Staging homes fattens their sale prices

By Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News May 31, 2015 6 a.m.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Priced at just less than $4 million, the English manor-style house with its exemplary country gardens on a wooded half-acre will undoubtedly sell itself in the runaway real estate market here in the Bay Area.

Pending U.S. home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press May 28, 2015 11:05 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.

Metro-area housing prices rose 1.1 percent in March

By The Columbian May 26, 2015 3:53 p.m.

Home prices in the Portland-Vancouver area rose by 1.1 percent in March, exceeding the 20-city average of 0.9 percent noted in the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index that was released Tuesday.

Sales of existing homes cool off again in April amid tight supply

By Tim Logan, Los Angeles Times May 21, 2015 11:45 a.m.

The U.S. housing market's stop-and-start recovery slowed again in April as home sales dipped.

Work begins on homeless housing at complex

By Scott Hewitt May 21, 2015 6 a.m.

A new home is rising for people who could die without one.

Proud Ground's creative system, subsidy help families own home

By Scott Hewitt May 16, 2015 6 a.m.

The Chidester family moved 13 times in 12 years. Sometimes it was by choice. Other times it was because landlords raised rents or sold houses out from under them.

Bleu Door Bakery opens wider in Vancouver

By Aaron Corvin May 14, 2015 6 a.m.

Bonnie Brasure, owner of Bleu Door Bakery on Main Street in Vancouver, has a coffee mug emblazoned with words that nicely sum up her success in business: "She believed she could so she did."

Public housing agency seeks private-market affordability

By Scott Hewitt May 14, 2015 6 a.m.

The Vancouver Housing Authority has rolled out initiatives aimed at opening the very tight private apartment market for some very low-income tenants.

Hotel, apartments nearly done at Columbia Tech Center

By Gordon Oliver May 12, 2015 6 a.m.

The Columbia Tech Center will soon have more residents and more overnight visitors following completion this summer of two four-story buildings rising at Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 177th Avenue.

Real Estate roundup

By The Columbian May 11, 2015 6 a.m.

Recent commercial real estate transactions as reported by area brokerage firms.

Mortgage delinquencies fall to lowest in almost 8 years

By Bloomberg News May 6, 2015 5:44 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. mortgage delinquency rate fell to the lowest in almost eight years as the job market strengthened and rising home values gave struggling borrowers a chance to sell.

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.