REALTORĀ® Call for Action!

Snohomish County-Camano Association of REALTORS® has partnered with Washington REALTORS®, and other organizations, to form a coalition to launch the Unlock the Door to Affordable Home-ownership campaign in Washington State. 

There is a housing affordability crisis in Washington impacting buyers, sellers, and renters. Growing pressure and demand for housing leads to skyrocketing prices and low housing supply. Families in all income groups are struggling to find home-ownership opportunities. This impacts every part of the housing and rental markets in Washington.

According to the University of Washington's Center for Real Estate Research, first-time buyers in Snohomish County face home prices that are nearly double what they can afford.

We need to work with our state and local elected officials to solve this growing crisis in our communities, which includes educating lawmakers about real world impacts on all Washingtonians.

Share Your Story

Stories from constituents, like you, are a powerful tool to help us motivate legislators to focus on this critical issue of housing affordability which impacts homeowners and renters alike.

Please take a few minutes to share your story.

Take Action - Contact Your Legislators

We need to make sure our elected officials know how important this issue of housing affordability is to communities across Washington.

Please take a minute to send a formed message to your legislators now.

Take Action

Support SB 5334/HB 1306 - Reform Condominium Liability Law

SB 5334 and its House companion bill, HB 1306, clarify the statutory warranty provisions for new condominium and condominium conversion projects. The proposed reforms create more objective standards for construction defect claims.

Liability reforms are needed to ensure that new condos are an affordable home-ownership option in Washington State. Liability risks for condominiums developers and contractors have reduced condominium development in Washington State to one of the lowest rates in the nation, and new condos often exceed $1 million, well beyond the reach of first-time buyers or those seeking to downsize. Without increasing the supply of new, affordable condominiums, our state will be unable to provide home-ownership opportunities and meet the objectives of the Growth Management Act.

For more information about this bill, or to contact your legislators about supporting this bill, please visit this website.

Support SB 5769 - Ensure Urban Density in Suburban and Urban Areas

 SB 5769 proposes changes to the Growth Management Act to ensure minimum densities and a variety of home-ownership and housing opportunities in suburban areas and higher urban densities for residential and mixed-use development near transit centers.

More than 25 years after the adoption of the Growth Management Act, some urban areas still do not have the zoned density necessary to accommodate new growth. REALTORS® support legislation increasing minimum housing density in areas with high growth and lack of affordable housing supply, especially in areas served by transit. For suburban cities, REALTORS® support legislation clarifying that regional transportation planning groups like the Puget Sound Regional Council cannot reject growth plans from cities for allowing increased housing supply and growth inside Urban Growth Areas.

For more information about this bill, or to contact your legislators about supporting this bill, please visit this website.

Support SB 5008 - Align Short Plan Definition with Ecology SEPA Rules to Promote Affordable Infill

SB 5008 allows cities and counties planing under the Growth Management Act to create short subdivisions of up to 30 lots within Urban Growth Areas - consistent with Ecology's State Environmental Policy Act regulations. This will promote affordable infill development projects.

While the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) allows short subdivisions of up to 30 lots in Urban Growth Areas, the state subdivision act defines short subdivisions to include only 9 lots. REALTORS® support aligning the short subdivision process with Ecology’s SEPA standard, to improve the affordability of smaller subdivision projects. These projects are often smaller, infill developments, and would be limited to projects inside Urban Growth Areas.

For more information about this bill, or to contact your legislators about supporting this bill, please visit this website.