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Asbestos in Oregon

Oregon Ranking in U.S. for mesothelioma & asbestosis deaths: 19th Oregon Mesothelioma Deaths: 619 Oregon Asbestosis Deaths: 169 Oregon Total Asbestos Related Deaths: 788 Because of Oregon’s coastline, the state was an ideal location for many shipyards. When these shipyards peaked in production, the use of asbestos-containing products was extensive and many workers were exposed to the toxic material. An … read more

2020 Housing Market Predictions

The following is taken from a study by George Ratiu, Senior Economist for® This was a national report, though, so we may see slightly different conditions in Oregon and Washington. The Quick Takeaway Home price growth will flatten, with a forecasted increase of just 0.8 percent. Inventory will remain constrained, especially at the entry-level price segment. Single-family housing … read more

Oregon 1st State to End Single-Family Zoning

Governor Kate Brown has signed into law several housing bills designed to deal with the housing crisis in Oregon, including one that would eliminate single-family zoning in certain cities. HB2001 requires cities with populations greater than 10,000 to “allow duplexes in lands zoned for single-family dwellings.” It also requires cities with populations greater than 25,000 … read more