Real Estate Musings

April 13, 2012

Why are you waiting on Portland Real Estate?

Are you a lurker?  Bench warmer? A Watcher?  Fence sitter?

Are you a potential home buyer that watches the Portland real estate market and waits from the sidelines?

Are you someone who does not want to contact an agent, won't ask for more information or  go as far as ...

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May 4, 2011

Remodeled vs Updated; The Battle For Portland Real Estate Supremacy

What term best describes your Portland real estate, Remodeled or Updated?

 Updated Kitchen

These days, it seem just about every home for sale has been remodeled.  When looking through the descriptions and highlights of a home you might see something like this;

To the Studs Remodeled Kitchen!
Come see the remodeled ...

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April 22, 2011

What Homeowners Think About Being Homeowners

What do homeowners say about homeownership?

 

While there have been many families that have been devastated by the current economy,but, homeowners have really not wavered in their belief in homeownership as the best long-term investment.  Add in the social benefits of owning a home, it looks like investing in ...

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April 20, 2011

Owning Portland Real Estate Has Social Benefits


A report by the National Association of Realtors identifies homeownership’s numerous social benefits. The report, “Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing,” cites extensive research showing that homeownership increases civic participation, lowers crime rates and boosts children’s educational performance.

Among other items, the study concludes that owners ...

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April 20, 2011

Ranking Portland For Crime Rates

 
In a recent report, Portland ranked 227th out of 400 cities for crime rates in 2010.  City Crime Rankings 2010-2011: Crime in Metropolitan America, is a report published by CQPress, a publisher of books and reference publications, that used crime data reported to the FBI to create ...
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March 26, 2011

Options Available to Distressed Portland Real Estate Owners

 

 

In this down real estate market, loan modifications, short sales, feeds in lieu, foreclosures and bankruptcy are terms you here thrown out in news articles.   Many Portland real estate owners have had personal experience with the difficult real estate market, having been forced to make tough decisions about ...

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March 4, 2011

2010 Census Data and Portland Real Estate

Now that the 2010 US Census data has been released for the state of Oregon, I wanted to see what the numbers for Portland metro area looked like.

National

 

First, I wanted to see what our entire United states Population was up to.   According to the US census ...

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Nov. 9, 2010

Relax! Portland Makes the List of the Most Relaxed US Cities

Just like Frankie Goes To Hollywood once said, Relax!

With all that Portland has to offer, it is no wonder why we are included in the list of the most relaxed cities by Forbes. Portland received the #4 spot with strong ranking in work hours, health and exercise.

Forbes used six different ...

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Nov. 6, 2010

Deciphering your Portland Real Estate Property Tax Statement

Oregon has a complicated property tax system.  Could be the most difficult to understand system in the entire country. 
Oregon real estate property taxes have  two values that appear on each statement.

  • Real Market Value (RMV)
  • Maximum Assessed Value (MAV)

The RMV  is what the county assessor estimates the actual value ...

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Oct. 22, 2010

Portland Ranks #1 Among Pet-Friendly Cities!

Dog and owner happy to be at a pet friendly park in Portland, OR.
 

According to Livibility.com, Portland, Oregon ranks #1 in Pet friendly cities. The cities that made the list obviously had to have most of the amenities a pet would want, good and available veterinary care and facilities, stores for all of their toys, food and other needs, and places to go like trails, parks ...

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