Moving to a different land or clime???

If you or someone you know is considering relocating it makes sense to make a plan and do your homework. If you are moving out of town/state I would love to help you find an agent that can make the transition easier. OR, if you know someone that is moving to Portland, I could help introduce them to the city.

Additionally, here are some basics that will result in an easier and more informed transition.


Posted on July 21, 2019 at 12:36 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Homeowners, Portland Real Estate |

Bridging the gap…

Okay, let’s just say you own your home and you want to move: bigger house, smaller house, etc. Let’s also say you don’t have enough money set aside to buy your new place without selling your current home.

As you can imagine, it happens ALL the time. You can sell your house, move to a rental and then look for a new home. You can make an offer on a new home contingent on the sale of your current home. OR, in some cases, you can get a Bridge Loan.

A Bridge Loan can work when you have considerable equity in your home. It is essentially taking some of the equity out of your current home to be a down payment on the home you want to buy. In some cases, it is a great solution. If you have any interest in this, let me know, and I can give you the names of a few lenders that can explain your options so you can decide if this might be a good fit for your situation.


Posted on July 14, 2019 at 12:35 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Mortgages, Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate |

The deed is done…literally!

I mentioned that I was selling a duplex I own. It closed a couple weeks ago. I am a very happy girl.

There were a few reasons that I sold it. Partly, I wanted to simplify my life. Partly, the market was good – and so, if I ever intended to sell it – now seemed like a good time. The final reason, and the one that tipped the scale, was the new rules the City of Portland and the State of Oregon have put in place.

I have taken numerous classes to be sure I am abiding by all the rules and so I have a sense of how it will affect buyers and sellers going forward. It has become so complicated and onerous that I was concerned I would not be able to comply and would be leaving myself open to lawsuits/repercussions. I have always managed my own rentals, and I am not sure I feel comfortable doing that in the future.

Here is what I know for sure: if you own a rental, you need to educate yourself OR be sure you have it managed by a professional. If you are considering selling a rental, you need to talk to a realtor, and probably an attorney, well in advance so you know how you should proceed.

Do you find yourself in that situation? Or, considering selling a rental? Call me or email me, and let’s discuss your options and responsibilities.


Posted on July 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity |

Market Activity

Interested in the latest real estate stats in Portland? Last month’s numbers are in. Click HERE.


Posted on June 27, 2019 at 12:36 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity |

Economic Report

It’s that time again! Windermere’s chief economist, Matthew Gardner, has provided his analysis of the Oregon and Southwest Washington real estate market. I hope it assists you in making better informed real estate decisions. For more information about the housing market specific to your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

I would love to hear from you. Send me an email or give me a call, and let’s chat!

~ Sally

Click HERE to access the entire report.


Posted on June 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity |

Now I understand…

I am in the middle of selling a duplex I have owned for over 25 years. Even though I am very familiar with the process, I am having another agent represent me. I really do believe having someone else negotiating for me is in my best interest. It has also been a great experience for me to be on the other side of the table for a change!!!

It’s just a good reminder that selling a home is an emotional experience that involves a whole lot of money and much of it is a pain in the rear!! So, I’m humbled, I can’t wait until it’s over, and I wish I didn’t have to do so many repairs! I am crossing my fingers that everything comes together and that I escape unscathed. Wish me luck!!!


Posted on May 30, 2019 at 12:57 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Homeowners, Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate |

Portland real estate activity

“The Portland metro area saw mostly gains this April, with new listings leading the way,” according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service’s Market Action report. There was a 5.5% increase in listings over April 2018 and a 20.1% increase over March 2019. “This was the strongest April for new listings in the area since 2010.”

Interested in the latest real estate stats in Portland? Last month’s numbers are in. Click HERE.


Posted on May 23, 2019 at 12:59 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity |

It could happen to you…

I have a few rentals and for two of them, I pay the water bill. A couple of times in the past I’ve received what I consider freakishly high water bills. The City of Portland has been really good to deal with. They have even sent me a letter pointing out the bill seemed excessive. IF you can get to the bottom of what is causing the problem and you fix it, they will sometimes adjust your past bills – no guarantee but worth investigating. They suggest you turn off all water and then check your meter, if it’s still running you’ve got a problem. It can be a toilet that’s running or a small hole in one of the pipes. All that said, the current problem with my rental has NOT been resolved and the last water bill was $944.00 – ouch!


Posted on March 28, 2019 at 4:17 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Home Maintenance, Homeowners, Portland Neighborhoods |

4th Quarter Economic Report


The fourth quarter economic report from 2018 is out! One of the things I love about Matthew Gardner’s reports is how relevant they are to our area. There is a lot of national news out there that can often be scary, but does it really apply to us? Here’s a look at what our state’s last quarter looked like.

I would love to hear from you. Send me an email or give me a call, and let’s chat!

~ Sally


Posted on March 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity |

Market activity from February


Interested in the latest real estate stats in Portland? Last month’s numbers are in. Click HERE.


Posted on March 14, 2019 at 4:15 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Portland Real Estate, real estate market activity |