Stories tagged: housing
UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017, 1:45 P.M.
Lawsuit filed over Seattle’s cleanups of homeless camps
Two homeless people in Seattle filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging the city and the state’s cleanups of unauthorized homeless camps are unlawful. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, says …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017, 9:50 A.M.
Ben Carson pushes increased private-sector role in HUD programs
Ben Carson on Thursday detailed his vision for the Department of Housing and Urban Development: One that integrates government assistance programs with “holistic” solutions and greater involvement of businesses and …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 8:16 P.M.
Developer Douglass appeals Spokane City Council’s denial of Indian Trail apartment complex
Harley Douglass has appealed the City Council’s universal rejection of his plans to build 750 housing units on 50 acres of property in the North Indian Trail neighborhood, citing disobeyance …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 7:24 A.M.
Suddenly, home sale agreements nationwide are falling apart
Spending months to find the perfect home in your price range, only to have your mortgage application rejected, or a home inspection turn up expensive repairs, is a nightmare-one that …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017, 6:36 A.M.
Smaller could be the future for over-50 builders
While a majority of homebuyers age 55 and over is seeking homes about the same size as their present home, builders catering to the age group can no longer afford …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017, 5:30 A.M.
Think about aging and accessibility when buying, building or remodeling a home
Real estate agents and builders say homebuyers should think ahead to their old age when buying, building or remodeling a home.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017, 9:54 A.M.
Long-term mortgage rates fall, breaking 9-week rise
After nine straight weeks of increases, long-term US mortgage rates fell this week.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017, 1:54 P.M.
Mortgage rates, home sales and prices seen rising in 2017
Economists predict mortgage rates will continue to climb this year – just one of the trends that suggest 2017 could be a more challenging year for homebuyers. While mortgage rates …
SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2017, 9 P.M.
Seattle’s record apartment boom is ready to explode; what it means for rents
The apartment boom in Seattle has already reached historic heights – more units opened in each of the past four years than ever before. Now, the real boom is about …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2016, 3:32 P.M.
Volunteers plan ‘one-stop shop’ for homeless services in Spokane
Businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are teaming up to host a “one-stop shop” for Spokane’s poor and homeless people.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2016, 10:11 A.M.
Pending existing-home sales fall on higher mortgage rates
Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly decreased in November on a sudden pickup in mortgage rates and limited inventory, according to figures released Wednesday from the National Association …
TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, 10:14 A.M.
Seattle keeps crown as nation’s hottest housing market
For the second straight month, the Seattle area has topped the nation in home-price growth, even during what is normally a slow time of year for home sales.
SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016
Tom Kelly: During a New Year visit a main-floor bedroom, bath come in handy
Hosting parents or older guests, especially those scheduled to stay overnight for the first time, requires particular preparation. Homey seasonal touches can make friends and family feel welcome, yet safety …
THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016, 8:31 A.M.
Long-term mortgage rates at highest levels since 2014
Long-term US mortgage rates climbed again this week, hitting the highest levels since 2014.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 12:03 P.M.
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.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016, 2:36 P.M.
Some homeless camp sweeps stopped by civil rights monitors
As Seattle works to clean up homeless camps in the city, some efforts have been stopped for not following protocol.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016
Job-loss insurance coverage can help cover mortgage payments
Job-loss insurance will pay an individual’s monthly mortgage payment, including principal, interest, taxes and any escrow impounds, should the insured become involuntarily unemployed. Self-employed and seasonal workers typically are not …
FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 4:40 A.M.
U.S. home price gains lift household wealth to $90.2 trillion
A healthy increase in home values and higher stock prices drove up U.S. household wealth in the July-September quarter, though the gains are largely concentrated among wealthier Americans.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2016, 12:30 P.M.
Audit finds problems with Oregon housing agency
Amid a housing shortfall that political leaders say is a priority to address, Oregon’s lead state agency on affordable housing is falling short on its responsibility to help guide policymaking …
FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 7:10 A.M.
Seattle to open 3 new sites to house homeless
The city of Seattle has announced plans to open three new homeless camps early next year.
THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2016, 7:57 A.M.
Mortgage rates reach highs not seen in more than a year
Mortgage rates sustained their upward march this week without any indication that their trajectory will slow anytime soon.
TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016, 9:44 A.M.
Seattle area has biggest growth in home prices in U.S.
The Seattle area has the hottest housing market in the country – the first time in nine years that Seattle has led the United States in home-price growth.
SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2016
Tom Kelley: Adding a hot tub can help boost your four-season rental potential
Adding a hot tub is a sure way to lure people to vacation-home rentals.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016, 7:51 A.M.
Pullman pledges money for affordable housing
The Community Action Center is a step closer to constructing a new affordable housing complex with a promise of funding from the city of Pullman.
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 8 A.M.
ACLU warns Yakima about lawsuit risk on homeless policy
The American Civil Liberties Union is warning Yakima that its homeless policy is putting the city at risk of a lawsuit.
SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 2016
Tom Kelly: Would a remodel make more sense than a move?
We hear it all the time—a house is worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. And in many neighborhoods, many people are paying a lot of money to …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 2:38 P.M.
Developer planning to appeal Spokane City Council’s decision to nix North Indian Trail apartment project
A 750-unit apartment complex near the Sundance Plaza shopping center was axed earlier this week by the City Council, which cited concerns about traffic safety brought forward by neighbors. But …
THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2016, 9:33 A.M.
Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.57 percent
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week.
SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2016
Tom Kelly: No ‘blending’ of former and current home sale rules
It’s been nearly 20 years since a slicker, reusable model replaced the one-time capital gains exclusion on the sale of one’s principal residence, yet the “new” law still perplexes many …