Seattle Growth Podcast has returned for a 5th season. The focus of this season is a topic that affects everyone in Seattle: Homelessness.

 

Whether you find yourself at risk of homelessness or you see the tents lining the streets and parks or you’ve seen fellow community members at the edge of survival, you have likely been affected by this key issue facing our city.

 

In this season, you will have an opportunity to get to know some of the members of our community who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness. You will hear from civic leaders about efforts to address this challenge. And you will hear stories of how individuals and organizations are working to make a difference.

 

Seattle Growth Podcast is about bringing a constructive dialog to controversial issues facing us all. To this end, you will hear from fellow community members who offer a variety of different viewpoints.

 

Some of the voices this season will help you become a better informed citizen as the city wrestles with decisions that could profoundly affect you and shape Seattle for decades to come. Other voices will share simple ways to take action that can help you feel empowered improve lives around you

 

Today’s episode brings a face to homelessness with an interview with Ty who was living outside City Hall.

 

The episode also gives an overview of the regional approach to addressing homelessness in an interview with King County Executive Dow Constantine. Executive Constantine is a Seattle native and fourth-generation Washingtonian with three degrees from the University of Washington serving his third term as KC Executive.  

The episode also features a check in on housing affordability with Robert Wasser, a 2005 Foster School of Business graduate, Owner of Prospera Real Estate, Director of Northwest Multiple Listing Service, and President of the Independent Brokers Association. He’s uncovered interesting data on home sales and rental rates and shares what the future may hold for those looking to find a housing in Seattle.

To learn more about One Table discussed by Executive Constantine, visit its website. For more updates on real estate, you can follow Robert Wasser on Twitter @ProsperaRealty where he shares breaking real estate trends.

Today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast gives you rare insight into the minds of real estate developers as they reshape Seattle’s streets and skyline. As you look ahead to where you live or might live, these interviews give you insight into the kinds of neighborhoods and properties that attract real estate developers. You will get an inside look into their development process and how you can influence it.

You will hear from Liz Dunn of Dunn + Hobbes LLC, which specializes in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as the construction of new urban infill projects.

You will hear from Joe Ferguson of Lake Union Partners, which specializes in residential mixed-use and commercial projects.

These two interviews give you examples of the variety of developers reshaping the physical landscape of our city.

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.