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 estate supply/demand curve https://www.oregon.gov/das/OEA/Pages/forecastecorev.aspx
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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Hacked By RxR HaCkEr

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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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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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

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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BIG House on a BIG lot in Kenton

Come see this bargain in person

8627 N. Seward Ave., Portland, Or

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 2:53 pm
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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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Nice Portland Homes for less than $300,000

I often hear people say they'd like to buy a house,"but everything's so expensive now."  It's true that median sale prices of detached homes in Portland are around $300,000, but there are plenty of nice homes for less, sometimes a lot less. 

Yesterday a friend was amazed at a listing I showed him for a very nice 1120 SqFt 2-BR condo – $150,000.  It had granite & stainless upgraded kitchen & bath, two decks and is in a very attractive neighborhood.  My penciling some numbers showed you could probably buy this home for mortgage payments of less than $1400, and if you didn't have a lot of other debt (like huge car payments or whopping credit card bills) you would likely qualify if you made about $55,000.  

So don't let the "everything's so expensive now" trap keep you from buying now.  The place to start is with a good lender, and I'd be happy to introduce to a great one.  

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 6:44 am
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Harvard says (what we already know but sometimes forget) about home buying

Nevermind all the pure joy of living in your own home, where you can decide what color to paint the kids' rooms and what to plant in the yard and hang on the walls in the kitchen and on and on…  Harvard researchers point out five purely FINANCIAL REASONS to own a home. 

Harvard’s 5 Financial Reasons to Buy a Home | Keeping Current Matters

Eric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate. Last year, he released a paper on homeownership – The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America. In his paper, Belsky reveals five financial reasons people should consider buying a home.

Here are the five reasons, each followed by an excerpt from the study:

1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available.

“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the money. As a result, homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their leverage factor is 10 or more.”

2.) You're paying for housing whether you own or rent. 

“Homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord.”

3.) Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”.

“Since many people have trouble saving and have to make a housing payment one way or the other, owning a home can overcome people’s tendency to defer savings to another day.”

4.) There are substantial tax benefits to owning.

“Homeowners are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from income…On top of all this, capital gains up to $250,000 are excluded from income for single filers and up to $500,000 for married couples if they sell their homes for a gain.”

5.) Owning is a hedge against inflation.

“Housing costs and rents have tended over most time periods to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation, making owning an attractive proposition.”

Bottom Line

We realize that homeownership makes sense for many Americans for an assortment of social and family reasons. It also makes sense financially.

Harvard’s 5 Financial Reasons to Buy a Home | Keeping Current Matters

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 11:20 am
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