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The PHB Doesn't Have Time to Review Data

After the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) claimed in official budget documents that 400 apartment complexes in East Portland had outstanding code violations, the Oregonian double checked the numbers by...

The Impact of Rent Control on Oregon's Housing Market

This article is written by Gerard C.S. Mildner, PhD, Director of the Center for Real Estate at Portland State University. The Oregon State legislature is considering House Bill 2001, sponsored by...

Metro to Decide on Designating Urban Reserves April 13

The Metro Council has stated it will delay the decision to designate 23,031 acres for urban reserves until April 13th. The inclusion of the hamlet of Stafford in the designated acreage has caused...

Using ADUs to Ease Housing Crunch

After last week's report that the permitting rate for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) is reaching the rate for single family homes, it appears as if private and public groups are trying to use this...

Commissioner Eudaly Plans Changes to Rental Housing Deposits

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly announced she plans to call for reform of rental housing deposit regulations and is considering: (a) limiting the deposit amount; (b) requiring that it be held in...

HFO-TV: A Portland Economic Update with State Economist Christian Kaylor [Video]

Oregon state economist & research analyst Christian Kaylor gives a 2016 year end economic update for the Portland, Oregon metro area. Click to watch. HFO Investment Real Estate specializes in...

Multifamily Marketwatch - March 14, 2017

Two apartment buildings in Portland's Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods become the first proposed under the city's new inclusionary zoning law. Check out this episode!HFO Investment Real Estate...

Portland's Active Lifestyle Attracts Employers, Developers

National apartment market research company Axiometrics recently reported on the phenomenon of above average rent growth in cities with "active lifestyles." Portland is named along with cities such as...

HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - February 28, 2017

HFO begins its weekly Multifamily Marketwatch podcast as Portland landlords take city hall to court over the relocation ordinance. Check out this episode!HFO Investment Real Estate specializes in...

HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 7, 2017

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Bend's UGB Controversy, Resolved Through Thorough Planning & Patience

In an Op-Ed in the Daily Journal of Commerce, lawyers Edward Sullivan and Carrie Richter discuss the long, complicated process through which Bend has finally expanded and rezoned its Urban Growth...

Apartment Industry Releases Letter Calling for Regulatory Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Statement from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) on the apartment industry's letter in support of the Trump administration's...

"On Balance Harmful" - Evaluating Second Generation Rent Control

In a new post in City Commentary, economist Joe Cortright delves into the academic literature that is used to justify the implementation of rent stabilization policies. Frequently cited scholars such...

Rethinking Housing: Commodity vs. Investment

The New York Times reported on a study by economists Ed Glaeser of Havard and Joe Gyourko at the Wharton School that examines what would happen to housing prices if we thought of housing as a...

Housing, Jobs and Affordability: The Current State of Portland, Oregon's Economy

The negative effect of our area's tremendous population and economic growth is a lack of affordable housing. State of Oregon economist Christian Kaylor, who focuses exclusively on the study of...

Will Multifamily Permits Fall Off a Cliff in Portland?

The U.S. Census Bureau's permits for multifamily properties are in for 2016. They show a record number of apartments permitted, at 7,014 -- still below the previous 20-year high water mark of 7,200...

Public Hearing for Oregon Rent Control Bill Set for Thursday, March 2nd

Lawmakers will have a public hearing for a bill that would outlaw no-cause evictions and lift the statewide ban on rent control Thursday March 2nd. On Tuesday, economist Eric Fruits testified before...

Panel of 41 U.S. Economic Experts: "Rent Control has Negative Impact on Quality and Quantity of Affordable Housing"

A panel of 41 economists from across the U.S. assembled as part of the Initiative on Global Markets at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business say rent control doesn't work. In survey...

What Prevents Middle-Income Housing from Being Built?

A Shelterforce blog post explores the roadblocks to developing housing geared toward middle-income residents, and concludes that a combination of artificial production caps, NIMBYism, and regulations...

Lender Update: Mortgage Equities Northwest is now McBride Capital

HFO is pleased to share the news that Mortgage Equities Northwest -- co-sponsor of HFO's events, newsletters and information for multifamily owners in the Pacific Northwest -- has changed its name to...