Tom Hoban

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Squeamish in Seattle: The commercial consequences of unrest

When vandalism and arson are persistent dangers, insurers notice — and doing business gets expensive.

 

COVID-19 and CHOP could benefit Snohomish County real estate

COVID-19 and CHOP could benefit Snohomish County real estate

An estimated 40% to 55% of work formerly performed in an office building will be done remotely by 2025.

 

Uncharted territory: The questions for businesses are many

Uncharted territory: The questions for businesses are many

Life and commerce might never be the same when the coronavirus outbreak subsides.

 

Affordable housing idea: Repurpose struggling retail centers

Affordable housing idea: Repurpose struggling retail centers

Malls converted to mixed use might be an answer for badly needed transitional and low-income housing.

Affordable housing idea: Repurpose struggling retail centers
Tech makes things easier, but relationships still matter

Tech makes things easier, but relationships still matter

Where we choose to live is an emotional matter, so real estate will remain a largely human enterprise.

Tech makes things easier, but relationships still matter
Real estate could be a proving ground for ‘woke capitalism’

Real estate could be a proving ground for ‘woke capitalism’

The sector is stubbornly local in nature: Problems are solved and deals are made face to face.

Real estate could be a proving ground for ‘woke capitalism’
Trade deals hit home on a recent trip to Southeast Asia

Trade deals hit home on a recent trip to Southeast Asia

China’s expansion in that and other regions poses a challenge to U.S. policy.

Trade deals hit home on a recent trip to Southeast Asia
Paine Field is no ‘Sea-Tac north’: Airline service is win-win

Paine Field is no ‘Sea-Tac north’: Airline service is win-win

After dire predictions, the new airport passenger terminal seems to be delivering as promised.

Paine Field is no ‘Sea-Tac north’: Airline service is win-win
On a long flight, I meet a kindred spirit: Ben Carson

On a long flight, I meet a kindred spirit: Ben Carson

The U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development is a champion of “opportunity zones.”

On a long flight, I meet a kindred spirit: Ben Carson

Tough math may spur millennial leaderhip in coming decade

Lack of discipline by baby boomers threatens to bring broad devaluation.

Business program prepares prison inmates to defy the odds

Training and placement efforts help graduates make better lives for themselves and their families.

‘Opportunity zones’ in new tax code could spur area growth

‘Opportunity zones’ in new tax code could spur area growth

In addition to airport, investors get another reason to check out Everett and surrounding county.

‘Opportunity zones’ in new tax code could spur area growth

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 is valued at $1 trillion, more than the combined value of Boeing, Bank… Continue reading

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

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.

Housing boom in Puget Sound region missing crucial element: Condos
Why real estate investors are watching self-driving cars closely

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?

Why real estate investors are watching self-driving cars closely
Be prepared for the downturn to come

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

Be prepared for the downturn to come
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