Blog :: 04-2018

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.

Can't make it this Sunday? Give us a call to schedule a walk-thru!


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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.


Have a real estate question you want Claire and Heather to answer on their weekly live chat? Let us know below!

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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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