Author Archives: Jeff Sorg

Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, a Web-based vocational school founded in 1997 where he also serves as Corporate Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational instructor licenses in Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada and has authored numerous pre-licensing and continuing education courses. Sorg was awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center's CDEi Designation for distance education in 2008-2018. OnlineEd® provides real estate, mortgage broker, insurance, and contractor pre-license, post-license, continuing education, career enhancement, and professional development and designation courses over the Internet.

Report for Residential Construction Activity in June 2019

Building permits, housing starts, and housing completions report By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 17, 2019) (Wahington) US Dept. of HUD – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for June 2019. Building Permits Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits […]

Starting Today, Portland Home Sellers Can Request a Cash Offer From Zillow

Zillow Now Buying and Selling Homes in Portland By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (July 15, 2019) (PORTLAND, Ore.) July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Starting today, home sellers in the Portland, Oregon metro — including Vancouver, Wash. — can use Zillow Offers to request a cash offer from Zillow to buy their home. Portland is the twelfth market where Zillow now directly buys homes – […]

Oregon Real Estate Transaction Law for Domestic Well Water Testing

The seller of the real estate shall, upon accepting an offer to purchase that real estate, have the well tested. By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 28, 2019) (PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd – Oregon requires testing of domestic well water during a real estate transaction. This requirement is often referred to as the Real Estate Transaction Law […]

Risk Anticipation Practices for the Real Estate Broker

It is essential for the broker to develop strategies to recognize and avoid problems that might occur instead of dealing with them after they occur. By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 27, 2019) (PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd – Risk anticipation for the real estate broker relies on the ability to identify problems that might eventually happen with a […]

Categories: Real Estate

OnlineEd Launches Free Oregon Real Estate Forms Course on Seller Carried Financing

Join OREF Forms Committee legal counsel, Alan Brickley, as he goes in-depth to explain seller carried financing issues.  By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 25, 2019) (PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd – OnlineEd, Inc. and Oregon Real Estate Forms, LLC (OREF) have launched a new mid-year OREF course called Seller Carry Issues. Course presenter, Alan Brickley, served as […]

U.S. Home Values Fall for the Second Straight Month

Home values grew 5.4% annually, down from 7.5% annual growth a year earlier OnlineEd Blog (June 25, 2019) SEATTLE, June 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. home values dropped for the second month in a row, according to the May Zillow® Real Estate Market Reporti. The typical U.S. home is worth $226,800, down 0.1% from a month earlier. Home values […]

Categories: Real Estate

What To Do If You Think Your Home Has Lead-Based Paint

Download the Current EPA Pamphlet, “Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home” By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 13, 2019) (PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd -If you think your home has lead-based paint, never try to remove it yourself and always keep painted surfaces in good condition to minimize deterioration. These are some other steps to follow: […]

Media Repeats False Information About Commissions

Are real estate boards losing the PR war against claims that internet brokerages charge less than “traditional brokerages?” By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 10, 2019) (PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd – This is an enlightening video post from Frank and Brian over at The National Real Estate Post.  Watch the video and then download their real examples […]

Categories: Mortgage, Real Estate

Freedom Mortgage Corp. to Pay $1.75 Million Penalty

CFPB settles with Freedom Mortgage Corporation By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (June 5, 2019) (WASHINGTON, D.C.) CFPB – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today announced a settlement with Freedom Mortgage Corporation (Freedom), one of the ten largest Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporters nationwide. Freedom is a mortgage lender with its principal place of business […]

First American Title/Financial Corp. May Have Leaked 885 Million Customer Records

Title company faces class action lawsuit for its apparent negligence By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog (May 29, 2019) A class-action lawsuit is already filed in California after Brian Krebs, a cybersecurity expert, reported 885 million First American files were available without authentication to anyone with a web browser. The data allegedly included bank account numbers, social […]