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Global group hosting Affordable Housing Summit in Seattle

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FIABCI logoLeaders from various real estate organizations and panelists from several public and private sectors who are actively working on affordable housing issues will convene in Seattle on November 14 for summit devoted to affordable housing.

The event, which is open to the public, is presented by FIABCI-Seattle (International Real Estate Federation).  Tickets, priced at $10 for non-members, are available at Eventbrite.

“We’re bringing together organizations and public figures – including Washington State legislators – that are actively working on the affordable housing issue in our region,” said Troy Thiel, co-chair of the Community for Affordable Housing (CFAH) and a broker at Windermere Yarrow Bay in Kirkland. “There’s strength in numbers and, collectively, we’re more likely to find solutions that will bring about meaningful and long-lasting change. We want this to truly be a “summit” of all these organizations — an event with the potential to be remembered as the tipping point for moving forward together with actionable solutions,” he added.

Opening remarks will be made by Walid Moussa, FIABCI World president and Kellee Buhler, FIABCI USA president. Moussa is founding president of FIABCI Arabic Countries and president of the Real Estate Syndicate of Lebanon (REAL). Buhler, a broker with Compass in New York and global real estate advisor, will discuss UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign.

Affordable Housing Summit
Thursday, Nov. 14
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Alder Auditorium, University of Washington
Tickets ($10)

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Following their presentations, Thiel will provide an update of CFAH, and two panels will discuss various solutions for adequately growing the housing supply of “appropriate type and cost.” Panelists include experts on condo conversions, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), modular/prefab homes, and public officials with experience on policy changes at the state and local levels.

CFAH co-chair Sara Monzo, director of marketing for the Pacific Northwest region of Opes Advisors (a mortgage bank and wealth advisory firm) will moderate the panel of experts on housing solutions. FIABCI Seattle President G. Evan Bennett, founder and managing member of Anthology Capital, will moderate the panel of legislative and government representatives.

FIABCI includes members from 70 countries, including 100 professional associations and 65 academic institutions who are committed to sharing “the best practices worldwide and connect real estate professionals from across the globe.” Members work in all types of property sectors and represent all real estate disciplines, including brokerage, property management, valuation, investment, development, consulting, legal, architecture, planning and insurance.

Students and faculty with U.W. Husky cards are invited to attend the summit at no charge. Organizations that are interested in sponsoring the summit and speaking at future programs can obtain details by contacting

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