#RADONFREE Campaign


Eliot Neighborhood

Map of indoor radon risk levels for NE portland Radon Map

Environmental Works LLC is proud to be launching our #RADONFREE campaign! This campaign is a community service outreach program that helps Portland homeowners be informed about the dangers of radon and get their homes tested.

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How to Protect Yourself From Equifax Hackers


Ask Carolyn Warren

Equifax, one of the three big credit bureaus, announced that hackers have illegally accessed 143 million Americans’ private information. This security breach occurred between May and July and was discovered on July 29th. Equifax has said it will notify all victims, but if you’d like to be proactive, here are steps you can take (with caveats).

Protecting Your Online Security: Actions to Consider

  1. Send a letter through the good, old-fashioned USPS mail requesting a copy of your free annual credit report. Look for anything that should not belong there, such as a new account you did not open or a hard inquiry you did not authorize.
    Caveat: Do not order your credit report through the Internet, because in doing so, you would give up important legal rights.
  2. Enroll in Equifax’s one year free monitoring service.
    Caveat: They will not help you repair your credit, only monitor it.
    Second Caveat: By…

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A Tiny Complicated House


The Hermit in the Desert

Today I visited my first tiny house. I’ve been fascinated by these little homes for several years now, but this was my first time actually walking through out. I went with a friend of mine who, along with his wife, are also aficionados of simpler ways of life.

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The new community is in the Northwest section of Charlotte, NC, well outside of the metro area. The community, if it comes to fruition, will exist across the street from an elementary school.

The first thing that struck both of us was how large the “tiny” house was, and this wasn’t even the large version of the model. The 493 square feet unit you see here begins at $89,950. But for only $14,000, you can add 100 sq. ft. For $20,160, you can add 144 sq. ft., and for a measly $23,800, you can add 170 sq. ft. I’m not sure if…

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Coming July 10, 2017: Tax Liens, Judgments Removed from Credit Reports, per New Federal Law


Ask Carolyn Warren

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A new federal law requires the credit bureaus (also called credit reporting agencies or CRAs) to remove tax liens and judgments from credit reports if they do not include the proper information identifying them to the individual.

It is estimated that 60% of tax lien information will be removed from credit reports and ALL civil judgment records will be removed!

A release from TransUnion gives some insight about what to expect:

  • Based on feedback, most Bankruptcy information will meet the minimum reporting requirements, so don’t expect those to go away.
  • The new standards will apply to both new and existing public record data.
  • Minimum identifier data required: Name, Address, Social Security # and/or Date of Birth
  • Minimum frequency courthouse visits to obtain newly filed data: 90 Days

When it will roll out: During the week of July 10, 2017, the CRAs will remove from their databases previously collected…

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My Debt is More Than the Market Value of House – What To Do?


VA Real Estate Solutions

When the economic climate took a beating in 2008, numerous individuals braced themselves in the gut-wrenching experience of being dumbfounded of what to do on selling their house. While this real estate slump still prevails in certain locations, fortunately the data are coming to be less surprising as property appraisals are increasing as compared to what they were throughout the economic downturn. This offers hardly any convenience if you are paying each month to pay a home loan that’s much bigger compared to just what you might market your house for. Right here are the most typical alternatives for home owners in this situation.

Choosing to Stay Despite the Fear of Foreclosure

It makes feeling why people continue paying their mortgages although it could take years to obtain as much as the factor where the residence deserves even more than exactly what you owe on it. Homeowners bother with harming…

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