For economic and business information try Greater Spokane Incorporated
Also, Great Schools is a nice resource for school reviews.
The average home sales price in 2012 was $155,957 and the median price was $146,000. The real estate market is looking good overall as we head toward spring; prices seem to be settling down and so are inventory levels.
Most realtors are very good people who offer a great service to their clients in terms of market and real estate contract expertise. Some may pounce, but most won't bite. :) Let us know how we can help!
A very helpful site if you are considering different neighborhoods in the area is the Spokane Crime Map Viewer. This is a tool that the Spokane Police Department produces. You can search addresses and see what activity is like in the surrounding areas. http://www.spokanegis.org/crimemap2/default.htm
What area are you moving from?
Everyones opinion will of course be relative to how they personally feel or from statistics that they have researched. From my perspective Spokane is a fabulous place to raise your family and educate them. We have 15 public school districts ,k-12 within 25 miles of Spokane. Two private colleges, Gonzaga and Whitworth College( has masters degree programs) Spokane Falls Community College gives a 2 year Associates degree with Spokane Community giving technical degrees in lots of great areas. Eastern Washington University with 4 year and masters programs, some classes available at Spokane Campus and in the evening. WSU Spokane campus as well. We are even now adding a medical school to that campus. Some Spokane families home school their children as well and get support materials from the public school systems, privately or through religious institutions.
All large cities of course have their crime problems and none of them are perfect not even Spokane.there are numberous websites that address that issue.
My experience for the past 60 years of living in this area has been positive. We have raised 7 children here 6, of whom are working professionals raising their families in Spokane area.
For the past 26 of those years as a full time RE broker. I have helped a lot of individuals and families find wonderful areas to live based on their preferences and needs. Spokane has a thriving medical community that provides a large bulk of our employment opportunites. 5 large metro hospitals. Spokane Valley has Spokane industrial park with 120 resident companies employing in excess of 4,500 people. Sales and service jobs are also available through out the area. Please contact me through my website link if you have any questions that I can answer more specifically for you. Thank You, Ronda Deakins