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  • Fight erupts in Seattle over law prohibiting landlords from checking tenants’ criminal history

    Court battle set over “Fair Chance Housing Act”
    There’s a legal fight brewing in Seattle that could have serious ramifications for the multifamily industry as a whole. The fight involves a newly enacted city law that forbids Seattle landlords from checking into the criminal history of their prospective tenants. Landlords have balked at the law and are now suing the city.
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  • Redfin expands home selling options in Seattle, will clean and stage home, too

    For an additional fee, of course
    Last year, Redfin rolled out a new service called "Redfin Concierge," where the online brokerage will "deep clean" and stage a home on a homeowner’s behalf to aid in the sale of the property, all for a 2% listing fee. The program originally launched in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., before expanding into San Francisco in February of this year. And now, Redfin is bringing the enhanced listing program to its own backyard of Seattle.
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  • Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Is the housing market finally slowing down?

    California fires continue to rage
    As we head into the hottest month of the year, is home price growth finally starting to cool down? It looks like it might. For the first time in almost four years, home prices posted three straight months of declines in annual appreciation. But as the housing market cools, California continues to heat up as wildfires sweep across the state, claiming yet more victims.
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  • Direct homebuyer FlyHomes raises $17 million, plans expansion into mortgages

    Funding round led by prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz
    There’s a growing player in the burgeoning direct homebuying segment that now boasts the backing of one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms. Seattle-based FlyHomes recently announced that it raised $17 million in its Series A funding round, which was led by Andreessen Horowitz, which previously invested in Facebook, Airbnb, Foursquare, Skype, Twitter, and others.
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  • Seattle passes sweeping short-term rental laws, limits Airbnb hosts to two units

    Hosts must also be licensed by city
    Homeowners and landlords in Seattle who want to rent out their property via short-term rental services like Airbnb are about to have a whole new set of laws they have to comply with. Most notable among the new laws passed this week by the Seattle City Council is a new regulation that limits short-term rental hosts to only two units.
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  • Real estate startup to Zillow CEO: We’ll sell your house for you

    Faira guarantees sale of Spencer Rascoff’s twice-discounted house
    Back a few months ago, Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff put his money where his mouth is by listing a house he owned for sale – on Zillow. The listing apparently hasn’t generated quite as much interest as Rascoff hoped, despite two price cuts. Rascoff now has an unlikely ally in the sale of his house – a real estate startup that’s guaranteeing the sale of Rascoff’s house.
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  • Seattle’s ‘Up’ house is getting its own movie

    Edith Macefield fought encroaching development, story now Hollywood-bound
    The tale of the small Seattle-area home that rose to fame after the owner famously turned down $1 million for her home even as a shopping mall was being built around her and was once used to promote the Disney film “Up,” because of its similarities to the movie, is now headed to Hollywood itself.
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  • Zillow CEO lists home for sale…on Zillow

    Want to buy one of Spencer Rascoff’s houses?
    Just in case there was any doubt about whether Zillow Group Chief Executive Officer Spencer Rascoff believes in his product, he showed Friday just how much of a Zillow-head he really is – by listing a home for sale…on Zillow.
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  • Is Seattle about to do away with single-family zoning?

    City reportedly working on zoning overhaul
    Real estate in Seattle could be on the verge of a seismic shift, thanks to a plan that’s working its way through the city’s governmental process. According to a report from the Seattle Times, Seattle is considering a plan to do away with single-family zoning as part of a massive zoning overhaul.
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