Green Living How can it already be August??? Summer is slipping away, but there is still time to enjoy the sun and the wind in your hair. I personally like to take walks. I love living in a city with lovely neighborhoods, parks and walks galore. My husband likes to hike and also loves to bike. Portland is at the forefront of making […]
Homeowners If the earth moves, are you ready? Well, let me just say if the big one hits, I am certainly not prepared! We have a cabin at the beach, and years ago, I haphazardly put together a few things in case there was a tsunami. I would get no gold stars, but it is better than nothing. Considering the recent earthquake in […]
Homeowners 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 […]
Homeowners 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 […]
Home Maintenance 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. […]
Homeowners 3rd Quarter 2018 Real Estate Economic Report Click here to view this past quarter’s Oregon and Southwest Washington real estate market analysis, provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. I hope this information helps you with making better-informed real estate decisions. Of course, if you have a question about this report or your specific neighborhood, please call or email me.
Homeowners Share the Warmth For the less fortunate, these warm items are essential during the winter months. As part of Windermere’s long-standing commitment to help those in need, our offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington will be collecting coats and blankets NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 19th, M–F, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Help our offices share the warmth by bringing new or gently used […]
Homeowners Real estate: where are we now? Good question and does anyone really know for sure? What I can say from observation is: houses are staying on the market a little longer and there are more price reductions and fewer multiple offers. The regional RMLS stats for September in the tri-county area also indicate the market is slowing down. The inventory levels […]
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Homeowners I still can’t believe I… Remember where you keep your passport! Here is a tip that I hope you never have to take advantage of… We went to Europe in September. A little over a week before we left I started getting all the stuff gathered that I would l need for the trip. I ALWAYS keep my passport in […]
Home Maintenance You might have heard of a Walk Score, but did you know… I am constantly amazed by how much information there is out there! Here are a few websites (and apps) that can be helpful when you are buying or selling a home or just want to know a little more about your neighborhood or the city you live in: Walc is an app. If you want to […]
Homeowners Zestimates: Don’t get me started! Well, it would be an exaggeration to say Zillow is the bane of my existence, but it’s kinda true! Sometimes their Zestimates are high, sometimes they’re low, and sometimes they get it right. Pretty reliable, huh? Here are a few things that come into play: Zillow has never been in your house. They don’t know […]
Homeowners Yikes! It’s almost tax time! As I’m sure you know 2017 brought us new tax laws. If there has ever been a time that you want to talk to your tax consultant preemptively it is now. Of course everyone’s tax situation is different but a couple things that affect real estate are: The final tax bill has a limit on […]
Green Living Portland’s Home Energy Score I have mentioned that as of the first of 2018 the City of Portland is requiring that you have a Home Energy Audit prior to putting your house on the market. I decided to have an audit done on our house to be more familiar with how the process works. The scoring system is from […]
Homeowners Who doesn’t love a transformation? One of the very best parts of my job is visiting people that I helped find a home. Not only do I get to catch up with what they’re doing and find out how much they love their house – I get to see what they’ve done to the house to make it home. In this […]
Homeowners 2018 Economic Forecast Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist, recently completed his national housing forecast which details his predictions for the 2018 housing market, and here’s what he has to say: Wondering what this means for you? Give me a call.
Homeowners Economic report The following analysis of the Oregon and Southwest Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me. ECONOMIC OVERVIEW The […]
Homeowners Portland real estate market Here are latest stats from RMLS’s Market Action report for the Portland Metro area. Looking for another area? Contact me, and I’ll be happy to send them to you.  
Home Mortgage 2017 economic forecast The latest from Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s resident economist… contact me with questions! Matthew Gardner 2017 Forecast
Home Maintenance Plumbers…be ready for next time! We were lucky and didn’t have any frozen or broken pipes. If you do, I think the best course of action is to call a plumber. If you know or suspect you have a frozen pipe and don’t want to call a plumber: turn off the faucet and look for bulges, cracks or frost on […]
Downsizing Downsizing anyone??? If you’re considering downsizing for yourself or your parents it’s a good idea to start thinking about it sooner rather than later. It can seem overwhelming – where do you want to move, are you considering a condo or possibly a different state,  what do you need to do to get your home ready for […]