Category Archives: Contractor

CCB will no Longer Immediately Issue Licenses for In-person Delivery of Application

Plan on ten business days to get your Oregon CCB license By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (November 2, 2017) (SALEM, OR) – As of Nov. 6, 2017, the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (the CCB) will no longer immediately issue licenses for new applications delivered in-person. In-person CCB staff will still be able to check the application […]

September New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Down 7.5 Percent Year over Year

 Applications decreased by 20 percent when compared to August 2017 By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (October 13, 2017) The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Applications Survey (BAS) data for September 2017 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased 7.5 percent when compared to September 2016. Additionally, applications decreased by 20 percent when compared to August […]

How to Become an Authorized Home Energy Assessor in Portland, Oregon

This entire process to get authorized is estimated to take a minimum of four weeks By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (October 4, 2017) (PORTLAND-OR)  – Outlined below are the required steps to become an authorized home energy assessor with the City of Portland Home Energy Score program. This entire process is estimated to take a minimum of […]

Categories: Contractor, Real Estate

Oregon Real Estate Agents Who Flip Houses May Need a Contractor License

Sometimes an Oregon real estate licensee will be operating as a contractor and not even know it! By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 21, 2017) (PORTLAND-OR) Sometimes an Oregon real estate licensee will be operating as a contractor and not even know it! ORS 701 defines a contractor as ” . . . a person who, for […]

Environmental Series: Molds and Fungi

Adverse health effects from fungi usually depend on the dose and duration of exposure to the mold source By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 21, 2017) Fungi are medically known to cause allergies, hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), humidifier fever, infections, mushroom poisoning, mycotoxicoses, and mucous membrane irritation. Some of the Penicillium, Aspergillus, Stachybotrys, Paecilomyces, and Fusarium […]

Redfin: May Housing Market Sets Records for Speed and Competition

More than a quarter of homes sold for more than their asking price By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 15, 2017) SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– U.S. home prices rose 6.8 percent to a median sale price of $288,000 in May, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. Home sales increased 7.5 percent over last year, […]

Changes to Contractor License Bond Claims Process in Oregon

As of January 1, the process of filing a claim against a residential contractor license bond now also includes a mediation process By Vic Lance, Lance Surety Bond Associates (April 8, 2017) As of January 1, 2017, new rules regarding the contractor license bond claim process in Oregon have been put in place. These rules […]

How to get Oregon CCB Contractors License Pre-License Education

It only takes 16 clock-hours of  CCB approved education to be eligible for your Oregon contractor license By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (April 19, 2017) – The required training for an Oregon contractor license is not too complicated! License applicants must be at least 18 years old and complete a minimum of 16 hours of […]

Pending Home Sales Weaken

Pending home sales fell 2.8% in January in the National Association of Realtors® Pending Home Sales Index OnlineEd Blog WASHINGTON D.C. (February 27, 2017) — Insufficient supply levels led to a lull in contract activity in the Midwest and West, which dragged down pending home sales in January to their lowest level in a year, […]

Prospect Mortgage to Pay $3.5 Million Fine for Illegal Kickback Scheme

The CFPB’s investigation found that ReMax Gold Coast and Keller Williams Mid-Willamette accepted illegal payment for referrals By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (February 1, 2017) –  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Tuesday took action against Prospect Mortgage, LLC, a major mortgage lender, for paying illegal kickbacks for mortgage business referrals. The CFPB also took […]