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Washington trots out new weapon for cities in the fight against ‘zombie’ properties

New law will help the city of Spokane clean up abandoned properties that are becoming a nuisance.


Zombie houses plague neighborhoods and leave families heartbroken

Willabelle “Willy” Godfrey had always told her family she hoped another family would move into her home one day and start their own story after she died. Instead, the property …


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Golf with Jim Meehan: Future looks bright for scenic Idaho Club

The Idaho Club on Monday did what it usually does to me.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Treasury pick emerges smiling from testy hearing

Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin spent 17 years working at Goldman Sachs, part of what President-elect Donald Trump once called the “global power structure” that has “robbed” American workers. Mnuchin’s financial …


Akron home sells for $1 under Ohio’s new public auction law

vacant 92-year-old bungalow in Akron sold at a sheriff’s sale last month for just $1, a price made possible by a revision of Ohio law governing public auctions last year.


Foreclosure prevention program is ending after helping fewer than expected

When the Obama administration announced a massive effort to help distressed homeowners in 2009, it set high expectations. The program, government officials said, would keep up to 4 million borrowers …


Mnuchin faces more heat from Democrats on OneWest foreclosures

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin is facing growing pressure from Senate Democrats to account for his leadership of a bank accused of shoddy foreclosure practices.


Washington state invalidates common mortgage provision

Laura Jordan came home from work one day to find herself locked out. She had missed two mortgage payments, and the company servicing her loan had changed the locks without …


Portland votes to foreclose on “Zombie homes” for first time in 50 years

The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to move forward with a plan to foreclose on so-called “zombie homes” for the first time in 50 years as the city grapples with …


Spokane Valley homeowner says neighbor took advantage of foreclosure, sold her belongings at a yard sale

Spokane Valley woman wants to buy back furniture her neighbors sold on Friday; says neighbors had no right to sell her things.


Limited reduction of mortgage principal for stressed homeowners extended

A top federal regulator on Thursday announced a long-awaited initiative to allow some homeowners facing foreclosure to reduce the principal on their mortgages.


Ex-Idaho Rep. Phil Hart settles federal tax dispute

BOISE – Former Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has settled his long-running tax dispute with the IRS, agreeing to let the feds auction off his Athol home for unpaid back …


Spokane City Countil to consider registry for abandoned homes

The windows and doors are boarded with plywood, the siding is fading and falling off and the yard is littered with soggy mattresses. No crystal ball is needed to see …


Ownership of items taken from luxury lake home contested

Two high-rollers who have fought over a sprawling lakefront property in North Idaho are back in court, trying to determine who can keep hundreds of fixtures, appliances and other items …


Unpaid sewer bills put homes in foreclosure

Brenda Grimm-Bear is facing the loss of her cozy home on North Willow Road in Spokane Valley over a $5,279 lien for unpaid sewer bills. She is one of at …


Idaho Rep. Brandon Hixon plays down late house payments

BOISE – An Idaho state lawmaker says constituents shouldn’t be concerned that he hasn’t made a house payment since June 2012, four months before he was elected to the Idaho …


IRS gets clear path for Hart foreclosure

BOISE – A federal judge has cleared the way for the Internal Revenue Service to foreclose on former state Rep. Phil Hart’s North Idaho home. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge …


Eye on Boise: April tax revenue well above forecasters’ expectations

BOISE – Because Idaho budgets based on forecasts and estimates of how much tax revenue will come in, there’s always some anticipation about how revenues fare in April, the biggest …


Kelly: The stigma of foreclosure lifts as lenders alienate borrowers

Our nephew, a high school teacher and coach in Southern California, decided to stop paying on his mortgage a year ago. Matt, 34, is still in the home.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2013, 9:07 a.m.

STCU will move offices, new branch into historic Hutton Building

Spokane Teachers Credit Union is turning a foreclosed downtown building into one of its most prominent offices. The credit union announced Friday that it will move its commercial lending operations …


State files charges against foreclosure scammers

Washington’s Division of Financial Institutions has filed charges against 40 companies it accuses of misleading state consumers dealing with foreclosure.


Feds resuming foreclosure suit against Hart

BOISE – Federal authorities are gearing back up their foreclosure lawsuit against tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart, now that Hart has voluntarily dismissed his bankruptcy filing – which had …


Rep. Hart IRS foreclosure case back on track

Federal authorities are gearing back up for their foreclosure lawsuit against tax-protesting Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, now that Hart’s voluntarily dismissed his bankruptcy filing - which had placed an automatic …


$3 million to nonprofit will help struggling homeowners

Their situation seemed hopeless. Tom and Jaclyn Milroy had done everything right, yet their lives were unraveling. They were both hit with job loss and deteriorating health in rapid succession, …


Hart bankruptcy plan draws rebuke

Federal prosecutors are calling for Idaho Rep. Phil Hart’s proposed bankruptcy plan to be dismissed, saying it’s improper, it wouldn’t appropriately satisfy his half-million-dollar federal income tax debt and it …


Feds: Rep. Hart’s bankruptcy plan ‘not feasible’

Federal prosecutors are calling for Idaho Rep. Phil Hart’s proposed bankruptcy plan to be dismissed, saying it’s improper, it wouldn’t appropriately satisfy his half-million-dollar federal income tax debt, and it …


Hart offers tax settlement

BOISE – Outgoing Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart is proposing to pay $200 a month for five years – a total of $12,000 – to satisfy his entire debt of …


Rep. Hart says he’d settle tax debt for $200 a month

Outgoing Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan in federal court that proposes that he pay $200 a month for five years - a total …


IRS garnishing Hart salary

BOISE – When the state of Idaho made out its paychecks for tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart twice a month for the past seven years, the money didn’t go to …


Hart says IRS garnished all his legislative pay

When the state of Idaho made out its paychecks for tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart twice a month for the past seven years, the money didn’t go to Hart - …