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Take Caution Before Drilling Holes in the Walls!
Posted on 09/09/2019
Take Caution Before Drilling Holes in the Walls!
Image by isuru prabath from Pixabay. I love to be the hero around my house in taking on a DIY "home improvement project". However I usually underestimate the time it takes to complete and the complexity of the project. You Tube can be a great resource in gaining project knowlege and confidence. However they may gloss over potential...
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Why Change to a Tankless Water Heater
Posted on 09/08/2019
Why Change to a Tankless Water Heater
There are quite a lot of reasons why you should consider a tankless heater today. Apart from the fact that it is easy to maintain, it looks attractive, and it does not run out of hot water. Below are a variety of the reasons why you should upgrade to a tankless heater. It saves space The traditional heaters...
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Police: Fake Broker Bilked Renters Out of Thousands
Posted on 09/08/2019
Police: Fake Broker Bilked Renters Out of Thousands
Image by Klaus Hausmann from Pixabay. Here is an important reminder that if you are a landlord or a prospective tenant, to make sure you investigate anyone posing as real estate agent, representing others, or acting as a landlord renting out an apartment or home. Doing a Google, Facebook or Linked In search on the person will often...
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The ‘Summer Swoon’ Continues With Mortgage Rates
Posted on 09/06/2019
The ‘Summer Swoon’ Continues With Mortgage Rates
Source: Freddie Mac, REALTOR® Magazine Mortgage interest rates continue to slowly drop meaning it is a great time to seriously be looking at purchasing a home. With home appreciation in the Portland, OR Metro being in the low single digitals, low unemployment and rising wages; we now have one of the most affordable home markets in the last...
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Fall Landscaping Trends: Jewel Tones, Cozy Vibes
Posted on 09/06/2019
Fall Landscaping Trends: Jewel Tones, Cozy Vibes
Source: Dave Hiller Here is a report from National Association of Landscape Professionals regarding the trends in landscaping for this fall. I hope you will find the information useful in any landscaping project you are doing this fall. A newer color palette with jewel tones is taking hold in landscaping, and it’s among the hotter trends for this...
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A Fix or a Flop? When DIY Home Renovation Turns Iffy
Posted on 09/05/2019
A Fix or a Flop? When DIY Home Renovation Turns Iffy
Image by Jossué Trejo from Pixabay The artice from The Chicago Tribune provides insight into home renovations that a homeowner doing it themselves to save money may actually hurt them if not done correctly, documented properly, and have the correct permits. Homeowners hope to save money through DIY takes on projects, but some lose that savings when they...
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Where Does Portland's Cost of Living Rank?
Posted on 09/04/2019
Where Does Portland's Cost of Living Rank?
Image by kalhh from Pixabay. Where does Portland, Oregon's cost of living rank against the 75 largest cities in the US? Portland ranks 59 out of the 75. We are more expensive than average but lower than average against West Coast Cities. The most afforable is El Paso, TX and the least afforable is San Francisco, CA. Below...
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Portland Leads West Coast Metros in Rising Home Prices Amid Slowdown
Posted on 09/03/2019
Portland Leads West Coast Metros in Rising Home Prices Amid Slowdown
Image by David Mark from Pixabay More evidence points to 2019 as being a more normal market for home price appreciation. Prices are still increasing but at a much lower rate than in past years. The days of double digit price appreciation are no longer evident. However with mortgage rates dropping to near record lows, strong employment and...
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Home Inspectors List 3 Maintenance No-Nos
Posted on 09/02/2019
Home Inspectors List 3 Maintenance No-Nos
Image by F. Muhammad from Pixaby. Maintaining your home in a manner that protects your investment and enhances it's sale value is important. However doing short cut maintenance or doing no maintenance will hurt your investment and diminish your home's resale value. Home inspections are done routinely by buyers to find out issues, negotiate repairs and protect their...
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Preventing Termites in Your House
Posted on 09/01/2019
Preventing Termites in Your House
It's no news that termites and white ants cause severe damages to the home. They might attack your house in no time. Hence, termite control has become one of the necessities to prevent the termites from invading your house. Some people control termites by using chemicals in residential areas or working places, where they can survive and breathe....
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Doubts Rise Over Open Office Concept
Posted on 08/31/2019
Doubts Rise Over Open Office Concept
Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay Companies desiring more collaboration by breaking down physical barriers to improve productivity often have employees working in an open office concept. However, in our culture we like to have personal space and some element of privacy even at work. This article from The National Real Estate Investor takes a closer look at the...
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Opportunity Zone Prices Are a Fraction of Nearby Property Costs
Posted on 08/31/2019
Opportunity Zone Prices Are a Fraction of Nearby Property Costs
Image by Gino Crescoli from Pixabay. As a result of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, a new investment option called Opportunity Zones is available to real estate investors. Oregon has 86 Opportunity Zones. Portland has 5 including Downtown Portland, The Pearl District and the Inner East Side. In...
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