Archive for the ‘Home Design’ Category

Home Improvements for Resale and Cost vs Value Report

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here’s an article from MSN on 10 of the best home improvements you can do for your dollar. I thought it was interesting enough, some obvious points in there, but then it also linked over to what I found to be a much more interesting site which reports, for Portland Oregon homes as well, a “cost vs. value repor for 2014” from remodeling.hw.net.

It’s actually pretty cool, select your region, Portland Oregon is there, and it gives average costs for specific remodeling projects and essentially what boils down to ROI for those improvements.

Obviously these numbers can vary greatly on a home to home basis, but this does give some pretty good insight as to what may increase the value the most for the lowest cost before selling your home (or of course, just with later resale, if ever, in mind).

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Top 10 Home Seller Mistakes

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

One of the Realtor Community portals, Activerain, recently posted up an article showing the top 10 home seller mistakes and while I would reorder them myself, maybe change a few, overall it’s a pretty good list that any seller thinking of getting their home on the market should check out. You may find it’s advice that your Realtor hasn’t mentioned previously; good time to quiz them!

As for my reordering; here it goes; my order would be:

  1. Picking the wrong agent (I’ll give you the run down on this without trying to sell you, just ask me – what most sellers don’t know).
  2. Over priced home
  3. Poor photos in the RMLS (professional photographers should ALWAYS be used and paid for by your Realtor)
  4. The home is just plain messy – to me this goes under the following one of depersonalize and remove clutter
  5. Depersonalize and remove clutter…I changed the name of this one as de-personalize is the most important part of this
  6. Showing availability; I’d love to figure out a way to put this higher on the list; it’s really important to have the home as available as possible for showings.
  7. Unpleasant or otherwise strong odors in the home; if you’re a master cook that loves Gorgonzola, consider making that meal AFTER the showing.
  8. Sellers playing tour guide; yet another one I’d love to put higher on the list…If you’re the seller and you have a showing; LEAVE THE HOME during (before!) the showing.
  9. Seller unwilling to negotiate with buyers; This does NOT mean give them everything, just keep them in the negotiations!
  10. Seller unwilling to negotiate repairs. Look at the repair addendum as $$$. Take a few low dollar items and say “sure, we’ll do that”…Shows willingness to get the deal done…For larger items, put yourself in the buyers shoes! If the furnace is on it’s last leg but technically still working, consider a buyer credit for half the cost in response.

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Portland Real Estate Guide: 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes Gives Inspiration and Ideas

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

We love this event! The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland has announced the 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes, an annual event that will tour 15 projects from innovative historic home remodels, vintage bungalow rejuvenations and a mid-century modern ranch. The show is March 12-13, and tickets are only $17.50. Sign up today to get great ideas for your own home, and you might be inspired to start searching the Portland Real Estate market for your next fixer-upper!

Interested in buying a remodeled home in Portland? The home tour will showcase Porland area homes for every budget and lifestyle. The National Home Builders Association estimates that Americans spent $216 billion in home remodeling in 2008. Remodeling accounts for 2 percent of the US economy and 40 percent of all residential construction! Best of all, Portland is an international leader in sustainable and green renovation, with more alternative energy upgrades and innovative, money-saving tools and techniques being developed every year. More interested in new construction in Portland? The Ultimate Open House Tour of New Homes event might be more your style, where Tom Liesy of TA Liesy Homes NW will be showcasing many of his amazing homes. Either event is bound to get you excited about the Portland home market – we know we are!

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Portland Real Estate Guide: Portland International Auto Show Goes Green

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

This year’s Portland International Auto Show – now in its 102nd year – is set to herald in 2011 as the year of the green car. Located in the Oregon Convention center, the Auto Show is four days (January 27th to 30th) of cutting-edge developments in the auto industry. This year, those developments will be heralded at the Eco Center featuring 30,000 square feet of green innovation. Electric and hybrid-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and General Motors Volt will be entering the American car market this year, and Oregon has been set up to be one the the leaders in green vehicle infrastructure. 2010 was rich with news of new recharging stations throughout the Portland metro area – the gas stations of the future.

The green cars featured in the Eco Center will not be the traditional “concept car” – every model is in production now and will be available for sale. This fun event will allow Oregonians to check out the next wave of green vehicles, including electric, hybrid, clean-diesel and other alternative-fuel vehicles from Arcimoto, Chevrolet, Columbia International, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Smart, Tesla, Toyota and others. There’ll also be examples of electric-vehicle charging stations, including a model of the new home charging systems. It’s the perfect place to get a feel

This year’s Portland International Auto Show – now in its 102nd year – is set to herald in 2011 as the year of the green car. Located in the Oregon Convention center, the Auto Show is four days (January 27th to 30th) of cutting-edge developments in the auto industry. This year, those developments will be heralded at the Eco Center featuring 30,000 square feet of green innovation. Electric and hybrid-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and General Motors Volt will be entering the American car market this year, and Oregon has been set up to be one the the leaders in green vehicle infrastructure. 2010 was rich with news of new recharging stations throughout the Portland metro area – the gas stations of the future.

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Cornelius, Oregon Reinvents itself in the 21st Century

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

The City of Cornelius is reinventing itself, starting with a new city library and a Virginia Garcia Wellness Center – the first urban building in town – which city officials hope will initiate a new era for the Portland suburb. The Virginia Garcia Wellness Center will be the first building in town with three stories, and the first to take up a whole city block, while the library is slated to be the town’s community gathering space. While Cornelius offers convenience and affordable homes for sale, it has been missing a central downtown area. The new central area will define the center of Cornelius, paving way for a new century of new construction for the historic town.

The architecture firm responsible for the new buildings received a $12 million grant last year to aid in the cost of the new construction. The library is slated to be a modern building with technological resources and meeting rooms for groups and clubs. Existing plans have the future library situated on Adair Street, a few blocks away from the Virginia Garcia campus. Both the wellness center and library will have central plazas that will serve as gathering places for Cornelius residents, and the Virginia Garcia campus will have a community garden and walking paths. Many of the other buildings that line Adair and Baseline streets are small and aging, and are ripe for renovation and redevelopment. The city’s enthusiasm for the new projects bode well for investment opportunities in the Cornelius real estate market, as the centralized buildings will no doubt reinvigorate enthusiasm for development of new retail and residential buildings.

About Cornelius: The city of Cornelius – “Oregon’s Family Town” – is in the wine-rich Tualatin Valley, just west of Portland and Hillsboro in Washington County. Cornelius, a community of 10,955 people, truly has something for everyone, from the historic downtown to the rolling hills of countryside dotted with vineyards and amazing views of the valley. Cornelius is a nature-lover’s haven, with nine city parks and great fishing, sailing, swimming, bicycling, hiking and picnicking at nearby Henry Hagg Lake. Washington County hosts one of America’s premier wine regions with world class vineyards and tasting rooms within minutes of the town center. Nine beautiful golf courses abound providing a selection to satisfy anyone’s taste. If you’re interested in Cornelius Real Estate, land and homes for sale in Cornelius, or have any questions about relocating to Portland and Portland area suburbs, don’t hesitate to contact the McDonald Group Realtors, your guide to Suburban Portland Real Estate.

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