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Septic Systems in Oregon

A septic system is the most common form of onsite sewage treatment for homes that are not connected to the public sewer system. A septic system consists of a septic tank, where solids settle and decompose, and a drainfield where liquid discharged from the tank is treated by bacteria in the soil. You could also run into Sand Filter … read more

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