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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 8:11 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: With soldiers back from World War I, city experiences shortage of housing – and jazz musicians

Spokane was experiencing an upsurge in demand for professional musicians, especially those who could play jazz.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 7:32 p.m.

Sellers continue to have advantage in Spokane housing market

The Spokane County real estate market was bustling with activity in August, but not enough to drive up home sales, as persistently high demand and low inventory continued to be …


Developer Rob Brewster returned to Spokane to rebuild his reputation, but now those efforts appear largely stalled

With bills unpaid, utilities shut off and the passage of at least six months since any permits have been issued, Rob Brewster said he hasn’t over-promised or under-delivered on a …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 8:38 a.m.

‘These properties are weird’: Investors, speculators, neighbors snap up unusual parcels at Spokane County tax auction

While previous buyers passed on 18 oddly shaped and nearly unbuildable tax title properties for sale at the county, a group of investors and adjacent landowners who showed up for …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

Spokane County home sales drop year over year amid rising prices and low inventory

While the number of home sales in Spokane County dropped slightly in July, low inventory and high demand continued to push prices up.


Rehabilitated or demolished? Chancery emptied of tenants; future uncertain

A historic building that housed the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane for decades is being emptied of its tenants, but its future is unknown.


Paul Turner: Real estate flyers bring up a plethora of questions

The art of critiquing real estate flyers.


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

U.S. new-home sales increase 7% in June after 2 months of decline

U.S. new home sales rose at a modest pace in June but remained below sales levels earlier this year, suggesting low mortgage rates and a healthy job market aren’t encouraging …


U.S. home sales fall 1.7% with prices high and supply low

U.S. home sales tumbled 1.7% in June, with rising prices and a scarce supply locking out many Americans from ownership.


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Spokane housing market among hottest in country

Realtor.com named Spokane the third-hottest housing market in the nation in April.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

Too many buyers, lack of homes for sale push Spokane prices up

High demand and low inventory in Spokane County continued to push median home prices up in June.


Paul Turner: 25 questions to assist your search for your Spokane-area dream home

Because of 2019 real estate market realities, you might have to look outside your familiar Spokane stamping grounds to get exactly what you want.


Nine Mile Falls community concerned about proposed 475-home development of former Sun Dance Golf Course

“The neighbors are upset, whether they’re golfers or not,” said one neighbor of the old golf course. “To have that green space on your back fence is special.”


Work underway at Lewis and Clark High school

Work has begun to build a cafeteria, common area and classrooms at Spokane’s Lewis and Clark High School.


Bakery planned next to First Avenue Coffee in downtown

A new bakery is coming to downtown Spokane, according to permits issued by the city.


U.S. home sales climbed 2.5% in May amid lower mortgage rates

U.S. home sales jumped 2.5% in May, as lower mortgage rates appeared to help buyers overcome affordability challenges.


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Report: Spokane ranks second in the nation for most cat-friendly city

Online real estate brokerage Redfin and Seattle-based pet insurance provider Trupanion ranked the Lilac City second in the nation among favorable cities for cat owners.


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 3:10 p.m.

Idaho house prices are so high that this Wall Street firm warns of ‘sharp slowdown’

While


Spokane County home sales drop in May

Spokane County experienced a drop in single-family home and condominium sales in May, which is typically when the housing market heats up. Home sales declined more than 10% compared to …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 4:03 p.m.

U.S. home prices outpaced income growth in 2018

Home prices in 2018 climbed 4.5%, while incomes grew 3.2%. That’s according to CoreLogic real estate figures and government wage data released Friday.


Family connections help couple take the plunge in the resort business at Loon Lake

For Spokane couple Jim and Katy Byrnes, purchasing the Shore Acres Resort in Loon Lake is not only about providing travelers with a place to unplug and enjoy nature, it’s …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

U.S. home prices rise at slowest pace in more than six years

U.S. home prices rose at the slowest pace in more than six years in March, a sign weaker sales are keeping a lid on price increases.


Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe

Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values, but how much is an open question.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

U.S. home construction climbed 5.7% in April

U.S. home construction rose in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Spokane couple opens Realty One Group Eclipse in the Garland District

While the Spokane real estate market was on an upswing right before the Great Recession, short sales were beginning to sweep the Southwest. Local real estate investors Matt and Jessica …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Spokane County home sales continue to lag

Low inventory and rising home prices in Spokane County persisted in April, as the sale of houses and condominiums continue to lag this year when compared to the first four …


Tiny house notion: Legislators, advocates for affordable housing see benefits of growing market

Tiny houses have gained popularity in the past few years among people choosing to live in the small spaces for environmental reasons, to be part of a community, or to …


Choosing to own: Low rates, down payments mean first-time homebuyers have options

Kieley Fox had had enough of cycling through rentals and living with her parents. The 41-year-old single mother found out she was pre-approved for a line of credit that enabled …


Potential homebuyers stay out of the market for many reasons, but it comes with a cost

If history teaches us anything, says Rob Higgins, executive officer of the Spokane Association Realtors, it’s that opportunity shouldn’t be spurned.


Sellers remain at an advantage in Spokane-area housing market

Spokane’s real estate market continues to remain very active with low inventory, high demand and rising home prices. It’s a seller’s market and that is likely to continue across the …