Archive for January, 2012

2011-2012 Cost vs. Value: Which Remodeling Projects Pay Off the Most?

I’ve talked about this before but it’s one of those posts that bares repeating. When tackling home remodeling projects, you’ll find some projects pay off more than others at times of resale. Remodeling Magazine, in conjunction with REALTOR® Magazine, recently released findings of its annual Cost vs. Value report for 2011-2012, revealing which remodeling projects […]

New Seasons Market is in the works for N. Williams

The North Portland area around N. Williams and Fremont has seen a lot of change over recent years. With the addition of many new shops, restaurants and bars; the area rivals its neighbor N. Mississippi. So it’s not a surprise to me to see that there are now plans for a 30,000 square foot, $8 […]

Obama’s State of the Union and What it means for Real Estate

Everyone has been talking about the State of Union delivered on Tuesday by President Obama. It’s hard not to. It doesn’t even seem to matter if you are a democrat or republican or libertarian or none of the above. And maybe it’s just me but it seems like people are paying more attention to politics […]

Portland Events and Festivals!

It is hard to not let the weather get you down. I definitely begin to get a little edgy this time of year when the color outside is 90% gray. Especially when I’m feeling like I need to get out of the house and do something fun! And even though it’s gross outside, there are […]

Put Some Color on Those Walls & Listen to Warren Buffet (yes I’m serious)

                                    Warren Buffet does tend to know a thing or two about real estate. And Warren believes (I can call him Warren) that employment will rise when real estate does. You think he’s right? It’s not just Warren […]

Sewer Monsters and the Importance of Sewer Scopes!

Unless you already own a home you probably don’t often think about the sewer lines that carry the “waste” from where you live to the sewer lines in the street. Any time you buy a house you need to have those lines inspected. It’s not required but strongly recommended. Sometimes the repair is minor or […]

I5 Traffic Mess in North and NE Portland is the Subject of Upcoming Open House

Do you ever drive South on I5 past the Portland Rose Quarter? If so you probably already know what I’m going to talk about. That area has been a clogged mess for awhile.  It use to only happen at certain times of the day but now it seems that most of the time the area […]

Whether you Rent or Own, Take a Home Inventory!

If you are renting in Portland and don’t have renters insurance, get it. A lot of renters believe (I was one of these) that what they own is for the most part not too valuable except maybe one or two items, so they don’t need to worry about it. But I bet if you go […]

Portland Home Sales up in 2011!

The Portland Home Sales numbers are in and there were 19,682 Portland-area homes sold in 2011. That is a 4 percent increase compared with 2010, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service. But the median price for the year fell 7.9 percent, to $221,000. The weight from distressed home sales continue to impact our Portland […]

Portland Snow is in the Forecast!

As we are on the heels of another MASSIVE SNOW EVENT in Portland, I’m reminded of some decent snow we got a few years ago. We don’t see a lot of snow in Portland. It seems to me like every 5 years we get a good amount. For me personally it’s not enough and I […]