Seattle Growth Podcast episode 2: Buying in Seattle

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In the second episode of the Seattle Growth Podcast, hosted by the UW Foster School’s Jeff Shulman, learn what it takes to buy a starter home in Seattle and how that has changed over the years.

  • Rob Wasser (5:02), owner and designated broker of Prospera Real Estate and a member of the Northwest MLS board of directors, shares his view on affordability in Seattle, as well as how the conversion of single-family homes to townhomes is affecting that affordability.
  • Brad Evered (25:41), a branch manager with Caliber Home Loans, discusses the changes in lending standards over his 20 years in the business, and translates the current parameters to the levels of income, debt and savings necessary to buy a home in Seattle today.
  • Shulman also speaks to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, as well as local home owners and house hunters Kathy Kelley, Leslie Basel, Loren West and Dan Morgan.

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is a 13-episode exploration of this booming city’s ongoing transformation. A new episode premieres each Tuesday. The first in the series considered Seattle’s tech boom. Upcoming episodes take on the topics of homelessness, renting, preserving the city’s character, density, emergency services, health care, public utilities, schools, transportation, city budget and visions for the future.

The series is hosted and produced by Shulman, an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.

Jeff Shulman with Mayor Ed Murray Jeff Shulman with Rob Wasser Jeff Shulman with Brad Evered Jeff Shulman with Leslie Basel
Mayor Ed Murray Rob Wasser Brad Evered Leslie Basel

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