real estate http://kuow.org en 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? A Look Inside A Micro Apartment http://kuow.org/post/look-inside-micro-apartment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've been taking a look at the rise of </span>microhousing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Seattle. Tiny apartments that offer cheaper rent for less living space have been popping up in high demand neighborhoods like the University District and Capitol Hill. Some residents have voiced concerns over the new developments, fearing they skirt zoning laws and create too much density too quickly. Today, </span>KUOW's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.kuow.org/people/jeannie-yandel" style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeannie Yandel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes us inside a micro apartment. Also, we'll talk with Seattle </span>microhousing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> developer Jim Potter.</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Producer 9857 at http://kuow.org A Look Inside A Micro Apartment Rising Popularity Of Microhousing http://kuow.org/post/rising-popularity-microhousing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the cost of living continues to rise in the city, people are finding it harder to find an affordable place to live. To accommodate the demand, developers&nbsp;are building&nbsp;</span>microhousing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> --&nbsp;tiny studio apartments with private bathrooms that share a kitchen with other units. The </span>microhouses<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> boast affordable living in high-demand neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and the University District. However, residents in some neighborhoods fear the developments skirt zoning laws and create too much density too fast. City </span>Councilmember<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tom Rasmussen is considering legislation that could put new restrictions on </span>microhousing<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He joins us to explain.</span></p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Producer 9708 at http://kuow.org Rising Popularity Of Microhousing Seattle's Pike-Pine Corridor Gets New Arts Space http://kuow.org/post/seattles-pike-pine-corridor-gets-new-arts-space <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue Arts&nbsp;project will transform a Seattle Police Department parking lot into one of Capitol Hill's newest multi-use buildings. In addition to retail and apartments, the building</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will include two theaters and office space for three small theater companies. </span> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:21:26 +0000 Marcie Sillman 8608 at http://kuow.org Seattle's Pike-Pine Corridor Gets New Arts Space Western Idaho Resort Muddles Through Extended Limbo http://kuow.org/post/western-idaho-resort-muddles-through-extended-limbo <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/020713TB_Tamarack_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>DONNELLY, Idaho - The real estate crash triggered some big bankruptcies in the Northwest, but few are as spectacular and convoluted as the foreclosure of the unfinished Tamarack Resort in western Idaho. What was supposed to be the Northwest's newest destination resort remains in extended legal limbo, but plucky homeowners are keeping it alive until a new buyer arrives.<p>A foreclosure auction on the courthouse steps is an outcome most people want to avoid. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:08:17 +0000 Tom Banse 7908 at http://kuow.org Western Idaho Resort Muddles Through Extended Limbo Your Housing Questions Answered http://kuow.org/post/your-housing-questions-answered <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The housing market is showing signs of recovery and construction has started once again on developments delayed by the recession. That doesn’t mean everyone is in good shape. Many homeowners remain underwater, with home values nowhere near the purchase price. Then there are the questions about refinancing or buying something new. Real estate and housing experts&nbsp;</span><a href="http://richardhagar.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Hagar</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://www.urbanleague.org/housing/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Linda Taylor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are here to help. Call 206.543.5869 with your questions or send us an email at </span><a href="mailto:weekday@kuow.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">weekday@kuow.org</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 7430 at http://kuow.org Your Housing Questions Answered Vulcan Bids On Yesler Terrace Makeover http://kuow.org/post/vulcan-bids-yesler-terrace-makeover <p></p><p>The Seattle Housing Authority is preparing to redevelop Yesler Terrace, a 30-acre site that houses 1,200 low-income residents near the city’s downtown. Vulcan Real Estate is one of two private companies competing to become the lead development partner. The Seattle Housing Authority Board is scheduled to choose the winning bidder today.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:04:32 +0000 Deborah Wang 6812 at http://kuow.org Vulcan Bids On Yesler Terrace Makeover