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UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Black homeowners struggle as U.S. housing market recovers

The nation’s homeownership rate appears to be stabilizing as people rebound from the 2007 recession that left millions unemployed and home values underwater, according to the report by Harvard University’s …


Long-term mortgages rise to highest level since mid-May

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week to highest level since mid-May.


New Portland arrivals find ‘Go back to California’ graffiti

Oregonians have spent decades blaming Californians for increased traffic and other problems.


Construction spending flat in May

U.S. construction spending was flat in May with homebuilding falling again, even as buyers face climbing prices and a shortage of available properties on the market.


Mortgage rates flat to lower; 30-year at new low

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged to lower this week, as the benchmark 30-year rate reached a new low for the year.


Tacoma begins moving homeless to temporary shelters

Tacoma started helping homeless people move into the city’s first temporary emergency shelters.


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

Robust U.S. home price gains cool slightly in April

U.S. home prices rose at a healthy clip in April, though the increase slowed a bit from the previous two months.


Seattle mayor offers plan to make it easier for people with criminal pasts to find housing

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has sent a proposal to the City Council aimed at reducing barriers to rental housing for people with criminal records.


Long-term mortgage rates slip this week

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped slightly this week.


Airbnb leasing enough office space in downtown Seattle for 300 workers

Airbnb is expanding in Seattle in a big way – moving out of temporary office space to a downtown building with enough space for 300 employees.


U.S. mortgage rates blip higher

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged up this week as the benchmark 30-year rate bounced back from a seven-month low.


Idaho woman seeks compensation for leveled home

An Idaho woman rented her home to a man she thought had plans to buy it. He instead demolished it.


Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.89 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, as the benchmark 30-year rate declined for the fourth straight week to its lowest level in nearly seven months.


Report: Washington’s homeless population grew last year

Rough tallies of Washington’s homeless population showed an increase in the number of people living outdoors or in shelters and transitional housing, despite efforts to reduce homelessness.


Affordable single-family homes becoming scarce in Bellingham

Bellingham’s housing market is going through the roof, driven by a surge in demand for single-family homes.


Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.94 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were flat to slightly lower this week, as the key 30-year rate marked a new low for the year.


Seattle housing market tops nation in bidding wars and price gains

As Seattle tops the country for home price growth for the seventh straight month, the local real estate market has gotten so competitive that it’s now nearly impossible to avoid …


Landlords sue Seattle over law capping rental move-in fees

A landlord group is suing the city of Seattle over a new law that caps move-in fees for rental units.


U.S. pending home sales fell again in April

Americans retreated from signing contracts to buy homes in April for the second straight month, a possible sign that a declining number of homes on the market are stifling sales …


Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.95 percent, a 2017 low

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest levels of the year. The benchmark 30-year rate dipped below the key 4 percent mark.


Home sales fell in April amid supply squeeze

Americans pulled back their pace of home-buying in April, as the shrinking number of houses for sale and rising prices are putting them in a bind as their options dwindle.


Crews clear Seattle homeless camp ahead of light rail work

Crews are continuing to clear out a homeless encampment next to Interstate 90 in Seattle.


Carlyle Care Center in downtown Spokane to stop serving residents with severe mental illness

The Spokane area’s largest assisted-living facility is closing its doors to more than 100 residents with severe mental illness and complex medical problems, and social workers are scrambling to find …


U.S. housing starts fell 2.6 percent in April

Construction of new homes fell for a second straight month in April, pushing activity to the lowest point in five months.


U.S. homebuilder sentiment climbs higher in May

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their business prospects, reflecting a recent surge in sales of newly built homes and a lingering shortage of previously occupied homes on the …


Deputy fired for pepper spraying homeless man’s water bottle

A King County sheriff’s deputy has been fired for squirting pepper spray on a water bottle belonging to a man who was living under a bridge east of Seattle.


Mortgage rates edge higher but remain within a narrow band

Mortgage rates wandered higher again this week after a brief slip but remain within a narrow band.


Tacoma considers suing opioid makers in homelessness fight

The city of Tacoma is considering suing the manufacturers of opioids such as OxyContin in its fight against homelessness.


Tesla CEO says company to start selling solar roof tiles

Tesla will soon begin selling solar roof tiles.


SEC probes rental home values in private-equity bond deals

U.S. securities regulators are investigating whether bonds backed by single-family rental homes and sold by Wall Street’s biggest residential landlords used overvalued property assessments.