Blog :: 10-2017

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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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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