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HFO Multifamily Marketwatch

HFO's team of researchers and experts in the apartment market for Oregon and Washington review the latest news of interest to area multifamily owners and investors.

Aug 10, 2020

This week: The Portland Housing Bureau adopts interim changes to the administrative rules on screening and security deposits. The Portland City Council votes Wednesday on adopting the residential infill plan, and CityLab reports the pandemic is causing a sharp decline in the construction of affordable housing.


Aug 3, 2020

This week: the U.S. economy contracted at a historical level, a new report estimates Oregon’s economy will recover by 2024, and Seattle plans to spend $18 million from a new business tax on a housing initiative.


Jul 27, 2020

This week: Portland allocates $15 million to rental assistance from its CARES act funding, and Barcelona Spain threatens to seize vacant apartment units at the end of August. Be sure to check the HFO blog for new stories about Washington State’s eviction moratorium extension and updated face mask requirements...


Jul 20, 2020

Third-party reports indicate both renter turnover and rent payments are down; Oregon lawmakers approve $200 million for citizens and business, and Washington governor Inslee pauses further reopening through July 28. These stories and more in this week’s Marketwatch.


Jul 13, 2020

This week: The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that Portland’s relocation ordinance does not conflict with the state ban on local rent controls; A new report finds that if Washington State enacts rent control, the result would be less housing, investment, and less tax income. Meanwhile, in Washington DC, a proposed law...