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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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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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

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Posted on August 21, 2016 at 10:35 am
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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.  

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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" is $61,927 and an "upscale" $122,359).  It also estimates how much each project will return in short-term sale price. The "minor" kitchen remodel will increase your short term sale price by $23,197 – 11% over your cost, so a pretty good investment.  The "major" adds $48,371 and the "upscale" $87,667, but neither returns more than their cost.  Still, if you're going to live in the house for many years, there's no dollar value on the enjoyment you'll get from the new kitchen.  The report has figures on 26 other remodels.  Want a copy?  Let me know and it's on its way.  

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm
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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 the City of Portland, there is a place to file a complaint for all these issues and more.

Click Here for a list of the right phone numbers for each of these issues, and many others. You can also file a complaint on line for almost all.  

Personally, I've only filed one complaint like these.  It was for a home under construction that had stopped the building process and let the weeds get 3-4 feet high.  I filed an on line report and in two weeks they had been mowed.  

Beyond removing an irritation to living, some of these things actually affect the value of all the homes in your neighborhood.  So among other things, you're protecting your home's value when you file a legitimate complaint.  

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 10:35 am
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Portland Home “Revamp” Makes Houzz

The current "This Week on Houzz" features "Paint and pluck revamp a Portland ranch house"See the before and after photos and the owner's comments here,

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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Time for hanging of the greens (or anything else). Here’s a how-to from the pros.

Architecture, interior design, and more ∨

Hire residential landscape architects to help with all aspects of landscape design, from selecting or designing patio furniture, to siting a detached garage or pergola.
Find home remodeling professionals, local residential architects, top home builders in your area and decorating and interior design ideas.

 

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm
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