Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times

Heidi Groover

The Seattle Times

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Heidi:

WA bills seek to cap rent hikes and register rentals, landlords object

Along with proposals to allow denser development, lawmakers are considering landlord-tenant bills that offer relief to constituents struggling to stay housed. → Read More

Hundreds of Seattle micro-apartments are for sale. Will rents go up?

In Seattle, 23 buildings holding a total 1,402 micro-apartments are for sale. Some wonder: Is there is a way to keep those rents affordable? → Read More

Seattle-based Redfin to lay off hundreds of employees as housing market cools

Redfin plans to lay off 8% of its employees as its share price tanks and the housing market cools. → Read More

Cost of mortgage payments climbing; WA among the worst in the nation

Rising mortgage rates are pushing up monthly payments for homebuyers. See how Washington compares to other states. → Read More

Planning to buy a house in Washington? You may want to check the wildfire risk

With worsening wildfire seasons, particularly in Central and Eastern Washington, home shoppers can now see wildfire risk on home listings. → Read More

Workers at a Seattle Starbucks vote to unionize, hoping to send a signal of change to the food-service industry

Employees at a Starbucks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood voted to join a union, bringing the national organizing wave to the coffee giant's hometown. → Read More

WA state fines construction companies $20,000 after convention center death

A construction worker was killed at the Washington State Convention Center in 2021 when the scissor lift he was operating went over a hole covered in plywood. → Read More

King County property tax bills are arriving soon. See what’s happening near you

Property taxes will increase across King County. Tax hikes are driven primarily by voter-approved tax measures, such as school levies. → Read More

Bill requiring more notice of rent hikes fails to pass WA Legislature

A bill requiring six months' notice of large rent increases died in the Washington State Legislature Tuesday. → Read More

Two injured in Ballard house fire

Seattle firefighters rescued a woman from the second floor. She and another man were taken to Harborview Medical Center. → Read More

Five takeaways from Seattle’s red-hot 2021 housing market

Seattle-area home prices climbed at a break-neck pace in 2021. Here are five key takeaways from new data. → Read More

After rising all year, Seattle-area rents start to cool down. That probably won’t last

Rents in the Puget Sound region are leveling off as winter approaches. Renters experienced an up and down year with deals being offered at the beginning of the year and more recently being hit with steep increases. → Read More

Two killed in I-5 rollover crash near Southcenter

Two people were killed early Sunday morning in a rollover crash on Interstate 5 near Southcenter, south of Seattle. → Read More

Stuck open for two days, University Bridge is lowered and traffic resumes

After nearly 48 hours stuck in the open position, Seattle’s University Bridge reopened to traffic Sunday morning after a few practice runs. The bridge became stuck in the upright position Friday morning, and the Seattle Department of Transportation initially estimated repairs would take “a few hours.” But the closure dragged on Saturday as traffic backed up in areas surrounding the bridge amid a… → Read More

Zillow to close its home-flipping division, lay off 25% of staff

Zillow will end its house-flipping operations after acquiring homes it was unable to resell for a profit. → Read More

Seattle home-price growth continues to shatter records

Seattle-area home prices continue to climb at a record-breaking pace. Only Phoenix and San Diego increased more during the past year. But there are signs that the growth is nearing a peak. → Read More

One killed in North Seattle shooting

A shooting in North Seattle early Sunday left a 47-year-old man dead, according to the Seattle Police Department. Police said they responded to a shooting in the 14000 block of Aurora Avenue North at about 12:30 a.m. and found two... → Read More

Afghan refugees face a dire need for affordable rental housing in high-priced Seattle

High rents and few vacancies are making it difficult for local refugee resettlement groups to find enough affordable housing for newly arriving Afghan refugees. → Read More

Seattle area’s home prices take biggest-ever 12-month leap

Seattle has clocked another month of the third-fastest jump in housing prices in the nation. Prices here and across the country are accelerating at a record-breaking pace. → Read More

Inslee extends eviction ban in Washington through Sept. 30 to give more time for COVID-19 aid to help

Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced an extension of the ban on evictions through Sept. 30 in an effort to help Washington tenants navigate the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More