Real Estate Headlines 01.15.2013

With all the depressing reports about the “fiscal cliff” and potential rollbacks in tax benefits for homeowners, you might have missed some of the positive trends under way for real estate.

Start with homeowners’ equity. It’s growing again significantly after five years of declines and stagnation.

This is a huge piece of good news that hasn’t received the attention it deserves.

Home equity values roar back ~ Seattle Times

New rules aim to make mortgages safer ~ CNN Money

Trulia: Las Vegas and Seattle lead housing turnaround ~ Housing Wire

Court allows high-rise condos at Point Wells ~ HeraldNet

Fannie, Freddie short sales hit record high ~ Inman

‘Zombie titles’ haunt victims of home foreclosure ~ NBC News

Amazon leader Bezos honored by unlikely bunch ~ Seattle Times

Buildings renewed and reused keep Seattle’s unique character ~ Seattle Times