Stories tagged: real estate
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 5:45 A.M.
Before and after: House flip in north Spokane turns nuisance into new start
Cogo Capital worked with the city of Spokane to acquire, then flip, a nuisance house in north Spokane.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017
Tom Kelly: Despite safeguards, predatory lenders still operating
In the home-mortgage industry, predators historically have jockeyed to the most vulnerable rung of the housing ladder, seeking to “dine and dash” with the least suspecting group of borrowers having …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017, 9:28 A.M.
Single women are buying homes at twice the rate of single men
Single women account for 17 percent of homebuyers in the U.S., compared with 7 percent of single men, according to the National Association of Realtors.
TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017, 5:30 A.M.
Studio owner sues city of Spokane over damage caused by raccoons
Amanda Hansen believes her dance studio and wedding rental business died because of raccoon poop. And she blames the city of Spokane.
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017
Rental pool: Never underestimate your circle of friends
Here’s some points to consider before you find renters for your vacation cabin.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 1:04 P.M.
Potlatch: Housing market recovery expected to continue
Potlatch Corporation’s profit in the last quarter of 2016 was four times that of the same quarter a year earlier, the Spokane-based forestry, wood products and real estate company reported …
TUESDAY, 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: TUESDAY, 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: THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017, 3:30 P.M.
Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.19 percent
Long-term mortgage rates rose this week after three weeks of declines, marking their first increase of the year.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 9:12 A.M.
Cascade Mall, site of fatal gun attack, has been sold
Cascade Mall, an adjacent strip mall and buildings that house three restaurants have been sold to a California-based real estate company for $25 million, according to data from the Skagit …
TUESDAY, 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.
TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 7:43 A.M.
A $90 billion wave of debt shows cracks in real estate boom
A $90 billion wave of maturing commercial mortgages, leftover debt from the 2007 lending boom, is laying bare the weak links in the U.S. real estate market.
UPDATED: SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017, 11:34 P.M.
Seattle has second-lowest rate of homes for sale in U.S.
Why is it so expensive to buy a house in Seattle right now? People in the real-estate industry point to a broad problem: No one is selling their house.
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017
New South Hill retail center to include regional grocery store
Developers plan this year to start on a South Hill retail center to include a regional grocery store along South Regal Street.
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017
Mortgage discount points now tossed in one basket
Mortgage points are a pain. They are difficult to explain to the first-time homebuyer, sometimes an added expense for the seller, a tender bargaining spot for agents and a mandatory, …
THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 6:38 A.M.
Home construction jumps, led by more apartment building
U.S. builders ramped up home construction in December, led by a surge of apartment building, while single-family houses lagged. Housing starts jumped 11.3 percent last month, to a seasonally adjusted …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 12:31 P.M.
Half of U.S. wineries might be sold in the next five years
The Silicon Valley Bank State of the Wine Industry 2017 report, released Wednesday, predicts a continuing vineyard land grab this year. “This sell-off phenomenon is not a real estate bubble,” …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 7:16 A.M.
Homebuilder confidence, sales outlook slip in January
U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident this month about their sales prospects, a pullback from December when builders’ confidence reached the highest level in 11 years.
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 …
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 …
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017, 4:53 P.M.
Broker: Expansion of medical education will spur downtown Spokane development
Washington State University’s new medical school in Spokane and the growth of other higher education opportunities will be an ongoing catalyst for downtown development, a real estate broker predicts.
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 …
FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2017, 7 P.M.
Homes prices creep up in Spokane County, but lots of choices under $200,000 remain
Spokane remains an affordable place to buy a house, with a median sales price of $195,000 in 2016. Across the state line in Kootenai County, the median price was higher …
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 …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017, 12:15 P.M.
Trump pulls out of $250 million tower plan in Black Sea resort
Donald Trump’s company pulled out of a proposed $250 million tower project in the Georgian Black Sea resort town of Batumi, the latest effort by the U.S. president-elect to defuse …
TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017, 2:43 P.M.
Akron home sells for $1 under Ohio’s new public auction law
vacant 92-year-old bungalow in Akron sold at a sheriff’s sale last month for just $1, a price made possible by a revision of Ohio law governing public auctions last year.
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 …