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Real Estate Agent - Wes Sanders Realty
Beside commentary on Portland metro real estate, articles relating to buying or selling a home will appear regularly. Since Wes has a weakness for bakeries, new discoveries will also be listed from time to time. Since I live in West Linn will also try to focus on properties there so clients can have their children in a super school district.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
There has been some bad advice going around out there that you don't need to keep your receipts for home improvements.  True you do not have to have them for tax purposes -But keeping them may be to your advantage.  The current exclusion from Federal income tax for a gain on the sale of a home is...
05/21/2007
•1.        Excellent Schools•2.        Lots of City Parks•3.        Good Public Library•4.        A Weekday and evening Farmers Market•5.        Access to fishing and boating on the Willamette River •6.        Mini-shopping areas close to all parts of town•7.        Easy access to major shopping ...
05/19/2007
Said I would include some of my bakery weaknesses from time to time.  Here is a great place to get a cake donut with chocolate icing  - my favorite.  The donut is moist with the batter having a slight sweet flavor, unlike the cardboard taste available at some of the chain bakeries.Stop by Donut D...
05/18/2007
While the local RMLS appreciation data indicates the Portland Metro market appreciation rate at the end of April is 11.1% - this figure can be somewhat misleading.This figure is a comparison of 12 month moving average prices for the periods of May 2006 through April 2007 compared to the 12 month ...
05/17/2007
Portland Metro Market Action - April 2007 AffordabilityFor the second time since RMLSTM began recording Affordability in June 1994, a family earning the Portland area's median income ($63,800 per HUD) made slightly less (95% based on a formula from NAR) than needed to purchase the median priced h...
05/15/2007
There are other ways than calling 411  and they are free!Dial 1-800-373-3411 for free telephone information.  You will have to listen to a 20 second commercial  -  but that works out to saving $4.50 per minute or $270.00 per hour - not bad for dialing a few extra digits.Or you can get the same in...
05/14/2007
 Now you can just click on a map of the Portland Metro area and select the neighborhood where you would like to live.Select multiple neighborhoodsSelect your price rangeSelect the number of bedrooms and baths.Each day you will receive a map and list of the new listings, and price changes too, for...
05/11/2007
So you are moving and running short of cartons, your friends have given all they have, other movers have beat you to the free cartons on CraigsList, and you don't want to pay the prices for new cartons at the moving and storage companies.Then check out this website:  http://www.cartonserviceonlin...
05/11/2007
Three bedroom two bath home on large corner lot, with hardwood floors and fireplace.  Newer gas forced air furnace with high efficiency multi-speed blower.  Built in 1962 but has been updated with double paned vinyl windows throughout the living spaces.  Has an irrigation well for the garden and ...
05/10/2007
Buying Tactics in Changing MarketsOver the last three decades, the real estate industry has seen unprecedented growth and profitability. Rates of home appreciation have been on a steady incline, resulting in many highly competitive housing markets. In many areas throughout the country, prospectiv...
05/09/2007
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