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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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