May 9, 2012 - 10:49 AM
Home for sale
The national attention on low inventory tends to focus on buyers: how fewer homes on the market affect buyers, and how home buyer behavior changes in response. We’ve heard of the return of the multiple offer, a phenomenon almost as mythical in these difficult real estate times as the sighting of a unicorn.... Read More

Home Sellers: How the Nation's Low Inventory Affects You

The national attention on low inventory tends to focus on buyers: how fewer homes on the market affect buyers, and how home buyer behavior changes in response. We’ve heard of the return of the multiple offer, a phenomenon almost as mythical in these difficult real estate times as the sighting of a unicorn. But it seems that across the country, low inventory is creating that kind of magic on the real estate market. Our focus here: how the magic affects sellers.

May 8, 2012 - 10:49 AM
Anna Erwert's First-Time Chronicles
  We looked for houses for several weeks, this in the heart of Portland’s winter, so that should tell you how intrepid we were, and how awesome our agent, who would meet us seemingly anytime we wanted, to unlock the door to our potential new home. Oh, yes, we were eager. But it still took much longer to find... Read More
May 7, 2012 - 10:37 AM
Get a Loan from a Credit Union
Having trouble getting a loan from a bank? Or perhaps you are a potential home buyer with non-traditional income (freelance, small business owner, and new job income are among the most common). Even if you’re a fairly “normal” new buyer, you want to know all your options when it comes to a home mortgage.... Read More

Could a Credit Union Help You Buy a Home?

Having trouble getting a loan from a bank? Or perhaps you are a potential home buyer with non-traditional income (freelance, small business owner, and new job income are among the most common). Even if you’re a fairly “normal” new buyer, you want to know all your options when it comes to a home mortgage. Perhaps you should visit your local credit union to discuss your home buying goals to find out if this kind of organization can offer you help your bank can’t.

May 4, 2012 - 3:32 PM
Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and you may be hosting a festive party or at least kicking back and enjoying some margaritas and tacos. This week's DIY feature is packed with projects for an outdoor get-together that's sure to please. Even if you don't have time for these this weekend, these are great ideas to... Read More

DIY Friday: Cinco de Mayo Edition

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and you may be hosting a festive party or at least kicking back and enjoying some margaritas and tacos. This week's DIY feature is packed with projects for an outdoor get-together that's sure to please. Even if you don't have time for these this weekend, these are great ideas to brighten up your outdoor space for the coming summer months!

Start with a pergola...

May 3, 2012 - 10:32 AM
Making an offer on a home – like many life decisions – is a bit of a gamble. Even if you take your time, do your homework, and play it safe, how do you know that a “great deal” isn’t about to come on the market? One could stall forever, comparing home to home, but at some point you have to make a leap and... Read More
May 2, 2012 - 11:17 AM
Inventory driving up home prices
Buyers: Having trouble finding a lot of houses you want to go see? You are not alone. Though spring is traditionally a busier season for real estate sales, there appears to be a dearth of homes on offer when buyers confront their local MLS offerings. Indeed, nationally, figures for April of 2012 suggest that... Read More

National Low Inventory: a Mixed Blessing, and Possibly a Temporary One

Buyers: Having trouble finding a lot of houses you want to go see? You are not alone. Though spring is traditionally a busier season for real estate sales, there appears to be a dearth of homes on offer when buyers confront their local MLS offerings. Indeed, nationally, figures for April of 2012 suggest that inventory is over 20% lower than it was in April of 2011.

May 1, 2012 - 11:07 AM
We tried to be really organized about what homes we’d tour with our Realtor®. I did exhaustive searches using Zip technology, which not only allowed me to pinpoint the homes for sale in a very narrow space (that I defined myself) but also the homes within that area that fit my needs.  We wanted a yard,... Read More

First-Time Buyer Chronicles, Part 6: Home Visits: Fun, Fun, Freak Out

We tried to be really organized about what homes we’d tour with our Realtor®. I did exhaustive searches using Zip technology, which not only allowed me to pinpoint the homes for sale in a very narrow space (that I defined myself) but also the homes within that area that fit my needs. 

April 30, 2012 - 10:42 AM
Escrow takes longer these days
Sellers understandably get nervous when their buyers need an extension on the closing date of an escrow. They may wonder if the buyers are actually qualified, or if something is going wrong. They may even be tempted to pull the deal and put their homes back on the market. But sellers should know that... Read More

Home Sellers: How New Lending Practices Affect You

Home in escrowSellers understandably get nervous when their buyers need an extension on the closing date of an escrow. They may wonder if the buyers are actually qualified, or if something is going wrong. They may even be tempted to pull the deal and put their homes back on the market.

April 27, 2012 - 4:47 PM
You might be one of those people who think of gray as a dreary, gloomy color, but gray can be so luxurious. Gray is versatile – it comes in so many shades from elegant light gray to a warm, charcoal hue. Also, because gray is a neutral, it has a relaxing effect. So it should be no surprise that as we... Read More

Color of the Week: Gray!

You might be one of those people who think of gray as a dreary, gloomy color, but gray can be so luxurious. Gray is versatile – it comes in so many shades from elegant light gray to a warm, charcoal hue.

Also, because gray is a neutral, it has a relaxing effect. So it should be no surprise that as we collected gray interior photos for our Color Schemes Pinterest board, we saw so many in bedrooms! Here are some of our favorites:

April 27, 2012 - 9:15 AM
I love books. I love reading them. I love collecting them. Actually, I have a book-collecting problem. Even though my bookshelves are maxed-out, I recently bought five more books (I couldn't resist!). So I'm always on the hunt for stylish ways to display and store them. Changing around your book storage... Read More

DIY Friday: Build Your Own Good-Lookin’ Library

I love books. I love reading them. I love collecting them. Actually, I have a book-collecting problem. Even though my bookshelves are maxed-out, I recently bought five more books (I couldn't resist!). So I'm always on the hunt for stylish ways to display and store them.

Changing around your book storage solution is an easy and satisfying way to quickly freshen up your space. You arrange by the books by color, style your bookshelf with curated objects, or build an awesome bookshelf that makes a statement in itself!

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