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Tom Kelly: Condo financing taking dead aim on renters

But the big question behind condo and alternative housing is financing. Will lenders bend their conservative outlook toward condos to support growth? In order to obtain financing, the percentage of owners in many buildings must equal 50 percent.  That’s what

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Man uses hidden code to access Seattle condo complex raising call box security concerns (WA)

When Peter Wakim started reviewing surveillance video after hearing reports of a suspicious man prowling the Continental Place Condominums in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, he noticed something peculiar.  The video shows a white man with long hair extending from his baseball

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Failing dike a concern for homeowners association (WA)

An earth-and-cobble dike, tidegate and other infrastructure built in the early 1900s by settlers are deteriorating and aren’t providing adequate drainage at a marsh in Holmes Harbor.  The tidegate, which was probably replaced in the late 1990s, is supposed to

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Joint effort ponders Greenbank tide gate headache (WA)

In addition to problems occurring because of the aging infrastructure, the tide gate was never meant to accommodate the development that has taken place on surrounding property over the years, Zupich said.  The issue occurs on land owned by the

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New decisions on San Juan Island road maintenance lawsuit

A roughly three-year-old legal battle is one step closer to a resolution.  On Aug. 18, Judge Donald Eaton with San Juan County’s Superior Court issued recommendations of possible decisions on a portion of a lawsuit that was first filed in

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History or hazard? Sammamish’s Baker House being considered for landmark status

A debate between a historic preservation group and a local homeowners association ended inconclusively at the Sammamish Landmarks Commission meeting on July 27.  The debate centered around whether to give landmark status to Baker House, a farmhouse built in 1908

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Shady Acres residents take step toward lawsuit (WA)

The Shady Acres Homeowners Association, in conjunction with the Northwest Justice Project, has filed a notice of claim with Kittitas County.  The homeowners association has asked for the county to rescind its closure of the Shady Acres mobile home park

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Bellingham’s farthest neighborhood hangs in the balance (WA)

Sudden Valley, the woodsy hillside/lakeside resort that grew to be Whatcom County’s fourth-largest population center, noted for its quiescent beauty and waves of internal conflict, meets a critical point in its history this week.  “The fatal destruction of our community,”

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They wanted to impound his vehicle. He threatened them with a rifle. (WA)

He was not going to let anybody take his broken-down car.  A letter from a Fife homeowners association warning the 42-year-old that his inoperable vehicle had to be moved away went ignored.  It didn’t happen.  On Wednesday, the Wapato Pointe

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Fire ‘hero’ sued for wrongful death in Bellevue condo fire (WA)

The family of the two victims killed in the Bellevue Chimney condominiums fire wants to hold the man who police say started the fire accountable.  They filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Christo Fournararkis and his wife, along with the

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Hazen Hills Homeowners Association donates park to City of Kirkland (WA)

Mayor Amy Walen, Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold, Councilmembers Toby Nixon and Jon Pascal were joined by over 30 community members on June 10 to celebrate the transfer of Hazen Hills Park to the City of Kirkland.  The park, located at

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Agreement reached on O’Brien Meadows property (WA)

In what was described as a “kumbaya moment,” Green Crow Investments Co. and the O’Brien Meadows homeowners’ association have come to terms on the fate of a 92-acre property that surrounds the quiet community.  Green Crow has agreed to put

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Toxic algae + sick dogs + dead deer = a quiet Memorial Day weekend on Summit Lake (WA)

The sun was out, and it was a glorious three-day weekend.  Under normal circumstances, Summit Lake in northwest Thurston County would have been abuzz with Jet Skis, paddle boards and fishing boats.  But the sparkling blue water was unusually calm

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Why you still can’t swim in — or even touch — this Thurston County lake (WA)

New tests show that toxin levels in Thurston County’s Summit Lake still are more than 100 times higher than acceptable levels.  As a result, residents are being told to continue avoiding any contact with lake water, according to county officials.

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Officials search for reasons two upscale Wandermere homes’ foundations became unstable (WA)

In January, Dr. Joel McCullough agreed to pay $595,000 for a home in the upscale Wandermere Estates neighborhood north of Spokane.  At the end of March, he was told to get out, or risk his safety.  McCullough’s house and the

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Helen’s View case gets major hearing (WA)

Residents of the Helen’s View neighborhood on the edge of Ridgefield will have to wait to find out what will come of their fight against a would-be developer looking to build right next door.  In a hearing at Clark County

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Dispute over road repairs raises questions in Mill Creek (WA)

Help from the homeowners association certainly added volume to the latest complaints.  Before there was the city of Mill Creek there was the development of Mill Creek.  The nonprofit Mill Creek Community Association, formed by its developer in 1974, now

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One person dead in North Seattle condo fire (WA)

An elderly woman was killed in a condo fire Tuesday morning in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood.  It happened around 2:30 a.m.when crews responded to a suspicious odor call.      Read the article……………

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Small victory for homeowners in Helen’s View case (WA)

A small victory in the ongoing legal case between the Helen’s View Homeowners Association and developers seeking to build on an HOA remainder parcel happened last week as a county Superior Court judge ruled to remove lis pendens, or a

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Westport by the Sea condos erosion — the fix is in — again (WA)

A temporary fix for erosion issues at Westport by the Sea Homeowners Association Phase 3 was recently completed in front of the condominium complex at the foot of West Ocean Avenue in Westport. January storms that included high tides, wild

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Early morning condominium fire under investigation (WA)

Fire crews were busy putting out a fire at a condominium complex in Walla Walla. It happened on the 2200 Blk. of Plaza Way around 2:30 on Friday morning. Walla Walla Firefighters tell NBC Right Now when they got on

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Helen’s View legal battle continues (WA)

Judge’s ruling in favor of developer, HOA now pushing different law

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Court rules in favor of developer in Ridgefield property fight (WA)

A developer seeking to build on a lot located on the edge of the city of Ridgefield scored a victory in court Friday, but the legal drama surrounding the subdivision that’s ensnared property owners won’t end until February.  Earlier this

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Clashing agreements have Ridgefield homeowner feeling stuck (WA)

That’s because Smith, who works as a sales executive, has become entangled in a legal drama between a developer, her homeowners’ association and the city of Ridgefield over the durability of a years-old agreement that restricts what can be done

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15 apartment complexes, condo buildings found violating fire alarm requirements (WA)

Fire officials in Snohomish County said more than a dozen condo buildings and apartment complexes aren’t updated with legally required fire alarms.  The compliance crackdown comes nearly a year after a fire killed a person in their Everett apartment on

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Short-term rentals, long-term fix

Scores of vacation home operators aren’t licensed; city seeks compliance – See more at: http://www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/long-term-rentals-short-term-fix/#sthash.7SyOMsQx.dpuf

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Condo residents bonding over charity (WA)

First Hill Plaza Committee hopes to be model for neighboring buildings to support area homeless – See more at: http://www.capitolhilltimes.com/Content/News/Homepage-Rotating-Articles/Article/Condo-residents-bonding-over-charity/26/538/4514#sthash.iTDKVtDz.dpuf

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4 hospitalized, 20 displaced in Bellevue condo fire (WA)

Authorities say four people have been hospitalized and about 20 people have been displaced as the result of a blaze at a downtown Bellevue condominium building.  The Bellevue Fire Department said on Twitter Monday evening that firefighters were combatting flames

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Port Ludlow (WA) residents voice frustration over mediation between Jefferson County, Port Ludlow Associates

Timber harvests around the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort are at the heart of the matter.

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Seattle’s history of housing segregation remains apparent today

Take a look at the deed record for most of the thousands of properties in many Emerald City neighborhoods, particularly those north of the Ship Canal. This (or something similar) is what you’ll still find:  No property in said plat

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Condos flooded in Bellevue, residents dealing with damage (WA)

A Bellevue condominium building has serious water damage after a roofing mishap. Twenty units are damaged and owners living in ten of them will have to move out during repairs.  Workers were putting a new roof on the Bellevue Park

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Moving From Suggestions To Mandates To Cut Wildfire Risk For Rural Homes

Some Northwest cities, counties and private developers are going beyond the minimums in the state building codes to reduce wildfire risk

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Runstad Center report: Addressing condo construction defect liability may help promote affordable housing in Seattle (WA)

The research was funded by the Washington State Department of Licensing, the state agency that licenses the state’s 30,000 commercial and residential brokers and real estate agents.

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Window pane falls 300 feet from downtown Seattle high-rise condo

A scary scene unfolded Wednesday evening just a block from Pike Place Market when a high rise condo window fell more than 300 feet onto a parking lot below

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Homeowners Association Leads Charge to Enhance its ‘Backyard’ at Black Lake (WA)

She has been working closely with the Sylvan Terrace Owners Association to figure out how to replace the constricting culvert, enhance the creek’s shores, and bring back its aquatic residents.

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WA: Orting School Board president commits suicide as court appearance loomed for homeowners association theft

Orting School Board President Iris Lilley killed herself on the day she was to appear in court for allegedly stealing from her homeowners association

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Washington Secretary of State recognizes 50 years of Fairwood Greens Homeowners’ Association

Fifty years ago, the Fairwood Greens Homeowners’ Association filed letters of incorporation with the Washington Office of Secretary of State. In recognition of the neighborhood and surrounding community of Fairwood’s historic 50th anniversary, Secretary of State Kim Wyman joined King

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‘Significant damage’ after fire at Kent condo complex (WA)

Firefighters are investigating the cause of an early-morning blaze at 5400 South 234th Place that gutted a condo complex’s shared recreation room.     Read the article………….

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Law meant to protect Wash. homeowners instead pushing up condo prices

When asked why more are not built, developers point to the Washington Condo Act. Many condo associations use that to file a claim against the developer

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Fire in Seattle (WA) condo across from Pike Place Market

A fire broke out Wednesday morning on the sixth floor of a condominium complex across from Pike Place Market.  It was reported around 6:30 a.m. at 2030 Western Avenue. Flames could be seen coming out a window.     Read the

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Grant PUD files counterclaims in lawsuit by Sunland Estates (WA) over river access

In dispute about public access to the Columbia River, Grant PUD’s attorneys claim the Sunland Estates Homeowners’ Association is selectively enforcing its covenants.

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North Whidbey (WA) community on water rations after well fails

Ongoing deliveries are contemplated until a new well can be drilled, which could be several weeks from now, said incoming community association president Andrew Kinkade.

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Frustrated Whispering Ridge (WA) Homeowners Air Concerns About Landslide Threat

A group of Wenatchee Heights residents living in path of a possible landslide can only watch and wait while their property values plummet.

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Drone video shows Heatherton (WA) condo complex fire; over a million dollars in damage

Firefighters say Wednesday’s fire at a Yakima senior living community did more than a million dollars in damage.

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Several elderly residents displaced after roof fire at condo complex (WA)

A three-alarm fire damaged multiple condo units off W. Chestnut Avenue early Wednesday morning according to Yakima fire officials

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High water keeping Dungeness (WA) homes damp

Over time, the development was split into several short plats and surveys, and a possible drainage plan for the whole area was abandoned and never pursued among the smaller plats

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Grant PUD accused of violating homeowner’s association rules for property use (WA)

The association’s attorneys are claiming the utility violated a contract when they added two pieces of property to plans for public recreation.

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A Forest Steward Faces Off Against Homeowners Fighting to Maintain Their Grand Views (WA)

As a rule, private individuals don’t have control over Seattle’s public land, and Jainga says the agreement between the city and the Mount Baker homeowners “is a very unique situation.

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Emergency temporary erosion fix approved for Westport by the Sea (WA)

As a part of the coastal erosion process, strong westerly winds combined with king and high tides resulted in wave action that carved a cove

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Nolens arrested over missing property funds (WA)

Troubled property managers Peter and April Nolen were arrested Friday on charges of stealing from a condominium fund they were hired to administer.

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