• Guess Who Master Builder: Reducing Costs of Building is in Everyone’s Interest

    In this month’s Master Builder Magazine, I’ve articulated our argument for getting more efficient in the way resources are being used to produce non-profit affordable housing in Washington State. Bringing up this point, that low-income units produced by non-profit organizations are very expensive, makes many people unhappy. They often say, “Your math is wrong,” or, […]

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New Ideas for a Growing City

Seattle is a growing and changing city with new people and families arriving every day. People fall in love with our city and want to make it their home. We need new ideas and a fresh approach to creating a wide range of housing choices for new people and families that want to join us in our beautiful corner of the world. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you’ll join our efforts.


Mike Twitter

Letter to the Editor: How About Asking a Different Question

Seattle Times reporter Mike Rosenberg is out looking for more renters to tell their stories about “how high the rent is.” There doesn’t seem to be any interest at the Times in getting any better about doing the basic job of reporting what’s going on with housing. Of course rents are going up; the question […]

Herbold Fees

Seattle’s MHA Program is a Cash Machine for Non-Profits and Activists

Sometime early in 2016 after the Grand Bargain — a deal between large developers like Vulcan who build in downtown and South Lake Union, the City, and non-profit developers — I scheduled a visit with Seattle’s smartest Councilmember, Lisa Herbold. Surely she’d get that the so called Bargain was letting downtown developers like Vulcan off […]

SBC Dinner 2017

Seattle Builders Council Dinner Next Thursday

Next Thursday evening we’ll be hosting this year’s Seattle Builders Council Dinner with guest speakers John Wilson, King County Assessor and Simon Stevenson the director of the University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies. We’ll be talking about the latest in housing policy in economics that are influencing housing supply in the months […]