September 26, 2019

The 2019 Oregon Legislature made sweeping changes to the state’s landlord-tenant laws.  None will have more impact than Senate Bill 608 (SB 608), which went into effect on February 28, 2019.  SB 608 made two significant alterations to Oregon law: (1) After the first ye...

Commissioner Eudaly’s proposals will only increase the problem of tenants who cannot afford monthly rent, rather than resolving it.

August 21, 2018

           If you haven’t already heard, Commissioner Eudaly’s office has been working on a proposal to regulate tenant applications, along with screenings, approvals, denials, and move-in costs related to residential rental units in Portland, Oregon. Earlier this week...


        The rental market is much more volatile than most people assume, the reason being that ONLY the currently vacant units determine the market. In real estate sales, the sales price of the house down the street, the one that sold last month,...

February 28, 2018

How can a landlord keep up and avoid being sued?

            If you are one of those real estate investors that dares to manage your rentals on your own, you have your work cut out for you. In addition to doing the actual job of a property manager, you have to stay up t...

As many of you know there has been a lot going on in Portland surrounding our industry. As of right now the only law change has been the Mandatory Relocation Fe

Protecting your rental property investment from the elements.

September 20, 2017

An article about political divide, natural disasters, and the unity of good people helping those in need no matter what their beliefs are.

September 12, 2017

Your voice really does carry a lot of weight and influence, you just have to let yourself be heard.

August 5, 2017

FHA Violations – Unfortunately, even good landlords commit them

            As I travel around teaching classes to landlords, I hear way too many stories about the landlords that unintentionally commit FHA violations. These stories hit me especially hard because, if the...

July 10, 2017


My favorite part of being a Real Estate investor is also the scariest part. Any experienced investor will tell you that there is always a way to make a profit if you are willing to change with the market. If you can make changes just...

May 19, 2017

           One of my favorite responsibilities as President of NWREIA & PAROA is mentoring real estate investors. Roughly 90% of my new clients are either people that I have helped for free in the past or people they re...

May 19, 2017

With laws changing every year, Landlords can’t afford to manage their rentals without support

            It seems like every month there is a new story about a rental property law changing, a landlord being sued by a tenant, or a landlord being issued a six figure fine...

Recently the city of Portland passed a new ordinance that requires landlords to pay relocation expenses if they serve their tenant a No-cause notice or they raise the rent more than 10%. There are a number of things wrong with this ordinance, but as of right now landlo...

April 3, 2017

The story of a cruise ship, a bad habit, and the most valuable $1 bill you will ever own

            My business partner Terry Lodge and I attended the recent National Real Estate Investors Association Cruise Conference on behalf of NWREIA. Our...

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CALL TO ACTION - Portland Screening & Deposit Ordinances

June 11, 2019

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