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We’ve talked about walk scores in the past on the blog, but what if your preferred method of transportation is via bike? Using your bike as your primary mode of transportation certainly isn’t something Portlanders are unfamiliar with. According...

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Experts are turning in more in depth analysis and issuing predictions for the US housing market for the rest of the year. The Portland home market is one of the fastest-growing in the nation. January 2016 was the... Read More

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Come out to see how those who live in Portland have restored historic homes to fit into today’s modern standard. The Old House Revival Tour will take place on Saturday, April 9th 2016 from 10 a.m. until 4... Read More

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The National Association of Realtors has just released the Pending Home Sales Index for February. The PHSI is based on contract signings and is a sign of how the market will perform in the coming months. February’s PHSI...

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The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is an interesting place for all who live in Portland to visit. This can be an especially great place for families with little ones who love trains. Come often to see the changing...

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Many homeowners are looking for green energy solutions for their Portland home. One idea to look into is solar power. Solar panels can cut down costs and also drastically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide a home uses.... Read More

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Cyclists who live in Portland are welcome to head over to BikeBar, a bicycle- and family-friendly brewpub and restaurant. Proudly serving up Hopworks beer, there’s a great variety to choose from. Try India red ales or pale ales,...

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If you’re thinking of selling your Portland home, one of the most important things you can do is get your house appraised and set the asking price in accord with the appraiser’s evaluation. It is very common for... Read Mo

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Irish folks who live in Portland are smiling at Paddy’s 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. This downtown Portland property shuts down the street for an Irish party like no other each March 17th. In its 7th year, Paddy’s...

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If you’re thinking of selling a Portland home, a new study will be of interest to you. This study found that homes sold in late spring, defined as May 1st through 15th, sell on average 18.5 days faster... Read More

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If you live in Portland or nearby, embrace nature at Forest Park and feel your spirit rejuvenate. With over five thousand acres of glorious wilderness there is plenty of outdoor space to explore. Located at NW 29th Avenue...

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For the first time, metro Portland real estate has made it to realtor.com’s “hotness index”, coming in at number 16 for February 2016. A Portland home sold in an average of 45 days in February, down considerably from... Re

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Home owners who live in Portland can leap into Spring and get inspired at the Portland Home and Garden Show. Held at the Portland Expo Center February 25 through the 28th, this annual event packs the Portland property...

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The February Case Shiller Index was just released this week. This report covers home price changes over 20 metropolitan areas and always has a 60 day lag. The latest data shows continued solid growth with a 0.68% monthly... Read More

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This guest blog post about the loan pre-approval process has been written by Shane Musselwhite of Guild Mortgage. If you have questions about the loan process or your specific situation, inquire with a trusted mortgage professional. I know...

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Your home is an investment. Home improvements, repairs, and renovations can add value to that investment. However, not all improvements are alike. Whatever your budget is, we want to offer you the projects that will yield the highest...

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The March 2015 RMLS Market Action report released Monday shows the Portland Metro housing inventory at 1.9 months!  It hasn’t been that low since September 2005. The number of homes listed has been rising over recent months but that is counter...

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You may have seen our Facebook post about real estate photography gone horribly wrong. That link gave many people a good chuckle, but can you imagine if it was your own home? Sadly, many real estate agents, for... Read More

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What does it take to purchase a home in today’s market? More than you might think. In addition to the effort to find a home with such low inventory, multiple offers are the new norm in certain areas... Read More

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Our latest infographic featuring the February Residential Review for the Portland Metro can be found below. As the data shows, the sales price saw a slight draft – though not significant for this time of year. The number of new...

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Whether you’re spring cleaning or just want to make life easier, here are ten home organization tips to make your life easier. These were originally provided through our monthly newsletter (subscribe here to get great tips monthly). With ideas...

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Since mid-September, the N Williams Corridor has been a haven for this construction activity, as the city improves the safety for this bicycle byway – a project three years in the making. The expected benefits should benefit those... R

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If you’ve decided that purchasing an investment property is right for you, the next step is to figure out what constitutes a good investment. You can check what we look for in an investment property here – the post is older, but the idea is the same. Once you know what type of property you...

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The latest RMLS Portland Market Action data was released last week, and our latest infographic is below. Two notable points in this data are the inventory level and the average sales price change. As the infographic notes, there was an increase in new listings and a decrease of closed sales compared to December 2014, which

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One reason it is recommended to get pre-approved for a mortgage early in the home buying process is to reduce barriers once you find a property. However, the pre-approval process is not a guarantee. While it is not common, there are occasions when a client has their home selected and is ready and willing to sign,

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Is Buying a Home Right for me? Buying a home used to be the default American Dream. The real estate market crash/bursting of the bubble changed the market to some extent. Whereas buyers that could afford $300,000 wanted to spend $350,000, and often could, today’s buyer might be able for afford $300,000 and only be...

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Are Portland distressed properties on the upswing? The current data, provided by RMLS and shown on the right, shows that the final quarter of 2014 revealed an increase in distressed homes – markedly in Bank Owned/REO properties. In September 2013, we wrote a blog about a downshift in Portland distressed properties 

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The RMLS Portland Market Action report recently released for December 2014 offers insight not just to last month, but as a year-in-review. Our most recent infographic (shown below) provides a visualization of the trends of the last three years. The main theme? It’s a seller’s market so buyers need to position t

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NBC Nightly News just aired a segment on mortgage interest rates and a renewed refi craze. 30 year rates are down from 4.5% this time last year to 3.81%. The experts crystal ball is that rate will remain low but now is the time to act if you are thinking about a refi. Does a...

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Before the year even started, 2015 was deemed the “Year of the First-Time Homebuyer.” If the latest changes to the FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) is any predictor, this moniker is likely to ring true. The FHA mortgage insurance changes coming into effect on January 26, 2015 will save first time homebuy

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