Archive for the ‘Portland Home Styles’ Category

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: The Passivhaus movement, big savings or big hassle?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Check out this article in the Clackamas Review, detailing the Passivhaus movement that is slowly catching on in the Portland Area. Hailing from architecture hot-beds Germany and Austria, the Passivhaus concept is pretty straightforward: “insulate a house so well that it’s airtight, then heat it with a small electric heater or heat exchange pump. The result: potential energy savings of more than 70 percent. As U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., wrote to the recent Passive House Northwest conference, ‘It is incredible to think that you can heat your entire home with as little as a hairdryer!”’

Sound too good to be true? The new wave of home construction requires extremely careful inspection – every screw, window, door, siding segment, and beyond must be completely air tight to make sure the Passivhaus registers no more than 0.6 air changes in an hour (a typical Portland house will register 20-30 changes/hr, while an efficient new Energy Star-compliant home will have around 7).

There are only three passive houses in Portland, but they’re attracting a lot of attention due to their modern design, comfort, and sustainability. In one house, the “walls are about 12 inches thick. The stud cavities are filled with a blown-in fiberglass insulation that eliminates gaps found with typical batt insulation. The exterior wall is wrapped with a three-inch blanket of rigid polyiso insulation. The concrete floor slab is insulated with nine inches of expanded polystyrene insulation, and a vapor barrier helps maintain the airtightness.”

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Tour of Remodeled Homes

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Just a quick reminder: The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland‘s annual Tour of Remodeled Homes is happening this weekend, March 12-1, 2011 from 10 to 5. Only $17.50 for both days, tickets can be purchased online or by calling 503-684-1880. This event is a great way to get inspired to remodel your next home in Portland, or to make your current house ready to be a successful sale in the Portland Real Estate Market.

The remodelers on this year’s tour are: Arciform; Cascade Restoration & Remodeling; Cooper Designbuilders; Fouch Building & Remodeling; JB Construction; Leitner Construction; Master Plan Remodeling; Metke Remodeling & Woodworking; Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling; Olsen Homes & Renovation/Paolo Design Group; Portland Remodel; Rio Renovation; SLS Remodel & Additions; Stanley Renovation & Design; and T.H.E. Remodel Group.

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 Historic Real Estate: NE Portland Tudor Revival Mansion Sells for $2 Million

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

One of our favorite historic Portland estates, the Autzen Mansion in NE Portland’s Alameda neighborhood, recently sold for $2 million after sitting on the market for nearly eight years. The historic Tudor Revival home, topping over 10,000 square feet and occupying an entire city block, was built in 1927 by Kirtland K. Cutter for plywood-industry millionaire Thomas J. Autzen and was once home to Portland Trail Blazer Steve Johnson. The Autzen family remains a legacy in the Portland area, and not just in the luxury real estate market – the Portland-based Autzen Foundation supports education and the arts, and the stadium at the University of Oregon bears the Autzen name.

Interested in the real estate details? The home features five bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms, formal gardens, full ballroom, Italian tile murals, and most of the original ironwork and hand-hewn beams. The mansion’s previous owners lovingly spent more than $500,000 restoring the place, including repairs on the chimneys, the oak woodwork in the dining room, and all the leaded-glass windows. The Autzen Mansion is the biggest house in Alameda, a neighborhood in Northeast Portland, but the area has many other amazing historic homes that won’t cost you a fortune but will give the same sense of Portland’s rich early history.

If you’re interested in Tudor homes for sale in Portland and Portland-area suburbs, contact the McDonald Group Portland real estate experts today. Portland Tudor Revival Homes are common in older neighborhoods, including Eastmoreland, Ladd’s Addition, Laurelhurst, Alameda, and Irvington. Many Tudor Revival homes in Portland also incorporate Craftsman- and Colonial-style exterior and interior design features, such as built-in buffets and bookshelves.  While many Tudor Revival homes in Portland were built in the early 20th century, modern architects and neighborhood developers have borrowed elements of the Tudor style and incorporated them into new construction homes with modern amenities and less traditional features.  These “Modern Tudors” are often found in planned developments in Portland Suburbs like West Linn and Lake Oswego, while the traditional Tudor Revival homes are found in close-in, older Portland neighborhoods. We can help you pinpoint the style, size, and location of your dream home in Portland – whether it’s a mansion or a country cottage, you’ll find it in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Portland Realtor Guide: Updated Irvington Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Check out the newly updated Irvington real estate neighborhood guide detailing the gorgeous and historical neighborhood of Irvington in Northeast Portland, filled with quirky culture, classic Old Portland homes, and some of the best dining and shopping in town. The Irvington neighborhood is classic and proud, and provides easy commuting access to all of Portland via the Banfield Freeway. Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, small-neighborhood atmosphere, Irvington is quintessential Portland.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Irvington or other Portland neighborhoods, check out our Irvington real estate neighborhood guide filled with the best restaurants in Irvington, local schools,  and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Irvington!

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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: New Greek Revival Home Style Guide

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Next up in our new series of Portland Home Style Guides is the Greek Revival style guide, also known as “Federal” or “Neoclassical” homes. The first architectural style to take off in the Oregon Territories in the 1850′s, Greek Revival is a highly geometric, clean, and simple home style that evokes Greek temple architecture. While Greek Revival homes can be quite grandiose and imposing, the style trickled down to the average residential home-builder throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, resulting in the many symmetrical column-porched family homes you now see around town. In the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate Greek Revival Home Style Guide you’ll find historical information, interior and exterior architectural details, and where to find many Greek Revival homes in Portland.

If you’re interested in Greek Revival homes for sale in Portland and Portland-area suburbs, contact the McDonald Group Portland real estate experts today. We can help you pinpoint the style, size, and location of your dream home in Portland.

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Portland Real Estate Guide: New Tudor Revival Home Style Guide

Monday, January 24th, 2011

First up in our new series of Portland Home Style Guides is the Tudor Revival style guide, also known as “Medieval Revival,” “Mock-Tudor,” “Tudorbethan,” “English Cottages,” or “English Countryside” homes. Common in many older Portland neighborhoods, the Tudor Revival side is a romantic, charming home style reminiscent of classic English country architecture. In the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate Home Style Guide you’ll find historical information, interior and exterior architectural details, and where to find Tudor homes in Portland.

If you’re interested in Tudor homes for sale in Portland and Portland-area suburbs, contact the McDonald Group Portland real estate experts today. We can help you pinpoint the style, size, and location of your dream home in Portland.

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