Stories tagged: housing
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016, 10:14 A.M.
Average rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.58 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged down this week to their lowest levels of the year, offering a continued incentive for purchasing during the spring home-buying season.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016, 8:59 A.M.
Amazon to set up homeless shelter on Seattle campus
Tech giant Amazon is offering a building it owns in downtown Seattle as a temporary shelter for homeless families.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016, 9:11 P.M.
Inslee signs bill to aid homeless students
TACOMA – In an effort address the rising numbers of homeless public school students in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure on Friday that aims to help reduce …
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016, 10:20 A.M.
Average rate on 30-year mortgage steady at 3.71 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged to slightly higher this week after declining the previous week.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 9:33 A.M.
Seattle mayor drops plans for second homeless parking lot
The Seattle mayor has dropped plans for a second `safe lot’ for homeless people living in their cars or recreational vehicles. Mayor Ed Murray says the first lot is costing …
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016, 8:42 A.M.
U.S. homebuilder sentiment holds steady in March
U.S. homebuilders remain optimistic that the housing market will improve, but their expectations for sales over the next six months have dimmed just as the spring home-selling season gets under …
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 8:23 A.M.
Average rate on 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.68 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for only the second time this year.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 8:09 A.M.
30-year mortgage rate ticks up to 3.64 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the first time in two months as global economic anxiety and market turbulence eased.
THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016, 8:06 A.M.
30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.62 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week as anxiety over the global economy persisted. Long-term rates resumed their decline after being unchanged last week following six straight weeks of …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2016, 11:17 A.M.
U.S. new-home sales tumble in January; big decline in West
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales fell 9.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 494,000. Most of the decline stemmed for a 32.1 drop …
FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2016, 9:12 A.M.
Higher interest rates boost Fannie Mae profit
Fannie Mae, the government-controlled mortgage company, said its net income in the fourth quarter nearly doubled on higher interest rates.
FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2016, 9:11 A.M.
U.S. consumer prices show signs of acceleration in January
U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in January, as the rising costs of housing and health care were largely offset by cheaper oil.
FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2016, 9:08 A.M.
Landmark minimum wage increase gets Oregon lawmakers’ OK
Oregon lawmakers have approved landmark legislation that propels the state’s minimum wage for all workers to the highest rank in the U.S., and does so through an unparalleled tiered system …
THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2016, 9:33 A.M.
Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate at 3.65 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged this week, but remained at historically low levels amid worries about the global economy.
THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2016, 9:25 A.M.
Freddie Mac profit rises on higher interest rates
Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage company, said its net income jumped in the fourth quarter thanks to higher interest rates.
TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016, 11:15 A.M.
Area tribes awarded $7.5 million for housing
Inland Northwest tribes will receive over $7.5 million in federal housing grants to benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the …
THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2016, 8:27 A.M.
Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.65 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the sixth straight week as markets around the globe continued the whipsaw trading that has marked this year so far.
TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016, 3:05 P.M.
JPMorgan to pay $1.42 billion to Lehman Brothers
JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $1.42 billion to settle allegations that it withheld critical funds from Lehman Brothers in the final days leading up to Lehman’s collapse during the …
TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016, 9:30 A.M.
U.S. home prices rise in November; all-time highs in 4 cities
U.S. home prices increased at a faster clip in November, the gains fueled by solid hiring growth, historically low mortgage rates and a shortage of houses on the market.
SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2016
Seattle friends joined forces see homeowner dreams come true
In Seattle, where the median single-family-home price hit $598,000 in November, the notion of splitting a mortgage isn’t the only thing driving younger adults to shack up together.
TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2015
Samuelson: Fannie, Freddie live on despite risks
Government backs more mortgages than prerecession, helping prop up sluggish housing market.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2015, 11:15 P.M.
Judge erases conviction of man who struggled to get ahead because of old misdemeanor charge
For years, a misdemeanor assault charge from 2008 hampered Steven Terrasas’ every move. Despite earning, an associate’s degree from Spokane Falls Community College and impressing professors Terrasas struggled to find …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 13, 2015
Years-old assault charge still haunts young father
Steven Terrasas has played by the rules for the past seven years. He’s been a model citizen, a hardworking student and a devoted husband and father. Yet a punch he …
FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
About one-quarter of Spokane County property assessments are wrong
Have Seattle home values finally breached the Cascades and lifted Spokane real estate? No. That sticker shock from the Spokane County Assessor’s Office that arrived in the mail this week …
THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015, 10:33 A.M.
Annual homeless survey shows decrease
Spokane’s homeless population dropped 10 percent over the last year, according to the most recent Point-in-Time homeless count.
SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014
Proposal would ease downtown utility bill disparity
Developer Ron Wells has a waiting list of nearly 200 people wanting affordable apartments in downtown Spokane. “There’s another 50 to 60 that couldn’t wait around and had to find …
FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014
Homeless numbers in Spokane County higher
Spokane’s homeless population increased 12 percent over last year, ending a three-year downward trend, according to the county’s annual one-night snapshot. The most significant increase is among those who live …
MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014
LGBT seniors learn affordable housing can be scarce, often unwelcoming
The walls of Alice Herman’s home are covered in photographs. Herman and Sylvia Purdue, her partner of 45 years, smile in scenes from birthdays and hospital rooms. In black-and-white photos …
TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
Passive house in Elk features energy-efficient construction
Quiet permeates the interior of Pat and Robin Rickey’s new passive house in Elk, built 200 feet from Highway 2. To let visitors hear beyond 20-inch thick walls, Robin Rickey …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014, 5 A.M.
Area real estate, construction industries fared better in 2013
The region’s real estate and construction industries continued rebounding in 2013, with home sales topping $1 billion for the first time since 2008 in Spokane. New construction, both for residential …