'Smart' approach to private wells

By SHELBY SEBENS for The Columbian August 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Kevin Epp's search for a way to keep private wells from running dry started with his father-in-law's struggles to water his garden, wash his car and simply have enough water in the summer when company shows up.

C-Tran head: The Vine milestone 'historic'

By Eric Florip August 24, 2015 8:35 p.m.

C-Tran officially planted The Vine on Monday, celebrating the start of a project that will bring big changes to Vancouver's Fourth Plain corridor.

Downtown galleries, art studios face rising rents and scattered sites

By Scott Hewitt August 23, 2015 6 a.m.

In July, Maureen Andrade emailed out a cry for financial help for the North Bank Artists Project.

Expert stresses focus on efficiency in building  

By Gordon Oliver August 20, 2015 4:23 p.m.

Many newly built homes are full of bells and whistles — granite countertops, soaring ceilings, expansive master suites — but prospective buyers would be wise to look beneath the skin to learn whether the home they want to buy is built with efficiency and comfort in mind.

Southwest Washington home sales still hot

By Gordon Oliver August 18, 2015 6 a.m.

The real estate market continues to sizzle during this year's hot summer, with home sales and prices continuing their steady year-over-year upswing in July, according to the latest report from the RMLS real estate listing service.

More millennials stuck renting

By JOSH BOAK, The Associated Press August 17, 2015 4:18 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.

Firm reports 3 commercial property transactions

By The Columbian August 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Commercial real estate firm Eric Fuller & Associates of Vancouver reports three recent property transactions in Vancouver. Deborah Ewing of Eric Fuller & Associates represented the sellers in all three transactions.

Loan originations on single-family homes up 23% from year ago

By Gordon Oliver August 14, 2015 8:41 p.m.

The number of loans originated nationally on single-family homes and condos in this year's second quarter rose 22 percent from the previous quarter and 23 percent from a year ago, housing data firm RealtyTrac reported Friday.

Killians look long-term, focus on local

By Courtney Sherwood August 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark County was still largely a rural community, dotted with farms and forests, when the founder of Killian Pacific decided to get into the development business more than 40 years ago. Interstate 205 had not yet been built, and the county's population was just one-third of what it is today.

Investors buy majority stake in Westfield Vancouver mall

By Gordon Oliver August 6, 2015 11:16 a.m.

A partnership led by Texas-based USAA Real Estate has agreed to buy large stakes in five Westfield malls, including Westfield Vancouver, in a transaction that values the properties at a combined $1.1 billion, according to the industry website Real Estate Alert.

VHA, tenants reach $500K settlement

By Jessica Prokop August 5, 2015 6 a.m.

Some 900 public housing tenants will be eligible for refunds from the Vancouver Housing Authority following a nearly $500,000 settlement that was granted Friday in U.S. District Court's Western District of Washington.

Undeveloped Corporate Woods site changes hands

By SHELBY SEBENS for The Columbian August 5, 2015 6 a.m.

A large property that once was to become an office park called Corporate Woods has changed hands with the land's purchase in July by a major Portland housing and commercial developer.

Judge leaves Katy Perry's bid to buy convent in limbo

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY Associated Press July 30, 2015 8:54 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — Katy Perry's dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have a wait a while longer.

Mount Vista pool removal decision makes waves

By Marissa Harshman July 29, 2015 6 a.m.

For eight years, the 70,000-gallon pool sitting behind the Mount Vista Homeowners Association recreation center has sat unused.

Windermere Stellar renames mortgage unit

July 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver — Windermere Stellar has renamed its Windermere Mortgage Services unit, which now will be called Penrith Home Loans, the company said Monday. The company has 11 offices in the Portland metro area, Vancouver and the north Oregon Coast.