Portland Real Estate Blog

This is a top 100 real estate blog in the world according to Feedspot.com. In particular, this is a local real estate blog written by a top 1% real estate agent in the U.S., Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor. Stephen regularly reports on the greater Portland metro area’s real estate market including annual housing forecasts and best time to sell or buy a home reports. He gives home selling and home buying professional advice. He also writes informative articles on Portland neighborhoods and suburbs as they relate to the real estate market. Finally, he writes to inform the general public about real estate agents, such as annual average real estate agent commission reports and more.

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Top 5 Front Door Colors to Sell your Home 2022

September 20, 2021

First impressions matter, so if you want to hook potential buyers with the ultimate curb appeal, consider refreshing your home’s front door color. It’s a small investment that can reap quicker sales and put thousands more in your pocket at closing, according to a recent study by Zillow. Our top 5 front door choices for 2022 combines the Zillow study, recent colors of the year awards, and research into popular exterior colors. Keeping in mind factors like trends, style of home, and geographical location will go a long way in helping you choose the perfect color. Which of our following top five front door color picks will make people want to step inside your home and take a look around?...


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Milwaukie Real Estate Market Report and 2022 Forecast

September 17, 2021

Of all the Portland suburbs, Milwaukie is one of the most charming with its rich history and focus on quality of life. This little burg offers Oregon homeowners and home buyers the best of both worlds—the serenity of small-town living and easy access to the city.   After a surge in the real estate market, Milwaukie is holding steady despite a lack of inventory, a common issue in the Portland area. It seems that many potential home buyers are becoming hip to all that Milwaukie has to offer. Thanks to the MAX, Portland’s acclaimed light rail system, Portlanders who work in the city are looking to Milwaukie for their next home. If you’re dreaming of a change of pace yet...


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A 6,000 Square Foot, 35 Foot High, Six-Plex can be built next to Your Portland Home.

September 13, 2021

The Portland residential infill project is now live. The high density Portland plan went into effect August 1st, 2021. Initial public comments on the revolutionary, highly contested plan exceeded 15,000. The details of the plan are so extensive, the City of Portland has assigned a dedicated phone number and email for it, and the RIP PDF manual is nearly 300 pages long. Portland Residential Infill Project Map Most of Portland city proper is affected by the RIP plan and most areas will allow a 6,000 sq. ft. Six-plex to be built next to your Portland home. These huge buildings won’t be restricted to busy streets or street corners. One can expect to see them pop up next to any home...


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Professional Photography and 3D Tours Sell Homes Faster and for More

September 10, 2021

It might feel like a no-brainer to state that professional photos and 3D home tours help homes on the real estate market sell faster and for more. But that might surprise you is just how much more and just how much faster. I’ve been selling homes, licensed since 2003, and my team has completed over 2,000 home sales. Not only will I bring national studies to the table in this article, but I can speak from significant personal experience on the subject. Not all professional photography and not all 3D home tours are the same. I also hope to help bring some useful distinction to both. You might be surprised to learn there are 4 different categories of professional real...


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Beaverton Real Estate Market and Forecast for 2022

September 6, 2021

The Beaverton Real Estate Market is Cooling Off You can see the fall cooling effect on the Beaverton, Oregon real estate market above in slowly increasing inventory numbers, increasing average days on market, and increasing price drops. The Portland metro real estate market is seasonal and this cooling is expected each fall. The seasonal aspect of the real estate market here is so strong we write an annual report, a month-by-month break down of the best times to buy or sell. Cooling off here is a relative term as the market still favors sellers overall at the moment, but it will continue to soften as we approach the holidays. The Beaverton Real Estate Market September 2021 The Beaverton real estate...


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How Many Real Estate Agents Are There? 2022 Update

September 3, 2021

We will have another record high number of real estate agents in the U.S. in 2022. Not all real estate agents are Realtors, but the vast majority are, as the vast majority of licensed Realty companies in the U.S. require all of their licensed real estate agents to also carry a National Association of Realtors membership, both a national and state (and sometimes additionally a Metro or County) Realtor membership. The National Association of Realtors requires its members to abide by a strict code of ethics to better serve and protect the public. Realtor is a membership title while the term real estate agent is for a state-issued license. Different states have different license terms for their licensed real estate...


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Top 5 Safest Portland Suburbs According to the FBI

August 30, 2021

Portland, Oregon’s crime is rising and that is causing some home buyers to look outside the city for a new place to call home. Portland had 15,288 violent crimes reported in the last 5 years according to the FBI. Before making any decisions about purchasing a new home, it is smart to look at some of the crime statistics for that area. While no one wants to think about crime happening in their neighborhood, it is always a good idea to check which Portland suburbs may be safer than others. If you’re looking to buy a house in Oregon, nationally available FBI collected violent crime data will help you evaluate the neighborhood you’re looking into. This article provides a review...


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Portland Real Estate Market Fall 2021 Update

August 27, 2021

The Portland real estate market has been on a tear, following a national estate trend for 2021. Portland proper and all metro suburbs are up in price this year from 10% to 20%. See how each Portland suburb market has fared so far in 2021 here. This is after the Portland real estate market was cooling (from 2017 to early 2020) and looked like it would end up cold by 2022. Instead, due of course to the national COVID19 impact, we are predicting a positive increase in Portland housing prices in 2022, and currently, there are no national real estate industry partners forecasting a drop in the 2022 national real estate market. The Portland Real Estate Market Cools in the...


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The Best County in Portland, Oregon is?

August 23, 2021

Portland, Oregon is a sprawling metro sometimes referred to as the tri-county area. Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties are Oregon’s three most populous, and together they hold nearly 2 million people (1.9). Portland proper in contrast has a population of over half a million, and so most of the population in Portland’s metro area is contained within the expansive tri-county area. Let’s meet our contenders to find out which Oregon county is the best in Portland. Multnomah County This county holds the entirety of Portland proper within its borders, but also extends far to the east, nearly all the way to Mt. Hood. Multnomah has the distinction of hosting Portland downtown, the international PDX airport, and has within its borders...


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Hillsboro Real Estate Market 2021

August 20, 2021

Hillsboro has a significant real estate market as it is the second largest suburb of Portland, Oregon following Gresham. The sprawling suburb pops north of Highway 26 and drops south past Highway 8. Hillsboro hosts its own airport, the second busiest in Oregon. Intel has a significant presence here, the Ronler Acres Campus, and there are two massive shopping districts to choose from, Tanasborne and Orenco Station. Want to know more about Hillsboro, Oregon? Check out our recent top 5 things you didn’t know about Hillsboro post. Hillsboro is the Most Diverse City in the State of Oregon No doubt due in part to the growing international Intel corporation and the accessibility of its own significant airport, Hillsboro has the...