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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 …


Home sales and prices up, inventory down in Spokane County

Spokane-area home prices continued to rise in March as the number of homes for sale remained fairly limited.


Olympia is fourth-best place to live in U.S., website says

Olympia has been ranked as the fourth-best place to live in the nation, according to the latest “Top 100 Best Place to Live” by website Livability.com.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017

Boise man in homeless lawsuit to run for governor

A Boise man who was once a plaintiff in a high-profile anti-panhandling lawsuit has registered as a Republican candidate for Idaho governor.


George Critchlow: Turkey’s refugee policy puts U.S. to shame

Turkey’s willingness to open its borders to millions of refugees and commit scarce national resources to their well-being is remarkable.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

Spokane City Council passes new human rights protections, delays protections for renters who use subsidies

The Spokane City Council on Monday approved a legislative package compiling human rights protections, including a measure that prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants for accepting housing vouchers.


Some balk as Seattle seeks to spend more money on homeless

Sixteen months after he declared a state of emergency on homelessness, Seattle’s mayor is asking voters in this liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to …


New-home sales climbed to a 7-month high in February

Purchases of new homes increased in February to a seven-month high, indicating the effects of the recent rise in borrowing costs on the U.S. residential real estate market have been …


Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.23 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates slid this week from their highest levels of 2017.


U.S. home sales slowed in February after January surge

Americans retreated from buying existing homes in February, a pullback after sales in January had surged to the fastest pace in a decade. But over the past 12 months, sales …


Helena Veterans Home tells residents to move on

A Helena facility for veterans has announced it is closing, leaving residents to find somewhere else to live.


Seattle City Council votes to create renters commission

The Seattle City Council has approved the creation of a renters commission as the city deals with skyrocketing rents.


Backers for Seattle homeless levy collect signatures

Backers of a proposed $275 million property-tax levy to fund efforts to curb homelessness in Seattle have begun collecting signatures.


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

Ridpath loan of $1.75 million clears first hurdle from Spokane City Council

The city will have to vote a few more times before Ron Wells’ loan to convert the old hotel into mixed housing gets final approval.


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

Proposal would prohibit Spokane landlords from discriminating against renters for using subsidies

Tenants could not be discriminated against for accepting housing vouchers under a new human rights legislative package the City Council will consider later this month, which also addresses government surveillance, …


‘Tiny homes’ project in Spokane Valley stalled as nonprofit reorganizes

The nonprofit that planned to build a village of “tiny homes” in Spokane Valley is reorganizing after a series of disagreements with suppliers and volunteers.


Bill would protect Idaho homeowners from squatters

Legislation seeking to protect homeowners and landlords from squatters is headed to the Idaho Senate.


Beacon Hill rezoning could lead to 31 new homes

A landowner has submitted a proposal to create 31 residential lots in a vacant area on Beacon Hill surrounded by popular nature destinations. The proposal would lay the framework for …


Potlatch teens lose their safe Landing

After four years in operation, the Potlatch Landing Community Center has closed because of funding mishaps.


Puyallup may impose new rules on homeless center despite lawsuit threats

The seven-month wait for Puyallup to decide what new rules will govern a controversial homeless aid center could end next week.