April 2020 Newsletter
April has everyone thinking about how these current events have changed and will change our lives… now, and in the future.
This month, we are providing resources and links to answer some of the questions that we all have had over these last few weeks.
Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to provide some positivity and good thoughts to brighten your day.
We here at DTRE are so proud of our clients for staying strong and doing what they can, and we are working to encourage and support them in their efforts to stay open and stay safe!
Check out our instagram feed to spread the love.
We will continue to update our listings, and our brokers are also working with clients to get them info and resources they need to keep moving forward.
Please feel free to reach out to us, we are here for you.
Our friend Homer G. Williams is working with Oregon Harbor of Hope to help provide shelter, showers, laundry, and food to people who no longer have access.
If you are a landlord, or know one, take a moment to see what you can do for your tenants. We at DTRE have made arrangements with our tenants to offer financial relief and recommend others do the same wherever possible.
The State of Oregon has recently banned commercial evictions for 90 days, but now is the time for Landlords to contact their lenders for relief options available. Many property owners will be allowed payment deduction or deferral on mortgages if they have lost income due to the novel coronavirus fallout.
Buying a Home
The New York Times shares insight on entering the housing market from those who bought during the last crisis.
Homes are selling quickly, getting as many as 10 offers in one day. The Oregonian breaks down the impact on both buyers & sellers.
Resources for your Business
The Portland Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants and no interest loans to support Portland small businesses experiencing hardships related to COVID-19.
Before you think about breaking your lease, learn from previous markets. Negotiating a lease modification strategy may help to benefit both sides, rather than causing more pain for tenants and landlords.
Business Oregon provides information on grants & funding, what qualifies as an essential business, and resources on how to avoid layoffs. Employers who qualify can be granted an Employee Retention Credit by submitting a form to the IRS.
Portland Business Alliance is working to help people affected by COVID-19 make decisions for their business. Visit their site for updates and resources, including the most recent Digital Town Hall with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
Good News to Share
Looking for some positivity? We hope these links will make you smile.
- John Krasinski gives us SGN (Some Good News) and a Hamilton surprise in Episode 2
- Restaurant in California inspires patrons to send catering to local hospital departments
- Neighborhoods are getting creative with scavenger hunts for kids (and parents!)
- In Portland, Toro Bravo owners are making meals for the homeless
- We can’t help tapping our feet to concerts on YouTube
- This chef is quarantined too, but his instagram feed never fails to evoke a laugh
- Dolly Parton reads you a bedtime story
- Vermont community raises money to thank janitors for sanitizing schools
We are thinking about you all and sending wishes of health to each of you and your families.