Headlines 09.18.2012

The Seattle City Council Monday unanimously approved an emergency moratorium on some small-lot development that was allowing three-story homes in existing back and side yards of residential neighborhoods.

Seattle fast-tracks ban on big backyard houses; hearing Thursday ~ Seattle Times

5 biggest turnoffs when touring a home ~ NBC News

Bankers shift from foreclosures to short sales ~ NBC News

Office of Inspector General on the prowl for strategic defaulters ~ Chicago Tribune

Zillow sues Trulia for patent infringement over home valuation processes ~ Housing Wire

After Recession Dip, Townhouse Construction Moving Along Increasing Trend ~ NAHB

Winning in a seller’s housing market ~ CNN Money