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Also known as Nob Hill, Northwest Portland or the Alphabet District, Portland Uptown is one of the city’s most alluring neighborhoods. With everything to offer from renowned rose gardens to world-famous ice cream shops, the sightseeing opportunities in this community are endless! Below, we’ve picked out the best of what Uptown has to offer and packed it into one fun-filled day for the entire family. Follow the carefully planned itinerary, or mix-and-match to create your own Uptown adventure.

Every day we hear stories of buyers writing a dozen offers and losing on every one. We hear of buyers who have decided to renew their leases for another year in hopes that they’ll be able to save more money for a larger down payment, or the inventory will have a little more freedom when they decide to try again at the dream of homeownership.

I don’t know about you, but after the gray winter we had, I'm craving some color and light. Does spring have you inspired to spruce up your interior? You’re not alone! Here are some easy, and inexpensive ways to bring new life into your home.

How much is enough when it comes to investigating what will most likely be your largest financial investment?

Mar 2, 2016

When buying a home, we all know that’s it’s important to have good credit. You’ll get a better interest rate, qualify for more types of loans, and be a stronger purchasing candidate. And when it’s a sellers’ market, putting your best foot forward when making an offer can be the difference between winning and losing in a multiple offer situation.

It’s a Sellers’ market – low inventory, low interest rates on all types of loans, pent up buyer demand – and values are getting back to where they were before the downturn. That’s all well and good, but there is still a lot that needs to be considered when selling your home. It’s not just as easy as sticking a sign in the yard, and watching the offers (and money) roll in. 

While we can’t control the kind of real estate market we are in, we can control the brand and agent that we use when buying or selling our home – the largest financial investment most of us have. Discount brokerages and independent companies pop up when the market is strong; and oftentimes they will entice home sellers to work with them for lower fees. If you’re thinking of selling your home, regardless of the market conditions, brand matters.

To most people REALTOR® and Real Estate Broker/Agent are one in the same. But there are some distinct characteristics between the two that can make big differences to consumers, whether buyers or sellers.

With the holidays in full swing and time flying by like I’ve never felt, it is easy to lose focus on what is most important. Nowhere did this become more obvious than when I was on vacation recently. As I walked around a beautiful resort, I noticed that 80%+ of the people had their faces buried in their phones. They weren’t enjoying time with their families and friends, or taking in the scenery. I’m not trying to judge, because I have plenty of room for improvement.

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