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Does Oregon Have the Answer to High Housing Costs?

Oregon is emerging as a testing ground for a new approach to solving the nationwide shortage of affordable housing. New zoning laws in Oregon have spurred more apartments and some objections as the state tries to fight the nationwide shortage of affordable housing Oregon is emerging as a testing ground for a new approach to solving the nationwide shortage of affordable housing….

Stucco in the West, Vinyl in the Northeast

Post by: NAHB Now – the News Blog of the National Association of Home Builders Builders are Stuck on Stucco in the West, In Tune with Vinyl in the Northeast The most common exterior wall materials on homes started in 2018 were vinyl siding and stucco, according to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC). Vinyl siding and stucco were…

Oregon homeowners use innovative ways to get energy use to zero

The folks who live in zero-energy homes are paying next to nothing for electricity. By: Keely Chalmers | kgw.com PORTLAND, Ore. — Did you know that residential homes account for almost a quarter of all the power consumed in Oregon? Some homeowners are bucking that trend by making their homes zero-energy. And a dozen of those homes will be featured in the…

Portland is attractive to millennials — those buying homes, too

Photo by: Matthew Hurst Three generations were recently surveyed on where they want to live, and Portland rose to the top, based on home affordability, crime rates, commute times and “community well-being.” Millennials like the climate and jobs, while Generation X and baby boomers were drawn to social activities. Potential homebuyers took Clovered home insurance company’s online survey stating their living preferences. El…

Opinion: Allowing homes on smaller lots will help ease housing crisis

By Justin Wood and Ezra Hammer | Wood is vice president of construction and owner of Fish Construction NW. Hammer is director of policy and government relations at Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland The Portland region is currently staggering through another year of an unprecedented housing crisis. With prices creeping ever skyward, our families, friends, and neighbors find themselves living in…

The U.S. isn’t building enough houses — and that’s not changing anytime soon, economists say

BY: JACOB PASSY marketwatch.com Home buying is expected to ‘move further out of reach’ as new home construction still hasn’t returned to pre-recession levels Home-building activity has never fully recovered from the last recession. Real-estate website Zillow ZG, +1.54%  and research firm Pulsenomics conducted a survey of more than 100 economists, real-estate experts and investment strategists to gauge their expectations regarding the U.S. real-estate market. A 54%…

Homebuyers may have an edge as sales flatten

By Elliot Njus | The Oregonian/OregonLive It appears a relatively good time to be a homebuyer in the Portland area. Mortgage rates have fallen to near-record lows, and more houses are listed for sale. Bidding wars are mostly a thing of the past. But buyers nonetheless are sitting on the sidelines, brokers say. Sales are in a slight slump as a result, and…

Power struggle hindering U.S. growth of renewable energy, experts say

BY Nicholas Sakelaris | Aug. 5 (UPI) — As more consumer options for greener technologies emerge in the United States, there’s a power struggle for control of the electricity market — between customers and vendors of solar power and utilities that deliver and sell volts to the masses.

Solar Advocates Launch ‘Hang Dry Your Clothes For Climate Change’ Week

Oregon Public Broadcasting – Cassandra Profita Oregon solar advocates have calculated just how much energy goes into drying a load of laundry in a clothes dryer. On average it’s three kilowatt hours per load, according to Joe Wachunas with Solar Oregon. “What does three kilowatt hours mean? Well, it takes about a pound of coal to create one kilowatt hour of electricity, and coal…

Remodeling your kitchen? Here’s why a Design-Build might be the best option for you

Originally written by Dima Williams | The Washington Post When a dishwasher, refrigerator and double oven — all builder-grade and all nearly 20 years old — failed in a brief span in late 2017, Dan and Marianne Casserly pondered their options. They could undertake an extensive kitchen remodel, or they could seek a new home for their five-member family. “I was intimidated by…