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Spokane Home Sales Hold Steady; Prices Climb 2.5 Percent Housing Market Leveling Out After Slumping Earlier This Year

Talk about parity. July housing sales in Spokane County were exactly on par with those of July 1994. In both months, 462 homes were sold. The only difference between the …


Tenants Won’t Face Olympic Evictions

An apartment management company accused of rent-gouging dropped a plan Wednesday that would have forced residents either to pay $3,000 a month rent during the Olympics or be evicted. Instead, …


New Homes In A Hurry Company Builds Affordable Houses In Two Weeks, Finds They Sell Even Faster

1. Rapid growth With prices as low as $69,000, the houses at Harmony Place, each build in about 13 days, are afilling a need for affordable housing in the area. …


Better Homes Strapped Homeowners Get Help Making Improvements Through A Federal Loan Program

1. Davie Weinert has a large new window in his basement room, thanks to a federally funded home rehabilitation program administered by the city. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 2. …


Proposed Subdivision Shot Down Commissioners Reject 55-Acre Ranch Aero Project Because Developers Want To Keep Airstrip Open

A proposed 55-acre subdivision near Garwood was rejected by Kootenai County commissioners Wednesday because the developers wanted to keep a private airstrip open as part of the project. Commissioners were …


June Spokane Home Sales Continue Trend Of Decline

FOR THE RECORD CORRECTION: The number of homes sold in Spokane County from January to June 1995 is 2,082. In the same period last year, 2,859 homes were sold. A …


Kootenai County Home Sales Drop

The Kootenai County home sales market continues its decline from 1994’s record pace. Sales dropped 16 percent in June compared to last year. At the halfway point of 1995, the …


Thwarted Developers Sue City They Claim Apartment Complex Unlawfully Blocked

Claiming the city unlawfully blocked their controversial apartment project, Mission Springs developers filed a lawsuit against Spokane and the City Council in Superior Court on Monday. “We feel the City …


Sales Of New Homes Surge 19.9 Percent

Sales of new homes in May posted the steepest advance in more than three years, lessening the possibility the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates next week. In a separate …


Home Sales Rebound With Rate Decline

The lowest mortgage rates in more than a year pulled prospective home buyers back into the market in May. Existing home sales rebounded by 4.7 percent from the lowest level …


Mansion Has Welcome Mat For Visitors At Home Show

Larry Barcellos, right, and his son, Larry Barcellos Jr., built the $1.75 million home that will be on display for the Showcase of Homes. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Look At Your Home Through E Of A Buyer

Emotional ties can bind - and blind - when it’s time to sell your home. For many people, especially those with custom-built homes or families, letting go of a property …


Building Character Upscale Grapetree Development Shows A Return To Traditional Craftsmanship

1. Architect Glen Cloninger, left, and builder Dave Mark hope to recreate the mood of Spokane’s distinguished old neighborhoods. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 2. Garages in Grapetree are tucked …


City Must Permit Granny Flats, State Board Rules City Council Members Have Until Sept. 6 To Pass An Ordinance Or Face Losing Money

Spokane has no choice but to make room for granny. A state board ruled Tuesday the city must let homeowners build small apartments - commonly known as granny flats - …


High-Priced Homes Pose Big Dilemma Collective Efforts Favored To Overcome Serious Problem

Lenders and housing advocates gathered in Spokane Thursday to discuss a topic more confounding than the federal budget deficit. How do communities provide affordable housing when the government’s ability to …


Rules Called Too Tough On Addicts Feds Withdraw Support For Safe, Sober Apartment

1. (Color) Charles Washington wants to live in a clean and sober environment. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review 2. Ann Finke manages the Commercial Building. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Some Idaho Homeowners May Be Entitled To Refunds

Thousands of Idaho homeowners may be entitled to refunds under new rules governing escrow accounts. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development began enforcing rules giving homeowners …


Sales Of Existing Homes Plunge To Three-Year Low April Drop Raises New Concerns About Economic Slowdown

Sales of previously-owned homes fell during April to the lowest level in almost three years, suggesting that lower mortgage rates may not be enough to keep the U.S. economy from …


Hearing Examiners Consider 179-Home Project

Land use Spokane County hearing examiners will consider today whether to allow 179 houses where 58 normally would be allowed.


City May Cut Speed Limit On Some Arterials

Transportation City Traffic Engineer Bruce Steele’s office is readying a proposal to the City Council that would reduce the speed limit on certain collector arterials from 30 to 25. He …


Sister Zoe Continues To Reach Out, Finding New Ways To Use Her Mothering Instincts

Sister Zoe Nasset is a dreamer, and as she says, a talker. Her dream is to build an inter-generational community of transitional housing. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Latest Economic Reports Suggest Economy On Track For Soft Landing

Fresh reports show labor costs rising at the slowest pace on record, consumer confidence in the economy jumping to a five-year high and falling mortgage rates helping to revive sales …


Housing Starts Hit Two-Year Low Soggy Weather Blamed For 20.7% Plunge In West

Construction of new homes fell in March to the lowest level in two years as builders paused for lower mortgage rates to pare inventories and for the West Coast to …


‘Apartment Dwellers’ Under Bridge Evicted City Cleans Out Area After Transients Leave Well-Equipped Camp

City workers Shane Warner and Craig Dowdy remove transient camp. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


New Apartments To Aid Those Who Need It Most

Ann Finke will manage the apartments. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


Home Sales On High End Make Valley Prices Tops

The MeadowWood development near Liberty Lake, where average home price is $160,000, is rapidly filling in. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


Overpricing Slows Sales Of Homes In February

Escalating prices caused single family home sales for Spokane County in February to decrease 36 percent from a year ago, according to the Spokane Association of Realtors. The total number …


The Challenge: Affordable Homes As Demand Increases, Builders Are Refocusing Their Attention

Steve and Kathy Leonard bought this Post Falls rancher. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


Apartment Hunters See Wider Selection In Sluggish Market

Renters looking for Valley apartments shouldn’t have trouble finding deals in the classified advertisements.


Granny Flats May Be Forced On City Advocacy Group For Disabled Wants State Growth Mandates Enforced

(For the record Friday, February 17, 1995): Jim Bamberger is a member of the Spokane City Plan Commission. A story on accessory dwelling units published in Thursday’s Spokesman-Review reported his …