Mortgage Tips
Applying for a Loan An introduction to mortgage. Here’s some basics about mortgages: what they are, how they work. Definition. A mortgage is simply a loan you take out to buy a home. Obtaining a mortgage will let you purchase a $200,000 home though you have far less money to put toward such a large… Read More ›
Staging Your Home on a Budget
  When listing your home for sale, it is critical that you present it in a way that is appealing to as many potential buyers as possible. This goes beyond just keeping the home clean, it is equally important to remove or replace anything that might distract buyers or make it seem too personalized. Below… Read More ›
Everything You Need to Know About Home Inspections
In a hot real estate market, it is easy to rush into a buying decision without considering all of the variables that come with acquiring a home. Luckily, there are usually contingencies in place that protect both the buyer and seller from making a mistake. One of these contingencies is the home inspection, which allows… Read More ›
Upgrades to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient
An energy efficient home has many benefits. Environmental impact, increased home value, and cost-savings are chief among them. This has been brought to the forefront in 2018 in our market as Home Energy Reports are now required for homes sold in the city of Portland. Buyers are looking for homes that have been designed with the… Read More ›
Ask the Experts: The 2018 Housing Market
Most experts are expecting the 2018 housing market to look very similar to 2017, which was characterized by low inventory and high prices. However with the recent passage of the tax bill, some experts are anticipating prices won’t rise nearly as fast because of the new law. Others say it will help first-time home buyers… Read More ›
Oregon Still Ranked in the Top 3 States for Relocation
For the 5th consecutive year, Oregon ranks in the top 3 most popular states for relocation, finishing second in 2017. Our beautiful state held first place from 2013-2015 before falling to third in 2016. The Mountain and Pacific West regions continue to be a big draw, as Idaho fills the 3rd spot and Washington comes… Read More ›
Why You Should List During the Holidays
It’s no secret that the real estate market tends to slow during the winter. The holidays are busy, families are traveling, and poor weather makes viewing homes an unpleasant experience. However, a slow market is not always a bad thing. Just this month we have seen many of our own listings go pending that had… Read More ›
Getting Organized
In many homes, organization is an ongoing task. The following article from houzz.com offers some fantastic ideas for creating an organized space that stays that way! 10 Principles of Organizing That Work in Every Room Getting your home organized is a great feeling, but figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. Keep the process… Read More ›
Buying and Selling for Dog Owners
Are you thinking about buying or selling a home, but not sure what that means for your furry family member? You aren’t alone. The following article by the Seattle Times offers some great insight and advice! Dog owners face unique challenges when buying, selling a home Millennials, in particular, are often motivated by their dogs… Read More ›