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June 2014 Portland Metro Real Estate Update!!

a compilation of summer songs Summer solstice is upon us and we have been enjoying summer-like weather rather early this year! And, our local real estate market continues to see seasonal gains. The average sales price is now $327,200, which is up 9.1% from the same time in 2013 when the average was $299,900. But, overall we are seeing a slight cooling compared to 2013. Pending sales and closed sales are down 2.7%. Our inventory in months is again (same as last month) at 2.8 months of existing inventory. But, that is really, really low!! All in all, I saw the last month offer a little repr… Read More

Can You “Save” Your Way to Retirement?

Gotye - "Save Me" "Save your money"!!  If that rings in your ears also, your parent were as concerned as mine!!  Also, "don't lend or borrow money".  Ok,  I learned a LOT from my depression-era-survivor parents when it comes to budgeting.  They made some really smart parenting moves when it came to teaching us to respect hard work and respect the rewards that came from hard work.  I've made a some money, however, "borrowing" money and leveraging it into real estate investments (but, so did my Father).  So, I think they were trying to teach me some lessons about being in debt (even … Read More

What Are “Liens” and How Do They Affect Your Property?

"Lean on Me" - Bill Withers Homeowners and homebuyers should understand that not paying back a debt could result in a lien on our property. A lien is a legal document that places a claim on a home or other property so a creditor can secure the payment of a debt. Once a lien is in place, the creditor generally has the right to sell the home. Common causes of liens include not paying taxes, child support and lawsuit judgments. Here are common types of liens that can affect homeowners:   Tax lien — If your clients have neglected or refused to pay taxes, the federal government ca… Read More

What Will Retirement Look Like for YOU??? If You Think You’re Too Young to Think About It…Think Again!

B-52's - "Song for a Future Generation" The closer I get to what could be perceived as "the age of retirement" the further I get from the desire.  This, too, could change.  I know I'm one of the lucky ones!  I actually love my job (most days), need to be useful to be vital and usually enjoy my "work-a-day world"!  So, why retire? HEALTH:  Your first line of defense is your health.  Well, there's that old adage that "sh#! happens" so being prepared (as any good girl scout knows) is paramount!  I've always been blessed with the knowledge that my "health is my greatest wealth".  I… Read More