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How to prepare for a home showing

When you have your home listed for sale, it can be a bit overwhelming. Most sellers aren’t sure how to prepare for home showings or open houses. To help give you a better idea, we’ve compiled a list of how to prepare your home (and yourself!) for home showings: 

1. Keep your home clean and tidy. A buyer’s first impression is important, and nothing detracts from a good impression more than an unkempt house. Before your home goes on the market, deep clean it (or hire a professional cleaner) and then tidy up before any home showings. Make sure beds are made, toys are put away, and no dirty dishes or laundry are visible.

2. Remove clutter and unnecessary items. Your home should be clutter-free for home showings. Buyers won’t be able to picture their own belongings fitting into the house if the space is already filled with too much stuff. Box up all unnecessary items and store them out of sight. 

3. Create an inviting space. When a buyers walk into your home, they should feel welcomed. The more comfortable they feel in the house, the more likely they are to want to live there. To create an inviting space, be sure to turn on lights, open curtains, and leave the heat or A/C on prior to showings. If you want to set your house apart from others, you can also create pleasant smells by baking cookies or heating cinnamon in a pan right before an open house. Just make sure the scent isn't too overpowering because that can backfire!

4. Make sure pets are removed or crated. We love pets, but not everyone does! Make sure your pets are secured prior to showings by either removing them from the home, or crating them. Remember that putting your pet in a closed room will prevent buyers from seeing that room and should be avoided. 

5. Leave the house prior to potential buyers arriving! This is the most important way to prepare for a home showing. Buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in the house, and if you (and/or your family) is there, they won’t be able to see it as their potential new home. 

It can be difficult to leave for showings, particularly if you have small children at home, but it doesn’t have to be boring! Here’s a list of things to do around Portland that are sure to keep your little ones entertained.

Want more tips? Contact us! We're always happy to answer any questions you may have about the home selling process.


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How to stage your home to sell

(With Special Guest, Appetite Shop)

In a recent digital newsletter we sent out, we talked about the importance of making a good first impression on buyers when you’re selling your home. As we noted, first impressions make a big difference in how fast your home sells, and for what price. And If you’re looking to make a good first impression and don’t know where to start, a good place to focus is on staging your home. We called in local experts to get their advice on how to best stage your home so that it makes a good impression on potential buyers. Erin and Megan, from Appetite Shop here in Portland, graciously agreed to lend their expertise in home decorating and home staging. Here are just a few of her valuable tips on how to stage a bedroom to make it look cozy...

1. Start with a blank canvas. Remove all clutter and unnecessary items so you can really see the space and furniture:

2. Add textiles (such as blankets and throw pillows that have an interesting design or pop of color) and texture (such as baskets, rugs, and weavings).

3. Add plants and personal touches. Plants and other personal touches such as books or figurines create an inviting space and give a bedroom that cozy feel that people desire.

All of these small changes can make your home more desirable to buyers, and get your home sold faster and at a potentially higher price! You can find the all of the items shown here (and more!) by visiting Appetite Shop in person at: 2136 E Burnside St. Portland, OR 97214, or checking out their website here.

Have more questions? Contact us! We're always happy to offer tips or advice about staging and selling your home.


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Open House Update :: September 1 & 2

September is finally here and we can't wait for the long weekend and enjoying Labor Day by spending time with family and friends. But before we can enjoy this last summer holiday, we're hosting open houses at these five amazing homes. We'll see you this weekend!

4724 N Missouri Ave, Portland (map/directions); NEW PRICE: $435,000
Open House: Sept 2 (Sun) 2-3p

Details: This spacious 4-bedroom, 1.1 bathroom home is close to Mississippi District's cafes, shops, restaurants, and more! Well-appointed and remodeled with large picture windows facing west, charming built-ins, and hardwood floors gleaming with light. With an easy flow from inside to the deck and backyard, it's ideal for entertaining in these long summer nights. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

1300 NE 68th Ave #12, Portland (map/directions); Price: $250,000
Open House: Sept 2 (Sun) 1-3p

Details: Sophisticated and affordable, this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom condo in easily accessible Montavilla. Open floor plan with wood floors and remodeled kitchen. Two nicely appointed bedrooms and remodeled bath. Two covered parking spaces and private storage unit to boot. Shared outdoor deck and BBQ ideal for hosting get-togethers with friends.(Listing by: Claire Paris)

8817 NE Russell Pl, Portland (map/directions); Price: $350,000
Open House: Sept 1 (Sat) 1-3p

Details: Located at the base of Rocky Butte in Roseway, this 2-bedroom, 1.1-bathroom ranch home is nearby to numerous trails and hiking opportunities.The wood-burning fireplace and open kitchen includes an island with ample seating, making entertaining a dream. There is plenty of room for you and your guests, with a spacious living room and an additional den. Tons of light in your solarium are a perfect place for your plants year round. Enjoy a city garden with fruit trees and there's plenty of space for storage thanks to a garage and shed. This is 1-level living at its finest, with serene nature right in your backyard. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

9119 N Richmond Ave, Portland (map/directions); Price: $375,000
Open House: Sept 2 (Sun) 1-3p

Details: This charming Victorian 2-bedroom, 1.1 bathroom home is located just blocks from downtown St. John’s and all the fun of Portland! Features include high ceilings, warm wood floors, stained glass window, and French doors that lead out to your private deck and yard. The remodeled kitchen makes entertaining easy, and with two bathrooms (including a claw-foot tub), hosting guests is a dream. The additional 200 square feet basement space makes for easy storage. This is a gem you must see! (Listing by: Claire Paris)

2207 NE 14th Ave, Portland (map/directions); Price: $725,000
Open House: Sept 1 (Sat) 1-3p

Details: Unique opportunity to own a grand 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom duplex home in Irvington. Currently rented for $3200/month, you can have a duplex in one of Portland's premier neighborhoods or convert it back to a single family home, it's up to you! This home has original woodwork and an expansive front porch. The home opens up to a huge, open plan kitchen and the living room is complemented by two fireplaces. The bedrooms and bathrooms are bright and spacious. The basement has all the space you need and is wired separately for you to use as your own personal shop! This house is a one-of-a-kind! (Listing by: Heather Paris)


Can't make this weekend? Contact us to schedule a visit by email or phone, 503.998.4878.


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How Much Portland Real Estate Inventory Is Out There?

Portland real estate inventory

With scenic outdoor wilderness and charming neighborhoods, it’s easy to see why Portland ranks in the top lists of places to live. If you’re thinking of buying or selling your home this summer, understanding what the Portland real estate inventory looks like and its future projections, will help with your decision-making process.

What is Real Estate Inventory?

Also called “active listings” or “homes for sale,” real estate inventory refers to the number homes on the market. Any time a seller lists a property, it’s considered part of the real estate inventory. The level of inventory calculated is variable, since it's a balance statement rather than a cumulative measure. Changes in the market can happen quickly, which is why the numbers for real estate inventory are captured at the end of each month. And there's a formula to figure it out: divide the number of homes on the market by the number of homes sold per month (on average) during the previous year. For example, if there are 56 active homes currently on the market and last year 236 homes sold in the same area (or 19.67 homes sold per month), that means there’s a 2.85 months supply of inventory - so just shy of 3 months.

What did Portland Real Estate Inventory look like this past Summer?

For Buyers
For buyers, more than 6 months of real estate inventory leads to lower prices and offers that are more likely to be accepted under the listed price. Since 2012, Portland real estate inventory has been rising steadily, especially this past July. Low housing inventory creates a competitive real estate market, but for Portland, real estate inventory is at 2.1 (just over 2 months), a 31.3% increase compared to last year. 

For Sellers
As a seller, a balanced market is considered 6 months, so despite the increase in real estate inventory, it's still a seller’s market. Less than 6 months of inventory favors sellers because there are less homes for a potential buyer to chose from. If you’re looking to sell your home, consider the inventory within your home's general area. The fastest selling areas in the Portland Metro area for this past June were Beaverton (20 days) and Hillsboro (22 days). The slowest selling areas were West Portland (57 days) and Lake Oswego (52 days).

If you have questions about the Portland real estate inventory, we're always reachable by phone and always available to help answer all of the questions you may have about real estate.


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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!


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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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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!)

If you're thinking about buying 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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The February Edition

February is finally here! To celebrate, we're heading into off to our neighborhood's Winter Lights Festival celebrations tonight. Here's what else we're looking forward to this month.

1. Tax Prep: maybe not much look forward to, but worth getting ready for instead of scrambling in March or early April. If you bought a home in 2017, don't forget to review what deductions you may be eligible for when filing. If you bought a home through us, you should receive a letter soon with tax information. (Quick reminder: the Tax Bill recently passed does not affect 2017 taxes.)

2. Mid-Winter Getaway: while escaping to a sunny tropical location may not quite be in the books, a weekend escape always feels good this time of year. We think a visit to the Coast or Willamette's Wine Valley is in order for a change of scenery.

3. Super Bowl: Ok... truth be told, we're looking forward to gathering with friends, the food, and the commercials. Here are two recipes you can easily whip up regardless if you're hosting or need to bring a something to share this Sunday. These Crispy Chickpeas remind us the ones at Oven & Shaker, with a generous serving of salt flakes and rosemary; a delicious Salsa Verde Queso (don't forget the chips!); or if those don't float your boat, here are 50 more ideas.

4. Save the Date for our First Time Homebuyers Session! Our team will be hosting a session on Thursday, March 1, from 5:30- 7p, to review the home buying process here in Portland, tips to get ready loan applications, and how we work alongside our clients to help them find the right home for their lifestyle. Please RSVP so we can save you a seat!


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Beat January's Chilly Blues

Happy New Year! 

As we put away the holiday decor and reclaim all the space in our living room, and return to our regular schedule, here are five items on our list this month.

1. Home Energy Scores: We shared this update on our Facebook page in December, but definitely wanted to remind you about this new ordnance. Single family home sellers in Portland will now be required to include a Home Energy Report Score when listing. We'll write more about this and offer examples of scores later this month, but for the time being, please visit the City of Portland's website for details or give us a call. 

2. Rainy Day Activity: Have you visited the Portland Art Museum recently? It's currently hosting a great exhibit featuring LAIKA, a local film company, that made Kubo & the Two Strings, Coraline, ParaNorman, and Boxtrolls. It's a great option for a rainy day or if you're looking for something to do while your home is hosting an open house.

3. Winter Prep: If you haven't already prepped your home for winter weather and checked off your seasonal maintenance list, now is a great time to get it done before the rain returns.

4. Snow Safety: Should we get more snow (how awesome was that Christmas Eve gift from Mother Nature?!), please remember to clear the sidewalk in front of your house to help your family, friends, and others safely pass by. Rather not shovel? There are a few other options to keep in the garage, like salt, a sand/gravel mixture or clean cat-litter, in case we get more snow.

5. Say "No" to Cabin Fever: There are a lot of events happening this month, like Chinese New Year celebrations and OMSI's Bourbon & Bacon Fest 2018, as well as plenty of great wet-weather (local) hikes. A few of our favorite calendar resources: Thrillist, Portland Monthly, and Oregon Hikers. If you rather stay cozy while perfecting the art of Hygge, find a great book to enjoy in front of the fireplace (or visit one if needed).

What are your plans this month? Any favorite activities?

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Our Favorite Things : Holiday Edition

Aside from cozying up in front of a fireplace, sipping on hot cocoa - or a glass of red wine - and staring at the Christmas tree, here are some of our favorite holiday activities:  

"I love keeping Christmas day simple and spending it eating Chinese food and going to a movie. It use to just be my husband and me, but I think the appeal of a low-key holiday has spread to our friends. Now a lot of us meet to see a movie together, which is even more fun!" - Britta Scwartz, Broker

"Matt and I trek up to Christmas Mountain with friends, drink hot chocolate and traipse around in the snow until we find our tree. Then we cut it ourselves, and haul it home to decorate. I love making our family recipe of rooskies [recipe below]. My favorite book is an old, beat-up Christmas book my parents got us when we were little. It was scratch and sniff - that doesn’t work anymore - and it makes me smile when I pull it off the shelf to read to my nieces and nephews." - Claire Paris, Principal Broker 

"My favorite holiday activity is probably getting together with friends for an ugly sweater bar crawl, and sometimes being able to see family who don’t live in Oregon. I also love New Years!" - Deanna Cintas, Broker

"My favorite holiday actives are checking out Christmas lights and different places that are done up for the holidays - grabbing cocktails at the Benson, going to the Grotto, Pittock Mansion, or seeing the tree at Pioneer Square are just a few. I also love watching the Christmas ships at Salty’s! My favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas Eve at my sister’s house with family. We all get together for some holiday cheer, dinner, and gift opening before heading to mass. I always love making sure the Hallmark Channel Yule Log is on the TV in the background." - Kate Ray, Lead Transaction Coordinator

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and loved ones.


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