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Portland’s Lead Problem

Among America’s 75 biggest water providers, only one has recently exceeded federal standards for elevated lead levels in the drinking water of high-risk homes. Portland. And when Portland isn’t surpassing that benchmark, it hovers just below – with current testing showing the greatest lead levels among all large cities. The Rose City’s poor position nationally is coming … read more

Important Change for City of Portland Home Buyers & Sellers

On January 1st, 2018, a new rule will go into effect requiring sellers of homes within the Portland city limits to: Obtain a home energy performance report, including a home energy score, from a licensed home energy assessor. Provide a copy of the home energy performance report to all licensed real estate agents working on the … read more

What Can Portland Learn from the Bay Area?

The following post is by Nick Christensen, a member of the Metro staff. Rents are soaring. Longtime tenants are being forced to look for a new home. And house prices are approaching record levels. It’s a story long familiar to residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City – and increasingly, it’s an issue in … read more

How to Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit scores usually determine the price you pay for your money (your mortgages, your auto loans and leases, your credit cards, business loans, etc.). Perhaps the most significant part of your credit report is your credit score. Credit scores range from 350 to 850, with 850 being the best possible credit score that you … read more

Spring Is Here! Home Care Tips

If you live in the Northwest, here are maintenance jobs you should complete in spring and summer to prevent costly repairs and keep your home in top condition. Certain home maintenance tasks should be completed each season to prevent structural damage, save energy, and keep all your home’s systems running properly. What maintenance tasks are … read more