real estate http://www.kplu.org en Renters No More: Newbies Lured To Homeownership http://www.kplu.org/post/renters-no-more-newbies-lured-homeownership In many American communities, buying a home is now less expensive than renting. And with the economics tilting in favor of homeownership, many first-time buyers are jumping into the market.<p>After eight years of renting, Kitsy Roberts and her husband, Janko Williams, are practically giddy about their new Seattle home. And like proud parents, they are eager to show it off, from its historic details to its fresh paint.<p>The living room of their 1920s bungalow in the city's Central District features a lovely Craftsman-style fireplace and high ceilings. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:21:06 +0000 6729 at http://www.kplu.org Renters No More: Newbies Lured To Homeownership One Housing Sector That's Booming: Survival Realty http://www.kplu.org/post/one-housing-sector-thats-booming-survival-realty COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - The housing market in the Northwest is finally showing signs of recovery. But there’s one sector of real estate that never let up during the economic downturn. Real estate agents who sell what’s known as “survival realty” are experiencing boom times. A remote corner of the Northwest has become a hotspot for home buyers wanting to ride out disaster – natural or otherwise.<p>Realtor Michael White guides me from room to room in a spacious three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:40:28 +0000 5868 at http://www.kplu.org One Housing Sector That's Booming: Survival Realty Downtown apartment construction signals a recovery http://www.kplu.org/post/downtown-apartment-construction-signals-recovery <p>The number of apartments being built in downtown Seattle has jumped almost 10-fold compared with two years ago, suggesting the city&rsquo;s downtown core is in the midst of a rebound.</p><p>The first condo building to start construction in five years also recently broke ground in the city&#39;s Denny Triangle neighborhood. That&#39;s another sign that the market may be beginning to revive, after the real estate crash brought condo construction to a halt.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:23:31 +0000 Ashley Gross 5395 at http://www.kplu.org Downtown apartment construction signals a recovery Real estate commissions aren't set in stone http://www.kplu.org/post/real-estate-commissions-arent-set-stone <p>KPLU&#39;s&nbsp; John Maynard posed this question to Seattle-area real estate appraiser, Richard Hager: &quot;If I sold a $2 million dollar house and paid the real estate agent his standard commission, then he&#39;d get $180,000 out of the deal.<a href="http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/31/pf/saving/willis_tips/"> Is that a negotiable situation?</a>&quot; Hagar&#39;s answer?</p><p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 4332 at http://www.kplu.org Real estate commissions aren't set in stone Banks give money for keeping a foreclosed house looking good http://www.kplu.org/post/banks-give-money-keeping-foreclosed-house-looking-good <p>Some banks will pay you if you keep your foreclosed house in good condition. That includes things like&nbsp; mowing your lawn and keeping your toilets and countertops spick and span.</p><p>Seattle-area Real Estate Appraiser and educator Richard Hagar tells KPLU&#39;s John Maynard that some lenders offer in the neighborhood of $2,000.00 to ex-homeowners&nbsp; for keeping foreclosed property looking neat and tidy.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 11:30:00 +0000 John Maynard 3046 at http://www.kplu.org Banks give money for keeping a foreclosed house looking good New home sales: Great deals at center of state, end of runway http://www.kplu.org/post/new-home-sales-great-deals-center-state-end-runway <p>Great deals on new homes can be found on the plains and near the planes.</p><p>That&#39;s the word from Seattle-area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar. New developments on the&nbsp; flatlands of&nbsp; <a href="http://quincywashington.us/quincy/">Quincy, Wash.,</a> and the &quot;loud lands&quot; near Sea-Tac Airport are being built and sold at a pretty fast clip. Hagar tells KPLU&#39;s John Maynard there are some interesting reasons for that.</p><p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 2447 at http://www.kplu.org New home sales: Great deals at center of state, end of runway Bargain basement mortgage rates get bank phones ringing http://www.kplu.org/post/bargain-basement-mortgage-rates-get-bank-phones-ringing <p>Mortgage rates fell to near-record lows this week: The nationwide average for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is <a href="http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/">4.3% according to Freddie Mac</a>. Rates that low are proving to be catnip to consumers in an otherwise dismal week.</p><p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:13:01 +0000 Jessica Robinson 2312 at http://www.kplu.org Bargain basement mortgage rates get bank phones ringing WSU research: State home sales decline 4 percent http://www.kplu.org/post/wsu-research-state-home-sales-decline-4-percent <p>PULLMAN, Wash. &ndash; The Washington Center for Real Estate Research at Washington State University reports home sales and prices declined in the second quarter statewide.</p><p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 18:34:42 +0000 The Associated Press 2295 at http://www.kplu.org Home listings fall in Seattle but worry remains http://www.kplu.org/post/home-listings-fall-seattle-worry-remains <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-980856.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-980856.mp3</a></p><p>A decline in the number of homes for sale in the area has raised hopes the market is improving or at least stabilizing, but some analysts say it&#39;s actually proof of a bank foreclosure bottleneck.</p><p> Sat, 06 Aug 2011 01:05:24 +0000 Vanessa Romo 2272 at http://www.kplu.org Aurora motels entering time of change, the last for most http://www.kplu.org/post/aurora-motels-entering-time-change-last-most <p>Back in the early 1960&#39;s, a string of motels along Seattle&#39;s Aurora Avenue North sprang up to accommodate tourists pouring into town to visit the <a href="http://www.62worldsfair.com/">Seattle World&#39;s Fair</a>. Real Estate Appraiser Richard Hagar tells KPLU&#39;s John Maynard that a lot of this property is being redeveloped. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:00:00 +0000 John Maynard & Richard Hagar 2210 at http://www.kplu.org Aurora motels entering time of change, the last for most State homeowners gain new rights when facing foreclosure http://www.kplu.org/post/state-homeowners-gain-new-rights-when-facing-foreclosure <p>Starting tomorrow, struggling homeowners in Washington have new rights.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1362&amp;year=2011">Foreclosure Fairness Act</a> signed into law in April is designed to prevent unnecessary foreclosures primarily by requiring banks to take part in mediation if borrowers ask for it and doubling the number of housing counselors.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2128 at http://www.kplu.org State homeowners gain new rights when facing foreclosure Bad traffic and future construction could sabotage home sales http://www.kplu.org/post/bad-traffic-and-future-construction-could-sabotage-home-sales <p>These days home sellers are facing an uphill battle, and qualified buyers are becoming ever pickier. Find out how traffic congestion and pending construction project - even those that benefit the community at large- can impede the sale of a house. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 11:10:00 +0000 KPLU 2005 at http://www.kplu.org Bad traffic and future construction could sabotage home sales Multiple offers but picky buyers http://www.kplu.org/post/multiple-offers-picky-buyers <p>The good news is that some sellers in the current real estate market are getting multiple offers on their property but buyers are being much more choosy when it comes to deciding on a new home.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Richard Hagar & John Maynard 1787 at http://www.kplu.org Multiple offers but picky buyers Home-price index continues to drop, but Seattle prices rise http://www.kplu.org/post/home-price-index-continues-drop-seattle-prices-rise <p>Home prices in major markets around the U.S. dropped to their lowest levels since 2006 in March. But not in Seattle.</p><p>After falling almost two percent in February, Seattle home prices were up a modest 0.1 percent in March, but still down 7.5 percent compared to March 2010. Tue, 31 May 2011 18:49:27 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1751 at http://www.kplu.org Home-price index continues to drop, but Seattle prices rise Local housing market may be warming up http://www.kplu.org/post/local-housing-market-may-be-warming <p>Remember the bidding wars over Seattle area homes before the housing bubble burst? Well, we&#39;re not returning to those crazy days just yet, but the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) says there are signs that the market may be warming up a bit. Home sellers in some neighborhoods are seeing multiple offers again. But it&#39;s not a boom; overall, the latest numbers show fewer sales and lower prices than a year ago.</p><p> Thu, 05 May 2011 20:12:38 +0000 Dave Meyer 1542 at http://www.kplu.org Local housing market may be warming up