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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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


More Americans Willing To Make Sacrifices To Become Home Owners But Survey Shows Many Worry About Ability To Pay For Homes

A growing number of Americans are willing to make sacrifices to become home owners despite increasing job and financial worries, a survey shows. The Federal National Mortgage Association said a …


Spokane County Home Sales Increase 20% Over April 1995

Home sales in Spokane County sped up in April, outpacing March and topping last April by more than 20 percent. The Spokane Association of Realtor’s Multiple Listing Service reported 473 …


Rising Interest Rates Cut Home Sales

Rising mortgage rates caught up with home buyers in March, reducing sales of new houses by 7.6 percent to the lowest level in 10 months. But analysts noted the March …


Spokane Home Sales Slide A Little In March But First Quarter Remains Strong

Spokane home sales dipped slightly in March, but not enough to dampen a strong first quarter. Twelve fewer homes - 345 total - were sold this March compared with last …


New Homes Catering To First-Time Buyers

Real estate Home builders in the Valley are starting to turn their attention to affordable digs. A combination of low interest rates drawing new buyers and thriftiness taking hold of …


Home Prices Strengthen Nationwide

Existing home prices rose in every region except the Northeast last year as falling mortgage rates boosted consumer demand, a real estate trade group reported Wednesday. But although the Midwest, …


Spokane Home Sales Jump 34% In January

Low interest rates and stable prices boosted January home sales in Spokane County 34 percent above the same month last year. “Having the two in conjunction with each other doesn’t …


Complex Comfort Concentration Of Apartments In Northeast Region Is Already High, And Is Going To Get Much Higher In Coming Years

Cedar Creek Village resident Chris Balocco takes advantage of the apartment complex’s gym equipment. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


Seattle Park Backers Will Try Again Voters Rejected Proposal; New Version Will Be Scaled Back

The board of directors for the Committee for the Seattle Commons has voted to try to get the measure on the ballot again next year. City voters on Sept. 19 …


Tri-Cities Home Prices Plunge Sharp Decline There Contrasts With 4.6% Increase Nationwide

The Tri-Cities posted the worst decline in home prices in the nation in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Realtors. As recently as late 1993, the TriCities …


City Will Widen Half-Mile Stretch Of Magnesium Road

Plans are being completed by city engineers to improve Magnesium Road between Division and Dakota streets. The project involves widening the the half-mile-long stretch of Magnesium to 44 feet. Sidewalks …


Kootenai County Home Sales Dipped 5 Percent In October

The Kootenai County home sales market fell off its pace in October, ending a surprising rebound felt through August and September. Home sales dropped 5 percent compared with the number …


Combined Effort Puts Women Into Homes Of Their Own

Two years ago, Pam Madson and Nancy Fisher had little more than a prayer of getting a new house. Last week, with a prayer, the two single mothers were handed …


Interest Rates Fuel National Sales

Low mortgage rates helped push sales of previously owned homes in July to the highest level in more than a year as the housing industry continued to rebound from a …