CFPB offers tips and videos to alert the public about how mortgage forbearance works and financial information for those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (April 3, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) has released a video on how struggling homeowners can obtain mortgage forbearance if their finances […]
There’s no known safe level of asbestos exposure By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (April 4, 2019) (PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality regulates the handling, removal and disposal of asbestos-containing material to protect public health and the environment. These are four newer requirements by Oregon DEQ for asbestos removal. 1: Residential renovation […]
Legalized marijuana occupies a special niche as a state-legal but federally-illegal product and industry. By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (December 1, 2018) (PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd – State legalization of marijuana should be of special interest to real estate professionals across the country because it has raised issues for both residential and commercial properties. In states such as Colorado […]
Price cuts indicate homes are sitting on the market longer – which means more options for buyers, less competition for homes and more room for buyers to negotiate. Many recently white-hot markets have seen large jumps in the share of for-sale listings with a price cut.
Existing-home sales fell in July 2018 to their slowest pace since February 2016, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors®(NAR).
Home value growth is slowing in almost half of the 35 largest U.S. metros By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (August 16, 2018) (SEATTLE) Zillow®/PRNewswire – The share of home listings with a price cut is greater now than a year ago in two-thirds of the nation’s largest housing markets, according to a new Zillow® analysis. The share of listings […]
Housing Starts Collapse in June By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 18, 2018) (Washington, D.C.) US Department of HUD – The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for June 2018. Here’s how they stack up: Building Permits Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits […]
Oregon CCB investigators turn up 32 alleged violations along Oregon’s North Coast. By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 28, 2018) (Portland, Ore.) OnlineEd – The Oregon Construction Contractor Board (CCB) reported in a recent release that it had joined in a 10-state sweep to find unlicensed contractors and other alleged violations of contracting regulations. The National Association of […]
Across the country, thirty percent of adults live with a roommate or parent. By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (January 2, 2018) (SEATTLE) /PRNewswire/ — Nationally, nearly one in three adults live with a roommate or parent, the greatest share ever reported, according to a new Zillow® analysis. As rental affordability deteriorates, more U.S. adults may be choosing double up in […]
One in three Americans say the Simpsons would be the worst TV family to have next door By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (December 27, 2017) (SEATTLE) PRNewswire – Americans would most like to be neighbors with Leonard Hofstadter and Penny from CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, according to the 11th annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey. The Simpson family from FOX’s The Simpsons were […]