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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!

Our Favorite Portland Fall Activities

We're falling for Fall! Our team is sharing their favorite fall activities to do with family and friends.

1. "I love nesting so taking a break from travel and summer activities to spend time at home rates really high. I also love going to see the swifts at Chapman Elementary with friends. I try and go at least once every year." Britta Schwartz, Realtor

2. "We love the Portland Nursery Apple Festival. They have it every year the first 2 weeks of October. Every variety of apple and pear you can imagine is available for taking and purchase. There is delicious food and fun for the kids." Heather Paris, Realtor

3. "Making soup and wearing sweaters." Chelsea McAlister, Licensed Assistant

4. "My favorite fall activity is heading out to Hood River for the day to pick apples!" Kate Ray, Lead Transaction Coordinator & Licensed Assistant; a few of Kate's favorite stops include: Draper Girls Country Farm, Apple Valley Country Store ("their jams are to die for!"), Mt Hood Winery, & Double Mountain Brewery ("for the pizza").

5. "I love to watch the swifts, go apple tasting, and enjoy pumpkin carving." Deanna Cintas, Realtor

What's your favorite fall activity? Tell us below!

In other news, we have an Open House today, 10/1/17, 1-3p at 8507 SE 144TH Dr (Portland, 97236) at this amazing 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom modern home with incredible views of Mt Hood.

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Five on Friday: September Edition

It's September! Time to say good-bye to the Summer and hello to the Fall. Here are five items we're tackling, excited about, and celebrating this month.

  1. The Eagle Creek Fire. It's already consumed enough heartbreak and we don't want to dwell on it, so instead we're helping take action to support the communities affected, the firefighters and first responders, and the Gorge itself. The are three ways to get started:
    - "Here’s Where to Eat, Drink, and Donate to Support Eagle Creek Fire Relief Efforts", Portland Monthly Magazine
    - Follow Friends of the Gorge.
    - Follow Red Cross Cascade Chapter
  2. Hit Refresh: we're bringing in a few new plants into the fold to help clean the air inside. Our favorites: placing a potted lavender plant in the bedroom and a peace lily in the living room.
  3. Project #1: it's that time to take advantage of the cooler, sunny days and check your home and make necessary repairs. From replacing old weather-stripping to removing dead branches to cleaning and repairing gutters, it's best to tackle your home's fall maintenance list before the rains arrive.
  4. Celebrate Fall: Looking for an activity to get you in the fall spirit? Visit Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Rock for their Fall Harvest Cider Squeeze on September 16 or Sauvie Island's numerous farms to enjoy their fall harvest. 
  5. Project #2: if you haven't heard yet, Equifax, a major consumer credit score provider, was cyberattacked. If you haven't checked yet to see if your information was impacted by this security breech, please take a moment to do so. Also, this has served as a good reminder to protect your information online. It's not as much fun as picking apples with family and friends, but, these it's an important task to take care of ASAP.

Have a fantastic day, friends, and we hope you enjoy the weekend!


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Five on Friday: Heat Wave Edition

We're getting proactive with this heat wave and sharing a few favorite ways we're keeping cool this August.

1. Create Cool: If you don't have an air conditioner, but heavily considering it, here's a reference guide for picking out the right size. While in-window units are popular, portable units allow you to move it where you need it the most. And don't forget to lower blinds and keep the curtains closed during the day to help keep the heat out.

2. Cool Cooking: Gazpacho could your saving grace. It's easy to prep in the morning and is all the better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours, when the flavors have a chance to meld. Tomatoes are in season. Sprinkle a little feta on it. This chilled soup offers a bit of a relief while your home is cooling off in the evening.

3. Cool Retreat: Instead of getting caught up in Saturday morning's mass exodus to the coast's beaches, head out once it starts heating up. This way you'll enjoy that cool morning air before closing up your home for the day - and miss a bit of the traffic. When you head back, say after dinner, you'll miss the heat peaking in the city - and can open up your home in (slightly) cooler temperatures. 

4. Cool Culture: This heat offers a great reason to check out the newest exhibits at the Portland Museum of Art, the Pompeii exhibit at OMSI, or to roam through the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.

5. Play Cool: Along with numerous splash-pads and pools, or setting up your backyard sprinklers and inflatable pool, there's an amazing number of swimming holes, lakes and waterways an easy drive away.

Don't forget to check out Portland General Electric's blog for great tips to keep your home and family safe during a heat wave.

Looking for a new home? We're hosting two open houses this weekend! Visit us in Alameda on Saturday, 11a-1p at a charming 2-bedroom with 2.5 bathrooms home, and in Woodstock on Sunday, 1-3p at 3-bedroom & 2.5-bathroom home full of great potential. Click the links for details and addresses. Have questions? Give a call!

Have a great weekend, friends! 

Five on Friday: Our Favorite Things, The July Edition

There's something about summertime in the Pacific Northwest: it's absolutely the best time to be here. It's unbelievably beautiful in wine country, on the passes, and up at Mt. Hood. The coast is the perfect getaway to cool off from the city heat. And there are so many activities happening here in town and throughout the surrounding areas. We rounded up five (or so) favorites to share with you.

1. Fourth of July: Looking for a way to celebrate the 4th while watching the fireworks? Here's a list of the area's shows, including Fort Vancouver's show and the Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo. 

2. JSO's Cathedral Park Jazz Festival: Head to Cathedral Park, under St. John's Bridge, July 14-16, to attend this amazing Portland tradition (and it's free!).

3. The Big Float: Grab a life-jacket, bring a floatie, and jump in the river for The Big Float on July 15. After a beach cleaning party, join 3,000 other people for a fun-filled float along the Williamette River. (Yes; the water is fine.)


4. Noon Tunes: take your lunch to Pioneer Courthouse Square and enjoy a free concert (and some great people watching)! Concerts start on Tuesday, July 11. 

5. Oregon Brewers Festival: Did you know July is Oregon's Brewers Month? It's a full month of craft beer lover events and capped with the Brewers Festival, one of the nation's longest running beer festivals. If you enjoy craft beer, you won't be disappointed thanks to the 88 beers assembled from near-and-far to Tom McCall Waterfront Park, July 26 - 30. Insider's tip: hit up the festival on the early side to avoid the weekend crowds.

PS: Not into craft beer? If you prefer to have wine wet your whistle, then you should check out the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, July 28 - 30. 

PSS: Don't forget about all the concerts and movies in Portland's parks throughout the summer, making it an ideal and easy way to entertain visiting family and friends.

What's your favorite in-town activity during July? Or what's your favorite PNW summer getaway? 

Visit us on InstagramFacebook & Twitter for updates about open houses! And follow us on Pinterest to gather ideas for your home. We're currently pinning 15 impossible-to-kill outdoor plants to our curb appeal board; all are ideal for outdoor planters or to pop in the ground. Perfect low-maintenance options if you're getting ready to put your house on the market!

Five on Friday: Keep Cool, Portland!

If getting out of Dodge for the entire weekend isn't an option as the temperatures rise, here are five ideas to keep cool during this weekend's heat wave in Portland. 

1. Summer Breeze: We already know being strategic with opening and closing windows and window coverings on hot days can help keep your home cooler, but did you know your ceiling fan also help cool your home? Set it to rotate counter-clockwise to push cooler air down. Another option: create a draft in your home by using an attic fan or window fan to help force the hot air out by drawing in the cool air overnight and early in the morning.

2. Jump & Slide: Let the kids - big and small - have fun by making your own slip'n'slide. Place a kiddie pool in the shade for a little protection from the sun between runs.

3. Day Trippers: Take a day trip to one of the many nearby nearby waterfalls and enjoy the coolness of old growth forests. Want an easy hike with kiddos in tow? Check out one of these trails or visit the always cool Audubon Society of Portland, located in Forest Park.
















4. Splish-Splash: Visit one of Portland's many splash-pad parks or community pools

5. Escape: Take a mid-day trip to the movies (pro-tip: buy your tickets online to avoid the lines or sold out shows!), visit a local library or book store. Adults only? Grab a deck of cards and visit a local hotel bar. They always have the AC on. 

Bonus: Here are 20+ no-cook meal ideas so you can leave your oven off and step away from the grill this weekend. Enjoy!

Bonus Part 2: we have an open house this Sunday, from 11a - 1p, at this sweet Woodstock bungalow with an amazing backyard

Five on Friday - Easter Edition

Is anyone else excited about the forecasted sunny weekend ahead? We’re absolutely thrilled – Claire officially moved her Easter dinner outside; Brigitte’s egg hunt will officially be in the backyard instead of the living room; and rumor has it Janikka will be exploring Washington Park in the sun. Here are five ways to enjoy this Easter weekend with family and friends.

A New Tradition

Create a new tradition by visiting the Portland Japanese Garden Easter weekend. The Garden has officially switched to their summer hours and is now open from 10a – 7p Tuesdays through Sundays, which means you’ll be able to round up your out-of-town guests, explore the brand new Cultural Village and enjoy zen-filled moments thanks to the spring blossoms.

Make Sweet Unicorn Eggs

Looking for a unique way to decorate your eggs? We’re crazy about these DIY unicorn eggs from Little Inspiration that will bring magical fun to this weekend's festivities.

Forge & Discover

Looking for a new hutch in your entryway or a dining room table with charm? Definitely, make the 15-minute drive north to the NW’s Largest Garage Sale & Vintage Sale at Clark County Event Center. A quick tip: bring cash to see if you have

Bunny Games

Keep the littles entertained after their egg hunt or while waiting for dinner to be served with a few of these games easily played at the table – and who knows, maybe the adults will get into the action too.

Local Favorite: A "Dairy" Good Egg Hunt

The Alpenrose Dairy Annual Egg Hunt is on Saturday, 4/15, starting at 10:30 am – with hundreds of eggs hidden on the grounds for kiddos to find. Be sure to visit their site for details.

Are you following us on Instagram? We'll be featuring the details of a few Open Houses this weekend - so if you happen to be out and about, please stop by! 

What are you plans this weekend? Have a favorite Easter or Spring tradition? Please share below! We’d love to hear it!