Real estate

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

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