Mayor’s Affordability Committee Releases Tepid Growth Recommendations

As a follow-up to this morning’s post about the future of single-family housing in Seattle, here’s the final report from the Mayor’s “Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee”: Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (pdf) There are a few relevant portions of the report that address single-family zoning. From page 21 of the report: MF.1 […]

Seattle Preparing to Say Goodbye to Single-Family Zoning?

Remember a few months ago, when I suggested that single-family housing in Seattle would be on its way out soon? If Seattle’s population keeps growing, there is a hard housing reality that we’re going to have to face: the death of the single-family home. As of 2013, roughly 43 percent of Seattle’s housing stock is […]

KUOW Misses the Mark on Foreclosures

KUOW ran a story a couple days ago that I would like to address here: Thousands Of Foreclosures Sit Off Market In Seattle Area The Seattle-area housing market could use an injection of inventory. It’s on a tear right now, fueled by high demand and low supply, and hooked on low-interest rates. And there is […]

Reader Question: Is Seattle just for the super wealthy now?

I received the following question this morning from a frustrated home buyer: We recently lost our second offer on a home to a all case buyer. I know that many other buyers have been at this longer than a year and spent far more than we have but before I get to that poverty point […]

Kiss Single-Family Homes Goodbye if Seattle Keeps Growing

Kiss Single-Family Homes Goodbye if Seattle Keeps Growing

We usually talk about the whole Seattle metro area on these pages, but I’d like to take a little while to discuss an issue that is most relevant to Seattle proper: Density. There’s no denying that Seattle has been booming lately, thanks largely to serious growth in the local tech economy—unbridled growth at Amazon, the […]

Warning: New Housing Bubble Ahead

This comment left by Ryan strikes me as a clear warning sign of another housing bubble inflating in Seattle. Just pulled the trigger on buying a townhouse in Fremont for $745k. Haven’t closed yet so don’t want to link to the MLS. Thought I would share my thinking on why I bought and what the […]

Housing Bubble 2.0: The Perma-Bears Respond

Ben Jones, who has been blogging about the housing bubble from down in Arizona since late 2004 at The Housing Bubble Blog linked to my “Welcome to Housing Bubble 2.0” post yesterday, prompting an interesting discussion in the comments. Here’s a selection from the conversation that ensued: Comment by Ben Jones I’ve called this the […]