Expand your living space without adding on!

A little over a year ago I helped a lovely family buy a home in NE Portland. They wanted a little more yard, a different neighborhood and a good family/playroom. Well they found the first two and the possibility of the third in the partially finished basement. They decided to move the staircase (which would give them more space when they remodel the kitchen), add some windows, sheetrock and carpet which completely transformed the space. Take a look at what they did!

Curious how a remodel could affect the resale value of your home? Give me a call!



Posted on April 20, 2016 at 11:41 am
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What is Radon???

Radon is a colorless, odorless, invisible radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil and can accumulate in buildings at dangerous levels. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon and, if the levels are above an acceptable level, install a radon mitigation system.

It is now common to test for radon during a real estate transaction. You can test yourself, and it’s relatively inexpensive. According to the EPA, a long term test is the best way to determine your exposure to radon. You can go online and purchase test kits that you do yourself OR you can call me, and I would be happy to give you the name of different contractors that test and could do the radon mitigation for you if your levels are over the recommended level.

Have you tested your home for radon?

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm
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Property tax time is coming!

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.

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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ADUs – Accessory Dwelling Units – Is it an option for you??

ADUs are becoming more and more popular. There are so many possibilities: a rental unit, mother-in-law apartment, studio/office and on and on. I am personally a big fan; it might be because I always wanted a playhouse as a child! The city of Portland has an informative website which gives you an outline of the process and rules. I recently took a class from an architect that has done a number of them in Portland. They also have great information plus photos and layouts of ADU projects they have done around town. 

So, if you decide to do or have done an ADU please, please let me know… I would love to stop by and see it!!

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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Remodel, Part III

Month four of our remodel. Our windows were installed, the house got siding, the sheetrock was up and the new hardwoods – beautiful!!! Yes, there was still dust everywhere, and I sometimes doubted that we would ever live above ground again. I did see light at the end of the tunnel, however, and hoped to be moving back upstairs by Thanksgiving.

So back to the hardwoods: we thought we would be tough enough to stay in the house when they coated the hardwoods. Well it was just way too stinky so we had to scramble at the last minute to find an affordable place to stay – we picked the Banfield Hotel. Let’s just say that for our second night away from home we stayed with some lovely friends!

Here are a few more shots of the progress! If you are considering a move or a remodel, give me a call. I might just be able to help!!!

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 11:17 am
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Refinance or buy!

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.

Posted on September 22, 2015 at 12:32 pm
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Remodel Revisited


Fast forward to month 3 of our remodel! Lots of progress made. The shell of the addition was built so we had a much better sense of how everything was going to look.  

Our contractor, Tyler Dean Construction, did a wonderful job. They barely batted an eye when I asked to enlarge an already completed window opening by 2 inches so we could get a little more eastern light – the additional light is lovely, by the way.

Next up: lots of little decisions like lighting fixtures, hardware and paint colors – who knew there were so many shades of gray!! Maynard the cat was still very unhappy and threatening to pack his bag and leave. Otherwise, all went well and I'll be very excited to show you the end result.

Here are a few more during shots of the progress! If you are considering a move or a remodel, give me a call. I might just be able to help!!!

Posted on September 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm
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To move or remodel, that is the question…

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. 





Posted on September 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm
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Northwest & Southwest Portland

Windermere – NW/SW Portland from Windermere Real Estate on Vimeo.

Posted on September 4, 2015 at 10:16 am
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Eastside Portland

Windermere Knows Eastside Portland from Windermere Real Estate on Vimeo.

Posted on September 4, 2015 at 10:15 am
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