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Eastside luxury home rush made in China
Chinese investors, who have long favored other West Coast areas, now are paying cash to snap up mansions and land around Seattle.
What might Hansen do with those SoDo properties he overpaid for?
Absent an arena, the values would sink back to well below that Chris Hansen paid for them. Will he bide his time, or start looking for other uses for assembled lands?
Seattle ranks seventh for luxury home sales
The 98004 zip code from the Eastside was responsible for most of the multi-million dollar home sales in Seattle during the first quarter of this year, local real estate company Redfin said.
City council reviews Vancouver backyard cottages
Four years and about 900 permits later, Vancouver's laneway housing policy is up for review.
Beloved Ballard tavern calls it quits
The Viking Tavern joins the list of authentic places being pushed out by condo-economics and the need for the owners to have a retirement nest egg.
9.3 percent rise in Seattle house prices
Seattle home prices are up nearly 10 percent in the past year. The numbers match a nationwide rise in home prices.
Is Seattle creating an apartment bubble?
The pace of building is torrid, which worries observers about creating a glut. Renters could find prices coming down.
Lawsuit against Sodo arena dismissed
Construction of the new arena will not be blocked, a King Country judge decided this morning. Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh said it is too early to decide if the arena will violate Initiative 91, as the lawsuit alleged.
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