Real Estate

Real Estate What You Need to Know About Selling Your Property Selling your house is an exciting time, but it’s also bound with a lot of red tape. This handy guide will take you through all the ins and outs of property contracts, so you know what to expect from the outset. “The legal process begins as soon as you accept an offer. This includes arranging […]
Real Estate 6 Signs That You Found the Perfect Home Many realtors will tell you that there is no such thing as the perfect home. The more realistic and savvy the buyers are, the easier it is to come to a compromise. However, you didn’t sell your old place to purchase a compromise. Emotions may be running high, especially if you are purchasing your first […]
Finance The Ultimate Guide for First-Time Home Buyers Buying your own home is probably one of the most exciting moments of your entire life and something you’ll remember forever. It’s a start of a new life and a way to leave all your troubles behind. However, not all homes are the same and you need to think long and hard before making the […]
Real Estate Buying vs. Renting Commercial Property At one point, business owners are faced with a difficult decision of obtaining a more permanent residence for their company. Having a central location for your business is crucial, as it’s necessary to have someplace to conduct business operations, hold meetings and ultimately grow. Yet, deciding whether to buy or rent a property for your […]
home improvement 6 Questions to Ask Yourself before Moving to a New Apartment Moving to a new place is always exciting, but also a bit frightening too, isn’t it? Not knowing what you’re doing and whether you’re making the right move, as well as being swamped with a ton of work that needs to be done beforehand and having to work out the logistics of the move months […]
home improvement 6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Moving To A New Home If you are looking for a major change, such as moving to a new house, you should not dive in unprepared. You have to be sure that it is the right time to do it or right call after all. Know what you stand to lose and gain: Even when you are young and attached, […]
home improvement 5 Tips for Selling Your Property Faster in any Market  Markets tend to vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood, but some things remain the same. A property that sits empty in the market is a property that always amasses expenses, not profit. Well, a perfect buyer does not simply come across by some chance and give you a hefty offer. There is a host of […]
Portland 4 Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector When you purchase a home, you need to know exactly what you’re buying.  Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t working mid-shower! This is why you should have a home inspection before you buy your home. In Oregon, the inspection period is 10 business days after the sales […]
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Real Estate How to Sell Your Home With Pets Anyone who knows me knows that I am a pet lover.  I’m definitely one of “those” owners who is way too affectionate with their dog.  Which means I’ve got pretty much 2 things on my mind at any given moment: real estate, and my pup.  Pets are a part of the family, and when it […]
Finance 5 Factors that Can Influence Comps Ah, the Comp.  It’s a word you’ll hear over and over again in real estate.  Comp is short for comparable property, and it is how a real estate agent will arrive at a market value for your home.  If you are the seller, your agent will use comps to arrive at a recommended list price. […]
Portland What You Should Know About Home Energy Audits I took a fantastic class this morning dealing with a new law that was recently passed: starting January 1, 2018, anyone wishing to sell their home within Portland city limits (with or without an agent) must get a home energy audit prior to listing, and must provide the report with the home energy score (HES) […]
Real Estate 10 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While it’s For Sale Good News! You’ve finally put your home on the market.  Bad News, you’ll have to spend more time out of the house, leaving it more exposed to the threat of thieves. Even if you’re still living in it until it closes, a for sale sign and an empty driveway might lure criminals, thinking it will […]
Real Estate Save Money in Your New Home With These Tips When you’ve just purchased a new home, there’s a ton on your mind. There’s moving, decorating, getting to know your new neighborhood, and more.  It is an exciting, if a little overwhelming time. In the rush to get settled, though, there are some important money-saving areas that tend to get overlooked.  Here are a few […]
Finance Buying Soon? Make Sure Your Credit is in Order Here’s one that I know my friends in the mortgage industry can get behind. There’s no more important time to work on your credit score than when you’re about to apply for a mortgage. There was once a time when if you could fog a mirror, you could get a loan (hello 2006!) but those […]
Real Estate Moving to a New City? Answer These Questions Before You Start Packing Unless you’ve been living off the grid for a while, you’ve probably heard about this great influx of people moving to Oregon–Portland specifically.  For those of us that live here, it’s definitely been an adjustment to the increases in traffic, general cost of living, and the changes in housing availability and affordability.  And of course […]
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Real Estate Locked Out? Read this Before You Call that Locksmith Recently I had the chance to talk to the awesome Robbie Richards at Mr. Rekey in Austin, TX.  He shared with me this infographic he created to shed some light on a problem that most of us aren’t even aware of: locksmith scams.  Luckily, I’ve never experienced anything like this, but it is so important […]
Real Estate Increase Your Home’s Value Without Breaking the Bank Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some renovations may cost a lot but not add significant value to your home.  This tends to be the case for things like room additions, which almost always cost more than the added value onto your home.   This list goes in the opposite direction: Here are […]
Finance Is Now the Right Time to Refinance? Even though interest rates are on the rise, they are still at historic lows. If you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM), it may be a good time to consider refinancing your home.  If you have thought about refinancing in the past, but were worried about being locked into a rate, getting in on the current […]
Portland Stressed about Moving? 3 Ways to Ease Your Fears With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one.  I’ve seen this happen all over Portland.  Inventory is so low that it’s scaring people on both sides of a transaction. This can be […]