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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.


Housing recovery has some big winners – and a lot of losers

A controversial report last week from Trulia, the popular real estate website, upends conventional wisdom that the housing market is back to where it was in the halcyon days of …


Average 30-year mortgage rate edges down to 4.02 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates barely moved this week after rising last week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate remained above the key threshold of 4 …


Developers move on UO student apartment tower plan

Out-of-state developers are moving forward with a plan in Eugene to build a towering 12-story apartment complex for University of Oregon students.


Supreme Court says cities can sue big banks over housing bubble damages

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities may sue big banks over allegedly discriminatory lending practices that they say led to urban blight, but added that they must meet higher …


Realtors’ Open House Weekend has its roots in Washington state

To find the origin of Open House Weekend in the United States, look no further than the housing market crash of 2008, which marked the largest home price drop in …


Seattle group sends postcards seeking help for camp cleanup

A Seattle neighborhood organization is using postcards to try to send city officials a message.


Mortgage rates at lowest levels in five months

Mortgage rates continued their month-long swoon, sinking to their lowest levels in five months. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average tumbled to …


Pullman plan reaches for the sky; Moscow project also in works

A total of 82-apartments, a two-story parking garage with 112 spaces and 10,000 square feet of main-floor commercial space are proposed for what could become Pullman’s tallest downtown building.


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017

Homebuilder sentiment slips, but overall outlook positive

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects, even as their overall outlook remains favorable.


Mortgage rates fall to their lowest levels of the year

According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average slipped to 4.08 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender …


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017

Spokane City Council halts demolition in Browne’s Addition, limits billboards in Hillyard

A pair of moratoriums proposed by City Councilwomen Lori Kinnear and Amber Waldref received unanimous support Monday night. For six months, no more demo permits will be issued in the …