FHA loans are getting more pricey

WASHINGTON — If you want to buy a house with minimal cash by using an FHA-insured mortgage, here’s some sobering news: Thanks to a series of fee increases and underwriting tweaks — the most recent of which were announced Jan. 31 — FHA is getting steadily more expensive, and may not work for you. [Read more…]

Washington State Housekey Plus Home buyers assistance program

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Washington HomeChoice Second Mortgage Downpayment Assistance


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Seattle Home Show opens next weekend

There will be more than 550 exhibits featuring the latest products, services and designs for the home, plus model homes. [Read more…]

As Big Retail Mortgage Banks Recede, Small Lenders Emerge

The early years of the 21st century were a boon for small mortgage lenders in the United States, at least until 2007. The bursting of the housing bubble was merciless for lenders of all sizes, but while some prominent retail mortgage banks like Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America enjoyed generous bailouts from the government to keep doing business, many small mortgage shops were forced to cease operating. [Read more…]

Readers Vote: 10 of Seattle’s Most Underrated Restaurants

When it comes to restaurants that deserve more love, there are none more deserving than these. On Friday, we opened up the comments thread (and Twitter and Facebook and tipline) to find out which places readers think deserve more love and affection [Read more…]

Where The Whales Live: Where Seattle’s Richest People Call Home

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Bill Gates Home- Medina WA



Where The Whales Live

Technically-speaking, only one of Washington’s nine-richest people actually lives in Seattle. But since most of them own substantial parts of the Emerald City and/or the businesses within, let’s take a look at where our billionaires call home. From Bill Gates to Paul Allen to Howard Schultz to Gabe Newell, the richest Washingtonians are spread out near (Medina, Hunts Point) and far (Long Beach Peninsula). [Read more…]

Restaurateur, merchants want to revitalize Pioneer Square, one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods

Katherine Anderson of Marigold and Mint and Chef Matt Dillon of Sitka and Spruce are opening The London Plane in the old Bank of America branch on Occidental Avenue South.

Chef Matt Dillon and two other merchants from Melrose Market on Seattle’s Capitol Hill are opening four businesses in the heart of Pioneer Square, and boosters of the beleaguered neighborhood say other entrepreneurs are not far behind. [Read more…]

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