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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

Mold & Moisture Intrusion

The top three enemies of homes in the wet Pacific Northwest are water, water, and water. Serious problems — carpenter ants, mold, foundation destabilization, etc. — will result from not protecting your home adequately. Below is some great information from the APA/Engineered Wood Association on what steps to take. Ten-Point Protection Plan The FreeFromMold.org Ten-Point Protection Plan … read more

Sustainable Housing Resources

We’ll be updating this resource page as programs are added or retired, so you might want to bookmark this page to use as an ongoing resource. Note that words that are in red/orange are links to further information. City of Portland % for Green Funding This program supports construction of green street facilities in the City of … read more