Real estate

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

Foreclosures are cheap, but pitfalls may await buyers

Back in 2011, Christina and Brian Jenkins decided to take up a sideline as landlords. Since then, they’ve acquired three rental houses in the St.… Continue reading

U.S. homebuilder confidence soars to 7-year high

For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth… Continue reading

First building rises at Mill Creek village

It took eight years for Shannon O’Kelley and Jeff Pratt’s partnership to complete their new offices, but Integrated Rehabilitation Group and the… Continue reading

U.S. home starts surge as demand picks up

U.S. builders began construction on more single-family homes and apartments in May, encouraged by more buyers and a scarcity of houses for sale.… Continue reading

Banks fall short in helping struggling homeowners

Homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure must wait too long for their loan modification applications to be reviewed by some of the nation’s top… Continue reading

U.S. rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.93%

U.S. mortgage rates fell for the first time in seven week, keeping the average on the 30-year fixed loan just under 4 percent.… Continue reading

Millennials might not be eager to take on mortgage debt

the so-called millennials — but whether this rising generation will embrace big mortgage debt… Continue reading

Opus Bank to sell building but stay downtown

Opus Bank is selling its downtown office building, the former headquarters of Cascade Bank, with plans to move into a smaller facility. “We’re… Continue reading

Eager home buyers resort to unusual tactics

Ryan Mathys spent weeks prospecting. He drove up and down the little avenue in Solana Beach, Calif., taking notes and knocking on doors. He scoured… Continue reading

U.S. home re-sales surpass 5 million in May

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surpassed the 5 million mark in May, the first time that’s happened in 3½ years. The gain… Continue reading