Bright White Walls. Timeless, but maybe not in the kitchen.

For years its been said that white walls when selling a house are a big turn off. The color of indecision, the perfect way to show flaws… But it looks like attitudes toward white paint are changing. This piece by Wall Street Journal highlights the many reasons why white might be the best pick when painting your house to sell.

…in real estate right now, white is hot, with home builders, developers and designers going for a white-on-white look in everything from reclaimed barns to posh penthouses.

Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for the first time ever is Simply White

When it comes to kitchens, however, it seems that sticking with a warmer tone might be better for the bottom line. In a survey put out last month by Zillow Digs photos were analyzed from approximately 50,000 homes across the U.S. sold between December 2006 and April 2016. The sale price for houses with white kitchens was an average of $1,400 less than homes with yellow kitchens. Still, white can be a great way to show off architectural details and create a larger space in other areas of the home.

“The hue of your walls has a huge impact on your psychology,” says Debbie Zimmer, director of the Paint Quality Institute, a research arm of Dow Chemical Co. “For example, red typically increases appetite and raises blood pressure, and it’s a very stimulating color, whereas white is calming and refreshing.”

Choosing wall color can play an unexpected part in buying or selling a home. The psychology behind colors is something that a home buyer might not be aware of but could be the reason for loving or loathing a house. What’s your favorite interior color?

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Yard & Garden Ideas for Curb Appeal

Summer time in the Portland Metro Area is a great time to be outside and working in the yard! If you’re looking to sell your house, we don’t need to tell you that curb appeal and an inviting backyard can be huge factors for potential buyers and for the home’s value.

We’ve rounded up some great yard and garden tips on Pinterest. Here’s some of the highlights, but be sure and follow our board to see the latest.

Creative Patio Ideas

Design an idyllic outdoor room with these ideas for a variety of styles and budgets.

Pacific Northwest Gardening

Maximize your yard’s space and create flow in the garden.

Simple Curb Appeal Ideas

Simple curb appeal ideas that anyone can do!

Planning on getting your yard ready for the Summer? Share your favorite garden ideas in the comments!

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Portland is hot and so is the Real Estate Market

Houses are selling fast in Portland these days, and the process of buying a house can sometimes feel like taking on a second job. Having a knowledgable and experienced real estate agent makes all the difference in the world.

This picture perfect one level condo was just sold by Rose City Realtors. It’s a great find in a nice area. Updated with hardwood and marmoleum floors. Features a gourmet kitchen with slab granite & stainless steel appliances. Gas fueled fireplace, hot water and oven. Spacious king size master and second bedroom. Newer windows and freshly painted throughout. Sliding door to private outdoor patio space with ample light and storage.

If you’re ready to take the steps toward owning a first home or investment property, get in touch! We’re here to help you find the home of your dreams.

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Buying a home in Portland, Oregon

Portland real estate is in a crazy place right now. The market is very competitive with low inventory and rising costs of homes. It can be a tough time to buy or an amazing time to sell, depending on which side of the coin you’re on. Having an experienced real estate agent to help lead the way through this tricky process makes all the difference in the world.

This custom built house in the Marshall Park neighborhood was just sold by Rose City Realtors and its a stunner! The house features beautiful landscaping with a gorgeous waterfall and pond. Gourmet kitchen (w/every cook’s delight in cabinetry), vaults, ceiling fans, lots of windows and light. There are two master suites and a children’s wing with lofts in each bedroom. Perfectly combines quiet enjoyment and privacy with open, perfect-for-entertaining floor plan.

The Marshall Park neighborhood is great for families. It feels suburban, but is still close to all of Portland’s charm. There are several large parks and lovely nature areas in the neighborhood, making it a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Are you looking to sell your house or need help getting into the home of your dreams? Give our office a call and one of our experienced real estate agents can help you through the process.

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Sold by Rose City Realtors: Gorgeous Portland Plaza Condo

Finding the right home can be tricky. Sometimes it takes months and months of searching, but when you know, you know. This gorgeous Portland Plaza condo was just sold by Rose City Realtors and we’re so happy to welcome the new owner home. This downtown condo swept us off our feet with its stunning city views and great features including: bright natural light new carpet and paint, stainless steel appliances, and spacious rooms. The building itself has tons of perks, its fully secure, plus access to the pool and multiple patios and decks to enjoy.

This condo is close to so many fun Downtown Portland spots, Keller Auditorium, the Portland Art Museum to name a few. Plus, its got a ton of perks – A gym, library, concierge service, a sauna and recreation room. Basically, we’re wishing we lived here too!

With this crazy Portland real estate market, buying a new home can feel like being lost in a foreign place without a map. A knowledgable real estate agent who is willing to go the distance to find your dream home makes all the difference in the world. Feel free to call our office to discuss your home buying plans, we’re ready to give you the advice and expertise you need.

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Plenty of Charm in this Portland Bungalow

This wonderful Bungalow in the Elmhurst neighborhood just sold by Rose City Realtors. A real charming house with an inviting covered porch. The house has lovely hardwood floors on the main level and in the living and dining rooms.

The new owners will keep cozy with wood burning fireplace in the living room. Lots of potential to create new space within this house, the sitting room could be returned to a fourth bedroom, and the basement has a family room, shop and tons of storage.

Close distance to Hollywood District and Max lines plus, the new owners will be just a short bike ride to Case Study Coffee and the Laurelwood Brew Pub

The Portland housing market is not slowing down, which makes it a great time to quickly jump on a house when you decide to buy. Using an experienced and knowledgable real estate agent makes all the difference in finding the house of your dreams. Feel free to contact us to discuss your buying or selling needs.

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Amazing Remodel Sold By Rose City Realtors

This lovely house on SE 38th was just sold by Rose City Realtors. Such an amazing custom remodel in the heart of SE Division. We loved the stunning light-filled gourmet kitchen w/concrete counters, fir cabinets, French doors to backyard garden w/raised beds and mature fruit trees. Beautiful wide plank maple floors throughout. The house has a spacious master suite. Huge finished flex space in basement, perfect for media room.

The new owners will enjoy the adorable work/art studio space in detached garage. This house is in a great SE Portland area, close to so many delicious restaurants including xico one of our favorite Mexican spots, and Salt & Straw (YUM!) plus, its right off of the Clinton Street bike boulevard. What a find!

If you’re in the market for a new neighborhood, let us know, we’d love to help!

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Charming Home Sold By Rose City Realtors

This lovely house on NE 70th in Portland was just sold by Rose City Realtors.

Incredibly charming home on a rare oversized lot. This spacious, well-kept home is as solid as they come. Boasts a large living room and dining room, two spacious main floor bedrooms. Enjoy the upstairs master suite or retreat to the finished basement family room. Park in the two car garage.

We’re so glad to welcome the new owners to a house that has a garden in the back yard ready for Spring plantings. Ample space and storage, quiet street, this home offers much to love. Plus, the house is a short walk to Wellington Park and Ira’s Deli





Have you outgrown your current home or are you looking for a new neighborhood? Drop us a line or connect with us on Facebook, we’d love to get you into your dream home.

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Portland Public Schools balancing enrollment

Just an FYI from Portland Public Schools…

Dear PPS Community,

Enrollment at Portland Public Schools is steadily growing. This has created an opportunity to have strong schools in every neighborhood by balancing enrollment among schools so that no schools are over-crowded or under-enrolled and so that the academic program offered in each school fits well in the school building.

On Oct. 29, PPS released two possible scenarios for balancing enrollment. The scenarios are a starting point for community discussion about how best to “right size” schools. A school board decision is expected in January/February and any changes would start in Fall 2016 and be phased in over time.

The scenarios rely on three main approaches: moving boundaries for some schools, changing which middle and/or high school some students attend, and reconfiguring a number of K-8 schools into K-5/middle school combinations.

View street-level maps by region showing changes proposed in each scenario.

View a side-by-side, school-level comparison of the scenarios.

Community meetings to discuss the scenarios start Nov. 9. View the schedule below. Soon we will also release an online survey to gather feedback on the scenarios.

Thanks for your continued engagement in this important work to have strong schools in every neighborhood!

Jon Isaacs
Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

Jason Trombley
Chair, District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee
*Note: Materials in all supported languages are being emailed directly to families speaking those languages today and tomorrow as translations are completed.
Share your views
PPS along with our partners invites you to comment on the scenarios at community meetings across the city:

Monday Nov. 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place
Tuesday Nov. 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Cesar Chavez K-8, 5103 N Willis Blvd., bilingual in Spanish & English
Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N Killingsworth St.
Monday Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, 8114 SE Division St.
Monday Nov. 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., West Sylvan Middle School, 8111 SW West Slope Dr.
Tuesday Nov. 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave.
Tuesday Nov. 17, 6 pm to 8 pm, Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave., en Espanol
Wednesday Nov. 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, Roseway Heights K-8, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.
Monday Nov. 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Markham K-5, 10531 SW Capitol Hwy.
Meetings will include an overview and Q-and-A about the proposals, break-out group discussion and public testimony. Childcare will be provided. We appreciate our many community partners who are spreading the word about the meetings.

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Cooling market makes buying less spooky…

I know, that headline is a terrible seasonal pun – but it’s true, the market is cooling and that is a good thing for buyers. The number of closed sales in September were down 2.8% from August, and the average total market time went from 41 to 46 days in the metro area, according to RMLS data. Still, this appears to be more of a leveling than a down-trend, since the average sale price is up 5.9% this September when compared to September 2014 prices. All in all, it’s still a seller’s market, but patient buyers are beginning to see relief.

Apparently it’s also a seller’s market for pumpkin growers. The harvest is low this year, so don’t hesitate to buy your pumpkin pie makings otherwise you might not have your thanksgiving pumpkin pie! You could also get around the shortage by roasting your own pumpkins from one of the local patches that sell good pumpkins for pies. They’re usually sold under the name “sugar pumpkins” or “cinderella pumpkins” and all of the farms below have their fun Halloween activities in full swing right now!

The Pumpkin Patch

Lee Farms

Kruger’s Farm

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