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Portland prides itself on supporting homegrown, authentic businesses. There is something truly unique in the style and culture these businesses create in our city. Lately however, it seems the rest of the country is just as enthusiastic as we are about some Portland-based brands as they're spreading nationwide.

Here are a few of Portland's biggest brands that have plans to head out of state soon:

ACE HOTEL Started in Seattle, but long based in Portland, the hip hotelier is now in eight other cities, including London and New Orleans.

SALT & STRAW Reimagining ice cream all the way down the West Coast, one Arbequina Olive Oil scoop at a time.

BISHOPS From Arizona to Atlanta, Portland’s original punk-rock barbershop with beer while you wait is

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Are you or someone you know considering selling your home after December 31st, 2017?

Chances are yes, eventually...so no matter what chapter of homeownership you are in, you're going to want to listen up! The City of Portland has issued a mandated Home Energy Score Assessment and Report* to be provided by the sellers of single-family homes and townhomes starting January 1st, 2018 within the Portland jurisdiction. 

What is it? A Home Energy Score (HES) is the measurement of energy efficiency a home has based on an onsite evaluation of the physical characteristics of the house and where it is located on a scale of 1-10. It's similar in concept to the MPG ratings for automobiles.  The score is not determined by current energy usage influenced by

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In a few days, the RMLS Market Action Report will tell us about Portland's real estate market in September. We predict that the report will be seen as negative, and in that is opportunity.

Here is what has happened: In August the number of Portland properties that went under contract was 7.6% lower than August 2016, and also 7.6% lower year-to-date in 2017 compared with a similar period in 2016. These numbers will result in fewer reported closings last month compared to September 2016, August 2017, and year-to-date 2016 vs 2017 through September.

Number of Homes Sold in Portland

Those that closed in September will probably also be at lower price points. OregonLive and a few talking heads will claim that tight supply and affordability issues mean the market may have peaked, that

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Oregon's population is growing, what does that mean for the number of Oregon's congressional seats? Elliot Njus from The Oregonian discusses this topic.  

Oregon's super-charged growth, with new residents arriving at a rate not seen since the 1990s, could boost its chances to add a congressional seat in 2020.

The Census Bureau said Tuesday that Oregon had grown by 1.71 percent in the past year, making it the sixth-fastest-growing state by percentage. Its 69,000 new residents also make it the ninth-fastest-growing state in absolute numbers.

A report from Virginia-based Election Data Services Inc. says Oregon is on track for another congressional seat, joining Florida, North Carolina and Texas.Going from five to six seats in the U.S. House of

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The Portland Business Journal recently came out with an article that speaks to the condition of the current housing market. Windermere's chief economist discusses the main factors that effect Portland's real estate market.  

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of presenting my economic update and housing forecast to 400 real estate agents that gathered from six states across the U.S. for Windermere Real Estate’s annual Symposium, held at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. Even though they all represented different housing markets and micro-economies, the questions that resonated from agents during the networking and professional development opportunities were uncanny in their similarities.

First, I’ll explain by addressing the rampant rumors at

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It’s easy to be wowed by a house. You’re anxious to discover your dream home and accomplish a big goal. You can’t wait to cook in the brand new kitchen or relax in the spa-style tub. All that excitement can also make it easy to dismiss some minor issues that can become major annoyances down the road. Rather than letting your excitement get the best of you, take the time to analyze smaller details properly.

Don’t dismiss the location
Let’s say you find a perfect home that’s an extra 20 minutes each way from work. Those 40 total minutes don’t seem like a big deal at first glance, but consider that you’ll be dealing with that extra commute day after day, year after year for as long as you live in the house. Is that an inconvenience you’re willing to

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In a recent Portland Monthly article, Randy Gragg offered “six imperatives of Portland’s future,” a series of factors and strategies for dealing with the city’s massive population influx as it is projected to bring some 200,000 new residents over the next two decades.

The article draws from an interview with former San Francisco and Portland head planner Gil Kelly (he’s about to take on the same role in Vancouver, BC), who spoke with Gragg this summer as part of the ongoing Bright Lights discussion series produced in conjunction with the University of Oregon's John Yeon Center.

I enjoyed the combination of article and discussion as an excuse to think in a long-range way about some of the architecture, infrastructure and open spaces the city will

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It’s a pretty well know fact that the housing market in Portland is booming and doesn’t have any signs of slowing down. The lack of inventory and influx of people moving to Portland has contributed to the rising home prices in most neighborhoods. This is great news for sellers, but can a little discouraging for potential buyers looking to transition into home ownership. Even though prices are rising throughout Portland, not all neighborhoods are considered equal in terms of price. Portland Monthly recently came out with a report that breaks down each Portland neighborhood by price. This what they said:

Portland's Top 10 Most Expensive Neighborhoods- 

Portland's Top 10 Most Affordable Neighborhoods- 

 

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Whether you're deciding to sell your home or looking to buy a home, you will gain an advantage from the currently low interest rates on home loans. The unexpectedly low interest rates improve home affordability for buyers and increase the pool of eligible buyers for homeowners looking to sell their homes. Last fall, the financial world predicted that the Federal Reserve would raise its federal funds interest rate and all home loan interest rates would rise as well. In December 2015, the Fed did raise its rate by 0.25%, and home loan rates bumped up a little. Then a funny thing happened - home loan rates began to fall. And fall. And fall again.

Today, interests rates of 3.625% for a 30-year fixed rate loan, and 2.875% for a 15-year fixed

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After a long, somewhat contentious, 18-month process, the Portland Public School Board voted on Tuesday night to implement boundary changes for several Westside Portland schools. The wide-ranging changes are designed to relieve overcrowding issues at Chapman, Maplewood, Capitol Hill Elementary Schools and Lincoln High School. One of the main overarching goals is to provide sufficient space for the Odyssey focus-option program, and correct for under-enrollment at Hayhurst Elementary brought on by the relocation of the Odyssey program. Here are the proposed changes:

Bridlemile Elementary 

The District created a "split-feed" elementary school that will send students "graduating" from Bridlemile Elementary to two different middle schools and high

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