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Scouting Report – Volume 6, Issue 11

Scouting Report – Volume 6, Issue 11

It’s never a surprise when the real estate business slows down at the end of the calendar year. But, as we said goodbye to 2020, it felt as if the slowdown was dictated more by lack of inventory than lack of buyers. There were simply […]

Real Estate in the age of Coronavirus

Real Estate in the age of Coronavirus

People have asked “Are people still buying houses during a global pandemic?” Yes! At least in Portland they are. We had a quiet month or so but that seemed to create more demand and buyers are back with a vengeance. Does this mean that everything […]

This Year’s Market Report is here

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. Some highlights: The biggest drops […]

Seeing Beyond the Surface Part 2: Exteriors

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 that buyers may not be […]

Seeing Beyond the Surface Part 1: Interior Systems

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 of your life. One of […]

Real Estate Basics: Getting Started With Financing

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 payment will you need? How […]

Real Estate Basics: What Is Escrow?

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 this time, a title company […]

Real Estate Basics: What Is Earnest Money?

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 at once, and more importantly […]

Real Estate Basics: Who Pays the Realtor?

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 when a house might be […]

“Great” Schools

“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? Overall happiness of the students? […]



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