Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Oregon law requires that before a home can be sold, it must have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors*.

Smoke alarms are required to have a hush/silence feature, and if they utilize an ionization sensor exclusively (and aren’t a part of combination detector) then a 10-year/long-life lithium battery must power it. If there is a hardwired system or a plug-in system, they must have a battery backup.

*Carbon monoxide detectors are required if there is a heater, fireplace, furnace, appliance or cooking source that uses coal, wood, petroleum products or other carbon monoxide producing fuel. OR if the home is connected to an attached garage by a door, ductwork or ventilation shaft that communicates directly with a living space.

Portland’s Streetcar Model being considered elsewhere

As cities develop their downtown cores to include more mixed uses and grow vibrant centers of business, Portland’s model for streetcar development is being looked at by city planners around the world. Though not new, using streetcars to spur development by providing subsidies and tax breaks are a part of what the City of Portland did to launch our popular streetcar line:


Portland’s streetcar system attracts about 12,000 daily riders at an average ticket cost of $1.47. Its creators credit it with $3.5 billion in surrounding development, including shops, restaurants and 10,000 new housing units.

Read the whole story here:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/12/17/light.rail.streetcar/index.html?hpt=C2

Jump in sales in July!

Existing homes selling fast – record fast The volume of home re-sales has been on the upswing for four consecutive months. Rates provided by Bankrate.com. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com)—Sales of existing homes rose in July for the fourth consecutive month, lending support to economists who argue a recovery is near.

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Short Sales Resisted – Foreclosures Are Revived

This is an interesting article about the background of short sales and what the banks are thinking as they foreclose on homes.

“But hard-pressed homeowners like Lydia Sweetland are asking why lenders often balk at a less disruptive solution: short sales, which allow owners to sell deeply devalued homes for less than what remains on their mortgage.”

Read the whole story at The New York Times site.