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A Condo Association, a Man and His Emotional Support Animal, and the US Court of Appeals

HOA violated rights of a homeowner with disabilities by refusing to allow an emotional support animal By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (May 11, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it won an important Fair Housing Act victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The decision […]

When and How to Use an Escalation Clause

Find out about this tool used by real estate agents to eliminate competing bids by automatically raising an offered price By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (March 17, 2016) – The escalation or escalator clause is a clause in a real estate sale agreement that, under certain circumstances, allows for an increase in the price offered to a […]

The Oregon Real Estate License Background Check

Oregon grants real estate licenses on an individual basis and does not list circumstances that would prevent licensure. By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (March 10, 2016) Updated June 17, 2016 – Oregon grants real estate licenses on an individual basis. While some individuals may be denied licensure, the law does not list specific criminal offenses or other […]

Do You Need an Oregon Real Estate License?

Generally, you’ll need a license if you want to assist someone in buying, selling or managing rental real estate for a fee By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (March 4, 2016) – Generally, if you want to assist someone in buying or selling real estate for a fee, or you want to manage rental real estate for someone else […]

Rents Expected to Flatten in 2016

Hot markets are still going to be hot in 2016, but rents won’t rise as quickly as they have been By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (January 25, 2016) – Zillow® is predicting that rent appreciation will level off in 2016, slowing to an annual rate of just 1.1 percent by December 2016.  The national Zillow Rent Index at […]

Homes Appreciate More Rapidly When Close to a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods

Grocery stores and home values are definitely related By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (January 25, 2016) – According to Zillow your local grocery market has a lot to do with what happens in your local housing market. Specifically, Zillow found that homes grow more rapidly in value if they are closer to a Trader Joe’s or […]

Mortgage Applications Increased 21.3 %

Mortgage applications increase in latest weekly survey By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (January 14, 2016) –  According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, mortgage applications increased 21.3 percent for the week ending January 8, 2016 when compared to one week earlier. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased […]

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Orders Title Companies to Identify Cash Buyers

Geographic targeting orders take aim at real estate secrecy in Manhattan and Miami By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (January 14, 2016) – The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) to require certain title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay all cash for high-end residential real estate in the […]

Zillow Predicts Hottest Housing Markets for 2016

Topping the list is Denver, followed by Seattle and Dallas-Fort Worth, all of which are major tech towns; Portland, Ore. lands at number 10 By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (January 12, 2016) –  It’s a new year and everyone is making their predictions about housing. And Zillow® is no different. On Tuesday Zillow announced its predictions […]

Why Real Estate Brokers Use Contingencies in the Real Estate Sale Agreement

A seller who accepts an offer with contingencies should help the buyer remove them as soon as possible By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (January 11, 2016) – When properly used, a contingency excuses a party to the contract from the obligation to complete the contract without causing a breach of the contract. Usually, a contingency provision is […]