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Interest Rates Dropping – Again!

Posted on by Phil Querin

In a recent Housingwire.com article (here) by Kathleen Howley, we learn that the current average 30-year mortgage interest rate of 3.24% is within one basis point[1] of its all-time low of 3.23%. According to article: Fannie Mae projected last week the average this quarter would be 3.2%, followed by 3.1% in the third quarter and […]

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ZOOM Couture

Posted on by Phil Querin

According to Family Court Judge Dennis Bailey of Broward County, Florida,  ZOOM hearings have become way too casual. This, according to a recent ABA article (here) by Debra Cassens Weiss. It seems Judge Bailey, in a letter to the Weston Bar Association (here), had grown tired of seeing attorneys during Zoom hearings appearing in decidedly […]

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Is COVID-19 a Defense to Breach of the Oregon Real Estate Sale Agreement?

Posted on by Phil Querin

Introduction.  Almost as soon as the COVID pandemic flared up, I began to receive calls asking whether the virus could constitute the basis for refusing to perform under a pending Sale Agreement.  One broker reported that the buyer wanted out of the contract because of “uncertainty”. These are not altogether unreasonable reactions to performance; after […]

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NAR: Interest Rates Near 50-Year Low!

Posted on by Phil Querin

Mortgage rates have just dropped to the lowest level in almost 50 years, compelling both homeowners and home buyers to get off the couch to take advantage of record-level savings on their mortgage. “The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record 3.29% this week, the lowest level in its nearly 50-year history,” said Sam Khater, chief economist […]

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Housingwire: Mortgage rates fall to an all-time low

Posted on by Phil Querin

The average U.S. rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 3.29% this week Go to link here.  

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When Does The OREF Sale Agreement Become Contractually Binding?

Posted on by Phil Querin

Introduction.  This question is important for at least two reasons: It determines the time after which neither party can withdraw from the transaction without facing legal consequences; and It determines the time from which events, such as contingencies, begin and end. Section 32 (Definitions/Instructions).  Here is what the Sale Agreement says: (8) The phrase “signed […]

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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 policy required by lenders when they make a residential purchase […]

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Landlord Guidance Under Portland’s Additional Renter Protections

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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” will refer to 30.01.085; references to the Oregon Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, ORS Chapter 90, will be referred […]

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Oregon Real Estate Disputes – Litigation vs. Mediation & Arbitration (Part II)

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Summary of Mediation & Arbitration under Sections 37-38.3 of the OREF Residential Real Estate Sale Agreement. The 2019 OREF forms revisions did not make any major changes[1] to the alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) provisions of Sections 37-38.3. But before addressing the arbitration process, it is critically important for brokers and their clients to understand that […]

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Oregon Real Estate Disputes – Litigation vs. Mediation & Arbitration (Part I)

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“Which is best? Which is fastest? Which is fairest? Which is the least expensive?” These, and many more questions have been asked over the years regarding the best method of resolving disputes. And oftentimes, the answer depends upon those you ask. So, let’s break the issue down to bite-size bits: Defining the Terms.[1]  The term […]

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