Street Cents

Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Aurora motels entering time of change, the last for most

Seattle's "Bridge Motel" just north of the Aurora bridge is one of the 1960's motels slated for demolition.
Erin Hennessey

Back in the early 1960's, a string of motels along Seattle's Aurora Avenue North sprang up to accommodate tourists pouring into town to visit the Seattle World's Fair. Real Estate Appraiser Richard Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard that a lot of this property is being redeveloped.

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Street Cents
4:10 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Bad traffic and future construction could sabotage home sales

Flickr

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.

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Multiple offers but picky buyers

House for sale in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.
Erin Hennessey

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.

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Seattle apartments: small is beautiful

nicolas Flickr

Is the active street life in places such as Tokyo and Barcelona due, in part, to the fact that many people there live in very small apartments? When your living quarters are about the size of a jail cell (90 to 100 square feet, including the bathroom), then perhaps it's nicer to be outside sitting on a park bench, or spending time in cafes.  Maybe Seattle's street life will perk up with the micro-apartment trend that's happening here.

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Street Cents
1:23 am
Tue April 5, 2011

How high and low can you go?

Some Mercer Island properties are among the highest valued on the current market.
Bing.com

It's that time of year again when KPLU's John Maynard and real estate appraiser Richard Hagar look at the least expensive and the most expensive homes on the market. This time around, they're zeroing in on King County.

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Street Cents
5:17 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Walking away from a mortgage

An abandoned home in Prescott, Arizona, one of the areas with a high foreclosure rate, according to Richard Hagar.
Richard Hagar

It's happening all over the country, including in the Pacific Northwest. People are walking away from their mortgages. In most cases, the homes that are being abandoned are valued for less than their mortgage. 

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Real Estate Commentary
4:02 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Seattle rental vacancies about as low as they can go

Divine Harvester Flickr

Seattle area landlords are breathing a sigh of relief these days due to dropping rental vacancies. Real estate appraiser Richard Hagar tells KPLU's  John Maynard that two forces are driving this.

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Real Estate Q&A
7:06 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Seattle Landslides: Slip Slidin' Away

A past landslide in West Seattle, near Hamilton/Viewpoint Park.
Courtesy USGS

In Seattle, there's a lot of potentially dangerous places where the soil could give way any moment. This is especially true in neighborhoods with good views. 

The City of Seattle publishes a landslide map that makes this abundantly clear.  On the map, landslide-prone areas are marked in red. And, boy, is there a lot of red!

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Street Cents
6:28 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Wrongful foreclosures

AP

Is it possible for proud home owners who pay their mortgages on time to have their houses foreclosed on? KPLU’s John Maynard talks with real estate appraiser Richard Hagar who says this sort of thing happens all the time, thanks to sloppy bank practices.

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