Category Archives: Contractor

National Housing Market Experiencing More Price Cuts

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 Plummet 12%

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 Construction Contractors Board Conducts Sting Operation

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 […]

As Rents Rise, Share of Adults Living with Roommates Higher than Ever Before

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 […]

Leonard and Penny Named Most Desirable Neighbors for 2018; The Simpsons Named Least Desirable

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 […]

Homelessness Increases

There were 58,000 families with children experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2017 By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (December 7, 2017) WASHINGTON – There is a great deal of variation in the data in different parts of the country, however, and many places continue to see reductions in homelessness. Thirty (30) states and the District […]

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 […]

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 […]