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Unread 11-28-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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I was just curious about the state of the home building and remodeling scene in northern Washington.

The little lady and I have been talkin of a move to bellingham from portland and was just curious of what its gonna take to ditch my clientel base and start from scratch. Any imput on whats going on up there would be helpful.

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Unread 11-28-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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Hopefully better than Northern Wisconsin!
Hang tight Jeremy, there's a few guys in that area.
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Unread 11-28-2008, 10:37 PM   #3
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Jeremy,
I'm in the Seattle area and I keep hearing that purse strings are tightening, but pretty much only do residential remodel work and new construction by referral so I'm a bit outside of the normal market. I do know that I'm averaging about 8 calls per week of people looking for work (I don't advertise), and have been getting those calls for a few months now. The new houses which were being built around the corner from my house a year ago have sold 3 (out of 35 lots) and they've built 5 as spec homes, with no takers and huge price reductions. Commercial work in Seattle and Bellevue is still going pretty strong but when those long-term projects wrap up there's going to be a flood of commercial guys looking to throw tile anywhere they can find a check.
I haven't heard that the market is any better, probably worse in Bellingham. I'm still getting calls to bid from Blue Book.com for commercial work up that way but I'm too unfamiliar with the area to say if it's concentrated in a single area or more spread out (indicating a healthier market).
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Thanks Shaughnn,

Sounds about the same as Portland as far as new construction goes. I always figured the Seattle area would have some pretty good opertunity because it has a broader range of people to serve.

This sucks because I know 4-5 years ago I coulda moved anywhere and been fine with my skills because people were spending money, now I really gotta make smart choices in the state of things.
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Unread 11-28-2008, 11:09 PM   #5
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Jeremy,
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for May 2007, there were only 650 registered "tile and marble setters" here in Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue. I did a bit of back-tracking from that report and found that many other comparable metropolitan areas have a much higher concentration of tile installers. So, the ground is fertile. It's just that there's gonna be a lot of stiff competition in making those key connections.
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You may want to stay in Portland for a yr or more since the housing contruction going to get worse before it getting any better.... That what I would do if I were you.... just IMO.
If you make the move soon all I gotta say good luck....
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