Sell a Home in the Portland, Oregon Metro

Top 1% Seller’s Agent

Planning on selling a home in the next year or so? You’ve come to the right place. Stephen FitzMaurice, Principal Broker is a top 1% sellers agent in Portland with over 2,000 local sales under his belt and writes extensively about the Portland real estate market.

The Right Way to Sell

Our team charges 4% commission max. and we pay more online to market our Portland and SW Washington homes so they sell faster and for more. (In Salem and Bend areas we charge 4.25% max.) We have a reasonable commission fee, while still providing more marketing and services than our competitors. We back it all up with a cancel anytime policy for no charge.

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the next twelve months, Stephen would love to tour your home. Call today to set an appointment.

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor
4% Max. to Sell a Home
Cancel Anytime Policy
Licensed Since 2003
503-714-1111

remodeling in portland

Remodeling Tips to Boost Resale Value in Portland

May 11, 2012

Few events can trigger a home remodel like putting your house up for sale. When you look at your place through potential buyers’ eyes, it’s easy to start seeing things that need to be repaired, replaced or updated. Not only that, but in a competitive real estate market like Portland’s, remodels can be an efficient way to draw attention to your home. So where to start? Remodeling to improve resale value is a bit tricky – you need to be sure you’ll get a return on your investment (the time and the money you’ll spend) and you’ll have to do a little guesswork to know what your buyers will like. The best advice we give Portland home sellers who are...


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A Day in the Life of a Portland Real Estate Agent: Spider House

May 9, 2012

A lot of people ask me, being a Portland real estate agent, “What is the worst house you have ever been inside in Portland?” I’ll tell you a quick story with a Portland home-care moral. The spider house. As many of you know, Portlanders often let their houses blend in with the vegetation. Sometimes it is hard to know where the yard ends and the house begins. Well, this house looked like a jungle from the outside, in fact, I couldn’t see the house from the curb. What I could see were spiders. Four spider webs blocked the open front gate; I cut those webs with a folder and stepped into a spider death maze. All around this terrified real estate agent, countless...


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Sell Your Portland Home: Landscaping Tips

March 2, 2012

Spring is here, the perfect time to make some improvements to your property to boost your curb appeal to Portland home buyers. A well maintained outdoor area speaks volumes to potential buyers about the quality of the home and the neighborhood they’re investing in. If you’re even considering putting your home on the market this year, start now to save yourself time and money in getting your landscaping up to snuff. Here in Portland, Oregon, we’re known for our luxurious outdoor spaces. It’s not hard to establish one for your listing even if you only have a few months. Shop early for good deals on small trees and shrubs that will add dimension and character to your landscape. Look for...


Portland Home Staging Works

Home Staging in Portland. Does it work?

January 6, 2012

I often find people assume spending money on Portland home staging and professional photography is a waste of time and money. It is not for at least four reasons. First, the Portland market is completely online-driven these days. 94% of buyers find the home they are going to buy online. The number one reason homes sell online is good pictures. Staging sets the scene for just the right picture to peak the buyer’s interest and convince them to schedule an appointment to see the home. Second, unless the home is owned by someone with amazing artistic abilities, chances are a home staging professional is going to be able to improve the look of your home. Third, after homes are viewed online and...


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Zillow Zestimates, are they accurate?

December 26, 2011

These days many folks check out their home online, or a property they are looking to purchase, to find an estimate of value. Zillow provides these national in a format they copyrighted and call Zestimates. If you read the Zillow forums on Zestimates you’ll find a lot of angry home owners disputing the value. Recently I went to a seminar held by Zillow themselves to try to get an answer. Zestimates were the very first topic of discussion at the seminar, and from a Zillow representative I heard these words, “Zillow Zestimates are wrong by more than $30,000 dollars 30% of the time.” Now, most people will agree this is not an accurate enough figure to make any kind of...


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Professional Photographs?

January 6, 2011

As a top Portland real estate agent, I believe I take great photographs for my clients and have even taken some classes to enhance my skills. Yet, I always offer professional photography services to all my listing clients. Why? Right now, there is nothing more important in selling your home than its online exposure. 92% of buyers are using the internet in their home search (NAR report 2013). I pay to feature my homes on the top 5 real estate websites so they show up first in search results – and it makes all the difference. Photographs are the most impacting part of your online presentation. I take great photographs, but I cannot compete with professional photographers who have the...