Tag Archives: Property Taxes

Portland, Oregon — An Award Winning Rose of an Economy

This week I had the opportunity to speak to the Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association in Portland, Oregon. It was a fun trip to catch up with colleagues, friends, customers and for the first time, see a new granddaughter as my daughter, son-in-law and children live there. The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) created 28,900 net …Read more

State and Local Tax Collections and Related Employment

State and local governments literally had a head-on collision with the plunging economy during the recession and many locales were pressed just to remain solvent. Jobs were cut and services were either scaled back or eliminated. Property values declined precipitously (and property tax collections fell) Companies posted declining revenues, and in many instances losses and …Read more

Best State Business Tax Climates in 2014

Where companies originally locate and relocate to are obviously potentially complex decisions given the vast number of variables such as customers, taxes, resources, transportation, environment, weather, demographics, and workforce, to name just a few. Yet sometimes it may be just as simple as locating where the CEO or owner wants to live. From a tax …Read more

U.S. Homeownership Rates By Quarter 1995 to 2012

Homeownership has long been viewed as a true positive to the owners, neighborhoods, communities and society. The National Association of REALTORS® has an extensive list of these positives based on decades of research. While homeownership fell out of favor in the mist of the bursting of the housing bubble, that has already flipped 180 degrees …Read more