Elected leaders and candidates gather to discuss housing supply solutions at annual REALTOR® conference

Pictured above left to right: Sam Pace, Housing Specialist for Seattle King County REALTORS®, Michelle Connor, Executive VP of Strategic Enterprises at Forterra, Peter Orser, Acting Director at the Runstad School for Real Estate Studies and Randy Bannecker of Bannecker & Associates.

This week, we hosted a crowd of over 100 at our 22nd Annual Housing Issues Briefing at the Westin Bellevue. REALTORS® realize it’s important to constantly educate lawmakers and key decision-makers about the housing market in order to keep our market thriving, vibrant, and affordable.

“I think this is the most important briefing we’ve ever offered to our current and future elected officials. We confront an enormous housing supply crisis and it has become an emergency,” Patti Hill, 2016 President, stated as she opened the event and welcomed attendees.

 

Special guest speaker Mollie Carmichael, Principal at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, gave a presentation titled Understanding today’s housing trends and consumer preferences. She presented attendees with targeted consumer research and statistics, offering insight not only into the housing supply, but consumer preferences and trends. Mollie noted Seattle’s unusually low supply of homes which significantly affects consumer choice.

Next on the agenda was our speaker panel consisting of Peter Orser, Acting Director at the Runstad School for Real Estate Studies, Michelle Connor, Executive VP of Strategic Enterprises at Forterra, Sam Pace, Housing Specialist for Seattle King County REALTORS® and moderated by Randy Bannecker of Bannecker & Associates. The panel delved into topics such as affordability, transportation, buildable lands, supply, and how legislators can work with REALTORS® to create solutions.

Attendees were provided information packets which included the Seattle King County REALTORS® Housing Supply Principles: