First Time Home Buyer

August 1, 2012 - 10:28 AM
Families want good schools with housing
With summer coming to an end (sorry, kids!), we thought now would be a good time to check in with the nation’s best schools, and how property values fare near those schools. We know parents have to balance both economy and the strong desire to give their children the best education possible. With that in Read More

3 States Offering Award Winning Public Schools

families want good schoolsWith summer coming to an end (sorry, kids!), we thought now would be a good time to check in with the nation’s best schools, and how property values fare near those schools. We know parents have to balance both economy and the strong desire to give their children the best education possible. With that in mind, today we focus on public high schools.

July 31, 2012 - 10:37 AM
Rent part of your home during major events like the olympics
One advantage of owning your home: you can use it to generate income. Maybe you rent a room out, or have a fully separate in-law in the basement. You get help with your mortgage and if you need it/want it, some company. But if you’re more like me, you don’t thrill to the idea of renting out a room because Read More
July 30, 2012 - 10:01 AM
  Sometimes buying a tenant occupied property can be a great deal. The seller, aware the situation is more complex than with a vacant house, makes concessions for you—possibly monetary concessions. But take it from me: that complexity I just mentioned can be an outright quagmire. So while I’m certainly not Read More
July 25, 2012 - 10:04 AM
College towns as investments
  With the fall semester gearing up (summer is flying by!), we turn our attention to college towns. In many American cities and towns, demand for housing is predicated on the economy: mainly, jobs. Other factors, like good schools, good weather, and natural beauty also come into play, but are highly Read More
July 24, 2012 - 10:37 AM
Control basement moisture
Like any homeowner, I want to use every square inch of home I pay for in my monthly mortgage. If there are mice, radon problems, pet smells left behind by previous occupants, or dampness issues, I’m unlikely to enjoy—if I even use at all—the space the basement offers. Now that I own a home that has a Read More

New Buyers: Damp Basement Creeping You Out? Deal with It!

Remodel Your Basement so it is Clean and DryLike any homeowner, I want to use every square inch of home I pay for in my monthly mortgage. If there are mice, radon problems, pet smells left behind by previous occupants, or dampness issues, I’m unlikely to enjoy—if I even use at all—the space the basement offers. Now that I own a home that has a basement, Im learning to deal with all of these issues. Today though. I’ll only write about dealing with damp cellars.

July 17, 2012 - 10:37 AM
Float a floor
When the tenant of the house we just bought finally moved out, we got a look—for the first time—at the wood floors under the carpet. Hard wood, promised the seller. And I guess they were, at one point...some point long ago in history. Since then, they’ve been tarred, layered over with linoleum, layered over Read More

Hideous Floor in That New House? No Need to Rip it Out: Float a Better One Right on Top

When the tenant of the house we just bought finally moved out, we got a look—for the first time—at the wood floors under the carpet. Hard wood, promised the seller. And I guess they were, at one point...some point long ago in history. Since then, they’ve been tarred, layered over with linoleum, layered over that with glue, stapled with plywood, and covered in laminate. Over that went the carpet. Getting down to the wood, we nearly broke every tool we have (we’ve since made many runs to Home Depot), including our fingernails.

July 12, 2012 - 11:41 AM
Lake Oswego is situated close to Oregon’s major metropolitan areas-- 36 miles north of Salem, the state capitol, and only eight miles south of downtown Portland. Yet Lake Oswego doesn't really feel like either one; nestled on an actual lake, bustling with prosperity, the city is very distinct from other Read More

Lake Oswego, Portland's High Class Lady of a Neighborhood

Lake Oswego is situated close to Oregon’s major metropolitan areas-- 36 miles north of Salem, the state capitol, and only eight miles south of downtown Portland. Yet Lake Oswego doesn't really feel like either one; nestled on an actual lake, bustling with prosperity, the city is very distinct from other Oregon towns and a special place for someone seeking an idyllic community in beautiful, historic surroundings.

July 5, 2012 - 10:55 AM
The phrase “underneath the bridge,” as sung most famously by the much missed Northwester, Kurt Cobain, evokes a dark, cold loneliness. But in Portland, bridges (whether on them, over them, or under them) are a vital part of Portland life.  For example, take the Morrison Bridge. Really, take Read More

Underneath the Bridge: Life in Portland, part 2

The phrase “underneath the bridge,” as sung most famously by the much missed Northwester, Kurt Cobain, evokes a dark, cold loneliness. But in Portland, bridges (whether on them, over them, or under them) are a vital part of Portland life.  For example, take the Morrison Bridge.

June 21, 2012 - 11:41 AM
Portland’s Steel Bridge, like the Morrison Bridge, connects East Portland to West Portland, but this bridge deserves recognition as a destination itself, not just a method of crossing the Willamette. At once powerful and graceful, the architecturally advanced Steel Bridge is the only one of its kind- not Read More

Underneath the Bridge: Life in Portland, part 1

Portland’s Steel Bridge, like the Morrison Bridge, connects East Portland to West Portland, but this bridge deserves recognition as a destination itself, not just a method of crossing the Willamette. At once powerful and graceful, the architecturally advanced Steel Bridge is the only one of its kind- not only in Portland, but in the world.

June 14, 2012 - 10:35 AM
Public Schools in Vancouver, WA: Focus on Elementary Schools Many cities make special requirements for enrolling children in elementary schools. In some cases, for example in San Francisco and New York City, the city institutes lotteries to ensure diversity in schools, meaning that children could get Read More

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