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Home Improvement How to Prepare Your Home for an Inspection Preparing your home for sale is a complicated process. Home inspections are a key part of that process, and many buyers and sellers aren’t sure what to expect. As a seller, it can be your best chance to negotiate pricing and terms with your potential buyer as well as identify any major issues that could be deal-breakers. Here’s what […]
Real Estate Planning to Retire? It Could Be Time To Make a Move. If you’re thinking about retirement or have already retired this year, you may be planning your next steps. One of your goals could be selling your house and finding a home that more closely fits your needs. Fortunately, you may be in a better position to make a move than you realize. Here are a few things […]
Real Estate Ready To Sell? Today’s Housing Supply Gives You Two Opportunities. At first glance, the increase in housing supply compared to last year may not sound like good news for prospective sellers, but it actually gives you two key opportunities in today’s housing market. An article from Calculated Risk helps put the inventory gains the market has seen in 2022 into perspective by comparing it to recent years (see graph below). It […]
Real Estate You May Have More Negotiation Power When You Buy a Home Today Did the frequency and intensity of bidding wars over the past two years make you put your home search on hold? If so, you should know the hyper competitive market has cooled this year as buyer demand has moderated and housing supply has grown. Those two factors combined mean you may see less competition from other buyers. And with […]
Real Estate What To Expect From the Housing Market in 2023 The 2022 housing market has been defined by two key things: inflation and rapidly rising mortgage rates. And in many ways, it’s put the market into a reset position. As the Federal Reserve (the Fed) made moves this year to try to lower inflation, mortgage rates more than doubled – something that’s never happened before in a calendar year. This […]
Travel City Spotlight: Salem, OR Located an hour south of Portland is Oregon’s capital: Salem. This city is split by the Willamette River, with several great locations for fishing, boating, and tubing. The waterfront also has great activities to enjoy with your kids, including Minto Brown park, the Gilbert House Children’s Museum, and the Riverfront Carousel. Salem’s historic downtown is […]
Community Brunchin’ in Portland, OR The Portland metropolitan area is home to some of the west coast’s most famous food spots. Whether you’re looking for home style cooking or a more eclectic scene, this city is a foodie’s paradise. The perfect way to get a taste of all that the Portland food scene has to offer is exploring the many […]
Real Estate Real Estate Market Check-In with Dave Ramsey There is a lot of uncertainty circulating the housing market this year. Whether you’re trying to buy, sell, build, or invest, it can be difficult to strategize and understand how the market can work in your favor. The biggest factors contributing to the rising panic right now are interest rates, an impending crash, and the […]
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Travel Pacific City: A Hidden Gem on the Oregon Coast The coast of Oregon is a beautiful feature of the Pacific Northwest. There are endless year-round activities to explore, from aquariums, and surfing, to whale-watching, crabbing, or checking out the famous tide pools! The scenery is unbeatable, and you can find some of the best hikes in the state! If you’re a resident of Oregon, […]
Community Full Family Fun in the Portland Area A great way to spend time with your whole family is by going somewhere that will be fun for everyone! From bowling to arcade games, to ropes courses and rock climbing, something unique about the Portland area is how many different entertainment centers there are that have all this plus more to offer!  Just over […]
Real Estate Outstanding $17M Vancouver mansion boasting over 13K sq ft What can $17 million get you in Vancouver, Washington? The answer can be found at 7721 SE 17th St Vancouver, WA. There is truly nothing else like this stunning home anywhere on the market – a one of a kind Clark County masterpiece.  This unbelievable custom riverfront home is sleek and modern, yet comfortable and […]
Travel Highlights of Sunriver Resort Highlights Of Sunriver Resort Located in the high desert of Oregon, Sunriver is a coveted destination spot nearly year-round! There are endless activities that will appeal to your whole family, from four golf courses to horseback riding to mountain sports on the close by Mt. Bachelor! The common mode of transportation in Sunriver is bike […]
Community 5 Must Stop Coffee Shops In Downtown Portland 5 Must Stop Coffee Shops In Downtown Portland One of the things that we are best known for in the Pacific Northwest is our coffee. From drip coffee, to cold brew, to pour-overs and intricate lattes, locals here are exceptionally particular about their espresso. Portland in specific is home to Oregon’s most eclectic coffee shops, […]