Real estate

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

U.S. home prices up 10.5% in past year

A survey shows U.S. home prices rose 10.5 percent in March compared with a year ago, the biggest gain since March 2006. Core… Continue reading

How Stanwood landed a factory and 62 jobs

When you think of electrical panel and control systems manufacturing, you probably wouldn’t put Stanwood very high on a list of likely contenders.… Continue reading

Retail space, 350 apartments planned for Lakewood

A small city is coming. Shops on the ground floor, apartments above. It’s the way the downtown areas of major American cities used… Continue reading

Ready to retire? Avoid refinance

Q: I have five years left until I pay off my 30-year mortgage. I received an offer to refinance, which certainly is tempting, but I’m… Continue reading

Real estate Q&A: Son’s ex-wife blocking short sale

Q: My husband and I co-signed a loan for our son and his now ex-wife. Our son stayed in the home but fell behind on… Continue reading

Stalled Riverfront project could be revived

A developer is expected to offer a first glimpse tonight of plans for reviving the stalled Riverfront project on former industrial land east… Continue reading

Home buyers moving hunt to online brokerages

The last time Yasmin and Adil Degani bought a home, they took the traditional route. They went with a commission-based real estate brokerage to show… Continue reading

At this sale, you can buy anything you want

Talk about one-stop shopping. At this event, shoppers can buy furniture, decor and a five-bedroom house. At Inspiration House, everything is for sale, even the… Continue reading

Fed survey: Housing and auto sales lift U.S. economy

A strengthening housing recovery and robust auto sales contributed to moderate economic growth across the United States in late February and March, according… Continue reading

New Everett farmers market anchors larger project

If all goes as planned, Everett should have its own indoor, year-round farmers market as early as summer 2014. Products at the farmers… Continue reading

Everett’s derelict Virginia Manor may have a buyer

The place is a wreck and has been for years. The former Virginia Manor nursing home has been closed and standing empty since… Continue reading

FDIC sues executives of failed Lynnwood bank

The feds are going after former leaders of a failed community bank in a case that’s noteworthy for the alleged hubris of the… Continue reading

Salaries trail rise in home prices

As mortgage rates hover near historic lows, Americans are saving big on monthly mortgage payments. In the fourth quarter of 2012, homeowners spent almost 37… Continue reading

Banks to send checks to 4.2M who lost homes

The nation’s largest banks will begin sending payments this week to millions of Americans who may have been wrongfully foreclosed on during the… Continue reading

Fannie Mae earns $17.2B in 2012, biggest annual gain

Fannie Mae earned $17.2 billion last year, the biggest annual profit in the U.S. mortgage giant’s history, helped by a record fourth quarter.… Continue reading