From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk. In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid a catastrophe, those minor issues … Continue reading HOUSE CARE: SPRING

To Stage…or Not to Stage?

Staging works.  It really does. Homes that are staged typically sell faster, because they appear ‘better’ online, which results in more showings.   Virtual Staging is also an option for online presence, but some homes just need “in person” staging as well.  (I’ve talked about Staging previously on this post and this post.) The best part of staging is that once the buyer is in the … Continue reading To Stage…or Not to Stage?

Should You Paint? My answer is YES!

This is a question that comes up again and again, and if you ask 3 different Realtors for their opinion, you may get 3 different answers! Some Agents will tell you not to spend the time and money to repaint all your walls, because it’s likely that the next owner will want to repaint the walls anyway to suit their personal taste. And while that may be … Continue reading Should You Paint? My answer is YES!

Does YOUR HOME have one of these top 6 OUTDATED features?

Home buyers say they want the latest design trends in their next property—but according to a new consumer survey by home builder Taylor Morrison, nearly 70% admit to having outdated features in their current house. The most common of these outdated features are: Linoleum floors (40%) Popcorn ceilings (29%) Wood paneling (28%) Ceramic tile countertops (28%) Shag carpeting (19%) Avocado green appliances (8%) Hold up!  … Continue reading Does YOUR HOME have one of these top 6 OUTDATED features?

Portland Home Energy Scores

Did you know that as of January 1, 2018, all single-family homes listed for sale in the City of Portland will require a home energy score report?  This report must be obtained PRIOR to listing the home and made accessible to any potential homebuyer. This new requirement won’t affect homes currently listed, nor homes listed prior to December 31st.  So there is a short-term ability … Continue reading Portland Home Energy Scores


Some the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not have realized can affect property values. The neighbors: Not every neighborhood or community has an HOA that can keep the neighbors from going overboard with decorations or neglecting to care for their home. Homes adjacent … Continue reading WHAT AFFECTS PROPERTY VALUES?