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Real Estate Tracking Data & Reports: BIG Changes Coming; Area Reports, Pricing & Days on Market in Tow

Friday, March 7th, 2014

I just wanted to get an FYI out to everyone that I am currently working on revamping the tracking report as I get a lot of requests for area specific reports (people asking for my tracking reports for Happy Valley, or Lake Oswego real estate reports etc).

Additionally short sales and foreclosures have been edging ever closer to market pricing these days, often no longer the “steal of a deal” they once were and there are a lot less of them now. So, with that said, I am *considering* ditching that portion of the tracking data in favor of adding new data points like:

  • Median Sale Price Tracking
  • Average Sale Price Tracking
  • Days on Market for Pending Sales
  • Average Price Per Square Foot Tracking
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January 16th 2014 Foreclosures List

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Here’s the foreclosure list for today:

To see the newest matches from RMLSweb click here. For a complete list of available matches click here. Here are the new foreclosures listed for sale within the last 24 hours as per your request:

If you are not already working with a Realtor and would like to see any of these homes please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-706-5563 (cell or text) or Scott@YourRoadMapToHome.coma>

Scott McDoanld

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New Listing on Fircrest in SE Portland Hills, Bordering Happy Valley

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Come take a look at this new listing on Fircrest in SE Portland! Craftsman style home with tons of custom trim work, tile & wood floors, large deck and yard, 4 bedrooms, plus a main floor office, granite counter island kitchen, 3 car garage and more offered for $359,000!

Open Sunday April 21st 2013 from 1pm – 3pm

Check out the Virtual Tour here

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2011 Real Estate Trend Re-Cap: Great Real Estate Agents Matter

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

This year we’ve seen several major trends rock the real estate market here in Portland, and for the next week we’ll be looking back at the big real estate trends and concepts that have made 2011 a great year for the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate experts. Next up, the trend that’s not really a trend–great real estate agents sell great homes to great people.

Here at the McDonald Group Real Estate Offices, we know how important a great agent is in making the homebuying process smooth and enjoyable. One of the most important things a realtor can do is answer the phone when it rings. Buying or selling a home is one of the largest financial investments most people make, wouldn’t it be nice to have a Real Estate Agent that will answer their phone and take calls after 6:00? McDonald Group agents are available all day, every day, 24/7, which means the difference between a missed opportunity and sealing the perfect deal.

We know that home buyers want to feel that connection, to have an actual person to go to with issues or to rely on for information. Personal relationships with real estate agents are very important, even in this era of social media.

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2011 Real Estate Trend Re-Cap: Renovations Rule

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

This year we’ve seen several major trends rock the real estate market here in Portland, and for the next week we’ll be looking back at the big real estate trends and concepts that have made 2011 a great year for the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate experts. Next up, the trend of renovating fixer-uppers with potential into eco-friendly dream homes.

We often hear about people buying low-priced homes in need of a lot of work with the idea that they’ll fix them up and greatly increase their value. This is a great idea–IF you can keep the cost of your renovation under control. Budgeting your renovation to maximize your return on your real estate investment is vital, and is the best way to take advantage of the buyers market we’re currently witnessing in the Portland metro area.

Never has it been easier to make smart renovations in the Portland area. One of my favorite posts on the McDonald Group Real Estate Blog linked to this Lowe’s commercial, called Don’t Stop Improving. You’ve got to check it out, it tells the happy story of a couple’s home renovations (and dancing) over the course of their life. From first apartments to first homes to expansions to retirement, this sweet commercial brought a tear to my eye. It reminds us here at the McDonald Group real estate offices why we do what we do–bringing people to the homes that will be a part of their life story.

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2011 Real Estate Trend Re-Cap: Kitchens can sell a house!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

This year we’ve seen several major trends rock the real estate market here in Portland, and for the next week we’ll be looking back at the big real estate trends and concepts that have made 2011 a great year for the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate experts. Next up, the trend of kitchens being a deciding factor for homeowners.

Once upon a time, a grand entrance or number of bathrooms could sell a house in no time, but what we’re seeing among Portland homeowners this year is a large amount of attention to kitchens. Of all the rooms in a house, buyers spend the most time examining kitchens. Smart, functional, and efficient modern kitchens can make an older house look as though it does not need any improvments, and features like pantries, workstations and eating space have become very important to buyers. What’s in store for 2012? We’ll likely see an increased focus on the kitchen, just as we are seeing an increase in dining at home.

Thinking about selling your house in the Portland real estate market and want to improve your kitchen? Appliances and cabinets are typically the most expensive items to replace in a kitchen. If you don’t have to replace them, you’ll save a ton of money. However, if your cabinets are dated and beat-up, your house might not sell if the cabinets aren’t replaced. Kitchen remodels return nearly 100%. According to Remodeling Magazine, the high-end kitchens don’t return as much as the mid-range or minor kitchen remodels. Most buyers won’t pay extra for a built-in Sub Zero refrigerator, professional 8-burner stove, undermount sink or travertine floors.

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2011 Real Estate Trend Re-Cap: Buying a Home as an Income Property

Monday, December 26th, 2011

This year we’ve seen several major trends rock the real estate market here in Portland, and for the next week we’ll be looking back at the big real estate trends and concepts that have made 2011 a great year for the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate experts. Next up, the trend of renting out homes that just aren’t selling in this economy.

Many homeowners–especially in rent-friendly Portland–are buying homes to rent out or are holding on to second mortgages and paying them off with rental income. Rental properties are very successful in Portland–and low prices, low interest rates, and lots of available properties in desirable areas mean this is the best market for investment real estate in over a decade. Income properties in Portland include multi-family residences (like duplexes and tri-plexes), homes with mother-in-law suites suitable for renting to tenants, and room-share options. Portlanders are among the most open in America to sharing homes with strangers–which can mean big bucks for single homeowners or empty-nesters.

The high quality of life and low cost of living in the City of Roses means many young people are showing up–and they need a place to live! Vacancy rates of Portland rentals are in the 3 percent range in Portland, meaning you’re almost guaranteed to fill your income property with renters immediately. Contact the McDonald Group realtors today to ask about income properties and renting single-family homes in Portland.

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2011 Real Estate Trend Re-Cap: New Construction was Booming

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

This year we’ve seen several major trends rock the real estate market here in Portland, and for the next week we’ll be looking back at the big real estate trends and concepts that have made 2011 a great year for the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate experts. Next up, the trend of New Construction.

Though the past few years have been challenging for the homebuilding industry nationwide, our new construction sales here at the McDonald Group were booming. Even with so many foreclosures and bank-owned homes on the market, new construction in Portland, Happy Valley, and Estacada were greater than ever. What was the draw of new construction in 2011? Top among consumer feedback was the ability to customize and the affordability of new construction homes.

These aren’t your average subdivision houses – home owners get to pick out every detail of their homes, from the floor plan and paint colors to the door, window, cabinet, and floor colors – so our new construction residents truly get to live in the home of their dreams at a fraction of the cost. The customized details and affordable price tag reflect the fact that the McDonald Group will work with you to find out exactly what you want, quickly, efficiently, and with complete respect of your individual desires and budget.

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2011 Real Estate Trend Re-Cap: Mortgage Rates Are Still Low

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

This year we’ve seen several major trends rock the real estate market here in Portland, and for the next week we’ll be looking back at the big real estate trends and concepts that have made 2011 a great year for the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate experts. Next up, the trend of mortgage rates that have everyone asking “how low can they go”?

It’s not too late to take advantage of low mortgage rates. While rates are expected to rise slightly in 2012, they will likely remain low. Freddie Mac is out with some predictions for 2012, and front and center is the sentiment from the mortgage giant that mortgage rates will remain low in 2012. Right now, those rates are as low as they’ve ever been. The BankingMyWay Weekly Mortgage Rate tracker stands at 4.125% for fixed 30-year mortgages and 15-year mortgages are a bargain at 3.5%, with the five-year adjustable-rate mortgage at 3.01%.

Here’s the good news for 2012: the chief economist at Freddie Mac says that’s right where mortgage rates will stay in 2012,at least until the middle of next year.

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2011 Real Estate Trend Re-Cap: Location, Location, Location

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

This year we’ve seen several major trends rock the real estate market here in Portland, and for the next week we’ll be looking back at the big real estate trends and concepts that have made 2011 a great year for the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate experts. Next up, the trend of homebuyers caring more about location than square footage, style, and modern amenities.

Now more than ever, home buyers want transportation, walkability, good schools, and great dining, or they won’t consider the house. Luckily, Portland is full of such great neighborhoods, where most home owners can walk to dinner, school, shopping, and amazing parks and green spaces.

The great thing about location hunting in 2011 was the prevalence of great tools for homebuyers on the Internet.  Abogoby the Center for Neighborhood Technology is a really cool service that helps home buyers understand the transportation costs linked to a specific address. You just type in an address and discover how transportation impacts the affordability and sustainability of where you live. Walkscore offers a similar tool for those going by foot or bike.

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2011 Real Estate Trend Re-Cap: Buyers are thinking long-term

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

This year we’ve seen several major trends rock the real estate market here in Portland, and for the next week we’ll be looking back at the big real estate trends and concepts that have made 2011 a great year for the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate experts. Next up, the trend of homebuyers thinking of their real estate investments in the long term.

During the housing boom, homebuyers often thought of homes as easy-access credit for borrowing money and racking up debt (which has played a large part in the financial and real estate problems of the past few years). Now, homebuyers think of homes as more than just an investment–unless they are buying homes to improve and “flip” at a profit (virtually nonexistent in today’s market), homebuyers want a long-term, secure place to shelter their families, which means more people are staying put in their homes for longer.

By the numbers, most first time homebuyers in 2011 were looking for a home that they will own for at least a decade, and repeat buyers want homes that they’ll own for at least 15 years (according to the National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers). This means homeowners are learning the value of long-term homeownership, namely that home ownership encourages stability and the longer your own, the better your investment. Even with several years of price declines, the typical seller who purchased a home eight years ago experienced a median equity gain of $33,000, a 24 percent increase, while sellers who were in their homes for 11 to 15 years saw a median gain of 40 percent.

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2011 Real Estate Trend Re-Cap: Small-Scale Real Estate

Monday, December 19th, 2011

This year we’ve seen several major trends rock the real estate market here in Portland, and for the next week we’ll be looking back at the big real estate trends and concepts that have made 2011 a great year for the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate experts. First up, the trend of compact housing that is taking over Portland’s new construction in a big way.

The era of the McMansion, bigger-is-better real estate is over. Baby boomers are downsizing from large homes, and first time homebuyers are looking for affordable and modern homes that have a small impact on the environment. Modern urban planning, especially in Portland and the Pacific Northwest, focuses more on converting small plots into biker-friendly, community-based homes and condos that are attractive, affordable, and filled with all the modern conveniences of a large home.

Here in Portland, the average size of families is smaller than elsewhere in America, which means the real estate market is flush with two and three bedroom homes in fantastic neighborhoods. Portland homebuyers are not as interested in sprawling estates as they are in walkable communities with easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment. Check out our Portland Neighborhood Guides to find out which walkable, vibrant neighborhood is perfect for your tastes.

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Construction on the New Sellwood Bridge Begins Today

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Here in Portland, we’re so well known for the many bridges crossing the Willamette and Columbia Rivers that our unofficial nickname is Bridgetown, and one bridge in particular remains infamous. The Sellwood Bridge, connecting the southernmost regions of east Portland with the southern West Hills and Lake Oswego, has been derided as one of the worst bridges in America. Though it’s location is important, conveniently connecting areas like the South Waterfront real estate and OHSU homes and commutes, many people take the long way around, using the Marquam Bridge or Ross Island Bridge to avoid the Sellwood Bridge altogether. Luckily, committees have been working diligently to come up with a viable replacement bridge, and today, the Sellwood Bridge project is finally underway!

Workers are breaking ground on the long-awaited project today, after Portland’s transportation bureaus  announced that they received $17.7 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER program for the final piece of funding needed to replace the bridge.

The first part of the $268 million project to get underway is the detour bridge that will be built in order to allow crews to work undisturbed on the main bridge. Work on the new bridge is slated to begin in July 2012 and completed by the end of 2015.

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Hollywood Farmers Market Open This Winter

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Great news for everyone looking at homes for sale in Northeast Portland – there’s a winter farmers market in the Hollywood neighborhood. Hollywood is known for its family friendly atmosphere and cute historic bungalows, and now it’ll be known for fresh fruits, veggies, and artisan foods, all winter long!

Farmers Markets here in Portland aren’t just for summer picnic shopping and fall harvest! This month, the Hollywood Farmers Market in Northeast Portland debuted first December market and will return this weekend, Saturday, December 17. The winter market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Expect much more than potatoes and onions: more than 25 vendors are participating, offering everything from breakfast burritos to winter greens.

The market is located Saturday on Northeast Hancock Street between 44th and 45th avenues. Next month, the market will be back in the Grocery Outlet parking lot on the first and third Saturdays through March. In April, the winter market moves back to the Hancock Street location.

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December is “Bridge Month” Here in Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Two rivers wind through Portland, Oregon: the north-flowing Willamette, separating the city into East and West Portland, and the mighty Columbia, the fourth largest river in the US, which divides Oregon and Washington. Portland is called Bridgetown for a reason: the twelve bridges crossing these rivers (each an example of a unique architectural style and six that must open for tall sailboats and giant cargo ships) are a vital part of life for most Portlanders.

This month several Portland bridges are celebrating their “birthdays” – the Sellwood (1925), Glenn L. Jackson aka I-205 (1982), Hawthorne, Ross Island (1926) and Oregon City (1922) bridges all opened in mid to late December. Though there is no technical reason why bridges would be finished at the same time of year, Portland’s bridges seem to near completion in the winter months.

The bridge anniversaries are reminders of the importance of bridges in the lives of Portlanders, but they also stand as testaments to the work that still needs to be done. Many bridges could use some maintenance, and in the case of the Sellwood Bridge*, a lot of it. Though all of the bridges are safe, some could use paint jobs and fixes that would keep them operational for a longer period of time.

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Holiday ZooLights Celebration at the Oregon Zoo!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Here at the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate blog, we’re getting truly excited for the traditional events that take place in Portland around the holidays. Last week, we told you about Peacock Lane, Portland’s traditional Christmas Street, but there is a lot more sparkling fun throughout the city.

One of our favorite holiday light displays takes place at the Oregon Zoo, the annual ZooLights celebration. Every winter from November to January, the zoo glows at night with millions of tiny lights, illuminating the animals and putting on a great show for the whole family. The light artists at the Oregon Zoo have been working hard for months to create over 200 animated animals set to swing through trees, jump across lawns, and appear to the delight of children and adults alike. It’s not hard to find nativity scenes, Santa’s sleigh, and animated reindeer around town, but how often do you get to see holiday light displays of monkeys, frogs, bats, hummingbirds, and penguins?

The ZooLights celebration is a perfect photo-op for your holiday cards, and a great way to experience the Oregon Zoo. One of the best ways to experience ZooLights is to take a ride on the historic Washington Park steam train, which traces a loop around the Zoo’s holiday display. Check out this video of the train’s view: ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo

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RMLS Portland Market Action Report for November 2011

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The latest RMLS Market Action Report is out for November 2011. For three months running, closed and pending sales throughout the Portland metropolitan real estate market showed real improvements compared with the same months in 2010. Inventory is also much lower than the same time a year ago, which means the market is balancing out for sellers as well as buyers.

Closed and Pending Sales: Closed sales went up 18.9% in November 2011 compared to November 2010. Pending sales saw a rise of 18.2%, while there were 18.1% less newly listed residential properties. Looking at the month-to-month comparison of October 2011 with November 2011, closed sales rose 3.2% from 1,474 to 1,521. Pending sales fell 10.3% from 1,878 to 1,685, and new listings were down from 2,433 to 2,026 (-16.7%).

Inventory: At this month’s rate of sales, the 9,451 active residential listings would last about 6.2 months. Interestingly, this is also the lowest active listing count in the last three years.. These are numbers typical in a healthy market, one of the lowest, seller-friendliest inventory numbers since before the market collapsed. That means if houses DO go on the market, they’re selling pretty well, but many people are choosing to keep their homes off the market until it bounces back.

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Enjoy the Lights on Portland’s Christmas Avenue, SE Peacock Lane

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Working in the Portland Real Estate Market means we get to share traditions and celebrations of the area with new residents. There’s nothing better than helping new home-owners get to know their neighborhoods, area history, and seasonal festivities to make the transition to Portland as exciting and easy as possible. Here at the McDonald Group real estate blog, we try to keep you up-to-date on Portland events and activities, and this time of year is filled with traditional celebrations of winter holidays around town.

One of our favorite activities during the winter holiday season is a trip to Peacock Lane, Portland’s Christmas Street, one block east of 39th Avenue (now Cesar Chavez Boulevard) between Stark and Belmont in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. The four-block stretch of southeast Portland is lit up for the holiday season every year with bright light displays, nativity scenes, and themed decorations, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The Christmas decorations became a tradition in the earliest years of the community. The street was planned out in the 1920s, with 22 large Tudor style homes lining the road originally lined with ornate gas street lamps.

Every night from December 15th to December 31 visitors are welcome to take in the festive sights and sounds of Peacock Lane. Horse-Drawn carriage rides are available, and the whole area shines with excitement and sparkling light. The best way to see the lights is on foot. Park somewhere in the neighborhood or at Walgreens, and enjoy a stroll down the Lane. It’s the perfect opportunity to pack a thermos of hot cocoa and some warm gloves and take the family to see some spectacular holiday spectacles! December 15th, opening night, is for pedestrians only, and hours most nights are 6 pm to 11 pm. Christmas Eve and New Years’ Eve, the festivities go until midnight.

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Hit the Portland Trails with the Trails Club of Oregon

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Portland is full of amazing restaurants, boutiques, movie theaters, and bookstores, but a lot of Portland residents look for more active and outdoorsy ways to appreciate their city. If you’re thinking about relocating to Portland and consider yourself a true lover of the outdoors, you should check out the Trails Club of Oregon, a Portland-area outdoors club that facilitates outdoor activities like hiking, water sports, backpacking, bicycling, camping, and trips throughout Oregon.

Many homes for sale in Portland are within walking distance to trails and parks that are great for playing sports and appreciating the great outdoors, but if you want to get a bit deeper into nature, the Trails Club of Oregon offers year-round activities for all activity levels. The group operates lodges in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood, providing excellent base camps for outdoor recreation.

Upcoming events include Trillium Lake corss country Skiing, Cooper Mt Nature Park Hike, and New Years Backpacking trip. Trails Club members have enjoyed outdoor activities on Mt Hood, in the Columbia Gorge and many other Northwest areas since 1915–making it one of the oldest outdoor activity groups in the state.

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Northwest Portland Celebrates the Holidays with Open Houses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Northwest Portland’s Nob Hill neighborhood is ringing in the holidays this Saturday with open houses, sales and entertainment. Holidays in Nob Hill will take place throughout the day on Saturday, Dec. 10 on Northwest 21st and 23rd avenues. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Santa will be at HomeStreet Bank, 22 N.W. 23rd Ave., and free photos will be taken.

Local choral groups from Ainsworth and Chapman elementary schools and Multnomah Athletic Club will be singing carols throughout the Nob Hill District, and youth from the Northwest Childrens Theater Kids Pro program will be dressed as elves.

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The Story of Portland’s Sidewalk Horse Rings

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

If you’ve ever spent time looking for homes for sale in Portland, Oregon you’ve no doubt noticed the small metal rings attached to the sidewalks. The metal rings are a relic of Portland’s early history, when horses were the main method of transportation around the rose city. In the 1800′s, horse rings were embedded into the sidewalk concrete to help tie town your horse outside of houses and stores.

In a fun spin on Portland history, local artists have begun to reclaim the horse rings by tying miniature plastic horses to the rings. The “horse project” was started by Portland resident Scott Wayne Indiana to get people to notice the history under their feet.

As historical features, the City of Portland requires construction workers to reinstall the rings when they have to be removed for curb maintenance. If only we had such great protection of our historical homes and trees!

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Live/Work Properties in Portland

Monday, December 5th, 2011

When you start looking at homes for sale in Portland, you’ll soon start noticing real estate opportunities in Portland that are great for work and living. The line between commercial real estate and residential real estate is blurred in Portland, where many districts are zoned for both purposes.

A lot of historic homes have been converted into restaurants and stores, and many of them have work space on the bottom and residential space on top.

Imagine an office with high, vaulted ceilings, reclaimed hardwood floors, with sliding glass garage doors and energy-efficient furnaces…it’s all possible with Portland area live/work properties. Imagine a boutique, coffee shop, or an art gallery on the first floor, and a cozy condo on the top!

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Check out OMSI’s Body Worlds & The Brain Exhibit

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Here’s a fun tip for Portland-area activities this holiday season: Head to Oregon’s Museum of Science and Industry for Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain. This special exhibit includes more than 200 authentic human specimens and highlights neuroscience, brain development and performance of the human body. Through respectful, aesthetic displays, this all-new exhibition invites intensive study and profound reflection on the power, beauty, and fragility of the human body.

BODY WORLDS admission includes admission to all museum exhibit halls. 

Adult (18-62) $25.00 | Child 3-13 $17.00 | Senior 63+ & Student 14+ w/ID $20.00

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Portland Library Winter Book Sale

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

One of our favorite things about the Portland Real Estate market is how near homes for sale in Portland are to neighborhood resources like supermarkets, cafes, and libraries. The Multnomah County Library system is one of the best in the world, no question, and every neighborhood has its own branch connected to the main library system. It’s the best of both worlds, really, because you can have a “local” small-town-feel library in your neighborhood connected to the huge catalog of books, movies, and music resources of one of the largest library systems in the country, with over two million books and other library materials.

Here’s a fun way to pick up some holiday gifts and get to know the greatness of Portland’s library system! The Title Wave Used Bookstore’s “Dazzling Winter Sale” is going down Saturday, December 10 from 9 am to 5 pm. You can get 55% off everything in the store, from books to DVDs!

Browse through 20,000 used books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and magazines at bargain prices, starting at $2 for hardback novels and nonfiction. Some items start at $.25. Discover great selections of children’s books and large-print items. Check regularly; the inventory changes every day.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are BACK!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Thinking of relocating to Portland? One of the big draws of buying a home in Portland is access to Portland professional sports like basketball and soccer. If you’re like me, the drawn-out NBA contract disagreement has put a pallor on your fall. With the end of the strike, Portlanders can look forward to heading back to the Rose Garden as soon as late December. Thanks to the NBA lockout, this year will boast a 66-game season, meaning only 16 fewer games than a normal 82-game grind, but in about a month-and-a-half shorter time span.

About the Trail Blazers: The Portland Trail Blazers, known as the Blazers to locals, are probably our most well-known sports team (the Portland Timbers are a close second). The team plays their home games in the Rose Garden Arena on Portland’s East Side and has incredibly loyal and enthusiastic fans. If you’re visiting Portland during basketball season, be sure to check out a Blazers’ game to get a glimpse of Portland’s rowdier side. Don’t forget to wear your red, black, white, and silver, because Blazers’ fans are often swept up in “Blazermania” and sure know how to party! Five hall-of-fame players have worn the Blazers’ Jersey, including Lenny Wilkens, Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Dražen Petrović, and Scottie Pippen. The Blazers’ mascot is Blaze the Trail Cat, a two-tone silver-colored mountain lion, which has been the team’s official mascot since 2002.

Portland’s nickname Rip City is connected to the Blazers, and was coined in 1971 during the Blazers’ first season. The story goes that the Blazers’ guard Jim Barnett made an improbable long distance shot to give the team hope of beating the mighty Los Angeles Lakers, causing the Blazers’ announcer Bill Schonely to shout, “Rip City! All right!” Although Schonely himself claims he has no idea what the phrase actually meant, the name stuck, and you can still see billboards, store names, sports memorabilia, and advertisements that reference the Rip City name.

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