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.

 

Dave Sutton Portland Real Estate Tree Farm

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
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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
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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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December Portland Activities & Events

New to Portland?  Old timer looking for new things?  Here's a list put together by my friends at Ticor Title

Activities –

 

• ZooLights

o Don’t miss this magical sight: zoo animals frolicking in the form of a million holiday lights.www.oregonzoo.org

 

• Winter Wonderland

o From the warmth of your car, tour the largest holiday-light display west of the Mississippi.www.globaleventsgrouppdx.com

 

• Christmas Fantasy Trail

o Stroll through a winter wonderland on a 1000-ft path with lights, glittering gingerbread houses, and a full-size Christmas castle. www.fantastytrail.com

 

• Poetry Readings

o Portland’s underground poetry scene is currently in the national spotlight.www.ifnotforkidnpa.comwww.badbloodpoetry.org

 

• The Unscriptables

o Performing regularly, this improv group draws big laughs putting “typical” Portland characters in puppet form. www.theunscriptables.com

 

• Christmas Festival of Lights

o View nativity scenes, take in one of the 150 choral performances and enjoy a range of other entertainment at the Grotto. www.thegrotto.org

 

Events –

 

• Champagne Ball – 31

o Get tickets early for this wild New Year’s party, which touts 4 rooms, 3 dance floors, 16 bars, and one epic countdown. www.champagneball.com

 

• Christmas Revels Show – 11-14

o Partake in a traditional winter solstice celebration, with 11 holiday performances that explore the traditions of Old Europe through music, dance, poetry, and drama.www.portlandrevels.com

 

• Holiday Ale Festival – 3-7

o Stay warm sampling bold and powerful ales under a heated tent in Pioneer Courthouse Square. www.holidayale.com

 

• Christmas Ship Parade – 5-21

o For 60 years, Christmas-light-decorated boats have paraded along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Check the website for a schedule with locations. www.christmasships.org

 

• Festival of the Last Minute – 18-24

o Fear not, last-minute shoppers, Portland Saturday Market has you covered: Loads of locally made gifts amass in the days before Christmas. www.protlandsaturdaymarket.com

 

• Hawthorne Holiday Stroll – 6

o Holiday shopping becomes a community celebration with free warm apple cider, carolers, games for kids, and stores with extended business hours. www.thinkhawthorne.com

 

• Holiday Half – 14

o This flat half marathon comes with views of St. Johns Bridge and ends with seasonal ale, warm food, carolers, and eggnog. www.foottraffic.us/holiday

 

• Jingle Bell Run/Walk – 7

o Race to the sound of jingle bells and help the fight against arthritis, the country’s leading cause of disability. www.portlandjinglebellrun.kintera.org

 

• Lights on Peacock Lane – 15-24

o In one of Portland’s best-loved traditions, immaculately decorated Tudors shine for two and a half weeks. Watch for pedestrian-only nights. www.peacocklane.net

 

• Providence Festival of Trees – 5-6

o View 100s of decorated trees created by local designers, and enjoy holiday entertainment. Proceeds benefit Providence Health & Services. www.providence.org/festivaloftrees

 

• ScanFair – 6-7

o Discover Scandinavia’s traditional arts, visit the Pippi Longstocking Room, and eat Danish, Norweigan, and Swedish delicacies. www.scanheritage.org

 

• Tuba Christmas – 13

o A great way to break up a day of downtown holiday shopping: more than 225 tubas perform jolly songs in the Square for free. www.bemerrydowntown.org

 

• Crafty Wonderland’s Super Colossal Holiday Sale – 13-14

o Local creativity will blow your mind at this artisanal shopping experience. Free admission and tons of gift ideas. www.craftywonderland.com

 

• Christmas in Dairyville – 12-14

o This complete Christmas town comes with vintage storefronts, holiday scenes replete with live animals, and 300+ decorated trees. Stroll down Storybook Lane, take in a holiday movie, and visit with Santa. www.alpenrose.com

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm
Dave Sutton | Category: Portland Events & Activities, Portland Real Estate, Uncategorized