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Portland Oregon Residential Real Estate Review June 2018

June Residential Highlights The Portland metro area saw some cooler activity this June, but closed sales saw a gain over last month. At 2,946, closed sales slipped 7.6% below the 3,187 closings

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Rents Increase 3 Percent Nationaly

Renters are paying an average of $40 more per month than a year ago as June rents brought an upsurge of 2.9 percent in national average rents,according to RENTCafe.com, based on Yardi Matrix data

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The Reason To List Your House For Sale Now

The #1 Reason to List Your House for Sale NOW!If you are debating whether or not to list your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait!Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply

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Median Rent Prices Rise In The Portland Oregon Metropolitan Region

Portland Oregon Experiences 3% Yearly Increase in Median RentPortland Rents continue to rise. This latest chart shows the median rent in the Portland region. Two and three bedrooms rose 3.1% and 3%

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Portland Oregon Residential Real Estate Review May 2018

Portland Oregon Residential Real Estate Review April 2018May 2018 Residential Highlights New listings made some gainsthis May in the Portland metro area. At 4,665, new listings outpaced

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Why Do Renters Move In The Portland Market Area

Why Do Renters Move? - How Affordable are Rentals?Ever wonder why renters move, or what the primary reason are causing renters to move from the home or apartment they are renting in

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Investment Property 19712 SW 68th Ave Tualatin OR 97062

Tualatin Duplex - $350,000I found this duplex in an area of good Tualatin schools in an easy to rent area! The cost is reasonable and the finances pencil out nicely. See the Prospectus

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Video Walk Thru And Price Opinion Of 16019 SW Hawk Ct Sherwood OR 97140

Link to the Listing for 16019 SW Hawk Ct Sherwood OR 97140Observations:Overall the home shows well and appears to be in overall good condition. The roof has had moss but does appear to have been

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Coming Soon 38651 Galway St Sandy Or 97055 VideoWalk Thru

Now Avsailable! OPEN HOUSE 6/9/18 12 pm - 3 pm. A great corner lot Townhouse with a LARGE lot! Price: $249,000You can get on the Notification List: Text LFR7 to 88000 - I will text back

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How Current Interest Rates Can Have A High Impact On Your Purchasing Power

How Current Interest Rates Can Have a High Impact on Your Purchasing Power Tuesday May 22nd, 2018  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Interest Rates, Move-Up

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Need A New House

Are you tired of countless repairs? Would a newer home in great condition excite you?Sometimes that new house smell is just what you need to experience the peace and comfort when you get off work. I

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Portland Oregon Residential Real Estate Review April 2018

Portland Oregon Residential Real Estate Review April 2018April 2018 Residential Highlights Closed sales saw an upswing this April in the Portland metro area. There were 2,523 closings, a 13.7%

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Home Inspections What To Expect

Home Inspections: What to Expect  Tuesday May 8th, 2018  McMinnville | Beaverton | Hillsboro Market ConditionSo you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is

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Existing Home Sales Grow Despite Low Inventory In Oregon

Existing Home Sales Grow Despite Low Inventory [INFOGRAPHIC] Friday April 27th, 2018  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, 

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Portland Oregon Area Residential Real Estate Review March 2018

March Residential Highlights New listings in the Portland metro area saw a slight gain compared to last year this March. At 3,648 for the month, new listings edged 1.2% over the 3,604 new

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Not Owning Your Home Can Cost You A Lot Of Money

NOT Owning Your Home Can Cost You a Lot of Money!  Monday April 2nd, 2018  Buying Myths, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers, Rent vs. BuyOwning

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Moving Up Is More Affordable Now In Portland Then In The Last 40 Years

Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 YearsTuesday March 20th, 2018If you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in

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The Cost Of Waiting Portland Interest Rates Edition INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019. The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly

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Portland Oregon Area Residential Real Estate Review February 2018

February 2018 Residential HighlightsClosings had a strong month this February in the Portland metro area. There were 1,806 closed sales, a 8.2%  increase over February 2017 (1,669) and a.

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Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional When Buying Or Selling

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling!Whether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an

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Portland Oregon Area Residential Real Estate Review January 2018

January 2018 Residential HighlightsThe Portland metro area saw plenty of pending sales and new listings this January. Pending sales, at 2,311, outpaced January 2017 (1,990) by 16.1% and December

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Two Major Myths Holding Oregon Home Buyers Back

2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers Tuesday January 30th, 2018  Buying Myths, Down Payments, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up BuyersUrban Institute

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If Your Considering Selling In Oregon Act Now

If You’re Considering Selling, ACT NOW!!  Thursday January 25th, 2018  For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up BuyersDefinitely an aggressive headline. However, as

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Why You Need A Professional On Your Team When Buying A Home

Why You Need a Professional on Your Team When Buying a HomeTuesday January 25th, 2018  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up BuyersMany people wonder whether they should

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Homeownership Is Important In Oregon And Across The Country

93% Believe Homeownership Is Important in Attaining the American Dream  Thursday January 11th, 2018  First Time Home Buyers, For BuyersAmericans continue to believe that

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The Impact Of Tight Inventory On The Oregon Housing Market

The Impact of Tight Inventory on the Oregon Housing MarketThe housing crisis is finally in the rearview mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are,

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Real Estate Under The New Tax Plan

1031 Exchanges - Depreciation and more has been saved for Real Estate Investment and Personal Residences!Investment Property in the Portland Metro AreaMajor Provisions Affecting Commercial

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Top 4 REAL Reasons We Buy A Home

Top 4 REAL Reasons We Buy a HomeWe often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling reasons

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Fed Hikes Rates In Sign Of Economic Confidence

Fed hikes rates in sign of economic confidenceThe incremental hike marks the third such hike in 2017 and sets the stage for what will likely be three or four adjustments in 2018 - Rates likely to

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5 Reasons To Buy A Home In The Off Season

5 reasons to buy a home in the off seasonIt's cheaper, and sellers are serious BYMIKE PULLEY DEC 8 Key Takeaways Buying a home in the fall or winter can be a thrifty move for

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The Real Reason Home Prices Are Increasing In Portland Oregon

The Real Reason Home Prices are IncreasingThere are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again

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Low Inventory Causes Home Prices In Portland To Maintain Fast Growth

Low Inventory Causes Home Prices to Maintain Fast GrowthThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Quarterly Metro Home Price Report last week. The

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Now May Be The Time To Move Up To A Luxury Home

Moving-Up to a Luxury Home? Now’s the Time!Luxury Home in our Service Area. If your house no longer fits your needs and you are planning on buying a luxury home, now is a great time to do so!

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How To Get The Most Money From The Sale Of Your Home

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your HomeEvery homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum

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4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall In Oregon

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall in Oregon!Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price

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July 2017 Portland Area Real Estate Activity

July Residential Highlights Portland real estate activitycooled a bit this July. Closed sales,at 2,793, cooled 12.4% from Junewhen 3,187 closings were recorded,although these sales pushed 0.6

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Homeowners In Oregon Net Worth Greater Than A Renter

Homeowner’s Net Worth Is Still Greater Than a Renter’sEvery three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all

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Do Your Future Plans Include A Move Whats Stopping You From Listing Now

Do Your Future Plans Include a Move? What's Stopping You from Listing Now?Are you an empty-nester? Do you want to retire where you are, or does a vacation destination sound more your style? Are you

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84 Percent Of Americans Believe Buying A Home Is A Good Financial Decision

84% of Americans Believe Buying a Home is a Good Financial DecisionAccording to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe

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Oregon Realtors Advocacy What It Means To You

Realtors during this session alone advocated for many bills that affect home ownership. Most notably HB 2006 Mortgage Interest Deduction Died in committee and HB  2004-B Rent Control died

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Are Home Prices Approaching Bubble Territory

Are Home Prices Approaching Bubble Territory?As home values continue to rise, some are questioning whether we are approaching another housing bubble. Zillow just reported :

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5 Reasons You Should Sell This Summer

5 Reasons You Should Sell This SummerHere are five reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National

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Is Now A Good Time To Rent

Is Now a Good Time to Rent?People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks when a good time to rent is. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that

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4 Tips To An Effective Offer On Your Next Home

4 Tips for Effectively Making an OfferSo, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you

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Should You Move Up In 2017

Is 2017 the Year to Move Up to Your Dream Home? If So, Do It Early!If you are considering moving up to your dream home, it may be better to do it earlier in the year than later. The two components

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If You Are Thinking About Selling Now May Be The Time To Act

Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to ActIf you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer

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Did Your Home Sell Yesterday 44 In Portland Did

15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing

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Oregon Consumer Confidience In Economy And Housing Is Soaring

Consumer Confidence in Economy & Housing is SoaringThe success of the housing market is strongly tied to the consumer’s confidence in the overall economy. For that reason, we believe 2017 will be

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Investors Tualatin Foreclosure Fixer And Multifamily All In One

Foreclosure, Fixer and Multifamily - It's not often we get a Foreclosure, Fixer and Multi-Family property all in one, yet here it is! The units are in a solid rental area with good

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Foreclosure Crisis In Oregon 10 Years Later

The Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years LaterCoreLogic recently released a report entitled, United States Residential Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later, in which they examined the years

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4 Great Reasons To Buy In Oregon This Spring

4 Great Reasons to Buy This Spring!Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index 

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Mortgage Interest Is Up Again Should I Wait To Buy

Mortgage Interest Rates Went Up Again… Should I Wait to Buy?Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, along

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How To Get The Most Money In The Portland Market Whan Selling Your Home

How to Get the Most Money in The Portland Market When Selling Your HomeEvery homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you

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Are You Thinking About Selling Your Home

Thinking of Selling? Do it TODAY!!That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are

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Over Half Of All Buyers Are Surprised By Closing Costs

Over Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing CostsAccording to a recent survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to

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Mortgage Rates Impact On 2017 Home Values

Mortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home ValuesThere is no doubt that historically low mortgage interest rates were a major impetus to housing recovery over the last several years. However, many industry

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Do You Know The Real Cost Of Renting Vs Buying

Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of

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Portland Multi Family Investments

Portland Area Investment Opportunities - week of February 13th.There are a couple of solid investment opportunities available in the Portland area this week. With some strong negotiation

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First Comes Love Then Comes Mortgage

First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage?According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the

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Buyers Are Searching For Your Oregon House

The most recent Pending Homes Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors revealed a slight bump in contracts with an increase of 1.6% in December. This news comes as

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Homeownership Offers Stability And Wealth Creation

The most recent Housing Pulse Survey released by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the two major reasons Americans prefer owning their own home instead of

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2 Myths That May Be Holding Back Buyers

Fannie Mae’s article, “What Consumers (Don’t) Know About Mortgage Qualification Criteria,” revealed that “only 5 to 16 percent of respondents know the correct ranges for key

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Investment Properties Are Back In Portland

Investment properties in the Portland Metro area are coming back on the market for 2017. I'm also noticing an increase in the Hillsboro and Beaverton areas.  I'll be monitoring and

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Portland Energy Audits Are Official

It's Official: Portland City Council Passes Home Energy Audit MandateDespite ardent opposition from the Portland Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® — backed up by OAR —

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Big Win For Property Owners And Tenants

Liberty First Realty Announces the Addition of After Hour Emergency Triage Repair Service It's inevitable, just like a tooth ache, something is bound to go wrong late at night, or worse on

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Community Event City Of Tigard OR 97224 At Cook Park

Do you live in or are you considering moving to Community of Tigard  Oregon and wanting a night out with the kids? “Inside out” by Disney will be playing at Tigard’s ‘Cook’

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Liberty First Realty Is Hiring

http://www.libertyfirstrealty.com/agents/James+WhiteWe have a surplus of Leads and need your help! Looking for an independent brokerage that values your opinions and ideas?  Would a steady

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Ready To Move In NE Portland Rental

**Brand New Remodel** Your new home has Soaring Ceilings, Gas Fireplace, New Windows, Large Beautiful Sun Room, Porch,New interior doors, New Kitchen and Bath Cabinets, New Flooring. Complete with a

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7103 NE 9th Ave Portland OR 97211

Hard to find single level 4 bedroom home in the Woodlawn/Dekum Triangle neighborhood of Portland. The zip code is 97211. The master is of course on the main and only level. This is an area in

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For Sale 6632 SE Monroe St Milwaukie OR 97222 MLS 16351791

This home located in Milwaukie Oregon has been well cared for and all the important mechanical updates are already completed such as tankless gas water heater, heat pump, furnace, metal roof. Three

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19940 SE High Ridge Ct Damascus OR 97089 For Sale MLS 16597029

Update - Price Just Reduced!Gorgeous Mini-Estate with tons of amenities and upgrades including two massive Master Suites and the room and possibility of a kitchenette for multi-generational living

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