Tom Hoban

Waterfront developer ready to take your breath away

John Shaw Jr. takes special pride in creating a high-quality project for Everett.


New economic development captain sees Everett as a winner

Former Husky Dan Eernisee thinks city has been well nurtured, like a garden.


Let’s welcome developers into affordability discussions

In 1997, Apple was about 90 days from going broke. Today it…


When it comes to real estate deals, Thomas Jefferson set a high bar

The Louisana Purchase, which changed America’s history, was a bold arbitrage play.

Real estate embraces the digital era in creative ways

Developers are identifying ways to customize experiences for future renters.

Housing boom in Puget Sound region missing crucial element: Condos

Developers are only building high-end condos where there’s enough margins to cover potential litigation.

Why real estate investors are watching self-driving cars closely

With decisions on real estate made years in advance, could self-driving cars change how we live?

Be prepared for the downturn to come

Eric Sprink is not your typical bank president, so it was no surprise that Coastal Community Bank’s annual Fall Economic Forecast event was atypical in… Continue reading

Tom Hoban

Are millennials warming up to life in suburbia?

They dominate the apartment market and their wants need to be accounted for, says columnist Tom Hoban.

Tom Hoban
Tom Hoban

Why owning property is key to liberty in U.S.

To own a slice of the earth from its center to the heavens is precisely how private property rights work in the United States. The… Continue reading

Tom Hoban

Tech can upend, enhance apartment industry

I learn best by talking to people and I seem to be deeply curious about everything. So when I hop in a cab, I usually… Continue reading

Everett wins big with commercial air travel coming to Paine Field

Whether or not you use the airport, if you are a resident or business owner in the Everett area, commercial passenger service at Snohomish County’s… Continue reading

How a new Everett mayor could affect local real estate scene

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson’s about-face earlier this year on running for what would be a fourth term came as a bit of a surprise to… Continue reading

Lawsuits make condos too costly to build

Before the current legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee handed a task to several boards and commissions that report to him to bring recommendations to ease… Continue reading

Former Bothell city manager returns to helping downtowns

Bob Stowe is now helping half a dozen cities do the same thing he has done his entire career: Create or revitalize their downtowns. Stowe,… Continue reading

Crusade to help inventors, entrepreneurs in Snohomish County

By Tom Hoban HBJ Columnist With costs rising for housing, office and labor in Seattle and Bellevue, the idea of incubating start-ups in areas outside… Continue reading

Column: A roadmap for affordable housing

Strong rental-rate growth for two straight years has allowed landlords to recover finally from when the market took a tumble in 2008-09. Renter’s personal income,… Continue reading

Column: Snohomish County connects in surprising ways to Brewster

At the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia rivers about 25 miles north of Lake Chelan in north-central Washington sits Brewster, one of the most… Continue reading