Home Selling

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
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 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 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 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.  
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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 […]
Home Selling Financially, Which Remodels are Best? Not necessarily the best for quick return (important if you're selling in the next year or so), but the best value in the long term.  HouseLogic's "8 Most Financially Savvy Home Improvements are here
Home Selling Even a “minor” kitchen remodel is Portland is $20,000, so…. the question is how to do it so the value holds up for the long run.   Here's HouseLogic's list of the seven "Kitchen Remodeling Decisions You'll never regret" The $20,000 figure is from the 2016 "Cost vs. Value" report* that shows costs in Portland for 27 popular remodels .  It's for a "minor" kitchen remodel, (a "major" […]
Home Buying Is this neighborhood noisy? If prospective buyers could spend a week in a house they're thinking about buying, it would give them a good feel for the neighborhood, including how noisy (or quiet).  Now there's a tool that can help with that. Enter the address at HowLoud and you'll get a SoundScore – a 50 to 100 rating (higher is quieter) […]
Home Buying Property Tax Schedules & Who Pays Who on Sale Oregon property taxes can by confusing.  Especially due dates and how they are prorated when you buy or sell.  Click Here for a simple chart from our friends at Ticor Title  
Home Buying What to Do About that Annoying (house/car/business/neighbor). "That house down the street has 3-foot tall weeds all over the front yard" "That car has been parked there for weeks" "The business on the corner is so noisy I can't sleep" "The neighbor's dog barks all day and night" "I don't think that apartment being built over their garage complies with code" In […]
Home Buying Is Oregon’s Economy Improving? Yes, and Here’s Why At a Windermere meeting last week we heard Windermere's Chief Economist.   Here's the takeaway in plain English: http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2016/02/is-the-economy-going-to-be-better-this-year-brian.html
Home Buying Seller credits in the Portland area? I just answered a question on a popular real estate site asking about the average amount of seller concessions for closing costs and repairs.  Here's what I wrote: You've mixed two different things when you include repairs with closing costs.  A buyer's closing costs typically include some escrow & title fees, property taxes, and insurance. […]
Home Buying How Fast are Oregon Homes selling? While the chart shows Oregon as less than 30 days, the reality is that any decent Portland home that's fairly priced will be gone in a week.  My last listing went live on MLS at 8:00 PM on a Saturday night.  We received 10 offers by Wednesday and accepted $56,000 over the list price.   […]
Home Selling Thinking of cutting down that tree? Sometimes trees die or outlive their location.  It's unfortunate, but true.  But before you fire up the chain saw, be sure to check with your city.  Many require permits and there are fines for cutting without.  City of Portland permit is $25 but the fine can be $1,000.  Also consider leaving the whole job to […]
Home Selling Congress extends tax relief for underwater home sellers Just got word from the National Association of Realtors on key legislation affecting home sellers and investors: “The package of tax extensions approved by the U.S. House and Senate, and headed to the President’s desk for signature, includes important provisions that will help distressed homeowners and commercial property investors with transactions made during 2014. NAR […]