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Surveillance: Right to Know vs. Right to Privacy

As a Realtor®, are you informed about home surveillance laws? How does one’s right to know compare with someone’s right to privacy? Lane Mueller, an OR designated principal broker/WA designated managing broker and real estate lawyer, gave us a presentation on this important topic. If you missed it or want to refresh your memory about some of her important points, keep reading. Continue reading “Surveillance: Right to Know vs. Right to Privacy”

Cost vs. Value 2018: The Projects with the Best Return

Not all home improvement projects are created equal, especially when it comes to getting money back on your investment. While you’ll very rarely see a 100% return on your money, there are some projects that get you close to it.

Remodeling magazine compiles a report each year that tells you which home improvements will get you the best return on your investment. Go here for more information about all the projects in the report. This information is especially valuable because it’s specific to Portland. Continue reading “Cost vs. Value 2018: The Projects with the Best Return”

What You Need to Know About the New Energy Audit Score Law

You may have heard some buzz about a new energy score law that’s going into effect in January. There isn’t a whole lot of information about it yet, so I interviewed Brett Lee with Portland Home Energy Score, LLC, one of the few places in town that’s trained to perform these audits. Here’s why the law was passed, how it works, and everything else you need to know. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About the New Energy Audit Score Law”

A Simple Guide to Budgeting for Home Maintenance Expenses

Homeownership comes with a lot of excitement but also with a lot of responsibility. After looking carefully at your budget and deciding how much you could afford to pay for a home, you found the perfect place to call your own. Now that you own a home, you have to take care of it. Gone are the days of landlord maintenance. Budgeting for home maintenance expenses can feel overwhelming and confusing. But it doesn’t have to be! I’ve got your simple guide on how to create a realistic budget for home maintenance as well as some great ideas to get you started on an emergency fund for those unexpected repairs. Continue reading “A Simple Guide to Budgeting for Home Maintenance Expenses”

Is Living in an HOA Right for You?

You’ve found the perfect home! The price is right, the style is right, and you love the location. But there’s one catch—that perfect neighborhood and home is in a community with a Homeowners’ Association (HOA). Before you put in an offer on your dream home, it’s important to know what living in an HOA is like. If you’re a little unsure about what you’re getting into with an HOA and whether or not it’s right for you, here’s what you need to know.

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