Stories tagged: home buying
Sun., March 19, 2017
Tom Kelly: Do personal notes work in a hot market?
Do personal notes have any success in a red-hot neighborhood for real estate? There is no specific data but they probably can’t hurt your case. It’s a good idea to …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:42 a.m.
Three ways it’s becoming harder for millennials to buy homes
Young people can face a lot of challenges when it comes to buying their first home – and that list may be growing. A house can seem far-fetched for someone …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 8:20 p.m.
What Donald Trump’s win could mean for the average consumer
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump proposed sweeping changes that could have huge implications for the average American’s finances. Since winning the election, Trump has yet to release many specifics …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 8:21 p.m.
Wells Fargo will pay $50 million to settle allegations it overcharged homeowners for appraisals
Wells Fargo & Co. reached a $50 million settlement this week with homeowners who alleged that the bank marked up home appraisal fees for borrowers who defaulted on their residential …
Thu., Nov. 7, 2013
Spokane County home sales up 40 percent; prices among most affordable
Spokane County’s housing market is one of the most affordable in the state for both middle-income families and first-time buyers, a new report says. The Housing Market Snapshot from the …
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Spokane home sales down for month, up for year
Home sales in Spokane during September maintained the overall market’s rebound, despite declines in average sales price and total homes sold in the month. Home sales fell to 497 in …
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Spokane-area home prices
Sun., Sept. 29, 2013
Driveway makeover can enhance home’s style, curb appeal
The driveway that came with the 1921 Craftsman-style house that David Ulick bought five years ago was the original concrete one, marred by cracks and with tree roots starting to …
Sun., Sept. 22, 2013
You, too, can sell your home without an agent
Jeremy Magelky had three things going for him when he set out to sell his home. Home values were rising in Fargo, N.D., and there were few homes for sale …
Sun., Aug. 25, 2013
Invest carefully in improvements to your home
Homeowners are opening their wallets. A rebound in the housing market has made them more willing to invest in renovations that could boost the value of their homes even more …
Sun., July 28, 2013
Borrowers should be prepared for change in loan ownership
Nicki Long’s questions were simple and straightforward: “Who owns my loan?” the single woman asked. “Why is it such a big secret when you try to find out?”
Sun., June 2, 2013
Buyers must be ready to act fast when they find right house
We have friends who lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade then moved away to take jobs overseas. Now, they are planning to return and asked that we …
Sun., May 5, 2013
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.
Sun., April 21, 2013
Reverifications help lenders weed out fraudulent borrowers
Can your lender challenge loan data after closing? Credit has become tighter and lenders are spending more time verifying a borrower’s assets, especially for investors. But just how long is …
Wed., Nov. 28, 2012, 4:49 a.m.
Big winners share lessons, risks of Powerball win
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — So you just won the $550 million Powerball jackpot, the second highest in lottery history. Now what? Perhaps it’s time for a tropical vacation or a …
Tue., Oct. 30, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
SD executes man for rape, death of 9-year-old girl
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota inmate was executed Tuesday night for the 1990 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving her home to …
Thu., Sept. 27, 2012, 12:48 p.m.
Renoir artwork from flea market now thought stolen
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Renoir painting that caused a sensation when it was bought at a flea market for $7 may have been stolen from a museum six decades ago, …
Tue., Sept. 25, 2012, 3:43 p.m.
Report: Americans feel more confident in economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more confident in the economy than they have been in seven months, an encouraging sign for President Barack Obama with six weeks left in the …
Thu., Sept. 13, 2012, 3:51 p.m.
Fed unveils bold, open-ended steps to aid economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by the chronically weak U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve launched an aggressive new effort Thursday to boost the stock market and make borrowing cheaper for years …
Tue., Aug. 28, 2012, 7:34 p.m.
New Orleans’ post-Katrina gentrification is touchy
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, the city finds itself at a delicate moment in its rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina struck seven years ago. Private …
Sun., Oct. 23, 2011
What does it mean to buy property in receivership?
Mortgage defaults and delinquencies are common. Distressed properties account for nearly one-third of residential transactions. Foreclosures, short sales, banks’ REO (real estate owned) and bulk sales have become terms and …
Sun., Aug. 14, 2011
FHA becomes tangled in its own safety net
The conventional lending system wants more skin in the mortgage game. We all get that. But should it be an arm and a leg? It’s driving FHA off the playing …
Sun., July 3, 2011
Five factors play key roles in mortgage application
NEW YORK — There’s rarely been a better time to buy a home. If only you could get approved for a mortgage. Despite the persistent uncertainty in the housing market, …
Thu., July 1, 2010, 8 a.m.
Mortgage rates drop to another low, 4.58 percent
Mortgage rates have sunk to the lowest level in more than five decades, but consumers aren’t rushing to refinance their loans or buy homes.
Wed., Sept. 9, 2009
New normal for home sales
The American dream of homeownership is still attainable. Buyers just have to deal with a new set of realities. A year after the collapse of the housing market triggered the …
Thu., Aug. 20, 2009
In brief: Group offers homeownership classes
SPOKANE VALLEY – The Community Frameworks HomeStarts homeownership program will provide information regarding the homeownership process and opportunities during meetings Aug. 31, Sept. 24 and Sept. 30. All meetings are …