Real Estate Blog - Blog Archive: June, 2016

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June 2016

Found 7 blog entries for June 2016.

Even with the help of a trusted real estate professional, it’s easy to fall into some common traps when you’re buying a home. Here are some of the most common regrets from home buyers—make sure to consider them before you make similar decisions.

Using all of your savings 
It can be tempting to throw all the cash you have into your down payment so that you can have a lower monthly payment. But keep in mind that there are several other costs on the horizon—closing costs, inspection, and more. There will also be surprise repairs, taxes, and home maintenance. It’s a good idea to keep some cash in reserve for hidden or unexpected costs.

Borrowing the full amount offered
Banks will often offer a bigger loan than you can comfortably afford. You may be able

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 Check out Eater's list of the 21 best happy hours in Portland-


The art of the happy hour can be perfected over a lifetime without running out of options. Whenever a new restaurant opens, you can take it for a test drive during happy hour at discounted prices. When you want to leave work early and check out well-priced food and drink, happy hour is the acceptable excuse. And when you're flat broke, Portland's cheapest bars still serve those fabled $1 beers with a knowing smile. This regularly updated happy hour map features a mix of the newest, most noteworthy happy hours along with long-time favorites, to help you stay on top of the best values in town. (The points on this map guide are not ranked but organized geographically).


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Willamette Weekly came out with a unique and comprehensive guide to having an amazing summer in Portland. If you want to get your feet wet at the top river spots or find the best tacos in Portland, this guide is for you. Here is what they said......

It sure was an angsty spring, huh? Maybe it's the specter of a Trump regime, or the upward creep of Portland housing prices, or the city's struggles to help our homeless—but Portland has seemed especially peevish in the past six months. Well, summer is finally here. Let it go. It's time to get out of your sweaty living room and spend a lazy day on some shady riverbank with a sixer of Blue Moon. It's time to skip another commute through rush-hour traffic and hike a piece of a grand trail you've only seen

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Technology has made it easier than ever to bring your home decor ideas to reality. There are countless smartphone apps that help you plan a space or do some valuable comparative shopping. Here are five apps to use on your next decorating project. Most are available on both iOS and Android devices.

Color Capture: Ever see a color that would make for a perfect paint scheme? Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture app allows you to take a photo of anything and instantly get a matching paint color.

iHandyLevel: Hanging photos and artwork? Rather than searching through your toolbox for a level, you can use something that’s already in your pocket: Your phone. The iHandyLevel app functions just as well as a dedicated level, turning your phone into the ultimate

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When you’ve just purchased a new home, there’s a ton on your mind. There’s moving, decorating, getting to know your new neighborhood, and more. Here are a few things that should be at the top of your to-do list, because they’ll save you a lot of money.

Check on your water heater
Set your water heater for 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is plenty hot enough for bathing, washing dishes, and any other household use of hot water, so heating water above 120 degrees is a waste of energy and money. And if your water heater is an older model, it’s worthwhile to invest in a water heater blanket to keep it insulated.

Replace air filters
Sellers often put in a lot of cosmetic work to get the home move-in ready, but they often skip or forget about air filters in

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Portland's International Test Garden is Blooming 

This Portland landmark was founded in 1917 and is the oldest continuously running public test garden in the United States. The Portland Rose Garden was originally intended to be safe haven for Europe's hybrid roses during World War I and has since evolved into being one of Portland's most extensive gardens, offering over 10,000 roses with 650+ varieties.

Since the Portland Rose Garden is perched on top of Washington Park hill, it offers breathtaking views of Mt. hood and Portland's city scape. Admission is free and the park is open daily. The best rose-viewing times are May through September. If you need help wondering the park, guided tours for groups of 10 or more are available during the year

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This Season's Farmers Markets 


Hollywood Farmers Market
December – March: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
April – September: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., October – November: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
December – March: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
April – September: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., October – November: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
NE Hancock St., between 44th Ave. and 45th Ave.
Accepts cash, debit, credit, SNAP (up to $5 match), and FDNP

Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University

March – October: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., November – February: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
South Park Blocks between SW Hall St. and Montgomery St.
Accepts cash, debit, credit, and SNAP

St. Johns Farmers

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