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.

 

Posted on April 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm
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Where to Buy the Perfect Christmas Tree?

If you’re looking for a Christmas Tree Farm, click here for an interactive map of Portland area places, courtesy of our friends at First American Title.

 

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Posted on November 30, 2016 at 5:34 pm
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Have a coat or warm blanket to donate? I’ll pick it up.

From now until December 16, Windermere offices in Portland are collecting warm blankets and coats.  Drop off at any office listed here OR I’m happy to pick it up.  

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Posted on November 5, 2016 at 9:26 am
Dave Sutton | Category: Portland Events & Activities, Portland Real Estate, Uncategorized

Portland is hopping in November

Here’s a list from our friends at First American Title (I’m up for the Turkey Trot)

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Posted on November 4, 2016 at 11:28 am
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Portland area Pumpkin Patches & Haunted Houses

From our friends at First American Title, click here for an interactive map with all the details.

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Posted on October 7, 2016 at 10:13 am
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Coat or blanket to donate? I’ll pick it up !

It's the time of year when there's an even greater need for coats and blankets.  Windermere's Share the Warmth Coat & Blanket Drive is under way and my office (825 NE Multnomah St. on the ground floor) is a drop off point, BUT if it's better for you, contact me and I'll come and pick up your donation.  

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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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.  

Besides the fact that the market is hot, this seller had wisely decided to have a home inspection before it went on the market, and fixed everything the inspection report turned up.  I recommend the pre-listing home inspection to all my sellers. Even if you don't want to fix everything, you get the time to generate multiple estimates for the work, instead of being presented with the buyer's bid late in the standard 10-day inspection period when you can't realistically get a contractor to show up in time to get any competing estimates. It's almost like agreeing to the highest repair estimate before you even see it.  Much better to have the time to get your own and either do the repairs or credit the buyer the amount of the lowest estimate. 

Posted on September 2, 2015 at 10:57 am
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Want to help families impacted by wild fires?

If you'd like to directly help families suffering from the current wildfire epidemic in the Northwest, this link to the Windermere Foundation will send 100% of your donation to local organizations in the area you designate or to your billing zip code: http://www.windermere.com/blogs/windermere/posts/the-windermere-foundation-wildfire-fund

 

 

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 5:29 pm
Dave Sutton | Category: Uncategorized

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 a professional.  This is one of those jobs that may look simpler than it really is.  

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 9:33 am
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Home buyers: beware of wire fraud scam

Most home buyers need to transfer money to the escrow company to complete the down payment  the day before closing.  The common way to do that is with a "wire transfer" – an electronic transfer from the buyer's bank to the escrow company.  

The escrow company will send "wire transfer instructions" to the buyer to send to their bank well in advance of the transaction.  The instructions consist of routing and transit numbers, account numbers and lots of other numbers and information to be sure the money gets to the right account at the escrow company.

The fraud begins when the escrow company sends an email to the buyer with new wire transfer instructions, except it's not really from the escrow company (even though it looks like it is). The email has actually comes from a criminal who has hacked the buyer's email account.  If the buyer gives their bank the "new" instructions, the money is transferred to the hacker's account, usually in a foreign country and impossible to recover.  .

Escrow companies almost never change wire transfer instructions.  If you received such a communication, call your escrow officer directly.  

 

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm
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