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Multifamily Marketwatch - April 5, 2021
The Center for Disease Control expands the federal eviction moratorium until June 30th; Tenant advocates in Seattle advocate a campaign to increase renter protections, and Oregon’s smaller towns are bouncing back faster economically than the state’s larger cities.
Duration: 14:20
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 29, 2021
This week: Permits for new multifamily projects in Portland dropped precipitously in 2020; low housing inventory and higher lumber prices drive up new home costs; a bipartisan bill sponsored by US Senator Amy Klobuchar directs $1.5 billion to local governments that commit to increasing housing supply.
Duration: 15:07
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 22, 2021
This week: a Federal Judge rules the CDC lacked authority to enact an eviction ban, opening the door for more legal challenges, and Twentysomethings are flocking to smaller, more affordable cities like Tacoma.
Duration: 13:15
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 15, 2021
This week: The Oregon legislature prioritizes bills intended to address the state’s housing crisis; Economist Joe Cortright cites Inclusionary Zoning as the reason for the sharp decline in new multifamily building applications, and a new stimulus bill expands unemployment benefits but payments to Oregonians may be delayed.
Duration: 15:32
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 8, 2021
This week: Oregon's economy forecast to boom; problems plague Oregon Landlord Fund website; and legislatures in Oregon and Washington go wild with housing-related bills.
Duration: 08:44
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 1, 2021
This week: Rental owners jam the State of Oregon Landlord Relief Fund website with hundreds of applications; a study by Redfin finds that increased housing density in Seattle has made it the most economically integrated city in the U.S. in just four years.
Duration: 09:44
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - February 22, 2021
This week: Oregon’s rental owner reimbursement fund has opened for claims; wealthy neighborhoods continue to attempt to evade higher density through historic designations; a recent research roundup reveals a preponderance of evidence supporting the premise that increased market-rate housing makes all neighborhood rents more affordable.
Duration: 08:34
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - February 15, 2021
This week: mind-boggling amounts of money needed to offset potential economic damage from unpaid rents and Multifamily NW urges rental providers to contact state legislators to support SB 330, which would provide a tax credit for unpaid rents.
Duration: 07:23
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - February 8, 2021
This week: Portland’s stunning slowdown in multifamily permit applications; Washington State’s legislature kicking the tires on housing legislation; and renters across the country struggle to hold it together while awaiting help from the federal government.
Duration: 09:25
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - February 1, 2021
The Oregon legislature is in session with competing housing priorities; both Washington State and the City of Seattle consider phasing out gas heating in new buildings. Experts at the Urban Institute claim that even a new round of stimulus checks will not be enough to avert a housing crisis.
Duration: 13:24
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - January 25, 2021
This week: Oregon Housing and Community Services plans to open the first application round for the state's landlord reimbursement fund by the end of January; Oregon's unemployment rates rose for the first time since April; President Biden's stimulus plan includes $350 billion in aid to municipal governments.
Duration: 13:56
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - January 18, 2021
This week: a Federal Judge in Washington State allows a statewide eviction moratorium to stand as a lawsuit against it moves forward; the Oregon legislature seeks ways to help renters and landlords as a potential eviction crisis looms.
Duration: 15:23
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Returns January 18, 2021
Stay tuned as our podcast returns next week.
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 21, 2020
This week: Oregon’s special legislative session will consider $200 million in relief funds for landlords and tenants; Moody’s Analytics estimates that renters nationwide could owe billions in back rent by next month.
Duration: 14:54
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - December 14, 2020
This week: Oregon’s legislature undecided on a pandemic special session; Washington’s Governor announces COVID-19 restrictions to January 4, and The Atlantic publishes a piece predicting the future for cities in 2021 and beyond.
Duration: 14:40
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - December 7, 2020
An Oregon support fund for landlords could begin accepting applications in January; counties in Washington State are distributing $120 million in federal rent assistance despite fears it will not be enough.
Duration: 14:07
Multifamily Marketwatch - November 23, 2020
Oregon's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.9%, but legislators fear recent lockdowns could spur a new round of layoffs; the state of Oregon will provide free debris cleanup to all homes and businesses, including mobile home parks, in areas impacted by this year's fires; investors nationwide are buying up student housing from struggling universities and converting it into market rate units for young professionals.
Duration: 14:59
Multifamily Marketwatch - November 16, 2020
Oregon Governor Kate Brown issues orders a pause for all Portland metro area counties; Planetizen reports on potential impacts of Biden win; federal unemployment benefits will expire at year end, and it appears unlikely that Congress will take action before then.
Duration: 14:23
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - November 9, 2020
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler won re-election; Oregon Democrats maintain supermajorities in both legislative chambers; Washington Governor Inslee is re-elected, and CityLab reports the potential impacts of climate change are increasingly important for real estate investors.
Duration: 13:55
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - November 2, 2020
This week: Oregon’s COVID-19 Emergency declaration is extended to January 2nd, 2021, the Portland area’s apartment sales have declined in 2020, but one analyst expects ongoing demand as Seattle-work-from-home employees move to Portland.
Duration: 14:40
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - October 26, 2020
This week: Portland has seen mixed job news with tech and industrial sectors faring better than other industries; Rose city voters still place homelessness at the top of their list of concerns; experts call for electrifying all new building systems to help combat climate change.
Duration: 16:23
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - October 19, 2020
This week: Washington’s governor extends the state residential eviction moratorium to the end of 2020; the Urban Land Institute reports that trends for 2021 indicate a strong interest in industrial, single-family, and multifamily housing; CityLab reports the shift out of cities during the pandemic may be only temporary.
Duration: 13:33
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - October 12, 2020
Rents drop in 41 of the nation’s 100 biggest cities; Portland’s Residential Infill Plan is praised by an affordable housing expert, and the national council of state housing agencies predicts $34 billion will be owed in back rent by January 2021.
Duration: 14:24
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - October 5, 2020
This week: Oregon’s Governor extends residential eviction moratorium to the end of 2020; The Portland City Council dissolves the unreinforced masonry workgroup; Rent café reports that more old buildings than ever are being turned into apartments.
Duration: 13:15
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - Mid-Year Update
In this week's special edition, HFO Partner Greg Frick gives a mid-year update on the multifamily market for the greater Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.
Duration: 19:33
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - September 21, 2020
This week: Portland now requires landlords to pay relocation fees to any tenant receiving a rent increase before next March; across the country, rent collections are falling, and the CDC’s eviction moratorium is being interpreted by judges in different states in completely different ways.
Duration: 21:50
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - September 14, 2020
This week: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announces plans to extend the city’s eviction moratorium and lower the threshold for mandatory relocation assistance payments. Atlanta and Chicago pause construction activity and the nation’s largest banks worry about outstanding commercial real estate loans.
Duration: 13:43
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - September 8, 2020
This week: The CDC issued a national moratorium on evictions for renters who can prove substantial loss of income due to COVID. Seattle rents decline for the third month in a row, and Portland home values continue to rise despite widespread unemployment.
Duration: 13:30
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - Corporate Activity Tax
This week: A special report on the impact of Oregon's new Corporate Activity Tax on owners of multifamily investments in Oregon. Perkins & Co, CPA Trent Baeckl explains new details along with other important accounting news of interest to multifamily owners.
Duration: 22:03
Multifamily Marketwatch - August 24, 2020
This week: Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek hopes to extend the statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium by an additional 6 months; the statewide unemployment rate went down in July; and so far this summer the eviction rate is lower than normal in cities nationwide, but experts are still expecting an increase in September.
Duration: 13:41
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - August 17, 2020
This week: The percentage of Oregon renters managing to pay rents on time in August was 87 percent, above the national average of 79%. Portland and Multnomah county announced $29 million in rent support. Read HFO’s blog for more news, including Seattle’s extension of an eviction moratorium through the end of 2020.
Duration: 14:28
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - August 10, 2020
This week: The Portland Housing Bureau adopts interim changes to the administrative rules on screening and security deposits. The Portland City Council votes Wednesday on adopting the residential infill plan, and CityLab reports the pandemic is causing a sharp decline in the construction of affordable housing.
Duration: 13:37
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - August 3, 2020
This week: the U.S. economy contracted at a historical level, a new report estimates Oregon’s economy will recover by 2024, and Seattle plans to spend $18 million from a new business tax on a housing initiative.
Duration: 13:26
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - July 27, 2020
This week: Portland allocates $15 million to rental assistance from its CARES act funding, and Barcelona Spain threatens to seize vacant apartment units at the end of August. Be sure to check the HFO blog for new stories about Washington State’s eviction moratorium extension and updated face mask requirements for apartment residents.
Duration: 16:44
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 20, 2020
Third-party reports indicate both renter turnover and rent payments are down; Oregon lawmakers approve $200 million for citizens and business, and Washington governor Inslee pauses further reopening through July 28. These stories and more in this week’s Marketwatch.
Duration: 16:13
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - July 13, 2020
This week: The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that Portland’s relocation ordinance does not conflict with the state ban on local rent controls; A new report finds that if Washington State enacts rent control, the result would be less housing, investment, and less tax income. Meanwhile, in Washington DC, a proposed law would ban evictions nationwide through March 2021.
Duration: 13:39
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - Special Edition
Podcast host Jennifer Shuch interviews Derek Merrill, Co-Founder & CEO of LeaseLock, a lease insurance company that allows rental housing providers to accept renters without requiring a security deposit. LeaseLock currently insures more than $300 million in leases.
Duration: 19:33
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - June 29, 2020
This week: residential sales rebound, and roughly one-third 30 percent of office and industrial sales are moving forward despite the economic slowdown; and a warning of a second great depression without significant policy intervention.
Duration: 15:25
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - June 22, 2020
This week: Oregon Governor Kate Brown allows Multnomah County to enter Phase 1 of reopening; Ithaca, NY becomes the first city to vote to cancel rent; the Urban Institute estimates that the US would need to spend $16 billion per month to ensure renters are not cost burdened or evicted during the pandemic.
Duration: 15:21
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - June 15, 2020
This week: new laws in Washington state impact tenant screening and rent payments; Oregon directs $55 million to landlords with low-income tenants; possible solutions to a looming eviction crisis.
Duration: 14:39
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - June 8, 2020
This week: Washington’s State’s Governor extends the existing ban on residential evictions until August 1st as landlords in New York and New Jersey file lawsuits against similar moratoriums, and phased reopening continues throughout Oregon and Washington.
Duration: 14:03
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - June 1, 2020
This week: Landlords grow concerned over the upcoming end of increased unemployment benefits; King County sees mixed results from homeless hotel housing as Portland mulls a similar plan.
Duration: 15:33
HF Multifamily Marketwatch - May 26, 2020
Oregon state economists warn Oregon will bring in $2.7 billion less revenue in the current biennium, and a prediction that homelessness could spike by up to 45% nationwide and $8.5 million approved by the legislature for rent payments to landlords will soon be distributed. Watch for our Washington State updates next week.
Duration: 15:07
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - May 18, 2020
This week: Oregon recorded the nation’s second-highest percentage of renters paying on time in May, and the nation’s Congress remains divided along party lines over how soon more cash relief should be provided for families.
Duration: 16:50
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - May 11, 2020
Oregon Governor Kate Brown faces complaints about her extension of Oregon’s state of emergency through July 6th; as activists across the country call for rent forgiveness, others are urging municipal governments to buy distressed properties.
Duration: 14:01
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - May 4, 2020
This week: Portland commercial real estate professionals push the state for mortgage relief; Tenants in major cities organize large-scale rent strikes.
Duration: 13:20
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - April 27, 2020
Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reports there may be shrinking demand for rentals due to the pandemic; Oregon and Washington governors reveal a framework for gradually lifting stay at home orders, and the Oregon Emergency Board approves $8.5 million in rental support for landlords.
Duration: 15:59
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - April 20, 2020
Reports indicate that 80 to 84 percent of Oregonians paid their April rent on time; Governors of West Coast states joined together in creating a framework for reopening the economies, and researchers are wondering whether the pandemic could end the nation’s big-city rent bubble.
Duration: 13:54
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - April 13, 2020
This week: Experts warn that states may not have the legal power to forgive rent or mortgage payments; Multnomah County chair Deborah Kafoury weighs changes to the county’s eviction moratorium, and nearly a third of renters in the U.S. don’t make rent in April.
Duration: 14:21
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 6, 2020
Renter and landlord anxiety abound after business closures due to COVID-19; CityLab reports that rent strikes may significantly impact the pension funds of first responders, and governor Mike Inslee of Washington clarifies rules for in-person interactions for real estate transactions.
Duration: 14:24
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 30, 2020
Oregon and Washington issue stay-at-home orders; Oregon’s governor delays state tax filing deadline, and local, state, and federal government work on funding strategies to offset the pandemic’s economic impact.
Duration: 13:58
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 23, 2020
Government entities declare moratoriums on evictions for the COVID-19 emergency; a survey finds two smaller Oregon towns had the state’s highest rent growth, and Portland apartment developers find creative ways to adapt to Portland’s inclusionary zoning rules.
Duration: 12:31
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 16, 2020
COVID-19’S impact results in anti-eviction laws; Oregon Republicans’ walkout on cap-and-trade leads Governor Kate Brown to enact rules by executive order; and while housing costs rise in wealthy cities, economic growth concentrates in second-tier metros.
Duration: 14:54
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 9, 2020
This week: Portland’s inclusionary housing policy appears to have slowed development; in Washington State, four bills related to landlord-tenant laws await the Governor’s signature; development activity in Portland has slowed since the implementation of Portland’s inclusionary housing policy; and an update on some land-use ballot measures in California.
Duration: 16:13
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 2, 2020
This week: Details on Metro’s plans to refer a $248 million homeless services tax measure to the May ballot; Three years after imposing inclusionary zoning on developers, the City of Portland seeks third-party analysis; And the Oregon legislature comes to a standstill as Republicans walk out to avoid a vote on cap and trade legislation.
Duration: 15:05
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 24, 2020
This week: The Portland Business Alliance released its Housing Affordability 2020 report, which showed that the Portland region has built 23,500 fewer units than needed over the past decade; Oregon's Department of Revenue is still working out the details of the new $1 billion business activity tax, leaving business owners unable to predict what they will owe in April; in his new book, author and journalist Conor Dougherty asks whether YIMBY groups and older, more diverse tenants rights organizations can work together to advocate for more housing.
Duration: 17:54
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 17, 2020
This week: the Seattle City Council approved a ban on wintertime evictions, including for nonpayment of rent; the Portland City Council met with BPS staff to determine which Residential Infill Project amendments deserve further study; a California-based newspaper asked presidential candidates what they would do to solve the state's housing crisis.
Duration: 16:10
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 10, 2020
This week: Oregon State Senator Shemia Fagan proposes a bill increasing enforcement of Fair Housing Laws in Oregon; Tacoma finds success with a program providing temporary rent vouchers for college students, and a new Harvard study provides details but few surprises on the status of Rental Housing in America.
Duration: 14:05
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 3, 2020
This week: The Washington State legislature continues its session with several housing bills introduced, including rent control and a ban on no-cause evictions; job news in Portland is mixed despite recent high tech expansions, and boom times continue in the City of Vancouver, Washington.
Duration: 14:27
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast, January 27, 2020
A new study reveals that Washington State’s housing construction fell far below demand between 2000 and 2015 and Willamette week reports that the state agency responsible for regulating and supervising low-income housing providers is failing to enforce policies against rent gouging at affordable housing complexes.
Duration: 13:01
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 20, 2020
This week – Both Washington and Oregon’s 2020 legislative sessions will begin with lawmakers prioritizing plans to reduce homelessness; San Francisco considers limiting construction of new office space if housing goals aren’t met, and a report that December’s month over month rents for Eugene, Salem and Albany reached record highs.
Duration: 13:35
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 13, 2020
The Wall Street Journal criticizes Oregon’s housing shortage as a state and local government failure; The Portland Design Commission strikes language from a code revision that would have required developers to provide outdoor camping space; a report details how Findland has become the only country in Europe with a declining homeless population.
Duration: 13:59
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 6, 2020
In the past decade, Oregon’s economy boomed while the production of housing reached record low levels; a California newspaper investigates how France is working to fix the Paris housing crisis, where underbuilding created a housing shortage.
Duration: 13:36
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 30, 2019
A round-up of the affordable housing positions of some of the US Democratic Presidential candidates is featured.
Duration: 09:25
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 23, 2019
Three landlord members of Portland's Rental Services Commission quit due to renter advocate's hostility; Washington State Legislature likely to consider more tenant protections in 2020; the U.S. Supreme Court decides it's ok for the homeless to sleep outside when there are not enough shelter beds available.
Duration: 06:50
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 16, 2019
A Seattle City Council member proposes a ban on residential evictions during winter months; a recently built mixed-use development designed by the City of Portland faces increasing criticism as storefronts remain empty two years after opening, and a state of Oregon poll finds that residents believe their financial prospects will continue to improve.
Duration: 13:48
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 9, 2019
This week: Portland developers could be required to provide public space with room for tents under new design guidelines; a 13-year-old 100-unit apartment building owned by the City of Portland evacuated 22 tenants fearing potential roof collapse, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently visited the Emerald City for a special report on homelessness.
Duration: 14:29
Special Edition Marketwatch Podcast December 2, 2019
Portland, Oregon's robust 2019 economy and the forecast for 2020 is discussed in this podcast with local expert Christian Kaylor of the Oregon Employment Department.
Duration: 24:14
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 25, 2019
Portland government pays $350 thousand in attorneys fees to unreinforced masonry owners for their successful legal challenge against the city; a professor argues that residential infill will only succeed if homeowners are good at being landlords and the Seattle Times reports that despite much fanfare in 2017, Seattle's BLOCK project has built only 9 backyard ADUs for homeless residents.
Duration: 13:59
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 18, 2019
This week: after declining 80% in the recession, homebuilding finally rebounds; the cities of Lake Oswego and West Linn try to find ways around a new state law requiring multiple housing units, and the Washington State Supreme Court upholds one of Seattle’s latest housing laws.
Duration: 14:39
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 11, 2019
Developers in Portland may be required to deconstruct homes built before 1940; Senator Ron Wyden introduces legislation that would make changes to opportunity zones; political action spending in Spokane comes under fire.
Duration: 16:07
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 4, 2019
This week: the Federal Reserve and interest rates; Oregon and Washington politicians promise to work together on the Interstate Bridge project and a new government report on climate change and real estate.
Duration: 15:00
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 28, 2019
This week: the City of Portland repeals its placard and tenant notification requirements for unreinforced masonry buildings; real estate and construction professionals in the pacific northwest questioned in a recent survey were concerned over environmental regulation, affordable housing, and rent control. And it turns out that the exodus of residents from California may not be wealthy retirees after all.
Duration: 15:32
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 21, 2019
A report finds that rents in most Portland area cities are flat or declining while those in the valley and Eugene are increasing; the Portland water bureau is building a corrosion control facility to reduce the possibility of lead in the city's water supply, and a recent study finds that proximity to transit can increase property values.
Duration: 13:08
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 14, 2019
This week: Under orders from a Federal Judge, the Portland City Council will have a public hearing October 23 on the court's mandated rollback of its ordinance requiring placards on unreinforced masonry buildings; and the Supreme Court is deciding whether to hear a case challenging the legality of inclusionary zoning.
Duration: 14:34
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 7, 2019
This week: CoStar reports that multifamily investment has picked up again after a brief slowdown following the implementation of statewide rent control; Sightline Institute researcher Michael Anderson warns that Portland's Better Housing by Design initiative could be held back by parking requirements; and startups are aiming to disrupt security deposits by requiring less money upfront from tenants and providing insurance to landlords.
Duration: 15:55
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 23, 2019
This week: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced that the city will be investing $115.3 million from the city's housing bond in 9 new projects; the Southwest Corridor MAX Line's steering committee will meet to discuss a handful of planning and budgeting issues that have arisen; a new working paper published by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies highlights the steep decline in the number of affordable rental units nationwide.
Duration: 16:52
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

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