How Does Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant Plan to “Make Seattle Affordable for All”?

I drove down to Leschi last weekend, and I saw a surprising number of yard signs promoting the re-election of Kshama Sawant to the Seattle City Council. As you can see in the photo at right (taken from her campaign’s Twitter feed), the slogan on these signs implies that Sawant’s main goal is to “Make […]

May Reporting Roundup: Never a Better Market Edition

It’s time once again for the monthly reporting roundup, where you can read my wry commentary about the news instead of subjecting yourself to boring rehashes of the NWMLS press release (or in addition to, if that’s what floats your boat). To kick things off, here’s an excerpt from the NWMLS press release: J. Lennox […]

Year-Over-Year Change in Median Sale Price - Snohomish County Single-Family Homes

Home Salesperson Quote of the Day

From an article in today’s Everett Herald Business Journal: It’s a seller’s market as Snohomish County home prices rebound I don’t think we’re anywhere near in a position to worry about another bubble. The increase in appreciation has been pretty steady. It hasn’t gone up overnight. – Deidre Haines, Broker with Coldwell Banker Bain “Not […]

Earnest Money Disputes and HB 1730

A word from The Tim: This post is from long-time Seattle Bubble participant Kary Krismer, managing broker with John L. Scott/KMS Renton. Kary’s expertise in both real estate and law gives him a good perspective on issues like this tweak in earnest money law here in Washington State. Thanks, Kary! Disputes over the release of […]

Quill Leaves NWMLS, Dramatically Slashes Listing Cost

Full disclosure: Quill Realty is a Seattle Bubble advertiser, and Tim worked with Craig at his previous company WaLaw (also an advertiser) to buy his home in 2011. Last week local brokerage Quill Realty (spotlighted in this 2014 post) announced that they will be withdrawing from the NWMLS completely in order to “offer broker services […]

Leafy bubble by Martin Thomas, on Flickr

April Reporting Roundup: “You Should Buy Now” Edition

It’s time once again for the monthly reporting roundup, where you can read my wry commentary about the news instead of subjecting yourself to boring rehashes of the NWMLS press release (or in addition to, if that’s what floats your boat). To kick things off, here’s an excerpt from the NWMLS press release: Northwest Multiple […]

KUOW Nails the Problem of Placing Blame for Rising Rents

In March I wrote a post calling out people who blame investors for rising rents and unaffordable housing. Today I’d like to highlight some reporting that gets it right. This story by KUOW’s Joshua McNichols is a couple weeks old, but he hits the nail on the head, and I wanted to make sure it […]