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|Wednesday, October 20, 2010|
By Jacq Lacy
As the number of foreclosures plateaus, more homeowners are sinking their heels into their properties, refusing to vacate repossessed properties. Some do not make a mortgage payment for more than two years yet refuse to budge according to real estate insiders. This is contributing to the bogged down state of the housing market and further muddying the far-from-cleaned-up mortgage mess.
Nine of Murphy’s 20 repossessed properties, currently on her desk, remain occupied.
As of the end of September, the U.S Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund designated approximately $220.7 million to assist Oregon homeowners facing foreclosure. In addition, Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) received a total of $31.4 million through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) as of last week. Since 2008, NSP money has rebuilt foreclosed homes in 46 cities in Oregon for low and middle-income families. Also, 173 zero interest, $30-40,000 loans have been made to homebuyers across the state through NSP down payment assistance.
“I can only hope the house will be vacant,” she says.
Jacq Lacy is an associate writer for Oregon Business.
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BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Monday, June 16, 2014
The Oregon economy could get a boost from a new trade agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and the European Union.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
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How to build a hipster-friendly work environment.
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BY MARY SPILDE | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
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