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 named the least desirable TV neighbors for 2017.

For the first time ever, Zillow rolled out a new questionnaire for its annual celebrity neighbor survey. The 2017 survey asks U.S. adults which fictional characters from popular television shows they would most like to have as a neighbor and with whom they wouldn’t want to share a fence.

Most Desirable Neighbors in 2018
Leonard and Penny from The Big Bang Theory are the top choice for neighbors in 2018, earning 19 percent of surveyed adults’ votes. The couple received strong results from voters across different genders, generations and education levels, but was slightly less popular among voters from the West, earning just 16 percent of their votes.

The Dunphys from ABC’s Modern Family and the Simpsons tied for the second most desirable neighbors, with 11 percent of the votes each. Will and Grace from NBC’s newly revitalized sitcom of the same name rounded out the top four rankings, earning just 10 percent of the votes, followed by Jack and Rebecca Pearson from NBC’s This is Us (9 percent) and the Johnsons from ABC’s Black-ish (5 percent).

Least Desirable Neighbors from 2017
The Simpsons topped the list of least desirable neighbors from television with 31 percent of the votes. Adults over the age of 55 were most likely to name the family as the least desirable neighbors (at 38 percent), while only 24 percent of millennials cited the Simpsons as the least desirable neighbors in the poll.

The Lannisters from HBO’s Game of Thrones came in second on the list with 21 percent of the votes, ranking much higher than the rest of the competitors, including Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory (9 percent), Olivia Pope from ABC’s Scandal (6 percent) and the Jennings from FX’s The Americans (5 percent).

The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular shows on television, so it is not surprising that American adults chose its leading couple as the most desirable neighbors for 2018,” said Jeremy Wacksman, chief marketing officer at Zillow. “On the other hand, it wouldn’t be easy to live next to the Simpsons, who have spent nearly 30 seasons causing chaos for neighbor Ned Flanders and the rest of Springfield. However, as the stars of one of TV’s longest-running shows, The Simpsons are certainly beloved by some: they also tied for second on the most desirable neighbor list.”

Thirty-five percent of surveyed adults said they would not want to live next to any of the characters listed in the poll.

Most Desirable Neighbors for 2018 Least Desirable Neighbors of 2017
Name Percent Name Percent
Leonard Hofstadter and Penny (The Big Bang Theory) 19% The Simpsons (The Simpsons) 31%
The Simpsons (The Simpsons) 11% The Lannisters (Game of Thrones) 21%
The Dunphys (Modern Family) 11% Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler (Big Bang Theory) 9%
Will & Grace (Will & Grace) 10% Olivia Pope (Scandal) 6%
Jack and Rebecca Pearson (This is Us) 9% The Jennings (The Americans) 5%
The Johnsons (Black-ish) 5% None of the above 27%
None of the above 35%

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HUD Reports Home Sales Rise 26.6 Percent (±16.6 percent)

Median Sale Price Hits $377,100

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(December 22, 2017)

hud(WASHINGTON, D.C. – HUD) Sales of new single-family houses in November 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 733,000. This is 17.5 percent (±10.4 percent) above the revised October rate of 624,000 and is 26.6 percent (±16.6 percent) above the November 2016 estimate of 579,000.

The median sales price of new houses sold in November 2017 was $318,700. The average sales price was $377,100.

The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of November was 283,000. This represents a supply of 4.6 months at the current sales rate.

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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)

canstockphoto20042851homeless4WASHINGTON – 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 of Columbia reported decreases in homelessness between 2016 and 2017. Challenges in some major metropolitan areas, however, have had a major impact on the national trend lines.

For example, the City and County of Los Angeles reported a nearly 26 percent increase in overall homelessness since 2016, primarily among those persons found in unsheltered locations. Meanwhile, New York City reported a 4.1 increase, principally among families in emergency shelters and transitional housing. Excluding these two areas, the estimated number of Veterans experiencing homeless in other parts of the nation decreased 3.1 percent since 2016.

“In many high-cost areas of our country, especially along the West Coast, the severe shortage of affordable housing is manifesting itself on our streets,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “With rents rising faster than incomes, we need to bring everybody to the table to produce more affordable housing and ease the pressure that is forcing too many of our neighbors into our shelters and onto our streets. This is not a federal problem-it’s everybody’s problem.”

“The fact that so many parts of the country are continuing to reduce homelessness gives us confidence that our strategies-and the dedicated efforts of communities to embrace best practices-have been working,” said Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council of Homelessness. “At the same time, we know that some communities are facing challenges that require us to redouble our efforts across all levels of government and the public and private sectors, and we are committed to doing that work.”

“Our joint community-based homelessness efforts are working in most communities across the country. Despite a slight increase in overall Veteran homelessness, I am pleased that the majority of communities in the U.S. experienced declines over the past year,” said U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. “VA remains committed to helping Veterans find stable housing. We will continue to identify innovative local solutions, especially in areas where higher rents have contributed to an increase in homelessness among Veterans.”

HUD’s national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation. Every year on a single night in January, planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care” and tens of thousands of volunteers seek to identify the number of individuals and families living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered settings. These one-night ‘snapshot’ counts, as well as full-year counts and data from other sources (U.S. Housing Survey, Department of Education), are crucial in understanding the scope of homelessness and measuring progress toward reducing it.

Key Findings of HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report:

On a single night in January 2017, state and local planning agencies (Continuums of Care) reported:

  • 553,742 people were homeless representing an overall .7 percent increase from 2016 and a 13.1 percent decrease since 2010.
  • Most homeless persons (360,867) were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while 192,875 persons were unsheltered.
  • The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 5.4 percent since 2016 and 27 percent since 2010.
  • Veteran homelessness increased 1.5 percent (or 585 persons) since January 2016, primarily in California cities. Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness declined nationally by 46 percent. On a single night in January 2017, 40,056 veterans were experiencing homelessness.
  • Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals increased 12.2 percent over 2016 levels though declined by 18 percent (or 19,100 persons) since 2010.
  • The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children in 2017 is estimated to be 40,799. This year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, difficult to count population. HUD will treat 2017 as a baseline year for purposes of tracking progress toward reducing youth homelessness.

Homelessness Among All Persons

The total number of persons experiencing homelessness on a single night last January is 553,742, an increase of 0.7 percent from January 2016 largely attributed to the jump in unsheltered homelessness in larger cities in the West Coast

Family Homelessness

There were 58,000 families with children experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2017, a decline of 5.4 percent from the year before and a 27 percent reduction since 2010. These significant reductions in family homelessness is largely attributed to the expansion of Rapid Rehousing Programs across the country and a concerted effort by local planners to reallocate scarce resources in a more strategic way. These ‘Housing First’ models have proven to be a more effective and efficient response to families experiencing temporary crisis as well as those enduring the most chronic forms of homelessness.

 

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Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging at Real Estate Auctions

The Antitrust Division has prosecuted bid-rigging in multiple states

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(November 7, 2017)

canstockphoto8484345aution sold(WASHINGTON, DC) A federal grand jury in West Palm Beach has returned an indictment against three high-volume Florida real estate investors for conspiring to rig bids submitted through the online property foreclosure auction process, the Department of Justice announced on November 3, 2017.

The indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, charges three individuals with conspiring to rig bids during online auctions in Palm Beach County, Florida to obtain foreclosed properties at suppressed prices. The indictment alleges that the conduct took place from at least January 2012 until June 2015.

These are the first indictments related to bid-rigging in foreclosure auctions filed in Florida by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. The Antitrust Division previously has prosecuted similar bid-rigging conduct in Alabama, California, Georgia and North Carolina, resulting in more than 100 guilty pleas and convictions in those states.

 

A real estate investor pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced earlier this month.

According to court documents, the individual participated in a conspiracy to rig bids by agreeing to refrain from bidding against other co-conspirators at public real estate foreclosure auctions in San Mateo County. The conspiracy began no later than August 2008 and continued until January 2011 and had as its primary purpose to suppress competition to obtain selected properties offered at San Mateo County public foreclosure auctions at non-competitive prices.

The Department of Justice has an ongoing investigation into bid rigging at public real estate foreclosure auctions in San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties, California. To date, 74 individuals have pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial.

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Texas Bank Penalized $2 Million for Violations of Anti-Money Laundering

FinCEN assesses civil money penalty against Lone Star National Bank (Lone Star) of Pharr, Texas for willfully violating the Bank Secrecy Act

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(November 2, 2017)

canstockphoto18625424 compliance street sign(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today announced the assessment of a $2 million civil money penalty against Lone Star National Bank (Lone Star) of Pharr, Texas for willfully violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The action underscores the dangers that institutions face when taking on international correspondence activities without properly equipping themselves to manage such business. As noted in FinCEN’s assessment, among other lapses, Lone Star failed to comply with section 312 of the USA PATRIOT Act, which imposes specific due diligence obligations with respect to correspondent banking.

Many of the lapses in Lone Star’s BSA compliance were previously covered in an earlier action by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), but FinCEN’s action focusing on the bank’s 312 violations specifically highlights the need for a financial institution to avoid taking on international business for which it is not prepared. Lone Star’s Mexican financial institution customer was moving millions of dollars through Lone Star in a manner inconsistent with the parameters of a relationship which, at the outset, required greater scrutiny. Lone Star failed to identify and consider public information about the foreign bank owner’s alleged involvement in securities fraud. It also failed to verify the accuracy of assertions by the foreign bank with respect to source of funds, purpose of the account, and expected activity.

“Lone Star plainly failed to ask obvious due diligence questions in connection with its foreign bank account relationship, and did not follow up on inconsistencies in answers to the questions that it did ask,” said FinCEN Acting Director Jamal El-Hindi. “Notwithstanding the fact that the OCC already fined the bank, FinCEN’s assessment takes into account the penalties specifically applicable under FinCEN’s Section 312 authority. Smaller banks, just like the bigger ones, need to fully understand and follow the 312 due diligence requirements if they open up accounts for foreign banks. The risks can indeed be managed, but not if they are ignored.”

With respect to many of the deficiencies noted in FinCEN’s assessment, the OCC entered into a Consent Order and a Memorandum of Understanding with Lone Star in 2012. Lone Star continued to have severe programmatic anti-money laundering (AML) deficiencies through 2012, 2013, and 2014. As a result, in 2015, the OCC issued a Consent Order for a Civil Money Penalty in the amount of $1 million against Lone Star. Lone Star’s previous penalty payment to the OCC will be credited to FinCEN’s assessment and the bank will pay an additional $1 million to satisfy its obligation to FinCEN.

FinCEN recognizes that Lone Star has expended considerable resources to respond to the findings regarding its BSA program and to promote compliance with the OCC’s Consent Order. Lone Star is no longer engaging in the correspondent banking activities for which it was ill prepared. The bank has contracted outside consultants to conduct independent testing, conduct customer due diligence and suspicious activity lookbacks, and has expanded its BSA compliance organization.

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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)

canstockphoto11770861contractor 45(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 documents for accuracy and completion, and accept the fee. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible but will take as many as 10 business days for completion. Additionally, the CCB lobby now closes at 4:30 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.

The Oregon CCB license requires just 16-clock hours of online pre-license education at a cost of just $71.50 for the online course, manual, and shipping to the continental US. Enrollments are accepted online at www.oregoncontractorcourse.com.

 

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National Home Prices NSA Index Reaches New Highs as Momentum Continues

U.S. National Home Price NSA Index reported a 6.1% annual gain in August, up from 5.9% in the previous month

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(November 1, 2017)

(NEW YORK, OCTOBER 31, 2017) – S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for August 2017 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. More than 27 years of history for these data series is available, and can be accessed in full by going to www.homeprice.spdji.com. Additional content on the housing market can also be found on S&P Dow Jones Indices’ housing blog: www.housingviews.com.

YEAR-OVER-YEAR
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 6.1% annual gain in August, up from 5.9% in the previous month. The 10-City Composite annual increase came in at 5.3%, up from 5.2% the previous month. The 20-City Composite posted a 5.9% year-over-year gain, up from 5.8% the previous month. Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Diego reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities. In August, Seattle led the way with a 13.2% year-over-year price increase, followed by Las Vegas with an
8.6% increase, and San Diego with a 7.8% increase. Nine cities reported greater price increases in the year ending August 2017 versus the year ending July 2017. The below charts compare year-over-year returns for Seattle and Las Vegas with different ranges of housing prices (tiers).

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Pattern Shows People Moving to Affordable Political Red and Purple Counties

The average home in a blue county costs around $360,000—more than 62 percent more than homes in red counties

Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(October 16, 2017)

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– (NASDAQ: RDFN) — In the first half of 2017, 7.4 percent more people moved out of politically blue counties than to them, according to a new analysis from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. Red counties saw about 1 percent more people moving in than moving out. Purple counties, where there’s a more balanced share of Democrats and Republicans, saw 3.9 percent more migrants moving in than out.

The trend is even more pronounced in swing states, which saw blue counties lose 9.2 percent more people than they gained, while Republican counties gained 2.3 percent more than they lost.

Redfin analyzed Redfin.com user search data, comparing where prospective homebuyers currently live to where they are searching for a home to buy. Redfin’s user data covers more than 72 percent of the voting age population and is concentrated in urban metropolises, which gives the company a specific and recent look at where residents of blue counties are looking to move. Counties were classified as “blue” if the Democratic candidate for 2016 won by more than 20 percentage points and vice versa for “red” counties.

High housing costs in blue counties are driving this trend. Nationwide, the average home in a blue county costs around $360,000—more than 62 percent more than that of homes in red counties ($223,000).

“As blue counties are becoming increasingly less affordable, we see a great number of residents moving to red counties where they can afford the lifestyle they want,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “At Redfin, we see this as a sign of hope for a less divided country, where people with differing views gain better understanding and tolerance of each other through sheer proximity.”

However, politics can be a key factor for people in deciding where to move. A Redfin survey found that 41 percent of recent homebuyers reported hesitations about moving to a place where most people have political views different from their own. In contrast, fewer than one in 10 respondents was enthusiastic about moving to a different political climate, with the remaining half neutral.

While the evidence that people will continue to self-sort by political beliefs is strong, Redfin contends that the housing affordability crisis in the bluest counties is unprecedented. With no sign of a drastic drop in prices anytime soon, there’s an argument that many more people, regardless of politics, will move to where they can buy a comfortable home.

To read the report, complete with data, interactive visuals and methodology, visit https://www.redfin.com/blog/2017/10/migration-patterns-show-more-people-leaving-politically-blue-counties.html.

[Source: Redfin press release]

Contacts
Redfin Journalist Services:
Alina Ptaszynski, 206-588-6863
press@redfin.com

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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)

canstockphoto17668349down arrowThe 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 2017. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.

“Applications for new home purchases were down year over year in large part due the impacts of hurricane activity,” said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics. “In particular monthly applications fell by 37 percent in Florida and 11 percent in Texas, which account for a large share of the applications in the survey.”

Conventional loans composed 72.3 percent of loan applications, FHA loans composed 13.9 percent, RHS/USDA loans composed 1.0 percent and VA loans composed 12.7 percent. The average loan size of new homes decreased from $334,940 in August to $334,722 in September.

For additional information on MBA’s Builder Applications Survey, please click here.

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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)

canstockphoto49733006 energy audit(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 four weeks and $625 to complete. To complete the process, you must hold an Oregon CCB license for residential contractor, residential specialty contractor license, or residential restricted Home Energy Performance Score Contractor. Interested persons need to follow these steps to get authroized:

  1. Obtain and verify qualifying US Department of Energy (US DOE) credentials.
  2. Complete Home Energy Score Simulation training.
  3. Obtain and verify home energy assessor Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) certificate.
  4. Complete the home energy assessor participation agreement.
  5. Attend mandatory orientation.
  6. Successfully complete required mentoring session.
  7. Authorization.

Step 1: Complete at least one of the following US Department of Energy (US DOE) qualifying credentials listed on the ODOE – Home Energy Assessor Training Certification Form. After completing the training, email completed form to PDXHES@earthadvantage.org. Note: If you have yet to complete the US DOE Home Energy Score Simulation Training, disregard the “USDOE online simulation training” fields on the form. Estimated cost: varies by market rates. Estimated timeframe: varies by training provider.

STEP 2: US DOE will email you access to the Simulation Training. This is a self-paced training process where you will conduct virtual home walk-throughs designed to show a variety of situations you might encounter, in order to learn how to produce an accurate home energy score. Once complete, US DOE will email you to confirm you passed a series of test homes and a multiple choice exam training through Earth Advantage. Recommended for those without experience in on-line simulation training modules. Estimated cost: Free (unguided) or $100 (guided) Estimated timeframe: 12+ hours, usually over a few weeks (unguided) or 12-16 hours over 1.5 to 2 days (guided)

STEP 3: Earth Advantage will email you the approved ODOE – Home Energy Assessor Training Certification Form from Step 1. Submit this approved Form to CCB, WITH the CCB Home Energy Assessor Certification Application. Upon approval, CCB will mail you a certificate and CCB number. Email this information to PDXHES@earthadvantage.org. Note: In order to qualify for this certification, you must have a CCB residential contractor license (16-hour contractror pre-licensing course required), residential specialty contractor license, or residential restricted Home Energy Performance Score Contractor license – see CCB Endorsements Form for descriptions. Estimated cost: $100 Application Fee + $100 One-Year Certification Fee. The ongoing annual renewal fee is $100. Estimated time frame: 5-7 business days

STEP 4: Complete the home energy assessor participation agreement. (Download form HERE). Submit agreement to Earth Advantage at PDXHES@earthadvantage.org. Estimated cost: None. Estimated time frame: 1-2 business days to process. Step 5: Contact Earth Advantage to register for the mandatory orientation. Learn about specific local program requirements and messaging to homeowners about the home energy report. Upon completion, Earth Advantage will send an introductory email with next steps to start generating scores. Estimated cost: $75 Estimated time frame: 2 hr. Orientation session.

Step 5: Contact Earth Advantage to register for the mandatory orientation. Learn about specific local program requirements and messaging to homeowners about the home energy report. Upon completion, Earth Advantage will send an introductory email with next steps to start generating scores. Estimated cost: $75 Estimated time frame: 2 hr. Orientation session.

STEP 6: As required by US DOE, you must schedule and score your first home accompanied by a mentor designated by Earth Advantage (unless you already completed this as part of a guided in-person simulation training – see Step 3). Estimated cost: $150. Estimated time frame: 2 hr. field visit + energy modeling. STEP 7: You are now authorized to conduct City of Portland Home Energy Score assessments and generate the home energy report! Estimated cost: $25/score quality assurance fee. Estimated time frame: 1.5 hr./home – field assessment, energy modeling, home energy report generation

STEP 7: You are now authorized to conduct City of Portland Home Energy Score assessments and generate the home energy report! Estimated cost: $25/score quality assurance fee. Estimated time frame: 1.5 hr./home – field assessment, energy modeling, home energy report generation

Beyond the use of the US DOE Home Energy Score modeling tool, a number of other third-party software providers have successfully integrated with the Home Energy Score API to allow home energy assessors to produce the home energy report along with the other outputs the software produces. Click HERE and scroll to Compatible Software section for list of approved third-party software providers. Licensing may be required between the home energy assessor and software provider. Estimated cost: Varies. US DOE’s Home Energy Score software tool is free. Other third-party software providers may charge licensing fees for use.

While the Home Energy Assessor certification belongs to a person, that certification must be associated with a CCB license in order to be active. The CCB license it’s associated with can be one that already exists, or it can be a new CCB license that the Home Energy Assessor is applying for. If energy scoring is the only service the business is conducting, then the Home Energy Assessor can apply for the Home Energy Performance Score Contractor license. No pre-license training or testing is required to obtain this license, but absolutely no other construction activities may be performed.

Those in need of an Oregon CCB license can get the 16-hour online prerequisite training from OnlineEd for only $68 plus $3.50 shipping* (*shipping may vary slightly depending on location).

If you have further questions related to becoming an authorized home energy assessor for the City of Portland Home Energy Score program, review the Oregon Revised Statutes  or contact : MacKenzie Winchel, Program Manager / Quality Assurance, Email: PDXHES@earthadvantage.org.  Phone: 503-468-3482.

If you need the education to become an Oregon licensed contractor, contact an education specialist for information about Oregon’s OnlineEd CCB training 16-hour online training program: Telephone 503.670.9278, Email: Mail@OnlineEd.com, or just click here to read more about the online training program.

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