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2010 weakest year for home sales since 1997

he number of people who bought previously owned homes last year fell to the lowest level in 13 years. But home sales in December jumped to fastest pace in seven …


Vestal: Project pairs photography with social action

A couple of years ago, when Kathy Hirschel started as an outreach worker at the health clinic in Quincy, Wash., she was shocked by what she saw as she visited …


Jobs remain key factor in 2011 housing outlook

The big wild card in the 2011 housing forecast remains employment. Will the predicted improvement in jobs and household formation balance the negative perceptions brought by rising foreclosure rates and …


Sales of previously owned homes rise in November

Sales of previously owned homes edged up in November, the third increase in four months after a dismal summer for home-buying.


Tiny house movement grows amid real estate bust

GRATON, Calif. — As Americans downsize in the aftermath of a colossal real estate bust, at least one tiny corner of the housing market appears to be thriving. To save …


New home sales rise after dismal summer

Sales of new homes improved last month after the worst summer in nearly five decades, but not enough to lift the struggling economy.


September home sales hit lowest point in months

Home sales in Spokane County last month fell to their lowest level since February, and pending sales were lower still, according to figures released by the Spokane Association of Realtors. …


Spokane woman’s housing subsidy at risk after inheritance

A disabled mother living on federal assistance could very well end up homeless after inheriting money from her father who died last year.


Pace of new home sales second slowest on record

New homes sold at the second-slowest pace on record in August, signaling that the housing market will remain a drag on the economy.


Signs point to economic recovery

Is there any reason for hope in this gloomy summer for the economy? A certain fatalism – that a double-dip recession is inevitable – has crept into a lot of …


Displaced tenants going home

Nearly half of the 41 tenants of a South Hill apartment building were allowed to return to their homes on Friday, three weeks after they were displaced by a suspected …


South Hill tenants displaced by fire return home

Nearly half of the 41 tenants of a South Hill apartment building were allowed to return to their homes today, three weeks after they were displaced by a suspected arson …


Low-income housing residents adrift after fire

More than two dozen residents displaced because of a suspected arson face homelessness in a few days as nonprofit agencies struggle to find money to provide them temporary housing. Firefighters …


Home sales rise as unemployment claims fall

Home sales rose sharply last month and claims for jobless benefits fell last week. The two reports Thursday sketched a picture of a modestly improving economy.


Oversupply will hold down region’s prices, Realtors say

The large number of unsold homes in Spokane and Kootenai counties will keep the pressure on home prices this year, real estate industry officials said Thursday at an annual real …


Consumer confidence falls sharply

Americans’ outlook on the economy went into relapse in February. Rising job worries sent a key barometer of confidence to its lowest point in 10 months, raising concerns about the …


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 …