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Mayor Jenny Durkan Requests Independent Review of Seattle’s Streetcar Expenses

Seattle is currently in the midst of a massive update to the streetcar system, which will link the city’s two existing lines at South Lake Union and First Hill, moving past Pike Place Market and some of the most congested areas within the Emerald City. Most recently, SDOT has come under fire regarding the project’s expenses, as a report indicates that city officials may have underestimated the costs to run the system upon its completion in 2020. Seattle Times reports that in response to concern, Mayor Jenny Durkan has requested an independent review of the budget to be completed within the next 90 days.

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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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Seattle Times Talks Crazy Emerald City Market Trends and the Condo Imbalance

In a recent article on Seattle Times, Mike Rosenberg sat down with Reddit to discuss what’s happening with “Seattle’s sizzling-hot housing market,” from rent hikes and growing home prices, to the condo imbalance and the influence of the tech industry.

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Think This is Another Housing Bubble? Guess Again

In an provocative article published by the Seattle PI on August 15th, the question of soaring rents and skyrocketing home prices has caused 71-percent of homeowners in Washington to worry about a housing bubble, according to a recent survey by ValueInsured.

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