Stories tagged: housing
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 11:13 P.M.
Spokane City Council passes new human rights protections, delays protections for renters who use subsidies
The Spokane City Council on Monday approved a legislative package compiling human rights protections, including a measure that prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants for accepting housing vouchers.
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 12:01 P.M.
Some balk as Seattle seeks to spend more money on homeless
Sixteen months after he declared a state of emergency on homelessness, Seattle’s mayor is asking voters in this liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to …
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 9:44 A.M.
New-home sales climbed to a 7-month high in February
Purchases of new homes increased in February to a seven-month high, indicating the effects of the recent rise in borrowing costs on the U.S. residential real estate market have been …
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 7:40 A.M.
Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.23 percent
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid this week from their highest levels of 2017.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 7:51 A.M.
U.S. home sales slowed in February after January surge
Americans retreated from buying existing homes in February, a pullback after sales in January had surged to the fastest pace in a decade. But over the past 12 months, sales …
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 1:18 P.M.
Helena Veterans Home tells residents to move on
A Helena facility for veterans has announced it is closing, leaving residents to find somewhere else to live.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 10:46 A.M.
Seattle City Council votes to create renters commission
The Seattle City Council has approved the creation of a renters commission as the city deals with skyrocketing rents.
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 12:02 P.M.
Backers for Seattle homeless levy collect signatures
Backers of a proposed $275 million property-tax levy to fund efforts to curb homelessness in Seattle have begun collecting signatures.
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 11:09 P.M.
Ridpath loan of $1.75 million clears first hurdle from Spokane City Council
The city will have to vote a few more times before Ron Wells’ loan to convert the old hotel into mixed housing gets final approval.
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 10:57 A.M.
Proposal would prohibit Spokane landlords from discriminating against renters for using subsidies
Tenants could not be discriminated against for accepting housing vouchers under a new human rights legislative package the City Council will consider later this month, which also addresses government surveillance, …
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017, 6 A.M.
‘Tiny homes’ project in Spokane Valley stalled as nonprofit reorganizes
The nonprofit that planned to build a village of “tiny homes” in Spokane Valley is reorganizing after a series of disagreements with suppliers and volunteers.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017, 8:51 A.M.
Bill would protect Idaho homeowners from squatters
Legislation seeking to protect homeowners and landlords from squatters is headed to the Idaho Senate.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017, 6 A.M.
Beacon Hill rezoning could lead to 31 new homes
A landowner has submitted a proposal to create 31 residential lots in a vacant area on Beacon Hill surrounded by popular nature destinations. The proposal would lay the framework for …
MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017, 11:54 A.M.
Potlatch teens lose their safe Landing
After four years in operation, the Potlatch Landing Community Center has closed because of funding mishaps.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017, 9:22 A.M.
Puyallup may impose new rules on homeless center despite lawsuit threats
The seven-month wait for Puyallup to decide what new rules will govern a controversial homeless aid center could end next week.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017, 9:21 P.M.
Senate confirms Carson, Perry for housing, energy posts
Two of President Donald Trump’s former rivals for the GOP White House nomination won Senate confirmation Thursday to join his administration.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017, 8:02 A.M.
Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.10 percent
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, breaking a holding pattern that prevailed for more than a month.
TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017, 12:20 P.M.
Nearly half of local millennials consider moving as Seattle-area home costs soar again
Big housing-cost increases are taking a heavy toll on millennials throughout the Seattle area, which has retained its title as the hottest housing market in the country. A new poll …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017, 12:46 P.M.
City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for Ridpath Hotel rehab
Plans and money are coming together to revitalize the decaying Ridpath Hotel. With the help of a $1.75 million city loan expected this spring, developer Ron Wells is closer to …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 6:08 P.M.
Landlords are taking over the U.S. housing market
As rising home prices, slow new home construction, and demographic shifts push homeownership rates to 50-year lows, the U.S. is increasingly a country of renters-and landlords.
THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 1:24 P.M.
Housing shortage on Oregon coast has officials concerned
Astoria officials are considering placing limits on temporary lodging like Airbnb rentals to free up units for permanent residents of the coastal Oregon city.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 8:06 P.M.
Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade
Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 8:07 A.M.
Average 30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.15 percent
Long-term mortgage rates slipped again this week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate loans eased to 4.15 percent from 4.17 percent last week. The benchmark rate …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 7:46 A.M.
Judge rules cleanups of Seattle homeless camps can continue
A federal judge has decided not to impose restrictions on how Seattle and the state of Washington conduct cleanups of unauthorized homeless camps. The Seattle Times reported that two homeless …
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 11:59 A.M.
Portland developers sue to evict homeless tent camp
Two Portland development companies have filed a lawsuit in order to evict a homeless tent camp across the street from a hotel they are renovating.
TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017, 12:41 P.M.
Landlords vow lawsuit if proposed Portland ordinance passes
A prominent attorney and lobbyist says to expect a lawsuit if the Portland City Council approves an ordinance that would require landlords to help pay moving costs for tenants evicted …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017, 4:32 P.M.
Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac should be utilities, trade group says
A powerful housing trade group is wasting no time in pushing the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress to address one of the last unresolved issues from the financial crisis, outlining …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017, 7:04 P.M.
Seattle chugs along as America’s hottest home market despite slowing a bit
Seattle’s home-price increases keep surging ahead of the rest of the nation even as the local housing market is showing a clear trend of slowing a bit.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 10:23 P.M.
Demand for urban living creates hot market for downtown Spokane apartments
Downtown Spokane has become one the region’s hottest apartment markets, with vacancy rates hovering around 2 percent. Following national trends, much of the demand is coming from empty nesters and …
TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 7:44 A.M.
Existing home sales fell in December as supplies at 17-year low
Americans retreated from purchasing homes in December, as the number of properties listed for sale sank to its lowest level since 1999.