Watch this insightful interview with Allison Butcher, Senior Analyst at MBAKS, as she discusses the recently signed House Bill 1110 and House Bill 1337 by Governor Jay Inslee. Discover how these groundbreaking legislations aim to tackle Washington’s housing shortage by granting areas once limited to single-family homes the opportunity to construct two to six units and empowering homeowners to create accessory dwelling units. Explore the new possibilities for affordable housing, community development, and a transformed housing landscape in Washington.
On June 8th, the Puget Sound Business Journal will celebrate LGBTQ+ business leaders at “Business of Pride: Outstanding Voices and LBGTQ+ Businesses. Among those honored is one of the department’s instructors, Nicole DeNamur.
Owner of Sustainable Strategies, a company that helps companies identify and manage risks centered around sustainable innovation, Nicole has been speaking, writing, and teaching about sustainable spaces for nearly ten years. Before launching Sustainable Strategies, Nicole practiced construction and insurance coverage law in Seattle. Nicole has been an instructor in the Runstad Department since 2014, and teaches the course RE 459 Risk in Sustainable Development. Nicole’s course explores the intersection between sustainable practices and inclusive spaces.
Gregg Colburn, assistant professor of real estate, joined NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report to discuss the common myths believed to be the primary drivers of homelessness versus the actually demonstrated linkages between housing demand and pricing despite the varied wealth of cities. | Marketplace Morning Report
Brent Beardall, President and CEO of WaFd Bank, talks about the positive outcomes of running towards a challenge. He also shares details of a letter he wrote to every employee at WaFd Bank when he was taking over as company CEO. Loving what we do and striving to make a difference can lead to happiness and, eventually, to success.
Seattle may have the highest rents statewide, but communities such as Walla Walla and Spokane have seen the most drastic losses in affordability. | Crosscut
The Runstad Department of Real Estate held its 9th annual Runstad Leadership Dinner on October 13th with more than 700 people in attendance. This year the Leadership Dinner focused on raising support for undergraduate students within the Department.
“We believe, and the vast majority of the scholarly evidence corroborates, that density is a necessary but insufficient condition for addressing the housing affordability crisis,” writes Gregg Colburn, assistant professor of real estate, and Rick Mohler, associate professor of architecture. | The Seattle Times
Department chair Steven Bourassa contributes data from the Washington Center for Real Estate Research, revealing rising rent in Kitsap County.
Steven Bourassa, chair of the Runstad Department of Real Estate, explains the impact of Seattle’s housing market on the city’s budget.
As San Francisco vacancy rates rise, Professor Steven Bourassa, Chair of the Runstad Department of Real Estate, considers the profitability of leaving units vacant. | San Francisco Independent Journal