Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2018 – How does the new plan affect you? Mortgage interest on mortgage loans up to $750,000 can be deducted on primary and second homes.  This dropped from $1,000,000 but it’s not as bad as the first round (eliminating the deduction entirely) and at least you can get a lot of house with a $750,000 loan in Portland! Your home equity loan is no […]
Beautiful Houses 4 Things to Do in February~!   4 Things to Do in February to Avoid a Yucky Spring       #1 Make an Anti-Mud Plan Mud may be the least of your frozen worries now, but it’s a-coming.   Be prepared with a remediation plan. With your yard in its frozen-tundra state, you can easily see the troublesome spots.   […]
Best Time to Sell Your House Downsizing in a Seller’s Market         Is it time to sell your big house in the near future and scale down?  How does this make sense when the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s market? In a blog, Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, highlighted the advantages of selling your current house and downsizing into […]
Luxury Portland Real Estate I’m so lucky to work at the Windermere Johnson Office in Portland Oregon!   This elegant red brick 1909 Colonial Revival house is my home all day every day – it’ll be my 20th year next month – and I can’t believe I get to live in this luxury real estate every day! The home was built for Abbott Low Mills, who was President of the First National […]
Best Time to Sell Your House List your house EARLY in the year to decrease competition! It is common knowledge that a large number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring […]
buying a home Importance of Loan Pre-Approval….especially in 2017         In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information The Fed Raised Interest Rates. Now what?       You may have heard that the Federal Reserve raised rates last week… But what does that mean if you are looking to buy a home in the near future? Many in the housing industry have predicted that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve, would vote […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Portland’s Best (Super Affordable) Happy Hours   photo credit to (Henry Cromett)   I love a good night out after work.  Now that we don’t have kids at home, we can do it any night of the week!  Yet I’m always scratching my head trying to decide where to go.  Do you do that?  So annoying to forget the name of […]
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Current Portland Real Estate Market Information What’s Happening in my Neighborhood? The Gypsy The Gypsy bar and restaurant on the corner of NW 21st and Irving closed in 2014, and as of this week the building is officially being torn down to make room for a new 4-story, 57-unit apartment building. In addition to the residential space, there will be 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level and […]
cary perkins A 7-Day Itinerary for the PDX Newbie   This article by Wannabe Portlandy (, offers some great suggestions for showing your friends & family around our fabulous city of Portland.   Downtown Portland – Broadway  Every year, I get requests from friends and followers to create Portland itineraries for them. This is something that I enjoy doing and I go the extra mile […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Homes of the Future Imagine how fun it will be to design your own custom home and have it 3-D printed!  Article courtesy of  Clare Trapasso, How 3-D Printers Will Lower Prices, Make Fantasies Real, and Transform the Housing Market Printers have come a long way from simply churning out reams of spreadsheets, high school history reports, and […]
cary perkins Blue Star Donuts to Open at PDX Airport   The Portland Airport is about to get a little sweeter with one of my favorite foods….donuts!     Article courtesy of Kelly Clarke, Portland Monthly Tourists bustling through the Portland International Airport will have to make room for boxes of hard cider fritters and Cointreau crème brulee rounds atop their carry-on bags:  local doughnut empire […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information New Light Rail Line – SW Corridor Plan       The SW Corridor refers to the large area extending from SW Portland down I-5 to Sherwood, an area which is growing quickly yet lacks public transportation options to keep up with the increasing traffic. The upcoming SW Corridor plan includes the addition of a new Max line that would extend from the South Waterfront all the way […]
Portland Oregon In case you haven’t noticed, Portland is changing fast! Fascinating article in Portland Monthly about the changes coming to Portland – enjoy!  Portland is Changing Faster Than You Can Believe Here are five big game changers already in the works. Zach Dundas, Randy Gragg, and Brian Libby         Image: Amy Martin       1) Our River Is About to Get […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Spotlight on 97229 zip code     Statistics for the 97229 Zip Code through February 15, 2016   Properties for sale: 108 New Listings:  110 Sold Properties: 89 Pending:  97 Months of Inventory based on closed sales:112 Months of Inventory based on pending sales:  1.1 Absorption Rate (Closed Sales) %:  82.4 Absorption Rate (Pending Sales) %: 89.8 Average Active Listing […]
cary perkins World’s First Vegan Supermarket Chain to Open in Portland     Good News for Healthy Food Lovers!   Vegan products are usually relegated to a tiny section in conventional grocery stores, but Portland, Oregon will soon be home to an entire vegan supermarket. Veganz, the first and world’s largest vegan grocery store chain, will set up shop in the famously crunchy city later this year. […]
cary perkins Providore Fine Foods – Now Open!   Another fabulous food adventure for Portlandia!    Located at 2340 NE Sandy, Providore Fine Foods opened early February, and in addition to letting you shop for groceries with a glass of wine or beer in-hand, it offers many onsite dining options. Here's what to eat at the new Providore Fine Foods:  Flying Fish Oyster Bar 12 to 7:30 […]
Beautiful Houses Design Trends to Watch for 2016 What are the hot trends to look out for in 2016 in home design? Here are a few predictions from the remodeling and design site Houzz on some of the big trends to expect.  Article courtsey of: Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Contemporary Kitchen by Brooklyn Architects & Building Designers Maletz Design  1. Two shades of kitchen […]
cary perkins New face on an old friend, Besaw’s     After a brief time spent looking for a new home, Besaw's really landed on their feet, and only a couple of blocks away from their old home on NW 23rd.  What a gorgeous space!  Stunning wallpaper, mini-tile pillars, and tons of natural light – welcome to the new Slabtown's best new restaurant. Once they […]
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