Home Buy/Sell

Inspections: To Fear, or Not to Fear?

By | 2019-02-12T10:16:08-07:00 May 15th, 2018|Home Buy/Sell, MONEY|

Today’s topic is one that is near and dear to our hearts: inspections, from the buyer’s perspective. When buyers move forward with purchasing a home, it feels very exciting… and then the inspection comes, and the buyer is given a 53-page report detailing everything wrong with the property. Yikes! However, with the right agent by [...]

Understanding Property Taxes

By | 2019-02-08T21:30:58-07:00 May 15th, 2018|Home Buy/Sell, MONEY|

Property taxes are another concept in real estate that our clients are often confused about. How are property taxes calculated? How can one house in one neighborhood have such a high property tax and another house in an adjacent neighborhood have such a low one? One of the many amazing things about living in Oregon [...]

Don’t Miss these Market Trends for Home Buying/Selling!

By | 2019-02-08T21:31:26-07:00 May 15th, 2018|Home Buy/Sell, MONEY|

This winter has been an important moment for many home sellers, as several trends are coming together to affect Portland home prices: 1. Housing inventory remains extremely tight. The total number of homes on the market fell 10% in the last quarter – the biggest drop since 2013. It's part of a consistent pattern of [...]

Overpriced Houses Don’t Sell

By | 2019-02-12T10:16:12-07:00 March 26th, 2018|Home Buy/Sell, MONEY|

Overpriced Houses Don't Sell A lot of people ask us, “What’s the best pricing strategy? Should I price my home a little high so we can leave room to negotiate?” That strategy may work in certain markets, but not in this one. One of the most important factors in successfully selling your home in this [...]

Canceling Mortgage Insurance

By | 2019-02-12T10:16:25-07:00 March 26th, 2018|Home Buy/Sell, MONEY|

Canceling Mortgage Insurance If you have enough equity in your primary home and made your mortgage payments on time, cancelling your mortgage insurance is a simple process. Cancellation based on original value. According to the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA), you can ask your lender to cancel mortgage insurance when your mortgage balance reaches 80% of [...]

The 5 W’s of Home Energy Scores

By | 2018-02-18T19:12:44-07:00 February 14th, 2018|Home Buy/Sell|

The new year is here, and it’s time to learn about Home Energy Scores, a new requirement for selling homes in 2018. Don’t stress – it’s not as complicated as it sounds, and we have answers for most of your questions. Who is required to get a Home Energy Score? Anyone publicly selling of relisting [...]