The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) released a plan today at its annual Housing Summit to promote the creation of more housing options for Puget Sound consumers. The ten-point plan suggests both regulatory and legislative changes to increase housing attainability that could be implemented by state… Read more
Approximately 100 people gathered at Sand Point Country Club for a luncheon to celebrate 2017 Seattle-King County First Citizen Award honorees, Bill and Jill Ruckelshaus. Bill and Jill are the 79th recipients of the prestigious award and the eighth couple to be saluted for their inspiring leadership and contributions to the area’s quality of… Read more
The Seattle City Council took an important step to provide more housing options in the City’s university district. The Council passed a planned up-zone that is consistent with goals set out in the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda – HALA. The rezone will direct growth to the blocks near… Read more
Employment is growing in the Seattle area, yet the ratio of listings to closed sales (months of housing supply) has declined steadily since 2012 (see chart). The King County average for 2016 is 1.25 months of supply; a 4 – 6 month supply is considered a healthy, balanced housing market.… Read more
KBTC’S Northwest Now aired a segment last Friday on the real estate market in Western Washington. Their panel included our 2016 President Patti Hill , Skylar Olsen the Senior Economist for Zillow, Sharon Benson 2016 President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors, and Robert Lipston of Opes Advisors. You can watch the 2-part… Read more
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Three generations of REALTORS® met with Representative Judy Clibborn (D-41) to discuss the issue some are facing with being double taxed through the real estate excise tax (REET). Van Anderson and @MichaelOrbino meet with Representative Clibborn of the 41st District. #2016HillDay pic.twitter.com/T437i5Ngfk — SKCRealtors (@SKCRealtors) January 21, 2016 Van Anderson,… Read more
The Women’s Council of REALTORS Seattle-Metro Chapter held their first meeting of the year at our Bellevue office and invited Chief Economist for Windermere, Matthew Gardner, to give a presentation titled “What Will 2016 Hold for the Seattle Economy and Housing Market?” You can read more about Gardner’s predictions for our region’s… Read more
Recently, the Seattle Times published an article, “Region at a crossroads as home-buying power shrinks,” highlighting the many factors contributing to rapidly rising home prices and lack of inventory. Seattle King County REALTORS® have been submitting comments and suggestions for over a year to policymakers on ways to keep housing… Read more
Seattle King County REALTORS® submit comments on Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan Update encouraging housing inventory to accommodate unmet housing demand. View the document below or click the link to Download.