Portland “Relocation Assistance” Ordinance Requires Landlords Pay

On the evening of February 2, 2017, the Portland City Council passed an ordinance that will require landlords to pay for relocation assistance to their tenants. The ordinance will enable tenants to be paid for moving costs when their landlord has either raised the rent by 10% or more or has served a “no cause” termination notice on the tenant.

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Unwanted Occupants – a Trap for the Unsuspecting Fiduciary

Personal Representatives, Trustees and Conservators hold positions of tremendous responsibility. Frequently these fiduciaries are faced with challenges caused or exacerbated by relatives, or even acquaintances, of the protected person, decedent, or primary beneficiary. One challenge that frequently arises is when the fiduciary needs to sell a primary residence to generate liquid funds for the Estate or Trust and a family member or acquaintance tenant or other occupant is residing in the residence. Some buyers are willing to purchase a home occupied by a tenant, but such willingness dissipates rapidly when the tenant or occupant is not paying rent.

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So You Want to Sell Your Own Home

For Sale by Owner or FSBO are attractive in a seller’s market. Weekly solicitations from eager Buyers are common. Technology has put selling your home yourself a few clicks away. Websites like Zillow allow you to post a listing. Pinterest and Google can give you pointers on how to stage your home. A brochure may be easily made using a word processor (or get a technologically savvy friend to do it).

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Greg Lutje’s Article “High Times or High Risk?” Featured on WFG News

“In November 1998, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 67, which allowed the medical use of marijuana within specified limits. The following year the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program was created to administer the registration program. As a result, there are currently approximately 230 medical marijuana dispensaries approved (by the Oregon Health Authority) for operation in Oregon.” […]

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Elder Financial Abuse and Escrow Agents – Proposed Oregon House Bill 2780 (HB 2780)

Oregon’s recent House Bill 2780, sponsored by Rep. Julie Parrish of West Linn, seeks to diminish the potential for elder financial abuse by brokers with modifications to real estate regulations that govern property sales for older Americans. At first glance it might seem like the bill complicates sales for homeowners ages 65 and older, but […]

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Breaking Foreclosure News

Oregon Supreme Court Paves Way for MERS to Foreclose Nonjudicially The Oregon Supreme Court, in 2 cases (Brandrup v Recontrust, 353 Or___, and Niday v GMAC Mortgage, LLC, 353 Or ___[June 6, 2013]) has ruled that MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems) is not a Beneficiary of Trust Deeds and therefore cannot, in its own name, […]

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Oregon Court of Appeals Considers MERS

The Oregon Court of Appeals, on July 18, 2012, in Niday v.GMAC Mortgage, LLC et al, Court of Appeals Case No. A147430, held that MERS, as the nominal holder of the beneficial interest in a Trust Deed but without being the party to whom the debt is owed, may not foreclose the Trust Deed non-judicially, […]

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