real estate http://kuow.org en San Francisco Median Home Price Hits $1 Million http://kuow.org/post/san-francisco-median-home-price-hits-1-million In an already pricey real estate market, San Francisco&#8217;s median home price has just hit the $1 million mark, according to <a href="http://dqnews.com/Articles/2014/News/California/Bay-Area/RRBay140716.aspx" target="_blank">a new report</a> from industry info firm DataQuick.<p>To figure out what&#8217;s going on in the city by the bay, <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Jeremy Hobson turns to <strong>Nancy Wallace</strong>, co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.<p>According to Wallace, Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:48:08 +0000 editor 38445 at http://kuow.org San Francisco Median Home Price Hits $1 Million Extreme Home Staging Spotlights Human Props http://kuow.org/post/extreme-home-staging-spotlights-human-props Bill Worthington calls himself a human prop. He seems more like an enthusiastic tour guide. Worthington is walking around his $1.5 million Princeton, N.J., home, like a proud owner.<p>"Look around the kitchen here," Worthington says. "It's essentially a brand-new kitchen, with high-end appliances, brand-new cabinetry ..."<p>But he doesn't own the place, or even know the owner. He was hired as a "house manager" to live in the property. He moved in with his own furniture and bought some new items to fill out the expansive white brick colonial. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:29:15 +0000 Carolyn Beeler 38435 at http://kuow.org What's Hot Right Now: Downtown Seattle Property Values http://kuow.org/post/whats-hot-right-now-downtown-seattle-property-values <p>Ross Reynolds talks with economist and real estate analyst <a href="http://gardnereconomics.com/company/principal">Matthew Gardner</a> about the commercial real estate market in Seattle. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:05:22 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 38359 at http://kuow.org Why Are Seattle Area Rents Skyrocketing? http://kuow.org/post/why-are-seattle-area-rents-skyrocketing <p>Marcie Sillman talks with real estate appraiser <a href="http://richardhagar.com/">Richard Hagar</a> about what's driving the increase in Seattle area rental prices. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:52:12 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 37220 at http://kuow.org One County’s Controversial Move To Protect Homeowners From Landslide Risk http://kuow.org/post/one-county-s-controversial-move-protect-homeowners-landslide-risk <em>This is the first part of a two-part series on managing landslide risk. Read the second part of the series<a href="http://earthfix.info/communities/article/development-pressure-vs-landslide-risk-in-snohomis/" title="">here.</a></em><p>GLACIER SPRINGS, Wash. Wed, 28 May 2014 22:54:35 +0000 editor 35395 at http://kuow.org One County’s Controversial Move To Protect Homeowners From Landslide Risk Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single-Family Homes http://kuow.org/post/northwest-mirrors-national-shift-away-single-family-homes <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/051614CL_housing_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>New housing starts are a key economic indicator. But not all new houses are created the same.<p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:17:57 +0000 Chris Lehman 34718 at http://kuow.org Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single-Family Homes Living In The Shadow Of Landslide Risk http://kuow.org/post/living-shadow-landslide-risk <p>The landslide in Oso, Wash., served as a devastating reminder of one fact of life in the Northwest: landslides happen.</p><p>In some places, it’s a risk people have learned to live with — places like the Mt. Index River Sites, a loose cluster of homes along the Skykomish River northeast of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:14:12 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 31842 at http://kuow.org Living In The Shadow Of Landslide Risk Tenants Picket Goodman Real Estate http://kuow.org/post/tenants-picket-goodman-real-estate <p>Marcie Sillman speaks with Tim Doub, a resident of the Theodora apartments, and Eliana Horn, a community organizer with the <a href="http://www.tenantsunion.org/en">Tenants Union of Washington State</a>, about why they are picketing the Seattle-based Goodman Real Estate. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:55:33 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Posey Gruener 30311 at http://kuow.org Tenants Picket Goodman Real Estate 2014 Brings Good News For Seattle Renters http://kuow.org/post/2014-brings-good-news-seattle-renters <p>David Hyde talks with Tim Ellis, founder of the real estate news blog <a href="http://seattlebubble.com/blog/">The Seattle Bubble</a>, about the booming development industry and stabilizing rents. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:45:13 +0000 David Hyde & Hannah Burn 26477 at http://kuow.org 2014 Brings Good News For Seattle Renters Nineties Real Estate Deal Proved To Be Money-Loser For Washington State http://kuow.org/post/nineties-real-estate-deal-proved-be-money-loser-washington-state <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/111113AJ_PacMed_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state of Washington is expected to sign a 30-year lease Tuesday for Seattle’s iconic Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill.<p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:52:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 23673 at http://kuow.org Nineties Real Estate Deal Proved To Be Money-Loser For Washington State Foreclosure Crisis? Seattle's Numbers Don't Add Up http://kuow.org/post/foreclosure-crisis-seattles-numbers-dont-add <p><em>A correction and&nbsp; further information on the story 9/14/2013:</em></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:19:09 +0000 Deborah Wang 20186 at http://kuow.org Foreclosure Crisis? Seattle's Numbers Don't Add Up Big House On A Small Lot: The Land Use Debate Rises Up http://kuow.org/post/big-house-small-lot-land-use-debate-rises <p>A recent trend has emerged in Seattle’s single family neighborhoods: new houses, on undersized lots. The trend came about after developers discovered a loophole — or what some call an opportunity — to get exceptions for undersized lots established as separate building sites before 1957. Some of these new houses popped up in what neighbors assumed was just a backyard. Some of them are three stories high. Ross Reynolds talks with Montlake resident Erin Miller who hopes to put an end to this trend and breaks down the argument with Roger Valdez and Mark Hinshaw.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:08:41 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 10875 at http://kuow.org Al Gore Takes On "The Future" http://kuow.org/post/al-gore-takes-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On day one of our spring pledge drive, we bring you some of our conversation with Al Gore. In his new book, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” the former vice president and media mogul takes an in-depth look at major shifts in the world, from globalization to automation, digital connections, population growth and the biological breakthroughs that are bringing humans into greater control of their evolution.</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday with Steve Scher 10610 at http://kuow.org Al Gore Takes On "The Future" Goodbye Greyhound, Hello Huge Hotel http://kuow.org/post/goodbye-greyhound-hello-huge-hotel <p></p><p>A new mega-hotel proposed for downtown Seattle aims to draw more big conventions to the city. The developer posted its official public notice with the city Thursday, as a first step in the approval process. The proposal is to build a 43-story tower on the block that’s currently home to the Greyhound bus station.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:29:52 +0000 Liz Jones 10558 at http://kuow.org Goodbye Greyhound, Hello Huge Hotel Housing Prices Climb In Seattle, But Have They Climbed All The Way To Recovery? http://kuow.org/post/housing-prices-climb-seattle-have-they-climbed-all-way-recovery <p>Seattle homes are now worth 14.4 percent more than they were a year ago. That’s according to Seattle based real estate firm Zillow, who release monthly reports on the value of homes in Seattle and elsewhere in the region. On the national level, the US has just made it through our 12th straight month of increasing home values. Top Zillow officials say that these numbers are a good indicator that local and national housing markets are showing significant improvements. Ross Reynolds talks with Zillow's Cheif Economist Stan Humphries about buying, selling and renting in western Washington.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:47:11 +0000 Producer 9934 at http://kuow.org Housing Prices Climb In Seattle, But Have They Climbed All The Way To Recovery?