Statewide Form 22A—Financing Contingency: The Seller’s Perspective

Most offers written within the Northwest Multiple Listing Service area use what are referred to as the “statewide forms,” a collection of real estate forms which can be selected and completed by real estate brokers and others. While some attorneys might argue those are not the best forms, they are in general well balanced between the interests of buyers and sellers, and serve the parties well. In contrast, there is one form, the Form 22A financing contingency, which some argue heavily favors the interests of buyers, and which I would argue is poorly drafted…

Seattle Housing Market Hotter Than Ever in 2015

I’d like to introduce a new chart. The “Residential Real Estate Heat Index” is an index I’ve been calculating for a few years, that originally was part of the now-defunct Sound Housing Quarterly newsletter. It rolls changes in the median price, new listings, total inventory, pending sales and closed sales all into a single number to measure the relative “heat” of the market.

Here’s what it looks like for King County single-family homes and condos…

Friday Flashback: Suzanne Researched This

Here’s a fun Friday Flashback. How many of my readers remember this classic 2006 Century 21 TV commercial?

“Suzanne Researched This” became a big inside joke among those who didn’t buy the hype at the peak of the bubble. This commercial was so egregious that even Slate wrote an article headlined “The Nastiest Wife on Television.”

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 […]