Headlines 10.09.2012

The Seattle area real-estate market’s strong summer stretched into September, statistics posted Thursday by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service indicate.

Buyers closed on nearly 1,800 houses in King County last month, 13 percent more than in September 2011. 

King County home prices, sales in September ahead of last year’s pace ~ Seattle Times

Rate on 30-year mortgage hits record low 3.36% ~ USA Today

Amazon buying Seattle HQ from Paul Allen for $1.16B ~ GeekWire

Washington most “app intense” state, study says ~ Seattle Times

With T-Mobile / MetroPCS deal, Puget Sound lands another giant ~ Seattle Times

Redfin study knocks Zillow, Trulia listings accuracy ~ Inman

On Big Real Estate Sites, Study Finds Gaps in Listings ~ NY Times

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff: Startups that try to disrupt real estate commissions are doomed to fail ~ GeekWire

BofA: Free second mortgages ~ Bankrate

As China’s economy slows, real estate bubble looms ~ Washington Post