Spokane Journal of Business

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Holman Gardens adapts to life during COVID era

Holman Gardens Retirement Community has endured recent hard times through creativity and flexibility, administrator Linda Hubble says. Most recently, employees at the 96-unit facility have been cross-trained in culinary duties in order to cover staffing ...

Positive actions needed in times of volatility

It is not the good times that define a person, but the tough times and how one chooses to react. The same can be said for the market and how we respond in the bad times. As I write this, we’ve seen the Nasdaq retreat about 14% year-to-date hitting ...

Guardian Angel to launch dementia care program

Guardian Angel Homes, a family-owned and operated retirement community established in Liberty Lake in 2003, plans to launch next month a new program designed to help slow cognitive decline. The program, called Enhance Protocol, will be available to all ...

Self-questioning should precede big changes in life

It seems I learn daily about a friend or client who is choosing to make an impactful choice in their lives. This pandemic has brought about a massive wave of people making changes in their careers, quitting or retiring from their jobs, changing homes...

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Equitability still sought in commercial lending

To serve minority-owned businesses seeking commercial loans more equitably, financial institutions should update lending guidelines, increase awareness of available loans, and serve in a mentorship capacity, some business owners and community observers...

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Housing affordability becomes greater concern in rising mortgage rate environment

Some real estate professionals here say anticipated increases in mortgage interest rates this year could price median-income homebuyers out of the market, while others say they don’t anticipate immediate widespread disruption in the current market....

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Higher loans rates could hurt small Inland Northwest businesses

Bankers in Spokane haven’t noticed a sharp change in behavior from prospective borrowers, panicked by the looming threat of rising interest rates set to occur in 2022, but say they are keeping a constant eye on rising rates and anticipating the needs ...

Wage-price spiral could extend risk of inflation

Trillions of dollars in new central bank and federal government stimulus added to an economy already recovering from the lockdown-induced stupor of COVID-19-produced skyrocketing corporate profits and a hat trick for equity investors in 2021....

Don’t become ‘house poor’ in overheated market

Real estate has been a hot asset class this past year since the demand is more significant than supply. Prices have been going up, up, up. With interest rates still low and lending so easy, it has helped to fuel this hot real estate market. ...

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Zoned Out: Single family-exclusive zoning may become thing of the past

The Washington state Department of Commerce has proposed several changes to its Growth Management Act, and Gov. Jay Inslee has voiced his support for a policy that would essentially ban single-family zoning, but local real estate industry experts say the ...

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