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www.AllThingsRealEstatePdx.net  503.317.5834  December 2011 10 remodeling projects that pay back most: Here are Remodeling's top 10 projects. You'll notice that these are not ambitious, vanity jobs. All are projects that replace worn or aged home components, bring parts of the home up-to-date or add living space without expanding the home's footprint: Replacing exterior siding with upscale fiber cement. Siding pays back a whopping 78%, on average, of the $13,461 average cost. The most cost-effective thing you can do to your home this year is to replace old siding with new, higher-end fiber cement.

face lift," Alfano says. "The kitchen really looks good and the average cost for this is under $20,000 – less than what a lot of people would pay for a car." In today's austere climate, kitchen and bath remodels are pale imitations of the lavish vanity projects from the housing boom. Most consumers are shunning the expensive spa baths and chef's kitchens that involve moving electrical services, plumbing and walls.

A midrange garage door replacement may not be high on many wish lists; it's one of those jobs that you do because it's needed. But it adds curb appeal and function, and it Replacing an entry door with a midlevel pays back 71.9%, on average, of the $1,512 20-gauge steel door is an inexpensive average cost. upgrade at $1,238 on average, but it pays A highhigh-end garage door replacement back 73% and greatly improves curb appeal. recoups almost as much: 71.1% of the A midrange attic bedroom remodel involves $2,994 average cost. popping out a dormer for a 5-by-7-foot bathroom with shower, insulating and finishing the walls and ceiling, adding four windows, extending the heating and air conditioning and improving wiring and lighting. The payback is 72.5% on the $50,148 expenditure. More living space is being sought as adult children are driven back to their parents' homes by the shaky economy and as older parents join the households of their adult children. (The Census Bureau says 18% of American households are doubled up now, up from 17% in 2008.) An attic remodel is the cheapest way to add space and a bathroom within the house. A basement remodel is the next most cost-efficient way to add living space, although code requirements for headroom and exterior doors make that project more complicated and more expensive, Alfano says.

A new wood deck earns back 70.1%, on average, of its $10,350 cost at resale this year.

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New foamfoam-backed vinyl siding replacement keeps the house warm and pays back 69.6% of its $14,274 average cost. The average project involves 1,250 square feet of siding, including trim. New midrange replacement vinyl siding upgrades the look of the home and pays back 69.5% of the $11,729 average price. Upscale vinyl replacement windows have a 69.1% payback on the $14,328 cost. The project involves replacing 10 double-hung 3 -by-5 windows. The new windows are low-emissivity glass and are insulated with simulated wood-grain trim. Read more @ www.realestate.msn.com

A midrange minor kitchen remodel paid back 72.1% of the $19,588 investment. Included are new laminate countertops and new sink, faucets and appliances. The floor is untouched and cabinets are kept in place but refaced with new hardware added. "You're taking what's there and giving it a

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“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.”

F

lowers have long been a source of beauty and

stimulation for mankind. From Monet’s water lilies to Van Gogh’s sunflowers, from William Shakespeare to Walt Whitman, flowers have inspired many of the world’s greatest creative minds. Often representing some of our fondest feelings, such as love, peace, calm, and happiness, flowers are a wonderful additional to any home. Bringing the outdoors in with a bit of green has the magical ability to bring a room to life. To me, plants fall into an accessory category. Have you ever noticed that it is the little things that make rooms feel more inviting? I have never been one of those that thought “less is more.” Sometimes it is still less. The best rooms I have been in included plants, books, mementos, art, and color. Lets address “permanent botanicals”. This can be anything from a dried floral wreath to silk arrangements. A simple arrangement in a room with no natural light can do wonders. Every designer has his or her own opinion on whether or not using artificial plants is acceptable. My opinion is if someone doesn’t want to worry about caring for plants, and they will end up dead or scrawny anyhow, then artificial plants are perfectly acceptable! Why should anyone be denied the joy and beauty of having plants indoors? Done well, artificial are beautiful and more available than ever.

With such an enormous assortment of silk flowers and artificial plants available today, it can be daunting to discern which varieties will look best in your home. Many companies have greatly improved the quality of their artificial plants, making it possible to purchase fantastic materials at a great price. Pier 1 and Pottery Barn are two places that I frequently recommend for finding decorative plants and flowers. Also, more and more companies are creating fresh new looks that can really up the wow factor of your plant or floral arrangement. Search for items that you would love to have in your home but would not be able to maintain or grow if you were working with live plants. Black bamboo is an out-of-the-ordinary plant that is probably not reasonable for people to purchase live; however, it works very well as an artificial plant in the home when placed in the right container. Dining rooms are one of my favorite rooms to enhance with artificial plants. If you are someone who enjoys the fresh look of flowers in your formal dining room, consider using artificial stems. Because real cut flowers have to be replaced frequently, they aren’t cost-effective for most of us. The flowers end up looking tired and droopy after a short period of time and need to be replaced on a weekly basis. So while fresh flowers are a beautiful touch to your home, they may not be the most practical solution. A good artificial arrangement is as effective as real flowers and with the removal or addition of a few different flowers or branches, the arrangement can be easily changed for a more seasonal look. There are a few rules to follow when you are selecting “permanent” plants:

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with your gut instinct; if it looks fake when you first see it, don’t buy it. Don’t use plants that are not native to the area in which you live. A cactus will look strange and out-of-place in most Northern climates. Avoid premade arrangements. There is such a thing as too perfect, and it’s a dead giveaway that says “fake plant.” Shake up your creativity and choose florals and foliage that speak to you.

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Dec  Page 3

North East Homes ML#

Address

Bdr Bth

SF

Price

11518348

10927 NE PRESCOTT

2

1

790

$54,000

11080368

8433 NE HASSALO ST

2

2

1648

$78,900

11008220

4346 NE 73RD AVE

2

1

1066 $120,000

11056774

306 NE 141ST AVE

3

1

1020 $125,000

11370009

1141 NE 179TH AVE

3

11355898

4626 NE 77TH AVE

2

1

648

11297527

1141 NE 119TH AVE

3

2

1176 $145,600

11401693

2608 NE 137TH AVE

4

2

1776 $148,500

11192355

715 NE 197TH AVE

3

2

1256 $150,000

11509597

1226 NE 194TH CT

3

2

1360 $150,000

11383003

5947 NE 60TH AVE

3

2

1645 $155,000

11620883 8805 NE FLANDERS ST

2

1

1589 $159,000

11384957

3

2

1656 $159,900

20 NE 113TH PL

1.1 1225 $125,900 $133,900

11694118 19402 NE CLACKAMAS

3

1.1 1144 $160,000

11405581

8826 NE WYGANT ST

2

11293316

6404 NE ALBERTA ST

3

11390786

5405 NE ALBERTA ST

3

1.1 1312 $175,000

11641655

8744 NE FREMONT ST

4

0.1 1555 $179,000

11436615

1528 NE 86TH AVE

5

2

2012 $180,000

11235950 8828 NE SCHUYLER ST

3

1

2032 $184,890

11058161 8654 NE BOEHMER ST

2

1

1162 $189,000

11554855

4743 NE 107TH AVE

3

1

2376 $194,900

11154704

1131 NE 175TH AVE

4

11212840

3610 NE 6TH AVE

3

11060587

13211 NE BEECH ST

3

11324525

15216 NE HANCOCK CT

3

2

1989 $225,000

11350496

2220 NE 166TH DR

3

2

2077 $239,000

11049967

6731 NE 33RD AVE

3

1

1824 $239,500

11568786

1701 NE 126TH AVE

4

1.1 2872 $245,000

11077749

2475 NE 163RD AVE

4

2.1 2091 $246,750

11164102

1415 NE 126TH AVE

3

1.1 1690 $249,000

11435734

536 NE JESSUP ST

2

11143405

906 NE 77TH AVE

4

11518563

3440 NE 63RD AVE

4

1

3156 $269,000

11152813

6025 NE 28TH AVE

2

1

2038 $275,000

11030852

6715 NE 22ND AVE

3

1

2141 $289,900

11596615

1332 NE FREMONT ST

4

2

1902 $289,900

11611959

10216 NE SKIDMORE

4

3

2916 $289,900

11103082 4746 NE FLANDERS ST

4

2

2065 $319,900

11500024

2036 NE RIDGEWOOD DR

1

2

1648 $320,000

11430962

4016 NE 16TH AVE

2

1

1496 $335,000

11259665

26 NE 24TH AVE

2

2

2344 $338,500

11093674

3565 NE LIBERTY ST

3

2

2568 $339,500

11163642

6505 NE 8TH AVE

4

1

1850 $169,800

2

1559 $171,600

2.1 2500 $199,000 1

1778 $208,900

2.1 1983 $214,990

2

2010 $250,000

3.1 2146 $264,900

2.1 1864 $349,900

11248777 4327 NE SKIDMORE ST

3

2

2810 $369,000

11210965

4915 NE CLACKAMAS

3

11296673

823 NE 53RD AVE

3

2

2326 $378,500

11189060

1338 NE ROSELAWN

3

2

2350 $379,900

11627204

2554 NE 45TH AVE

3

Planning Your Garden in the “Off-Season” - Pt. 1/2 Winter greetings, gardeners! If you’re like me, you’re reveling in the cold, damp weather and the deepening darkness. Some might think we’re strange, but for gardeners, this is truly a magical time of year: while the world outside sleeps, tremendous possibilities emerge in established garden spaces and new ones alike. Odd as it might seem, we gardeners do love the “off-season.” This much-needed rest period is not time off--not by a long shot--but the work we do now is different: less physical, more mental; less pragmatic, more visionary. Winter is prime time for thinking back on our previous experiences and starting to imagine next season’s possibilities. Below, I’ll share three simple steps to take right now that will help you as we move toward spring, whether this is your first time gardening or you’re already a pro. Ready your records. records Page through and add to your garden journal, if you’ve kept one in the past. Or start one, if you haven’t already done so! Do you have a to-scale drawing of your current garden space? Does it show where the sun is, when, and for how long? Where water is accessible, and where it drains well or poorly? What else might you need to know? If you’re not a paper and pen type of person, not to worry: make a video or audio recording, add your observations to your blog, or even make a coffee date to share your story with a friend who can help you take note of what happens in your space, when, and why. The key here is to reflect on previous successes and challenges,

with an eye toward applying lessons learned to your next garden effort. Keep an eye on your garden. garden Gardeners tend to find creative ways to observe and engage with their gardens in all seasons...but at this time of year, it’s a bit less convenient to spend time “out there.” While it’s icky out, however, it’s an ideal time to consider the other half of what makes your garden shine: your own time and energy. Did you get through this past gardening season with all your faculties intact? Are you ready to go again next year? Is anything changing in your garden or life, besides the seasons? What is it that you really want/need from your garden? Observing both the inner and outer aspects of your garden will help you shape your space to fit your life. Also, in case you didn’t have all the pieces in place for step one (for instance, you’re gardening in a brand new space), this step gives you a chance to catch up. Create an ultimate wishlist. wishlist Continuing to reflect and observe will keep you engaged in your garden in the winter, but this season is also your chance to build enthusiasm for what you want to grow next year. Start by making a list of everything you buy--or might like to buy--in the produce section at the grocery store; eventually, you will cross off whatever won’t grow here...but consider this your chance to be fanciful and creative. Use this time to peruse local seed catalogues, check out gardening books, fireside chat with other gardeners and generally get excited. In next month’s newspaper, I’ll finish up my off-season suggestions with a few more details on garden planning. By Karen Wolfgang Independence Gardens

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1.1 2670 $374,900

1.1 2163 $389,983

11653141 4636 NE MALLORY AVE

7

4

4279 $395,000

11064324

4725 NE 11TH AVE

3

3

2158 $399,000

11260807

6217 NE 21ST AVE

3

2

2400 $409,900

11631169

4825 NE WISTARIA DR

3

2

2233 $415,000

11327482

3432 NE MULTNOMAH

3

2

2112 $419,000

11277783

5400 NE 23RD AVE

3

2.1 2398 $424,900

11500381

4234 NE RODNEY AVE

4

2.1 1926 $425,000

11449225

2426 NE ALBERTA ST

4

3.1 2997 $449,000

11166701

3232 NE 13TH AVE

4

11245839

2227 NE AINSWORTH

4

11244403

4035 NE HAZELFERN PL

4

2.1 2217 $489,000

11070623

3624 NE MULTNOMAH

4

2.1 3060 $519,900

11439430

1509 NE SISKIYOU ST

3

1.1 2734 $535,000

11393444

910 NE KNOTT ST

3

2

3215 $539,900

11533681

2305 NE MASON ST

4

3

2786 $599,000

11314910

2923 NE 38TH AVE

5

3.1 2520 $599,900

11251879

2207 NE 18TH AVE

4

2.9 3900 $599,950

11520629

3572 NE MORRIS ST

4

3.1 2702 $670,000

11169670

2554 NE 49TH AVE

6

4

3696 $749,900

11396367

2345 NE 45TH AVE

4

3

4078 $749,900

11536883

2405 NE 44TH AVE

6

3.1 3141 $750,000

11568063

2326 NE ALAMEDA ST

4

3.1 3499 $865,000

2

2638 $449,900

2

2501 $464,900

Overnight French Toast 1 loaf French bread 5 eggs 3/4 c. milk 1/4 tsp. baking powder Nutmeg 1 tbsp. vanilla extract 1 (20 oz.) bag frozen strawberries 4 bananas 1 c. sugar

Cut bread into 8 thick slices. Combine eggs, milk, baking powder and vanilla. (here you can add orange juice or any other juice you like). Grease baking dish; place bread in dish. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, combine strawberries, bananas, sugar and nutmeg. Pour over bread. Bake in 450 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Other fruits that work well are oranges, blueberries, raspberries or add nuts such as pecans or walnuts.

Thank you Devon Poe with Just in Thyme Catering!


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NW & SW Condos ML#

Address

Bdr Bth SF

Price

5 Ways to Build Your Business During the Downtime We’re through November and have entered what is often referred to as “the slow season,” but for smart agents the season isn’t slow – it’s about a different set of activities.

11117892

4322 SW DICKINSON ST

2

1

921

$64,000

11360421

9810 SW 34TH PL #1

1

1

963

$79,000

11020727 5244 SW 42ND AVE #5244

2

1

1080

$99,500

11334978

4652 SW COMUS PL

2

2

998

$106,000

11063157

4632 SW COMUS PL

2

2

998

$107,900

11604448

7315 SW BEAVERTON HILLSDALE

3

2

1511

$112,900

11309250

7750 SW BARNES RD C

2

1

812

$113,000

11137190 111 SW HARRISON ST 2G

1

1

600

$115,000

11286441

709 SW 16TH AVE #209

0

1

516

$119,900

11495890

118 NW KING AVE #3

1

1

481

$129,000

11659410

2109 NW Irving #211

0

1

437

$129,900

11311497

1631 NW EVERETT ST

1

1

322

$135,000

11529236

20 NW 16TH AVE #301

1

1

308

$135,000

1) Lead Generation

11653016

111 SW HARRISON ST

1

1

606

$146,720

11289129

859 SW BROADWAY DR

2 1.1 1000

$149,900

11508150

2221 SW 1ST AVE #1126

2

1

912

$149,900

11618590

111 SW HARRISON ST

1

1

581

$150,800

“Lead Generation should happen every day, every week, every month of the year.” Says Klaussen. “When an agent focuses on their goals and makes time for lead generation on a consistent basis, they will thrive when others are blaming the winter.”

11636302

2531 SW SPRING GARDEN

2 1.1

920

$155,000

11206334

2182 NW HOYT ST #17

0

1

399

$173,000

11307507

1500 SW PARK AVE #102

1

1

597

$174,900

11380268

3515 SW BARBUR BLVD

1

1

675

$174,900

11662238

2109 NW IRVING ST B2

1

1

720

$174,900

11380177

1829 NW LOVEJOY ST

1

1

620

$175,000

11571553

1926 W BURNSIDE ST

1

1

719

$175,000

11565699

4460 SW SCHOLLS FERRY

3

2

1716

$199,000

11614506

1221 SW 10TH AVE #614

1

1

559

$199,000

2) Learn a New Technology

11429204

1926 W BURNSIDE ST

1

1

718

$207,900

11514043

5250 SW LANDING DR

2

2

1042

$209,900

11478603

1630 SW MONTGOMERY

1

1

669

$213,400

11401226

2662 NW KENNEDY CT

3

2

1714

$220,900

11553317 730 NW NAITO E-17 PKWY 1

1

750

$229,900

11626138

3601 SW RIVER PKWY

1

1

793

$234,900

30 plus year real estate veteran, Diana Rugh says when she started in real estate, “Nothing was instantaneous.” She’s seen the development and incorporation of personal computers, smart phones, and many technologies into the industry, and knows that as consumers and the environment changes, so must agents. A slow sales season is a great opportunity for agents to get up to speed on the tech that will put them ahead on the next rush.

11045675

420 NW 11TH AVE #708

1

1

740

$239,000

11122810

10305 NW FOREST VIEW

4

3

2384

$239,900

11521036 1420 NW LOVEJOY ST NW 1

1

768

$244,900

11482719

1500 SW 11TH AVE #603

1

1

536

$249,000

11327342

2015 NW FLANDERS ST

1

1

721

$249,900

11511644

420 NW 11TH AVE #814

1

1

740

$269,000

11515760

408 NW 12TH AVE #307

1

1

683

$270,000

11495580

300 NW 8TH AVE #302

1

1

742

$274,900

11237943

821 SW GREEN AVE #11

2 1.1

864

$275,000

11396267

1132 SW 19TH AVE #201

1

1

892

$275,000

11014487

2323 SW PARK PL #502

2

2

1500

$299,000

11081262

0841 SW GAINES ST #512

1 1.1 1061

$315,000

11031152 7375 SW EASTMOOR TER 2

2

2215

$319,900

11241742

1420 NW LOVEJOY ST

1

1

1101

$327,600

11220273

1132 SW 19TH AVE #404

2

2

1102

$329,000

11357616 1830 NW RIVERSCAPE ST 1

1

828

$329,000

11343396

1400 NW IRVING ST #429

1 1.1 1100

$330,000

11082709

1030 NW 12TH AVE #409

1

2

980

$374,900

11614571

949 NW OVERTON #1401

1

1

985

$394,000

11356311

922 NW 11TH AVE #1105

1

2

1030

$399,000

11371618

3570 SW RIVER PKWY

2

2

1325

$399,000

11303600

730 NW WESTOVER CIR

2

2

1366

$400,000

11501894

3570 SW RIVER PKWY

2

2

1326

$417,900

11201876

420 NW 11TH AVE #507

1

2

1170

$549,000

11551029

841 SW GAINES ST #405

2 2.1 1898

$599,999

11414308

949 NW OVERTON #1302

2

1523

$636,000

11153163

2216 SW HOFFMAN AVE

3 3.1 3706

$799,000

11250326

922 NW 11TH AVE #108

2 2.1 2022

$819,500

11211906

1830 NW RIVERSCAPE

2

1955

$899,000

11185181

311 NW 12th AVE #202

2 2.1 2074

$975,000

11134874

6128 SW RIVERPOINT LN

3

3

3392 $1,200,000

11237806

820 NW 12TH AVE #614

3

4

2616 $1,350,000

2

2

“The market is definitely seasonal but agents shouldn’t have an off-season,” Says Jennifer Klaussen, Agent Trainer with Keller Williams Realty and Principal at LevelUp Strategies. “The reason most agents’ income looks like a mountain range (high peaks and low valleys) is because they get distracted… with spring markets, holidays, kids home from school, market seasonality or other such shiny objects.” So what can an agent do when the market slows? Here are five answers from experienced agents who’ve seen a few real estate seasons:

One simple proverb says, “You make time for the things that are important.” Klaussen’s advice is spot on. In a season of seemingly slow movement, there is someone contemplating a move. Getting and nurturing those leads now are the key to closings in the months to come. Research shows the average home search takes 12 weeks, that means now is a good time to explore opportunities on Trulia and social media sites while potential contacts are inside web-surfing and trying to stay warm (in most places).

Diana recommends agents stay open minded, “Many people resist technology but your clients are all using technology. It’s hard to change but you have customers who are in different generations and you have to adapt to their different styles to stay in this business.”

3) Get in the Buyer’s Seat In a presentation at NAR’s Annual Convention, Broker and Head of Trulia Training Ginger Wilcox says, “For the first time in a long time, I am a home buyer and things are different.” “You need to have all of the home search apps your consumers are using,” she advised the audience of agents and managers, and that good advice extends beyond apps. For both listing and buyers’ agents, participating in a faux home search using consumer only resources can be a helpful experience to help understand how consumers are experiencing your ads and listings.

4) Talk Up Some Business Erik Baier, an agent with BCK Real Estate in Rochester, VT, says during the slow season “I mention to at least one new person every day that I sell real estate.” And, we think he’s got the right idea. Word of mouth advertising is still king and now-a-days agents have more opportunity than ever to talk themselves up. Jill Ann Perry-Zarborowski, Salesperson with Keller Williams Oceanside in Margate City, NJ, says conversation starter resources that should be on agents’ slow season list are, “Expired calls, mailers, open houses, facebook, blogs, [and attending] chamber meetings, socials…” In addition, consider talking yourself up online. Tools like Trulia Voices and Trulia’s Social Search are great for taking advantage of the giving spirit of the holiday season. Perhaps you should ask your past clients for the gift of a good recommendation this season? Or maybe, you can give the gift of some good advice?

5) Sharpen Your Skills The slow sales season is a great opportunity for agents to sharpen their skills. Mary Winnett Giroux, Realtor with RE/Max Encore in Wilmington, MA, says agents should, “Take classes [and] get better at what [they] do.” Take advantage of free webinars on Trulia or check out what your broker or local association has to offer. At the end of the day there is no off season, just time to practice different business building skills. What skills or other business building efforts are you working on this “slow season?” That is, if you’re having one. The author, Jovan Hackley is part of Trulia's Industry Education team helping agents and brokers build their businesses. www.truliablog.com/grow-business

3 Ways You Should Be Using Email in Your Business Email marketing is still one of the most under-utilized and misunderstood marketing tools ever invented. Nearly every day, there are articles in business publications and websites that share misinformation and misleading information in regards to email marketing. Even with all of the technology and social media platforms in existence, email still plays an important role and acts as a gateway to most if not all of the social media sites. Without an email address, would-be users cannot gain access to certain sites or cannot use the full functions of sites. Almost every transaction you make online requires that you share an email address in order to complete your transaction. Whether your goal is to make a purchase or download free software, most website owners will require you to share your email address with them. Email is integrated into our lives. It's on our cell phones and most paper forms that we fill out these days. So, email is not going any where any time soon. We'll be using email for a long time to come. There hasn't been any technology to come along to replace it. This gives businesses an advantage in that email still offers another medium or channel for them to reach their leads, prospects and customers. This leads us to discussing how your business should be using email in your day-to-day operations: 1. Lead Generation: There are almost no businesses that can't use email in some capacity to generate leads. For example, if your business is a house painting contractor, you could offer a free report titled something like "Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Have Your House Painted Every 7 Years." And, the only way your prospect could get the report is by signing up via email to receive the

report. You could have the prospect either sign up via a form on your website or simply by sending an email to your email Autoresponder account. 2. Lead, Prospect and Customer FollowFollow-Up: Studies have shown that it takes 7 to 12 follow-up contacts to convert a lead or prospect into a sale. Whether that contact is done via phone, mail, fax, in-person or email, the studies show that it will take up to 12 follow-up contacts to make the sale. This is especially true for high ticket products and items. Proper email follow-up is an art and a science in one. If writing effective sales copy isn't your expertise, it is much advised that you find a competent copy writer to follow up with your email leads. 3. Cross Promoting: Getting your leads and prospects to sign up for your email list can be difficult. So, if you're going to go through the time, energy and effort to build an email list, you might as well get the most from your email list. One way to get a return on your investment from your efforts of building an email list is by cross promoting products and services that are closely related to what the prospect originally signed up to receive. If you have a good relationship with your email list, you could also sell advertising to other businesses where either do "solo" emails promoting the paying advertiser's product or service. Or, you could offer a 4-line advertising "blurb" placed inside one or more of your regular emails to your list. Developing a relationship with your list of prospects is very important. And, an article for another time.

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Should sellers decorate while selling their home? Many Realtors ask me if their sellers should decorate for the holidays. My answer is yes, but keep it simple!

inflatable lawn decor. A simple strand of white lights hung around the front entry or an architectural feature will be a great way to add a festive touch while showcasing the home. Just be sure to hide unsightly extension cords. Adding a fresh wreath to the front door is a great way to welcome buyers as they enter the home.

Greeting cards can easily become clutter

Scale down the size of the tree

Keep the mantel simple, perhaps some seasonal candles added with touches of greenery, if you have a wood burning fireplace add some fresh wood or candles, just be sure to remove all ashes first.

Holiday decor for selling should keep the focus on simple, clean , and neutral as well as being mindful of keeping the focus on the home. Stay with a nondenominational theme to provide the widest appeal. A winter theme is a great way to dress up the home. Greenery, pine cones and fresh wreaths keeps the cozy holiday feel without being too specific or overly done.

Try a smaller tree to keep the focus on the home. Be mindful about where the tree is placed, you do not want to block windows or the flow of the room. It's best to Decorate the tree with mini white lights. Keep ornaments to two colors on the tree to simplify.

First Impressions start at the curb

De clutter

Don’t cover the architectural details of the home by covering the house with plastic yard ornaments and

Be sure to remove some of your usual accessories to make room for the decorative decor.

Keep packages to a minimum and wrap with coordinating colors to give a cohesive look. Or better yet, hide presents under the bed for showings.

Instead of displaying the greeting cards on the mantel or sideboard, place them in a bowl of basket in your family room for members to enjoy while relaxing in the evening.

Fireplaces are one of the key selling points in a home

And last but not least, enjoy the holidays and make them as stress free as possible. Simplify the season, eat out more often, it will keep the house clean for showings! Happy Holidays from Imagine Home Staging & Finishes!

Lenny & Lisa Shipley 503.407.3188 www.connectingpeopletospaces.com

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A home is one of the most significant purchases most people will ever make. The process is filled with decisions-selecting the right neighborhood, finding the right floor plan, and choosing the right financing. Just as a professional real estate agent can help you narrow down your home choices, a skilled mortgage loan officer can help find the right loan for your personal needs. Many homebuyers receive one or more referrals to mortgage lenders from their real estate agent. Experienced agents will align themselves with several loan officers. Referrals from your agent are an excellent starting point, but no matter where you go for lending information be sure the loan officer has your best interests in mind. Do they ask about your goals, in terms of time frames, acceptance of risk, etc.? Are you being listened to, or is the loan officer presenting his or her preferred product? Are you being given choices in interest rates and fees rather than a "one-size-fits-all" option? Does the loan officer take the time to help you understand the entire process, including the steps of the loan, the definition of each fee, taxes and insurance, etc.? There is no doubt that interest rates and fees are key variables in shopping for a mortgage. However, they mean very little if a borrower doesn't have confidence in the process. Be sure your loan officer takes the time to get to know you, presents alternatives and explains them well. If you do, your lending experience should be a positive one.

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First-time buyers make up smaller share of market Demographics shift to older, wealthier buyers. The share of first-time homebuyers dropped to less than 4 in 10 of all home sales from July 2010 through June 2011, after hitting a record high of 50 percent the year before, according to an annual National Association of Realtors survey of buyers and sellers. The share of first-timer buyers, 37 percent, is the lowest rate since 2006 at the height of the housing boom. The South and Midwest had the smallest share of first-timers, 34 percent, while the Northeast had the biggest share, 43 percent. The West had a share of 42 percent in the 2011 report. The 2011 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers is based on 5,708 responses to a survey sent to homebuyers and sellers nationwide whose transactions took place between July 2010 and June 2011, according to county records. The period examined matches the time directly following the expiration of a federal homebuyer tax credit program, which fueled sales from first-time homebuyers in the 2010 report. "The end of the homebuyer tax credit in 2010 coincided with increased lending standards for homebuyers. The combination of these two events changed who is buying a home and why they are purchasing a home in the last year. First-time homebuyers dropped from half of all buyers to just over one-third of homebuyers," the report said. "The demographics shifted to buyers who were older and had higher incomes than buyers in past years. There was also a reversal of a 10-year trend of more single buyers in the market to a higher share of married-couple buyers than was seen since 2001." In this year's report, the typical buyer was 45, compared with 39 in the 2010 report. While the largest share of buyers remained in the 25 to 34 age range, they made up only 27 percent of buyers overall compared with 36 percent in 2010 report. Buyers under 35 accounted for 31 percent of purchases in this year's report, while those aged 35-64 made up 57 percent of sales and those aged 65 and older made up 13 percent. The typical age for first-timers was 31, up one year from the 2010 report. The typical repeat buyer was 53, up from 49. In terms of family composition, first-time buyers had a higher share of singles and unmarried couples among them, while repeat buyers were most likely to be married couples. First-time buyers and repeat buyers were equally likely to have children under 18 living at home, at 36 percent. After two straight years of declines, median household income among buyers rose 12 percent in 2010 to $80,900, from $72,200 in 2009. For first-timers, median

income was $62,400; for repeat buyers, it was $96,600. "The increase in household income reflects the tightening credit conditions that homebuyers are facing," the report said. Married, repeat buyers typically had the highest income among buyers, $110,800, while single female, first-time buyers had the lowest income, $46,300. Married couples accounted for 64 percent of recent homebuyers -- the highest share since 2001. This breaks a trend prevailing between 2001 and 2010 where the share of married couples fell from 68 percent to 58 percent, while the share of singles and unmarried couples among buyers rose. For example, the share of single female homebuyers fell to 18 percent in the 2011 report, the lowest share since 2004. More than 4 in 10 buyers rented a home before buying, a trend most common among first-timers, but also true for about a fifth of repeat buyers. Married couples were most likely to own before buying, while unmarried couples were most likely to rent. Single men and women were most likely to live with parents, relatives or friends before buying a home. Most buyers, 87 percent, financed their purchase, typically putting down 11 percent of the purchase price. For first-timers, that share rises to 95 percent who financed their purchase. The main reason for buying a home, cited by 27 percent of buyers, was simply the desire to own a home. This sentiment was most prevalent among first-time buyers, while repeat buyers often cited life changes such as the desire for a larger home, a job relocation, change in family situation, or desire to be near family and friends. Almost a fifth of buyers, 19 percent, owned more than one home, with the likelihood of owning a second home rising with age. One in 10 buyers 45 or older owned an investment property in addition to the home just purchased, the report said. The typical home was 1,900 square feet, built in 1993, and had three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The size of the typical home rose considerably from 1,780 square feet in the 2010 report due to the increased prevalence of repeat buyers. Also due to an increased preference for larger homes, the median price of primary homes purchased increased to $191,000 from $180,000 in the 2010 report. The vast majority of buyers, 77 percent, purchased a detached single-family home. Buyers typically moved a median 12 miles from their previous residence, unchanged from the 2010 report. Typical buyers estimated they would live in their home for 15 years, up from 10

2012 Youth Garden Grants NGA is delighted to announce The Home Depot Garden Club continues as the Youth Garden Grants (YGG) sponsor. In its 29-year history, the YGG program has helped more than 1.3 million youngsters by supporting youth gardening programs. Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot Garden Club, 5 winners will receive gift cards valued at $1,000, and 95 winners will receive $500 gift cards, for the purchase of gardening materials and supplies specific to the needs of their program from their local Home Depot store. Program Criteria NGA awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements: • educational focus or curricular/program integration • nutrition or plant-to-food connections • environmental awareness/education • entrepreneurship • social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning. Who Should Apply Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years. Previous Youth Garden

years in the 2010 report. That time period was shorter for first-timers who estimated they would live in the home for 10 years.

NW & SW Homes ML#

Address

Bdr Bth SF

Price

11158623

6358 SW DOUGLAS DR

3

2

1359

$161,500

For 35 percent of buyers, the first step in their home-search process was to look online for properties. However, with a higher share of older, repeat buyers, use of the Internet during the process overall dipped slightly, to 88 percent, from 89 percent in last year's report and from a high of 90 percent in 2009.

11380961

5124 SW 45TH AVE

2

2

1800

$179,900

11233633

6936 SW 55TH AVE

3

1

1120

$184,950

11371652

4621 SW CAMERON RD

3

1

1546

$189,900

11271752 4431 SW CORONADO ST

3

1

951

$199,900

11562336

12420 SW DOUGLAS ST

3

2

1275

$219,400

11046933

7915 SW OLESON RD

3

1

1312

$235,000

In their search for homes, in addition to the Internet, 87 percent of buyers used real estate agents, 55 percent used yard signs, 45 percent used open houses, and 30 percent used print newspaper advertisements. Real estate agents were deemed the most useful by buyers, followed closely by the Internet.

11018914

10935 SW 65TH AVE

3

2.1 1680

$239,000

11035846

4275 SW 91ST AVE

3

2

1099

$239,900

11607597

12160 SW DOUGLAS ST

3

1

1320

$242,500

11448950

4109 SW 52ND AVE

3

1

2002

$249,900

11538011

7835 SW 11TH AVE

5

2

3375

$250,000

11222459

4815 SW 38TH PL

3

1.1 1478

$254,900

11149590

26 SW CURRY ST

2

1640

$259,000

11685549

6303 SW 25TH AVE SW

3

1.2 1710

$269,900

11459024

1635 SW FREEMAN ST

2

1.1 2504

$275,000

11347394

5615 SW TARA CT

4

11186225

635 SW LOBELIA ST

3

11195693

6601 SW 35TH AVE

3

11341534

618 SW GRANT ST

3

Ultimately, 40 percent of buyers found their home on the Internet, 35 percent through a real estate agent, and 11 percent through a yard or open house sign. The typical buyer searched for 12 weeks and viewed 12 homes, the report said. The vast majority of buyers, 89 percent, were assisted by a real estate agent or broker when purchasing their home -- a steady increase since 2001 when 69 percent were assisted by an agent, the report said. The biggest share of buyers, 41 percent, found their agent through a referral from a friend or family member. Nine percent used an agent they had used before -- the same share that found their agent through a website online. About two-thirds of buyers interviewed only one agent before choosing one to work with, and nearly 9 in 10 said they would use their agent again or recommend him or her to others. About the same share, two-thirds, of sellers also contacted one agent before choosing one to work with. The biggest share, 39 percent, found the agent through a referral from a family member or friend while 22 percent used an agent they'd worked with before. Overall, 87 percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent. Of the 10 percent of sellers who sold without an agent, 40 percent of them knew the buyer before the home was purchased. The main reason given for not using an agent to sell to a buyer the seller did not know was to avoid paying a fee or commission. The typical seller was 53 with an income of $101,500, the report said. About half of sellers traded up to a bigger, more expensive home, while 60 percent bought a newer home. The typical seller lived in his or her home for nine years, up from six years in 2007. BY INMAN NEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2011

Grant winners who wish to reapply may do so, but must wait one year (e.g., if you won in 2011, you can apply again in 2013) and have significantly expanded their garden programs. Grant Packages For the 2011 grant cycle, 100 grants are available. Packages are as follows: • Five (5) programs will receive gift cards valued at $1000 (a $500 gift card* to The Home Depot and a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog and educational materials from NGA • Ninety-five (95) programs will receive a $500 gift card to The Home Depot and educational materials from NGA Submission Process

11471441 3550 SW CORONADO ST

3

11334581

1625 SW SKYLINE BLVD

11064078

2721 SW RIDGE DR

11192884 11624723

Award Fulfillment We will notify you about the status of your application via email by March 1st, 2012. A list of winners will also be posted from this page on www.kidsgardening.org. Awards will be distributed in March 2012. www.kidsgardening.org

3

1946

$279,900

2.1 1532

$289,000

2

2592

$289,600

2.1 2748

$295,000

2242

$295,000

2

1.1 2484

$299,900

3

2.1 2135

$299,999

10450 SW LANCASTER RD

3

2.1 2970

$301,000

8311 SW 10TH AVE

3

2.1 2732

$301,600

4

2.1 2639

$309,900

9825 SW CYPRESS ST

3

1.1 1616

$314,900

11348812

3094 SW 84TH PL

4

2.1 1833

$315,000

11246106

8807 SW 21ST AVE

3

11260239

6880 SW 67TH AVE

4

11111294

9410 SW 3RD AVE

3

11525896

12033 SW SYLVANIA CT

5

11186669

9318 SW 53RD AVE

3

11438084

11525 SW VACUNA CT

3

2.1 2105

$350,000

11330210

2516 NW VAUGHN ST

2

1

1964

$350,500

11678087

4319 SW FRASER AVE

3

2

1842

$359,000

11626288

4117 SW VERMONT ST

4

3

2620

$360,000

11584395

9815 SW MORRISON ST

3

2

1500

$369,000

11303529

8830 SW OAK LN

5

3

2323

$375,000

11300624

334 SW IDAHO ST

3

2

3272

$379,900

11041522

13189 SW 63RD AVE

3

2

1522

$385,000

11420849

3440 SW DOLPH CT

4

2

3398

$397,000

11168816

10719 SW LANCASTER RD

3

2.1 3206

$399,000

11329096

4735 SW 26TH DR

3

2.1 2038

$399,900

11662063

6218 SW 33RD PL

4

2.2 2503

$399,900

11065159

2510 SW 84TH AVE

4

2.1 2882

$429,000

11638560

2714 SW SYLVANIA TER

4

2

2381

$429,900

11162409

6240 SW Burlingame AVE

3

3

3006

$439,900

11566407

7304 SW 28TH AVE

3

2

2160

$439,900

11457856

4124 SW DAKOTA ST

4

2.1 2738

$449,000

11672045

4127 SW 52ND AVE

3

2.1 1931

$469,000

11137677

7340 SW ALDEN ST

4

3.1 3398

$479,000

11231029

7021 SW Canyon Crest DR

4

2.1 2875

$495,000

11681950

2600 SW HAMILTON ST

5

3.2 3977

$524,900

11347529

SW FLOWER CT

4

3.1 2396

$550,000

11380587

2816 NW MILL POND RD

3

2.1 2534

$585,000

11184139 2829 SW PERIANDER ST

4

2.1 2262

$587,000

2.1 2670

$589,000

11221449 3808 SW CORONADO ST 11357732

1

2

2730

$325,000

2.1 2254

$325,000

3

3264

$330,000

3

2467

$345,000

2.1 2160

$349,900

11019456

8545 NW RYAN ST

4

11449308

2125 NW 32ND AVE

3

11347894

30 NW 99TH AVE

4

11076450

218 SW CLARA MAE WAY

4

11306344

2804 SW HILLSBORO ST

4

3.1 3204

$625,000

11322285

9715 NW HENRY CT

4

2.1 3071

$629,000

11002345

3911 SW FREEMAN ST

5

3.1 3457

$670,000

11199123 8230 NW HAWKINS BLVD

Due Date: Applications must be submitted by Dec. 12, 2011

Online Application When you click on the button below, a form will appear requiring you to register with www.kidsgardening.org. If you are already registered you can proceed to the application. (See our privacy policy if you have questions about how we use the information.) Photos are not required, however if you would like to include pictures of your program please be prepared to upload them in one of the following formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, PDF. Only online applications will be accepted, please do not send in printed applications.

1

3

3

3271

$599,000

3

3223

$619,900

2.1 2593

$624,950

3

4159

$699,900

3.1 3415

$719,000

11616452

0 NW Dover Street

4

11034439

1008 SW Davenport ST

4

11618334

227 NW SEBLAR DR

11097978

2830 NW SAVIER ST

11243743

3921 NW GORDON ST

4

3

2677

$765,000

11236790

8480 SW WOODSIDE DR

4

3

3045

$850,000

11506016

2009 SW 16TH AVE

3

2.2 3010

$989,950

11652127

3945 NW DEVOTO LN

4

3.1 4397 $1,138,000

11322521

11747 SW MILITARY LN

3

3.2 4128 $1,299,000

11118725

2643 SW BUENA VISTA DR

5

4.1 6089 $1,550,000

3

3878

$725,000

3

2.1 3224

$725,000

3

2.1 2329

$759,000

The houses shown in these lists are randomly selected and new on the market within the last 30 days. For more information on these homes, visit www.rmls.com


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Tales from the Crawlspace What is Building Science? Building Science is term, often bandied about now, in reference to construction design, building operation and maintenance, energy efficiency and building renovation or improvement. Depending upon how the term is applied and to whom, it has the ring of pseudo-science or more directly bull, you know what. Let’s start with what it’s not, Building Science is most emphatically not an attempt to make “blue collar” or handyman work sound more important than it is. Anyone who’s struggled with a home that has insidious or design defects like cold and hot areas, drainage problems, etc., knows it’s important to be sure what’s going on. The term Building Science, originates from the energy efficiency industry. The general need and desire to build more energy efficient buildings and to make existing buildings more energy efficient changed the game, so to speak regarding design and operation. This has brought in many professional and academic resources to the study or nature of buildings. If you remember science in school, science is based upon “the scientific method”. The scientific method is actually very practical and most importantly, results based. It comes in 4 parts: 1. Observation of existing conditions or phenomena 2. Formulation of a hypothesis (in physics and in this application this is based upon a causal relationship of mechanisms and how they interact). 3. Prediction of the results of the formed hypothesis 4. Experimentation to prove or disprove the hypothesis This seems a little esoteric for a basic discussion but what it boils down to is that application of the scientific method and modern interest in the importance of buildings has caused many long held beliefs to be challenged. There are many, new and better ways of doing things that have been found and a new way of approaching the nature of buildings has emerged. Today, Building Science has come to specifically mean the application of the “House as a System” methodology. To be honest, home inspectors have basically followed this approach for years on some level. The home inspector looks at all aspects of a structure, how they interact and the

HOME SECURITY One of the most commonly advised and cost free steps to improved home security is to keep your home occupied, or at least looking occupied. If you’re not familiar with some of the unintended invitations to intrusion, they include notes on the door advising of the occupants absence; built up snow on walks and driveways in the winter months; un-mowed lawns in the summer months; accumulation of mail, newspapers or circulars; total interior darkness before a normal bedtime; and an open garage with no vehicles present. Valuable counter-measures include posted notices that your home is protected by a security system or notices that your homes’ contents have been engraved and registered to make selling any stolen items difficult. Photoelectric outdoor lights and automatic timers that activate indoor lights, radios, and

environment of the home. However, not to digress, the “House as a System” approach is simply put; to observe or analyze all the parts of a building, how the parts interact and affect each other, how different things work together and how the building works with and is affected by its environment.

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8744 N WAYLAND AVE

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1080

$95,000

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1748

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748

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10026 N LOMBARD ST

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1

1264

$119,950

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8322 N BLISS ST

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1.1

1308

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1173

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3

1

920

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7217 N LOMBARD ST

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1

1728

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9521 N BERKELEY AVE

2

1

1772

$129,000

11432219

1002 N SIMPSON ST

2

1

744

$130,000

11403994 9234 N BUCHANAN AVE

3

2.1

1524

$141,000

11619284

9144 N CHASE AVE

5

2

1560

$149,900

11572603

6522 N CURTIS AVE

1

1

1131

$159,900

11675586

8314 N HARTMAN ST

2

1

780

$159,900

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9234 N HAVEN AVE

3

2.1

1560

$165,000

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8956 N HAVEN AVE

3

2.1

1706

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9729 N OSWEGO AVE

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1

1182

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6941 N MONTANA AVE

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1486

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8026 N SEWARD AVE

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750

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6545 N FENWICK AVE

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1772

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9016 N TIOGA AVE

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2891

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1475

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1654

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883

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2113

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1602

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8615 N DWIGHT AVE

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1748

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2024

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1344

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1679

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televisions, preferably at random intervals, are also major deterrents.

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2

1365

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265 N STAFFORD ST

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2803

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“House sitters,” or having a neighbor’s car in your driveway also helps. To further discourage intruders, keep doors and windows locked, especially at basement and first-floor levels, or where the home is accessible from a fire escape, tree, porch or other structure. Inside, doors that lead to the basement or garage should be included in the keep-locked category.

11040049

7407 N WILLIAMS AVE

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1764

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1859

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1866

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3102 N ROSA PARKS WAY

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2939

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334 N SKIDMORE ST

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2100

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5803 N MONTANA AVE

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2081

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Ladders should not be stored outside, on an open porch or hung under the eaves of a garage. Nor should vans or other tall vehicles be parked where they might serve as improvised ladders.

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2998

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1756

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2525

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6725 N ATLANTIC AVE

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2479

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3127

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3200

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3667

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The modern Building Scientist is a building professional who applies this holistic approach to all aspects of design, maintenance or improvement of a building. Drainage can affect durability, safety and energy efficiency of a building. The “tightness” or seal of a building can dramatically affect energy efficiency, durability, air quality, fungal growth, environmental conditions for Wood Destroying Organisms and health & safety issues. The type of doors or how they are fit can affect air flow and our attempts to control temperature. All of these things and many, many more come under the umbrella of Building Science. It is an exciting (at least for me), growing and demanding study. There is a lot of new information and new ways to apply this knowledge in practical and useful ways. There is so much new information coming from different and sometimes conflicting sources, it can be daunting. There are new opportunities for those who become part of this movement, both in new construction and maintenance or improvement of existing buildings. Keeping up, applying and advancing the “state of the art” can be rewarding and challenging. For some of us, it’s really kind of a calling. Building Science is a term that everyone should hear more of and hopefully accept. Within this field is the opportunity for everyone to make a difference. Better knowledge of how to operate/maintain existing buildings can result in substantial savings. This can be in the form of controlling repair expenses as well as reduced energy costs. The average home can be made about 30% more energy efficient with simple, cost effective improvements applying known building science principles. Applied to all housing in the United States, this alone would reduce our energy use a staggering amount. More importantly it’s something we can all do ourselves that can make a lasting difference. Scott Harris Property Exam

Of course, you’ll also want to make sure you have good quality security hardware and locks on all doors. Even if you opt to install a security alarm system, these simple deterrents should be routine. www.housemaster.com

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Attention: Property Buyers, Sellers, and Real Estate Sales Agents -Learn How To Profit from Lease-Options (Rent to Own) By Ella Gurfinkel, Executive Financial Solutions Group

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Lease Options From a Buyer's Perspective : A -- Buyer Benefit: It is less expensive to rent than it is to own. As a person who considers themselves to be a real estate investor, I prefer to lease option a house rather than to hold its title. Typically out-of-pocket expenses are significantly less to a renter than to an owner. B -- Buyer Benefit: The meaning of buyer advantage is that the market value appreciation benefits the buyer. If while you are leasing the property it appreciates in value, then you as the buyer will benefit because your option purchase price was locked previously. Obviously if the property loses value, the tenant will not take advantage of their option to buy it. C - Buyer Benefit: Little cash needed up front. Depending on the seller's cash needs, he will usually require one to five percent of the purchase price for a lease option tenant to move into the house. This is a great alternative to the 5-10% cash and mortgage financing stress that is often required when assuming a title to a property, which is why I prefer the lease-option. D - Buyer Benefit: Controlling a property with a lease-option is far less expensive than owning a property which can often require significant out-of-pocket cash. As a lease option buyer, you get CONTROL of the property without the burden of holding title. With the 15-year lease option, I benefited from the house because of the value appreciation in the gradual market. Also, by renting, my overall expenses were about half of what they would have been if I held the title and had a mortgage. It is, however, important as an investor -buyer who will not be residing on the premises that your lease option terms allow you not only to make renovations (such as painting, carpeting and landscaping), but also to sublease the premises to sub-tenants. Many of the lease option owners may allow their tenants to improve the property, but in order to avoid misunderstandings it is important to get the permission in writing as part of the lease option.

E -- Buyer Benefit: Making sure the property is what you want before assuming the liability. Have you ever been the victim of a bad real estate deal? I have! Even though you have a professional inspection done before making an investment purchase, they may not catch an unexpected problem that lies within the house or condo. If you have never seen "The Money Pit," you should rent it. Even though the movie is supposed to be funny, financial investors can view this more of a nightmare situation. A leaseoption can help prevent the mistake of taking a title to a money pit property. F- Buyer Benefit: The buyer advantage is the credit toward the purchase price that comes from the rent payments. This is a big advantage to be a lease option buyer. Lease option tenants explained to me that they saw their rent credit of $500 per month (one third of each month's rent) as forced savings toward their down payment. The rent credit would be lost if their purchase option is not exercised. Some States do have laws that require lease-option sellers to put aside rent monies in a separate account or escrow. There is no need for an escrow account since the tenant-buyer doesn't get the money back so this isn't recommended unless your state law requires it. Be careful to read the lease-option form that you are using, often it will clearly state that your rent credit is non-refundable to the tenant under any circumstance. Some landlords give tenants that don't use purchase options a refund, as a good will gesture. In this section we will show how to the rent credit can be determined. The tenants find the larger the rent credit, the better for them. The seller's point of view, the smaller the rent credit, and the better it is for them. Everything is open to discussion. There was one situation with a house I had purchased with no down payment where 100% of the lease-option rent went to a credit towards the tenant purchase because the house was in poor condition and I didn't have the cash on hand to make necessary repairs.

In retrospect, I should not have been so generous; prior to exercising his option, as a tenant, he was able to perform wonderful updating of the premises. The rent credit that is most equitable to both the landlord and the tenant is about a third of the total rent. A few landlords provide just a ten percent rent credit, which is insufficient for the tenant exercise the purchase option. G - Buyer Drawback: A disadvantage that the buyer faces is that he cannot itemized tax deductions. Some potential lease-option buyers have approached this subject with me. I simply remind them that the benefit they receive through rent credit is far more helpful long term than a once a year tax deduction that can be taken as a homeowner. H - Buyer Drawback: There are some mortgage lenders that won't allow you to use your lease-option rent credit as your down payment. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who are the major purchasers of conforming home mortgages in the secondary mortgage market, (up to $417,000 in the last year) have an intriguing practice that lease-option rent credits count in the down payment formula only if the actual rent paid was higher than the market rent for the house or condominium in question. There are ways to work around this regulation if it becomes an issue once the tenant decides to make a purchase. For instance, I found out that the rule doesn't appear to apply to adjustable rate mortgages held by lenders, so a buyer may want to obtain that instead. You can also provide a repair credit at the closing, or the seller can cover some of they buyer's one time closing costs.

Look out for next month's edition where we continue to talk about Selling Developed Property On A Lease Option! Option!

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618 SE 117TH AVE 5302 SE FLAVEL ST 3201 SE 140TH AVE 8815 SE RURAL ST 5055 SE RURAL ST 6139 SE 103RD AVE 8040 SE FLAVEL ST 4911 SE 86TH AVE 12758 SE MILL ST

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17617 SE Marie ST

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The loss of Rob Ingram was a deep blow to the Portland community, in particular the African American community that he worked so hard to preserve and protect. This tragic loss should not over shadow the tremendous gains that took place on his watch and the countless lives he influenced in a very positive way. He was a true community leader, a giant and in his own words a "Hood super Hero". Above all he was a family man, a good husband and awesome father to his children. His presence will be forever felt on this community and city he left so early.

11056135 8035 SE RAMONA ST 4 2.1 1718

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A memorial fund is set up at Bank of America for the family. The memorial fund will help cover the costs associated with the funeral along with the other outstanding expenses the Ingram family might have with Rob's untimely departure. Chris Guinn III

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Let’s Talk Rubbish By Betty Benson, Rubbish Works of Portland

Decluttering: from Chaos to Order Are you or your clients planning to downsize, remodel or move early next year? One of the best ways to reduce the stress of these events is to have your space cleared of unwanted items in the early stages of the project. Working through the sorting and decision making process can often take longer than one would think to accomplish. If you procrastinate too long, the true time required can create a real obstacle when it’s time to move or list your house. Tackling the chaos early and incrementally can make all the difference in the attitude with which you approach the process, and also in your results! By taking advantage of opportunities to purge as they arise, you’ll find that little by little the job gets done with relative ease.

SEAL THEN INSULATE Sources of Air Leakage

For example, now that we’re in the depth of fall with its crisp air and shorter days, the season of decorations and celebrations is upon us. For many people, this means a yearly search through an over-full storage closet or crawl space to uncover those favorite ornaments, lights and seasonal memorabilia. Once the holidays are over, the boxes are packed away for another year, tucked back in amongst the rest of the “storage.” But wait! Before you cram those holiday decorations back into that dimly lit attic or closet, how about taking the time to find out what exactly is in your “storage” area and decide what you really want and need, and then consider letting go of the rest? Those extras could be passed along to family or friends, donated to others who may be less fortunate, or in some cases (such as outdated tree lights or broken ornaments) just disposed of altogether. You’ll find that once you’ve separated the items you cherish from those you have been storing for no apparent reason, you literally have more space for the things that matter.

Most people think that insulating should be the first step in making their home more energy-efficient, but in many cases air leaks around windows and doors and through ceilings, walls, and the foundation can account for the greatest amount of loss of conditioned (heated or cooled) air. So before beginning any insulation projects, determining where air leakage is occurring and attempting to control the amount of leakage is important. Failing to tighten up your home first, may mean the value of added insulation will be reduced.

The sorting and sifting process can stir up some intense emotions, however, and it’s important to have support at the ready when you undertake such a project. That’s where Rubbish Works can help; because we are more than a rubbish removal service…we are a group of individuals who understand the importance of home and family. And we want to help you get to the heart of the matter, while also lightening your load. Rubbish Works’ flexible schedule and commitment to reuse and recycling practices make us a perfect partner in the downsizing process. We can assist in removing the things you no longer need or want, and many times we can even donate your unwanted items to people who can use and appreciate them. Are you ready to clear some clutter and lighten your load to get a jump start on your downsizing project? Give us a call at (503) 928-6894 or visit our website www.rubbishworks.com/portland to learn more about our unique services.

needs to breathe. It is possible to seal up the house so tightly that stale air and moisture is trapped inside. This can lead to odors and condensation and staining on windows and other cold surfaces.

In some cases, over tightening may result an insufficient air supply for fuel-burning appliances—such as the gas furnace, water heater and oven. This can lead to a situation where air containing the potential harmful by-products of combustion (such as carbon monoxide) can be drawn back into the house To determine where air sealing is needed, with windows and rather than escaping through the chimney or vent. The same exterior doors closed, and interior doors opened, turn on all thing can happen when a wood-burning fireplace or exhaust fans to create a negative pressure inside the house. wood-stove is used. Then using your hand or an incense stick, try to identify A professional energy auditor can also conduct an appliance areas where there is excessive air flow. For a more precise determination of the air sealing needs of your house, contact combustion safety test, before and after any air sealing or a qualified home energy professional to conduct an energy other energy retrofit work do determine whether there are audit. An auditor will use special equipment, such as a any combustion air problems. To provide ongoing protection blower door or thermal imaging camera, to document points in the event of a buildup of carbon monoxide all home of leakage where air sealing work is needed. should have at least one carbon monoxide detector installed Source: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Is Your Heating System Ready for Winter? Space heating accounts for more than one-third of overall energy consumption in commercial buildings nationwide. Heating systems should be cleaned and inspected on an annual basis by a qualified technician. A year-round maintenance program can save energy and extend equipment life. For commercial buildings nationwide, space heating accounts for 36 percent of overall energy consumption. With the approach of cold weather, it is important to ensure that all of your heating equipment is working properly. After an initial check -up, regular maintenance and energy conservation practices are necessary to keep your building heating system running efficiently. The following measures will help maximize indoor comfort and lower winter energy costs. Heating system – general • Perform a full system checkup to make sure that all parts – fan belts, air dampers, etc. – are operating properly. The checkup will ensure more efficient operation and reduce maintenance costs. • Inspect heating ducts and seal any leaks. Direct leaks in duct systems can result in large heat losses. • Check air filters throughout the building. Dirty or clogged air filters reduce air flow, increasing the energy required for heating. • Insulate hot water tanks and pipes to prevent heat loss.

Tightening up your home with caulk and weather-stripping in each sleeping area. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and sealing ducts will have a significant effect on the way for placement, installation and replacement of the CO alarm, www.housemaster.com your home operates, as well as your comfort. But a home also and make sure you test it monthly.

Make sure all motorized dampers are operating properly and that all outside air dampers remain closed during unoccupied hours. • Ensure hot water or steam valves allow full flow with minimal pressure drop within the piping system.

Calibrate thermostats. If calibrations are incorrect the heating system will operate less efficiently. Boiler cleaning and inspection Annual cleaning and inspection will help to deter boiler system failure and save on fuel costs. While it is important to follow manufacturer's recommendations regarding maintenance, the following elements should be part of any annual cleaning and inspection: Inspect and clean the fireside. Deposits of soot and non-combustible material reduce efficiency. • Inspect and clean the waterside. This inspection should not begin until the boiler has cooled to 120ºF or lower; allowing the water to cool limits the possibility of scalding. • Check the refractory. Boiler failures are often caused by cracking or erosion in the refractory; patch as necessary, following the manufacturer's recommendations. • Open burners and inspect the components. All parts should move freely without making contact with other parts. Clean all components to like-new condition. • Detach controls and inspect them for mechanical and electrical operation. Re-install and double-check them before restarting the boiler.

Check fluid levels on hydraulic valves and repair any signs of leakage. • Check filters and clean or replace them as needed. • Check boiler feed pumps and replace or recondition if necessary. • Empty and wash out condensate receivers and perform an internal inspection. If necessary, overhaul and check for proper operation.

Check electrical connections on starters and relays for tightness. While good maintenance is important, if your heating system is old or in need of repair consider replacing it. Newer models are more efficient than older systems and can save significantly on energy costs. If you replace your system, make sure it is sized correctly to meet your current needs. Relying on the size of your old system or general formulas could result in oversizing and wasted energy. As part of a whole-building energy efficiency improvement project, replacing your heating system may qualify for federal tax deductions. See the Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition for more information. In addition, check Pacific Power’s website to learn more about programs and incentives available for heating and cooling system upgrades.


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Here’s what I did: Supplies:

1. I wrapped the wreath with some wide overlapping and hot glued the ends down.

Foam Wreath

2. Then I trimmed half of the straws — 1/3 off the ends with scissors.

Ribbon to wrap around the outside of the wreath

ribbon,

3. I hot glued each straw on, alternating between the long and shorter straws. I held each straw parallel to the wreath so they laid flat and uniform.

Striped Straws (I used 4. I tied a bow and hot glued it onto the wreath and added a little glittered snowflake. about 75 straws – it will depend on how wide 5. To hang up the wreath, your wreath is) Hot glue and glue gun Ribbon for the bow www.tatertotsandjello.com

I hot glued a little piece of twine on the back of the w r e a t h , making a little loop.

Quail Creek Ranch Trees

Parry’s Tree Farm

9949 NW Kaiser Rd. Portland, OR (503) 629-5464 www.qcrxtrees.com

45627 NW David Hill Rd. Forest Grove, OR (503) 348-9601 www.parrysfarm.us/

Christmas Mountain

Sleighbells Tree Farm

25470 NW Dixie Mountain Rd. Scappoose, OR (503) 621-3169 www.christmasmountaintrees.com

23855 SW 195th Pl. Sherwood, OR (503) 625-6052 www.sleighbells.biz/

Janzen’s Tree Farms

Bob’z Tree Farm

11460 SE Eola Hills Rd. Amity, OR (503) 835-3008 www.janzenfarms.com

21579 S Springwater Rd. Estacada, OR (503) 631-4585 www.bobzgardencenter.com

Beck’s Christmas Trees

Snowline Tree Farm

Lee Farms

Ringle & Son Tree Farms

16700 S Gerber Rd. Oregon City, OR (503) 631-7947 www.becksfarms.com

39098 S Sawtell Rd. Molalla, OR (503) 333-0168 www.snowlinetreefarm.com

21975 SW 65th Tualatin, OR (503) 638-1869 www.leefarmsoregon.com

22700 S Beavercreek Rd. Beavercreek, OR (503) 632-8215 www.ringleandsontreefarms.com

Historic Kirchem Farm

Plumper Tree Farm

Sunny Day Tree Farm

Loch Lolly Christmas Forest

19723 S Bakers Ferry Rd. Oregon City, OR (503) 631-8817 www.historickirchemfarm.com

11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Portland, OR (503) 645-9561 www.plumperpumpkins.com

25100 SW Neill Rd. Sherwood, OR 97140 (503) 628-1017 www.sunnydaytreefarm.com

28366 NW Dorland Rd. North Plains, OR (503) 647-2619

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