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 […]

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 […]

How To Find Cheap Rentals Around Seattle

A few weeks ago I spoke with Ross Reynolds on KUOW about finding cheap rentals in the Seattle area. You can listen to the 17-minute segment on their site. Here are a few of the tips I shared for finding a cheap rental in the Seattle area, and some relevant links to previous posts on […]

KUOW on Low Inventory and Over-the-Top Anecdotes

I spent some time over the last week working with KUOW’s Deborah Wang on a story about what’s going on right now in Seattle’s real estate market that aired yesterday morning: Seattle Home Buyers Beware: It’s a Seller’s Market Again http://seattlebubble.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/KUOW-2012-03-15.mp3 If you’re looking for evidence of a real estate comeback, just check out any […]

On the Radio: Walk Aways and Puyallup Condos

Before we get to the main topic of today’s post, here’s a brief service announcement. I’ll be on KUOW 94.9 FM again today to discuss the topic of “walking away.” Here’s their promo copy: Is It Ethical To Walk Away From A Mortgage? More than a third of homeowners in the Seattle area now owe […]

Massive Imaginary Migration to Drive Seattle Recovery

As I was digging through local real estate stories last week, I was lucky enough to catch the following exchange on KUOW’s “Weekday” program last Thursday. Host Marcie Sillman discusses foreclosures and the Seattle-area housing market with guests Richard Hagar (real estate agent and appraiser) and Linda Taylor (housing director at the Urban League) in […]

Local Media Misdirects Massive Foreclosure Freak Out

Foreclosure-tracking company RealtyTrac released their third quarter report yesterday, which included a ranking of major metro areas around the country by their respective rates of increase in foreclosure activity compared to the third quarter of 2009. With a 71% year-over-year increase in RealtyTrac’s report, the Seattle area ranked #1 as the metro where foreclosures increased […]