Money Fitness After the Holidays!

By |2019-08-14T19:39:08-07:00February 5th, 2019|Badass Strategies, MONEY|

Stop. Pray. Breathe. Begin. Sadly, getting back to normal often takes its toll on our own lives and the relationships we care so deeply about. We allow so many unnecessary things to clutter our days and distract us from the people who need a relational investment from us.[1] The day was quite average until the [...]

Inspections: To Fear, or Not to Fear?

By |2019-02-12T10:16:08-07:00May 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 |2019-02-08T21:30:58-07:00May 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 |2019-02-08T21:31:26-07:00May 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 |2019-02-12T10:16:12-07:00March 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 |2019-02-12T10:16:25-07:00March 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 [...]

18 Ways to Achieve Financial Blessings in 2019

By |2019-08-14T19:45:41-07:00January 12th, 2018|MONEY|

When you can get as much joy out of saving as you do out of spending, you’ll be well on your way to financial success. How successful do you want to be in 2018? Now is the perfect time of year to strategize, or reestablish, a family’s financial goals. Below are eighteen smart money habits [...]

Financial Future: Lottery Dreams or Prosperous Planning?

By |2019-08-14T19:46:03-07:00December 4th, 2017|MONEY|

If you’re reading this, you still have a future. The good and the bad of that is we get to choose our future. We live busy lifestyles and often don’t think about our finances until there’s a crisis or retirement looming over the hill. With women generally managing the household incomes and outgo, it makes [...]