Real estate

Average rate on 30-year loan falls to 4.31%

Average rates on U.S. fixed mortgages fell for the second straight week, a welcome sign for homebuyers hoping to lock in… Continue reading

Refinancing? Maybe you should switch lenders

A small group of borrowers might profit from refinancing with their current lenders, the firm they pay each month. Most borrowers, however, will do better… Continue reading

When it comes to home improvement, simple upgrades pay off best

Pop quiz: What’s the home-improvement project that comes closest to paying for itself when you sell? Not a snazzy new kitchen or bathroom. A lowly… Continue reading

Home prices grow fastest in 7 years

As housing inventory remained low in May, prices continued to rise, posting the fastest year-over-year growth since 2006, according to data released Tuesday.… Continue reading

Mortgage rates rise to two-year high

Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages rose this week to their highest levels in two years, driven by heightened speculation that the Federal… Continue reading

Kimberly-Clark told to cover site with topsoil, grass

Kimberly-Clark Corp. must comply with its demolition permit by covering the site of its former waterfront mill with topsoil and grass, Everett officials… Continue reading

Kimberly-Clark site sold to maritime company

Kimberly-Clark Corp. has agreed to sell the site of its former waterfront mill to the Seattle-based parent company for Foss Maritime Co., representatives… Continue reading

Late-payment rate on mortgages down in third quarter

Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, aided by rising home values, low interest rates and stable job gains.… Continue reading

Pending U.S. home purchases drop off

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in October for the fifth straight month. Higher mortgage rates, price increases… Continue reading

Fewer U.S. homes enter foreclosure

The number of U.S. homes set on the path to foreclosure slid to a seven-year low in the third quarter, reflecting a… Continue reading

Average rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.51 pct.

Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages declined this week but stayed close to their highest levels in two years. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac… Continue reading

U.S. home prices rise 12.4% most in 7½ years

U.S. home prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with a year ago, the most since February 2006. An increase in sales on… Continue reading

VFW weighs sale of its historic home

Expenses are up and membership is down. Everett’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Old Guard Post 2100 may have to sell its building. The… Continue reading

Real estate Q&A: Reverse mortgage changes looming

QUESTION: I have been thinking about getting a reverse mortgage for my home, but I heard that the rules have changed recently. What are the… Continue reading

Mortgage price you get might not be the best deal

Mortgage prices are affected by a variety of factors, some of which potential borrowers understand a lot better than others. Many potential borrowers do not… Continue reading

Five smart tips for buying 1st house

particularly first-time homebuyers. Before… Continue reading

Home prices rose at slower pace in September

U.S. home prices rose more slowly in September than in August, a sign that weaker sales are preventing the kinds of sharp price… Continue reading

Home permits rise at 5-year high on apartments

U.S. developers received approval in October to build apartments at the fastest pace in five years, a trend that could boost economic growth… Continue reading

Homeownership rate remains low

The nation’s homeownership rate fell in the third quarter compared to the year before, but economists say the housing market’s recovery remains on track, albeit… Continue reading

Home prices level off with slight Sept. increase

A measure of U.S. home prices rose slightly in September from August, a sign that prices are leveling off after big gains earlier… Continue reading