Moving to Portland

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Moving to Portland Restaurant review – Tastebud     We recently met friends in Multnomah Village for pizza – we'd heard a lot about Tastebud & love wood fired pizza, so we gave it a whirl. They don't take reservations, but there are a lot of nearby bars to grab a drink while you wait, and Tastebud will call your cell when […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Best New Portland Restaurants October 2015 New Restaurants of note in Portland …   The St. Jack spin-off La Moule; (look at the wallpaper!) 2100 SE Clinton The new restaurant from former Little Bird executive chef Erik Van Kley, Taylor Railworks; and The Zipper, a buzzing complex of micro-eateries. The Oregonian says, "Dubbed "The Zipper," the former used car lot will be home to […]
cary perkins Portland’s 10 Best Shopping Destinations Windermere Top Producer Cary Perkins   I'm so used to my usual haunts that I sometimes forget to shop in some of Portland's most unique, fun areas.  Thankfully, I have a visitor today who's an experienced shopper and would love to avoid the mainstream shops & concentrate on Portlandia. I did a tiny bit of […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Vintage Oregon Wine Country Glamping   When planning your trip to Oregon, be sure to include a weekend in wine country! The Vintages is a trailer resort located in Dayton, among the rolling hills of Oregon’s wine country.   The "hotel" is a collection of 8 retro trailers grouped into a compact neighborhood on a 14-acre RV Park in Willamette […]
Buying property without ever seeing it Godzillow!     I heard an interesting story yesterday about Chinese real estate purchases in the USA.  Sure, I had talked about it recently at a friend's house over dinner with a business partner who mentioned his Chinese clients were dropping a million on a house every time they came to the US. But I hadn't […]
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Beautiful Houses NW Portland Walking Tours       Once spring arrives, Portland starts looking its prettiest!   Our native rhododendron, azaleas, camillias, quince, magnolias, apple and cherry blossoms seem to brighten every path, street and yard.  It's a beautiful time for a walking tour.  Even if it drizzles a little bit, there are plenty of places to pop into for […]
cary perkins Finding a vacant lot to build a house in Portland OR Update:  4/7/14   About two weeks after my blog post shown below, Brian Allen, owner of Windermere also addressed this issue in an interview with Portland Business Journal.  Please click through to the article.      3/24/14 Portland is running out of usable land for homebuilders.  You probably already knew that.  Our urban grown boundary […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Is there a new real estate bubble?     Portland is currently a very hot area for real estate. In fact, it is not unusual in several neighborhoods for there to be more than 5-10 or more offers for the same property, driving the price up 10% or more above asking price. People have asked whether this is an indicator of another […]
Beautiful Houses A Portland Real Estate Year in Review   Thank you for your business and all your referrals… what a wondeful year it was.     Portland Oregon Real Estate Information, House Ideas, Portland Oregon Highlights.…  A Windermere Top Producer….Fun With Real Estate by Cary Perkins
Buying property without ever seeing it Buying a Home Sight-Unseen     While not for the faint of heart, some out-of-town home buyers just can't be there to see every new listing, and have to make the offer without having seen the house.  This requires a high level of trust, and the Realtor must be very careful to guide, but not sell.  (Though it helps […]
Moving to Portland How to learn the history of your Portland OR home I've always admired the history of the homes I've shown and sold.  Sometimes when I visit a 60's or 70's home, I enjoy a great flashback to my younger days…. once I ran across the same wallpaper we had in our family room and just about melted from the happiness of seeing it again.    […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Portland Condos in Litigation     Four Portland condo buildings tied up in defect lawsuits   A flood of lawsuits over allegedly leaky water pipes has tied up at least four Portland condominium buildings in court, leaving hundreds of condo owners essentially unable to sell their units until the legal wrangling is over. Owners associations at four Pearl District […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information What’s New in the Pearl District? Design is underway for Block 17 in the Pearl.      During Tuesday’s Planning and Transportation meeting, developer Hoyt Street Properties and Boora Architects, sought design advice for Pearl District Block 17. Hoyt Street Properties purposes a residential tower and mid-rise structure for the site. Based on last night’s design presentation, the tower skin is described as […]
Moving Q & A: What if I have a stupid question about Real Estate?     My clients will sometimes say, "I've got a stupid question for you…. what does <insert odd real estate term> mean?   Of course I always respond that there is no stupid question in this process.  This is a big deal, buying and selling a house, and one should never feel that they don't […]
Moving to Portland Portland’s Newest Fast Food. Portland Penny Dinner       Portland's Iron Chef, Vitaly Paley, has opened another restaurant – this one for the hip, hungry masses.  And it's right downtown at 410 SW Broadway.    Want a frothy egg cream (with booze) or grape crush with pisco?  How about fresh falafel on yummy frybread?  Spicy vermicelli noodle salad, a pickle plate […]
cary perkins Portland is a Top Choice City for Retirement According to CNN's 25 Best Places to Retire, Portland is number two! Whether you dream of retiring to a big city, small town, resort area or college town, these 25 cities offer reasonably priced homes, low crime and tax rates, quality health care, and more.   #1 Albuquerque #2 Portland Best if you're looking for: […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Portland Real Estate continues to rebound .   The rebound in the residential real estate market continued in September, according to new data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service. In the Portland area, 1,894 homes sold in September, a 19 percent increase from September last year. The average sale price climbed nearly 5 percent to $281,400. Median price increased 3 percent […]