Blog :: 09-2018

Open House Update :: September 29 & 30

Join us at these incredible homes' open houses this weekend! 

1836 SE 45th Ave, Portland (map/directions)
NEW LISTING PRICE: $395k
Open House: Saturday, 9/29, 1-2p

Details: This 3-bedroom,1-bathroom classic bungalow home is perfectly located between the amazing districts of Hawthorne and Division, so you're just blocks away from all the excitement. There's plenty of potential in this fixer-upper. The kitchen and living rooms are bright and inviting, ready for all of your additions. The loft space is spacious, perfect to refurbish as a den or as a space to host guests. The 960 sq ft unfinished basement would be great addition as a family room or movie room. Bring your vision and your tool belt! (Listing by: Chelsea McAlister)

15836 NE Broadway, Portland (map/directions)
Listing Price: $325k
Open House: Sept 29, Saturday, 2-4p & Sept 30, Sunday, 1-3p

Details: A well-maintained home with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms in Wilkes! The open living-dining space is ready for you to enjoy and the 2-car garage offers plenty of space for storing off-season toys. The covered patio and large fenced backyard makes for an ideal sanctuary away from the daily grind. (Listing by: Brigitte Robinson & Britta Schwartz)

306 SE 61st Ave, Portland (map/directions)
Listed at: $800k
Open House: Sunday, 9/30, from 12-2p

Details: Grand 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom Craftsman estate on Mt Tabor! Ample front porch to enjoy your morning, looking at a spectacular view. Classic light and bright living room with a sophisticated fireplace will make transform cold winter nights into cozy ones. The master bedroom will quickly become your favorite sanctuary. A large dining room and kitchen are ideal for entertaining guests. French doors open to a magical backyard, complete with fruit trees, berries bushes, a patio with deck, and a kid's play house! A finished oversized, attached garage will make storing off-season toys a snap! See it today! (Listing by: Claire Paris)

1545 NE 76th Ave, Portland (map/directions)
Listing Price: $300k
Open House: Sunday, 9/30, from 1-3p

Details: This sweet 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom Montavilla home is ready for you! It's filled with light and lives large thanks to wood floors and big picture windows allowing a lot of natural light. Open living-dining rooms with a fireplace will make those chilly winter nights cozy. The 2 bedrooms have plenty of closet space for storage. The basement is ideal as a workshop or finish it for additional space! The low-maintenance backyard is beckoning to be your private oasis. Click the link below for more details or come see it this Sunday! Questions? Give us a call! (Listing by: Claire Paris)

35 NE Holman St, Portland (map/directions
Listing Price: $475k
Open House: Sept 30, Sunday, 1-3p

Details: Smart design combo of 1941 Mid-Century and cozy bungalow in this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Piedmont home on a corner lot. Thanks to the white oak floors and big original windows, the rooms are flooded with light. Entertaining is a breeze thanks to a large kitchen and fluid floor plan. The 2-car garage, full basement, and the house's amble space offer a lot of storage options. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

10319 N Oswego Ave, Portland (map/directions)
Listing Price: $415k
Open House: Sunday, 9/30, 1-3p

Details: Completely remodeled, well-appointed 4-bedroom, 2-1.-bathroom home close to St. Johns' treasures. Not only does the home live large, but is also bright thanks to natural light streaming through the ample windows. Open living and dining room with chef's kitchen will make holiday gatherings a breeze as well as quiet evening at home. With 4 bedrooms plus an office means there's room for everyone! The garage is perfect for all your storage needs! For additional details and pictures, visit our site or see it for yourself on Sunday! (Listing by: Claire Paris)

 

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Open House Update :: September 22 & 23

Join us this weekend at our open houses throughout Portland's eastside! 

2511 SE 49th Ave, Portland (map/directions)
Listing Price: $600k
Open House: Sept 22, Saturday, 11:30a-1:30p, & Sept 23, Sunday, 12-2p

Details: A stunning Portland Craftsman home with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, lives large and bright thanks to recently refinished hardwood floors, and open main floor including a formal dining room perfect for large gatherings. The house sits on a large lot, making it ideal for outdoor entertaining. This one won't last long so see it this weekend! (Listed by: Heather Paris)

15836 NE Broadway, Portland (map/directions)
Listing Price: $325k
Open House: Sept 22 & 23, Saturday & Sunday, 1-3p

Details: A well-maintained home with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms in Wilkes! The open living-dining space is ready for you to enjoy and the 2-car garage offers plenty of space for storing off-season toys. The covered patio and large fenced backyard makes for an ideal sanctuary away from the daily grind. (Listing by: Brigitte Robinson & Britta Schwartz)

4401 SE 66th Ave, Portland (map/directions
Listing Price: $325k
Open House: Sept 23, Sunday, 12-2p

Details: A great bargain in Foster-Powell! This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom bungalow includes an open living/dining room with warm wood floors. Nicely appointed, remodeled kitchen and an amazing yard, with an end of summer harvest waiting for you. Alley access to your garage for your cars and bikes. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

35 NE Holman St, Portland (map/directions) 
Listing Price: $475k
Open House: Sept 23, Sunday, 1-3p

Details: Smart design combo of 1941 Mid-Century and cozy bungalow in this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Piedmont home on a corner lot. Thanks to the white oak floors and big original windows, the rooms are flooded with light. Entertaining is a breeze thanks to a large kitchen and fluid floor plan. The 2-car garage, full basement, and the house's amble space offer a lot of storage options. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

 

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Be Prepared: Our Home Maintenance Tips for Fall in Portland


Living in Portland gives us the opportunity to enjoy every season the way they were meant to be enjoyed! This means autumn’s warm colors and cooler days and winter’s crisp air and festivities. But each transition into the next season comes with its own annual upkeep to keep the inside and outside of our homes looking good and running smoothly!

Now is the perfect time of year to get a head-start on important home maintenance to keep your home looking good and working efficiently. Save money on your energy bills, prevent unexpected repairs, and relax with your pumpkin ale in hand knowing your home is looking good and ready for cooler weather!

Need help getting started? Here’s our checklist of home maintenance tips to give you a jump start on autumn and keep your home in tip-top shape.

Safety Maintenance:
•    Rake and compost fallen leaves to prevent slips. 
•    Inspect and replace outdoor lighting. 
•    Trim tree branches in preparation for rain and snow.


Exterior Home Maintenance:
•    Clean or replace old entry mats.
•    Clean outdoor dryer vent.
•    Clean leaves and debris from gutters. 
•    Disconnect hose from hose bib and drain water.
•    Tighten home-affixing hardware.
•    Check and address any damage, rust, or peeling paint.

(continue below for the home's interior checklist)

Interior Home Maintenance:

•    Check windows and doors for cracks, seal as needed.
•    Repair or update weather-stripping.
•    Inspect and clean appliances (tip: to clean the interior of a washing machine, we run an empty cycle with a cup of vinegar).
•    Re-caulk around the shower/tub, sink, and cabinets, if needed.
•    Dust fans and light fixtures.
•    Inspect all carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they are in working order.
•    Clear any dust or debris from radiators and grates.
•    Replace your HVAC air filter.
•    Have your furnace inspected.

We’re always available to talk through any additional questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out via email or phone.

 

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Open House Update :: September 15 & 16

Join us this weekend at these incredible homes' open house viewings.

9119 N Richmond Ave, Portland (map/directions); Price: $375k
Open House: Sept 9, Sunday, 1-3p


Details: This charming Victorian 2-bedroom, 1.1 bathroom home is located just blocks from downtown St. Johns! 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 2 bathrooms - including a claw-foot tub! - hosting overnight guests is a breeze. The additional 200 square feet basement makes for a great storage solution. A must-see gem! (Listing by: Claire Paris)

4401 SE 66th Ave, Portland (map/directions); Listing Price: $325k
Open House: Sept 16, Sunday, 12-2p

Details: A great bargain in Foster-Powell! This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom bungalow includes an open living/dining room with warm wood floors. Nicely appointed, remodeled kitchen and an amazing yard, with an end of summer harvest waiting for you. Alley access to your garage for your cars and bikes. Link coming soon! Contact us for details. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

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What is an ADU?

If you’ve heard of a mother-in-law suite, a multigenerational home, or a garage apartment, you’re already familiar with the idea of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). An ADU is an attached or detached structure that accompanies a home on the same piece of property. With the extra space, homeowners enjoy a flexible home design that increases the value of a home and offers a communal living concept without compromising privacy. This creative home addition also makes it possible to earn a passive income as a rental unit.

The concept is designed around a communal style of living without compromising privacy.

Though often much smaller than a typical house, an Accessory Dwelling Unit differs from a tiny home because an ADU must be built to standard building codes, requires building permits, and remains a fixed structure. Tiny homes aren’t usually held to those same requirements. Tiny homes also get their own quirky tv shows and inexplicable storage space.

Benefits of an Accessory Dwelling Unit:

  • Increases value and marketability of a property
  • Adds (mostly) passive income as a rental unit
  • Creates a communal living style while offering privacy
  • Accommodates family and friends who need temporary living arrangements
  • Allows for in-home health care services
  • Provides a reasonably priced rental in an established community

What to Expect When Building an ADU in Portland
In recent years, Portland has become known as an industry leader for ADUs and a city where this flexible home concept has been encouraged. City planners discovered that Accessory Dwelling Units help address the shortage of affordable rental homes in a rental market with quickly rising rental prices. Portland has developed especially flexible ADU regulations creating a thriving market for a creative solution to a common urban problem. When homeowners can add a separate structure to their property specifically as a rental unit, not only does their property value increase but also tenants have affordable housing options in established communities. The homeowners and tenants reap the benefits while helping to balancing out the overall rental market rates.

Designed to Help You Stay Flexible During Life’s Changes
You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone, especially a prospective buyer, disappointed with extra room that can designed to fit just about any lifestyle.

Accessory Dwelling Units can accommodate many different situations for homeowners whether they want to bring family members closer, make their property more marketable to potential buyers, or earn extra income by offering the ADU as a rented space. They can even maximize the potential income by renting out the main home while living in the extra space themselves.

When your property includes an ADU, that space can transform with each major (and minor) life change. A separate garage apartment might serve as a dedicated area to focus on new hobbies, somewhere for younger children to play, or a private living area for teens to gain more independence at home. A new business can take advantage of the separation of work and life when there’s a designated office space. That same dwelling can give college students a comfortable place to live during the short transition into adulthood or an elderly parent an autonomous lifestyle within close reach of their loved ones.

Have questions about ADUs? Please contact us any time, by phone or email! We always look forward to helping others better understand real estate, the home buying and selling process, and investment properties.

 

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Open House Update :: September 8 & 9

While enjoying the gorgeous weekend, we'd love to see you this weekend at these amazing homes during our open house viewings. Stop by and check them out!

2207 NE 14th Ave, Portland (map/directions); Listing Price: $725k
Open House: Sept 8, Saturday, 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)

1836 SE 45th, Portland (map/directions); NEW PRICE: $425k
Open House: Sept 8 & 9, Sat & Sun, 2-4p


Details: An investors dream come true! This 3-bedroom,1-bathroom classic bungalow home is perfectly located between the amazing districts of Hawthorne and Division, so you're just blocks away from all the excitement. There's plenty of potential in this fixer-upper. The kitchen and living rooms are bright and inviting, ready for all of your additions. The loft space is spacious, perfect to refurbish as a den or as a space to host guests. The 960 sq ft unfinished basement would be great addition as a family room or movie room. Bring your vision and your tool belt! Link coming soon! (Listing by: Chelsea McAlister)

1300 NE 68th Ave #12, Portland (map/directions); Listing Price: $250k
Open House: Sept 9, Sunday, 12-1p

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)

4401 SE 66th Ave, Portland (map/directions); Listing Price: $325k
Open House: Sept 9, Sunday, 12-2p

Details: Best bargain in Foster/Powell! This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom includes an open living/dining room with warm wood floors. Nicely appointed, remodeled kitchen and an amazing yard, with an end of summer harvest waiting for you. Alley access to your garage for your cars and bikes. Link coming soon! Contact us for details. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

4724 N Missouri Ave, Portland (map/directions); Listing Price: $435k
Open House: Sept 9, Sunday, 1-3p

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 during these gorgeous late summer nights. (Listing by: Claire Paris)

9119 N Richmond Ave, Portland (map/directions); Price: $375k
Open House: Sept 9, Sunday, 1-3p

Details:
 This charming Victorian 2-bedroom, 1.1 bathroom home is located just blocks from downtown St. Johns! 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 2 bathrooms - including a claw-foot tub! - hosting overnight guests is a breeze. The additional 200 square feet basement space makes for a great storage solution. A must-see gem! (Listing by: Claire Paris)

 

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Do sellers have to clean the house or are buyers responsible for cleaning a new house before moving in?

how to leave your home upon moving out

There are a few crucial steps every responsible seller must do when selling their home and moving out. It can be quite the journey to selling your home. Your home is a place where you have spent a lot of time and made a lot of memories and when you have a house cleaning after moving, it gives the buyer a chance to relax, as well. When all the furniture is gone, and the moving boxes are packed away, there are still a few things to keep in mind before you close the door, literally. Here’s an easy to follow checklist of steps for house cleaning after moving; time to get out the rubber gloves!

Item 1: Cleaning a house before moving out

Cleaning your home should go beyond the usual weekly or day-to-day chore. If you don’t have the time to commit to deep cleaning every corner of your home, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to help. When you deep clean your house before moving it helps to emphasize your commitment to the selling process and it doesn’t hurt to make your last impression for your buyers a positive one. Make sure to take everything with you. Unless the buyer specifically asks for a piece of furniture or an appliance, pack everything up and double-check all the rooms, especially basements and attics, for items you may have missed.

cleaning a house before moving out

Item 2: Disconnect all your utilities

When thinking through cleaning a house before moving out, make sure you take the time to turn off everything electric, disconnect all the appliances you aren’t taking with you, and most importantly, disconnecting all the water sources in your home. A small leak can cause a massive financial headache, if left untreated.

Item 3: Be meticulous inside and outside

It will be important to make a thorough cleaning checklist of every room in the space. Maybe it’s time to fix that leaky faucet or those cracks in the bathroom tiles. As far as the exterior of the home goes, start with front door, the focal point of the home and a fresh coat of paint can go a long way. Putting in the extra effort will show the buyers of your home a level of appreciation for the home buying process.

Item 4: Agreed-upon items

As you are in the process of deep cleaning, make sure any previously agreed-upon items (like furniture or appliances left for the new buyer) are properly repaired or replaced, as agreed upon in the final documents, or are scheduled to be repaired.

Feel free to reach out to me with your additional questions at any time! Through phone or by email, I’m ready to help you through the home-selling process.

 

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