Licensed Oregon realtor • Scout Realty co, Portland

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This Year’s Market Report is here

It's true, real estate has slowed down here in Portland! The annual neighborhood stats from Portland Monthly are here. After years of double-digit growth, the Portland market only had 5 percent growth in the median home sale price this year ...
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Seeing Beyond the Surface Part 2: Exteriors

Looking for a new home can be stressful and part of that comes from assessing something so important in such a short amount of time. One of the things that I do as a Realtor is point out potential issues ...
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Seeing Beyond the Surface Part 1: Interior Systems

Looking for a new home can be exciting, but also really stressful. Part of that comes from assessing something so important in such a short amount of time. I often think of house hunting as speed-dating for the biggest purchase ...
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Real Estate Basics: Getting Started With Financing

Thinking about how you can buy your first home? Regardless of price, buying real estate takes a lump of money up front, but it may not be as much as you think. Things to consider: How much of a down ...
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Real Estate Basics: What Is Escrow?

When real estate agents talk about “Escrow” what we’re really referring to is the escrow period in a real estate transaction – the period of time between having an offer accepted and the closing or finalizing of the sale. During ...
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Let the Scooting Begin

You may have noticed the scooters appearing around Portland recently. Three companies have started programs renting electric scooters via phone apps: Bird, Lime, and Skip. Like the Biketown bikes, the scooters are meant primarily for one-way trips and leisure use ...
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Real Estate Basics: What Is Earnest Money?

Earnest money is good faith funds the buyer deposits into an escrow account when their offer to purchase a home is accepted. It acts as an assurance for the seller that the buyer is not entering into multiple purchase contracts ...
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Real Estate Basics: Who Pays the Realtor?

A really common question that people don't like to bring up is "who pays the realtor?" While it's common in our culture to feel awkward about topics like this, no one should be afraid to speak frankly about money, especially ...
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“Great” Schools

A question I get a lot when looking at houses is "Is this a good school district?" It's a question that's almost impossible to answer. When you say "good" do you mean test scores? Graduation rates? Cultural diversity? College admissions? ...
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