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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Remodeling, A Different View…Continued…

I told you about Megan and Corey who recently remodeled their home. They added a master suite that has access to their expanded new patio plus spruced up their existing bathroom and kitchen. You saw some before pictures; now it’s time for the finished product. I know they are so pleased to have the work done and even more pleased with the final results!!

Here are a few photos of the final product! If you're ever curious how a remodel could affect the resale value of your home, give me a call and let's chat. 





Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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Don’t be caught out on a limb…

As of January 2015 the tree code has changed for the city of Portland. It will affect trees on both public and private property. The rules are stricter but hopefully easier to understand, and there are penalties if the rules aren’t followed. The ultimate goal is to preserve our trees which affect air-quality, shade and stormwater in addition to just being beautiful. I haven’t done much investigating myself, but the city has a number of ways you can get more information. Call their hotline at 503-823-TREE or click on one of these links:  Portland Trees or Portland Tree article

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm
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Happy Holidays!

Happy New Year! I could write a list as long as my arm of all the things I have to be thankful for and the things I hope for in 2016. One of the things I hope for is to see you; I’d love to catch up and hear all that’s going on in your world. I wish you a joyful and a peaceful New Year!


Posted on January 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm
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Remodeling, A Different View

Last year I met a couple who were planning to combine their homes and lives. Megan had a sweet bungalow in NE and Corey had a place in Estacada. Neither home was big enough for both of them so… should they stay or should they go??

After weighing their options, they decided adding on to Megan’s house was the answer! Megan’s home had 2 bedrooms on the main floor and one bath. What they wanted was a bedroom, bathroom, office and a master suite with 2 big closets and sliding doors to a patio! That is exactly what they got, and it turned out wonderful.

The interior is all done and now they are working on the backyard. Here are a few before photos and the beginning of the remodel.




Posted on December 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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Portland Food Project

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.


Posted on November 20, 2015 at 8:40 am
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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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We’re in the home stretch!!

For me the big news just before Christmas was – finally sleeping upstairs. There were lots of little things left to do like light fixtures, window coverings, and doorknobs, but we were very close to done! At this point, we didn't have the patio completed let alone stairs to the outside. We ordered some new furniture for the living room which would arrive by…. February.

After the new furniture and after the backyard and certainly after the steps are installed, we are going to have an open house to celebrate the true END of the remodel. I will keep you posted; I would love for you to come!

Last but not least, I have gotten such great feedback regarding the remodel. People love to see what other people are doing or have done to fix up their home. If any of you are planning a remodel let me know; I would love to take a few photos of the process!!!

Here are a few more shots of our progress!

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 3:03 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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