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Turn in Agency Agreements Right Away

  To comply with Real Estate Agency regulations, we need folks to start turning in: Disclosed Limited Agency Agreements for Buyers Buyer Representation Agreement Engagement Letters Send them to your reviewing broker within three business days of the time you and your buyer sign them. The Real Estate Agencies require that all agreements be reviewed, … read more

Preparing for a Home Inspection

Our local real estate market will begin to pick up steam now that the Christmas/Winter holidays are officially behind us. With the warm winter we’ve been having, it wouldn’t be surprising if we get daffodils in February. All of this has us thinking about people who are planning to sell their home in the coming … read more

What About Your Pets?

You are selling your house and doing everything that you can think of to get it ready: cleaning, de-cluttering, and making repairs. It’s a project and you are in it up to your elbows when it occurs to you that you need to figure out what to do about your golden retriever and 2 cats. … read more

Spring Is Here! Home Care Tips

Certain home maintenance tasks should be completed each spring to prevent structural damage, save energy, and keep all your home’s systems running properly. Here are the major issues you should be aware of for homes in the Pacific Northwest: Follow up on moss treatments for your roof. Assuming you applied anti-moss treatments in the fall, spring is … read more

Septic Systems in Oregon

A septic system is the most common form of onsite sewage treatment for homes that are not connected to the public sewer system. A septic system consists of a septic tank, where solids settle and decompose, and a drainfield where liquid discharged from the tank is treated by bacteria in the soil. You could also run into Sand Filter … read more

Portland’s Lead Problem

Among America’s 75 biggest water providers, only one has recently exceeded federal standards for elevated lead levels in the drinking water of high-risk homes. Portland. And when Portland isn’t surpassing that benchmark, it hovers just below – with current testing showing the greatest lead levels among all large cities. The Rose City’s poor position nationally is coming … read more

Important Change for City of Portland Home Buyers & Sellers

On January 1st, 2018, a new rule will go into effect requiring sellers of homes within the Portland city limits to: Obtain a home energy performance report, including a home energy score, from a licensed home energy assessor. Provide a copy of the home energy performance report to all licensed real estate agents working on the … read more