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Washington Takes Action to Reduce Barriers to Building ADUs

Super exciting (if somewhat nerdy) policy news: the Washington State legislature just took two big steps to increase the availability of “missing middle” housing through a pair of new housing bills: HB 1337 and HB 1110. These bills will increase the availability of affordable housing options and reduce barriers to building ADUs, DADUs, and other forms of housing. Both ...

Investing in DADUs in Uncertain Economic Times

With all the economic uncertainty in the world right now, you may be questioning whether it’s the right time to invest in a DADU. Does it make sense to invest in real estate during periods of economic instability, or is it wiser to wait until the economy settles? The reality is that a DADU may be one of the best ...

Financing an ADU Just Got Easier

Great news for anyone currently financing or looking to finance an ADU: the mortgage enterprise Freddie Mac recently changed its rules to allow rental income from an ADU to be included in the income qualification for a mortgage. This means if you are borrowing money to build an ADU, or buying a home with an existing ADU, the ADU’s potential ...

The Difference Between Prefab and Site-Built Homes

Over the last several years, "prefab" and "modular" have become increasingly popular, enticing homeowners with the promise of a design-forward, affordable and quick-to-build backyard home. It seems to be the latest trend in real estate – but is prefab everything it’s cracked up to be? We dive into some common misconceptions around prefab and modular housing that every homeowner should ...

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