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Pioneer Square on the Rise

The Pioneer Square neighborhood maintains much of its original Romanesque Revival and Victorian architecture, yet dozens of empty storefronts leave the regal buildings looking like toothless smiles. But you’d be hard-pressed to call Pioneer Square dead, S

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 07/29/2011

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Leasing the Cool Life

How Seattle’s Gen Y renters are changing the apartment amenity landscape.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 04/22/2011

Feature

Best Places to Live 2011

An insider’s guide to Seattle’s best neighborhoods—from Burien to Vashon to Laurelhurst—now and in the future.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 03/15/2011

Feature

5 Places to Live Next: Where You’ll Want to Be In 2016

Five real estate experts name Sammamish, Central District, South Lake Union, Columbia City, and Hillman City as Seattle’s next hot neighborhoods.

  • By Rachel Sturtz
  • Published 03/15/2011

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Dues and Don’ts

When financial hard times hit, is it better to skip the mortgage payment or the condo dues?

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 01/19/2011

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Buy Now, Move In Later

Got some extra cash? It’s never too early to snag your postretirement home and rent it out in the meantime. 


  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 12/15/2010

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Agents of Chaos

After the Department of Licensing suspended Michael and Tara Hellickson’s licenses in September, fellow real estate agents were asking, “What took so long?”

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 10/13/2010

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The Shorter Short Sale

Want to save time on a short-sale purchase? Be the second bidder.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 09/16/2010

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Free Rage Neighbors

When the Seattle Department of Planning and Development recommended changes to urban agriculture laws in June, including a ban on roosters, it unwittingly pitted animal-loving locavores against peace-seeking residents.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 08/18/2010

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They’re Baaaack!

High-stakes bidding battles they ain’t, but multioffer standoffs are cropping up in North Seattle neighborhoods such as Greenlake, Wallingford, Bryant, Wedgwood. Plus, why Issaquah is this month’s hot neighborhood.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 07/20/2010

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Too Legit To Permit

Legalizing your unauthorized backyard cottage—or, in zoning geekspeak, “detached accessory dwelling unit”— may not be as easy as it seems. Plus: Why Tangletown, the microneighborhood at the southeast corner of Green Lake, is a coveted enclave.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 05/12/2010

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Renting the High Life

New homes for rent: Builders are leasing what they can’t sell. Plus, Sand Point’s low crime rate makes it a hot neighborhood.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 03/15/2010

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Breaking Fee

When is it worthwhile to pay flat fees to buyer’s agents? Plus, Madison Park’s closure rate in the second half of 2009 makes it a hot neighborhood.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 02/17/2010

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Saviors at the Gate

Out-of-state buyers are helping to prop up the downtown condo market.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 01/26/2010

Market Watch

Pending Spree

Something’s hinky in Seattle’s home sales stats. Plus, hot neighborhoods: West Seattle posts four consecutive month-over-month gains in closed sales.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 12/14/2009

Fraudulent Flippers

The Final Straw

How naive investors aided the biggest mortgage scam in Washington state history. Plus, Sound Transit’s Central Link light-rail line expansion to Sea-Tac Airport makes Columbia City/Beacon Hill a hot neighborhood.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 11/18/2009

Purchase Power

The Final Days of Free Money

Time to get the home buyer’s tax credit is running out, but with slow moving mortgages there may be less time than you think to cash out. Plus, Normandy Park sees a big boost in closed sales.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 09/22/2009

Appraisals

Shock to the System

New federal mortgage rules under the Home Valuation Code of Conduct may hurt homeowners more than it helps. Plus, Mukilteo ranks as one of the country’s best small towns.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 08/13/2009

Development

Knock ’Em Down

To solve Seattle’s vacant-home problem the Department of Planning and Development considers easing codes for leveling lost-cause property. Plus, sales are surging just east of Federal Way. Three homes illustrate what you can find there now.

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 07/17/2009

RETAIL

Please Re-Lease Me

Businesses are putting pressure on real estate developers and building owners to negotiate sweet real estate deals. Plus, proof that patience pays off: Buyers in various Seattle neighborhoods who waited out the market and got big reductions on quality pro

  • By Matthew Halverson
  • Published 05/22/2009
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