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We're Hosting a Warehouse Sale


You won’t want to miss this warehouse sale event.

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Today I’m excited to announce that I’m partnering up with my client Adrienne to host an event.

At this event, we’ll be featuring items from Adrienne’s online eco-fashion store, Faerie’s Dance.

There will also be a doTERRA essential oils representative and a doctor specializing in whole life wellness plans. Many other female entrepreneurs are expected to attend, as well.

There will also be coffee and cakes provided for your enjoyment.

Additionally, there will be a raffle drawing for various prizes every half hour throughout the day.

You won’t want to miss this warehouse sale event.

One prize we’ll be raffling off early in the day will be two tickets to the Street of Dreams.

You won’t want to miss this warehouse sale event, which will take place Saturday, August 26th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..

The sale will actually be located at an urban farm I sold about five years ago at 12400 SE Crest Drive, Happy Valley, Oregon.

We hope you see you there.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

What Is Happening in the Portland Market?


Now that we’re halfway through the year, I sat down with my daughter, Angela, to give you a look at what’s happening in our market.

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Now that we’re over halfway through the year, it’s time for us to take a look at what’s going on in our market.
Recently, I was joined by my daughter Angela, the team leader for Hatch Homes Group, to talk about why it is that Realtors are feeling a little bit uneasy about certain aspects of the market.

The number of days homes are spending on the market has risen a little bit, more listings have come on the market, and there have been more price reductions, as well. So why is all of this happening?

As Angela explained, it’s likely caused by an uptick in inventory. She also mentioned, though, that homes that aren’t priced correctly are the only ones really having a problem getting off the market. Homes that are priced right are moving as quickly as ever and with record-low inventory.

Buyers are more discerning, as well. Right now, buyers are less willing to settle for a property with problems. So, poorly-prepared homes are really struggling when it comes time for them to undergo inspections. For this reason, we’re experiencing a lot more terminations.

Homes that are priced right are moving as quickly as ever.
   


This is what makes it so important for sellers to meet with Realtors; doing so can help them avoid termination.
With all of this considered, many people are wondering if we’re in a bubble. Well, we actually saw this same thing happen last year. According to Angela, there is cause to be optimistic.

Sellers who were trying to buy and sell at the same time are now finding themselves in a good position, as there is a little more inventory for them to choose from. The same can be said for buyers, as well.

In fact, this is a better opportunity than we’ve seen for buyers in a long time. It’s also a good opportunity for sellers to get the most out of the market. And, because so many people are attracted to the lifestyle, we’re continuing to see an influx of population here in Portland.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

You're Invited to Our Real Estate Investment Seminar


We’re holding a seminar to teach you about investing in real estate with a seasoned property investment pro.

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I’m excited to announce that along with Mark Irwin from Directors Mortgage, we’ll be holding a real estate investing seminar on Thursday, June 29th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 9755 Southwest Barnes Road.

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It will be a basic course designed for first-time home investors. We’ll cover several key topics like how to determine what makes a rental property, how to finance one, and some reasons to buy one. We’ll also discuss the best ways to manage a rental investment property.

Mark Irwin has been a real estate investor for more than 35 years and has worked with just about every type of investment property you can think of.

We’ll also cover the real estate side of things like why you need a Realtor and how they will help you find the right property.

To register, just click here.

If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are simply curious about the kinds of homes that are available on the Portland market right now, check out this complete listing:

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  And if you need more advice, or you are ready to start looking for a home, get in touch with me at (503) 748-8310. I love working with first-time homebuyers, and I can help you get to your perfect new home with minimum hassle.

What Advice Do We Have for First-Time Homebuyers?


There is a lot that goes into buying your first home. To make things a little easier, here is my list of tips to keep in mind during the first-time home buying process.

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Buying your first home can be an incredibly exciting time. However, it also requires a huge commitment and investment, and can have repercussions in your life for years to come. That’s why I want to share my three top tips to help first-time homebuyers protect themselves during this crucial period: 1. Know what you can afford The fact is, your mortgage is only a part of what you will need to pay when you buy a home. Homeownership comes with other expenses as well, including closing costs, taxes, property insurance, maintenance costs, and homeowner association fees. Once you have a clear idea of all of these items, you can compare this to your stable income and your current monthly expenses. This way, you can figure out the kind of home you can honestly afford, without getting carried away, and without getting bogged down in debt. 2. Choose your lender wisely Choosing a lender is not something you should base only on the lowest rate. A competent and trustworthy lender will offer you advice on how to improve your credit. The right lender will also help you take advantage of special homebuyer programs that might benefit you. And ideally, your lender will work with you to get pre-approval for your loan. This can strengthen your offer immensely, particularly in hot markets like the one we're seeing around Portland. So how do you find the right lender specifically for you? While it can be a good idea to start shopping online, it's often best to get recommendations from friends who have already worked with a lender, or from a real estate agent you trust. 3. Don't overlook the details There are many details that go into buying a home, and missing any of them can be a costly mistake. For example, I always advise buyers to get a professional inspection (this is separate from an appraisal, which the seller is likely to get). Yes, an inspection will set you back about $300, but it can save you thousands of dollars down the line, and it can even prevent you from making a decision to buy a home that you would later regret. A second example is understanding the fine print in the various contracts you will be signing. If there's anything that isn't clear to you, talk to your real estate agent and have it spelled out. Trust me — there are no dumb questions. The process of buying a home can be intimidating, and that's why professional real estate agents are there to help. These three quick tips are only the start of the things you need to watch out for when buying your first home. If you are simply curious about the kinds of homes that are available on the Portland market right now, check out this complete listing: Click here to see all Portland homes for sale And if you need more advice, or you are ready to start looking for a home, get in touch with me at (503) 748-8310. I love working with first-time homebuyers, and I can help you get to your perfect new home with minimum hassle.

American Real Estate vs. UK Real Estate


Recently, I helped sell my mother’s home in the United Kingdom, as I’ve always been interested in international real estate. Transactions are different in each country.

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I’ve long been interested in international real estate and I have many connections with Realtors all over the world.

This month, with the help of a great local real estate company, we have sold my mother’s home in the United Kingdom, as she is about to go into assisted living. It’s been an interesting process because things are done a little differently here.

For one, the buyers are called applicants, and they are not legally represented here the same way they are in America.


In the United Kingdom, real estate agents don’t have to be licensed.
   


In the U.K., real estate agents don’t have to be licensed, and one in three transactions fail. You have to use solicitors and attorneys. The whole process takes approximately three months.

That said, my mother’s 3-bed, 1-bathroom, 1,100 square foot bungalow sold for the equivalent of about $330,000.

So, let us know if you know anyone who is interested in buying or selling a home. We can help them meet their goals anywhere in the world. We look forward to hearing from you!