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RentCafe January 2020 Oregon Rent Report finds Rents Mostly Flat, but Down in Bend and Aloha

According to RentCafe's January 2020 rent report for Oregon, last month saw rents stay mostly flat across the state. Keizer saw this biggest rent increase at 0.5%, followed by Lake Oswego, Happy...

Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 17, 2020

This week: the Seattle City Council approved a ban on wintertime evictions, including for nonpayment of rent; the Portland City Council met with BPS staff to determine which Residential Infill...

HFO-TV: Asbestos in Multifamily Housing: Enforcement and Remediation in Oregon and Washington

The experts from J.R. Johnson talk with HFO Partner Greg Frick about the government's recent stepped-up enforcement of new regulations requiring testing multifamily units for asbestos before...

Seattle Votes to Ban Wintertime Evictions

The Seattle City Council has voted to limit when and how renters can be evicted. The Seattle Times reports that Council member Kshama Sawant’s legislation would prohibit evictions from being carried...

HFO-TV: Tyrone Poole on Oneapp Rental Application Service

Tyrone Pools is the inventor of OneAppOregon.com, a new platform to connect renters directly with housing they qualify for through a simple interface that requires just one rental application. An...

HFO Partner Greg Frick Presents an Industry Update

A 2019 recap and 2020 forecast for the Portland/Vancouver MSA Apartment Market is presented in this presentation by HFO Partner Greg Frick. HFO Investment Real Estate specializes in multifamily...

Oregonian Editors: Don't Rush Homelessness Measure Onto May Ballot

Editors of The Oregonian/Oregon Live have this to say to Metro government criticize Metro government for "Magical thinking" and implore: "Don't do it." Read more.HFO Investment Real Estate...

Rent Control, Criminal History Bills Dead in Washington

According to the Washington Multifamily Housing Association, proposals that have not yet had a policy committee hearing or vote are considered dead for this legislative session in Olympia. The rent...

Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 10, 2020

This week: Oregon State Senator Shemia Fagan proposes a bill increasing enforcement of Fair Housing Laws in Oregon; Tacoma finds success with a program providing temporary rent vouchers for college...

Seattle City Council votes Monday 2/10 on Winter Eviction Ban

The Seattle City Council will vote Monday, February 10th on whether to permanently ban renter evictions during the winter months. Read more.HFO Investment Real Estate specializes in multifamily...

HFO Opinion: Ending Homelessness Requires Wraparound Services

HFO's Senior Research Analyst and podcast host Jennifer Shuch has an op-ed that appears today in the Portland Tribune. Read it here.HFO Investment Real Estate specializes in multifamily brokerage...

Opinion: Portland's New F.A.I.R. Housing Ordinance

In the February Rental Housing Journal, guest columnist Ron Garcia refers to FAIR as "Forcibly Accepting Increased Risk." Read his column here. HFO Investment Real Estate specializes in...

Harvard Joint Center For Housing Studies | 2020 Report on Rental Housing in America

No surprises in this most recent report: "Over the past decade, additions to the nation’s rental stock consisted primarily of large multifamily properties and single-family homes—units that are...

Ban on Homeless Camping Remains Intact -- For Now

An Oregon Court of Appeals Ruling last week upheld a recent conviction for violating Portland's camping ban, but the judges signaled that a different case might overturn the ban. The federal 9th...

Important Meeting Thursday for URM Owners in North Portland, 3-7 pm

The City of Portland will hold its second URM Workgroup meeting this Thursday, February 6th from 3-7 pm at the Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church in Portland. URM owners and interested citizens are...

Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 3, 2020

This week: The Washington State legislature continues its session with several housing bills introduced, including rent control and a ban on no-cause evictions; job news in Portland is mixed despite...

Portland Development Permit Center Announces Transition Delays in Processing

The City of Portland Bureau of Development Services has announced upcoming service and processing delays due to a transition in its software beginning February 10, 2020. Expect delays from the end of...

Gov Brown Proposing Constitutional Amendment to Allow RE Transfer Tax

Governor Kate Brown is proposing an amendment to the Oregon Constitution that would establish a real estate transfer tax to fund affordable housing statewide. Measure 79, which was passed in 2012,...

Washington State Legislature Considering Rent Control Bill

No hearing has been held or scheduled, but Washington State House Bill 2779 has been introduced in the legislature. Among other things, the legislation would require: 6 months' notice for any rent...

Seattle Council Votes Feb. 4th on Limiting Evictions in Winter Months

On February 4th, the Seattle City Council will consider whether to block evictions between November 1 and March 31 every year. If the ordinance passes it is expected to immediately face legal...