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Real Estate Market information for Portland, OR and the surrounding communities including Beaverton, West Linn, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro, Tigard, Tualatin
I recently had a computer crash.  Luckily I saved all of my data on an external hard drive.  This is my third computer in the last two years, and I've been blaming Microsoft, Dell, etc.  I'm beginning to think that it may be me, and that I have a problem with computers. The first one was a hand m...
Last year around this time I posted about the "wine press" that has just ended here in Oregon.  For those of you that like wine, you've definitely heard of Napa and Sonoma.  However, the Willamette Valley  has been producing wonderful wines for a few decades now.  Surrounding the sleepy town of D...
The last month has been very interesting on Active Rain.  I come here to read about Real Estate, and things related.  It seems that lately there have been a lot of nasty, petty, posts and comments due to the election.  I can often find plenty of interesting posts at any time of the day to get my ...
Last night as I was passing out the treats to the neighborhood kids I worried about my rapidly dwindling pile of candy.  I didn't know if we would have enough, although we had bought the same amount as last year.  I also thought about other homes that I had owned and the trick or treaters we had ...
I've grown my Real Estate business over the years with low cost, targeted prospecting.  I've always believed that phone calls to my current and past clients will generate the leads and business.  So far it has worked very well.  I generally take a look at the big picture of my business each quart...
The October 29th Addition of The Oregonian talks about the "record tumble" in Portland Home Prices compared to a year ago.  The title is menacing and bleak, but you have to take a look at the whole picture to get an accurate picture of the market.  The first thing that we need to take a look at i...
Sunday I showed a beautiful property in Lake Oswego, OR to a buyer.  We were actually there to look at the property as a comparison to another property we were going to write an offer on.  You can probably guess that my buyers fell in love with the property.  However, with the market the way it i...
Technology is supposed to help us save time in our lives.  It should make it easier to go about your day and it should help you be more efficient so that you can concentrate on the important things in your business and your family.  Am I the only one that seems to get the opposite result from new...
Real Estate is local.  Yet many of us are still interested in what is going on in other areas outside of our city.  Why?  Because it does have an affect on what happens locally.  Portland has, more or less, avoided the brunt of the housing slump.  We have been below the national average in forecl...
  A tradition here in Portland, Oregon during October is visiting  Sauvie Island and the numerous Pumpkin Patches.  With or without children, its a fun tradition.  My wife and I have been do this every year.  Sometimes we visit the "Corn Maze", but we usually go to pick out our pumpkins, try some...

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Real Estate Market information for Portland, OR and the surrounding communities including Beaverton, West Linn, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro, Tigard, Tualatin