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Before you dive into replacing your windows, the first step is to carefully evaluate the pros and cons. Replacing your windows is no small investment. The average cost to replace the windows in a home is in the five-figure range. Even if replacing your windows results in huge energy savings, it can take years and years for the investment to pay off.

If you’re truly ready to replace them—whether it’s for energy and comfort, an aesthetic upgrade, or your current windows are simply beyond repair—here are a few things to keep in mind.

Pick the right materials
Window materials include vinyl, fiberglass, composite, wood, and aluminum. There are several factors that should go into deciding on the best material for your home, such as durability, energy

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Primary Responsibilities

  • Print marketing: putting together home books, flyers, postcards, door hangers, etc.
  • Social marketing: advertising open houses, new listings, and virtual tours.
  • Listing setup and client communications: scheduling inspections, repairs, staging, RMLS and KWRP entry, documenting all processes, keeping clients in the loop and informed.
  • Contractor coordination: scheduling of inspections, bids, and work, maintaining contractor relationships, facilitating relationships between clients and contractors.

Details about the position

  • Full time hourly position (40 hours per week).
  • Most work will happen in the office at 9755 SW Barnes Rd, with potential for work out at listing sites.

What we’re looking for in a

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There’s nothing quite like some well-earned time off in a cool new place, but vacations certainly don’t pay for themselves. Here are a few ideas for funding your next getaway.

 1. The change jar: It’s not groundbreaking, but it works. Here’s an eye-opening stat: Putting $1.37 per day into your change jar adds up to $500 in a year!

 2. Sell your stuff: We all have some clutter that we don’t need and have been looking for an excuse to get rid of, and that stuff can be pretty valuable. Think of what might be stored in your attic or basement—baseball cards, furniture, etc. It’s not junk, but it’s not doing you any good, and someone might find it valuable.

 3. Set up a dedicated savings account: You could do this in your current bank account, or

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There are a lot of factors that will determine how quickly your house is sold, and it’s important to tackle the factors you can control. If you’re still living in your home while trying to sell it, these are a few simple ideas that can help speed up the home sale process.

 1. De-clutter: Buyers want to step into a prospective home and imagine the possibilities. That’s a lot easier to do when a space is airy and clutter-free. Get rid of the clutter that’s just taking up space in your home, and it can totally transform how a buyer sees the property.

 2. Offer an incentive: Don’t break the bank for add-ons that don’t make financial sense in the long run, but there are some reasonable expenses you can use to entice buyers, such as offering a home

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This week on Phil and Bob Raise the Roof, we chat with Ashley Offensend of Evergreen Homes about building a home from scratch. Turns out you can’t just start by breaking ground. A good plan, a good builder, and a good land choice make all the difference.

You may remember Ashley from previous blog posts such as Leveraging relationships: A turnkey solution for building your new home. He's one of our very favorite builders, and you can learn more about him and his business, Evergreen Homes, at

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You're going to have to do some regular repairs and maintenance on your home-it's just a fact of home ownership. So that you're not caught unprepared, it's a good idea to keep a budget and set aside some funds for when the following repairs inevitably come up.

 1. Light switches: Beyond your typical light bulb replacements,the wiring can occasionally go bad in a light fixture, causing it to be unresponsive when you turn the light on. An electrician can fix it quickly for around $100.

 2. Gutter maintenance: Over time, the weight and weather will be too much for your gutters, causing them break away from the home and require fixing. It's possible to fix them yourself, but it will typically cost up to $400 to have them fixed professionally.


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Hillsboro Farmers Market 
232 NE Lincoln St, Hillsboro, OR 
Sundays, April 30-October 29, 10AM-2PM

Irvington Farmers Market
NE 16th between Broadway and Weidler Sundays
June 4-October 29, 10:30AM-2:30PM

King Portland Farmers Market
NE 7th & NE Wygant
Sundays, May 7-November 19, 10AM-2PM

Lents International Farmers Market
5843 SE 92nd Ave.
Sundays, June 4-October 29, 9AM-2PM

Milwaukie Farmers Market
10723 SE Main St., Milwaukie
Sundays, May 7-October 29, 9:30AM-2PM

Montavilla Farmers Market
7700 SE Stark
Sundays, May 7-October 29, 10AM-2PM 

Tigard Farmers Market
8777 SW Burnham St., Tigard
Sundays, April 23-October 29, 9AM-1:30PM

Vancouver Farmers Market
6th and Esther Streets, Vancouver
Sundays, March 19-October 29, 10AM-3PM

Woodstock Farmers Market

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Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you’re just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of home ownership. Some of them are one-time expenses that you’ll pay during the home buying process, while others will be recurring costs for as long as you own the home.

Closing costs
There are several smaller fees that add up to a rather large sum when you’re going through the closing process—loan fees, attorney fees, underwriting fees, and more. They typically add up to 2–5% of the purchase price. For a $300,000 home—roughly the national median—that’s in the neighborhood of $10,000, so be sure to budget for it.

Your lender will require an appraisal, and the

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