Mayors luncheon focuses on green building

By Gordon Oliver October 24, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Michael Luzier wants to make it easier for homebuilders to be green.

Feds: Tribe could get casino land as soon as January

By Stephanie Rice and Justin Runquist October 23, 2014 8:39 p.m.

In a significant development in a yearslong fight to build a casino in Clark County, the Cowlitz Tribe was notified Wednesday they’ll receive 152 acres west of La Center in January or within 30 days of a federal court ruling in their favor, whichever comes first.

Washougal job-creation projects eyed

By Aaron Corvin October 23, 2014 6 a.m.

A new community development entity in Clark County is asking the U.S. Treasury for the right to sell tax credits to raise as much as $30 million in investment capital to finance the construction of job-creating projects in Washougal.

Fixed mortgage rates plummet to 14-month lows

By Kathy Orton, The Washington Post October 20, 2014 5:04 p.m.

Just when it seemed that 30-year fixed mortgage rates below 4 percent were a thing of the past, stock market volatility and weakening in the Asian and European financial markets drove rates to lows not seen in 14 months.

Harney: Waiver to end, house flips to slow next year

By Kenneth R. Harney October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Can you still do a short-term house flip using federally insured, low-down-payment mortgage money? That's an important question for buyers, sellers, investors and realty agents who've taken part in a nationwide wave of renovations and quick resales using Federal Housing Administration-backed loans during the past four years.

Spokane measure would track abandoned homes

By Associated Press October 19, 2014 2:47 p.m.

SPOKANE — The Spokane City Council is considering creating a registry of abandoned homes as a way to prevent them from slipping into disrepair.

Urban NW Homes focuses on sustainability

By Courtney Sherwood October 19, 2014 12:13 a.m.

Five years after bank failures and an economic meltdown froze Clark County’s home-building sector in its tracks, construction has returned to lots zoned and permitted long ago. Housing construction remains well below pre-recession levels. But as builders such as Troy Johns can attest, the legacy of the Great Recession may shape the face of new housing in the community for years to come.

Building activity slows in county

By Gordon Oliver October 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County approved 56 residential building permits in September, the lowest monthly number this year but slightly more than the 54 permits issued in September 2013. Vancouver also reported a slowdown in building permit approvals.

Home sales cool as season turns

By Gordon Oliver October 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County home sales cooled during September, with listings, sales, and median prices all down from August numbers, according to the latest "Market Action" report from RMLS, the regional real estate listing service.

Hampton Inn open for business

By Reed Cowden for The Columbian October 14, 2014 6 a.m.

The city's newest hotel, the Hampton Inn and Suites at east Vancouver's former Evergreen Airport site, quietly opened for business about three weeks ago and is preparing for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 20.

Car museum could give Hazel Dell boost

By LILY RAFF McCAULOU for The Columbian October 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Ron Wade said he hopes his car museum, a taproom and Clark County's first-ever food cart pod will become a hub of social and economic activity — and breathe new life into Hazel Dell when the complex opens in the spring. The neighborhood is welcoming the project with open arms.

Vintage Car Museum Revs Up in Hazel Dell

By LILY RAFF McCAULOU, for The Columbian October 5, 2014 6 a.m.

In 1954, 16-year-old Ron Wade fell in love with a 1941 Chevrolet Cabriolet. He bought it, and the car sparked a passion that turned into a career.

Vancouver eatery On the Border closes

By Gordon Oliver October 2, 2014 5:12 p.m.

On the Border, a Texas-based Mexican restaurant chain, has abruptly closed its single Vancouver location amid a swirl of legal claims against the restaurant's franchise owners over unpaid rent and taxes.

Port of Camas-Washougal proposes park on waterfront

By Aaron Corvin September 29, 2014 4:05 p.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal has filed a request with the city of Washougal seeking preliminary site plan approval to build a 5.73 acre waterfront park along the Columbia River.

Portland investors buy Main Place

By Gordon Oliver September 27, 2014 6 a.m.

One of downtown's most recognizable buildings, the black glass box known as Main Place, has been purchased by a prominent Portland investment firm that is making its first major plunge into Vancouver real estate.