real estate

2 Beds, 1 Bath
11:48 am
Thu July 17, 2014

San Francisco Median Home Price Hits $1 Million

According to real estate website Zillow, each of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco's "Postcard Row" is worth around $3 million. (Leonardo Stabile/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:03 am

In an already pricey real estate market, San Francisco’s median home price has just hit the $1 million mark, according to a new report from industry info firm DataQuick.

To figure out what’s going on in the city by the bay, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson turns to Nancy Wallace, co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Tricks Of The Trade
10:29 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Extreme Home Staging Spotlights Human Props

Originally published on Wed August 18, 2010 11:17 am

Bill Worthington calls himself a human prop. He seems more like an enthusiastic tour guide. Worthington is walking around his $1.5 million Princeton, N.J., home, like a proud owner.

"Look around the kitchen here," Worthington says. "It's essentially a brand-new kitchen, with high-end appliances, brand-new cabinetry ..."

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Commercial Real Estate
3:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

What's Hot Right Now: Downtown Seattle Property Values

Ross Reynolds talks with economist and real estate analyst Matthew Gardner about the commercial real estate market in Seattle.

Seattle Rental Market
2:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Why Are Seattle Area Rents Skyrocketing?

Marcie Sillman talks with real estate appraiser Richard Hagar about what's driving the increase in Seattle area rental prices.

EarthFix Reports
3:54 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

One County’s Controversial Move To Protect Homeowners From Landslide Risk

John Thompson, a geologist and senior planner with Whatcom County, surveys the Jim Creek and Bald Mountain landslides along Canyon Creek. The slides have blocked the creek repeatedly, causing flooding that has destroyed homes downstream.
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:00 pm

This is the first part of a two-part series on managing landslide risk. Read the second part of the serieshere.

GLACIER SPRINGS, Wash. — Canyon Creek comes plunging fast and steep down the Cascade Mountains near Mount Baker.

Since the March 22 Oso landslide killed 42 people, county governments in the Northwest have been thinking more about how to plan for and mitigate the risk of landslides.

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Real Estate
8:17 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single-Family Homes

File photo of condominiums in Portland's Pearl District

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 5:02 pm

New housing starts are a key economic indicator. But not all new houses are created the same.

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Warnings From Oso
8:14 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Living In The Shadow Of Landslide Risk

"Maybe that hillside is a danger to me," says Ben Van Dusen, looking towards the steep foothills of Mt. Index less than a 1/4 mile from his home. "I didn’t think it was but maybe it is.”
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

The landslide in Oso, Wash., served as a devastating reminder of one fact of life in the Northwest: landslides happen.

In some places, it’s a risk people have learned to live with — places like the Mt. Index River Sites, a loose cluster of homes along the Skykomish River northeast of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains.

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Affordable Housing
3:55 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Tenants Picket Goodman Real Estate

Flickr Photo/Ashley Brown (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Tim Doub, a resident of the Theodora apartments, and Eliana Horn, a community organizer with the Tenants Union of Washington State, about why they are picketing the Seattle-based Goodman Real Estate.

Stabilizing Rents
2:45 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

2014 Brings Good News For Seattle Renters

Flickr Photo/Rob Ketcherside

David Hyde talks with Tim Ellis, founder of the real estate news blog The Seattle Bubble, about the booming development industry and stabilizing rents.

PacMed Building
6:52 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Nineties Real Estate Deal Proved To Be Money-Loser For Washington State

Nick Cockrell with Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services gives a tour of the state-owned Rhodes Center in Tacoma which, he says, loses about $500,000 a year.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 3:32 pm

The state of Washington is expected to sign a 30-year lease Tuesday for Seattle’s iconic Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill.

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Underwater Mortgages
9:19 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Foreclosure Crisis? Seattle's Numbers Don't Add Up

Distressed homeowners and housing advocates testify before the Seattle City Council.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A correction and  further information on the story 9/14/2013:

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Land Use Issues
12:08 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Big House On A Small Lot: The Land Use Debate Rises Up

A recent trend has emerged in Seattle’s single family neighborhoods: new houses, on undersized lots. The trend came about after developers discovered a loophole — or what some call an opportunity — to get exceptions for undersized lots established as separate building sites before 1957. Some of these new houses popped up in what neighbors assumed was just a backyard. Some of them are three stories high. Ross Reynolds talks with Montlake resident Erin Miller who hopes to put an end to this trend and breaks down the argument with Roger Valdez and Mark Hinshaw. 

Environment
9:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Al Gore Takes On "The Future"

Former Vice President Al Gore.
Credit AP Photo/Elise Amendola

On day one of our spring pledge drive, we bring you some of our conversation with Al Gore. In his new book, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” the former vice president and media mogul takes an in-depth look at major shifts in the world, from globalization to automation, digital connections, population growth and the biological breakthroughs that are bringing humans into greater control of their evolution.

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Urban Development
7:29 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Goodbye Greyhound, Hello Huge Hotel

Pastor Joanne Engquist of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, which provides low-income housing across the street from the proposed hotel site.
Liz Jones KUOW

A new mega-hotel proposed for downtown Seattle aims to draw more big conventions to the city. The developer posted its official public notice with the city Thursday, as a first step in the approval process. The proposal is to build a 43-story tower on the block that’s currently home to the Greyhound bus station.

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Housing Market
11:47 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Housing Prices Climb In Seattle, But Have They Climbed All The Way To Recovery?

Zillow Cheif Economist Stan Humphries.
Twitter Profile Photo

Seattle homes are now worth 14.4 percent more than they were a year ago. That’s according to Seattle based real estate firm Zillow, who release monthly reports on the value of homes in Seattle and elsewhere in the region. On the national level, the US has just made it through our 12th straight month of increasing home values. Top Zillow officials say that these numbers are a good indicator that local and national housing markets are showing significant improvements. Ross Reynolds talks with Zillow's Cheif Economist Stan Humphries about buying, selling and renting in western Washington.

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