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Open House :: May 19 & 20

Join us this weekend for our open houses at these four incredible properties - and since this weekend calls for enjoying the backyard, we're showing off these homes' retreat-like spaces.

517 NE Fargo St, Portland; Price: $500,000
Open House: May 19 (Sat) & May 20 (Sun), 1-4p

Details: A gorgeous 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom gardener's retreat, a block from NE Portland's Irving Park. Welcoming front porch spills into spacious open living and dining room, with built-ins and windows flooding the space in light. Remodeled bathroom on main floor is pure sophistication and the master bedroom upstairs has plenty of closet space. Room for imagination thanks to the basement's high ceilings and exterior access. The backyard is truly an entertainer's delight! (Listing by: Claire Paris)

405 SE 32nd Ave, Portland; Price: $550,000
Open House: May 19 (Sat) & May 20 (Sun), 1-3p UPDATE: this home will only be shown on Saturday, 5/19; please call us to make an appointment if you missed Saturday's Open House.

Details: This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom 1940s Cape Cod, just blocks from Laurelhurst Park and Stark's cafes and restaurants, offers the perfect combination of location and space. Original oak floors on the main floor and douglas fir in the upstairs master suite with sunny bathroom with soaking tub. Quality, double-hung windows throughout allow the home to be bright and classic fireplace in comfortable living room, ideal for chilly winter nights. The private backyard beckons quiet mornings with a cup of tea and is perfect for hosting summer evening gatherings! (Listing by: Brigitte Robinson & Britta Schwartz)

2508 SE Belmont St, Portland; Price: $1,340,000
Open House: May 19 (Sat) & May 20 (Sun), 1-3p

Details: A 4-unit property in SE Portland's bustling Belmont neighborhood. With 3 of 4 units completely updated and all at market rents, this building is well-suited for owner-occupied investment. Each unit has hardwood floors, solid surface counters, and washer/dryer. Fourth unit is large, on third floor, with hardwood floors, spacious kitchen and dining room, and private balcony. This one lives like a stellar private residence with great cash-flow. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

6815 NE 29th Ave, Portland; Price: $650,00
Open House: May 20 (Sun), 1-3p

Details: An updated 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom Mid-Century Modern home with an open floor plan in the heart of NE Portland's Concordia neighborhood. The remodeled kitchen has new cabinets, black stainless appliances, white quartz counters, and a huge island with plenty of room for all. New hardwood floors throughout the home and large windows allow for natural light to fill the rooms. A large sanctuary garden backyard with a huge deck and pond, ideal for summer entertaining and quiet mornings with a cup of coffee. Thanks to a finished basement and a two-car garage, extra space and storage are a snap. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

Can't make this weekend? Give us a call to schedule a walk through.

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The May Edition

May has finally arrived and it. is. amazing. Today is gorgeous. The forecast for tomorrow and the upcoming days look promising. Here are a few things we're looking forward to this month:

1. Taste: It's Oregon Wine Month, which means it's the ideal time to learn about the region's incredible wineries and the perfect reason to pop into your favorite wine shop.

2. Maintain: If you're like us, you probably waited until the evenings warmed up a bit more before prepping the deck for use. With all the great weather at our doorstep in the upcoming week (or two!), it's the perfect time to clean and maintain your deck before it becomes your home's MVP for backyard gatherings and lazy mornings with a cup a coffee.

3. Plant: Speaking of backyards, if you're thinking about creating your own produce, kitchen herbs, and/or flower garden, now is the time to get everything in their pots or in the ground! 

4. Enjoy: last, but certainly not least, Mother's Day is coming up soon: May 13th! Celebrate the special lady in your life with a delicious brunch on a clean deck, looking over a freshly maintained garden, while sipping a favorite Oregon wine. (See what we did there?)

In other news, the Portland market is starting to move and open houses are popping up everywhere! If you spy a home you'd love to check out, give us a call! We're always happy set up a visit for you. Also be sure to follow us here or on social media to track our weekend open houses and new listings!

 

Don't forget to join Claire and Heather on Tuesdays at 1pm for their weekly Facebook Live chat!

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Open House :: April 28

Join us this Saturday, April 28, 12-2p, for an open house in the St Johns neighborhood! 

If you're looking for your own fixer upper, this one might be the one for you! Located in the heart of St. Johns, this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home needs a little updating - and TLC - to shine. It's a solid house on quiet street, blocks from all the fun! Big windows in the front room, open kitchen dining area, large master bedroom, and a basement for storage. Be sure to see it this weekend - or contact us to schedule a walk-thru!

Stay tuned for an open house in NE Portland next weekend and be sure to join us on Tuesdays for our "Dear Claire" Facebook Live series!

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Open House : April 22

Wow! What an amazing Spring day!

We have an open house this Sunday, 4/22, from 3-5p in NE Portland. This bright 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom bungalow - with a great front porch - is ready to be your new home. Gleaming hardwood floors and large picture windows fill the space with southern light. It also has a charming kitchen with eat-in nook and easy access to private backyard, ideal for summer get-togethers. Plenty of room in the basement to expand and a garage for your outdoor gear. Click the above link for more details and images. Listed at $400k.

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Does Location, Size or Condition Matter the Most?

When looking for a home with my clients, I'm often asked what's more important: the home's location, size or condition. Heather and I talked about this yesterday on our "Dear Claire" Facebook Live session - and here's a few more questions to ask yourself when looking at homes:

Size: Does it fit your lifestyle? And what about future lifestyle?
If a two-bedroom bungalow is calling your name today, that's awesome! But if you're also planning on starting a family or possibly thinking about having an aging parent live with you in the next few years, will that bungalow fit your long-term needs? While selling a home is always a possibility, it's also important to know you may not see returns on your purchase within the first few years depending on the market.

Condition: Does it need repairs?
When viewing a home, you'll want to make an honest assessment of your own handiness, abilities, and time. No matter the project, it can take a lot of dedication and finances. Many buyers look only at what their monthly payment is going to be, and of course, you’d like that to be as low as possible. But if you buy a house needing $75,000 worth of work - for instance, a new kitchen - financial wisdom tells us cash now is worth more than cash later. Following that advice, you might want to consider buying a house $75,000 more expensive, with a kitchen you want already installed, because you’ll be paying for it over time, instead of all up front.

Location: Is it everything?
As Heather noted in the video, "location is everything"; but when buying solely based on location, you’ll have to compromise on other things. A family of 6 buying a 2-bedroom home with a semi-finished basement in a fantastic location is compromising on square footage. There may be a 5-bedroom home further out, at the same price. One location might enable you to get home in an easy 15-minute trip, but there isn’t easy hang out space for the whole family, while the bigger house affords you tons of space, but means you’re commuting 45 minutes to and from work. These are the difficult considerations when deciding between properties and unfortunately not a decision we can help you make, because you ultimately have to live with the choice; but we're ready to help you talk through your options.

Budget: What does your budget allow you to do?
If you're already stretching your budget to buy a home and pay the mortgage, you'll want to consider what your finances will be afterwards, as you adjust to being a homeowner. After moving in, you may discover you need new curtains and a cute couch; and you’ll want some extra cash for that. However, there are ways we can structure a loan to minimize your out of pocket costs and will help with your cash reserves after closing (perhaps seller pays some of your closing costs!).

Bottom line: ultimately it's about what is important to you and what fits your lifestyle, both current and potential. Sometimes those top priorities can be in conflict and our job is to help you figure out what’s most important to you.

 

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Open House : April 14

Join us in St. Johns for an open house this Saturday, 4/14, from 12p to 2p.

A 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom fixer home in the heart of St Johns! This house needs a little updating - and imagination - to shine. Big windows in the front room let the light in and an open kitchen-dining area is great for entertaining. A large master bedroom with two other rooms, ideal for an office and guests. Listed at $300k.

Click the above link to see for additional details. Cannot make it this weekend? Call to schedule a viewing.


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Open House : April 7 - 8

Join us in NE Portland at for an open house at the Columbia Ecovillage this Saturday, 4/7, 12-1p and Sunday, 4/8, 1-3p

A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in Columbia Ecovillage, an urban, multigenerational cohousing community in NE Portland. The condo's open floor plan is filled with natural light and thanks to large picture windows, the space is bright. Sitting on 3.7 acres of common land, residents have plenty of room for gardening, a guest space for visitors, and freedom to roam. Think of it as an urban oasis in a great location. Listed at $360k.



Click the above link to see more pictures and for additional details. 
See it this weekend or call to schedule a viewing. This one won't last long!

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The April Edition

April is Portland is one of best times of the year. From viewing the cherry blossoms by the river to shedding the winter jackets, here are three things we're excited about this month:

1) Out & About: Sometimes during the bustle of daily life, it's easy to forget so many amazing wineries are right at our doorstep thanks to the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge. They have all the makings for a fun day trip - or fantastic weekend getaway. Can't make it out? Check out Portland's Grand Tasting on April 12 at the Lefthand Annex.

2) Build Community: Join our team on Thursday, April 19th, for a day of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. If you'd like more details and wish to sign up, please email us.

3) In the Garden: We're excited about enjoying evening meals in our backyards and watching our gardens grow as the weather warms up. Want to get the most from your space whether it's a yard or deck? Check out Portland Nursery's blog, which offers great care tips for plants both in and outdoors.

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home or investment property, please let us know!
We're always excited to help people set and reach their real estate goals.

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Open House : March 24 - 25

Join us this weekend at an open house in Northeast Portland this weekend: Saturday, 3/24, 1-3pm and Sunday, 3/25, 1-3p.

This gorgeous 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom bungalow (1440 sq ft) is nearby NE Alberta's parks, coffee, restuarants and shopping! Spacious front porch for sipping your morning coffee, gleaming hardwood floors throughout the house, and large picture windows fill the space with southern light. A charming kitchen with an eat-in nook and easy access to a private backyard for your summer get-togethers. Plenty of space in the unfinished basement to expand and a garage for your kayaks and bikes. Listing Price: $400k

Address: 1315 NE Going St, Portland 97211

Can't make it this weekend? Give us a call to schedule a tour. This one won't last long!












 

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The March Edition

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friends, good news: Spring officially arrives next week, which means it's time to air out, clean up, and check off our spring maintenance list - and get our yards ready for summer entertaining!

1. Portland Eats: There's still time to enjoy Portland Dining Month! Try a few new-to-you spots and be sure to make your reservations at participating restaurants using OpenTable to support Oregon Food Bank. (We think it's the perfect way to reward yourself after a conquering the below lists and projects.)

2. Spring Clean: we know some people love spring cleaning; and others, well, not so much. To help make the process easier, here are some great articles to bookmark for future reference: cleaning and organizing closets and storage spaces, how to price used furniture, and a spring cleaning checklist for your home.

3. Spring Maintenance: it's time to roll up your sleeves and get through the seasonal home maintenance checklist. It's a great time to change your home's air filters, check your roof, and - grab your work-gloves! - clean the gutters. 

4. Homes for Sale: The market is starting to heat up with inventory. Thinking about selling or buying in 2018 or 2019? Give us a call. We're here to help whether it's sorting out a short or long-term timeline to meet your homeownership goals.

And speaking of help, that leads us to... 

5. Are you a Facebook user? We are too - and we just created a special Facebook Group for our friends! We'd love for you to join us for weekly insights from Claire and the PGR team, via videos and articles, as they share their experiences in and around the Portland-area real estate market. (And yes, please answer those anti-bot questions to join!)

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