Home Buying Latest real estate news from Windermere Chief Economist Mathew Gardner Would you believe lumber prices are up 52% from a year ago?  That and more here
Portland Events & Activities Looking for a Pumpkin Patch? Here’s a list from PDX/Parent Enjoy!
Uncategorized What’s the future for mortgage rates? Here’s Windermere’s Chief Economist with the answer
Home Buying Improved Housing Forecast from Natl Assoc of Realtors National Association of Realtors is changing their 2019 Mortgage rate forecast to 4.5% (down from earlier 5.5%) and home price forecast up 2.9% (up from 2.2%.  Full story here  
Home Mortgage Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest Personally, I have used a tax professional since in my first job after college, earning $85/wk, I was audited 3 times. But here’s a guide from the National Association of Realtors that may help you know the issues when you meet with him/her.
Uncategorized What Qualities Should You Look for in a House? “Location, location, location” is the stereotypical answer to the question, but location has several important meanings: Neighborhood – How does this home fit in with other homes in the immediate (4–6 square blocks) area. You don’t want the most expensive home in the neighborhood because you won’t get the value out of it when you […]
Home Selling How important is “staging” a house before it goes on the market? Do potential buyers really need to see an almost-bare house, stripped of all personal items? I just answered this question for a Quora writer: First, staging. Absolutely essential to sell for the highest price in the shortest time. There are two ways to stage. 1) Empty the house of everything personal and hire a professional stager to bring everything from furniture to wall hangings and towels – all in the […]
Home Buying What are the Benefits of Owning Real Estate Besides Your House? Here’s my answer to that question just asked on Quora Owning your house is the biggest and best benefit. It means you can paint the bathroom whatever color you want, remodel the kitchen, plant what you want in the yard, and on and on…all for your personal comfort and enjoyment. If you have a mortgage, […]
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Home Buying What’s a Faster Return on Investment: Renting or Flipping real estate? Here’s answer I wrote recently to that question on Quora:   I’d guess flipping shows the greatest short-term potential, but as with most investments return is related to risk, and there is certainly risk in flipping. For example, what if in the remodel process you discover something not in your original estimate? What if the […]
Home Buying I’m proud to be a small part of Windermere Foundation’s $2.2 million 2017 grants. Here’s where it all went…
Home Buying The Best Mortgage Information comes from? With mortgages, there is no “one-size fits all”.  Mortgages (and the rates) vary according to your personal situation: income, debts, down payment, credit score and so many more items. Your best source for mortgage information is a local, experienced, mortgage broker.  If you don’t know one, contact me for an introduction to my preferred lender.  […]
Home Buying Winter issue of Windermere Living is here In the winter issue of Windermere Living, we highlight some of Maui’s top spots and adventures. We also go behind the scenes with celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis, who reveals her top five tips for cooking pasta. And don’t miss the new Destination GPS, which spotlights some of the vibrant communities where Windermere has offices. And […]
Home Inspection Five Tips to Prepare Your House to Sell Faster for More Staged homes sell faster and for a higher price. If sellers who list with me prefer, I provide a complimentary staging consultant who will show you how to stage with your own furniture. The four other items in this article are also worth the time & cost. If you’d like to know what your home […]
Home Buying Home owners #1 complaint – should have bought bigger home We continue to buy ever larger homes, now average 2700 SqFt (up 1,000 from 1973).  41% of renters wish they’d bought.  Full details here.
Home Buying Triple your down payment money – free ! I just learned of a new down payment match offer from Guild Mortgage, the largest local mortgage lender in the NW.  It’s really simple: you put up 1% of the purchase price of a home and Guild makes a grant of 2% so you qualify for a conventional 3% down payment mortgage.  Yes, you just tripled your money.  You […]
Home Buying First time buyer? Ask me about a no-down payment mortgage.
Home Buying So you want to downsize? If you’re like me and my wife, you have a lot of “stuff” (for lack of a more pleasing word) that will simply not fit in a downsized home.  I frequently help  buyers who want a garage only to store “stuff”.   The time-tested method is, of course a “garage sale”.  But they are subject […]
Home Buying Nine Ways to Make Your House More Photogenic Nine good points, from today’s NY Times.  In my 14 years experience staging has two advantages for the seller: 1) higher sale price and 2) quicker sale.  Many times staging can be done with the seller’s own furniture, as with this condo I recently listed which sold for 13% over list in a week.  
Home Buying Portland in Top Ten “Next Tech Havens” This may not be a surprise to a lot of Portlanders, but our city has been included in a list of the top ten “next tech havens“ So you ask, “What does that have to do with real estate?” With new jobs comes new population – people who don’t live here today.  And those people […]
Home Buying One More Reason Home Prices Continue their Rise The Oregon Association of Realtors reports: A 2016 study from Josh Lehner (Oregon Office of Economic Analysis) illustrates Oregon is currently underbuilt by 24,000 units. In other words, we need to build 24,000 units just to equalize the supply/demand curve. Until we reach a period of hypersupply, Oregonians will continue to feel the pinch of the real […]