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Tiny homes: The potential to ease gentrification, reduce consumerism and help the environment

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Late last year, the tiny house community celebrated a watershed moment — an official appendix in the 2018 version of the International Residential Code (IRC), the model building code used by most jurisdictions in the United States. “There are many things that are monumental in the adoption of Tiny House construction codes by the IRC,” […]


Tenant protections likely to continue beyond October

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

A majority of the City Council indicated they will extend and perhaps expand the six-month-old tenant protection policy when it is scheduled to expire in October. The policy, adopted recently, requires landlords to pay relocation costs between $2,900 and $4,500 to tenants forced out with no-cause evictions or who choose to move after their rents […]


Something missing in Bend: ‘Middle housing’

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

As most residents know all too well, the housing market can be tough in Bend. A scroll through Zillow can put a shockwave through any newcomer. That’s why the Bend Collaborative Housing Workgroup spent the past 12 months coming up with 12 policy recommendations, released Tuesday. They’re intended to spur middle market housing development in […]


Rose City still cookin’ as a hot hot hot housing market

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

It’s hot outside and in the Portland-area housing market. According to two reports released recently, the Rose City’s average sales prices jumping nearly 10 percent from a year ago and a slight increase in houses on the market. The Regional Multiple Listing Service reported July 14 that in June new Portland-area listings went up about […]


Renter feels big about his ‘tiny’ house at Eugene’s emerging Emerald Village

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Whhen Dominique Gonzalez first moved to Eugene, he did not think he would be able to make enough money to call the place home. Gonzalez moved to the Pacific Northwest from Dallas, Texas, in 2012. Unable to find affordable housing, he stayed in free community shelters and sometimes slept on the street. “It was exhausting,” […]


More homes on the market could bring some relief for buyers

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

More houses came into the Portland-area market in June, a small measure of relief for would-be home buyers. The month’ saw more newly listed houses than any June since 2008, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service. The bump could leave people shopping for a home with a few more choices, and perhaps diffuse the […]


Foreigners snap up record number of US homes

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Foreign purchases of U.S. residential real estate surged to the highest level ever in terms of number of homes sold and dollar volume. Foreign buyers closed on $153 billion worth of U.S. residential properties between April 2016 and March 2017, a 49 percent jump from the period a year earlier, according to the National Association […]


Clover Court project faces opposition

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Land transfers are usually routine, but Washington County’s proposed transfer of surplus land to a nonprofit mental health provider is expected to generate a crowd. The transfer is on the agenda of county commissioners, whose regular meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 25) in the Shirley Huffman Auditorium of Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. […]


CPWR releases guide to prevent heat illness

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Earlier this month, the Center for Construction Research and Training published a new hazard alert that addresses heat hazards and the best methods to prevent illness and injury while working in hot weather. According to the CPWR website, 17 construction workers died from heat stroke in 2015; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also […]


Amid boom, construction industry laments shortage of workers

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

It’s almost noon on a warm July day in Scappoose, and Jackson Vargas and his small crew are one of several on a job site off Old Portland Road. Rows of new home lots sit vacant, some have been framed in, some with nothing more than a utility meter at the plot, but the lots […]


Test to see how special wood structures fare in quakes

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Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Engineering researchers are putting an innovative two-story structure made of cross-laminated timber panels through a series of seismic tests to determine how it would perform in an earthquake. The tests are being conducted at the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure at University of California San Diego (NEHRI@UCSD) site, which is funded by the National Science […]


Tenant protections bill dies in Senate

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Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

A tenant protections bill — a chief priority for House Speaker Tina Kotek and several other Portland-area lawmakers — has died in the Senate. Sen. Lew Frederick, D-Portland, gave an emotional speech on the Senate floor Thursday, July 6, saying the failure of the bill was his “greatest disappointment” of the more than five-month session, […]


State report: Don’t blame Californians for housing costs

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Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Portland’s affordable housing crisis is not being created by wealthy Californians and others moving to town. In fact, according to a new analysis by Oregon state economist Josh Lehner, most migrants are poorer than those already living here. “Despite some rhetoric out there, migration to Oregon is not just for the […]


Springfield-based Roseburg Forest Products plans $200 million plant in South Carolina

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Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Attracted by the booming housing market in the Southeast, Roseburg Forest Products on Tuesday announced it will build a $200 million engineered wood products plant in South Carolina. The factory will be the “most technologically advanced manufacturing facility of its kind in the world,” and be equipped with the world’s highest capacity continuous laminated veneer […]


New look at US housing data added into segregation debate

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Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Last week, a New York Times story vividly documented the prejudice against low-income households that keeps U.S. housing markets largely segregated. The article opened with a scene from a Houston elementary school auditorium where members of an upscale community were crying out against a proposed low-income housing development in their neighborhood. Read more (from source): […]