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General Election 2023 Recap

November 13, 2023

Back to News Center This year was a local election year with council seats up in every city within King County. REALTORS® from across King County volunteered over 24 hours of their time to properly vet candidates seeking the association’s endorsement. In all, SKCR issued fifty-four endorsements including an endorsement…

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Rothstein Book Offers Practical Strategies for Promoting Fair Housing

November 7, 2023

Back to News Center Housing is a front-and-center issue in King County, where there is not enough housing for everyone who wants to live here. Voter polls repeatedly cite homelessness and housing issues as a main concern. Seattle King County REALTORS® is at the forefront of finding solutions to these…

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REALTORS® Endorse Seattle Housing Levy

November 1, 2023

Back to News Center BELLEVUE, Washington (November 1, 2023) – Seattle King County REALTORS® joins nearly 100 other organizations in endorsing the Seattle Housing Levy (Proposition No. 1). The organization’s board of directors announced its decision following a recommendation of its Governmental and Public Affairs Committee. The $970 million property…

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Record Attendance at 2023 Battle of the Barristers

October 27, 2023

Back to News Center Nearly 600 people attended the first in-person Battle of the Barristers event since 2019, filling Event Hall A at the Meydenbauer Center. “Our members have asked for more opportunities to meet in person again,” said President Sharon O’Mahony.  “We accomplished that in a big way today.”…

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Corcoran, Lake & Company, and John L. Scott affirm REALTOR® membership

October 20, 2023

Back to News Center Three prominent real estate brokerages, Lake & Company Real Estate, Corcoran Lifestyle Properties, and John L. Scott Real Estate have affirmed their continued membership with the Seattle King County REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). These commitments come amid news that national real estate…

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A Message about Membership from President Sharon O’Mahony

October 10, 2023

Back to News Center Recently we have been fielding questions from members of Seattle King County REALTORS® about membership. In the spirit of transparency, we want to answer these questions because we value each individual broker and firm that chooses to participate in Seattle King County REALTORS®. Several national real estate…

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Issues & Impacts, Q3 2023

September 28, 2023

Back to News Center Issues & Impacts is a quarterly publication produced by Seattle King County REALTORS® to inform members about current issues and successes within the Government Affairs Department. In This Issue: Seattle Councilmember Sawant’s Rent Control Bill Dies Seattle Councilmember Lewis Slows Commercial Lease Legislation Tukwila Approves Annexation…

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Seattle Councilmember Sawant’s Rent Control Bill Dies

September 28, 2023

Back to News Center In July, SKCR helped squash rent control legislation sponsored by outgoing Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant by a 6-2 margin. Because Washington State prohibits any regulation of the amount of rent a landlord can charge, the ordinance would go into effect only if the state prohibition…

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Seattle Councilmember Andrew Lewis Slows Commercial Lease Legislation

September 28, 2023

Back to News Center In late August, Councilmember Lewis introduced legislation that would impose significant limits on personal guarantees and security deposits associated with commercial lease agreements. While the bill applied only to commercial property, SKCR viewed it as an opener to commercial rent control and a reduction in property…

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Tukwila Approves Annexation to Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority

September 28, 2023

Back to News Center Residents in the City of Tukwila voted during the August primary election to fully annex Tukwila’s fire department into the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority (PSRFA). The vote was 55.84% in favor, and 44.16% opposed. Since January 1, 2023, Tukwila has contracted for fire and Emergency…

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