Headlines 10.02.2012

The monthly rent for the average two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in King County now is more than 40 percent higher than the typical principal and interest payment on a median-priced condo, research firm Dupre + Scott Apartment Advisors calculates.

Even when closing costs, maintenance, taxes and insurance are factored in, owning typically is less expensive than renting in every metropolitan area in the country — 42 percent cheaper in the greater Seattle area, online real-estate marketplace Trulia said in a report this month.

Rent or buy? Math has shifted, but answer remains: it depends ~ Seattle Times

Pending home sales dip due to supply shortage ~ NBC News

Seattle may be in record apartment boom ~ Seattle PI

Seattle likely to require inspection of rental units ~ Seattle Times

Realogy sets terms for $1 billion IPO ~ Reuters

5 Reasons to Sell Now  ~ The KCM Blog