Portland Mortgage Blog

50 Things to Know Before Selling Your Home: What You Need to Know to Succeed

Donna Batdorff’s eBook 50 Things to Know About Selling Your Home addresses the major concerns first time sellers have about the overall process of putting their home on the market, as well as detailing potential benefits and pitfalls that could help or hinder the sale. Here are the first 10 from her full list of 50.

The Kilowatt Hour Explained

What’s a Kilowatt Hour and what does it have to do with electric bills being so expensive this winter? The relationship between energy, power, and what your electric company is charging you to use that 1,000-watt heater really isn’t as complicated as it might seem. Knowledge is power, and knowledge of the power you use could save you money.

2014 Housing Market Predictions

Novices and seasoned analysts alike love making their predictions about the performance of the housing market. Here’s a quick roundup of the top predictions for 2014.

5 Fictional Homes That Exist in Real Life

Life and art are sometimes alike in many ways. While we tell our own stories in our homes, we’re constantly surrounded by fictional stories that prominently feature “real life” homes. But what happens when those homes exist in real life?

Here are 5 examples of homes that blur the lines between art, entertainment, and reality.

New Mortgage Rules for 2014 and What They Mean For You

The news is buzzing with chatter about the new mortgage rules implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this past month. Some are good, and some bad, and nearly all are filled with jargon that is potentially confusing. So what exactly is going on here and what does it mean for you? Let’s take a look:

Does Your House Qualify for the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction?

While many people know about the mortgage interest tax deduction, lesser known is the fact that there are rules.

What’s All This Hubbub About the Federal Reserve and Bonds?

In this article, we will explain what the Federal Reserve does as well as how its leaders’ decisions affect mortgage rates for you and me.

The Micro-Loft: A Trend Both Old and New

With the price of housing on the rise, and the current human population set to steadily increase, city planners the world over have turned to micro-lofts to maximize living space.

Watch For a Home’s “Liveability”

One of my favorite things is being able to see so many different types of homes and measure their ‘liveability’. […]

Why FHA Loans Are Now More Expensive (And Why You May Still Want One)

FHA has made some changes over the past year, making their home loans more expensive. Yet, for some buyers, it may still make sense to get an FHA loan vs. a conventional loan.

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