Portland Metro Market Report

The latest Market Report is available from RMLS. Great news!  Sales and values are both increasing and rates are staying low.  Closed sales increased, and market values increased…

February 15, 2015

Random Things That Effect Appraisals

In recent months I have experienced some unusual results with appraisals. I thought this list would be interesting to you if you are concerned about either buying or…

October 24, 2014

Short Sales and Tax Ramifications

The definition of a short sale is the sale of a property where the proceeds will be less than the outstanding balance of the loan secured by the…

September 10, 2014

7 Staging Mistakes Sellers Make

Staging has become an important part of the selling process and of good marketing plans. I have changed my perspective on staging. As a practical person who sees…

August 22, 2014

What About “AVMs….automated value models”?

 I was sailing with friends a week ago, and they wanted to tell me how excited they are that their home in a hot Portland Neighborhood had increased by $38,000…

June 11, 2014

Quick Sale is the Way to Go

Sold!  11 days on the market! This house received two offers at full price or above, and sold at more than full price. What made the difference?  Great…

May 15, 2014

Distressed Property Report for 2013: Inventory and Solds Down

The data is ‘in’. In 2013, about 15% of the property that sold in the greater Portland metro area was classified as distressed, which means either short sales…

February 10, 2014

9 Staging Tips For Home Sellers with Pets

 Pets are good for our hearts; they love us no matter what. They continue to love us even when we sell their home out from under them.  Some…

February 9, 2014

Six Ways to Turn Off Buyers or Sellers

 The market is really active right now, so you don’t want to turn off any buyer or seller, do you? Broker’s make appointments to show your home, then….nada….

February 7, 2014

Don’t Do This If You Are Thinking Of Buying a Home

Just like your mother said, Don’t dive into waters if you don’t know what’s down there!!!  Here is some serious advice that will help you avoid problems in…

January 24, 2014

Portland Metro Market Report January 2014

2014 is starting off with a bang! Prices are up, multiple offers are being made on desirable, well priced properties (especially in the close in neighborhoods), a fresh…

January 24, 2014

What About ‘Zestimates’?

 This article in the Oregonian poses an interesting dilemma for the Portland Real Estate Market. When Zillow first launched, they tried to charge real estate brokers for adding correct…

November 4, 2013

Portland real estate market report for October 2013

Listing inventory is up but even though the Portland real estate market  remains steady and strong, worries continue about the impact of the Federal shut down on financing….

October 11, 2013

Getting mentally ready to sell your home

Phillip Phillips talks about making this place your home… how do you accomplish that on a budget?  Selling your home is one of the biggest financial moves you…

February 19, 2013

Pictures are important listing tools

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words……just feel your heartstrings when you watch this Budweiser ad……can’t you just feel the connection between that pony…

February 18, 2013

Wood Stove or Insert Decommision

Oregon passed a law on August 1, 2010 requiring homeowners to remove and destroy uncertified woodstoves and fireplace inserts prio to selling a home.

November 1, 2012

Buy Now? Sell Now? A view on the Portland Real Estate Future.

Both buyers and sellers are stuck on moving forward. Can the Seller get a better price if they wait to sell?

October 28, 2010