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November 1, 2012 - 6:27 PM
When I generally write about the Portland, OR metro, I point out how affordable it is to buy a home and live here, particularly in comparison to San Francisco, CA, where I lived before immigrating to PDX. But not every corner of the metro has the same price point, and Lake Oswego is one part of Portland Read More
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 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

August 9, 2012 - 11:21 AM
  As a new homeowner in Portland, I can’t help but feel Oregon has my back when I read news of programs the state has created to protect me from losing my home. And that’s exactly what Oregon has done. Thanks in part to an innovative, and apparently very effective median program, Oregon foreclosure filings Read More
June 7, 2012 - 10:07 AM
In this final chapter of our series on the Portland condo vs. the Portland single-family home, we focus on single-family homes. According to MLS records for April of 2012, the median list price for single-family homes (SFH) was $238K. The median sold price, however, was $220K, which indicates a little wiggle Read More

Portland Buyers: Condo or Single-Family Home, Part 4

In this final chapter of our series on the Portland condo vs. the Portland single-family home, we focus on single-family homes. According to MLS records for April of 2012, the median list price for single-family homes (SFH) was $238K. The median sold price, however, was $220K, which indicates a little wiggle room for buyers in terms of making an offer.

May 31, 2012 - 10:17 AM
Understanding the Expenses and Regulations of Condo Ownership: Your HOA Condos might seem to we first-time buyers more simple than their single-family brethren. But we need to know that though condo management is indeed a shared process, that process doesn't necessarily mean condo-living is complication free Read More

Is a Condo or a Single-Family Residence Your Best First Home in Portland: Part 3

Understanding the Expenses and Regulations of Condo Ownership: Your HOA

Condos might seem to we first-time buyers more simple than their single-family brethren. But we need to know that though condo management is indeed a shared process, that process doesn't necessarily mean condo-living is complication free. The first thing to understand: Your HOA.

May 24, 2012 - 11:01 AM
Easier to Get Your Foot In? As a first-time buyer, I definitely understand the allure of a condo. The logic of a condo purchase, in many parts of the country, is that condos are often less expensive than their single-family counterparts, particularly when comparing the two properties if they’re both located Read More
May 10, 2012 - 12:10 PM
Much of the Portland metro enjoys a retro flavor.  But away from the city itself, the enclave of Forest Grove offers the kind of small town idyll that we might expect from America of the 1940s and 50s. Thought Forest Grove might be considered a suburb of Portland if you look at in on a map, that label isn’t Read More
May 3, 2012 - 11:14 AM
Part of the Portland metro’s charm: its diversity. Since moving here in October of last year, I’ve tried to explore the many different neighborhoods, cities, natural spaces, parks and cultures. Lake Oswego, just eight miles south of downtown Portland, enjoys a flavor totally unique, worth visiting and Read More

Lake Oswego's First Addition: Old Oregon Charm with a Modern Oregon Twist

Part of the Portland metro’s charm: its diversity. Since moving here in October of last year, I’ve tried to explore the many different neighborhoods, cities, natural spaces, parks and cultures. Lake Oswego, just eight miles south of downtown Portland, enjoys a flavor totally unique, worth visiting and possibly a beautiful place to call home-- though admittedly, it is more expensive than many other local neighborhoods. But its value is based on its one-of-a-kind character.

April 26, 2012 - 11:13 AM
Though I make my home in the city of Portland, I am very aware of the Portland metro offering more than one city for more than one kind of homebuyer.  Beaverton, for example, attracts many families because it’s an affordable community to buy a home in, as well as a vibrant one.  In terms of ease of living, Read More

Beaverton, OR: 1000 Acres of Green Space Makes for Idyllic Family Living

Though I make my home in the city of Portland, I am very aware of the Portland metro offering more than one city for more than one kind of homebuyer.  Beaverton, for example, attracts many families because it’s an affordable community to buy a home in, as well as a vibrant one.  In terms of ease of living, general convenience, and the slower, less hectic pace of Beaverton, you might call it a suburb (and indeed, it is close to the big city of Portland).

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