Real estate

How to increase your home’s curb appeal

It is said “first impressions are lasting impressions.” And when selling a home, curb appeal can make the difference between a quick sale and a… Continue reading

House prices increase in 89 percent of cities as recovery expands

Prices for single-family homes increased in 89 percent of U.S. cities in the first quarter as the housing market extends a recovery from… Continue reading

Average on 30-year U.S. mortgage rises to 3.42%

Average U.S. mortgage rates rose last week but remained near historic lows. Cheaper mortgages have encouraged more home buying and refinancing. Mortgage buyer… Continue reading

U.S. gears up for difficult land buyback for Indian tribes

After bungling the management of Indian lands for generations, the federal government wants to make amends by spending nearly $2 billion to buy… Continue reading

Online help for those who want to simplify their lives

Downsizing your financial life, by choice or by force, is tricky business. Whether you are retiring to smaller digs or just eager to simplify your… Continue reading

Zillow lists White House for $319 million

It’s a listing most real estate agents would salivate over: the White House. Zillow, the largest real estate information website, cheekily listed the historical, opulent… Continue reading

Owning a home a great goal, if you can truly afford it

If the federal government is going to overhaul the way mortgages are sold, I hope there’s as much emphasis put on what’s a manageable amount… Continue reading

Kimberly-Clark says former mill site better without grass

Kimberly-Clark Corp. wants city planners to waive requirements to cover the site of its demolished waterfront mill with topsoil and grass. Those final… Continue reading

Study: Seattle-area rent increases average 6 percent

A new report says the Seattle area’s average rent increase of 6 percent a year is among the highest anywhere. Seattle area apartment… Continue reading

Snohomish County home prices rise 14.4% in June

Competition for modestly priced homes intensified in June, driving up the median sales price for single-family homes and condos in Snohomish County by… Continue reading

Former real estate agent arrested in thefts in Spokane

A former Spokane realty agent is in jail after breaking into homes that were for sale. The Spokesman-Review reported that Derek Larson, 40,… Continue reading

“Underwater” homes nationwide just under 20 percent

Robert and Emerald Oravec were itching to sell their condominium late last year to move closer to a favorite surfing spot, but… Continue reading

Demolition work over at former mill site

The industrial tangle that once was Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s Everett mill is no longer a figurative blank slate, but a literal one as well.… Continue reading

New-home sales rise to 5-year high

Sales of new U.S. homes rose more than forecast in June to the highest level in five years, a sign builders… Continue reading

Developer has plan for long vacant nursing home

A former nursing home, long vacant and in disrepair, may be a step closer to renovation. A developer wants to buy what was… Continue reading

Home prices soar 12% in April

U.S. home prices soared 12.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006, as more buyers competed for… Continue reading

Real estate firm bets big on Monroe

Coast Equity Partners sees a bright future here with its purchase of a 222-unit apartment complex for $26.4 million. It was the year’s… Continue reading

Fewer county homes listed, so prices rise

Median sale prices on homes and condominiums in Snohomish County jumped by $40,000 in May from a year ago, due in no small… Continue reading

Mill site contamination levels much higher than thought

Much higher levels of contamination were found during the Kimberly-Clark mill demolition. Arsenic and other heavy metals turned up in ground up concrete… Continue reading

Online analysts doubtful of housing bubble

Housing bubbles, involving unsustainable home price inflation, are again on the worry list. Are rising real estate prices a sign of recovery, or of impending… Continue reading