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Information for Buyers Experts Predict a Strong Housing Market for the Rest of 2019 We’re in the back half of the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the predictions are for the remainder of 2019. Here’s what some of the experts have to say: Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist for CoreLogic “We see the cooldown […]
Information for Buyers Why All the Chicken Littles Should Calm Down The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their 2019 Q2 Homeownership Report. Some began to see the sky falling, believing the report showed Americans may be stepping back from their belief in homeownership. The national homeownership rate (Americans who owned vs. rented their primary residence) increased significantly during the housing boom, reaching its peak of 69.2% […]
Information for Buyers Should I Refinance My Home? With the recent lower interest rates, many homeowners are wondering if they should refinance. To decide if refinancing is the best option for your family, start by asking yourself these questions: Why do you want to refinance? There are many reasons to refinance, but here are three of the most common ones: Lower your interest […]
Information for Investors Do You Even Highest and Best Use, Bro? When I first begin an analysis on a property’s market value, step one is to determine “Highest and Best Use”. Without doing this first critical step, an agent’s opinion of value could be way off the mark. Highest and Best use is defined as: The reasonably probable and legal use of vacant land or an […]
Information for Investors Is Rent Control on the Horizon? After the election in November it has become clear that the state-wide ban on rent control will likely be overturned in Oregon. For landlords, just the words “rent control” strikes fear through their hearts. In Portland, rents are finally leveling-off and the real estate market is generally cooling. Adding rent control measures will likely add […]
Information for Buyers The Power of Leverage Most real estate transactions are leveraged. In other words, the purchaser is using a combination of their own cash with the balance coming from a bank in the form of a mortgage. It is often overlooked how important leverage is and why it is such a critical tool to build wealth. Your dream home may […]
Information for Buyers Ambush Market Data Pop Quiz, September Edition With all the great feedback from our previous “Ambush Market Data Pop Quiz!” video, we decided to make another one! Lots of great data and an e-scooter zipping along a peaceful Irvington streetscape. If you ever have questions about current market trends and how they relate to your home, please give us a call!
Information for Investors Chloe Eudaly is Gunning for Housing Providers I followed the Mandatory Renter Relocation Assistance ordinance closely when it was working its way through City Hall. The public testimony was the saddest part of the whole thing. Commissioner Eudaly and her Portland Tenants United group sat in the front row hurling insults, hisses, and disrespectful remarks as housing providers pleaded their case as […]
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