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Fortunately, we aren’t the only ones writing about housing issues. Here’s what we’ve read recently: The Sightline Institute showing how parking drives up the cost of rent. Fortunately, this isn’t news to anyone that’s been following this issue but it’s great to see the report covered in so many publications!...
What does a city need to ensure residents with different incomes can afford housing? One of Seattle’s strategies is to provide a tax exemption for developments that include affordable housing. How do developments qualify for the Multi-family Property Tax Exemption program? An application must be submitted before the first building permit...
Here's the roundup of reading we've been doing: Greater Greater Washington covers city policies in Washington DC that promote affordable houses for potential homeowners. The article gets into the weeds of what is possible in Washington D.C. but is worth a read to see how Seattle’s policies stack up again...
We completed our preliminary research on 1 bedroom housing in Seattle. We’ll be publishing this research once we’ve worked out all the bugs. In the mean time, we wanted to give a sneak peek at what we found. We took a look at over 2000 units from 11/21/2013 to 11/27/2013. From...
Housing and transportation costs are closely intertwined. Getting the true cost of housing requires calculations beyond the costs paid for rent or mortgage. The federal livability index takes into account not only the cost of providing a roof over your head, but also transportation cost. Homes that are further from...
Back in July, Apartmentlist.com researched median rent prices in cities across the US. They found that Seattle was the ninth most expensive city in the country for renting. The median cost to rent a studio in Seattle is $1,210 per month, according to their research, while a one-bedroom apartment costs $1,525...
The city of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development first item in its list of proposed micro-housing legislation in Seattle is a legal definition of "micro" and "micro-housing," as there is currently no distinction between micro-housing and other types of dwelling in the city code.  The proposed definition is as follows: “Micro-housing” -...
The Department of Planning and Development recently proposed legislation to define and regulate micro-housing in Seattle. You can find a copy of their proposal here. The proposal opens with a few goals from the City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan that aPodments could potentially help to meet: Housing Goal 4: Achieve a mix...