Archives November 2011

Nov
29
2011

Lake Oswego Holiday Market

Saturday, December 3, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, December 4, 10am to 3pm. Let your holiday shopping begin! Stop by the West End Building for unique treasures from over 50 vendors – holiday treats, handmade crafts, ornaments, greenery, art, jewelry, entertainment, and gifts galore!

Nov
21
2011

Is Lease-to-Own Home Purchase Worth the Risk?

A lease-to-own house purchase (also “rent-to-own purchase” or “lease purchase”) is a lease combined with an option to purchase the property within a specified period, usually three years or less, at an agreed-upon price. Such arrangements have proliferated in the post-crisis market because many potential homebuyers can’t meet the tougher loan qualification requirements today, and […]

Nov
15
2011

Top Reasons to Sell Home in Winter

We’re getting close to the end of the year, which begs the question of whether it’s worthwhile trying to sell your home now. Is it a waste of time? Will it sit on the market and become shopworn? Should I take my house off the market for the holidays? Will the home-sale market be better […]

Nov
7
2011

Forbes Names Portland One of America’s Best Downtowns

We all knew it was true, but Forbes made it official by naming Portland one of “America’s Best Downtowns.” Here is an excerpt from the article about what makes Portland so special: “When it comes to cities, Portland, Ore., is a unique urban playground of high-end culture, green living and DIY arts scenes. But for […]

Nov
1
2011

Market Data for September 2011

Here is a quick glance at some important market trends and stats for September 2011 as reported by RMLS: Compared to September 2010, closed sales increased 13.4%, pending sales increased 17.5% and new listings dropped 29.5%. The average sale price declined 4.2% and the median sale price fell 3.8%. When compared with the previous month […]

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