Housing Matters Podcast

RHAWA's Housing Matters Podcast brings you interviews with a multitude of housing industry professionals as well as legislators on the front lines all over the state.

We will take deep dives into rental and housing industry news statewide, pending legislation, history, and many other topics.

Stay informed and entertained – Housing Matters, where your voice matters, too!


Episode 7 - Bellevue Councilmember Jared Nieuwenhuis & RHAWA Legislative Session Review

In this weeks episode RHAWA sat down with Bellevue City Councilmember Jared Nieuwenhuis to speak about the future of housing in Bellevue and the councils vision for that development. Nieuwenhuis also speaks to the eviction backlog in King County. Stay tuned after the interview for RHAWA Legislative Session in Review.

Episode 6 - Interview with State Sen. Phil Fortunato & week in review from Olympia

This week's episode of Housing Matters is a Special Edition brought to you from Olympia. You will hear my great conversation with Sen. Phil Fortunato about the happenings in the Senate Housing Committee, as well as his general thoughts on housing in Washington State. Also, RHAWA's Week in Review from Olympia as many members of the community showed up to testify on various bills.

Episode 5 - Interview with State Rep. Andrew Barkis & week 1 review from Olympia

This week's episode of Housing Matters is a Special Edition brought to you from Olympia. You will hear my great conversation with State Rep. Andrew Barkis about all thing's legislative session and housing. I also review week one in Olympia and the HUGE showing from RHAWA members and other organizations at two big rent control bill hearings. Look out for our short form "Week in Review" audio AND video from Olympia every week of session. 

Episode 4 - Legislative Session Preview with RHAWA's Lobbyist Chester Baldwin

In our latest episode I spoke with RHAWA's lobbyist in Olympia, Chester Baldwin. We discuss a variety of topics including what we can all expect on the rental housing front in this year's legislative session. We spoke about upcoming rent control bills, bills RHAWA will be drafting to help tenants and rental housing providers, as well as the six initiatives submitted by Let's Go Washington.

Episode 3 - Rental Housing Inventory & Eviction Safety with Cory Brewer

Episode 3 features Cory Brewer of Windermere Property Management Lori Gill and Associates. We spoke about the short-term prediction and current state of the rental housing market as well as touching upon the current eviction timeline and safety issues involving evictions and other tenants' safety. 

Episode 2 - King County Evictions Stalling

In this week’s episode you will hear from Jason Roth (Van Guy) and Jaskaran Singh both local rental housing providers as well as Kaitlyn Jackson, a local landlord-tenant law attorney. All three speak about the current state of affairs when it comes to eviction cases in King County and how, what should be a simple eviction for non-payment of rent, is taking upwards of a year. We discuss how the King County Court system and the Housing Justice Project seem to be creating a complete log jam of eviction cases. Whether that is by design or accidental, you decide. 

Episode 1 - Tacoma City Councilmember John Hines

In our first episode, I spoke with John Hines, Tacoma City Councilmember for District 1. We speak about his history in Tacoma, his drive to enter politics as well as the upcoming ballot Measure 1 which will have astronomical implications on rental housing in Tacoma.

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Topic Ideas & Sponsor Opportunities

If you feel passionate about an issue or curious about a topic you feel should be covered in the podcast, please contact Corey Hjalseth with your ideas. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Luke Brown


About the Host

Corey Hjalseth is RHAWA's External Affairs Manager and is honored and excited to be the voice of our new podcast. He has more than a decade of television media experience as well as professional and personal experience in the housing industry as a mortgage lender. He is the son of an independent housing provider. RHAWA’s mission is a very personal one for him.  

The views expressed in episodes of RHAWA's Housing Matters podcast do not necessarily represent the views and policies of the Rental Housing Association of Washington. Formal legal advice and review is recommended prior to selection and use of this information. RHAWA does not represent your selection or execution of this information as appropriate for your specific circumstance. The material contained and represented herein, although obtained from reliable sources, is not considered legal advice or to be used as a substitution for legal counsel.