Real estate

Homebuilder confidence at 7-year high

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders held steady in January at the highest level in nearly seven years, but builders are feeling slightly less… Continue reading

Fewer U.S. homes repossessed by banks in 2012

Lenders took possession of fewer U.S. homes in 2012 than a year earlier, as the pace of new homes entering the path… Continue reading

Short sales on homes increase in Snohomish County

The number of short sales in Snohomish County jumped to 19 percent of all sales in 2012 from 14 percent in 2011, according to a… Continue reading

Fewer homeowners stuck with ‘underwater’ homes

One of the most pernicious effects of the housing bust was the huge number of borrowers stuck in homes worth far less than those properties… Continue reading

U.S. home construction in 2012 highest in 4 years

U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years and finished 2012 as their best year… Continue reading

Agency finalizes protections for mortgage borrowers

The government’s consumer lending watchdog finalized new rules Thursday aimed at protecting homeowners from shoddy service and unexpected fees charged by companies that… Continue reading

Home plan

If you’re looking for an open, highly functional one-story layout, take a look at plan HMAFAPW1720 from The single-level, four-bedroom design features 3,029 square… Continue reading

Should heirs sell condo or rent it out?

Question: I have a question about an inherited condo. My father-in-law passed away. His will states that proceeds from the sale of his condo will… Continue reading

Married top earners to pay most in taxes

that is, when it comes to high earners’ tax bills. U.S. taxpayers with income of more than $200,000 a… Continue reading

2012: A home seller’s market in Snohomish County

Snohomish County’s real estate market validated the law of supply and demand in 2012, with weak inventory and willing buyers adding up to… Continue reading

Rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.42%

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near record lows, keeping home buying more affordable. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac… Continue reading

New home sales fell in Dec., sales for year up

Sales of new U.S. homes cooled off in December compared with November but for the entire year were the best since 2009. The… Continue reading

U.S. home prices accelerated in November

U.S. home prices accelerated in November compared with a year ago, pushed higher by rising sales and a tighter supply of available homes.… Continue reading

Home plan

Reminiscent of a turreted castle, Plan HMAFAPW1721 from offers a contemporary open layout and spiral stairway inside, and multiple porches, a lanai and a… Continue reading

Homestead exemption might not protect home

Q: We are having trouble paying our bills and are concerned about losing our home. I’ve heard something about homesteading your property so that nobody… Continue reading

Home prices increase in 88% of U.S. cities as recovery broadens

Prices for single-family homes climbed in almost 88 percent of U.S. cities in the fourth quarter as the housing recovery broadened. The median sales price… Continue reading

Meet an 18-year-old real-estate agent

Caleb Houvener has always been a guy with entrepreneurial ideas. It started in fifth grade, when he wrote silly slogans such as “fuzzy… Continue reading

Rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.63 percent

The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose this week to its highest level in seven months but remains near historic… Continue reading

Lenders again testing subprime market

Michele and Russell Poland’s credit was shot, but they managed to buy their suburban dream home anyway. After a business bankruptcy and a home foreclosure,… Continue reading

Supply of homes for sale tightens in county

It’s 2007 all over again for the county real estate market as antsy buyers rush to buy what’s available in a tight supply… Continue reading