Real estate

How can I compare between lenders?

If you have purchased or refinanced a home, you know that understanding actual costs or specific terms of your mortgage can be very difficult to… Continue reading

IRS tax rules on renting vacation homes will make your brain hurt

Question: We are thinking about buying a vacation home next spring. We want to rent it out part of the time to help cover the… Continue reading

County home prices surge as inventory shrinks

Shrinking home inventory once again drove a double-digit increase in year-over-year median home and condominium sales prices in Snohomish County. “In my 37… Continue reading

U.S. household wealth regains pre-recession peak

It took 5½ years. Surging stock prices and steady home-price increases have finally allowed Americans to regain the $16 trillion in wealth they… Continue reading

Home Plan

A wide front porch welcomes you home to this versatile three-bedroom design, Plan HMAFAPW1723 from The plan includes 1,866 square feet of finished living… Continue reading

Rate on 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.52%

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages were little changed this week, hovering near historic lows. Cheap mortgages have helped spur a recovery in… Continue reading

Don’t skip inspection when buying a new home

Q: We are about to make an offer on a brand-new house. One of our friends said we should hire a professional building inspector to… Continue reading

Home plan

The wraparound porch is the defining feature of this Victorian-style design, Plan HMAFAPW00822 from Head inside and you’ll be greeted by a bright and… Continue reading

Home plan

If you love relaxed country style, check out Plan HMAFAPW01240 from The 1,298-square-foot rambler features a lovely exterior, which displays an expansive porch and… Continue reading

Sharp drop in homes lost to foreclosure in Feb.

While the nation’s foreclosure woes persist, new data show they’re easing amid a resurgent housing market, rising home prices and efforts by… Continue reading

Home plan

This modern cabin, Plan HMAFAPW1724 from, has everything you need in a compact size that’s just right for getaway weekends. The retreat features 456… Continue reading

Kimberly-Clark mill demolition behind schedule

Expect the dismantling of the Kimberly-Clark’s former waterfront mill to rumble on through the end of May. That’s a couple of months longer… Continue reading

How to better your chances of damage deposit refund

Question: We just bought a house and are currently moving out of our apartment. We had a problem getting our damage deposit back at an… Continue reading

U.S. homes sales highest in more than 3 years

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in February to their fastest pace in more than three years, and more people put their… Continue reading

Quit claim deed isn’t enough on its own

Question: I am in the process of refinancing my home. I owned the house before I recently remarried and I wish to keep the title… Continue reading

Number of ‘underwater’ homes drops

Fewer borrowers nationwide owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, providing a boost to the housing recovery, according to a new report.… Continue reading

Signed contracts to buy US homes dips slightly

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, but the level stayed near a three-year high, and analysts believe sales of previously… Continue reading

Magazine examines Snohomish County economy

Seattle Business magazine has a feature story in the current issue about Snohomish County’s economy, focusing on familiar engines like aerospace, Paine Field, Naval Station… Continue reading

Home equity lines of credit begin to make a comeback

Home equity lines of credit, which soared in popularity during the housing boom but faded as residential real estate values crashed, are starting to make… Continue reading

Washington Post says it may sell its headquarters

The Washington Post is considering selling its 63-year-old downtown headquarters. The Post reports that Publisher Katharine Weymouth made the announcement in an email… Continue reading