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Tom Kelly: Some landlords are forgetful, but this one nearly disappeared

If you gather a group of investor-landlords in the same room, there’s usually no shortage of stories about disaster renters.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Spokane-area’s strong home-buying streak continues in November

Spokane-area home sales continued at a strong pace in November, benefiting from mild temperatures and the lack of significant snowfall. Strong demand for homes and inventory shortages will continue in …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 9:10 p.m.

GOP tax plan would erase tax deductions on lake homes

People who own vacation properties wouldn’t be able to deduct the interest paid on second-home mortgages under House Republicans’ proposed tax overhaul.


Zombie houses plague neighborhoods and leave families heartbroken

Willabelle “Willy” Godfrey had always told her family she hoped another family would move into her home one day and start their own story after she died. Instead, the property …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Spokane County’s strong housing market continues into fall

Homes continue to sell briskly in Spokane County, with the number of sales in October rising by nearly 20 percent over last year.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 8:27 p.m.

Report on trends gives Spokane/Coeur d’Alene market high marks for homebuilding potential

The Spokane area ranks near the top of the list of the nation’s homebuilding “markets to watch,” according to a new report examining real estate trends from the Urban Land …


Long-term mortgage rates unchanged: 30-year at 3.83 percent

Long-term mortgage rates are unchanged this week: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained at 3.83 percent; the 15-year home loan, popular among homeowners who refinance their mortgages, stayed at 3.13 percent, …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 8 a.m.

U.S. pending home sales fell 2.6 percent in August

Fewer people signed contracts to buy homes in August, marking the fifth decline in the past six months. The 2.6 percent decline continues to reflect the worsening shortage nationwide of …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

Seattle would boost spending on homelessness under proposed budget

Seattle would again boost its spending to combat homelessness under a proposed 2018 budget Mayor Tim Burgess delivered Monday to the City Council.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:08 a.m.

Sales of new homes fell 3.4 percent in August

Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 3.4 percent in August, the second straight monthly decline.


Thirty-year fixed mortgage rate rises to 3.83 percent

Long-term mortgage rates rose this week, lifting the 30-year fixed mortgage from the lowest levels of 2017.


US home sales off 1.7 pct., hurt by Harvey and low supply

U.S. home sales fell 1.7 percent in August, pulled down by the effects of Hurricane Harvey and a worsening shortage of available properties.


Fixed mortgage rates halt their downward march

Fixed mortgage rates’ downward march came to a halt this week.


Could Amazon’s HQ bombshell let the air out of Seattle’s housing and development boom?

Amazon has been blamed or praised – depending on your perspective – for Seattle’s historic real estate boom.


U.S. pending home sales fell in July, 4th decline in 5 months

Fewer people signed contracts to buy homes in July, the fourth decline in the past five months.


Pace of U.S. home sales in July reached lowest level of 2017

Americans retreated from buying homes in July as sales sank 1.3 percent to their lowest level of the year.


Average U.S. mortgage rates stagnant; 30-year rate at yearly low

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged to lower this week, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking a new low for the year and its lowest point since last November.


Sales of new homes fell in July

Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 9.4 percent in July, the sharpest one-month drop in nearly a year. But the decline followed strong sales in previous months, and sales so …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

China to limit overseas investments in real estate, sports

China’s government is moving to curb domestic companies’ investments abroad in property, sports, entertainment and other fields, following a series of high-profile, multibillion-dollar acquisitions by Chinese firms.


Want to live like a Trump? President’s old home is on Airbnb

Want to live like a Trump? Now’s your chance: The president’s New York City boyhood home is on Airbnb.


King County home prices grow $100,000 in a year for first time; West Bellevue jumps 41 percent

For the first time ever, the median King County home price has grown more than $100,000 in just a year, a new grim milestone for buyers already dealing with the …


U.S. pending home sales improved in June

Americans signed more contracts to buy homes in June, snapping a three-month decline in pending sales.


Milbank: Kushner defense implies he’s over his head

The defense leaves one big question unanswered: Why is a man of such inexperience in charge of so much?


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 2:58 p.m.

New-home sales improved modestly in June

U.S. sales of new homes perked up slightly in June, a sign that more would-be buyers are seeking newly built properties.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

U.S. home prices reach record high for 6th straight month

U.S. home prices reached a new high in May for the sixth straight month, raising fears of another housing bubble roughly a decade after a previous one burst.


U.S. home sales fell in June; would-be buyers can’t find homes

Homebuyers faced surging prices and a shrinking number of properties for sale in June – causing the pace of sales to fall.


Average U.S. mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 3.96 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after two straight weeks of increases. The benchmark 30-year rate slipped back below the significant 4 percent level.


U.S. housing starts rebounded in June

Homebuilders ramped up construction in June to the fastest pace in four months, led by surges in the Northeast and Midwest.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

U.S. homebuilder sentiment declines in July

U.S. homebuilders are feeling less optimistic about their sales prospects, although their overall outlook remains positive.


Long-term mortgages rise to highest level since mid-May

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week to highest level since mid-May.