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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.


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017

Senate confirms Carson, Perry for housing, energy posts

Two of President Donald Trump’s former rivals for the GOP White House nomination won Senate confirmation Thursday to join his administration.


Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.10 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, breaking a holding pattern that prevailed for more than a month.


Nearly half of local millennials consider moving as Seattle-area home costs soar again

Big housing-cost increases are taking a heavy toll on millennials throughout the Seattle area, which has retained its title as the hottest housing market in the country. A new poll …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017

City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for Ridpath Hotel rehab

Plans and money are coming together to revitalize the decaying Ridpath Hotel. With the help of a $1.75 million city loan expected this spring, developer Ron Wells is closer to …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

Landlords are taking over the U.S. housing market

As rising home prices, slow new home construction, and demographic shifts push homeownership rates to 50-year lows, the U.S. is increasingly a country of renters-and landlords.


Housing shortage on Oregon coast has officials concerned

Astoria officials are considering placing limits on temporary lodging like Airbnb rentals to free up units for permanent residents of the coastal Oregon city.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017

Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as …


Average 30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.15 percent

Long-term mortgage rates slipped again this week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate loans eased to 4.15 percent from 4.17 percent last week. The benchmark rate …


Judge rules cleanups of Seattle homeless camps can continue

A federal judge has decided not to impose restrictions on how Seattle and the state of Washington conduct cleanups of unauthorized homeless camps. The Seattle Times reported that two homeless …


Portland developers sue to evict homeless tent camp

Two Portland development companies have filed a lawsuit in order to evict a homeless tent camp across the street from a hotel they are renovating.