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Bellevue one of the 13 Safest Cities In America

Bellevue one of the 13 Safest Cities In America

With only 108 violent crimes per 100,000 people and zero murders Bellevue, Wash. was ranked # 9 on the 13 Safest Cities In America from the Business Insider.

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Walla Walla Friendliest Small Town!

Walla Walla Friendliest Small Town!

“Three weeks and 25,000 miles later, five teams competing in the Best of the Road contest — sponsored by Rand McNally in collaboration with USA TODAY — have turned in their maps and car keys, consulted with a panel of judges and come up with the winners: five towns full of friendly people, great scenery, terrific food, patriotic fervor and just plain fun.”

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Seattle Makes the Top Healthiest, Fittest Cities in the US List

Seattle ranked # 8 on the list of the Top Healthiest, Fittest Cities in the U.S.

The American Fitness Index (AFI) report was released by the American College of Sports Medicine, which looked at preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access and community resources and policies that support physical activity.

The top 10 healthiest cities, according to the 2011 AFI report:

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Boston, Mass.
4. Portland, Ore.
5. Denver, Colo.
6. San Francisco, Calif.
7. Hartford, Conn.
8. Seattle, Wash.
9. Virginia Beach, Va.
10. Sacramento, Calif.

20 percent down payment rule has stiff opposition

20 percent down payment rule has stiff opposition

A bipartisan group of 39 senators and more than 250 Democrats and Republicans in the House even signed letters demanding that the agencies ditch the proposal on the grounds that it would be deeply harmful to a housing market mired in deep trouble.

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Sales of older homes up 7.7 percent in August

Sales of older homes up 7.7 percent in August

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes were up sharply in August, a ray of light for the nation’s beaten-down housing market. But economists are skeptical the gains will last.

The number of homes sold rose 7.7 percent from July and were up 18.6 percent from August 2010, when sales were depressed after the expiration of a popular tax credit for buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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