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Portland Rent Still on the Rise in 2016

A recent Portland Tribune article states that while rent increases will flatten nationally, Portland’s increases will still be among the highest in the nation.  For many, buying a…

The Real Estate Market in The West is on Fire

Yes, the Real Estate market in our area is definitely on fire!  Here are some of the stats found in a recent article from Mortgage news daily. The…

Spring 2016 Portland Home Prices

So what does the recent Fed decision to raise interest rates mean to you? Not to worry, you won’t see the cost of mortgages increase too much–it was…

Top 5 Advantages of Selling During Off-Season

Top 5 Advantages of Selling During Off-Season People often consider the fall and winter seasons to be the “off-seasons” for selling a home.  Often sellers hesitate to list…

FICO Score Changes Could Help Some Qualify For Mortgage

A long overdue revision of the leading credit scoring system, Fair Issac or FICO, may make it easier for some to qualify for mortgages and other consumer loans….

Millennial Generation Having Difficulty Buying Homes

A recent article by CNN Money noted that Millennials are having difficulty buying homes. While they are experts at  many things such as texting, tweeting, and social media…

Can You Afford To Buy A House In Portland?

A recent article posted by CNN Money asks if you can afford to buy a home in 27 different cities, including Portland.  While Portland didn’t rank as the…

Experts Say: Looser Credit, more inventory would boost home sales

Recent market data shows that existing home sales dropped in October for the second straight month.  The National Association of Realtors officials have stated that in order to…

Homebuyers Likely to use Real Estate Agents

A growing number of homebuyers begin their home search on the internet, but according to the annual National Association of Realtors survey, these buyers are more likely to…

What is a Short Sale Anyway?

An increase in foreclosure rates will inevitably bring with it an increase in short sales. But what is a short sale? A short sale happens when you sell…

Finding the Right Agent

Not all agents work the same way. The most important attribute of an agent is that he/she is well connected to the real estate industry. He/she should know…

The No-Cost Thirty Year Fixed Rate Mortgage

There really is no such thing as a no-cost mortgage loan. There are always costs, such as appraisal fees, escrow fees, title insurance fees, document fees, processing fees,…