• Guess Who Master Builder: Reducing Costs of Building is in Everyone’s Interest

    In this month’s Master Builder Magazine, I’ve articulated our argument for getting more efficient in the way resources are being used to produce non-profit affordable housing in Washington State. Bringing up this point, that low-income units produced by non-profit organizations are very expensive, makes many people unhappy. They often say, “Your math is wrong,” or, […]

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New Ideas for a Growing City

Seattle is a growing and changing city with new people and families arriving every day. People fall in love with our city and want to make it their home. We need new ideas and a fresh approach to creating a wide range of housing choices for new people and families that want to join us in our beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you’ll join our efforts.

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Seattle Builders Council Dinner Next Thursday

Next Thursday evening we’ll be hosting this year’s Seattle Builders Council Dinner with guest speakers John Wilson, King County Assessor and Simon Stevenson the director of the University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies. We’ll be talking about the latest in housing policy in economics that are influencing housing supply in the months […]

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Senator Braun: “Why is housing so expensive?”

In what has become a bipartisan quest in Olympia both the Governor and the Senate are now asking the same questions we’ve been asking: why is housing so expensive to build? That question applies to both non-profit subsidized housing and market rate housing. The difference as I’ve pointed out is that when prices go up […]

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Cost Per Unit: The Washington State Housing Finance Commission Responds

I just got response to my e-mailed question to Kim Herman the head of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. It helps, but it doesn’t get at the underlying issue of figuring out how expensive projects like 12th Avenue Arts really are in the larger scheme of things. I try to be as transparent as […]