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Calling all saints: Help sell the house

Working on a tip from an ex-Jesuit, a person I still consider very close to the Big Agent in the Sky, we buried palm leaves in the four corners of our lot to help speed its sale. It worked.

File your IRS return? Homeowners reload for property taxes

To avoid interest and penalties, at least half of the annual property tax must be paid by April 30 (if the tax is less than $50 it must be paid in full by April 30) and the balance by October 31.

Four wonderful ways to annoy a home seller

If you are seriously considering a home purchase, do you all can to start in a positive light with a seller.

New site provides data on Seattle neighborhoods

The new database, the U.S. City Open Data Census, aims to simplify the search for neighborhood information.

Check your gain if your residence has been rented

If your principal residence has been rented in the past, you may not get to exclude all of the gain.

Mixed messages: Housing confidence on uptick for now

"The housing recovery continues to proceed in fits and starts," said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae's chief economist.

State foreclosures down, 4.4 percent in 'serious delinquency'

Approximately 18,998 completed foreclosures occurred in Washington in the past 12 months with 4.4 percent of all owners still in "serious delinquency."

Equity markets credited for jump in vacation homes

NAR's 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2013, shows vacation-home sales climbed 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000 last year from 553,000 in 2012.

Mortgage interest: Wrong year to expect any tax change

Only 42 percent of households currently benefit from the mortgage interest deduction.

Seattle's low inventory creates affordability concerns

While some markets are booming, many are slower to regain lost equity.