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A Portland blog about life and things to do in Portland, Oregon.

When buying a house in Oregon, you will run into lots of houses with a basement especially if it’s an older house.  In inner Portland neighborhoods, your typical bungalow house usually comes with an unfinished basement.  In outskirt Portland neighborhoods and the metro area, many older homes including ranch houses

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The real estate numbers are out for May 2017! So where are we with the Portland housing market? To summarize, things are still hot. It’s slightly cooler than 2016 in terms of average days on the market and supply vs. demand. Not much though. In 2016, the average days on... The post

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FIRPTA stands for the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 and this article only relates to home sellers who are not US residents for the purpose of FIRPTA. If you are a home seller in Oregon who is a US citizen or a permanent resident of the... The post

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April 2017 Portland housing market report is out. Like any April, this past month has shown an increased market activities in terms of number of houses listed and pending compared to March 2017. For sold units, April has less sold units during the month compared to March 2017. March had... The post

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Portland housing market has been increasingly difficult for first-time home buyers.  We already know how competitive the market is and the record rain in the winter of 2016-2017 has not made it any easier for first-time home buyers in Portland.  Stories about home bidding wars and prices going up 10%...

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  Like the strong display of the Pacific Northwest teams in the March Madness, 2017 March housing market in Portland is really kicking up to start this home buying season.  On the above report, the numbers are similar to the March of 2016 with a 9.5% home price increase for... The post

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Portland housing market has been slow throughout the winter of 2016 and 2017.  This was due to many reasons previously discussed in other articles here but the combination of the election, interest rate increase and many home buyers being priced out of the current home prices.  The market is picking...

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  Today is the first day of spring in 2017 and the Portland housing market is slowly waking up to a busy spring real estate market this year.  Like the long and cold winter of 2016-2017, the market has been slow going with homes staying on the market for many... The post

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Portland housing market for 2015-2016 have been brutal for home buyers.  Bidding wars have taken place in most reasonably priced homes and there are some horror stories about 10 plus offers and losing out on every home bidding.  For those who waited for the competition to slow down, now they... The p

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So you are ready to buy a house in Portland and you’ve looked through many homes on the internet. As opposed to some folks who prefer newer homes, you are more inclined to buy an older house because it has more charm or historical character to it. Whatever your reasons... The post

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Lents neighborhood is finally coming together with four grand construction projects to be completed by by 2018.  Three of the projects are already under construction and the prospect of this neighborhood is bringing much excitement and anticipation from residents.  Lents Town Center Renewal Area was formed in 1998 and

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After a long rather slow moving days of November and December of 2016, January of 2017 is already getting hot with home buyers in Portland.  All the snow isn’t cooling down the hot momentum of home buyers.  Homes that have been sitting on the market over a month or two... The post

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Portlanders have been enjoying the heavy snowfall (snowpocalypse as we call) since the evening of January 10, 2017.  There is still a lot of snow on the ground and will not melt away until Monday or Tuesday of next week.  Most areas in the Portland metro experienced about a foot... The post

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We have enjoyed our historically lowest mortgage rates for some time and after seeing the spike in the interest rate after the election, I became curious as to whether this is leading to a continuing growth of the rates or a temporary spike from some optimism in certain economic sectors. ...

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Fall and winter are typically slow reasons in real estate.  Especially in the Pacific Northwest, rain adds an extra pessimism to the housing market.  2015 in Portland was an exception, however, due to the sizzling hot housing market.  What about the fall season market of 2016 in Portland?  Slow or...

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Fall and winter are typically slow reasons in real estate.  Especially in the Pacific Northwest, rain adds an extra pessimism to the housing market.  2015 in Portland was an exception, however, due to the sizzling hot housing market.  What about the fall season market of 2016 in Portland?  Slow or...

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It’s about the time of the year that most if not all of the beautiful autumn leaves have fallen on the ground.  Amazing how the beautiful sight all of sudden turned into an anxiety of thinking whether to do your own cleaning or hire someone to clean the leaves.  If...

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It’s about the time of the year that most if not all of the beautiful autumn leaves have fallen on the ground.  Amazing how the beautiful sight all of sudden turned into an anxiety of thinking whether to do your own cleaning or hire someone to clean the leaves.  If...

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We have seen a double digit growth in Portland housing market in 2015 and 2016.  In 2015, the home value here has increased about 17% and so far in 2016, it has increased nearly 13% since January according to Zillow.  Many potential home buyers and sellers wonder what the real...

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We have seen a double digit growth in Portland housing market in 2015 and 2016.  In 2015, the home value here has increased about 17% and so far in 2016, it has increased nearly 13% since January according to Zillow.  Many potential home buyers and sellers wonder what the real...

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Different people have a different preference toward an older house or a newer construction house.  If you are not familiar with pros and cons of both types of homes, you may wonder, “Why would I want to buy an older house if I can buy a new construction with the...

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Different people have a different preference toward an older house or a newer construction house.  If you are not familiar with pros and cons of both types of homes, you may wonder, “Why would I want to buy an older house if I can buy a new construction with the...

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The rain is officially here in Portland!  It will be here for the next several months and many home buyers wonder whether home buying is different in the rainy season compared to spring and summer.  Aside from the fact that you will be moving in the rain, which can be...

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The rain is officially here in Portland!  It will be here for the next several months and many home buyers wonder whether home buying is different in the rainy season compared to spring and summer.  Aside from the fact that you will be moving in the rain, which can be...

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There is an appraisal crisis going on in Oregon.  There just aren’t enough appraisers out there.  If you have been involved in selling or buying a home in the last few years, you know there is a big delay with home appraisal in Oregon.  In the Portland metro, the turnaround... The post

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There is an appraisal crisis going on in Oregon.  There just aren’t enough appraisers out there.  If you have been involved in selling or buying a home in the last few years, you know there is a big delay with home appraisal in Oregon.  In the Portland metro, the turnaround...

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It’s almost the end of the spring-summer home buying season.  2016 has been another hot market for Portland.  However, some signs indicate that the Portland housing market may be slowing down.  Some parts of statistics show the market has not been as crazy hot as 2015.  There was about the...

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Portland housing market report for July 2016 is out.  According to the report, Portland home prices are continuing to increase.  Compared to 2015, the median home price has increased by 12%.  That number has taken into consideration that median prices normally dip towards the end of summer and throughout fall..

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Home buying involves a lot of due diligence.  OREF forms lay out all the events and dates involved throughout the transaction and explain rights and responsibilities of each party involved in the transaction.  There are lots of deadlines to review and inspect various elements of the property and real estate..&#

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