Uncategorized Moving with Kids: Tips on Making a Smooth Transition This post comes from the fabulous Alexis Hall of singleparent.info. A single mom, she recently moved with her 3 kids to be closer to her parents. Here’s what Alexis had to say about her experience: The homebuying process with three kids was challenging and fun. From a treehouse to a dance studio to an indoor […]
Uncategorized Time To Introduce Smart Showers The Smart Shower Hey there readers! So I’m going to be introducing something a little out there today that some people have never heard of, let alone even thought was possible. So we already have smart TVs, smart phones, and smart watches….. But what about smart showers?? Well…. They’re real! Two brands already adapting to […]
Uncategorized Creating a Pet Evacuation Plan An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home. No matter where you live, you’ll have some natural disaster that you’ll need to be prepared for, whether it’s earthquakes, fires, or hurricanes. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids (if you don’t have an evacuation plan yet, take […]
Uncategorized 5 Must-Have Tools for Homeowners When you own your home, things are going to break and there’s no landlord to call. Unless you want to get to know your local handyman REALLY well, you’ll have to fix at least some of the basics on your own. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. […]
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Uncategorized 5 Negotiation Tactics That Can Kill a Sale Negotiations in a real estate transactions can be tricky. Here are some pitfalls to avoid that might kill your deal.
Uncategorized Hire a Concrete Contractor Instead of Going DIY As a rule of thumb, whenever there’s a need for concrete construction, you should think twice about taking the matters into your own hands. Sure, turning it into a DIY project is always a possibility, but think about it; you don’t construct/reconstruct using concrete every day, and you probably don’t have the required experience anyway, […]
Uncategorized 4 Priority Tasks for Your New Home You just bought a new house…congrats! Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first. This will hopefully be the last time your home is totally empty […]
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Uncategorized How to Create a Perfect Open Floor Area Are you thinking of redecorating and modernizing your house but aren’t sure how you want to do it? While an open floor plan can be challenging it definitely doesn’t mean boring. As a matter of fact, making an open floor area can be the perfect opportunity to get creative and start working on an amazing […]
Uncategorized Winterization Projects: When to DIY or Hire a Pro Winter is right around the corner, ready to wrap your home and property in a frosty embrace. The winter season means long, dark nights, ice and snow, and freezing temperatures, which means you must do all you can to properly winterize your home. There are many winterization projects you may need to undertake. Do you […]
Uncategorized Interior Design Trends to be on the Lookout for in 2018 No matter if you live in a 10-bedroom manor or a small city apartment, you probably want your home to tell a story about who you are. And, if you are a chic person who loves to be up-to-date with new trends, then you must prepare for 2018. Next year will introduce a lot of […]
Uncategorized 5 Things that Affect Property Values Property values are ever-changing, and it’s important to understand how they arrive at that number as a homeowner, so you can ensure you’re doing things to keep your value going up! Some of the features that increase property values are obvious–a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few […]
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 […]
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) […]
Holidays 10 Ways to Paint Portland GREEN for St. Paddy’s! I love an excuse to wear something silly and hit the town, so needless to say, St. Patrick’s Day ranks pretty high on my holiday list.  While I could probably do without queasy green beer, there is something about everyone out celebrating together that just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside (or it could […]
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 […]
Holidays Celebrate the Holidays Portland Style! Around this time last year, I wrote a post with lots of holiday events in the Portland area.  My parents are coming to town for Christmas this year, and so while I plan activities for their trip, I’m compiling a list that I’d like to share again! Click the picture below to enlarge: And here are those […]
Uncategorized 5 Big Trends in Home Decor Thanks to websites like Houzz and Pinterest and TV networks like HGTV and DIY, it’s easier than ever to keep up with home decorating trends and find inspiration for improving your own home.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself down a Pinterest hole of all the most amazing interior design ideas maybe a […]