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

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.

09/22/2009 By Matthew Halverson

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.

08/13/2009 By Matthew Halverson

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.

07/17/2009 By Matthew Halverson

Tech

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You may not be Twittering yet, but your broker is.

02/11/2009 By Matthew Halverson