Stories tagged: housing
Wed., May 24, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Home sales fell in April amid supply squeeze
Americans pulled back their pace of home-buying in April, as the shrinking number of houses for sale and rising prices are putting them in a bind as their options dwindle.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Crews clear Seattle homeless camp ahead of light rail work
Crews are continuing to clear out a homeless encampment next to Interstate 90 in Seattle.
Sat., May 20, 2017, 5:09 a.m.
Carlyle Care Center in downtown Spokane to stop serving residents with severe mental illness
The Spokane area’s largest assisted-living facility is closing its doors to more than 100 residents with severe mental illness and complex medical problems, and social workers are scrambling to find …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 8:20 a.m.
U.S. housing starts fell 2.6 percent in April
Construction of new homes fell for a second straight month in April, pushing activity to the lowest point in five months.
Mon., May 15, 2017, 8:24 a.m.
U.S. homebuilder sentiment climbs higher in May
U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their business prospects, reflecting a recent surge in sales of newly built homes and a lingering shortage of previously occupied homes on the …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 9:58 a.m.
Deputy fired for pepper spraying homeless man’s water bottle
A King County sheriff’s deputy has been fired for squirting pepper spray on a water bottle belonging to a man who was living under a bridge east of Seattle.
Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:04 a.m.
Mortgage rates edge higher but remain within a narrow band
Mortgage rates wandered higher again this week after a brief slip but remain within a narrow band.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Tacoma considers suing opioid makers in homelessness fight
The city of Tacoma is considering suing the manufacturers of opioids such as OxyContin in its fight against homelessness.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:26 a.m.
Tesla CEO says company to start selling solar roof tiles
Tesla will soon begin selling solar roof tiles.
Tue., May 9, 2017, 7:49 a.m.
SEC probes rental home values in private-equity bond deals
U.S. securities regulators are investigating whether bonds backed by single-family rental homes and sold by Wall Street’s biggest residential landlords used overvalued property assessments.
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 …
Thu., May 4, 2017, 7:52 a.m.
Average 30-year mortgage rate edges down to 4.02 percent
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates barely moved this week after rising last week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate remained above the key threshold of 4 …
Wed., May 3, 2017, 11:12 a.m.
Developers move on UO student apartment tower plan
Out-of-state developers are moving forward with a plan in Eugene to build a towering 12-story apartment complex for University of Oregon students.
Mon., May 1, 2017, 9:34 a.m.
Supreme Court says cities can sue big banks over housing bubble damages
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities may sue big banks over allegedly discriminatory lending practices that they say led to urban blight, but added that they must meet higher …
Sat., April 29, 2017, 6 a.m.
Realtors’ Open House Weekend has its roots in Washington state
To find the origin of Open House Weekend in the United States, look no further than the housing market crash of 2008, which marked the largest home price drop in …
Mon., April 24, 2017, 11:52 a.m.
Seattle group sends postcards seeking help for camp cleanup
A Seattle neighborhood organization is using postcards to try to send city officials a message.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Mortgage rates at lowest levels in five months
Mortgage rates continued their month-long swoon, sinking to their lowest levels in five months. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average tumbled to …
Mon., April 17, 2017, 8:08 a.m.
Pullman plan reaches for the sky; Moscow project also in works
A total of 82-apartments, a two-story parking garage with 112 spaces and 10,000 square feet of main-floor commercial space are proposed for what could become Pullman’s tallest downtown building.
UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 8:52 a.m.
Homebuilder sentiment slips, but overall outlook positive
U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects, even as their overall outlook remains favorable.
Thu., April 13, 2017, 7:53 a.m.
Mortgage rates fall to their lowest levels of the year
According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average slipped to 4.08 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender …
UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Spokane City Council halts demolition in Browne’s Addition, limits billboards in Hillyard
A pair of moratoriums proposed by City Councilwomen Lori Kinnear and Amber Waldref received unanimous support Monday night. For six months, no more demo permits will be issued in the …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Home sales and prices up, inventory down in Spokane County
Spokane-area home prices continued to rise in March as the number of homes for sale remained fairly limited.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:53 a.m.
Olympia is fourth-best place to live in U.S., website says
Olympia has been ranked as the fourth-best place to live in the nation, according to the latest “Top 100 Best Place to Live” by website Livability.com.
UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 6:51 p.m.
Boise man in homeless lawsuit to run for governor
A Boise man who was once a plaintiff in a high-profile anti-panhandling lawsuit has registered as a Republican candidate for Idaho governor.
Sun., April 2, 2017, midnight
George Critchlow: Turkey’s refugee policy puts U.S. to shame
Turkey’s willingness to open its borders to millions of refugees and commit scarce national resources to their well-being is remarkable.
UPDATED: Mon., 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.
Mon., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Thu., 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.
Wed., 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 …