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Realtor economist sees ‘fear factor’ going away in ’10

While most housing analysts believe there will be no double-dip recession, the number of foreclosures will continue to hound the industry in 2010. “The only guys predicting a double-dip recession …


30-year mortgage rate hits all-time low

The average interest rate for a 30-year mortgage dropped to a record low of 4.71 percent this week, pushed down by an aggressive government campaign to reduce borrowing costs.


3 strong economic reports lift recovery hopes

Hopes for the fledgling economic recovery got a boost Monday from better-than-expected news on manufacturing, construction and contracts to buy homes.


Home sales rise 9.4 pct in Sept., beats forecast

Home resales in September clocked the largest monthly increase in 26 years as buyers scrambled to complete their purchases before a tax credit for first-time owners expires.


House permit applications fell last month

WASHINGTON – Applications for home building permits, a key gauge of future construction, fell in September by the largest amount in five months – a discouraging sign for the housing …


Modern apartment units rising in Peaceful Valley

Spokane architect Chris Olson wasn’t afraid to try something different with his first residential apartment building. A principal with the Spokane firm nystrom olson collins, he’s a month from finishing …


New normal for home sales

The American dream of homeownership is still attainable. Buyers just have to deal with a new set of realities. A year after the collapse of the housing market triggered the …


Hard-hit sectors rebound

WASHINGTON – Two sectors of the economy that have suffered the longest, deepest decline in the recession – manufacturing and housing – are now expanding, according to new data offering …


Buy a house, get paid

Jared and Meredith Lyda expect to receive a check from the federal government within the next few weeks. The $8,000 tax credit should cover the renovations the Coeur d’Alene newlyweds …


In brief: Group offers homeownership classes

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Community Frameworks HomeStarts homeownership program will provide information regarding the homeownership process and opportunities during meetings Aug. 31, Sept. 24 and Sept. 30. All meetings are …


Home sales increase in Spokane; prices still lagging

Home sales picked up in Washington state in the second quarter compared with last year — the first quarter-over-quarter improvement in sales numbers in more than two years, according to …


Housing markets begin to stabilize

Two newly released figures on housing sales nationwide indicate the housing market may be starting to rebound, and recent sales figures in Spokane and Kootenai counties seem to show that …


Fairchild unveils new on-base housing

As they moved among Air Force bases in Texas, Florida, California and Kansas, the Rowell family has lived in a wide range of military housing over the past two decades …


Homeless vets to get help with housing

As many as 35 homeless veterans in the Spokane area will receive housing assistance this year through a $75 million nationwide program. The federal Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program provides …


Housing for poor gets cash infusion

Nearly $20 million in federal help will be coming into Washington and Idaho to prop up low-income housing projects stalled by the recession. The money – $11 million in Washington …


Jobless claims top 6 million for first time

The number of people receiving jobless benefits exceeded 6 million for the first time, the government reported Thursday, and housing construction unexpectedly plunged to its second-lowest level on record — …


County looks at clustering homes on rural land

Spokane County will begin a series of public hearings this week for residents to comment on rules designed to give landowners more flexibility in developing rural land while preserving open …


Retirement is hardly the end of her work

A year ago, Arlene Patton retired from her job overseeing the Eastern Washington region of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It didn’t last long. Within weeks, the …


Mortgage renegotiator adds workers

A new Coeur d’Alene company has found a promising niche in mortgage loan modification just as Idaho and Washington officials are advising consumers to be cautious using such services. Apply …


High price of affordability

A public agency rehabilitating two historic Spokane buildings to house low-income tenants expects to spend as much as $245,000 per apartment. That’s more than the average price of single-family houses …


Home Sales Dip In Cda, Post Falls Other Kootenai County Towns Have Experienced Solid Gains

Single-family home sales for the first nine months of the year have slumped in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, while sales have been robust in areas bordering those communities. Through …


Lawmakers To Vote On Rent Control

In a city where newcomers can pay $1,500 a month for a dingy studio apartment while long-time residents live in rent-regulated splendor, a last-minute deal to extend rent controls brought …


Home Sales Off, But Market Improving

Spokane County home sales dropped 10 percent as compared with last year, but Realtors are seeing signs of improvement in the market. Last month, sales on 409 homes closed, compared …


Good Samaritan Village To Expand

Spokane Good Samaritan Village plans an $8 million expansion of its Spokane Valley facility. The three-phase project will add 28 duplexes and a 50-unit apartment building to the Greenacres campus, …


Hands-On Program Gets Families Into Own Homes

Joe and Marcia Melton dreamed of owning their own home. But with one small child and another on the way, saving $10,000 for a down-payment seemed impossible. Then they heard …


Real Estate Market Thaws In Wake Of Paralyzing Storm

Home sales in south Spokane chilled down in November because of the paralyzing ice storm, but real estate experts said the market has picked up again. Only 98 homes in …


Kootenai Home Sales Take Plunge

Kootenai County home sales dropped sharply in November, suggesting a mild slowdown in the pace of the local real estate market. Home sales fell 31 percent compared to November 1995, …


Upscale Living Downtown Couple To Build Eight Townhouses On West Riverside

Work is expected to get under way Jan. 1 on the Riverside Court project planned by Spokane developers Ron and Julie Wells.


Home Sales Decline For August

Fewer Valley homes sold last month than in August of 1995 and those that did sell were on the market longer. Last month, it took an average of 81 days …


Spokane Home Sales Edged Up During May

Although owners are waiting longer to sell their homes, home sales funneled 18 percent more money into the economy during the first five months of the year than a year …