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The darkness at the edge of your title report

By Yascha Noonberg, June 5, 2018

OPB’s Erica Morrison recently published a story about discriminatory language inserted into the deeds of multiple Portland neighborhoods that restricted certain ethnic groups from purchasing homes in those neighborhoods.

Fortunately the National Fair Housing Act made those restrictions unenforceable but they are still recorded and when you read through some of the restrictions it can be shocking.

The Fair Housing Act was part of the sweeping Civil Rights Act of 1968, and the housing portion protects buyers and renters from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.

Morrison’s article talks about the daunting task of removing these discriminatory restrictions from deeds in Portland

I’ve read through a few of these deeds and it is disturbing not only to imagine the racism that was motivating people to record these deeds but what it must have been like to be a person restricted from buying a home because of their race.

The article can be found here.


Yascha Noonberg

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Recently featured as one of the Top 150 Brokers in Portland. Certified Residential Investment Specialist VISIT MY WEBSITE  "Yascha is absolutely an asset, not only to his clients, but his industry as a whole as an example of how realtors should strive to conduct business." —Past client I was fortunate enough to move to Portland in the 90s after growing up in Maryland and then attending college in Texas. My professional life started with owning and operating a music school and recording studio in SE Portland. Eventually I was drawn to real estate both as an investor and subsequently as a consultant to homebuyers and sellers as well as fellow real estate investors. My family and I have lived on both sides of the river, and we spend a lot of our down time at the coast in Manzanita. My real estate business and family keep me very busy but whenever possible I get out on the courts to compete in tennis leagues and tournaments, and I recently started playing Pickleball. I also mix in the occasional gig or young audiences performance with local jazz group Trashcan Joe.
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