Real Estate News
One-quarter of Seattle's lower-end homes remain 'underwater'
At the peak of the real estate crisis, more than 15 million homeowners owed more on their mortgages than their homes were worth.
Tax scams: How to handle a bogus claim - 9 a.m. Sunday
April 15 is right around the corner and tax scammers have surfaced again.
Saints alive! Taking home marketing to a higher level
One legend has it that some European nuns, desperate for additional land in the 1700s, buried statues on their property in order to get the attention of the Big Agent in the Sky.
Best time for open house continues to be 2 p.m. Sunday
The church-going crowd also influence the timing of open houses.
Housing affordability: Detroit, San Francisco at ends of spectrum
San Francisco buyers need 72 percent of their median income to afford a home.
Survey reveals most millennials unaware of closing costs
Most of the adults surveyed said they end up learning about closing costs from their real estate agent or by doing their own research.
Zillow rolls out new search tool targeting agent specialties
Agent Finder includes sales, current listings and reviews for the past 12 months.
Demand is high, so why are builders so cautious?
A new survey by the National Association of Home Builders revealed that two-thirds of builders said their greatest concern for 2015 is the availability of labor.
Plan on writing credit bureau to clear up problem
Washington has specific timelines in which creditors and reporting agencies must act on credit challenges.
Seattle rent hikes unsustainable, up 32 percent since 2009
Seattle, New York and San Jose are among the cities where combined rent growth far exceeds wages, according to the survey.
Appraisers value Seattle homes higher than the owners
Appraisers placed a higher value on Seattle-area homes than the homeowners, according to the February Home Price Perception Index (HPPI) produced by Quicken Loans.
'Fly and Buy': Some builders pick up travel tab
Travel costs can be applied to the purchase contract if the customer decides to buy.
Favorable weather brings more buyers, higher prices
"The early spring weather has brought a bumper crop of buyers to a market experiencing a drought of listings."
HUD still seeking owners owed mortgage insurance refunds
When homeowners pay off their FHA-insured loan within five years, a portion of the mortgage insurance upfront premium is returned.
State ranks No. 2 in identity theft complaints
Identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission's national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year.