trade, down 1,500; wholesale trade, down 1,400; financial activities, down 1,300; professional and business services, down 1,300; and transportation, warehousing … (0 comments)

escrow redondo washington: The Science of Sound in Satsop - 02/11/11 04:42 PM
The Science of Sound in Satsop
Part of Satsops unused nuclear power plant has just been leased by Ron Sauro, president of NWAA Labs for the purposes of testing sound absorption and transamission properties of building materials such as windows, doors and acoustical materials used in wall structures, ceilings and floors, cubicles and even materials used on rockets. 
Gail Greenwood Ayers writes about this lease in the new South Sound Magazine and Jeff Hobson offers a pretty nice photo.
Thanks for reading!

escrow redondo washington: Washington States Department of Revenue seeks business imput on tax simplification - 01/28/11 03:08 PM
Washington State's Department of Revenue Seeks Business Input on Tax Simplification
OLYMPIA - Jan. 27, 2011 - Have an idea on how Washington can simplify its tax system to help small businesses? If so, the Department of Revenue would like to hear from you through an online survey at
The Department is soliciting tax simplification ideas in response to a directive from Governor Chris Gregoire.
The Department is in the process of scheduling meetings with stakeholders to gather information on the burdens and costs of complying with the tax system. The online survey is intended to supplement that process and … (0 comments)

escrow redondo washington: Washington State Business to get $43 million tax break on 2010 taxes - 01/21/11 04:06 PM
Washington businesses to get $43 million tax break on 2010 taxes  OLYMPIA - Washington employers will save an estimated $43 million in federal taxes in 2010 because they hired certain hard-to-place job seekers.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit provides up to $2,400 in tax savings per worker to businesses that hire veterans, the disabled, ex-inmates, food-stamp recipients and those who receive Supplemental Security Income.
"This tax credit is an incentive for businesses to hire individuals who have a particularly hard time finding work," said Paul Trause, commissioner of the Employment Security Department. "It's a good tool for reducing hiring costs."
To … (0 comments)

escrow redondo washington: The Seattle Career Fair is open on Thursday, January 20th, 2011 - 01/19/11 11:54 AM
THURSDAY CAREER FAIR...Jobs will be available in Administration, Aerospace, Customer Service, Food Service, IT, Sales, Software Development and More. Please see web site for complete list..THE SEATTLE CAREER FAIRThursday, January 20, 201110:30am to 2:00pmThe Seattle Center(Northwest Meeting Rooms)For more information and to preregister, please go to LOCATION MAP:Held at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms (NW corner of Key Arena), corner of 1st ave. N and Republican St. For a map of Seattle Center, marking the location of this event, please go to AVAILABLE AT THIS CAREER FAIR INCLUDE:Accounts Payable ClerkAerospace Systems EngineerBartenderCashierCustomer Service CounselorElectricianFinancial Service Rep.Human ResourcesInsurance AgentMarketing AgentMortgage … (0 comments)

escrow redondo washington: What is The Massachusetts Decision? - 01/14/11 04:49 PM
What is The Massachusetts Decision? On Friday the 7th of January, 2011 the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled against US Bancorp & Wells Fargo and reversed their foreclosures because the banks failed to prove that they owned the mortgages when they foreclosed.In an article in USA Today, The Associated Press goes over the details.This decision raises alot of questions for us all.  I have talked with 4 different title companies in King, Pierce & Snohomish Counties today (1/11/11) and they are all telling me about the same thing:  They have been instructed to carefully examine each title and if certain red flags present themselves, they must have … (2 comments)

escrow redondo washington: What is MERS and How is it Involved in Our Housing Crises? - 01/14/11 04:45 PM
What Is MERS & How Is It Involved In Our Housing Crises? MERS stands for Mortgage Electronic Registration System. In the early 90's I started to hear about the creation of MERS and how it would streamline the payoff processes for mortgage loans.  It certainly was/is the "go to" place on the web to confirm who the servicing agent is for properties as most Assignments of Deeds of Trust are no longer recorded.  Now MERS is being brought up and tested in our courts.  Here is an excellent article written by Ariana Eunjung Cha and Steven Mufson with the Washington Post to explain it … (2 comments)