Archive for the ‘homeowners’ Category

5 Things to Know about Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance tends to be one of those things that people think about after the fire burns the house down or the flood heavily damages the home.  Doing a little extra research when you are beginning the home buying process can potentially save you and your family a lot of heartache down the road.

How to Landscape and Personalize your Bare Portland Yard!

This time of year I find myself frantically working in my yard preparing it for spring and summer. When I bought my house, the yard was like an empty canvas. I’ve spent a lot of time adding personality to what was a large and very plain front and back yard. It also adds a lot […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Fix it Fair in Portsmouth Neighborhood Jan. 21, 2012! Check it out!

by Betsy Ballantyne

Portland Housing Stats from November 2011

Next week the numbers for December will be released but before we look at those I wanted to take a minute and look back at what was happening with the Portland area Housing Market in November. This also comes after many articles coming out these first few weeks in January saying that the Housing Market […]

4 Ways Portland Sellers and Buyers can avoid Surprises at the Closing Table

I used to pass a mortgage company billboard on the freeway every day that read: “Surprises are for birthday parties.” (Implied: surprises are usually unpleasant when they arise in the context of real estate transactions.) The worst case scenario that looms large in the minds of buyers, refinancers and sellers alike is that they’ll get […]

Which is more Efficient & Cheaper, Hand Washing or Dishwasher?

If you live in Portland and Portland General Electric provides your electricity, like me you receive a little handout in the mail with your bill. I rarely look at these but when I do I have found that PGE does a good job of providing it’s Portland consumers with tips to being more efficient. For […]