Stories tagged: housing
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 …
SUNDAY, DEC. 29, 2013
Tom Kelly: Consistent, low rates lifted housing market
Mortgage lenders are moaning that the refinance boom is over and the only way to make a profit in 2014 is to be successful in the new purchase business. I …
SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2013
Tom Kelly: Complex history helps shape benefits for 55-plus housing
Why are developments and buildings for persons age 55 and older exempt from restrictions and seemingly so favored? A brief review of this country’s housing laws, and the reasons for …
THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013
Spokane County home sales up 40 percent; prices among most affordable
Spokane County’s housing market is one of the most affordable in the state for both middle-income families and first-time buyers, a new report says. The Housing Market Snapshot from the …
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013
Long-stalled CdA development’s startup a good sign
This may be one of the clearest signs yet the housing market is recovering in the Inland Northwest: A patch of Coeur d’Alene hillside poised for new homes for eight …
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013
SNAP housing will go smoke-free
Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners will follow the lead of other low-income housing providers in the city by asking residents to not smoke in their properties beginning Aug. 1. Residents of …
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013
Homeless aid revamp apparently paying off
Among all the reorganizing and rethinking under Mayor David Condon, it can be hard to connect what’s happening at City Hall with what’s happening outside it. But there are signs …
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
Nonprofits plan new homes
A group of nonprofits is putting finishing touches on a plan to build up to 150 affordable homes and apartments for residents currently living in the landing approach to Fairchild …
TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013, 8:46 A.M.
Home construction hits fastest pace in more than four years
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started more houses and apartments in February and received building permits for future construction at the fastest pace in 4 1/2 years. The increases point …
FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013
Home sales on the rise in Spokane
Adrianne and Jason Campbell just finished buying their first home: a modest, charming three-bedroom house in the South Perry district. The stars aligned for the young couple, who moved to …
FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2012
Homeless no more
Now that Ervine Osman has a home, he’s looking forward to doing the little things most people take for granted. “Make a pot of coffee,” he said. “Take a shower.”
THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012, 6:57 A.M.
US foreclosure filings hit 5-year low in September
U.S. foreclosure filings dropped to a five-year low in September as fewer homes were on track to be seized by lenders.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012
Program offers options for residents living near base
Airway Heights has announced a program to build new affordable housing in an effort to clear out a neighborhood directly under the runway approach to Fairchild Air Force Base. Manufactured …
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012, 7:56 A.M.
30-year mortgage rate falls to record 3.78%
The average U.S. rate for the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to a record low for a fourth straight week. Cheap mortgages have helped boost home sales modestly this year.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012, 7:05 A.M.
US sales of new homes rose 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON — Americans bought more new homes in April, the latest signal that the U.S. housing market is steadily improving.
TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012, 8:23 A.M.
Builder confidence at highest level in 5 years
Confidence among U.S. builders rose to the highest level in five years in May, a hopeful sign that modest improvement in the housing market will pick up.
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
Spokane home sales up 25 percent, prices off 2.8 percent
Sales of existing homes in Spokane surged in the first three months of the year, while prices fell. Sales were up 25 percent over the last quarter of 2011 and …