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Open Houses: November 19, 2017

Join us this weekend for two open houses in the Portland area!

From 10a - 3p this Sunday at a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo nearby Portland's bustling North Killingsworth Street. This quiet courtyard condo is in a well run community, with charm galore, including hardwood floors, a breakfast nook, and private backyard. Ideal for a student, first home-buyer, or long-distance commuter looking for metro area home. (UPDATE: the open house has been changed to 1-3p.)

Also this Sunday, from 1-3p, we'll be showing off a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home in in Portland's Sunnyside neighborhood. Nestled between SE Belmont and SE Hawthorne, this single-family home is nearby all the activities while offering a serene retreat.

 

Can't make it during the above times and wish to schedule a walk-thru? Give us a call!

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Finding Home : Heather

"Finding Home" is a collection of interviews with our team, friends, and clients about adventures in buying their first home, remodeling lessons, and other discoveries of owning a home. 

Today Heather, PGR realtor and Claire's sister, shares why her home was "The One," a discovery made 10 years after purchasing, and why a finding a great floor plan ranks high when searching for a home. 

1. How did you know you wanted to buy your home? 
As soon as we walked in our house, I knew we needed to make an offer. The open floor plan, great location near Mt. Tabor, room to grow and ability to renovate all sealed the deal. 

2. Was there a trade-off you felt was necessary when purchasing your home? 
No trade-off as it was purchased 17 years ago. However, there are always trade-offs today at any price range. 

3. Was there an unfortunate surprise/issue you discovered *after* moving in?
The biggest surprise we discovered after living in the house almost 10 years were the two cesspools in the backyard that needed decommissioning.

4. How did you fix it?
We've done an extensive amount of work on our house and for every project we have hired contractors to do the work.

5. Would you have changed your mind about the purchase if you had known this would've happened?
No, there are very few repairs that would steer me away from any house. I think finding a neighborhood, floor plan, and layout is much harder than facing any needed repairs or work. 

Thank you for sharing your story with our readers, Heather!

IN OTHER PGR NEWS:

We have a few homes on the market: a 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom ranch home in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst neighborhood; 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom bungalow in Milwaukie, OR; and a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom Tudor home in Gladstone, OR. Click the links for details. Interested in touring one? Give us a call!

 

Would you like to share your home search adventures, remodeling tales, or how you made your house a home with us on our blog? Send us a quick note and we'll be in touch! We'd love to hear from you!

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Open Houses: November 4-5, 2017

We have some great open houses happening this weekend throughout the greater Portland area. Hope you can join us! Have questions about the homes below - or one you recently spied while out and about? Give us a call! 

Saturday, 11/4:

From 10a-12p on Saturday, at 11132 NE Morris St, Portland, this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, home with a huge yard is perfect for a first-time home buyer or someone looking to dive into investment properties. A little love and a handful of updates will make this home shine. Listing price: $250k.

New Listing! On Saturday, from 12-1:30p, at 245 W Hereford S, Gladstone, a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom Tudor home with an incredible layout, backyard, and 2-car garage. Link coming soon; call us for details. Listing price: $400k.  

From 1-3p on Saturday, at 1827 SE Regner Rd, Gresham, a 3-bedroom, 1.1-bathroom, ranch home with a private yard and recent updates, including a new water heater. NEW listing price: $250k.

Sunday, 11/5:

New Listing! From 1-2p on Sunday, at 11389 SE 35th Ave, Milwaukie, this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom sweet bungalow with remodeled kitchen and large private yard with deck. Listing price: $300k.

From 1-3p on Sunday, at 3746 SE Washington St, Portland, an incredible 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom classic craftsman home a block away from Laurelhurst Park and nearby Belmont's restuarant scene. Listing price: $525k.

Can't make it during the above times and wish to schedule a walk-thru? Give us a call!

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Getting Ready for Holiday Guests


The holiday season is officially upon us, which means the March of Guests is about to begin. Whether it's for a party, an open house, or a long weekend, we're sharing a few tips to help get your home holiday-ready this season.

1. Signature Scent: Skip the candle and create a scent that suits your home perfectly. Here are four scents you can simmer on the stove as you get ready for visitors - or to help you relax.

2. Stock Up: Get your fridge and pantry ready for the holidays by stocking up on delicious - and practical - goods. Need some ideas for last-minute snacks? Here are 10 great ideas for when a neighbor drops by or to quickly recharge after an outing with visiting family. 

3. Set the Stage: Not quite ready to haul out the boxes and bins full of holiday decor? Or wish to keep your decor minimal yet welcoming? We hear you loud and clear. Here are 10 simple ideas to get your home holiday guest ready.

Have your home on the market during the holidays? A simple wreath on the door, a mat to wipe wet shoes, and a standing coat rack in the entryway's corner will help potential buyers feel welcomed during an open house.

4. Schedule It Out: A packed agenda can feel overwhelming for some visitors, but having a general plan for a group outing or two helps prevent cabin fever from hitting your home. Bonus points if you post it on the fridge for all to see. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our bookmarked pages: Portland Monthly's weekly events update, Williamette Weekly's calendar, Red Tricycle Portland for family-specific activities, and Oregon Live's holiday event guide. Need a holiday cocktail? We'll check out Eater PDX for a few ideas.

How do you get ready for holiday house guests? Have an annual tradition? Please share below!

IN OTHER PGR NEWS: We have a few open houses coming up this weekend! Check back here tomorrow for details, or visit our Facebook page and Instagram feed for updates!

3746 SE Washington, Portland OR (click for details)

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Halloween Edition


We asked our team about their favorite neighborhoods to trick'or'treat. 

"Mine! I live in Piedmont and I’m pretty much just pitching my neighborhood to encourage trick or treaters since I love handing out candy and seeing all the creative costumes." - Britta Schwartz, Realtor

"Laurelhurst!" - Chelsea McAlister, Licensed Assistant

"I think the best neighborhood to go trick or treating in is the one you live in. Great neighborhoods come from neighbors knowing each other, and trick or treating gives you a chance to say hello and introduce yourself to neighbors you’ve seen walking around, but have maybe never met. " - Brigette Robinson, Realtor

"We always trick or treat in our neighborhood, South Tabor.  There are tons of kids out and about.  The kids usually head out in with a gaggle of friends and neighbors and everyone is home to give out candy.  Once we tire out of trick or treating, we come home to hand out candy to the later crowd which is always fun to see the costumes." - Heather Paris, Realtor

"I imagine Alameda or Grant Park would be an awesome neighborhoods for trick or treating." - Kate Ray, Lead Transaction Coordinator

"St. Johns!" - Jasmine Deatherage, Transaction Coordinator

"I haven’t personally trick or treated in a while, but I’d say Alameda and Irvington would be fantastic trick or treating neighborhoods." - Claire Paris, Principal Broker

Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

Open Houses: October 29, 2017

We're hosting a few open houses this weekend! 

This Sunday, 10/29, from 1-3p, an amazing three-bedroom, one-bathroom home in the Sunnyside neighborhood, near Laurelhurst Park. Listing price: $525k. (Listing link coming soon; visit our Facebook page or call us for details!)


Also this Sunday, 1-3p, this charming two-bedroom, two-bathroom Southeast Portland bungalow with a deck and backyard ideal for entertaining. Listing price: $400k

And last, but not least, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Northeast Portland, with a large backyard. Listing price: $250k.

Hope you can join us! Questions about these homes? Wish to schedule a walk-thru? Give us a call!

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Open Houses: October 21-22, 2017

We're hosting two open houses this weekend! 

On Saturday, 10/21, 10a - 12p, & Sunday, 10/22, 1-2p, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom Southeast Portland bungalow. Listing price: $400k
 

On Sunday, 10/22, 3:30 - 5:30p, we're showing a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom ranch in Gresham. NEW listing price: $299k.

 

Hope you can join us! Questions about either home? Wish to schedule a walk-thru? Give us a call!

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Finding Home: Kate

"Finding Home" is a collection of interviews with our team, friends, and clients about adventures in buying their first home, remodeling lessons, and other discoveries of owning a home. 

Today our Lead Transaction Coordinator, Kate, shares her home search adventure and discovering the perfect spot may be in an unlikely place. 

1) How did you know you wanted to buy your home?
When we went to the open house I just felt a sense that it was the perfect house. I always wanted a classic 60’s ranch and the layout was perfect. The previous owners had done a beautiful job updating the home so the work needed was minimal. But the yard... the yard won us over. 

2) Was there a trade-off you felt was necessary to make to purchasing your home? 
The location wasn’t my favorite – we’re now just east of I-205; we were living in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood just off of 60th in an apartment. But we felt we would never find that perfect of a home anywhere closer in, remotely close to our budget. Now that we live there, I realize it was a silly concern because we don’t feel far away from anything. It’s a lot quieter, the neighborhood is super friendly, and with quick access to the freeways and the Max we can get across town (or out of town) way faster than before. 

3) Any surprises discovered *after* moving in?
We just moved in this past August, so far there haven’t been any major surprises. We’ve been working through some of the issues that came up on our home inspection, which are all pretty typical for most homes – getting electrical junction boxes up to code, having the heating ducts cleaned, the furnace serviced, getting a new roof installed, replacing old appliances…

4) How did you fix them? 
We’ve hired contractors to take care of all the work, with the exception of installing the appliances – we were able to handle that.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Kate! Best of luck as you two settle into your new home!

 

Would you like to share your home search adventures, remodeling tales, or how you made your house a home with us on our blog? Send us a quick note and we'll be in touch! We'd love to hear from you!

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Finding Home: Brigitte

We're sharing interviews with our team, friends and clients about adventures in buying their first home, remodeling lessons, and other discoveries of owning a home. Today Brigitte, one of PGR's agents, is sharing why she and her husband bought their first home, what led them to buy a new home, and what plans they have in the works for it.

1) How did you know you wanted to buy your first home? 
Our St. Johns house (which we just sold) was a tiny place, just 775sf; but I fell in love with St. Johns. I loved how walkable our community was and its many resources for families. And I love how the local businesses supported the schools: James John, Sitton, George Middle School and Roosevelt.

Painting the new home's walls (with a trusty helper). 2) Was there a trade-off you felt necessary in purchasing your first home?
We bought our first house because we could afford it. We needed to find a house with a mortgage payment of about $1400 per month, so price was our biggest consideration. We definitely took a trade-off for walkability in St. Johns verses more space, but no sidewalks, in Brentwood Darlington. We bought this house in May of 2014 and am so thankful we bought when we did.

 3) And what led you to buying your new home? (Congratulations, by the way!!)
This summer, a few weeks after our second child was born, I finally admitted our first house was too small. Our new place is in Roseway and has it has TWO bathrooms, which we think is amazing. The new house has great guts; new electrical, new plumbing and went through an earthquake retrofit. Plus there’s a finished basement with gorgeous pour concrete floors. But the entire first floor of the house was painted goldenrod yellow and the wood floors had seen better days.

We got lucky on this house purchase; we wrote the offer the Friday before the eclipse this summer. I think most people were staring at the sun rather than looking at houses.

 

 

4) Do you have plans in the works for your new home?
There are two cesspools on the property we need to decommission and there’s no grass. The previous owners were gardeners and they put in gravel paths around the house and garden beds. I am going to feel a little guilty ripping some of their garden apart, but we have two kids and a dog, and need some grass in the backyard. The backyard is also just a postage stamp - it’s so tiny! But it’s fenced so I’m happy about that.

5) Any other surprises you discovered *after* moving in?
I noticed carpenter ants at the house when I was painting a few days after close. The $375 to Columbia Pest Control stung a bit, but carpenter ants can cause a lot of damage, so I just wanted it taken care of. 

6) Any advice you wish to share with future homeowners?
With every house, there are going to be surprises as you get to know your new home, so things like this are just part of being a homeowner.

Thanks Brigitte for sharing your adventures with us! Best of luck as you and your family settle into your new home!

IN OTHER PGR NEWS:

This Sunday, 10/15, we have two open houses in Portland: a 1-bedroom/1-bathroom home in North Williams and a 3-bedroom/2.1 bathroom in Woodstock. Both open houses are from 1-3p. Questions? Wish to schedule a walk-thru? Give us a call!

Would you like to share your home search adventures, remodeling tales, or how you made your house a home with us on our blog? Send us a quick note and we'll be in touch! We'd love to hear from you!

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Finding Home: Claire

Over the next few months, we're sharing stories from our team, friends, and clients about adventures in buying their first home, remodeling lessons, and other discoveries of owning a home. 

1. How did you know you wanted to buy your home?
My brother and I had been looking for a year. It was 2001 and a seller’s market, which meant properties sold quickly and for over listing price. We were looking for something we could fix up. Andy and I walked into the house and it was a wreck: blue walls, weird wall paper, dirty carpeting and more. We saw past all of that to the built-in bookcases and china hutch, the hardwood floors, and the fantastic layout. We were sold.

2. Was there a trade-off you felt was necessary to make to purchasing your home?
Our budget was low, so we’d already agreed to compromise on condition. But this house could be fixed up and look beautiful.


3. Any lessons learned while remodeling?
I had my mom layout the kitchen perfectly and we went to a discount cabinet store (long before Ikea was here!). They didn’t have one of the cabinet sizes my mom had instructed us to buy. I figured if I added the inch and a half the cabinet that was in stock to another cabinet, it wouldn’t make any different in the length of the cabinets, so why not? I didn’t realize my mom had centered that particular cabinet so the stove began past the windowsill. So instead, the windowsill was broken with the stove.

It was a small error, but it was a big lesson in paying attention to the details. Every time I go in my kitchen, I think about it.

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We have THREE open houses this weekend! Two in Gresham and one in Portland. Click to preview a lovely ranch-style home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (Gresham; listing price: $310k)a well-maintained 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom ranch-style home (Gresham; listing price: $269,900), and a sweet 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom bungalow in Portland's North Williams neighborhood (listing price: $375k).

Would you like to share your home search adventures, remodeling tales, or how you made your house a home with us on our blog?
Send us a quick note and we'll be in touch! We'd love to hear from you!

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