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Finding the balance: Realistic expectations reduce stress of buying or selling

Buying or selling a house can be an emotionally fraught time. Having realistic expectations for the process reduces the stress, a local real estate agent says .

Spokane’s affordable housing, pace of life attract people priced out of other West Coast cities

Spokane’s housing prices are attracting people to the area. Realtors say they’re seeing young couples priced out of other West Coast markets and retirement-age people who don’t want to deplete …

UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

Realtors say Zillow, other websites are inaccurate and confusing but lead buyers to those in the know

Zillow is a useful, if imperfect, tool for home hunters. But real estate agents aren’t really happy about its dominance, even if they recognize the role Zillow and other online …

Opulence on stage for a million or more

The numbers are eye-popping. Two, three, four, five million dollars for a luxury home. In Spokane County, a couple who made money investing in gold mining is ready to downsize.

Assessed value and your tax bill: Government spending has greatest impact on how much you pay

Property taxes and the tortured terminology surrounding them leave many homeowners confused. In the end, though, it’s pretty simple.

UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 3:13 p.m.

Technology streamlines mortgage process

With advancements in technology, the options have expanded far beyond the local lender office you drive by on your morning commute to inlcude an almost completely online process that can …

Four trends changing floor plans in new-builds

Homebuyers are looking for open, flexible spaces to suit a more casual lifestyle – and builders are paying attention. Here are some of the top trends influencing today’s home design.

Hot Spokane housing market requires aggressive approach

Shopping for a house in Spokane has become competitive in the past couple of years. Demand is up, inventory is down, and prices are rising.

Millennial buyers are finally making a move into housing

Last year millennials accounted for 36 percent of U.S. home buys – more than any other age group according to the National Association of Realtors. Baby boomer buyers were a …

Interest in buying historic homes grows

Buying a historic home and take on the resulting upkeep and renovations can be gratifying, and challenging.

UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

Net-zero living: Liberty Lake house will generate enough electricity to offset residents’ energy use

Greenstone Homes built a net-zero home in Liberty Lake. Solar panels on the roof produce enough electricity to offset the residents’ energy use in the ultra efficient house.

Planning, financing keys to building house of your dreams

With shrinking inventory of existing homes for sale in Spokane’s booming real estate market, more people are considering buy land and building their new home.

Home inspections help buyer avoid surprises

Home inspectors are charged with finding the smallest to biggest problems with the interior and exterior of a home for a prospective buyer in hopes of helping them make the …

Selling a home for the first time? Know the market and what costs to expect to avoid frustrations

Kenneth Sax, president of the Spokane Association of Realtors and designated broker at Keller Williams Realty, said it’s important for first-time home sellers to understand if they are in a …