1 in 4 U.S. renters must use half their pay for housing costs

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press May 1, 2015 10:56 a.m.

WASHINGTON — More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.

Homeownership rate falls to 63.7%, lowest since 1993

By Kathleen M. Howley, Bloomberg News April 28, 2015 11:09 a.m.

BOSTON - The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest level in more than two decades, extending a multiyear decline as rising prices and stagnant wages keep young families out of the property-buying market.

Home prices in 20 cities increase at faster pace

By Victoria Stilwell, Bloomberg News April 28, 2015 11:08 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Home prices in 20 U.S. cities climbed at a faster pace than forecast in the year ended February, a sign the housing industry may be gaining momentum amid low borrowing costs and continued job growth.

Farm co-op plans store in east Vancouver

By Gordon Oliver April 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Wilco Farm Stores, a retail outlet operated by an Oregon-based farm cooperative, has begun renovation of a former grocery store that will serve as the cooperative's first Vancouver store.

Housing market on the rebound

By Gordon Oliver April 26, 2015 6 a.m.

When other developers were fleeing the housing market a half-decade ago out of financial desperation, Bob and Liz Rondeau were looking to get in.

New study shows little improvement in housing discrimination

By Associated Press April 22, 2015 1:11 p.m.

PORTLAND — A new study finds that Portland's tight housing market is even tighter for black and Latino renters.

Esther Short Commons gets new retail tenants

By Gordon Oliver April 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Ever since its opening about a decade ago, Esther Short Commons has been a tough home for retailers.

Interest grows in codifying green standard for homes

By Amy M.E. Fischer April 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Imagine owning a house with a sprinkler system that monitors the weather and carpets made from recycled milk jugs.

Events a new way to tour homes in Clark County

By Gordon Oliver April 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark County's new showcase for local builders to present their homes to the curious and to prospective homebuyers comes complete with a kick-off social event focusing on local food and drink.

Wastewater pipeline project work gears up in Ridgefield

By Justin Runquist April 15, 2015 10 a.m.

Construction is set to ramp up once again this month and carry on through the summer in Ridgefield as work continues on a major wastewater pipeline system.

Alternative 4, other growth plan alternatives sent for review

By Kaitlin Gillespie April 14, 2015 9:24 p.m.

In what a rural land advocacy group is calling a "landmark decision," the Clark County council voted unanimously Tuesday to move a rural-focused alternative of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan update on to environmental analysis.

Big plans for Gouger Cellars in Ridgefield

By Justin Runquist April 10, 2015 6 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD — In Clark County's fastest-growing city, not only is the housing market booming, the wine industry is, as well.

Caffe Piccolo Paradiso's move allows Birch Street Lounge to grow

By Justin Runquist April 7, 2015 6 a.m.

CAMAS — On a busy Friday night, Birch Street Uptown Lounge often turns away dozens of would-be customers.

Vancouver-based firm eyes purchase of tax liens

By Gordon Oliver April 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Stephen Seal found his first business success in buying and selling rural land. Now, the investment manager, who lives in Long Beach and operates his companies out of Vancouver, is moving in a big way into investments in tax liens on foreclosed properties, mostly undeveloped land, in Florida and Arizona.

Work starts on Parade of Homes residences

By Gordon Oliver March 25, 2015 3:13 p.m.

The Building Industry Association of Clark County signaled the official launch of construction for this year's NW Natural Parade of Homes with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning at the site where six to eight luxury homes will be built for the September show.

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