Learn what it takes to buy a starter home in Seattle and how that has changed over the years. First hear Seattle Mayor Ed Murray share what the people of Seattle can do to help improve their neighborhoods.

Then Rob Wasser (5:02), owner and designated broker of Prospera Real Estate and a member of the Northwest MLS board of directors, shares data on affordability in Seattle, as well as how the conversion of single-family homes to townhomes is affecting that affordability.

Brad Evered (25:41), a broker with Caliber Home Loans, discusses the changes in lending standards over his 20 years in the business, and translates the current parameters to the levels of income, debt and savings necessary to buy a home in Seattle today.

The episode also features appearances by Seattle homeowners and house hunters Kathy Kelley, Leslie Basel, Loren West and Dan Morgan.

Why is Seattle’s tech sector booming? What challenges does Seattle’s growth create for business leaders? To find out, listen to:

Rob Johnson; Seattle City Council (1:25)
Parker Ferguson; Partner at Flinn Ferguson (2:30)
Chris Devore; Techstars, Founders’ Co-Op, Seattle’s Economic Development Commission (3:20)
Sunil Gowda; Founder of Garmentory (25:35)
Vinayak Hegde; Chief Marketing Officer at Groupon (36:15)

 

Hear varying perspectives on economic and population growth in this introduction to the Seattle Growth Podcast – a 13 episode serial covering the rise of Seattle’s tech sector, housing affordability, homelessness, schools, transportation and more. In this episode: City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Seattle lawyer Craig Sherman, Groupon CMO Vinayak Hegde, Walter Hudson, and Ty Sanders.