Author Archives: Elena MacPhee

Buying in September? Great Idea!

We all know this truth: Portland has been HOT this summer. And you know I’m not just talking about the weather. RMLS statistics revealed that July 2015 boasted the most home sales on record for the Portland Metro area. Despite the seller’s market driving multiple offers, low inventory, and some very weary buyers, Portland isn’tContinue Reading

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Springtime brings out the best in Portland!

It’s easy to love Spring in Portland, and the fact that there are tons – TONS – of fun events to enjoy makes it even better. Here are some to explore. Tulip Festival April 1 – May 3, 2015 See 40 acres of tulips and daffodils in bloom, visit the gift shop & cafe, andContinue Reading

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Stolen: A Klamath Falls House (an actual house, off the foundation). If you see it call Klamath Falls police

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Klamath County sheriff’s deputies have a bizarre mystery on their hands. A house was stolen. KOBI-TV reports the 1,200-square-foot home from the Sprague River area was reported missing on Tuesday, Feb. 24. “We had a complete home stolen. This isn’t a motor home, this isn’t a mobile home and this isContinue Reading

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The GasCo Building: See it before it’s gone, better yet Save It!

The GasCo Building is but a shell of it’s former glory sitting along Hwy 30 surrounded by more modest industrial buildings. It stands out, it’s hard to miss and it’s presents is a reminder of Portlands past. There is so little time left to save it but it’s worth a try. Find out more byContinue Reading

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Seattle’s Spite House Sold

SEATTLE – If you were hoping to buy a little slice of Seattle folklore, sorry – you’re out of luck, as Montlake’s “spite house” officially went off the market over the weekend. The real estate agent for the seller confirmed the 830-square-foot house built out of spite has sold. The iconic – and tiny –Continue Reading

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Active Listing Snapshot – Portland Metro

This is a great shapshot of active listings in the Portland Metro area, put together by our local RMLS ~Regional Multiple Listing Service. With luck they will continue doing them.

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SE Uplift and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Small Grants Program

It’s that time of year again when SE Uplift and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement take applications for the Neighborhood Small Grants program, which in it’s 6th year. Here’s more from SE Uplift: SE Uplift will be awarding $46,058 in grant funds to neighborhood, business and community-based groups. Grants will be awarded through a competitiveContinue Reading

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Energy Star 2011 Welcome Home Sweepstakes

NW Energy Star Homes is holding a “Welcome Home” $25,000 sweepstakes through September. The $25,000 winner could use the money as a down payment or to purchase a new home (whether it’s an Energy Star home or not). Simply:1) Find a Home2) Take a Tour3) Tell NW Energy Star What You Think Contat us to find a participating homeContinue Reading

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Escrow Tips: Tax Holdbacks

We have moved into the season of Tax Holdbacks.  Preparing your clients for this additional financial responsibility is another way to help your transaction flow quickly and smoothly.  During the period of September 1st through October 15th, your buyer/borrower’s lender, in most cases, will require a Tax Holdback for the estimated payment of the 2011-12Continue Reading

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Movies in the Park(s)

One of the many great things about summers in Portland are all the great free events put on by the park department. Here’s a list of movies in the park for the rest of the season.  If you can try and see one or more, Pre-movie entertainment starts at 630p and the movies start at dark.Continue Reading

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To tree or not to tree?

If trees are your thing this holiday season and you still don’t have one. Try one of these tree farms this weekend Christmas Tree Farms Beck’s Christmas trees 16700 S Gerber Rd, Oregon City 503.631.7947 http://www.becksfarms.com/ Batcheller Family Tree Farm 13022 S Spangler Rd, Oregon City 503.784.3000 Bob’z Tree Farm 21579 S Springwater Rd, EstacadaContinue Reading

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Snow spots

  You know it’s Snowonderful, go out and have fun! Snow & Road Conditions: http://www.tripcheck.com/ 800.977.6368 (ODOT) Anthony Lakes http://www.anthonylakes.com/ Cooper Spur http://www.cooperspur.com/ 541.352.7803 Hoodoo Ski Area http://www.hoodoo.com/ 541.272.3206 Mt. Bachelor http://www.mtbachelor.com/ 800.829.2442 Mt. Hood Meadows http://www.skihood.com/ 503.337.2222 Mt. Hood Ski Bowl http://www.skibowl.com/ 503.272.3206 Summit Ski Area 503.272.0256 Timberline Ski Area http://www.timberlinelodge.com/ 503.222.2211 Willamette PassContinue Reading

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October 2010 – Market Action Report

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Neighborhood Small Grants Program

Since 2007, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Southeast Uplift have partnered to offer the annual Neighborhood Small Grants Program. The grants program responds to years of input from neighborhood and community leaders for increased direct resources to neighborhood associations and other community-based groups working on local neighborhood projects. The goal for this annual grantContinue Reading

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Open House 1p-4p Sunday 5 Sep | Clinton St Foursquare

Clinton Foursquare 3026 SE Clinton, Portland OR 97202 This Clinton Street foursquare offers abundant space in a tranquil setting. The location has a walk score of 91, and sits on a recognized bike friendly street. You are just blocks to Clinton/ Division shopping and restaurants. The western exposure helps to take advantage of the lightContinue Reading

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July Market Action – Inventory

RMLS (Regional Multiple Listing Service) has released the residential review for the Portland Metro area. NAR (National Association of Realtors) also put out numbers, you can read their report here. As expected the pending sales that were generated as part of the tax credit have closed, so the number of sales has dropped significantly (bothContinue Reading

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OPEN HOUSE Sunday 15th Aug 1p-4p

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Just Listed – Clinton St Fourquare – $360,000

This Clinton Street foursquare offers abundant space in a tranquil setting. The location has a walk score of 91, and sits on a recognized bike friendly street. You are just blocks to Clinton/ Division shopping and restaurants. The western exposure helps to take advantage of the light shining through original picture windows. The charming traditionalContinue Reading

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6th Annual Pirate Party for Kids & Families

This sounds like a fun day. Aye, Matey! Yarrrr Invited! 6th Annual Pirate Party for Kids & Families Sunday, July 25 at Sellwood Park Treasure Island Carnival of Fun! 2:00-5:00pm Free Climbing Wall 3:00-5:00pm Free Capt. Bogg & Salty Concert- 6:00pm Free Movie in The Park (Just before dark) Alvin and the Chipmuncks, The SqueakquelContinue Reading

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Farmers Market by day of the week – Friday

Friday: (It’s the only one that I know of on a Friday) Bend June – Mid Oct, 3pm – 7pm 2500 E Neff Rd, St Charles Medical Center http://bendfarmersmarket.com/

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Farmers Markets by day of the week – Thursday

NW 23rd June 3rd – September 30th, 3pm – 7pm NW 23rd & Savier, located on the SE Corner Portland Farmers Market – Thursday Buckman May 6th – September 30th, 3pm – 7pm SE 20th & Salmon between SE Belmont & Hawthorne Hinson Baptist Church parking lot Portland Farmers Market – Buckman   Fairview Farmers’Continue Reading

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Farmers Market by day of the week – Wednesday

Shemanski Park May 5th – October 27th, 10am – 2pm Shemanski Park between SW Salmon & Main Portland Farmers Market – Wednesday People’s Farmers Market (Portland) Year-round market, 2pm – 7pm 3029 SE 21st Avenue, one block north of Powell Blvd. 503. 232.9051 www.peoples.coop Intersate Mid May – September, 3pm – 7pm Overlook Park atContinue Reading

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June 2010 Market Action Report – Inventory

 

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Farmers Markets by day of the week – Tuesday

Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace Mid June – August, 5pm – 8:30pm Courthouse Square Main St., 1st to 3rd Ave. 503.844.6685 www.hillsboromarkets.org Lloyd Farmers Market (Portland) June – September, 10am – 2pm NE Holladay St. Between 7th and 9th 503.730.8367 http://lloydfarmersmkt.net OHSU Farmers Market (Portland) Mid May – Mid October, 11:30am – 3:30pm OHSU Auditorium Courtyard (nearContinue Reading

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Farmers Markets by day of the week – Monday

Monday: Pioneer Courthouse Square June 21st – October 25th, 10am – 2pm SW Broadway between SW Morrison & Yamhill Portland Farmers Market – Monday

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Farmers Market by day of week – Sunday

King May 2nd – October, 10am – 2pm NE 7th & Wygant 503.241.0032 Portland Farmers Market – Sunday Montavilla June – Early October, 10am – 2pm 7600 block of SE Stark St http://www.montabillamarket.org/ Irvington – Sullivan’s Gulch May 23 – Nov 7, 11am – 3pm NE 16th between Broadway & Weidler http://www.irvingtonfarmersmarket.com/ Lents International MidContinue Reading

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Another Outdoor Movie Option, Flicks on the Brick

Pioneer Courthouse Square is Portland’s living room. So pull up a chair, lay out a blanket sit back and enjoy a free movie. Pre movie music starts at 7pm and the movie begins at dusk. Here’s the 2010 Summer schedule for Flicks on the Bricks. July 23rd: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off July 30th: Three AmigosContinue Reading

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Movies in the Park

Movies in the park is such a great way to enjoy summer. Play in the park, pack a picnic dinner, grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy a movie. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 PM – Movies begin at dark FRI July 16 Star Trek (2009) The River City Band Brentwood Park SAT July 17Continue Reading

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Farmers Market by day of week – Saturday

Portland St. University March – October, 8:30am – 2pm SW Hall & SW Montgomery 503.241.0032 Portland Farmers Markets – PSU St.Johns Mid July – September, 9am – 1pm St. Johns Plaza 503.970.9526 http://www.sjfarmersmarket.com/ Hollywood Famer’s Market May – November 8am – 1pm NE Hancock between 44th & 45th 503.709.7403 http://www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org/ Parkrose May – October, 8amContinue Reading

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Oregon’s Heat Smart Program – Required Removal of an Uncertified Woodstove Upon Home Sale

Information from: Oregon Deparment of Environmental Quality The 2009 Oregon Legislature signedSenate Bill 102into law requiring the removal of any uncertified woodstove from a home when it is sold. This bill is part of a program to help protect Oregonians from uncontrolled wood smoke. Residential wood burning is a significant source of air pollution, includingContinue Reading

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Open House Saturday 1p-4p | Stylish Starter Home

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Oregon Zoo 2010 Summer Concerts

Summer Fun: Oregon Zoo 2010 Summer Concerts Here’s a quick look at the Zoo Concerts, the setting is wonderful open air general admission venue. All concerts start at 7pm but, seating opens at 5pm If you can, make time to see one of these artists, buy tickets at the Zoo or through Ticketmaster June 25Continue Reading

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Summer Fun: Oregon Zoo 2010 Summer Concerts Here’s a quick look at the Zoo Concerts, the setting is wonderful open air general admission venue. All concerts start at 7pm but, seating opens at 5pm If you can, make time to see one of these artists, buy tickets at the Zoo or through Ticketmaster June 25Continue Reading

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Open Saturday 1p-4p | Modern Ranch

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To say Portland metro has Farmer’s Markets might be a smplisitc statement. There are Market’s all over and they cover just about everyday of the week. Here’s a quick look at the area Markets: Portland Porland Farmer’s Market – Saturday Porland Farmer’s Market – Sunday Porland Farmer’s Market – Monday Porland Farmer’s Market – TuesdayContinue Reading

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OPEN Sunday 23 May 1p-4p

Stylish Starter Home This Glendoveer cottage has been lovingly remodeled. The open floor plan helps to take advantage of the light shining through the new windows, it has new flooring and a newer roof. The stainless steel appliances in the kitchen are included. Step outside into the oversized lot and it’s a few short stepsContinue Reading

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Open House Saturday May 8th 1p-4p

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Stylish Starter Home

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Modern Ranch located at the base of Powell Butte

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Portland Farmers Markets

One of the many things that is great about Portland is the Farmers Markets. You can find them starting up for the season, starting with Portland Farmers Market at PSU Open March 20th – December 18th From 830a-2p thru October then November & December it’s from 9a-2p. Located in the South Park Blocks, it’s justContinue Reading

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price reduction on this classic home

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Just the facts

I enjoy reading ‘creative’ real estate postings as much as anyone (who knew ‘cozy’ could have so many meanings ;), but sometimes getting just the facts is all I or my buyers really want about a particular property. If the property you are wondering about is in Multnomah County, this is a great resource: www.PortlandMaps.comContinue Reading

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PDX Plan

A city is only as good as its last plan. And our last one brought to life some of the very thins we admire most about our city. It laid the groundwork for one of the best transportation infrastructures in the country and enabled us to develop a vibrant central city. That was 1980. AndContinue Reading

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Tax Credit: Extend & Expand

Tax Credits Provide Outstanding Opportunities for Home Buyers The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence. It also authorized a tax credit of up to $6,500 for qualified repeat home buyers. Frequently asked questions about theContinue Reading

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Open House Sunday 8 November 1p – 4p

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The curtains make my backyard look big

I just read this interesting artical by Mike Swain at Science, Health & the Enviroment.It makes me wonder what my house would say. House that twitters is home of the future By Mike Swain on Sep 8, 09 04:52 PM in Environment Scientist Dr Andy Stanford-Clark reckons he has cut his electric bills by aContinue Reading

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SE Uplift Photo Contest

SE Uplift Photo ContestSoutheast Uplift is looking for your best shot – pictures of the people and places that make our communities hum. Here’s what you need to know. The contest is open to anyone who lives, works or visits places within the SE Uplift Coalition boundaries.Photos must be taken within the SE Uplift CoaltionContinue Reading

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New Listing – University Park Custom Home

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OK So it’s not Portland but…. This guy could fit right in.

Now and again I run across something so fun or funny I just want to share it. Here’s one I found on Twitter.Seems Justin is living with his 73-year-old dad and tweets things his dad says. Warning on the language but, fun all the same. I’ve enjoyed what he has to say so far andContinue Reading

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First-Time Buyer Tax Credit Expires Nov 30th, For Now….

For the most part I think buyers should keep in mind the extension has NOT passed. If you are looking to take advantage of the tax credit, just plan on closing before November 30th. ____________________ Source: Washington Post Writers Group, Kenneth R. Harney (08/22/2009) First-Time Buyer Tax Credit Extension Possible Bills to extend the maximumContinue Reading

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New Truth in Lending Rules Start 30 July 2009

If your buying a home or selling for that matter.You should be aware of the new Truth in Lending Rules that start at the end of July(Click on the title link to read the full 17 page section of the Federal Register) Realtor.org published the follow:NOTE: Remember these rules only apply to loan applications filedContinue Reading

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This is why the book is named after a beer :: Milagros Boutique

This is why the book is named after a beer :: Milagros Boutique Posted using ShareThis

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Movies in the Park

Summer is by far the best time to be in Portland. There are so many things happening it’s hard to keep up. The Portland Park Department has already started the Movies in the Park series for this summer. But it’s not too late to enjoy a free movie under the stars. And there are someContinue Reading

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Warm Fuzzies

I ran across these wonderful creations and LOVE them! Yes it’s knit, Yes it’s gloves, wraps & scarves. Yes it’s hot here right now but it never stays this way. She’s local and her stuff is so cute I just had to share. Did I mention the hand bags…I’ve gotta make room in my closet!Continue Reading

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Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Market’s I Love them, here are a few in the area you should check out. Hollywood Farmers’ MarketNE Hancock /44th & 45thMay – OctSat: 8am – 1pm Interstate Farmers’ MarketOverlook Pk N Fremont/InterstateMid May – SeptWed: 3pm – 7pm Lents Farmers’ MarketSE 92nd & SE Foster RdMid June – Mid OctSun: 9am – 2pmContinue Reading

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Zoo Tunes

Thought this Zoo Concert info was good.I’m thinking the Tears for Fears would be a good one to go to with some friends. Zoo Tunes Wednesday ConcertsShows Start at 7:00 p.m. ($10.50 General Admission)June 17th – Femi Kuti and The Positive ForceJune 24th – Sly & Robbie and the Taxi GangJuly 1st – The 234thContinue Reading

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Five States That Will Lead US Out of Recession

Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 Five States That Will Lead US Out of Recession Posted By:Cindy Perman Topics:Employment Recession Economy (U.S.) Wall StreetSectors:Technology If you’re not prepared to go to Australia to ride out the recovery, great news! A new report shows the five U.S. states poised to lead the nation out of recession. You mightContinue Reading

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Forbes Ranks Portland, 7th of America’s Fittest Cities

Health Lists & RankingsAmerica’s Fittest CitiesRebecca Ruiz, 05.26.09 A new report looks at 30 different measures to determine which cities’ residents are healthiest. In Depth: America’s Fittest Cities When it comes to healthy living, Washington, D.C., is seldom mentioned in the same breath as cities like San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and Seattle, all of whichContinue Reading

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HUD Secretary Announces Monetization of Tax Credit at NAR Real Estate Summit

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2009 Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that the Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow homeowners to use the $8,000 tax credit as a downpayment. Donovan’s remarks came in an address to several thousand Realtors® gathered this morning at TheContinue Reading

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Classic Craftsman

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Buy Local Tip: Guitar Enthusiasts meet your new Love

Some time back I meet a great guy named Jiri Fercak, he’s a carpenter and makes great cabinets. I loved his work so I had him build some cabinets for me. I’ve referred him to friends and they too love his work. Now I come to find Jiri embarking on, what I will call aContinue Reading

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Portland how I love thee

So I was recently ask to send a postcard to one of my cousins for a school project. The postcard was to be from family members, it should be from the city they live in and if they could include a note about the city, weather or things they like about their city.I was ableContinue Reading

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ZIP Codes Where Housing Sales Are Increasing

Housing sales are improving significantly in key ZIP codes around the country where prices have moderated, according to information compiled for BusinessWeek.com by First American CoreLogic. ZIP codes in California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada dominated the list, but there were also ZIP codes on the top 25 most-improved sales list from the suburbs around DetroitContinue Reading

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Tax credit made easy

I recently found a flyer that was put out by the Illinois Association of Realtors.It laid out tax credit in an easy to understand fashion, with bullett points.Here’s how it read: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of2009 features an $8,000 tax credit for first-timebuyers who purchase a home on or after Jan. 1, 2009andContinue Reading

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Just Listed – 4131 SE Grant St, Portland OR

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Just Listed – 1814 NE 19th Gresham OR – $113,900

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Why we LOVE Portland

So I found some old ‘Best of’ I thought were nice to see.I did a quick check and added a few new ones.Feel free to add any you know of, I’m sure there are so much more.How can you not LOVE Portland.________________________________________________________________________________ * Most Courteous Drivers in the Country., Auto-Vantage, Norwalk, Conn* #1 Bike CommutingContinue Reading

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Welcome

Hello to you.I will tell you I’m not much of a ‘wordsmith’.I’m much more of a reader.I will from time to time key in on real estate information I think you should know or about a ‘great find’ or fun fact about the city I love, Portland.But for the most part I will post RealContinue Reading

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