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

The Rose City Has Great Restaurants….

One of my favorite things about living on the Westside is that when my husband and I are looking to go out for a date night we can stay on the Westside or we can head into Downtown Portland and enjoy the city.  I honestly have to say there is something special about Downtown Portland and the uniqueness of all of the bridges, waterfront and the feel of the older buildings.

Sometimes when we go out for a date night it’s because my husband is looking for a good steak.  Thankfully there are so many amazing places to choose from.  Here are a few:

Ringside Steakhouse on West Burnside

El Gaucho on SW Broadway

Urban Farmer on SW Morrison

Laurelhurst Market on E Burnside

And if you aren’t feeling like venturing into Downtown Portland here are a few great places right here in our own Westside backyard:

Broadway Saloon and Steakhouse on SW Broadway in Beaverton

Grill 68 on SW Barrows Rd in Beaverton

Orenco Station Grill on NE Cornell

I Love a Good Kitchen Gadget!

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5Friends I am a self-proclaimed gadget guru.  If it’s a gadget, be it kitchen or technology, I love it.  Which is where Kitchen Kaboodle comes in.  They have got so many unique kitchen gadgets that are meant to make your life easier.  One of the things I love to do is bake and frost sugar cookies and they’ve got so many amazing goodies to help me make my cookies look awesome.  Oh, and they’ve got so many amazing cookie cutters.  I mean who doesn’t need a corgi cookie cutter right?

They have been in the Portland metro area since 1975 with five different locations, and if you don’t live in the Portland metro area be sure to check out their website because YES, they do offer online shopping.  Don’t forget to check out their gadget of the month.  It might just be something you didn’t know you needed.

Let’s Move to the ‘Burbs

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Many people across the United States have traditionally enjoyed the perks of an urban lifestyle, today though some who live in more populated city limits are beginning to rethink their current neighborhoods. Being in close proximity to everything from the grocery store to local entertainment is  a perk, especially if you can also walk to some of these hot spots and have a short commute to work. The trade-off, however, is that highly populated cities can lack access to open space, a yard, and other desirable features. These are the kinds of things you might miss when spending so much of your time at home. When it comes to social distancing the newest trend seems to be centered around re-evaluating a once-desired city lifestyle and trading it for suburban or rural living.

George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com notes:

“With the re-opening of the economy scheduled to be cautious, the impact on consumer preferences will likely shift buying behavior…consumers are already looking for larger homes, bigger yards, access to the outdoors and more separation from neighbors. As we move into the recovery stage, these preferences will play an important role in the type of homes consumers will want to buy. They will also play a role in the coming discussions on zoning and urban planning. While higher density has been a hallmark of urban development over the past decade, the pandemic may lead to a re-thinking of space allocation.”

The Harris Poll recently surveyed 2,000 Americans, and 39% of the respondents who live in urban areas indicated the COVID-19 crisis has caused them to consider moving to a less populated area.A Surprising Shift to the ‘Burbs May Be on the Rise | MyKCMThe good news is that if you are considering moving outside the city limits it has become more feasible, especially as Americans have quickly become more accustomed to – and more accepting of – remote work. According to the Pew Research Center, access to the Internet has increased significantly in rural and suburban areas, making working from home easier. Even before the pandemic came into play this year the number of people working from home has spiked considerably.

The take away here is that if you have a home in the suburbs or a rural area, you may start to see an increasing number of buyers looking for a property like yours. If you’re thinking of buying and don’t mind a commute to work for the well-being of your family, you may want to consider looking at homes for sale outside the city. If you are interested in learning about the different suburbs in the Portland metro area message me.  I would love to talk to you about them.