Stories tagged: housing
Thu., 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.
Tue., 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.
Tue., 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 …
Mon., 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.
Thu., 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: Thu., 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.
Thu., 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.
Tue., 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: Tue., 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: Thu., 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.
Thu., 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: Wed., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Thu., 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.
Tue., 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: Tue., 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: Tue., 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: Tue., 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 …
Tue., 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.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 7:21 a.m.
Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes
Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 4:27 p.m.
Landlords can’t have blanket policy of refusing to rent to people with a criminal history, Washington attorney general says
The Washington State Attorney General’s office has sanctioned five property companies for refusing to rent to anyone with a criminal history, saying those policies are a form of de facto …
UPDATED: Fri., 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: 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 …
Thu., 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: Wed., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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.
Thu., 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.