Needs vs Wants

Daydreaming About Your Perfect Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEED In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 9, 2017

February is Perfect!

No Matter What the Groundhog Says, Here are 5 Reasons to Sell Before Spring! Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which groundhog you listen to today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season. Many sellers feel that the spring is […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 8, 2017

Are you Buyer Ready?

2 Myths That May Be Holding Back Buyers Fannie Mae’s article, “What Consumers (Don’t) Know About Mortgage Qualification Criteria,” revealed that “only 5 to 16 percent of respondents know the correct ranges for key mortgage qualification criteria.” Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment” Fannie Mae’s survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 1, 2017

Real Estate 2015

What will happen in 2015? A nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists project that home values will appreciate by almost 4% by the end of 2015. Additionally, Freddie Mac’s most recent Economic Commentary & Projections Table predicts that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will appreciate to 4.5% by the end […]

Roberta Nopson | Feb 7, 2015

Portland Oregon Walk Scores

Many relocating to Portland Oregon ask for a ‘walkable neighborhood’. This can mean a variety of things to home buyers.  A stroll around the neighborhood to smell the roses, level for a young bicycle enthusiast just mastering training wheels, walking distance to Starbucks, walkable to run errands or get to school, or transit to jump […]

Roberta Nopson | Oct 30, 2014

Portland Oregon Metro Home Price Trend

The Portland real estate recovery Portland has been a bright spot in the national housing recovery.  Lots of buzz words;  we have bottomed out, bouncing back, seller’s market, investors have, and the like. Numbers can be manipulated to prove a point but this graph sums it up.  Home price trend from 2005-2014.  A picture really is worth a thousand words! Seller’s […]

Roberta Nopson | Oct 26, 2014

Invest now

Why?  Portland Oregon real estate market is trending for a variety of reasons. The number one is livability.  Those that live here understand ‘What makes Portland Great’ or for those that prefer ‘What makes Portland Weird’.  Either perspective is spot on. Today we have more people relocating to Portland Oregon than we have moved out. That in […]

Roberta Nopson | Oct 23, 2014