Archive for October, 2011

Acronyms in Real Estate!

Have you ever noticed all the acronyms that real estate agents have after their names? Ever wondered what those meant? There are so many acronyms used in real estate, either in listings or after agent’s names. I have a few myself but have chosen to not use them after my name because I assume people […]

Portland Tree Rebates

Do you know that the City of Portland will reimburse you for part of the cost when you plant a tree in your yard?  Treebate is a seasonal program available September 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012.   Go here to see how to get your Treebate.

Short sales up to 8 months to close!

Every buyer I work with wants to know what the deal is with short sales. And many come equipped with little or inaccurate information about them. So each time I find myself giving the dreaded “short sale speech.” The reason I dread it is because there are so many unknowns with short sales. And almost […]

I want to buy a home in Portland, now what?

I am a planner by nature. I like to make lists and be organized. And I’m guessing some of you are like me. So if you are that way (and even if you aren’t) and are considering buying a home in Portland in the next year or sooner, here is an article that gives you […]

Haunted Portland

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be pretty rational about the whole ghost thing. I like to think that it doesn’t freak me out or make it a little harder for me to go to sleep. However, when given a good back story about a haunted home, street, cemetery or whatever and […]

Fall Home Checklist

When any of my clients buy a home, I always try to stress how important it is to keep up with the basics of home maintenance. You will be so happy you did when you go to sell and when you avoid costly issues because of your regular maintenance. So as winter nears, it’s time […]

Rents are Rising…a lot!

Many of the first time buyers I work with, especially recently, express their frustration for the high cost of renting these days. For many it has pushed them to take the necessary steps into purchasing, especially because the rent they are paying now is equal to what they would pay for a mortgage! Rents are […]

Portland Property Taxes

It’s property tax time! Yay! November is Property Tax month and payments are due November 15th.  Portland homeowners will begin seeing taxes arriving in their mailboxes soon! And get ready because they probably have not declined like you hoped or assumed since property values have declined. This is a popular question/concern among new homeowners and […]

Portland Neighborhood homes are the most searched in the nation!

View Hillside Neighborhood in a larger map Two Portland neighborhoods made it into the top 5 of the most popular real estate searches according to a study done by! Not too shabby Portland! Read more here.