Dues and Don’ts

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

01/19/2011 By Matthew Halverson


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. 

12/15/2010 By Matthew Halverson


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?”

10/13/2010 By Matthew Halverson


The Shorter Short Sale

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

09/16/2010 By Matthew Halverson


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.

08/18/2010 By Matthew Halverson


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.

07/20/2010 By Matthew Halverson

Too Legit To Permit

Legalizing Your Unauthorized Backyard Cottage May Not Be As Easy As It Seems

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.

05/12/2010 By Matthew Halverson


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.

03/15/2010 By Matthew Halverson


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.

02/17/2010 By Matthew Halverson


Saviors at the Gate

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

01/26/2010 By Matthew Halverson

Fraudulent Flippers

How Naive Investors Aided the Biggest Mortgage Scam in State History

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.

11/18/2009 By Matthew Halverson