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Why Oregon Realtors Should Get Out Of The FIRPTA Business

Posted on by Phil Querin
FIRPTA and Buyer Liability. Until the last few years,  the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 ("FIRPTA") was just an arcane acronym; most residential real estate brokers had no knowledge of what it stood for, what it was, or how it worked. Fewer cared. After all, they had never [...]

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Who’s Going To Review Your Preliminary Title Report Before Closing?

Posted on by Phil Querin
In residential real estate transactions, there are two basic forms of policies: The Owner’s Policy. This is the standard policy of title insurance that buyers obtain upon closing. In Oregon, customary practice is that sellers pay for this policy. The Lender’s Policy. This is the [...]

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Landlord Guidance Under Portland’s Additional Renter Protections

Posted on by Phil Querin
Discussion: The Portland Ordinance, 30.01.085 (“Portland Renter Additional Protections”) here, now in effect, has identified the occurrence of certain events that, if triggered, would require landlords to pay Relocation Assistance (“RA”) to tenants. [References below to the “Ordinance” [...]

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Inependent Contractor Resources For Realtors

Posted on by Phil Querin
From the IRS “It is critical that business owners correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Generally, you must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to [...]

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Oregon Contract Law: Offers, Counteroffers, And Their Withdrawal

Posted on by Phil Querin
Generally. In its most basic sense, the OREF Sale Agreement is an offer to purchase property; it describes the price and terms of sale, the contingencies, the closing process, and the closing date.  Once signed by seller and buyer, the document is delivered to escrow and, in most cases, the [...]

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Real Estate Professionals and the Qualified Business Income Rule

Posted on by Phil Querin
On January 18/22, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued their final regulations regarding the new 20 percent deduction on qualified business income created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Until the regs were finally published, there had been uncertainty about the [...]

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Q-Rant! Ted Wheeler Is Looking Through The Wrong End Of The Telescope!

Posted on by Phil Querin
According to Mayor Wheeler in a recent interview with the Oregonian ("Half the arrests in Portland last year were of homeless people. Mayor Ted Wheeler says that’s a problem"), the fact that the homeless accounted for one-half of the Portland arrests last year, was likely due to "profiling or [...]

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Why Oregon Homebuyers Should Shop Their Loans Before Going Under Contract

Posted on by Phil Querin
A few years ago, before the real estate market got crazy hot (and before we changed the OREF Sale Agreement form), it wa not unusual for a buyer to submit their preapproval letter to their seller, go under contract, and then try to find other lenders who might offer better rates or terms. But in [...]

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Q-Rant! College Grades: So Much For The Bell Curve….

Posted on by Phil Querin
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, we learn that having exotic Latin honors after your degree isn't quite as rare as it used to be.  The problem isn't the honors bestowed, it's the GPAs handed out like party favors.  And what's more, at the prestigious University of Chicago, they are no [...]

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Congress Permanently Authorizes the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act

Posted on by Phil Querin
National Low Income Housing Coalition, May 29, 2018.  President Trump signed into law a permanent extension of the “Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act” (PTFA) on May 24. The PTFA was included in a larger deregulation bill (S. 2155) passed by the House on May 22. The PTFA, which expired at [...]

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