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.

There's change coming at Dollars Corner

By Eric Florip March 25, 2015 6 a.m.

You might say Randy Radtke is the last man standing at Dollars Corner.

Former Vancouver man's online company has roofing jobs covered

By Gordon Oliver March 23, 2015 4:42 p.m.

Josh Davis is showing that he's found a way to reduce the cost of a new roof installation by about 30 percent without sacrificing quality.

Critics: Short-term rentals worsen housing shortage

By Tim Logan, Emily Alpert Reyes and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times March 21, 2015 6 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — The last time he advertised one of his apartments, longtime Los Angeles landlord Andre LaFlamme got a request he'd never seen before: A man wanted to rent LaFlamme's 245-square-foot bachelor unit with hardwood floors for $875 a month, then list it himself on Airbnb.

Seize the Bagel is moving to a new, updated space

By SHELBY SEBENS for The Columbian March 20, 2015 6 a.m.

From the bamboo benches to the concrete floor, exposed ceilings and LED lighting, the new Seize The Bagel cafe in Vancouver is aiming to be a modern, sustainable twist on an old favorite.

Local real estate market continues upward trends

By The Columbian March 13, 2015 5:06 p.m.

Southwest Washington's real estate market continued to show strength in February, with big jumps in both pending and closed sales. Even with a 26 percent increase in new listings, the time needed to sell a home dropped slightly, and the inventory of homes for sale dropped to levels well below those of the previous two Februaries.