The Portland metro area saw mixed numbers this December, but new listings made gains compared to December 2016. At 1,617, new listings showed a 13.8% increase compared to December 2016, despite a 33.1% decrease from last month in November 2017 (2,416). This is the strongest December for new listings in the Portland metro area since 2011. Pending … [Read more...] about Market Action Report- Dec 2017
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Wick and I are often asked: "What changes should I make to my home if I am going to sell in the next 1-5 years?" There is a study that comes out every year that outlines the cost versus the value for various improvements. This means, how much money will I get back for doing this improvement? Here are the most impactful changes to make for the … [Read more...] about Return on Investment: What Home Improvements You Should Make If You Plan To Sell
In November 2017, there were 2,416 new listings offered in the Portland metro area. This was a 16.2% increase compared to last year in November 2016. However, there was a 19.0% decrease in new listings in November compared to last month in October 2017. Pending sales were up from last year, but also fell when compared to last month. Closed sales, … [Read more...] about Market Action Report- Nov 2017
1. Clean gutters 2. Rake away all leaves 3. Replace furnace filter 4. Vacuum the coils on your refrigerator 5. Service the furnace 6. Shut off outside water bibs or cover them with an insulated booty 7. Blow out irrigation system if you have one 8. Clean out your dryer vent (fire hazard) 9. Clean the filters on your kitchen vent … [Read more...] about Winter Home Maintenance Checklist
Beginning January 1, 2018, sellers of single family homes in Portland will be required to obtain and disclose a Home Energy Score. Portland City Council unanimously passed this policy in 2016 in an effort to achieve goals set in the 2015 Climate Action Plan and to protect consumers in one of the biggest financial investments most people will ever … [Read more...] about The Home Energy Score!
#1 Impact Driver What's awesome about the impact driver is that there's a clutch inside so you can't strip screw heads and it stops automatically. There's also a light to help shine on dark spots and to figure out where the screw head is. These are great for tightening hinges on doors, putting screws in the decks … anything screw related really. … [Read more...] about Wick’s Favorite Tools – Great Gift Ideas for the Holidays!