Seattle Advisory Committee to Study Affordable Housing

Hat tip to the West Seattle Blog, who yesterday posted about a City of Seattle advisory committee on affordable housing. The city is gearing up to attempt to “develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city by convening a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee.” Here are some […]

Reader Question: What’s the Deal With HARP 2.0?

I received the following email from a reader asking about the federal government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) earlier this week: I have been looking into the HARP 2.0 program to refinance my home. I qualify according to program guidelines, but find it hard to shop interest rates and find lenders that deal honestly with […]

A Look at WA SB 6337 “Protecting Short Sale Sellers”

A word from The Tim: This post is from long-time Seattle Bubble participant Jillayne Schlicke, real estate educator through her company CE Forward. Jillayne keeps a close watch on legislative issues, and agreed to write up this in-depth analysis of SB 6337 for the readers here. Thanks, Jillayne! Senate Bill 6337 was recently introduced in […]

Obama “Can’t Wait” to Screw with the Market Even More

Okay, as long as we’re talking politics this week, let’s just dive in head first. I’d like to discuss the latest federal “relief” plan that made news this week. Here’s an AP story from Monday: Obama Offers Mortgage Relief on Western Trip LAS VEGAS — President Barack Obama offered mortgage relief on Monday to hundreds […]

Confused about politics? Let REALTORS® think for you!

A friend of mine that happens to be a member of the National Ass. of REALTORS® shared this gem with me. It’s the Seattle / King County REALTORS® 2011 Voting Guide. Clearly designed to look and feel just like the official voter’s guides (same paper stock, same layout styles), this local REALTOR® publication contains a […]