Portland, OR Real Estate News

By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
This year in Portland Oregon the City of Roses, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Rose Festival. There are many events scheduled including but not limited to the Grand Floral Parade held on 6/9/2007, and a Fireworks show. There are many other events provided here on this Rose_Festival_Events_Calendar  as well.Two events that always draw large crowds are The_Navy_Ships_in_Portland_on_the_Willamette_River.  And the  Carnival_at_Waterfront_Village_at_Tom_McCall_Waterfront_Park . Good times are always had by all.                                                                                                                                  Kids and Adults alike enjoy the festivities at the Carnival. All at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Downtown Portland next to the Willamette ...
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By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
For the past several days I presume for some time to come Paris Hilton has taken a dominant position on most newscasts. Some of it albeit is tongue and Cheek while others are fervently and diametrically opposed to there counter parts.But this post is not about Paris Hilton or even if you agree or agree about what is going on. It is more about Getting your Just Deserts. What do you think you deserve? What positions or circumstances are you in today and how or why did you get there? Did you plan for the event or did it just happen?A couple of weeks ago I had received a call from a fellow who's home/listing had just expired. It appears as if it had been on the market twice in succession with different real estate companies. Obviously both without success. He was calling me because I have p...
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By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
The Residential review of the Real estate market in Portland Oregon ending in April of 2007 shows mixed reviews.The Market Activity in the Portland Metro area from April of 2006 compared to April of 2007 .Closed sales increased 1.4%Number of new listings rose by 23.1%Pending sales dropped by 7.2%There is enough inventory on the market for 4.4 monthsSales for the past 12 month period show a 11.15 Average sales price appreciationWhile Median sale price appreciated by 11.2% The average sales price was up from $296,600 to $329,400 for the last 12 month period.While the Median home price was up from $ 249,900 to $277,900 for the same period.          Area              Average Sales Price      Avg Days on market  For the Month of AprilNorth Portland               $273,200                   46...
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By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
Who doesn't Like the sweet fragrance of Roses. Portland Oregon known as the City of Roses is home to many beautiful parks. None more Beautiful than Historic_Penninsula_Park_in_the_Piedmont_Neighborhood  in Portland Oregon. This beautiful Italian style park was purchased in 1909 and was the first in the system to boast a community center.The Rose Garden at Penninusula Park sits on 2 acres with a Center Fountain and has 8,900 plantings of 65 varieties of roses. Here are a few examples.    Two Views of Penninsula Parks Historic Rose Gardens with it's Italian Style design and Center Piece Fountain.  Soft White Roses with Yellow centers in Penninsula Park's Historic Rose Garden and these beautiful Red Rose's.  First Red then Yellow. There are so many beautiful roses to view and enjoy in Penn...
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By Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon
(eXp Realty LLC)
    56th Ave, Portland, OR Cosmetic Fixer 3 Bdrm Single Family House   offered at $290,000 Year Built 1925 Sq Footage 2,168 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial Floors 3 Parking None Lot Size .11 acres HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION This home is a cosmetic fixer and with a little work you could build sweat equity. Home is in a quiet neighborhood near parks for your pets. Within walking distance of busline and is an absolute must see home. Bring your imagination       PROPERTY FEATURES Fireplace Hardwood floor Living room Dining room Dishwasher Refrigerator Attic Basement Washer Dryer Laundry area - inside Yard                  Posted: Jun 4, 2007, 9:34pm PDT
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By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
In Part_1_of_a_Short_Sale_Nightmare  Dan and I had discovered much to our chagrin that the Listing agent for the Victorian in Mt. Tabor that Dan wanted to purchase was not going to be much help.Indeed as our prolugue  Foreclosure's_and_Short_Sales  points out, even the Seller did not know how far he was behind. That is not untill he received the Pre-Foreclosure letter from his Lender. And not untill after Dan had already committed funds towards the Purchase of this Fixer Upper in Portland Oregon. Still all and all it prommissed to be a good project and my clients are all about good projects. So follow along now as Dan and I in this final chapter go about  Solving_the_Short_Sale_Nightmare . www.portlandflips.com  Investors, let your next Portland Oregon Investment property find you.
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By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
Foreclosures and Short Sales. We here about them all the time. We all know of a Rich uncle or Friend who claims to make fabulous money in the real estate market Buying and Selling Foreclosures.Dan a real estate Investor and fixer buyer of Portland Oregon Real Estate and I had been working together only a short time. Dan had told me that he had worked with several agent's over the past few years but had not found anyone that he really clicked with.The Fixer upper market in Portland Oregon is a tough one. Tough in that there is a lot of well healed competition. In a City like Portland where there is a great deal of Urban renewal projects like Vanport Square and Magic_Johnson's_47,000_SQFT_Sports_and_Fitness_Center_in_Portland's  inner NE Alberta Arts neighborhood.I had found for Dan a gre...
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By Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
(Oregon First)
Home Inspections are Worth Every Penny  By Wayne B. Prunerhttp://www.yourhomeinportlandoregon.com/ Wayne's Portland Oregon area Real Estate blogwww.activerain.com/wayneprunerRecently a client of mine, a first-time home buyer, made an offer on a house.  While everything we could see looked good, I was concerned there might be water underneath the house because the gutter downspouts drained directly on the ground.  The crawl space was tight, 20 inches deep, and I was having a bit of a problem finding a home inspector who would guarantee they would crawl underneath the house.  Inspecting the crawl space was our biggest concern and I did find a home inspector who committed to doing that.The underneath inspection found a completely different problem.  The galvanized water pipes were rusted t...
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
I posted this someplace, some time ago . . . on a blog that is no longer.    *******************************  Remember that old Muppet tune, "It's not easy being green"? Thankfully they weren't singing about green/sustainable buildings.  While not "easy" to design and build any type of structure -- with calculations/considerations too numerous to mention -- green/sustainable living and office spaces are changing the way we, in the Pacific Northwest (in particular Portland, Oregon) are trying to manage our daily lives. What makes a green/sustainable building?  New designs take into consideration such things as energy management (lighting, heating, air circulation) with an overall emphasis on occupant health, reducing energy costs/maintenance, and reductions to the negative impact of wast...
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
This is a test post -- I'm editing an older post and updating it to see where it lands.  I did this once and it was "re-published" as a new post.  I'm seeing if this will happen again.  All I want to do it edit a few oldies but goodies.  Now that I know what content is all about . . .    Laurelhurst has the most distinctive "old Portland" charm of any neighborhood in the area. While there are some very quaint and charming areas (Irvington, for example), the overall continuity and area which Lauelhurst encompasses surpasses them all. Developed as estates at the turn-of-the-century (20th Century -- the 1900's) the charming characteristics can still be found. Many of the estates were sub-divided during the years, and 1920 cottages sprung up on parceled lots.  Laurelhurst is one of the few ...
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By Rita Taylor, Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina
(None)
Herb Hamilton is a broker with RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors in Portland, Oregon. Herb has 18 years of experience working with real estate. He uses his Portland Real Estate website to help buyers and sellers. One of the neat features on Herb's website is an Automated Portland Home Search. This feature allows buyers to enter a price range and then add areas they are interested in using a map. Listings with photos, prices, and addresses are sent out daily by e-mail. Herb also has pages with information about some of the great neighborhoods in Portland. Herb beautifully describes neighborhoods like Mt. Tabor in Portland, including maps and pictures to help buyers get a feel for neighborhoods in Portland from the comfort of their home. You can also find out about Portland Schools assignme...
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By Wayne McMullan, Quinte Real Estate
(Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty)
Portland Oregon, the City of Roses, is a great destination on the west coast. It lies between the Columbia and Willamett Rivers. Close by there is great skiing, magnificent beaches and great wineries. It truly is a great place to call home.Now should you be interested in Portland Oregon Real Estate, Herb Hamilton is the professional to help you find your next home. Herb is a broker who has many years experience working with Buyers and Sellers. He knows the neighborhoods as well local market conditions to help make your search a little easier.Herb has some great information on his site such as his Portland Public School page that will advise you on which school your child will attend if you lived at a certain address. It's just something which makes you home search a little easier. You c...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
Portland, Oregon:  the "City of Roses" is home to many gardens, including the "Portland Japanese Garden" and the "International Rose Test Garden".  Other outdoor attractions include Forest Park, the Oregon Zoo, and The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden.  Portland has several sports teams including The Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Timbers, and the Portland Winter Hawks. They even have a Professional Paintball Team - The Portland Naughty Dogs!  Portland is also home to Herb Hamilton. When you are ready to make your Portland move, call Herb Hamilton with RE/MAX Preferred REALTORS.  Herb has been helping investors for 18 years and his Portland Oregon Real Estate website  has loads of information for the Portland Investor. If you want to make sure you don't miss out on any home, sign up fo...
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By Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
(Oregon First)
Earnest Money Deposits  By Wayne B. Prunerhttp://www.yourhomeinportlandoregon.com/ Wayne's Portland Oregon area Real Estate blogwww.activerain.com/wayneprunerThe purpose of an earnest money deposit is to show the seller that the buyer is sincere in completing the transaction. From the seller's perspective, this is money that may be forfeited if the buyer does not complete the transaction. There is no reason a deal cannot be completed without earnest money, but a seller is far less likely to accept an offer without a deposit.A large of an earnest money deposit should you offer? A large deposit generally makes an offer more desirable. Sellers want the biggest deposit they can get. The size of the deposit gauges the commitment of the buyer.  However, buyers do not want to tie up an unneces...
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By Valerie Baldwin, Harvey, Gresham Oregon Real Estate
(John L. Scott Sandy)
Portland Rose Festival Events 2007Need to know where that action will be during this year's Rose Festival Celebration?  Here is your guide to the events that are planned.It's going to be a big celebration this year since the Rose Festival is turning 100 years old!Waterfront Village    May 31st-June 10th @ Waterfront Park-Downtown PortlandRose Cup Races   June 1st-3rd  @ Portland International RacewayRose Festival Fleet Week  June 6th-10th @ Waterfront ParkDragon Boat Races  8 am-5 pm @Waterfront ParkJune 1st, 2007:Fireworks Spectacular--9:45 pm @ Waterfront ParkStarlight Run--8 pm @ Downtown PortlandJune 2nd, 2007:Starlight Parade--8:30 pm @ Downtown PortlandJune 6th, 2007:Junior Parade--1:00 pm @ NE 52nd & SalmonJune 8th, 2007Concert at the Park--TBA @ PGE ParkJune 9th, 2007:Queen's Co...
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By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
The recent LightRail ( Max ) extension in North Portland from the Rose_Quarter  home of the Portland_TrailBlazers  NBA professional basket ball team. Tri-Met's  Max_Lightrail  service, the Yellow Line is connected to the main line and runs past the Rose Quarter up Interstate avenue and on out to the Expo_Center  in North Portland. Along the way you will have an opportunity to view some of Portland Oregon's unique Art Work and Sculptures like the Following. :       Freestanding sculpture at Trimet's MAX Lightrail Station, Albina Mississippi in Portland close to the Rose Quarter.      Group of Three Sculptures at Ainsworth and Interstate ave on Max light rail line in North Portland oregon.         A Modern Metal Sculpture on the Island of Max Lightrail and Paul Bunyan at Kenton Station in...
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
I need some suggestions.  We just closed on a home last week.  My client, the buyer, called the Post Office to notify them she's the new owner, start up service, etc.  Post Office told her that the address is NOT in their database, and they have never delivered mail to that address.  Title shows this address with the plat recorded, and it shows up in the recorders office and country records.  But not with the Post Office . . . they don't show it. The home is the rear home on a flag lot, which was parceled in 1989 or 1990, something like that.  The postmaster of the main branch is going to meet my client today at the property, and talk about where the mailbox should go . . . . . . but in the meantime, have you heard anything like this before??  Also, the home was "moved" to this site at ...
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By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
Over the Years I have sent enough Letters, Flyers, Business Cards and Postcards to completely Paper this fabulous home in Uptown    NW Portland Oregon is a bit of a Fixer Upper.It is just a great home close to NW 23rd avenue and is one of the last Big Fixer Upper homes. Although the lot is small the House more than makes up for the lands short comings. The Turret is just sweet. Do you know who owns this Victorian in Portland? If so give me a call I would love to talk to them about it.Fair and Honest prices are paid. Our philosophy in purchasing property is one of a fair deal. What is a fair deal? A fair deal is one where all parties are happy with the outcome.                          Call me today my cell phone number is  503 515 8889  I will treat you fair and honest . No high pressur...
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By Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
(RETIRED / State License is Inactive)
Population: 529,121 Total Households: 223,737 Median Age: 35.20 Median Household Income: $40,146 Source: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2000 Portland is called "The City of Roses" and roses abound.  So do a lot of other beautiful plants and trees. Just the other day a former client of mine who relocated her from San Diego about a year ago commented on the beauty of the region.  She said she was amazed to see all the different colors of plants / trees year long.  Unlike San Diego, which is pretty consistent, Portland has a clear 4-seasons.  Summer, fall, winter and spring all bloom FANTASIC with a variety of colors and shades. We need the variety!  It does rain a lot here.  So the vibrant yellows that I'm seeing all around does help brighten it up.  MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecY...
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By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
This is a Great Market we are in. I love this kind of market. It is the kind of market that Agent's with strong real estate sales backgrounds can excel in. Marketing agent's don't depend on a Buyer's Market or a Seller's Market.Let's face it. When the Market is Hot like it has been for the past several years, you basically only had to be a WBB (warm breathing body) to do the job. Thats right no skills, just a pleasant personality would in many cases get you through the day.Folks! For most of us, Those Days Are Gone ! Hallelujah ! It is time for Marketing Agent's to step to the front. Are you that Agent? NO. Want to be? Everything you need, every skill, every tool, every possible technique you will ever need to become a Top Marketing Agent is right here. That's right! Right here in front...
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