Monthly Archives: May 2006

Expedia’s Chairman Barry Diller Nets $464 Million

An article the other day in the Seattle P-I talked about Barry Diller, who is the Chairman of Bellevue-based Expedia netting a paltry $464 million from exercising stock options from both Expedia and IAC/InterActiveCorp last year. I guess you could live on that and not have to worry too much about a $726,115 salary, $3.25 million bonus and $955,769 in various benefits.

Hey Barry – Have you considered investing some of that cash back into the local Eastside community?

NWMLS Official Press Release

Here is the official press release on April Home Sales from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (I don’t believe many of the people who were quoted and question whether they believe themselves): Northwest MLS Reports Inventory Gains, Along with Price Increases KIRKLAND, Wash. (May 5, 2006) – “I assure you we would have more sales… Continue Reading

Real Estate Snoops …..

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal talks about how people have started snooping into the values of their friends, relatives and acquaintances homes using online websites like and Zillow. I find it rather interesting that people have the time and desire to snoop that much, but also have to admit that I’ve done… Continue Reading

Signs of the Bubble ….?

An article in today’s Seattle Times talked about Kirkland-based Merit Financial laying off most of its 300 employees and considering filing for bankruptcy protection. Ironically on their website, the last press release posted was about Merit being named one of the fastest growing private companies in Washington state. My thoughts on this subject are many.… Continue Reading