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Thursday, October 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Lightning strikes two homes near Post Falls during heavy storm Thursday; area near Colville sees power outage from wind

Lightning struck two houses near Post Falls during a brief but heavy thunderstorm Thursday evening. The houses saw light damage and no one was hurt.


Seattle metro home prices falling at fastest rate in U.S.

It was just this spring when Greater Seattle led the nation in home-price increases. Now, prices here are falling faster than anywhere.


Some regret loss, others see trend as midcentury homes give way to new construction

The demolition of the Blair House was not the first time a notable home fronting the Manito golf course was destroyed to make way for a new home, and many …


Residents allowed to return to homes after gas explosions

Residents in communities north of Boston that were rocked by natural gas explosions were given the green light Sunday to return to their homes.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Older homeowners resist downsizing

That’s in part because seniors are working longer, so they don’t feel as pressed to dramatically reduce expenses, and because more seniors are housing their adult children compared with a …


Spokane County’s median home price continues rise in June

Spokane County’s median home prices rose to $246,250 in June, but the number of sales dropped off slightly.


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

Northern California wildfires prompt thousands to flee homes

Hundreds of Northern California homes and businesses were threatened Monday after wind-driven wildfires broke out over the weekend, forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes throughout rural regions north …


Amazon’s Alexa is now at home in new subdivisions, hotels

Amazon is working with homebuilders and hoteliers to make its smart speaker and artificial-intelligence system a part of everyday life for new customers. The company has put its engineers to …


UPDATED: Sun., May 6, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Hawaii volcano destroys 26 homes, 4 other buildings

The number of homes destroyed by lava shooting out of openings in the ground created by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano climbed to nine Sunday as some of the more than 1,700 …


Selling a home for the first time? Know the market and what costs to expect to avoid frustrations

Kenneth Sax, president of the Spokane Association of Realtors and designated broker at Keller Williams Realty, said it’s important for first-time home sellers to understand if they are in a …


U.S. homebuilder remains optimistic

U.S. builders are maintaining an optimistic view on sales as the economy improves and demand for homes remains strong.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

Officials add 127 homes to historic Moscow neighborhood

A neighborhood in a northern Idaho town has more than doubled the number of prewar homes in a historic district following an expansion of its boundaries.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

No nuclear contamination found at homes of Hanford workers

No radioactive contamination has been found at the homes of seven Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers that were surveyed this week.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other …


Mexico: 1 missing, 200 homes damaged after Hurricane Max

A person was missing and about 200 homes were reported damaged by water or wind in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero after Hurricane Max hit land east of Acapulco.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Two more homes condemned as huge Florida sinkhole grows

Officials in Florida say a sinkhole that swallowed two homes last month is growing.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

U.S. homebuilder sentiment declines in July

U.S. homebuilders are feeling less optimistic about their sales prospects, although their overall outlook remains positive.


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 4:57 a.m.

Front & Center: Real estate photographer is virtual tour guide

Real estate photographer Jack Pemberton, who uses infrared 3-D cameras to create “fly-through” virtual tours of homes, discusses what homes and golf courses have in common, what he recommends homeowners …


U.S. homebuilder sentiment climbs higher in May

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their business prospects, reflecting a recent surge in sales of newly built homes and a lingering shortage of previously occupied homes on the …


UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

If you can’t buy it, build it: What to know if you’re thinking of building a home in Spokane County

Those hoping to get around the area’s low housing stock by building their own residence will have to compete for dwindling land, navigate more in-depth pre-development regulations and be prepared …


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 8:52 a.m.

Homebuilder sentiment slips, but overall outlook positive

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects, even as their overall outlook remains favorable.


Browne’s Addition residents given construction reprieve to apply for historic designation

The Spokane City Council’s unanimous action Monday to halt demolition permits in the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood for six months gives residents time to apply for city designation as a …


After the holidays: a great time to rethink your decor

The days after the holiday guests have gone home and the decorations have been put away can be clarifying. Suddenly, rooms that have been crowded with people and gifts have …


Record number of Seattle homes sell for $1 million

A record number of homes in King County have sold for more than $1 million in 2016.


More first-timers than expected are now buying homes, survey indicates

First-time buyers may be entering the U.S. home market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed.


Homebuilder sentiment rises in September as sales improve

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders has surged to the highest level in nearly a year, reflecting a brighter outlook for sales now and into 2017


Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate declines to 3.43 percent

g-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after rising for three straight weeks, continuing to lure prospective homebuyers.


Freddie Mac posts $993M profit in 2Q; paying $933M dividend

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported net income of $993 million for the second quarter, down sharply from the same period of 2015.


New-home sales fall in March for third straight month

Americans stepped back from buying new homes in March, the third straight monthly decline as sales plunged sharply in the Western states.


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.