Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly has been a professional journalist for 36 years. He served The Seattle Times for 20 years, many as Real Estate Editor.

Living longer: How to handle the mortgage

Increased life expectancy brings many unavoidable consequences and concerns as the risk of running out of money in our lifetime has increased dramatically.
5 years ago

How to build, buy and finance a ‘tiny’ home

Everybody knows conventional homes are expensive, especially in the Puget Sound region. Are tiny homes a realistic alternative?
5 years ago

The effect of crime – and celebrity – on home values

Is there ever an uptick in value following a celebrity crime? Suicide? Who typically buys a "stigmatized" home and how does crime affect home values?
5 years ago

Container homes: Cost, benefits and limitations

Tom Kelly examines the popularity of container homes on this week's edition of Real Estate Today on KIRO Radio.
5 years ago

How to market a castle and other unique homes

Everybody knows local homes are flying off the market. Does the same hold true for a castle and other unique homes?
5 years ago

Are parents moving closer to kids, grandkids?

Are baby boomers and retirees still moving close to an adult child or grand-children? With interest rates remaining low, is anybody buying a smaller home? Or, are they merely purchasing a nicer home? Join host Tom Kelly and Mark Gray, regional president of Shea Homes, as they discuss next-move options on “Real Estate Today” at […]
5 years ago

Builders, lots and today’s market

Does every builder offer an extended warranty? What are the builders legal obligations?
5 years ago

Bling vs. bones: How to best evaluate a home

Time is precious, especially when making a decision to buy one of the few homes on the market.
5 years ago

Will students’ rental coverage, if any, travel with them?

College kids are pouring out of dorms and into homes and apartments. Will their rental coverage, if any, travel with them?
6 years ago

Getting to your timeshare via a reverse mortgage

The purpose of reverse mortgages has changed over the years and they are now also being used to support a more well-to-do routine.
6 years ago

Getting to your timeshare via a reverse mortgage

What many people have now — house, lifestyle, neighborhood, friends, church, club — is exactly what they’d like to keep.
6 years ago

Busiest time to move right around the corner

Here are some tips for packing an moving as you head into the busy season of home buying and selling.
6 years ago

Getting to your timeshare via a reverse mortgage

The purpose of reverse mortgages has changed over the years and they are now also being used to support a more well-to-do routine.
6 years ago

Does a second home make sense?

The sun is out and people have begun to focus on second homes. What are the benefits of buying a vacation home?
6 years ago

Desperation not always a component of real estate auction

Not all real estate auctions are sad and anxious moments synonymous with desperation and bankruptcy. For years, auctions have been a convenient, private and efficient method of moving inventory in a hurry—especially for companies that need to clear properties from their books by a specific date.
6 years ago

Was the low FICO score really your fault?

Are you still steaming because an inaccurate credit report has sent your FICO score spiraling downward, causing major problems with your efforts to refinance your home?
6 years ago

Changing the tax status and moving to another property

As the April 18 deadline to file federal income taxes approaches, it’s a good idea to make a list of big-picture possibilities.
6 years ago

‘Indebtedness relief’ far from home-sale loss deduction

Several years ago, the Internal Revenue Service changed the law that required consumers to pay tax on mortgages forgiven by a lender.
6 years ago

Scammers take aim on buyers’ closing dates

When a market or specific item is extremely popular, scammers are usually taking note.
6 years ago

What to expect from your building inspector

Join host Tom Kelly and Geff Spry of Hawks Eye Home Inspection to discuss the state of structural inspections on "Real Estate Today" at 9 a.m. Sunday on 97.3 KIRO-FM.
6 years ago

And the Oscars for features that help sell homes . . .

Homes with stainless steel appliances tend to sell 15 percent faster than other homes.

6 years ago

Organizing your home or small business – 9 a.m. Sunday

What possessions need to go? How do you downsize into a smaller living space?

6 years ago

Two percent loans? Rising rate fears take abrupt turnaround

Investors are flooding into the U.S. bond market, which is leading to the drop in mortgage rates, CNBC reported.

6 years ago

Two percent loans? Rising rate fears take abrupt turnaround

Investors are flooding into the U.S. bond market, which is leading to the drop in mortgage rates, CNBC reported.

6 years ago