33 Taps Oh My!!!!!!!

Ok, Christmas is over and you may not be as stressed out this year as years past because of social distancing, however that doesn’t mean you aren’t looking for a little downtime to relax with a pint right?  If so then you might just want to hit up this week’s local small business, The Iron Tap Station Taproom located in Progress Ridge in Beaverton.

They have 33 taps so three are a ton of choices, and they offer wine, cider and beer.  They focus on PNW craft beers and are always looking for the best, tastiest selection too.  You can enjoy your beverage social distance style thanks to their outdoor porch seating or you can grab a can or growler to go.

If you happen to be in need of a snack they do offer some free snacks or you can feel free to bring  your own food with you.  My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5

Ways To Make New Years Eve Special At Home

I think we all have come to accept that there isn’t one holiday in the past 10 months that as been normal.  We haven’t celebrated with our families, and it has just flat out been/felt weird.  I know that many of us are saddened that there isn’t the opportunity to go out and celebrate New Years Eve in a traditional fashion, however you can still make the night special from home with a few of these ideas:

  1.  Dress up.  That’s right just because you’re celebrating at home doesn’t mean you can’t dress up.  Heck, even I’ve taken to wearing make-up every day even though I don’t really have anywhere to go just for the fact that it makes me feel good.
  2.  Create a signature cocktail for the evening.
  3.  Do what we’ve been doing for months now with special events, have a Zoom New Years Eve party
  4. Watch the ball drop from Time Square.  Yes even that celebration will be more virtual but at least the tradition of the ball dropping is still going to happen, and I know we are all looking forward to it.
  5. Make some of your favorite appetizers, and why not share recipes with your friends so you all can be enjoying the same food?
  6. Plan a Zoom toast with friends to ring in 2021.
  7. Bing Netflix – it’s a great time to watch Tiger King if you haven’t already
  8. Host a virtual dance/karaoke party
  9. Charcuterie Board anyone?
  10. Pop some confetti at midnight
  11. Create a decadent dessert worthy of 2021

I Love Stores that Have Unique Gift Items

I have always loved local small businesses who have unique items for sale that you won’t find in the big box stores.  You know the type of stores I’m talking about right?  The ones that some people may think are full of kitchy gifts but you always find something for that hard to buy for person on your gifts lists.  It’s exactly why this week’s small business of the week is A Flair for Gifts & Home in Progress Ridge.

Owner and local Beaverton resident Michelle Bottaro followed her dream of providing a gift store in her community that was for her community.   She has created a place that is full of warmth and personality.  It’s a place where you can find anything from a gift for yourself (because who doesn’t love treating themselves) to a housewarming gift or birthday present, you are sure to find just the right gift.

I personally am a huge candle fan so I appreciate that they carry candles from several different candle companies and that the fragrances aren’t overpowering.  If candles aren’t your thing there are plenty of other fabulous home decor items to help your home feel warm, welcoming and reflect your personality.

With Love, From PDX

There is something truly special about being able to give that hard to shop for person on your list a unique and special gift that reflects where you’re from.  That is exactly what this week’s local small business With Love, From PDX will help you do.

Owned by the beautiful Inger, who also curates the fabulous gift boxes, With Love, From PDX combines her passion for the community and the fabulous locally-made goods you can find in Portland to make her gifts.  By doing so she is able to help support over 75 other local small businesses.  She launched her company in 2015 and her website makes it easy for you to curate a gift perfect for the person receiving it.

With Portland being such a diverse, innovative, creative community Inger can truly find some unique gifts.  It doesn’t matter if the person you are shopping for is into wine, snacks or loves things to bring a unique flair to their kitchen there is something that everyone will love.  My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5

 

Is your Zestimate Accurate?

Let’s be honest thanks to the internet there are so many different ways for sellers and buyers to get information about their own homes, as well as homes in their community it can make your head spin.  You fill out price calculators, pre-qualifying certifications, mortgage estimates, and value tracking….all online.  That’s a whole lot of information to be sharing, and it probably looks great when you are looking at it.  It feels empowering to have all of those numbers sitting in front of you, but you need to ask yourself are they actually correct?  And should you trust them?

The reality is that many of the big box website calculators have been known to be off – sometimes by as much as $100,000 or more, and that’s a huge amount when you’re trying to decide if you should sell your house right?  You’re probably asking yourself why are they off by so much?  Well here’s the truth:

  1.  They use your WHOLE county’s data – not just your neighborhood.  They’re looking at the whole pie, not just your piece of it.
  2. They don’t perform a Comparative Market Analysis which can only be done by a Realtor® to come up with the value.  Instead they use AI.
  3. They don’t take renovations or improvements into consideration.
  4. They weight their results heavily on the prices of homes that have recently been listed at, not the price that the homes actually sold for which skews the data.

So yes, an automated estimate can be a great starting point, it’s safe to say that it does best paired with a real estate agent who can gather more personal data about your neighborhood, street and any improvements or repairs that are needed in the home.  As a Realtor® I’ able to do the research need to know where your home stands in the current market, and what kid of market conditions you’re going to be dealing with. That alone can be a major difference in the listing price that is going to bring you top dollar and still allow for a quick sale.

If you’re reading this thinking that you may need some guidance around the area of automatic home evaluations, and feel like you have no place to start please reach out to me.  I am happy to help you through the process with no pressure, no sales tactics, just the help and guidance that you need.  Please feel free to email me at maryann@nexthomepdx.com