Stories tagged: housing market
Sun., June 4, 2017, 9:57 p.m.
Affordable single-family homes becoming scarce in Bellingham
Bellingham’s housing market is going through the roof, driven by a surge in demand for single-family homes.
UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Household debt tops 2008 peak, but Americans’ finances are better
The recovery from the Great Recession has hit a milestone: Total household debt climbed to $12.73 trillion in the first quarter to top the peak reached in 2008 before the …
Fri., May 5, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Housing recovery has some big winners – and a lot of losers
A controversial report last week from Trulia, the popular real estate website, upends conventional wisdom that the housing market is back to where it was in the halcyon days of …
Sat., April 29, 2017, 6 a.m.
For millennials ready to buy a home, the pickings are slim
For years, millennials looked at owning a home as a distant fantasy. Student debt and a weak job market seemed to conspire to keep this generation stuck in their parents’ …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 1:04 p.m.
Potlatch: Housing market recovery expected to continue
Potlatch Corporation’s profit in the last quarter of 2016 was four times that of the same quarter a year earlier, the Spokane-based forestry, wood products and real estate company reported …
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 11:34 p.m.
Seattle has second-lowest rate of homes for sale in U.S.
Why is it so expensive to buy a house in Seattle right now? People in the real-estate industry point to a broad problem: No one is selling their house.
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 5:41 p.m.
Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate eases to 3.47 percent
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, moving closer to historically low levels.
Sun., Jan. 24, 2016
Tom Kelly: The dangers of owning a long-distance retreat
If you snooze, you lose. It’s right up there behind Murphy’s Law as one of the surest things in life.
Fri., April 17, 2015, 10:32 a.m.
Housing activity boosts March hiring in Idaho
Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in March, thanks in part to increased housing market activity.
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015, 11:45 a.m.
Stronger housing market boosts Potlatch earnings
Potlatch Corp.’s income grew by 27 percent last year and the Spokane-based company is expecting another strong year in 2015, based on continuing recovery in the U.S. housing market, officials …
Sun., Jan. 8, 2012
Housing market moves toward gains
HACKENSACK, N.J. – The housing market – staggering under a slow economy and still paying for the excesses of the boom years – may start to stir to life in …
Sun., Nov. 13, 2011
Use the winter housing market to your advantage
Just your luck — you have to sell your home in winter, the slowest and dreariest sales season of all. But cheer up. You can use staging, the reduced competition …
Thu., May 12, 2011
Spokane County foreclosures rise; Kootenai County down
Foreclosure filings on Spokane County homes rose to 252 in April, the highest number since October, RealtyTrac reported today. Banks took ownership of 84 homes and issued notices of foreclosure …
Thu., May 12, 2011
Processing delays, not recovery, cited for drop in repossessions
LOS ANGELES – Fewer Americans had their homes repossessed by banks or were put on notice for being behind on their mortgage payments in April compared to a year ago. …
Sun., May 1, 2011
Recent home-price gains starting to vanish
LOS ANGELES — The home price gains made after the housing market bottomed in spring 2009 have vanished, with 10 cities posting fresh lows in February, according to a closely …
Sun., May 1, 2011
Real estate market deep in high-end homes
In 2002, there were four North Idaho homes listed for sale at more than $1 million. Just two sold. But it was a start.
Sun., Sept. 26, 2010
Awaiting a ‘lost decade’ for housing market
NEW YORK – The slide in U.S. home prices may have another three years to go as sellers add as many as 12 million more properties to the market. Shadow …
Fri., Sept. 17, 2010, 12:19 p.m.
2009 a terrible year for Western lumber production
The Western lumber industry had its worst year in 2009 since records have been kept and the outlook for this year is even more dismal.
Tue., Aug. 24, 2010, 5:36 p.m.
Uncertainties blamed for drop-off in Spokane home sales
Economic and political unknowns are slowing Spokane home sales much as they have in the rest of the United States, the president-elect of the Spokane Association of Realtors said today.
Thu., Aug. 12, 2010
Washington state’s home sales strong; prices lower
Second-quarter home sales in Washington jumped almost 28 percent over 2009 levels as buyers rushed to take advantage of an expiring $8,000 federal income tax credit. But a report released …
Tue., July 6, 2010, 4:20 p.m.
Foreclosures drive home sales in Kootenai County
Slightly more than one out of three homes sold in Kootenai County during the first quarter of 2010 was in foreclosure or already bank-owned, according to RealtyTrac.
Wed., June 30, 2010
House OKs homebuyer tax credit extension
WASHINGTON — Homebuyers would get an extra three months to complete their purchases and qualify for a generous tax credit under a bill overwhelmingly passed by the House on Tuesday. …
Wed., June 23, 2010, 8:10 a.m.
New-home sales plunge 33% with tax credits gone
Sales of new homes collapsed in May, sinking 33 percent to the lowest level on record as potential buyers stopped shopping for homes once they could no longer receive government …
Wed., June 23, 2010
End of tax credit vexes already struggling market
WASHINGTON – The housing market may be on the verge of taking another plunge that could weaken the broader economic recovery. Sales of previously occupied homes dipped in May, even …
Wed., June 23, 2010
Bright idea in a gloomy market
Like a lot of homeowners trying to sell, Jennifer Crouch has had a quiet six months – no offers for the blue four-bedroom home she first listed last winter. So …
Thu., June 17, 2010
Homes won’t build recovery
WASHINGTON – Homebuilders are sending a message: They won’t be able to contribute much to the economic recovery now that government home-buying incentives have vanished. Home construction and applications for …
Tue., March 23, 2010, 8:53 a.m.
January existing home sales drop 0.6 percent nationally
Sales of existing homes in the U.S. fell for a third straight month in February, pushing sales down to the lowest level since last July. There is concern the fragile …
Thu., Nov. 19, 2009
U.S. home building slows again
WASHINGTON – The budding economic recovery isn’t getting much help from the home-building industry, which normally creates jobs and drives growth when a recession ends. Uncertainty over whether a homebuyer …
Wed., Nov. 11, 2009
Spokane home values rise slightly
Home values in the Spokane area are running 2 percent below last year, though they’ve made modest gains in recent months, according to a quarterly report from the real estate …
Tue., Nov. 10, 2009, noon
Zillow: Spokane home values lower than last year but improving
Home values in the Spokane area are running 2 percent below last year, though they’ve made modest gains in recent months, according to a quarterly report from the real-estate website …