Category Archives: Contractor

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 […]

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 […]