• Big Week in Apartment [related] Data; Seattle vs. US

                  Big Week in Apartment [related] Data; Seattle vs. US The past week provides a great amount of significant data from a litany of important sources. The apartment development, investment and ownership community has no shortage of key fundamentals and indices to watch – here are few recently released

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  • Saturday Mornings & the Urban Myth

                  When it comes to developing apartment projects, as well as investing in stabilized apartments, a litany of factors are considered – size of project, location, amenities, unit mix, et certera ad infinitum. As is often the case in sustained and important analysis, the granular often takes precedent to

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  • Where to invest in urban Seattle: points of continuity.

                  In seeking the highest level of return in any given investment, a bet on future performance is always placed. Investing in apartments, existing buildings or new development, is no different. To that end, having a greater degree of certainty of rising rents or income, neighborhood desirability or proximity/access

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  • Carbon Fiber

                  Approximately 180 miles due east of Seattle lies Moses Lake, the location of the largest carbon fiber production plant on Earth. Within the city of Seattle, and more specifically located underneath the University of Washington, exists a special lab dedicated to the advancement of the use of carbon

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  • What happened to the two-bedroom apartment unit?

                    What happened to all of the two bedroom apartment units? There was a time, way back when, when architects and developers had pretty standard unit mixes that were balanced with a 1/3 of each unit type – one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms. With a shift away from garden-court

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  • Peak Pricing & Condo Lift

                    Peak Pricing & “Condo Lift” Are we at a peak of apartment pricing? That is a question where no definitive (or at least correct) answer is possible, yet many in the industry opine on the matter nonetheless. The interesting phenomenon is that we often don’t know where

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  • Seattle & Puget Sound: Urban versus Suburban Capitalization Rates

      Urban vs. Suburban Cap Rates – Looking at YTD Trends in the Tri-County Markets   Capitalization rates are most frequently used as a measure of investor sentiment and YTD trends in the Seattle/Tri-County markets are telling. An analysis of 2014 YTD sales in both urban and suburban markets within the tri-county region reveal trends

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  • Seattle Apartment Market: What inning are we in?

    For apartment owners, investors and developers it is easy to feel confident about our market. Record rent growth, historically low vacancy rates and a development pipeline that can’t be absorbed fast enough. Yet here is a great and currently apt adage in the real estate world “Cycles are long, but memories are short”. I’m privileged

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