First Time Home Buyer

November 6, 2012 - 10:45 AM
flood clean up
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we bring you timely tips on cleanup after a flood.  Even if you are lucky enough to never experience something as serious and damaging as a hurricane, basic post-flood know-how is an essential  survival tool for homeowners and renters alike. Safe Drinking Water Since the Read More

Tips for Cleaning Up Your Home After a Flood

how to clean up after a floodIn the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we bring you timely tips on cleanup after a flood.  Even if you are lucky enough to never experience something as serious and damaging as a hurricane, basic post-flood know-how is an essential  survival tool for homeowners and renters alike.

Safe Drinking Water

October 25, 2012 - 11:10 AM
Lonely Planet, famed travel advisor to the young, the adventurous, and the shoestring budget, has announced 10 reasons to visit Portland, OR. I’ll veer off from LP’s points, and add a few more, but let’s start with a few hits off their list. 1.     Beer: With over 30 breweries perfecting the craft of beer Read More
October 25, 2012 - 10:32 AM
On Tuesday, we gave you a little background on the Housing and Urban Development agency – or HUD. You’re probably are familiar with FHA loans and Section 8 housing, but today we’re going to take a look at one of HUD’s lesser known and really amazing programs: Good Neighbor Next Door.   So what is it? The Read More

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? HUD Offers Half-off Homes through the Good Neighbor Next Door Program

On Tuesday, we gave you a little background on the Housing and Urban Development agency – or HUD. You’re probably are familiar with FHA loans and Section 8 housing, but today we’re going to take a look at one of HUD’s lesser known and really amazing programs: Good Neighbor Next Door.

 

October 23, 2012 - 10:45 AM
HUD—we throw the acronym around a lot, but what does it really stand for? Okay, the Housing and Urban Development agency for the federal government. But what does that really mean? This is the first in a series of articles meant to help homebuyers make use of the resources that are the HUD. Brief History The Read More

HUD: Probably More Amazing Than Most People Know

HUD programsHUD—we throw the acronym around a lot, but what does it really stand for? Okay, the Housing and Urban Development agency for the federal government. But what does that really mean? This is the first in a series of articles meant to help homebuyers make use of the resources that are the HUD.

Brief History

October 22, 2012 - 10:25 AM
New construction that looks like old
New construction or old? What if you can have the best of both? The charm of a traditional, classic home but the modern, eco-friendly sensibilities of today’s best new construction. Well, you can have it all.  New Homes Built to Look Like Old In many American cities, some of the original construction, the Read More

ModernTribute: Blending the Best of Old and New Construction

New construction or old? What if you can have the best of both? The charm of a traditional, classic home but the modern, eco-friendly sensibilities of today’s best new construction. Well, you can have it all. 

New Homes Built to Look Like Old

In many American cities, some of the original construction, the founding aesthetic, still exists. In San Francisco, these are spectacular Victorians, Edwardians, Arts & Crafts; in Portland, bungalows and farmhouses; in Boston split-levels with dramatic staircases and brick facades.

October 18, 2012 - 10:57 AM
Oregon, like many an American state, has suffered from rising unemployment since the economy’s downturn. But today, welcome news from both the white and blue collar sectors: jobs are coming back. Finance Looking Up September of this year ushered in the first sign of recovery for Oregon’s blighted financial Read More

Finally, Some Good News on Employment: Jobs Returning to Oregon

Oregon, like many an American state, has suffered from rising unemployment since the economy’s downturn. But today, welcome news from both the white and blue collar sectors: jobs are coming back.

Finance Looking Up

October 16, 2012 - 10:44 AM
Save energy this fall
Cooler weather generally means higher energy bills. But if you make some small, easy changes, you might be surprised how much money you can save. And, of course, you save energy in general. Good for the Earth, good for your wallet: it’s a win-win. Furnaces and Thermostats Energy experts estimate you save Read More

Easy Ways to Cut Energy Costs this Fall

Save energy this fall

Cooler weather generally means higher energy bills. But if you make some small, easy changes, you might be surprised how much money you can save. And, of course, you save energy in general. Good for the Earth, good for your wallet: it’s a win-win.

Furnaces and Thermostats

October 15, 2012 - 10:21 AM
Walkable. Even as I type the word, my spellchecker starts freaking out. Not a word! Don’t recognize! Not in dictionary! Well, perhaps “walkable” hasn’t made the official Collins dictionary yet, the way “cyberbully” and “frenemy” have, but the word certainly has meaning these days—particularly in real estate Read More

Walkable Neighborhoods: The New "Must Have" for Homebuyers

Walkable. Even as I type the word, my spellchecker starts freaking out. Not a word! Don’t recognize! Not in dictionary! Well, perhaps “walkable” hasn’t made the official Collins dictionary yet, the way “cyberbully” and “frenemy” have, but the word certainly has meaning these days—particularly in real estate.

Check Your Walk Score with ZipRealty

October 11, 2012 - 10:53 AM
Today we wrap up our series on up-and-coming neighborhoods with a spotlight on an Oakland neighborhood that started to “up and come”, but didn’t quite make it: Maxwell Park. Maxwell Park is a small residential neighborhood in the Oakland foothills. If you’re familiar with the East San Francisco Bay Area, you Read More
October 10, 2012 - 9:53 AM
Buying in an up and coming neighborhood
We've talked now about up-and-coming neighborhoods: their past, their present, and their future. Our essential lesson: such neighborhoods, if you can identify them before they "up and come," represent excellent opportunities, not only for buyers who can get a great price for a home that quickly appreciates Read More

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