Posts tagged New Development
Just 7% of Homes in Seattle’s Multi-Family Pipeline Will Be Offered for Sale

As a recent Curbed Seattle article outlines, the abundance of luxury construction projects cropping up around downtown Seattle make it “easy to look around and think, condos. But the majority of new residential projects going up in the city – and downtown specifically – are destined to be rentals.” Of all the new homes under construction, there will be 6,324 units available for rent, and just 489 (7.1%) offered for sale.

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Blaine Weber & Daily Journal of Commerce on Solving Seattle’s Condominium Conundrum

As Blaine Weber, Senior Principal of Weber Thompson Architects, proclaims in a recent Daily Journal of Commerce article, “the affordable housing crisis is one of the more perplexing problems facing rapidly growing cities like Seattle.” One proposed solution is to add to the supply of small, affordable condominiums in the city, yet as a 2016 paper published by the University of Washington Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies notes, condominiums in Seattle are overwhelmingly “beyond the means of the average-income individual.” So, Weber asks, why is there a lack of supply amidst rising demand in the Emerald City? Though there are myriad reasons, a main one can be attributed to the liability associated with building multi-family units for sale in Washington state, given regulations outlined within the Washington State Condominium Development Act.

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As Featured in Seattle Magazine: The Condo Conundrum

Seattle is the fastest-growing large city in the US with home prices rising more than any other metro area in the nation. That means developers are building new condominiums at a record clip, right?  Nope, it’s actually the opposite. There is currently a real shortage of in-city condominiums, resulting in high median home prices, rising by 19-percent year-over-year in November 2017 to $660,000 – about the same value as the median home price in King County. And 94-percent of the projected 27,000 new housing units to be built in downtown Seattle this decade will be for rent and not for sale, leaving many to scratch their heads. This topic was recently explored by The Seattle Times and King 5 TV News as prospective buyers have literally camped out overnight to book their opportunity to own. So, what gives? Here are ten reasons why consumers consider condos, but most developers don’t.

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On Top Nationwide for 13 Months, Seattle-Area Monthly Home Price Growth Takes a Holiday

Upon last month’s release of the CoreLogic Case Shiller Home Price Indices for August 2017, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty predicted“Should the trend since April continue on the back side of the peak home-buying season, it is possible that Seattle’s monthly home price trend could actually turn negative.” This in fact is exactly what happened, with the Seattle index slipping by 0.28 percent monthly in September.

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FutureCast Forum Members & RSIR Brokers Attend BISNOW's Multifamily Panel

As our city skyline is scattered with cranes, BISNOW hosted nearly 200 registered members to discuss Seattle’s multifamily climate; specifically, its affordability, sustainability, and community design. Held at the Westin Seattle, three panels spanned a variety of topics, all relevant as the city experiences unprecedented population growth, construction costs, and housing demand.

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Curbed Seattle Announces KODA Condominium Project

As a Curbed Seattle article outlines, "a parking lot in the International District is slated to sprout up into 200-plus condos in the next few years. KODA, a condo tower designed by local firm KMD Architects and developed by Taiwan-based Da Li Development, has started design review." 

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