Portland Oregon

Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Portland Housing Prices are going up   Home prices, including distressed sales, rose 4.6 percent nationwide in August compared to a year earlier, the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The August increase marks the sixth-consecutive monthly home price increase. In the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metro area, home prices, including distressed sales, were up 4 percent in August compared to a year earlier […]
cary perkins Sneak Preview of the New Eastside Streetcar Portland’s newest streetcar line (and the first on the city’s eastside in more than 50 years) opens in less than a month on September 22, 2012. In anticipation of this substantial expansion to the existing streetcar network, Mayor Sam Adams, along with members of the Portland Streetcar board and Bureau of Transportation, rode on the […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information How’s the Portland OR real estate market doing? The National Association of Realtors has released the following stats for the 2nd quarter of 2012.  I continue to be busy, but never too busy to help someone new.  
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information A Trip Down Memory Lane in Portland Oregon My husband grew up on the hill overlooking downtown Portland.  His father was an avid photographer, and I've endured many a slide show with photos from his parents' trips through Africa, and many other exotic spots.  But some of his best photos, at least to me, are the shots taken from their balcony over the city […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Mortgage Closing Costs Fell 7% Over the Past Year       I have a feeling that we will look back on this time and wish we had bought more real estate.  Prices are still declining just a tiny bit in SW Portland (though rising in other parts of town) and interest rates are still AMAZINGLY low.  Now there's even more reason to get […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Where are housing prices headed?   Everyone seems to be asking their professional Realtor’s prediction is on where home values are headed.  To answer this question I want to quote three separate reports that have been published in the last 60 days: the Home Price Expectations Survey (HPES), the Urban Land Institute Real Estate Consensus Forecast (ULI) and the Demand Institute’s […]
Moving to Portland Pearl District’s Field Park The Pearl District is finally getting it’s park! My clients in the Pearl District are going to be so excited!  Especially the ones with kids and dogs! After more than a decade of conceptualizing, planning and designing, Fields Neighborhood Park is now under construction in the northeast end of the Pearl District. R&R Construction this […]
cary perkins Insufficient inventory!     Please call me if I can help.    
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cary perkins 10 Things to love about Portland OR The second season of Portlandia, a critically-acclaimed show, if you’ve never heard of it, on IFC that lovingly lampoons life in one of the country’s most unique cities, recently wrapped up its season. But you want to know what’s even more fun than watching Fred Armisen make jokes about Portland, Oregon on your television? Tuning […]
cary perkins Portland Art Museum Rothko Exhibit     Regarded as one of the leading American artists of the 20th century, Mark Rothko (1903-1970) began his life in art as Marcus Rothkowitz in Portland, Ore. Having emigrated from Russia as a 10-year-old with his mother and older sister in 1913 to join his father and brothers in Portland, Rothko attended Lincoln High […]
Current Portland Real Estate Market Information Excellent article on the Real Estate Rebound Maybe you think Realtors are being optimistic when we say that the market is coming back. We are, I believe, optimists by nature. This job isn’t for the faint of heart, especially in the last few years when up to 40% of the Realtors left the business. But here is Barrons joining in our argument […]
Beautiful Houses Cost -vs- Value on Home Remodeling Get started on those home repairs, knowing what type of return they’ll have when selling your house. From a minor kitchen remodel & cabinet re-facing -vs- major kitchen with new cabinets, and from attics to basements, this report is a useful guide explaining what you can expect to recoup during your home sale.  If spiffing […]
Beautiful Houses Garden & landscape news from one of Portland’s finest. What’s new in the garden world? I had the pleasure of hearing Lucy Hardiman speak last week at our Windermere Premiere Forum. She’s a highly-regarded garden designer, who gave us a great presentation of “before and after” slides of local gardens. She packed a lot of tips and ideas into the talk, and I came away motivated to get into my […]
cary perkins Moving to Portland Oregon What better way to explore Portland than through pictures?  I’ve been collecting scenes from Portland, and have started to keep a file on a Pinterest page.  You can find it by clicking here.   Check back often, or subscribe to my Pinterest page.  You’ll also find pages on mid-century love, do-it-yourself ideas, restaurants, and awesome […]
cary perkins The Buyer’s Market is Coming to a close….a MUST read! As inventory levels off, and buyers try to take advantage of the record-breaking low interest rates, Sellers are finding themselves in an advantageous position for the first time in a few years.  But that position may be short-lived.  Shadow inventory (foreclosures that the banks had been forced by the Feds to hold back to help […]
cary perkins It’s an excellent time to invest in a rental property! Rental rates in Portland are rising, and availability is falling.  We’re now raked the 11th tightest rental market in the country.  Portland also  comes in fourth for job growth behind Austin, Houston and San Jose. Rents will increase on average 4 percent this year, according to this article. Home prices are at 2003 levels, interest […]
Beautiful Houses House Idea of the Day – Appliances     Technology with style.   SMEG has the slickest kitchen designs, created by some of the most important architects and industrial designers of the world.   For over 60 years, SMEG has been creating distinctive domestic products and becoming internationally recognized for quality appliances with an eye for even the smallest detail. Gorgeous 50’s […]
cary perkins PODS & Other Portable Storage Options I can’t tell you how many times I’ve recommended PODS to my sellers who are feeling overwhelmed with clutter, storage, and the sifting of possessions that comes with moving.  Figuring out where to store things while the house is being shown is of great concern, but a POD, or portable storage unit is a pretty […]
Beautiful Houses Front Door Privacy without the use of drapes or blinds   It’s pretty inexpensive and easy to apply an opaque film or etched glass to your front door with just a little slit for peeking.  I loved the looks of this on a recent home tour and wanted to share it – and also to remember it for the side panels next to my front […]
cary perkins Portland Real Estate Market Outlook Reflecting on the local Portland Real Estate Market for 2011, the national news, and even the Oregonian’s reporting on the market in general tended to be more dismal than what was happening in close-in Portland where most of my clients live, and where I work.  It was frustrating that the overall state of the real […]