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.
Share the Warmth…
|As part of Windermere’s long-standing commitment to help those in need, my office will be collecting coats and blankets NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 15, M–F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I invite you to join me in the effort.
Help me share the warmth this winter by bringing new or gently used adult-sized coats and twin-sized blankets. If you like, I’d be happy to stop by and pick them up. Contact me today.
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.
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A stroll through Wilshire Park
A winter wonderland, what a great way to start the new year. I took lots of walks – some with David, some with friends and some by myself. Everyone I ran into was excited and just happy to be outside in the snow. I loved being at home and not feeling obligated to be productive and connected to my phone.
Everything sort of slowed down and there was less urgency, nice! I also felt a little at loose ends, and I ate WAY too much, oh well. Ultimately I sort of found a new groove and was productive without the pressure. I started getting my taxes ready to take to my CPA (I have never done that in January), I went through some boxes of old photos, I did some long overdue spring cleaning, I read a ton and just felt more relaxed. I’m hoping that I carry some of that productivity and relaxed attitude into the new year. Sometimes I’m so busy being busy I lose sight of what I really want to do!
I think I’ve said a version of this before, but cleaning your gutters is one of the most important things you can do for your house. In Oregon, all that the water seems to want to do is get inside especially in our basements and crawlspaces. So either clean those gutters or have them cleaned.
If you have lots of trees you might have to have it done multiple times during a year. While you’re at it, be sure you’re downspouts are properly connected and diverting the water away from your home. It is so common to have water intrusion issues come up when you are buying or selling a home. A little maintenance can avoid some of those issues.
For complete details about our market, please CLICK HERE to see the latest Market Action Report from our Regional Multiple Listing Service.
The Village movement has arrived in Portland but started in Boston in 2001. “A Village is a group of like-minded people in a geographic area who come together to help each other age affordably in their own homes.”
NE Portland will be the first in Oregon and will be up and running in November. Some of the available services will be help with yard work, minor home repairs and computer assistance. It’s a coordinated network of volunteer and reduced cost services that supports village members to “do as much for as little cost for as long as possible”.
To find out more you can attend a meeting on September 17th from 2:30pm – 4:00pm at the Hollywood Library (4040 NE Tillamook St.) or go to nevillagepdx.org.
I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed!
A co-worker of mine had an ADU built. Oh, is it ever a beauty. It’s 800 sq ft which, at this time, is the maximum size allowed. She drew the plans herself and did a wonderful job.
It’s two stories with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and high-end finishes. I love that it’s open, spacious and modern with polished concrete floors on the main level and tons of windows.
Plus, it’s in the Alberta Arts neighborhood so there is incredible walkability and high demand for rentals. The way it’s oriented on the lot provides outdoor privacy for both the main house and the ADU. Their total investment was about $170,000: money well spent!!!
Take a peek:
If you’re thinking about doing a project…
You might want to drop by the Rebuilding Center. Even if you don’t need any building materials you might have something to donate. They are a nonprofit whose goal of selling reclaimed and salvaged materials is a great fit for Portland’s sensibilities.
Every day, eight tons of building materials move through the Rebuilding Center warehouse, with all donations and sales serving our mission to reduce waste and build local community.
They accept donations of unwanted building materials and also demolish derelict buildings to get the materials that stock their shelves. What an incredible resource!! Check it out here.