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Built by Blue Sound Construction, designed by MaKe Design, photos by Alex Hayden
  • PSBJ Opinion: Home Supply Should Grow Where Needed

    Posted on Dec 20, 2019 in:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims authored an editorial for the Puget Sound Business Journal stressing the need for more housing in our growing region.
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  • Kirkland City Council Amends Reasonable Use Exception Ordinance

    Posted on Dec 20, 2019 in:
    • Environment
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The amendment changed the process by which reasonable use applications are reviewed and limited the size of homes to 1,500 square feet when constrained by critical areas. The council did so without a hearing at Planning Commission or before the Houghton Community Council.
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  • 2018 Energy and Building Code Changes Now Available

    Posted on Dec 20, 2019 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    Barring any changes by the legislature, the new codes take effect July 1, 2020. Please note, BIAW has begun scheduling classes covering significant changes to the 2018 codes. Space is limited and members are encouraged to register today
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  • January 2020 Builders Bulletin: NWMLS Reports Uptick in Home Prices in November

    Posted on Dec 19, 2019 in:
    • Builder's Bulletin
    The median price of single-family homes and condos (combined) was $612,000 in King County and $471,747 in Snohomish County in November 2019, according to the latest numbers from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. This reflects a year-over-year increase of 1.16% and 4.83% respectively.
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  • New Streamlined Water Service Application Process in Seattle

    Posted on Dec 13, 2019 in:
    • Permitting
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The Street Use division of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) have made the water service application process easier.
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