Real estate

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

More about the troubles at Lake Stevens PD

We just posted a lengthy story about seven internal investigations conducted at the Lake Stevens Police Department regarding two officers since 2009. (Read it.) The… Continue reading

Length of a refinanaced mortgage depends on goals

Q: If you have 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with 20 years left and refinance, will it go back up to 30 years or stay at 20?… Continue reading

Lease resources make things easier for landlords

Q: A while back, you wrote about a book that is very helpful to landlords had come out in a new edition. You mentioned that… Continue reading

Unmarried? Treat home purchase like business deal

Q: How do you get your name off a mortgage that you had once shared with an old flame but now have no communication with?… Continue reading

Local home prices on rise

Snohomish County home sellers benefitted from continued strong demand for housing and a shrinking supply of listings that drove up year-to-date median sales prices by… Continue reading

Refinance of home must wait for divorce

Q: I am sole owner of a property. My husband signed a quit claim deed when I purchased this place. I am no longer on… Continue reading

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 Homeplans.com. 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