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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
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

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