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Tom Kelly: During a New Year visit a main-floor bedroom, bath come in handy

Hosting parents or older guests, especially those scheduled to stay overnight for the first time, requires particular preparation. Homey seasonal touches can make friends and family feel welcome, yet safety …


Long-term mortgage rates at highest levels since 2014

Long-term US mortgage rates climbed again this week, hitting the highest levels since 2014.


Mnuchin faces more heat from Democrats on OneWest foreclosures

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin is facing growing pressure from Senate Democrats to account for his leadership of a bank accused of shoddy foreclosure practices.


Some homeless camp sweeps stopped by civil rights monitors

As Seattle works to clean up homeless camps in the city, some efforts have been stopped for not following protocol.


Job-loss insurance coverage can help cover mortgage payments

Job-loss insurance will pay an individual’s monthly mortgage payment, including principal, interest, taxes and any escrow impounds, should the insured become involuntarily unemployed. Self-employed and seasonal workers typically are not …


U.S. home price gains lift household wealth to $90.2 trillion

A healthy increase in home values and higher stock prices drove up U.S. household wealth in the July-September quarter, though the gains are largely concentrated among wealthier Americans.


Audit finds problems with Oregon housing agency

Amid a housing shortfall that political leaders say is a priority to address, Oregon’s lead state agency on affordable housing is falling short on its responsibility to help guide policymaking …


Seattle to open 3 new sites to house homeless

The city of Seattle has announced plans to open three new homeless camps early next year.


Mortgage rates reach highs not seen in more than a year

Mortgage rates sustained their upward march this week without any indication that their trajectory will slow anytime soon.


Seattle area has biggest growth in home prices in U.S.

The Seattle area has the hottest housing market in the country – the first time in nine years that Seattle has led the United States in home-price growth.


Tom Kelley: Adding a hot tub can help boost your four-season rental potential

Adding a hot tub is a sure way to lure people to vacation-home rentals.


Pullman pledges money for affordable housing

The Community Action Center is a step closer to constructing a new affordable housing complex with a promise of funding from the city of Pullman.


ACLU warns Yakima about lawsuit risk on homeless policy

The American Civil Liberties Union is warning Yakima that its homeless policy is putting the city at risk of a lawsuit.


Tom Kelly: Would a remodel make more sense than a move?

We hear it all the time—a house is worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. And in many neighborhoods, many people are paying a lot of money to …


Developer planning to appeal Spokane City Council’s decision to nix North Indian Trail apartment project

A 750-unit apartment complex near the Sundance Plaza shopping center was axed earlier this week by the City Council, which cited concerns about traffic safety brought forward by neighbors. But …


Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 3.57 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for a second straight week.


Tom Kelly: No ‘blending’ of former and current home sale rules

It’s been nearly 20 years since a slicker, reusable model replaced the one-time capital gains exclusion on the sale of one’s principal residence, yet the “new” law still perplexes many …


City Council to hear testimony on controversial Indian Trail apartments Monday

After the city’s Plan Commission voted 4 to 3 to reject a 750-unit apartment complex proposed by developer Harley Douglass in the Indian Trail neighborhood last month, the City Council …


Record number of Seattle homes sell for $1 million

A record number of homes in King County have sold for more than $1 million in 2016.


City of Spokane expands operation of warming shelters, eyes more assistance for round-the-clock homeless care

The cost of running 24/7 emergency shelters in Spokane for homeless people comes out to about $1.4 million annually, Mayor David Condon said Tuesday. The city is moving some money …


New winter homeless shelter to open in downtown Portland

A temporary winter homeless shelter that can house 100 adults is scheduled to open in downtown Portland next month.


How energy-efficient upgrades can increase your home’s value

Energy-efficient upgrades can not only shrink your utility bill; they can increase the value of your home. Homebuyers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of energy-efficient homes. In fact, …


Tom Kelly: Preferred housing terms for seniors, boomers

What are the terms that housing industry experts expect to run with in the future? Have they found the words that are absolutely taboo when marketing to seniors and aging …


Inside the iHome: Apple helps builders pitch gizmo-packed houses

In a darkened master bedroom, David Kaiserman stood in shirtsleeves next to a turned-down king bed. “Good morning, Siri,” he said to the iPad in his hand, and the lights …


Mortgage rates reach their highest levels in four months

Mortgage rates climbed to their highest point in four months this week, rising to pre-Brexit levels.


More first-timers than expected are now buying homes, survey indicates

First-time buyers may be entering the U.S. home market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed.


Faculty make prime renters for college-area homes

If you do not have children, or feel they are not mature enough to head up a dorm-alternative household, there are still attractive rental possibilities for your potential property that …


U.S. home prices climbed again in July

U.S. home prices rose again in July, pulled up by strong gains in Portland, Seattle and Denver.


Tiny homes for the homeless proposed for Coeur d’Alene, but some officials skeptical

A homeless outreach coordinator in Coeur d’Alene wants to build a village of tiny houses to serve as temporary crisis shelter for people who desire to emerge from homelessness. They …


U.S. home prices climbed again in July

U.S. home prices rose again in July, pulled up by strong gains in Portland, Seattle and Denver.