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Developer Ron Wells uses passion, savvy to preserve Spokane’s heritage

In the past four decades, Ron Wells has saved dozens of buildings from the wrecking ball, and rehabilitated them for every purpose: living, dining, playing and working.


HUD awards $4.9 million for housing for people with HIV/AIDS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $4.9 million in grants to help low-income people living with HIV/AIDS in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

Arson blaze caps a rough year for Moscow housing facility

A suspected arsonist told police he was high on meth and hearing voices when he set fire to a transitional housing facility in Moscow, Idaho.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017

California communities under siege from wind-driven fires

Wind-driven fires tore through California communities Tuesday for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

New housing for the homeless to open at Donna Hanson Haven

Crews are still putting the finishing touches on the four-story building, the newest homeless housing to be built by Catholic Charities in Spokane. The organization’s staff gathered with community members …


Spokane city planners to detail ideas for keeping housing affordable

Apartment vacancy rates are plummeting, home prices are skyrocketing and 20,000 people are expected to move to Spokane in the next 20 years. If that sounds like a recipe to …


Zombie houses plague neighborhoods and leave families heartbroken

Willabelle “Willy” Godfrey had always told her family she hoped another family would move into her home one day and start their own story after she died. Instead, the property …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017

Chairman: House won’t agree to nix property tax deduction

The chairman of the House’s tax-writing committee said Sunday that he’s confident that chamber won’t go along with the Senate’s proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up …


Tech, housing boom creates homeless crisis on West Coast

A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region’s success: soaring housing costs, …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Portland developer, poker player envisions Otis as boutique hotel

Curtis Rystadt said he’s partnering with the Hotel Indigo chain to turn the historic Otis into a 112-room hotel.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving Santa Rosa, a city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay …


Vatican court convicts ex-hospital chief in housing scandal

A Vatican court on Saturday convicted the former president of the pope’s children’s hospital of diverting some $500,000 in donations to renovate a cardinal’s flat and gave him a one-year …


Ridpath’s revival into small downtown Spokane apartments attracts renters

Nearly 10 years after the last hotel guests checked out, downtown Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel is getting new tenants. And they pay rent.


The Dirt: $10M homeless housing project moves forward

Catholic Charities has been issued permits for more than $10 million in work to 76 units of housing for the chronically homeless in northwest Spokane.


The Dirt: Permits granted for $10 million Catholic Charities housing development for homeless

Catholic Charities has been issued permits for more than $10 million in work to 76 units of housing for the chronically homeless in northwest Spokane.


Long-term mortgage rates unchanged: 30-year at 3.83 percent

Long-term mortgage rates are unchanged this week: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained at 3.83 percent; the 15-year home loan, popular among homeowners who refinance their mortgages, stayed at 3.13 percent, …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017

Seattle would boost spending on homelessness under proposed budget

Seattle would again boost its spending to combat homelessness under a proposed 2018 budget Mayor Tim Burgess delivered Monday to the City Council.


FEMA isn’t relying on trailers to house hurricane victims

The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017

U.S. housing starts fall 0.8 pct., a 2nd straight monthly drop

Homebuilders slowed their pace of construction by 0.8 percent in August, the second straight monthly decline. A steep drop in multifamily construction more than offset a slight gain in single-family-home …


Froma Harrop: Elite cities need break from success

For the “elite” cities, sharing the growth would reduce pressure to tear down their beloved neighborhoods to build forests of soulless towers – all in the name of improving affordability.


Fixed mortgage rates halt their downward march

Fixed mortgage rates’ downward march came to a halt this week.


Higher gas, housing costs lift U.S. consumer prices 0.4 pct.

Higher gas and housing costs boosted U.S. consumer prices 0.4 percent in August, the most in seven months. The increase suggests inflation could be picking up, but the figures may …


Man charged in fatal shooting at Seattle homeless encampment

A 34-year-old man has been charged in a fatal shooting inside a tent at a Seattle homeless encampment.


Could Amazon’s HQ bombshell let the air out of Seattle’s housing and development boom?

Amazon has been blamed or praised – depending on your perspective – for Seattle’s historic real estate boom.


U.S. pending home sales fell in July, 4th decline in 5 months

Fewer people signed contracts to buy homes in July, the fourth decline in the past five months.


City works to educate on upcoming housing voucher law

The city of Spokane is facing an uphill battle to educate landlords on a new law prohibiting discrimination against tenants based on the source of their income. Under the law, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

Seattle to close one of its largest remaining homeless camps

Seattle city officials have ordered one of its largest remaining homeless encampments to be cleared.


Average U.S. mortgage rates stagnant; 30-year rate at yearly low

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged to lower this week, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking a new low for the year and its lowest point since last November.


Oregon homeless population increases 6 percent

A survey of Oregon’s homeless population shows the number of people living on the streets or in a shelter has jumped by 6 percent from two years ago.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

California lawmakers return Monday from a monthlong break with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state’s housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people …