home sales http://kplu.org en Renters No More: Newbies Lured To Homeownership http://kplu.org/post/renters-no-more-newbies-lured-homeownership In many American communities, buying a home is now less expensive than renting. And with the economics tilting in favor of homeownership, many first-time buyers are jumping into the market.<p>After eight years of renting, Kitsy Roberts and her husband, Janko Williams, are practically giddy about their new Seattle home. And like proud parents, they are eager to show it off, from its historic details to its fresh paint.<p>The living room of their 1920s bungalow in the city's Central District features a lovely Craftsman-style fireplace and high ceilings. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:21:06 +0000 6729 at http://kplu.org Renters No More: Newbies Lured To Homeownership A Waiting Game For Homeowners Trying To Sell Short http://kplu.org/post/waiting-game-homeowners-trying-sell-short Banks are often accused of dragging their feet when a homeowner wants to sell for less than the balance on the mortgage. A lot of those "short sales" might be better dubbed "really long and drawn out" sales. New federal guidelines, though, could now push lenders to approve short sales faster.<br /> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:15:50 +0000 5179 at http://kplu.org A Waiting Game For Homeowners Trying To Sell Short Bad traffic and future construction could sabotage home sales http://kplu.org/post/bad-traffic-and-future-construction-could-sabotage-home-sales <p>These days home sellers are facing an uphill battle, and qualified buyers are becoming ever pickier. Find out how traffic congestion and pending construction project - even those that benefit the community at large- can impede the sale of a house. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 11:10:00 +0000 KPLU 2005 at http://kplu.org Bad traffic and future construction could sabotage home sales One-third of homes 'underwater' in Puget Sound region http://kplu.org/post/one-third-homes-underwater-puget-sound-region <p><em>Update Feb. 10, 2011 - The correct percentage of area mortgage holders &quot;underwater&quot; - as reported by Zillow.com - is 34.3%, not of all homeowners. This post has been updated to clarify that point.</em></p><p>Do you owe more on your mortgage than your house is worth? You&rsquo;re not alone. One-third of homeowners in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are &ldquo;underwater&rdquo; on their homes. &quot;Negative equity&quot; rose faster in this region than anywhere else in the country.</p><p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 16:14:40 +0000 Paula Wissel 751 at http://kplu.org One-third of homes 'underwater' in Puget Sound region Home sales send mixed message http://kplu.org/post/home-sales-send-mixed-message <p>Home sales bumped up in December, in King County.&nbsp; Analysts disagree over whether it’s sign of an important trend or not.&nbsp; The Seattle Times calls it <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2013850683_homesales06.html">the biggest month for home sales</a> since a federal tax credit expired last summer.&nbsp;</p><p>But <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/local/432815_housing5.html">the Seattle P-I quotes Glenn Crellin</a> of Washington State University as saying the real estate market is likely to stay sluggish for several months or longer:</p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:46:07 +0000 KPLU News Staff 486 at http://kplu.org