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Choosing to own: Low rates, down payments mean first-time homebuyers have options

Kieley Fox had had enough of cycling through rentals and living with her parents. The 41-year-old single mother found out she was pre-approved for a line of credit that enabled …

Finding the balance: Realistic expectations reduce stress of buying or selling

Buying or selling a house can be an emotionally fraught time. Having realistic expectations for the process reduces the stress, a local real estate agent says .

Homeownership rate of 62.9 percent matches a 51-year low

The proportion of U.S. households that own homes has matched its lowest level in 51 years – evidence that rising property prices, high rents and stagnant pay have made it …

Washington state invalidates common mortgage provision

Laura Jordan came home from work one day to find herself locked out. She had missed two mortgage payments, and the company servicing her loan had changed the locks without …

Average US 30-year mortgage falls to 3.48 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid to new lows for the year this week amid market upheaval stoked by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Rates are at three-year lows …

Spokane Valley homeowner says neighbor took advantage of foreclosure, sold her belongings at a yard sale

Spokane Valley woman wants to buy back furniture her neighbors sold on Friday; says neighbors had no right to sell her things.

Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.66 percent

WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, lifting from their 2016 lows but remaining historically low during the spring home-buying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the …

Cities with most jobs have least-affordable homes

WASHINGTON – It’s the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the stronger job markets increasingly have some of the costlier homes. And areas with the more-affordable homes lack …

Invest carefully in improvements to your home

Homeowners are opening their wallets. A rebound in the housing market has made them more willing to invest in renovations that could boost the value of their homes even more …

Second-home deduction awaits recreational vehicle owners

A 50-something man climbed down from behind the wheel of the massive recreational vehicle in the parking lot of a county park. “It’s my second home,” the man said to …

Homeowners advice: Sump pumps, brass fixtures, water heaters

Q. My sump pump is six years old and I worry about it failing in an emergency. I was thinking of buying a backup pump and keeping it on a …

Foreclosure filings fall 8 percent in November

The number of homeowners on the brink of foreclosure fell in November, the fourth straight monthly decline, as mortgage companies evaluated whether borrowers were eligible for help.

Tax credit of $6,500 not likely to motivate people to switch homes

When President Barack Obama signed into law the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, it extended the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit as well as offering a …