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

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How Many Showings to Sell a Home? 2022 Report

April 15, 2022

The United States as a whole, greater Portland metro area included, has been in a seller’s market since the early 2020 when COVID19 threw the industry for a loop. One of the annual reports we started a few years prior was the average number of showings it takes to sell a home. This homeowner concern skyrocketed with the start of the pandemic, and still remains of great interest. This showing report fits well in with our other related annual real estate market reports such as, How many days does it take to sell a home?, What day of the week do most buyers look for homes?, What is the best time of the year to buy (or sell) a home?,...


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What Day of the Week do Most Buyers Look at Homes?

March 30, 2022

The real estate market is, truly, a market. Prices go up and down by the week. Playing the market right as a home seller can earn a tens of thousands more in a home sale (even hundreds of thousands). Playing the market right as a home buyer can in the reverse, save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here is our greater Portland real estate market there is a best time of the year to sell a home and a best time of the year to buy a home that has stayed pretty consistent over the last few decades, whether or not the overall market is rising or falling. (For example, the seasonal peaks and valleys held true in...


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5 Things to Know BEFORE Selling your House Fast, As-is for Cash

March 25, 2022

I get it. Sometimes you simply want to have things done and done now. You don’t want the hassle of a long escrow period. You don’t want to interview or deal with real estate agents. You don’t want people walking through your home. Perhaps your place is a mess and you haven’t the time or resources to fix it up for market. To solve your needs perhaps you’ll search online for people / companies that will make fast cash as-is offers on your home so you can move out and be done with it. Beware. 1. The Initial High $ Price Usually Drops Hard Before Closing To get you hooked many of these companies will offer an initial cash dollar...


Portland, Oregon Home Renovation Loan Options

February 28, 2022

Whether you’re buying your first home or you’ve been in your current home for several years, you know that it’s both a soft place to land at the end of your day, and it’s also likely your biggest financial investment. What if you love your current home but you’ve outgrown it and want to do an addition? Or renovate to take care of some major updates and give it that new-home feel? Or maybe you found your dream home in the perfect location, but it needs some work and you can’t begin to fathom where you’ll get the money to make it happen. Before you think about selling your current home or crossing that home you just found off your...


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Home Buyers and Seller Closing Costs – 2022 Report

February 14, 2022

For some people, “closing costs” is a vague term attached to selling or buying a home. Many aren’t clear about who pays what. Educating yourself on this part of the home selling/buying process is essential for a successful and surprise-free transaction. Closing costs vary from state to state. Also, because they’re based on the cost of the home in question, closing costs in the Portland metro area will be higher than other parts of Oregon due to higher home prices in the area. Keep in mind that some of these fees are payable to the lender and others to third parties, like home appraisers and title agencies. We want to dispel some of the mystery and confusion around what seems...


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Sell Your House Online – Top 5 Options

February 4, 2022

The 2020 National Association of Realtors report shows that 43% of potential home buyers used the internet as the first step in their search to find a home. And 97% used the internet at some point in their home search. These stats illuminate the importance of having an exceptional online presence when selling your home. iBuyers are companies that buy homes online for cash, they claim to do so quickly and without much hassle. They’ve grown in the past few years and show no signs of disappearing, though they still remain a small part of the overall real estate market. It can be tempting to jump on the iBuyer bandwagon, but before you do, it’s important to know the ins...


Portland Home Energy Score: 2022 Update (How is it Going?)

January 3, 2022

Committed to reducing carbon emissions in Portland 80% by the year 2050, the City of Portland instituted the Home Energy Score (HES) program in January, 2018. Since then, Portland home sellers had completed 20,000 HES assessments at the time of the last Portland City Council Report. The report also disclosed that, residential buildings are responsible for 18% of carbon emissions within Multnomah County. Considering that about 160,000 of these are single-family homes in Portland with more than three-quarters of them are owner-occupied, it’s easy to see what a positive impact implementing these assessments can make. Portland Setting the Trend for Home Energy Scores Portland was the first city in Oregon to require Home energy score assessments for all homes on...


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How Homes are Sold Across the Country – 2022 Report

December 20, 2021

Selling a home can seem like a daunting task, whether you’ve done it many times or are doing it for the first time. There also seems to be more ways to sell a home than every before, so some research is in order. One must know how home buyers are finding, selecting, and purchasing homes for sale in order to know the best way to sell a home. What is the best way to market a home for sale in 2022 to get the biggest audience and best possible price? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) compiles an annual report that shares this and more, all based on careful, comprehensive nationwide research. Having this valuable information removes guesswork and will...


For Sale By Owner Homes Sell for 14% Less – 2022 Report

November 29, 2021

In 2021, 90% of homeowners in the real estate market nationwide sold their home using a real estate agent or broker, according to the National Association of Realtors. That was on par with 2019-2020 and slightly lower than 2018 (91%). Only 7% of home sellers sold their homes For Sale by Owner (FSBO). For sale by owner homes sold for much less in 2021 than homes represented by real estate agents, 14% less, which we will explain here. For Sale By Owner Rates Have Dropped Consistently Over the Years The 7% of FSBO home sales in 2021 was down by 1% from 2020. The For Sale By Owner rate has been steadily dropping since the NAR first began keeping track...


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5 Things to Know Before Selling a Vacant Home

November 1, 2021

Leaving your home sitting vacant for any amount of time—even for a short vacation—can be risky. Putting it on the real estate market and having it sit unmonitored, whether you’ve moved across town, out of town, or out of state, is a whole other story. Anything from floods, pests, and crime to broken pipes, water leaks, and gas leaks can change the course of the sale of your home. Now that we’re moving into winter, taking precautions to winterize is a prudent step for any home seller. According to the most recent RMLS report, homes in the Portland metro area are selling, on average, within 40 days. That’s a pretty quick turnaround, but considering the time it takes to close,...