Picking a Neighborhood

42-1                Buying a new home is exciting. Whether you’re moving across the country or
across town, finding the right house is just one part of choosing the best option.
The neighborhood in which the home is located is a critical component of
lifestyle as well. Here are 3 of the most important considerations as you search
for the right community to call home.
1. Safety – First and foremost, the safety of the neighborhood is important.
Fortunately, there are multiple ways to get details concerning safety.
Search local crime statistics through local police sites and public online
search sites. Spend time driving through the community, talk with
neighbors, and pay attention to the security of the homes themselves; a
community where most homes have extra security could be a sign of
2. Schools – Regardless of whether you have children in the home, or plan to,
the quality of the local schools is a big factor in home values, and is easy to
research. Visit the district’s website and read about their test scores and
rankings. Extracurricular activities are also a large factor in the desirability
of the schools; watch for art, music, and athletic programs.
3. Conveniences – Remember that you’ll need to shop for groceries, work out
at a gym, enjoy entertainment, and dine out. As you drive through
potential communities, take note of the local availability of the extras you
Finding the right home is not enough to live a nice lifestyle. The neighborhood is
just as important. Not only for your enjoyment, but it affects the resale value as
well. Choosing the right community takes a little research, but it’s well worth it to
love where you live.

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4 Ways to Instantly Upgrade Your Mudroom


The original purpose of a mudroom was to ensure that the dirt and grime of the
outdoors never made it inside your home, where visitors could see it. Believe it or
not, the modern mudroom is often the first thing your guests see, as more formal
entries are shunned in favor of the casual entrance to the house. As a result,
these functional rooms are now gaining the attention of homeowners and
designers alike.
If your mudroom could use some sprucing up, here are 4 ways to instantly
upgrade your space.
1. Change the Entrance – Changing out that old dull door for a fresh style can
instantly change the mood of the room. Adding windows to bring in natural
light makes the space warm and inviting.
2. Fresh Paint – Almost every article about updating your home’s look includes
new paint for a reason; paint instantly changes the look and feel of a space.
Merging bright colors with clean white accents creates visual interest and
provides a perfect segue to the rest of the house.
3. Update Your Fixtures – From lighting to doorknobs and hooks, upgrade your
functional fixtures with contemporary styles. Double check that the room
has adequate lighting which also complements your design aesthetic.
4. Rethink the Storage – Does your mudroom have adequate storage for your
needs? A storage bench is a great addition which adds extra space, as well
as a place to sit while you remove your bulky items.
Mudrooms are often dirty, damp repositories for the mess which isn’t appropriate
for the main house, but there is no reason it can’t be functional and beautiful. By
making a few simple changes, you can transform your mudroom and welcome
your family and visitors through a fresh space.


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What Buyers Can Expect For Real Estate in 2020

Copy-of-BLOG-PHOTOS-8Predicting the housing market should be an Olympic event; everyone loves to
predict the ups and downs of the real estate market. As we enter 2020 consumers
are wondering if it’s a good time to buy? What can home buyers expect this year
and is it time to move?
Housing Market Trends 2020
Most analysts agree that 2020 should see a continuation of the momentum which
built in 2019. The foundation for growth is strong with low unemployment
numbers, higher household incomes and high consumer confidence.
Additionally, we are starting to see more Millennials enter the housing market
than ever before.
Housing Stocks
More and more investors are realizing the value of adding real estate to their
portfolios. Shunting the hassle of owning rental properties, many of these
investors, as well as new participants, are turning to REITs for investment
diversification. REITs that are based on hard assets provide stability as well as
liquidity, making them very popular.
The types of properties held in these funds is changing also. In addition to
commercial and large scale buildings, many funds are adding smaller homes to
their portfolio – taking advantage of the growing down-sizing trend as Baby
Boomers move to their next home.
Market Picture for Buyers
Overall, buyers should find a nice selection of homes from which to choose.
Interest rates are expected to remain reasonable and home prices should flatten
a bit with the increased inventory of homes. All-in-all, 2020 should be a
continuation of the past year with no extreme moves expected in the market.

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Quartz – the Countertop Buyers Love

Quartz countertops have been around for decades, yet they are one of the
hottest design materials this spring. Available in a variety of colors, this natural
stone is not only durable but beautiful, and more and more homebuyers are
putting quartz countertops on their must-have list.
Quartz is a natural material best known for the beautiful crystals it forms. Quartz
countertops are not pure quartz, however, and contain no crystals. Instead, the
countertop is engineered using quartz, resins, and pigment. As a result, there is a
quartz color palette for any design aesthetic. Home shows featuring the newest
home trends for 2020 showcased quartz countertops of white, gray, slate and
Quartz is one of the best choices for durability as well. Unlike granite or tile,
which can crack and chip, the resin included in quartz countertops is almost
indestructible. While other surfaces can scar and burn if subjected to hot
cookware, quartz will stand up to the heat of cooking, making it a top choice for
homebuyers of all culinary skill levels.
Quartz is also low maintenance compared to its more porous counterparts.
Whereas natural stone and granite can absorb liquids, causing stains, quartz does
not have this issue. No longer do homeowners need to fear dripping red wine or
spaghetti sauce on the kitchen island. Along with this, quartz is antimicrobial—
meaning that bacteria can be easily wiped away—making your kitchen countertop
truly one of the healthiest surfaces in your home.
Quartz countertops are just one of the many improvements that homebuyers
crave. Quartz is beautiful, durable, healthy, and sustainable; it’s no wonder
homebuyers have made these countertops important items in their home search.

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What’s a sewer scope?

A sewer scope or sewer inspection records the state of any sewer pipe from the house to the street. The footage captured during the sewer scope informs the buyer and the seller of what and where the issues are. If the sewer line passes inspection, that’s great!!. The non-pass of a scope may require repair services that range from having the sewer line completely replaced or repair the isolated part of the line. Buyers usually have a sewer scope done during the inspection contingency period when they’re purchasing a property. Price range for a sewer scopes vary from $100-$150.

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George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego

Community in Review

George Rogers Park

Lake Oswego, Oregon

George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego is an absolute oasis. The entire park is clean and well maintained with multiple restrooms and garbage cans.  The main beach area is located on the Willamette river where you can lay a blanket down for an afternoon on the water. The water didn’t get to deep in some areas, so it was nice for my 2-year-old twins and my six-year-old. I still had all my kids in life jackets just to be safe. It was fun watching all the ducks, geese, boats and paddle boarders while playing in the sand with the kiddos. I highly recommend this park for the warm summer months to relax and stay cool. If you have a lot of stuff to bring down to the beach, there are ramps all the way down, so you can bring your stroller or wagon. It’s a great beach to visit and it’s close to many cities in the Portland area.

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15 Hottest Neighborhoods in the Portland-Area

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The Portland area real estate markets have started to slow down. There is more inventory on the market then in the past, but there is still lots of competition in the lower price homes. According to the recent 3rd quarter sales data, there are 15 neighborhoods that are still hot.

Here is the list below:

  • North Aloha
  • North Hillsboro
  • South Beaverton
  • Elmonica/Amberglen
  • Rockwood Centennial
  • North Gresham
  • Minnehaha/Harney Heights, Vancouver
  • Molalla
  • South Hillsboro
  • East Mill Plain, Vancouver
  • South Aloha
  • Cascade Park, Vancouver
  • Clackamas
  • Milwaukie
  • Tigard
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The #1 Reason Listings Expire

Nothing is more frustrating to a home seller than to have their home sit on the market without an offer. Selling a home is a big decision, and an emotional one. By the time a home owner determines the time is right to sell, they are ready to move. In addition, keeping a home show-ready is exhausting, so a listing that just sits is frustrating. 

The truth is there is only one reason why a listing doesn’t sell and eventually expires…price. It’s always price. There is a price at which any, and all, homes will garner offers. Even the most run-down foreclosure will receive offers when priced low enough. Home sellers naturally want to get the best possible sales price for their home, but it’s important to be realistic. Present the home in the best possible light and offer it at a reasonable list price.  There is nothing to be gained by holding out hope for a higher offer and sellers lose valuable time by trying to do this. A listing will always get the most attention when it’s new on the market. This is the time to get create excitement and get offers. When the house is over-priced it will also be over-looked and eventually, the listing expires. 

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New Construction Builder Home Warranty

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Did you know that a builder in the state of Oregon is required by law to supply a buyer with a home warranty? The new home warranty under Oregon law is covered under (ORS 701.320).

The warranty can either be supplied by the builder or by a third-party warranty. The warranty is put in place to repair or replace faulty work or workmanship. This doesn’t include repairs from the home owners neglect.

What are included in the 1-3 year major systems of the home warranty?

  • plumbing
  • electrical
  • heating
  • air-conditioning

What is included under the structural defects?

  • Foundation
  • studs beams
  • Joists
  • This may not be limited to just these items


When you are going to be and or under contact with a builder, the home warranty will be signed prior to moving forward with the transaction. The buyer has the option of either accepting or rejecting the warranty. Most buyers chose to have a professional home inspection of the property. The inspection report is giving to the builder to “blue tape” any defects found during the home inspection. The builder can have determined amount of time to complete all the repairs found during the inspection. If you are interested in purchasing new construction home or would like a list of new home, please let me know. I am happy to provide this information for you.

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5 Things NOT to do When Staging

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Staging a home for sale is the most misunderstood process in home selling. Creating the right atmosphere in the home, one which invites potential buyers to linger is much more than this. When creating the right scene, it’s just as important to know what NOT to when staging the home.
1. Neglecting the Deep Clean – A clean and fresh home is the very first step. If the home
smells like last night’s dinner and there is cat hair in the corners, regardless of what else
you do, it’s not going to sell.
2. Leaving the Clutter – Of course you’re still living in the home, but it shouldn’t
necessarily look like it.
3. Keeping Personal Photos In View – Again, the goals is to create a blank canvass on
which the buyers can imagine their own belongings.
4. Bright Colors – You might enjoy the purple wall and orange carpet, but your buyers will find them distracting. Neutral accents are always better.
5. Over Accessorizing – Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Too many candles, throw pillows or furniture will just distract attention.
Consider investing in a professional stager who can help make your home shine.

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