This is such a cool program! Awhile back a volunteer from the Portland Food Project spoke at my neighborhood meeting, and it sounded like such a great idea I decided to participate.
It is a simple concept: Neighborhood Coordinators agree to organize a small group to become Food Donors. As a Food Donor, I fill a bag they provide with non-perishable food every other month and leave it on the front porch for a Saturday pick-up. The Neighborhood Coordinators collect the full bags and leave an empty one for the next time. The food is delivered to one of 14 local food pantries. It is tax deductible and easy as pie.
Look them up online to see if you want to participate, and please ask me if you have questions. I’m just so enthusiastic about Portland Food Project.
We will all be getting our property tax statements soon. If you feel that the market value of your property is not accurate, Multnomah County has a Property Tax Appeal Process. I appealed my taxes once over 20 years ago. I remember it being more complicated than I expected, but I did get a slight reduction. What I do know for sure is: if you want to file an appeal for the current tax year, your petition must be postmarked or delivered by 12/31/2015 – no exceptions. For more information, you might want to check out Multnomah County’s website.
It is still a great time to refinance or buy a home or investment property!
With real estate prices continuing to climb, people that were underwater in their homes might find they are in a positive equity position now. That could mean that refinancing is a possibility and or selling might be an option. No matter what your situation, if you haven’t spoken to a lender lately, now is the time.
Give me a call if you would like a couple suggestions for a mortgage broker or if you want to find out the current value of your home.
If you ask me, I would say yes. At the very least, I’m sure our neighbor to the west would say "yes" since we removed part of our shared fence while doing our remodel. I have had a few fences built over the years and wondered when I did or didn’t needed a permit.
The City of Portland has a fairly comprehensive website that answers most of those questions. Also, I had been under the impression that you couldn’t build a fence over 6 feet in height. According to the website, it is a possibility but requires a permit and inspection.
We pondered that question for about 4 years. I can make a good case for both options but, about a year ago, we finally decided to….. remodel. We wanted to add on to the back of our house which would change our very small bedroom into a medium sized bedroom, add a walk-in closet (I am still so excited about that!!) and add a study for David.
On the other side of our house, we planned to enlarge our dining room which would open up to a new covered patio. We hired an architect to draw the plans and once we began, we had a wonderful crew at our house at about 7:00 each morning.
It was really going pretty well…unless you asked our cat, Maynard, who thought he was in hell.
Below are a few photos of our progress…we were about a third of the way through here.