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Hottest 2 Portland Neighborhoods for Real Estate

Monday, May 6th, 2013

We all know that real estate is local. Right down to the neighborhood you live in. Let’s start at the city level, Portland’s average home price rose 18.4 percent over same month last year per the Regional Multiple Listing Service. Case-Shiller Home Price Indices has a 9.4 percent increase for February over same month last year.

The next level is your neighborhood. Number of Real estates sale volume and average prices are not the same over the entire city.  So how hot is your neighborhood?

Top two Portland neighborhoods for home sales (more…)

Market Ready in Nob Hill, Oregon

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Selling your home can seem like a daunting task. Well here are a few tips to help you get your place ready to sell. You need to give your home a good cleaning. Buyers want to see a clean house, focus mainly on the kitchen and bathrooms. Considering hiring a professional to do a serious deep clean. The cleanliness of a house will impact the buyer’s thoughts on how the house was kept. If it’s dirty, they will think the house or condo wasn’t taken care of, it if sparkles, they will think you took great care of the place.

Get rid of the clutter. Anything you don’t absolutely need put in storage. Make sure you can park 2 cars in your 2 car garage, and that there is only food in the pantry, using it as storage makes the buyer think there isn’t enough cupboard space.

Having neutral colored walls will help the potential buyer see themselves in the place, rather than seeing you.

Finally, walk through your home with the eyes of the buyer. Compare your place to others in the neighborhood. Is the entry way appealing? Ask yourself these questions and answer honestly.

Lynda Jeffers can help you and give you more advice on buying and selling in Nob Hill, Pearl Distract and Downtown Portland.

Recommended Professionals for the Home Buying Process in Downtown Portland

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

There are many people involved in your home buying process in Downtown Portland Oregon. It can be a bit overwhelming keeping who’s who and what they do in the process of purchasing a home straight.

The real estate agent it with your throughout the process. Lynda Jeffers helps you find the right home and manages the process of putting in an offer and negotiating the sale. They are essential to the process and they know the market and all the paperwork and inspections that need to be completed.

Although in Nob Hill and Pearl District it’s best to start the loan application before you see an agent, But once you’ve found a home a mortgage broker or lender is necessary. Their job is to shop around and find you the best loan.

Before you get a loan you need to have an appraiser look at the home. Some people hire their own appraisers to make sure they get the best deal. An appraiser determines the exact value of your home.

Before buying a home you should have it inspected. A home inspector evaluates all major components of the home to make sure you know if anything is unsafe.

A closing agent is a neutral third party agent who helps with the home purchase agreement. Other important people in the home buying process are real estate attorney, tax professional and an insurance agent.

This seems like a lot of people involved, but they are all experts in their field to help you get through the home buying process as smoothly as possible. Don’t try to go it alone.

Heron Pointe Condos a Serene Waterfront Lifestyle

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Heron Pointe Condos in Johns Landing

Heron Pointe on SW Landing Drive

Search All Available Heron Pointe Condos Listings

Heron Pointe Condos are located in six separate 3-story buildings in Johns Landing. Adjacent to the Willamette River. Built in 1988 Heron Pointe enjoys a wonderful location near the Willamette Greenway Trail. Just steps out your door to a path along the river for cyclists, runners, and walkers. Most of the Heron Pointe condos have sweeping views of the river and Mt. Hood. To the north are views of the South Waterfront and Downtown Portland.

Johns Landing is only about a mile from downtown Portland. Heron Pointe condos is tucked away between busy streets and the river. This is a quiet neighborhood with a serene waterfront lifestyle and seems further away from the city than it is. There are no high-rises in Johns Landing. The condo buildings are all either 2 or 3-stories. It is all about the views, the river and the river edge path. The grounds are beautifully maintained with lots of green grass and space to enjoy the river.

Heron Pointe Condos in Johns Landing

Heron Pointe Condos facing the Willamette River

Features of Heron Pointe Condos:

  • All condos are 1-level
  • Mixture of condos is 1-bedrooms and 2-bedrooms
  • All units have 2 baths
  • Sizes of condos range from 842 to 1058 sqft
  • All units have patios or balconies
  • All units have fireplaces
  • No two units are alike – Heron Pointe is 24 years old and many have been remodeled over the years

Willamette Greenway Trail in Johns Landing

One of the six Heron Pointe Condo Buildings

Amenities of Heron Pointe condos:

  • Deeded carport parking with condos
  • 40 mile loop Willamette Greenway Trail steps out your door – walking, jogging, cycling on a river-edge trail
  • Views of Willamette River and Mt Hood
  • Close to South Waterfront, OSHU and Downtown Portland
  • Heron Pointe Wetlands – Wildlife Refuge

Heron Pointe Wetlands in Johns Landing

Heron Pointe Sign on the Willamette Greenway Trail

For information about Heron Pointe Condos, or other Portland condos, lofts or townhouses, contact Lynda Jeffers, your Portland Condo Realtor

Portland Fireworks 2012: July 4th Fireworks Shows in Portland Area

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Portland July 4th 2012 Fireworks

Fireworks over Portland, Oregon

Looking for places to watch Portland fireworks in and around Portland this fourth of July?  Here is a list of Independence Day fireworks shows in the Portland area. Have a safe and fun July 4th holiday.

Oaks Park – July 4th
Events all day, fireworks display
7805 SE Oaks Park Way – Portland, OR
503.233.57777 – www.oakspark.com

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver – July 4th
Events all day, fireworks display 10:05pm
Fort Vancouver – Vancouver, WA
360.992.1808 – www.fortvan.org

The Big Bang July 3rd – July 6th
Events at 12pm, fireworks at 10:00pm
350 NE 6th Avenue – Estacada, OR
www.estacada4thofjuly.com

Waterfront Blues Fest July 4th – July 8th
Entertainment daily, fireworks July 4th at 10:05pm
Tom McCall Waterfront Park – Portland, OR
www.waterfrontbluesfest.com
Parking can be difficult – so check out Portland streetcar schedules and Smart Park lots

Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo June 30th – July 6th
Entertainment daily, fireworks July 3rd – July 4th
815 Shirley Street – Molalla, OR
503.829.8338 – www.molallabuckeroo.com

General Canby Days July 4th
Events start at 7:30am at Wait Park,Canby, OR
Fireworks display at 10:00pm Trost School, Canby, OR
www.generalcanbyday.org

St. Paul Rodeo July 3rd – July 6th
Entertainment daily, fireworks every night following rodeos
20025 4th St, NE – St. Paul, OR
800.237.5920 – www.stpaulrodeo.com

 

 

Things your Downtown Portland Oregon Listing Needs

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Photos and the description of your Condos are very important to getting the home to sell quickly. You want to capture the audience and make them want to know more about the Condos.

Highlight unseen amenities mention the oversized garage or the amazing views. You want to draw people into the Condos with more than just the number of bedrooms.
Be specific. Mention exactly which updates you’ve done. Like brand new counter tops. Use brand names for appliances. Mention the newly resurfaced pools or the walk in closets.

Use the right adjectives. You are trying to peak the interest of a buyer, but too many fluff words can have the opposite affect. Be honest about the Condos and describe it correctly, but don’t stretch the truth. The buyers will be disappointed when they see the Condos in person.

It doesn’t matter if your home is in Downtown Portland, Nob Hill or Pearl District. If you are honest in the description and use the correct adjectives your home will sell quicker.

Portland’s Forest Park

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

 Portland’s Forest Park – Another Reason to Love Portland

Portland's Forest Park

Portland’s Forest Park is another great reason to love Portland. A favorite hiking, jogging and bicycling spot with room for everyone in its 5,000 acres. This is the country’s largest forested municipal park within city limits. Centuries-old fir trees, clusters of sword ferns and other mature plant life make it a valuable nature experience. Forest Park is within 1.5 miles from city hall in Downtown Portland. In most cities you would have to drive for many miles to  have a nature experience like this.

Summer inspires us all to get outside more and enjoy being in nature. And now we have more to gain than just the pleasure of being in the great outdoors. A new study in the Journal of Affective Disorders has found another reason to get outside in a nature setting.

This study measured the impact that taking a 50-minute walk in a nature setting versus walking in an urban setting would have on both memory and mood. They found that walking in a nature setting improved memory by as much as 16 percent over those that walked in an urban setting.  In terms of the effect on how you are feeling, walking for 50 minutes also improved mood in clinical depressed people, but it did not matter where they walked because both the nature walk and urban walk improved mood.

The good news is that a long nature walk can help with mood and memory. Those of us who love to walk in Forest Park already knew this.  Forest Park is another good reason to live in Portland. With our nicest weather upon us, it’s a great time to hike in Forest Park.

Here are a few pictures that I have taken on previous walks in Forest Park.

Portland's Forest Park

Portland's Forest Park

 Portland's Forest Park

Tips for Your Walk-Through before Closing in Downtown Portland, Oregon

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Before you sign on closing day, you want to make sure you walk through the house and note all potential problems. Although you are very excited about new home and moving in you need to complete this important step. Go slow and calmly through the walk through, do not rush this step. You may regret it later.

Schedule enough time for your walk through, at least 30 minutes if not more. You are going through a house with a fine toothed comb and need to be as detailed as possible for the home inspection. If you can schedule your walk through 24 hours in advance that’s best. So if a problem arises, there will be time to fix them before the closing meeting.

Turn on and off all appliances and lights. Just to make sure that everything you need to work, works. This few tips will help you have a painless closing day and then you can enjoy your new home in Downtown Portland, Nob Hill or Pearl District.

Why Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, 2012

There is something else to think about as we are all enjoying our 3-day weekend, besides shopping, fairs, boating and just relaxing in the yard.

A Memorial Day story……….sent in by Ron Brown

As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open.

The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car, and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet away.

I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too, and took a few steps towards him.

I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something. The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade. He then turned back to the old man. I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying:

‘You  shouldn’t even be allowed to drive a car at your age.’ And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.

I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief, and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine.

He then went to his wife and spoke with her; he appeared to tell her it would be okay. I had seen enough, and I approached the old man. He saw me coming and stood straight, and as I got near him I said, ‘Looks like you’re having a problem.’

He smiled sheepishly, and quietly nodded his head. I looked under the hood myself, and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me. Looking around, I saw a gas station up the road, and I told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and went I inside. I saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them, and related the problem the old man had with his car. I offered to pay them if  they could follow me back down and help him.

The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine), I spoke with the old gentleman.

When I shook hands with him earlier, he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, ‘What outfit did you serve with?’

He said that he served with the first Marine Division at Guadalcanal Pelieliu, and Okinawa .

He had hit three of the worst ones, and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me. I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.

He still  reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it, and I stuck it in my pocket. We all shook hands all around again, and I said my goodbye’s to his wife.

I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the station. Once at the station, I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me.

One of them pulled out a card from his pocket, looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off.

For some reason I had gone about two blocks, when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name of  the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his name was written: ‘Congressional Medal of Honor Society.’I sat there motionless, looking at the card and reading it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together because one of us needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage, and an honor to have been in his presence.

Remember, as we approach another Memorial Day, OLD men like him gave you, and all of us, FREEDOM for America .

Downtown Portland Weekend

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Portland Doggie Dash

Every Thursday or Friday at the latest I start to think what to do this weekend. Sometimes I plan again, but ofter not. So I just registered for the  Doggie Dash – Portland’s favorite fundraiser for pets. Downtown Portland goes to the dogs on May 12th. Cars are banished from the streets. Dogs rule the day. Every year Oregon Humane Society sponsors this blocks-long pet festival. You can have fun with or without your dog. At the same time you help to raise money for the animals at the humane society. Sign up on line or sign up the morning of Doggie Dash. My dog is too old for these kind of crowds plus it would take us days to complete the course at her rate of speed. But I will be there walking the 2.5 mile route and taking photos of many dogs (and their people). There are two routes, a 1.5 mile and 2.5 mile route. Should be great time for all dog lovers., and Portland is known as dog-lovers paradise. Please go to their web site to learn all the details.

I haven’t forgotten that Sunday is Mother’s Day. I hope my son haven’t. I’ll help him out and call to remind him. Only kidding, I’ve started reminding him last week, somethings I just don’t put off. Now if you’re looking for something to do after the Doggie Dash head over to the Farmers Market at PSU (you can walk there from the Dash). Sorry – no dogs allowed at the farmers market. Great place to buy your mother’s day flowers.  The tulips are beautiful. You can also pick up your produce and desert for Mother’s Day.

Portland Farmers Market

Portland Farmers Market