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Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 16, 2019
This week: Oregon’s Congressional representative Earl Blumenauer issues a call for federal action to address the housing crisis; CityLab reports that housing construction in all major US metros stalled out in the last decade; California passes statewide rent control.
Duration: 16:32
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 9, 2019
This week: King County Washington plans to divert nearly $100 million to affordable housing over the next 20 years without raising taxes; Sacramento, California passes a rent control measure; and almost two-thirds of Portland residents say they have no input into city decisions that are important to them.
Duration: 16:28
Multifamily Marketwatch - September 3, 2019
This week: a survey of Portland residents find that 61% do not feel like they have a say in city decisions that are important to them; a new law in Washington could allow King County to divert nearly $100 million to affordable housing projects over the next 20 years without raising taxes; and Portland and Seattle are in the top 10 among cities with the highest shares of residents with college or professional degrees.
Duration: 14:07
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 26, 2019
This week: while more than 70 percent of economists think a recession will begin in the next two years, its predicted to have less impact on housing; insurers are dropping customers in areas of the west more prone to wildfires--leaving state insurance plans as the only option; and the Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to implement a rule this fall that would make it harder to bring certain discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act.
Duration: 14:48
Multifamily Marketwatch - August 19, 2019
This week: Representatives of landlord and tenant groups question the Portland Rental Services Office's use of funds generated by the new rental services fee to pay OneApp Oregon for renter data; economic indicators are causing investors to worry about a potential recession; a report from the Terner Center for Housing finds that impact fees are negatively impacting housing construction in California.
Duration: 15:05
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 12, 2019
This week: The Portland City Council approved an annual $60 per unit fee on rental housing; Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno released a report on end-of-budget-cycle spending among state agencies, issuing 16 recommendations to improve transparency in state budgets; the National League of Cities' Housing Taskforce is calling on cities to work together to collect and share data in order to take on the nationwide housing shortage.
Duration: 15:27
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition: Greater Portland, Inc.
HFO Partner Greg Frick discusses the challenges of recruiting businesses to Portland in the current environment with Larry Holt, Vice President for Greater Portland, Inc. Greater Portland Inc. provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in the Portland metro area.
Duration: 18:07
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 5, 2019
This week: An Investigation by The Oregonian uncovers plans to use funds from the recently passed clean energy tax to purchase and rehab affordable housing; the New York Times questions why developers are seen as the bad guys rather than as central to a solution in the fight for more housing.
Duration: 16:09
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 29, 2019
This week: The Portland City Council will have a public hearing at 2 pm Wednesday, July 31 on its plan to charge a $60 per year annual fee on all apartment units; studies continue to list Portland among the top choices for Millennials to call home; and rents in the Seattle market are increasing once again as new units are absorbed and the vacancy rate declines.
Duration: 13:57
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 22, 2019
This week: a new report finds the Portland metro area's recent addition in the housing supply has slowed rent growth; Oregon mobile home park residents face increased displacement risk; Washington State's department of transportation releases a report outlining a business case for high-speed rail in the region; enactment of the federal tax cut and jobs act has resulted in the loss of more than 15-thousand affordable housing units in California, and tens of thousands more nationwide. Next week: Portland slated to consider $60 per unit annual fee at its July 31 City Council meeting.
Duration: 15:56
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 15, 2019
This week: Home prices drop a bit in Seattle but are still up significantly in the past two years; The Portland City Council weighs gutting the power and influence of its neighborhood groups; Oregon house bill 5006 provides funding to support 2,100 affordable homes throughout the state, and house and senate democrats in the nation’s capital propose legislation that would restrict the ability of public housing providers to evict residents for criminal activity.
Duration: 13:16
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 1, 2019
This week: Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) released its State of the Nation's Housing Report for 2019; companies in the Portland and Seattle Metro areas continue to announce positive hiring news; President Trump issued an executive order that creates a commission tasked with recommending ways to cut regulations in the housing market. UPDATE: Oregon Republicans returned to the senate and passed HB 2001 late Sunday night. It heads to Governor Brown's desk for a vote.
Duration: 14:09
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 25, 2019
This week: the Portland City Council approved Commissioner Eudaly's tenant screening and security deposit ordinances with a 3-1 vote; proposed changes to the US census could result in an undercount of over 4 million residents nationwide, including over 75,000 people in Washington and over 35,000 people in Oregon; Democrats vying for the 2020 Presidential nomination are facing pressure from voters to address housing affordability.
Duration: 15:09
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 17, 2019
This week: The Portland City Council appears poised to adopt a proposed renter screening ordinance that some argue will only serve to increase homelessness; Oregon House Bill 2001 moved forward in the state legislature, the bill would legalize duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes in single-family neighborhoods in all cities with more than 25,000 residents; and a new report finds that tech workers from some of the most expensive cities on the West Coast are viewing Portland as a more affordable alternative.
Duration: 13:32
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 10, 2019
This week: Portland’s tenant screening ordinance moves forward to a possible vote by city council this Wednesday at 10:30 am at City Hall; Portland-area developers are bypass the City’s inclusionary housing requirements by constructing assets with fewer than 20 units, and a study finds that the migration of younger people into cities is more than a passing trend.
Duration: 14:20
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 3, 2019
This week: The City of Portland renter and tenant security deposit ordinances progress to a second reading on June 12th; Seattle rent rates are back on the rise, and the City of Tacoma is in the news as the nation’s hottest housing market.
Duration: 07:18
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 27, 2019
Last week's planned public hearing on Portland's latest tenant screening ordinance draft was rescheduled to this Wednesday from 6-8 pm after council members publicly struggled over the city budget; four of Multnomah county's five commissioners come out in favor of the city's renter screening ordinance, and unreinforced masonry owners are hoping a federal judge rules in their favor this week by granting an extended injunction against the city of portland's placard requirement.
Duration: 06:03
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 20, 2019
Smart Growth advocacy group up for growth released a report criticizing Portland's inclusionary zoning policy, and the Mayor is requesting $150,000 for an independent review of the program; a US magistrate judge heard from building owners and city officials as the lawsuit against placarding signs for unreinforced masonry buildings moved forward; and Vancouver, BC continues to face a tight housing market despite efforts to upzone and new taxes on foreign buyers.
Duration: 15:03
Multifamily Marketwatch - May 13, 2019
A Portland economist reports on the two major factors contributing to rampant homelessness in our region; Prosper Portland announces its design choice for the 14-acre US Post office site downtown, and the Washington legislature budgets nearly 10 billion dollars for transportation spending in that state.
Duration: 06:11
Multifamily Marketwatch - May 6, 2019
This week: Developers are warning that Portland's inclusionary housing requirement is causing a construction slowdown that could exacerbate the city's shortage of housing; Portland commissioner Chloe Eudaly is exploring avenues for increasing city revenue, including a personal income tax on top earners and a vacancy tax on apartment buildings; and cities and states across the U.S. are looking to Minneapolis for creative ways to solve the housing crisis.
Duration: 15:03
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 29, 2019
This week: The Portland City Council will vote May 23rd on screening and security deposit reform after Mayor Ted Wheeler called for significant changes to the proposals; a growing number of high-income households are renting instead of buying; and the New York Times reports that 2020 presidential candidates are working on strategies to help renters.
Duration: 13:13
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 22, 2019
This week: The US Treasury Department issues long-awaited guidance on opportunity zones; new data pinpoints dramatic effects of climate change on Portland neighborhoods; and a Harvard Business Review study has found that in cities with increasing Airbnb listings, housing costs also rise.
Duration: 13:38
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 15, 2019
This week: San Francisco plans a final vote this week on legislation giving local nonprofits first right of refusal over the sale of multifamily buildings. Now entering its third year, Portland’s inclusionary housing policy has resulted in just 422 housing units being permitted – with only a handful finished and available for rent. And the Portland Mercury examines the potential impacts of Portland’s Residential Infill Plan
Duration: 15:32
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 8, 2019
This week: ongoing multifamily deliveries in the Seattle market are expected to keep rents flat there for the next several months; Portland's Rockwood neighborhood remains hopeful that its opportunity zone designation will bring much-needed development, and new health survey has found that a large number of renters are putting off medical care in order to pay rent.
Duration: 12:35
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 1, 2019
This week: The Portland Mercury asks whether Oregon lawmakers should be backing a bill allowing local jurisdictions to set their own rent control policies; a Seattle news outlet finds that affordable condos in King County are being rented out or used as second homes; and we're seeing new scrutiny of the Oregon Department of Transportation's handling of data related to the Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion.
Duration: 14:23
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 25, 2019
This week: Seattle upzones 27 neighborhoods in an attempt to encourage housing development; Washington State legislators push forward bills to increase eviction times for nonpayment of rent, and the Portland city council is poised to hold public hearings next week on sweeping new regulations on renter screening and security deposits.
Duration: 09:06
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 18, 2019
This week: Since 2010, Seattle has been the fastest growing city in the U.S. but new evidence suggests the boom may have passed; a new report finds rents in Portland are recovering from a decline that began last fall; a new report finds Portland is the 10th most expensive metro in the nation for buying a home
Duration: 13:15
Multifamily Marketwatch - March 11, 2019
This week: The Brookings Institute says Oregon's rent control policy won't help affordability; Portland's newest city councilor reveals her priorities in a newspaper interview; and Tri-met is selling seven properties near MAX lines for transit-oriented development that includes housing, retail and office space. All that and more in the HFO Multifamily Marketwatch podcast.
Duration: 13:24
Multifamily Marketwatch - March 4, 2019
Oregon is now the first state with statewide rent control; the Portland City Council delayed its placard requirements for unreinforced masonry buildings and a new Census Bureau report finds that Seattle is the most educated big city in the country, with Portland not far behind.
Duration: 14:16
Multifamily Marketwatch - February 25, 2019
The City of Portland has extended its housing emergency another two years to 2021; Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney proposes a bill requiring cities to upzone land within a half mile of frequent transit stops, and Oregon Senate Bill 608 may head to the floor of the Oregon House for a vote as early as this week. Its passage would mark the nation's first statewide rent control bill.
Duration: 12:40
Multifamily Marketwatch - February 18, 2019
This week: Oregon Senate Bill 608 capping rent increases and imposing strict no-cause eviction requirements passed through the Senate; The Portland City Club takes a stand against Portland's current form of governance in its latest report, and a new study by the Federal Reserve finds student loan debt prevents young adults from buying a home.
Duration: 12:42
Multifamily Marketwatch - February 11, 2019
Oregon's rent control bill sails through the Senate Housing Committee after four hours of public testimony; Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Washington plan to introduce a variety of bills to reform that state's eviction laws; a new Brookings Institution study concludes that zoning restrictions are holding back the American economy.
Duration: 14:56
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 4, 2019
This week: Oregon ranks as the nation's 32nd safest city with Washington ranking 34th, 17 Seattle area CEOs form an alliance asking for more housing for middle-class residents and Greater Portland's Metro government prepares a large-scale transportation levy for the 2020 ballot.
Duration: 13:32
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 28, 2019
This week: Bloomberg Businessweek examines the City of Portland's opportunity zones, which include some of the region's most sought-after real estate--and among residents of the nation's 26 largest cities, it's those in Seattle who say they're least satisfied with their neighborhoods.
Duration: 14:01
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 21, 2019
This week: the Oregon legislature will consider a statewide rent control measure along with restrictions on no-cause evictions. The Seattle City Council passed an ordinance requiring developers to choose from a list of options encouraging residents to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips, and California's governor may withhold transportation funding from cities that fail to meet housing production targets.
Duration: 12:48
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 14, 2019
This week: Seattle apartment rents hit the skids in the 4th quarter as 10% of the city's units remain empty and rents in King and Snohomish counties dropped about 1.4%. Economist Joe Cortright explains why Portland's residential infill plan is a good start, but may not be enough to combat rising home prices in the long term. And the Federal Government finds Oregon has the highest rate of homeless families in the nation.
Duration: 13:12
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 7, 2019
Oregon Lawmakers plan to consider limiting rent increases and ending no-cause evictions in this year's legislative session and a NY Times article looks at the phenomenon of smaller cities not wanting to be like Seattle or Portland and what it tells us about the pitfalls of urban growth.
Duration: 12:36
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 31 Special Edition
Liz Abauf of Prosper Portland discusses recent developments with the Broadway Corridor, Lents, and Alberta area projects. Prosper Portland was previously known as the Portland Development Commission. Prosper Portland serves as the redevelopment and economic development agency for the City of Portland.
Duration: 17:19
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 17, 2018
This week: TriMet may spend twice as much on free park-and-ride lots than affordable housing along a planned MAX line; a study by Zillow indicates that in cities with residents spending more than one-third of income on housing, homelessness increases; and local Portland governments are working on an agreement to use lodging and tourism tases for homeless services.
Duration: 13:47
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 10, 2018
This week: The Seattle Planning Commission has found that restrictive single family zoning is contributing to segregation and income inequality; the Portland Housing Bureau is re-evaluating spending of the 2016 affordable housing bond with the recent passage of a recent change in state law, and a new study finds that low-income residents living in states with expanded Medicaid are less likely to miss rent and mortgage payments.
Duration: 14:00
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 3, 2018
Oregon's governor released her proposed $23.6 billion budget which includes $406 million for new affordable housing units, construction financing, and programs to help the homeless; Portland State University's population research Center says Oregon grew by more than 50,000 residents in the past year, and the federal reserve signals it may less aggressive in raising interest rates over the next few years.
Duration: 12:24
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition - November 26, 2018
Angie Even of Save Portland Buildings offers a recap and update on the status of the City of Portland's regulations on unreinforced masonry buildings inside the city limits of Portland.
Duration: 14:41
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 19, 2018
This week: Oregon economists are predicting that the state's economic growth will start to slow over the next two years, but do not anticipate a recession; local transportation advocacy groups are supportive of Portland's Central City in Motion plan, but have expressed concerns over a recently released parking loss mitigation strategy; and a new report in the Journal of Planning Education and Research finds that Millennial first-time home buyers are more likely to purchase homes near city centers than their Gen-X peers.
Duration: 12:43
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 12, 2018
This week: Now that the Portland City Council has approved a path for the proposed SW Corridor Max Line, the cities of Portland, Tualatin and Tigard have begun work on plans to upzone land near future stations. Clark County homebuilders are seeing increasing demand for attached homes as prices continue to rise, but zoning in Vancouver limits even where duplexes can be built. The trade war with China is impacting high tech companies throughout Washington. And Portland is seeing a second wave of a meth epidemic--mostly among the homeless.
Duration: 13:42
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 5, 2018
This week: Houses in Seattle are selling below asking price for the first time in four years; a new Harvard study finds that the number of low-income renters is growing significantly faster than the number of affordable housing units; and economist Joe Cortright explains why housing can either be a good investment, or affordable -- but it can't be both.
Duration: 12:54
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 29, 2018
This week: The US Treasury released new guidance for Opportunity Zone investments, which could be good news for developers; two new ECONorthwest reports find that a statewide housing shortage is contributing to regional unaffordability and homelessness; and a new survey from California reveals that voters there don't necessarily see eye to eye with academics and politicians when it comes to housing issues.
Duration: 14:11
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 22, 2018
This week: Will Oregon's record low unemployment rate and increased hiring plans by employers put upward pressure on wages? The Portland metro area apartment vacancy rate remains relatively flat from a year ago according to a new report, and in Washington State, the legislature appears up for grabs in the midterm election which may result in rent control being taken up once again in the coming year.
Duration: 13:12
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition: The Race for Governor
On Sunday, the Oregonian/Oregonlive endorsed Knute Buehler for Oregon's next governor. Now that the race for governor is a statistical dead heat between Buehler and incumbent Democrat Kate Brown, we're making available the audio from Buehler's speech to apartment owners from our roundtable event held earlier this year.
Duration: 17:57
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - Monday October 8, 2018
This week: An 18-month review of the City of Portland inclusionary Housing Program leads the Housing Bureau to plan refinements to the program. The Portland City Council will vote Wednesday morning on an ordinance requiring owners of unreinforced masonry buildings to post signs stating the builds are unsafe. And the New York Times reports a national cool-down in the housing market as prices outpace wage growth.
Duration: 13:11
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 1, 2018
This week: Metro Council is working now on plans to quickly allocate monies to build or preserve up to 3,900 units of affordable housing if a $516 million bond levy is supported by voters in next month's midterms; US Senator Elizabeth Warren proposes a federal bill that would raise estate taxes to bankroll a $500 billion fund for affordable housing.
Duration: 12:16
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition - September 24, 2018
Dr. Gerard Mildner, director of the Portland State University Center for Real Estate, offers his insight into current housing issues in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.
Duration: 31:52
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 17, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council plans to take up the matter of new rental screening criteria proposed by commissioner Chloe Eudaly on Thursday, October, 18th. The Portland Housing Bureau has loosened inclusionary zoning rules for condos; the mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon says that housing affordability is in crisis and plans to hold discussions for implementing a renter relocation policy like Portland's along with policies that encourage increased density.
Duration: 12:28
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 10, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council vote on URM placard warning signs has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 3rd; PBOT is narrowing its Central City in Motion Plan down to 18 project bundles, which now include cost estimates and impact analyses; and Victoria Transport Policy Institute founder Todd Litman has a number of ideas that could help cities increase housing and transit affordability.
Duration: 12:39
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 4, 2018
This week: Oregon state economists predicted taxpayers might receive a large kicker in 2020 - the same year an economic slowdown is forecast; economist Joe Cortright explains why blocking new housing projects in low-income neighborhoods does not prevent displacement; and Adidas breaks ground on a significant expansion of its North Portland campus, which is expected to house 1,000 additional permanent workers.
Duration: 12:13
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 27, 2018
This week: The City of Portland passes new zoning for mobile home parks, creating an obstacle for redevelopment; The President's tariff on building materials is causing projects to be scaled back or abandoned; The justice department announced its support for a lawsuit accusing Facebook of violating fair housing laws.
Duration: 12:44
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 20, 2018
This week: Clackamas County elected officials show support for Metro's housing bond at a Chamber of Commerce event; the city of Portland debates new rules for developers pertaining to how and when neighborhoods should be notified of new construction; and economists and housing experts respond to a claim in the Washington Post that building new housing only helps the rich.
Duration: 13:21
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 13, 2018
This week: Auditors find that about 80% of Portland's short-term rentals may be operating illegally; Mayor Ted Wheeler rearranges oversight of Portland's bureaus, and the City of Vancouver Washington throws its support behind building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River--five years after Washington's state Legislature scuttled the idea.
Duration: 11:55
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 6, 2018
This week: tenants in a SE Portland apartment complex decide to go on a rent strike; the Portland City Council postpones voting on the residential infill plan; while on the national stage, a California Senator is calling for the federal government to create a tax credit for families who spend more than 30% of their income on rent.
Duration: 12:10
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 30, 2018
This week: the Portland City Council has created a housing registry landlords of one or more units; Metro council staff released the draft 2018 Urban Growth report and a recent survey finds growing frustration between Seattle landlords and their City Council.
Duration: 11:49
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 23, 2018
Olympia Washington's planning commission recommends city-wide zoning changes to encourage more "missing middle housing;" Oregon's property tax limits are criticized by DC-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities for forcing cities and counties to charge fees disproportionately impacting the poor...and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler claims the city is making progress on the issue of homelessness.
Duration: 11:25
Multifamily Marketwatch - July 16, 2018
This week: The possibility of oversupply in the Portland market has developers feeling jittery; Portland's planning commission endorsed a new zone that mobile home park residents hope will save them from redevelopment; and a new study indicates that if Americans want European levels of density, they will need to choose between single family and high rises, or streets dominated entirely by mid-rise buildings similar to Berlin and Paris.
Duration: 11:20
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition: Tenant Relocation Fees
Attorney Andy Hahs offers details of the City of Portland's relocation fee program. Hahs also covers potential issues with the City of Portland's draft tenant screening plan. Hahs is a partner with Bittner & Hahs, P.C. He has decades of experience in landlord/tenant law.
Duration: 23:50
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 2, 2018
This week: The Zidell family calls it quits for now on developing 33-acres on the South Waterfront; Portland posts top gains in educated adults, and hundreds of both luxury condos and 250-square foot microunits are--or soon will be--under construction in Portland.
Duration: 11:56
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 25, 2018
This week: Portland's mayor proposes a plan to help renters expunge criminal convictions; climate change is having the least impact on Oregon and Washington; Portland and Multnomah county government are working together on a plan to allow homeless families to park overnight on church property and the Portland City Council imposed a 2% fee on short-term rentals to support Travel Portland and a $4 per night fee to support low-income housing.
Duration: 11:55
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 18, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council puts off for another year a vote on seismic retrofit requirements; The National Multifamily Housing Council reports that over 30 percent of the cost of multifamily development is due to governmental regulation; and the Oregonian editorial board questions whether Metro's plan to place a $652 million affordable housing bond on the November ballot is enough to make a difference in the housing crisis.
Duration: 12:11
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 11, 2018
This week: After holding off for several months, the City of Portland begins spending money from the affordable housing bond; Metro receives requests from four cities in Oregon to expand the urban growth boundary, and cities across the country begin to see the impacts of the national housing shortage.
Duration: 11:39
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 4, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council took an initial vote to allow taller buildings in Portland's Chinatown; Tacoma appears on track to overtake Spokane as the Washington state's second largest city, and the CEO of Seattle-based real estate website Redfin blames restrictive zoning laws for the country's housing affordability crisis.
Duration: 10:38
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition
In this week's special edition, HFO partner Greg Frick discusses the Portland apartment market with economic and housing analyst Joe Cortright of City Observatory. Cortright argues that Portland is disincentivizing construction -- exactly the opposite of what is needed to create affordable housing.
Duration: 27:01
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 21, 2018
This week: Oregon primaries result in a political shift to the left; affordable housing developers face funding shortfall due to federal tax cuts; and Seattle passes a tax on large businesses to fund affordable housing programs, despite threats from Amazon.
Duration: 11:50
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 14, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council heard public testimony on proposed requirements for seismic retrofits of the city's unreinforced masonry buildings; City commissioner Chloe Eudaly plans to call for new tenants screening rules and the multifamily housing council posts a review and synthesis of the inefficiencies of rent control policies.
Duration: 12:35
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 7, 2018
This week: Portland's latest data on rent increases; a public hearing takes place Wednesday, May 9th on the City's proposed unreinforced masonry plan, and the City will hold two public hearings on its controversial residential infill plan.
Duration: 09:57
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 30, 2018
This week: Housing activists in Seattle push for increased density in inner-city neighborhoods; Willamette week releases its endorsements for the May primary, and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will ask the City Council to halt spending of the $258 million affordable housing levy approved by voters in November of 2016 until next January.
Duration: 11:07
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 23, 2018
This week: the latest apartment survey indicates vacancy rates are on the rise in Portland but remain among the lowest in the country; baby boomers and millennials both want to live in walkable, close-in urban neighborhoods. After ten years of planning, this year will see the groundbreaking for the $70 million Rockwood Rising project in Gresham.
Duration: 12:39
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 16, 2018
This week:Seattle has passed a law requiring landlords to separate rent and parking fees, allowing renters to opt-out of paying for parking; the Sherwood City Council wants Metro to expand its urban growth boundary by adding 373 acres south of Sherwood High School and a study by CityLab indicates housing scarcity and affordability are more global than local in nature.
Duration: 11:38
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 9, 2018
This week: A recent third-party study of Portland's proposed Residential Infill Project concludes it will reduce demolitions and increase housing; A Washington State Judge rules that Seattle's law requiring landlords to accept tenants on a "first-come-first-served" basis violates the state constitution; Oregon sees the return of middle-wage jobs.
Duration: 11:26
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 2, 2018
This Week: Candidates to replace Dan Saltzman on Portland's city council are profiled; regional government announces plans to develop affordable housing on the SW corridor ahead of new MAX line construction; proposed building height increases in Portland's old town comes up for a council vote on Wednesday.
Duration: 10:28
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 26, 2018 Special Report
The City of Portland apparently plans to move forward with an ordinance requiring seismic upgrades to hundreds of Portland apartment buildings without funding assistance in place. The group Save Portland Buildings argues such a plan will result in the reduction of affordable housing stock through demolition due to the cost to owners. A group spokeswoman discusses how the process has worked -- or not -- thus far. The ordinance comes up for a vote in April.
Duration: 21:01
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 19, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council weighs whether to support a 10-year tax abatement to improve the results of its inclusionary housing program; Portland ties in 9th place with Boston and Nashville in a list of the best markets in the country for commercial property investments and -- if somehow you missed it -- there was new reporting on a potential damage from a future major quake off the coast of Oregon.
Duration: 12:18
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 12, 2018
This week: the City of Portland expands rental relocation assistance fees to owners of even one rental unit, and makes the fees permanent; Washington State's legislature passes a law prohibiting landlords from discriminating against tenants with section 8 vouchers; the Portland City Council rejects 300 apartments in the Pearl District and rejected construction of 2,617 additional housing at RiverPlace that would have added 500 units of affordable housing.
Duration: 10:12
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 5, 2018
Last week: The Portland City Council heard hours of testimony, mostly from renters, on a proposal to make Portland's renter relocation fee permanent while expanding it to all landlords of one unit or more. The City will also consider whether to begin a landlord registration system as discussion is expected to continue this week; Metro plans a $1.7 billion affordable housing bond measure for November's ballot.
Duration: 11:16
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 26, 2018
This week: Seattle follows Portland's lead in the effort to require seismic retrofits for unreinforced masonry buildings; local developers come out against proposed inclusionary zoning rules for condo developments; the potential for a democratic supermajority in the Oregon legislature begins to take shape--can rent control be far behind?
Duration: 12:02
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 19, 2018
This week: the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released a 12-month study of Portland's Inclusionary Housing requirement, recommending that the city modify the policy; the Portland Business Journal ranked the top 35 elementary schools in Oregon and SW Washington; and developers of low-income housing are trying to make up for funding shortfalls resulting from the corporate tax cut.
Duration: 11:23
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 12, 2018
This week: Jobs are up in Oregon and employment gains are expected across all industries in 2018; more than 3,500 people responded to the City of Portland's call for comments on the Residential Infill Project; Metro is planning for two upcoming bond measures for affordable housing and transportation projects.
Duration: 11:19
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 5, 2018
This week: Portland mayor Ted Wheeler will introduce incentives next month in an attempt to offset the stagnant response to Portland's year-old inclusionary zoning requirement; Oregon companies go on a hiring spree; and apartment rents increased again last year with west coast cites leading the pack.
Duration: 11:27
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 29, 2018
This week: there's a controversy brewing over heights of new buildings in downtown Portland; a new report ranks Portland's rents as the 20th highest in the nation; and leaked White House "infrastructure plans" call for a 50% reduction in the federal reimbursement rate for new projects.
Duration: 11:05
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 22, 2018
This week: in Washington State there’s a new legislative proposal to end the state ban on rent control; in Portland, the topic of just how tall new buildings should be; and if Seattle can build 1,400 affordable housing units for $100 million, why does Portland need $258 million for just 1,300 units? We explain.
Duration: 12:30
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 15, 2018
This week: Portland-area real estate professionals weigh in on how the new tax law will impact the commercial real estate industry; the Historic Landmarks Commission and neighborhood residents are pushing back on a low-income housing project being proposed in the Historic Alphabet District; two moving companies confirm that Oregon is still a top moving destination - the state added 65,000 people last year.
Duration: 12:20
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 18, 2017
This week: Cities across the country are looking to retain millennials by adding duplexes, triplexes, rowhouses and other medium-density housing options that serve the middle class and keep them from being forced out; a local expert says Portland's MSA needs 30,000 more housing units each year to keep up--something builders are saying is impossible due to development fees and permit timelines. Marketwatch returns January 15th.
Duration: 12:13
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 11, 2017
This week: Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development approves the City of Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan as at least one neighborhood readies its appeal; Portland Housing Bureau director Kurt Creager gets ousted by Mayor Ted Wheeler; the City of Portland buys 240 planned affordable housing units at $285-thousand dollars each.
Duration: 10:50
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 4, 2017
This week: City audit of its Prosper Portland department uncovers financial mismanagement; Oregon's population grows at a record level for the second straight year; Congressional Republicans' tax plan could throw a wrench into plans for thousands of affordable housing units in Oregon.
Duration: 10:20
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 20, 2017
This week: A major Portland homebuilder announced he will no longer build in the city due to excessive permitting times; Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler calls on the business community to help with homelessness; businesses complain city bureaucrats won't work with them.
Duration: 08:55
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 13, 2017
This week: Metro regional government releases a report concluding that Portland lacks adequate affordable housing; Bend considers ways to assist renters and affordable housing advocates speak out about the loss of specialized bonds that could eliminate construction of hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units.
Duration: 09:27
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 6, 2017
This week: Rents in Portland have fallen slightly, mostly for high-end units close to downtown; Bend renters are finding more options as several new multifamily housing communities open; a new study of rent control in San Francisco by a trio of Sanford economists documents how the policy has failed. Those stories and more in this week's Multifamily Marketwatch.
Duration: 10:05
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 30, 2017
This week: Want to live in the nation's best place for business and careers in 2017? If you live in Portland, Forbes says to stay put; more "for rent" signs are cropping up on lawns these days and the Washington Post says affordable housing stock has dropped 60% since 2010.
Duration: 08:44
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 24, 2017
This Week: Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly stops strict enforcement of code restrictions against sleeping in RVs and tiny houses built on private property without a permit; Portland State University reports that wages in Portland are rising, and housing prices are increasing at a slower rate.
Duration: 08:11
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 17, 2017
This week: a Portland Landlord slams Commissioner Eudaly for violating City of Portland social media policy and blocking him from her public Facebook page; the Portland Tribune reports that more than 15% of the cost of new apartment buildings comes from City of Portland fees and development charges.
Duration: 08:46
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 10, 2017
This week: Chloe Eudaly's First Right of Refusal ordinance for renters would likely apply to all types of rental housing; Portland developers propose to build up to 2,500 units on Portland's waterfront, including 500 affordable units, in exchange for increased height limits.
Duration: 09:58
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 3, 2017
This week: Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly wants to give tenants first right of refusal to buy apartment buildings before they hit the market, and Mayor Ted Wheeler will ask for an 18-month extension of Portland's housing emergency -- this time requiring agencies to figure out when to end it.
Duration: 10:26
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 26, 2017
This week: The Tribune turns a spotlight to the City of Portland's dysfunction; hurricane disasters could result in a construction slowdown due to scarcity of workers and increasing materials costs; and six months in -- the inclusionary zoning requirement's impact on apartment construction applications in the City of Portland.
Duration: 10:24
Multifamily Marketwatch Special
In an interview with HFO partner Greg Frick, Multifamily NW spokesman John McIsaac relates the bureaucratic difficulties facing developers in the City of Portland. Estimates are that 50,000 new apartments will be needed by 2030 to accommodate the nearly 100 people moving to the city every day.
Duration: 12:01