Real Estate

Effective Immediately: Discriminatory Speech and Conduct Outside of REALTORS® Practice is Prohibited

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Board of Directors approved a change today expanding the Code of Ethics’ applicability to discriminatory speech and conduct outside of members’ real estate practices. OnlineEd Blog (November 13, 2020)   Salem, Oregon November 13, 2020 – NAR’s Board of Directors today strengthened REALTORS®’ commitment to upholding fair housing ideals, approving a

How to Find Out if Someone Holds an Oregon Real Estate License

How the public can easily verify an Oregon real estate license By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (October 1, 2020)  OnlineEd – The Oregon Real Estate Agency Index Page provides many features for the public and its licensees. One feature the public takes advantage of from this page is being able to confirm that an individual who

CDC Halts Evictions Nationwide – Renters Must Claim Protection

Centers for Disease Control Moratorium Stops Residential Evictions to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19 By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (September 2, 2020) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced the issuance of an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to

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Evaluating Mortgage Loan Programs

 The residential lending process can be confusing for consumers and beginning real estate agents By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (August 26, 2020)  OnlineEd – The residential lending process can be confusing for consumers and beginning real estate agents. While most real estate agents will send their clients to a mortgage broker for the qualifying process, it

Top Relocation States During the Pandemic

Florida tops the list of buyer destinations during the pandemic By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (August 19, 2020)       (OnlineEd) – Hire a Helper, who has been helping people move for over 10 years, has released what they bill as “The Ultimate Collection of US Moving Statistics” on their web site https://www.hireahelper.com/. The report

COVID-19 Mortgage Relief, Scams, Online Banking Tips, and Student Loan Relief

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

Real Estate Pre-License Study Video: Understanding the Escrow Process

Questions and answers about a real estate escrow By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (August 27, 2019) (PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd – What is escrow? Why is escrow important for real estate transactions? Who opens the escrow? When is escrow closed? Find out the answers to these and other questions by watching this informative study video designed to

FHA Issues Rule to Include Approval of Individual Units in Non-Approved Condo Projects

FHA responds to the market By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (August 22, 2019) To promote homeownership, especially among credit-worthy first-time buyers, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published its long-awaited final regulation, and policy implementation guidance, which establish a new condominium approval process. That provides for comprehensive revision to FHA condominium project approval policy. The new policy

Home Value Appreciation Has Slowed Each Month This Year

Annual home value appreciation decreased for the seventh straight month in July By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (August 16, 2019) SEATTLE, Aug. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. home value growth continues to slow, according to the July Zillow® Real Estate Market Reporti. The typical U.S. home is worth $229,000, up 5.2% from a year ago – this is the smallest