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Many boomers in denial over possible problems of growing old in the suburbs – The Herald

Greg Glischinski and his wife, Sheri, have lived in their two-story brick and wood Colonial-style house for more than three decades. The retirees, both in their 60s, want to stay where they are for the rest of their lives. But their house has no bedroom or full bathroom on the first floor. It is on [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:32:24+00:00 July 13th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Affordable Advocates and Supply – Forbes July 2016

Advocates for subsidized, low-income housing are good at calling for more money to build subsidized housing to offset high housing prices. But why are housing prices so high in the first place? The lack of market rate supply contributes to high prices that puts market rate housing out of reach, and as long as that [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:33:38+00:00 July 12th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

YIMBY Lecture – Sightline Institute July 2016

Last month, Seattle mom, homeowner, and urbanist Sara Maxana gave a keynote address at the first national YIMBY conference, held in Boulder, Colorado. That’s “Yes In My Back Yard,” an invitation to build more homes—of more types and sizes and affordability levels—so that our cities can remain places of opportunity for many, rather than enclaves [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:35:32+00:00 July 7th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

San Diego Boosts Affordable Housing Incentives

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved a package of measures aimed at alleviating the city's acute shortage of affordable housing. The measures, which passed unanimously, include an increase to the "density bonus" available for projects with more housing reserved for low-income residents. Higher-density housing is more attractive for developers because they can make [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:37:17+00:00 June 21st, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Millennials Look to the Suburbs, Not Cities, for First Homes

Like any good developer, Kyle Zeppelin sensed a trend, noticed undervalued property, and made his move. A Denver developer who grew up with the family business (and currently partners with his father, Mickey), Zeppelin wasn’t blind to the demographic trends reshaping cities and urban areas across the country: families wanting to live downtown, and young [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:39:10+00:00 June 21st, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Why Builder Impact Fees are so High – Builder June 2016

Part 1: As you can see below, California's fees are absurd compared to the rest of the country and there is indeed a very high correlation between the cost of impact fees and the level of housing growth. The six highest fee markets are all in the Golden State when measured as a percentage of [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:41:02+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda

What is the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda? BACKGROUND In September 2014, Mayor Murray and the City Council gathered leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability of housing in our city by convening a Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee. The 28-member Committee included renters and [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:42:39+00:00 April 18th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

More Moving Out Than Into San Diego County

San Diego County had a tough time keeping its residents — and attracting new ones — last year, according to updated population data being released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the latest estimates based on data from July 2014 to July 2015, about 9,370 more San Diego County residents packed up and [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:46:43+00:00 March 24th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

‘Starter Home’ Inventory Down 80% in San Diego Region

An improving California economy is making it harder and harder to find starter homes in San Diego, according to a report released Monday. Trulia, an online real estate marketplace, said the inventory of starter homes in SanDiego has fallen 80 percent over four years, from 4,415 in the first quarter of 2012 to 864 in the [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:48:56+00:00 March 21st, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

Trump-like Anger Required to Fix Housing Crisis

Can a trio of rich guys — Dean Spanos, Stan Kroenke and Donald Trump — inspire Californians to bypass politicians and solve their housing crisis at the ballot box? Probably not. Then again, the idea is no crazier than this election season. Or, for that matter, the state’s housing policy of the last few decades, [...]

By | 2018-02-19T22:50:18+00:00 March 20th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments