Foreclosures Decrease in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — A new report says certain kinds of foreclosures are decreasing in Lane County. According to real estate agency Gorilla Capital, Lane County, like the rest of Oregon, saw an 86 percent drop in court foreclosures last month. They say that’s because of recent changes to state legislation. Experts say more foreclosure notices are … Continue reading »

Vacant Eugene Homes Burglarized

EUGENE, Ore. — In this day and age, cell phone apps like Zillow or Trulia can help make house hunting a lot more convenient for the potential buyer, but it’s also giving potential criminals a roadmap for robberies. “We had two suspects who were downloading phone apps and using that information to find homes to … Continue reading »

Police Crack Down on Squatters

ALBANY, Ore. — Desperate times call for desperate measures, and with a recent squatting bust, the City of Albany is seeing just that. Police arrested a man and a woman for squatting in a home on Thurston Street. It’s a situation that’s not unusual. “It’s been more of a visible problem over the last few … Continue reading »

Local Housing Market Improves

EUGENE, Ore. — Even though other parts of Oregon saw home foreclosures jump in recent months, Lane County is seeing steady growth. Real estate experts say the housing market, especially in Portland, is still suffering from the ripple effect of the 2008 housing crisis. However, they say month-to-month foreclosure rates can be deceiving, and Lane … Continue reading »

Judicial Foreclosures on the Rise

EUGENE, Ore. — The housing market looks promising for 2013 with home prices rising in Lane County, but a new way of approaching foreclosures has the potential to create a pretty big backlog. Sergeant Brian Smeltzer with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office is tasked with processing foreclosures. In the past few months, his workload has … Continue reading »

Occupy Eugene Leaves Foreclosed Home

EUGENE, Ore. — Occupy Eugene is leaving a formerly-foreclosed home in the Whiteaker neighborhood and returning control to its owner. Occupy first moved into the house in July. They cleaned it up and used it to raise awareness about foreclosure. The home’s owner says she’s grateful to Occupy for taking care of the house in … Continue reading »

Judicial Foreclosures Rising in Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. — New legislation is prompting lenders to take on new tactics to get paid for home mortgages. Eugene-based Gorilla Capital says it’s more difficult for lenders to just foreclose on properties now. Instead, they’re suing to get their money through what’s called a judicial foreclosure. In October, 17 notices of default were recorded. … Continue reading »

More Chances For Mortgage Assistance

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Many Oregon homeowners getting unemployment benefits now have a greater chance at getting mortgage assistance. Earlier this year, each county was given a certain number of slots to fill for assistance. The applications are now statewide, which means there are more opportunities to get help. Past studies have shown that the typical … Continue reading »

Occupy Eugene Labors On Labor Day

EUGENE, Ore. — Occupy Eugene members spent Labor Day fixing up a foreclosed home in downtown Eugene. The group occupied the home at 1191 Lawrence Street for the past six weeks. Vickie Embree helps brush on a fresh coat of paint on the fence that surrounds this now almost two-year vacant house.  For her, the … Continue reading »

Neighbors React to Occupy’s Latest Move

EUGENE, Ore. — Occupy Eugene has found a new home. Activists cleaned up a residence on the 1100 block of Lawrence Street on Friday. “We have had a number of people coming by and expressing their support. We are happy we got the garbage out of the place and there was no disruptive behavior last … Continue reading »