Portland Real Estate Blog

This is a top 100 real estate blog in the world according to Feedspot.com. In particular this is a Portland real estate blog written by a top 1% Portland real estate agent, Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor. Stephen regularly reports on the Portland real estate market, including short sale and foreclosure news. He gives home selling and home buying tips. He also writes informative articles on Portland neighborhoods. Finally, he writes to inform the general public about real estate agents and the industry.

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Portland Short Sale Agent 2013

February 22, 2013

Your home is valued at less than what you owe on your mortgage. You’re experiencing financial hardship and need to downsize to a new home but can’t sell your underwater home until the market changes. You don’t want to ruin your credit or be in a situation where you have to wait for months to buy again. Sound familiar? With the help of a Portland real estate agent experienced in short sales, your headaches could be over. Short sales have helped thousands of underwater homeowners in Portland sell their home and get out of mortgage debt. What is a short sale? A short sale allows the homeowner to sell his or her home for less than is owed on the...


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Three Reasons to Sell Your Home in 2013: Portland Market Action Report

January 24, 2013

As a homeowner, the toughest real estate question is always “When should I list my home for sale?” Depending on who you ask, the answer might depend on global economic factors or something as simple as the time of year. Professional real estate agents rely on the Market Action Report published by the Regional Multiple Listing Service, and you should too. By looking at 2012, it’s clear that 2013 will outshine the past few years as the ideal time to list a property or home for sale in Portland. Here are three quick reasons why: 1. Home prices are up, but leveling off. The Market Action Report for December gives a picture of the whole year’s activity on home prices....


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Top Portland Oregon Relocation Websites 2013

January 23, 2013

Need to relocate to Portland, Oregon? Good news! Portland city hall is very progressive. Before you rent or buy a home in Portland various websites can help you easily discover vital information about Portland neighborhoods: the best schools, lowest crime areas, and lots of helpful demographic information. Here are the top five Portland relocation websites: PortlandMaps.com – This website is updated by the government and contains the latest information on crime, zoning, utilities and more, great information specific to any inputted address.   Oregon School Ratings – The department of education in Oregon has a very progressive and in depth rating system for every single public school in the state! The entire list is searchable alphabetically on this site. Portland School District...


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Top Portland Real Estate Agent in 2013

January 17, 2013

The National Association of Realtors® puts out a “member profile report” every year. In the member profile report it goes over how much money REALTORS® spend and how much they make. I’m pleased to report that in 2012 I found myself in the top 10% of real estate agents in the United States. You can see my success rate in previous years here. With the Portland real estate market expected in increase dramatically in 2013 (see our article here) I’m confident I will remain a top Portland real estate agent in 2013. Real estate and Portland are my two loves (besides my family)! We live in a fantastic city full of business and culture. Let me put my experience to...


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Portland’s Hottest Neighborhoods for 2013 (part 2)

January 11, 2013

Is your New Year’s resolution to relocate to Portland? With so many great places to begin your search, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose the neighborhood that’s right for you. Let your local Portland real estate agent help. Last month, we listed three Portland neighborhoods that are up-and-coming for 2013. Now we’re finishing off our list with three more undiscovered but quintessentially Portland neighborhoods for you to consider. South Waterfront – A mix of the old and new is what you’ll find in this South Portland neighborhood. On the eastern edge is the South Waterfront, an industrial area on the Willamette river that has been redeveloped over the past few years into an happening urban zone. The condos...


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Mortgage Debt Relief Act Extended!

January 7, 2013

The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 has been extended by Congress until January 1st, 2014. Here at RealEstateAgentPDX.com, we’ve been following the developments with significant interest (two previous articles: What is the Short Sale Tax? and Short Sale Tax Exemption Could End Soon). This is excellent news for anyone who needs to short sale their Portland home, is in foreclosure now, or anyone who has been forgiven money by their lender on their home. The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 was set to expire January 1st, 2013. If it had not been extended it would have required Portland homeowners who had any of their home mortgage written off by a lender after January 1st, 2013 to pay taxes...


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Portland Real Estate Market Heading Up

January 2, 2013

The Portland real estate market is likely on an upswing, according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors and others who presented at the 2012 Realtors Conference and Expo. This is welcome news to nearly everyone involved in the real estate industry. As long as lenders are able to continue to lend, real estate market trends are almost all positive in the next few years, according to Yun. From inflation, to interest rates, to reconstruction, construction, fewer foreclosures on the market and pent-up demand for new homes, Yun touches on several areas that all point toward a positive next several years in real estate market trends. Because of these trends, rises in home sales are forecast...


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Top Portland Neighborhoods for 2013 (part 1)

December 26, 2012

With 95 neighborhoods, the city of Portland has a place for everyone – seniors, families, first-time home buyers, and anyone looking for the convenience of urban life with the safety and familiarity of a good neighborhood. In 2012, we saw the Portland real estate market begin to pick up again, making 2013 the perfect year to invest in a home. Foreclosed properties and short sales continue to come on the market, and the savvy buyer might just find a screaming deal this year. Where are the great properties? All over the Portland, area, really. Young professionals continue to flood into the Pearl district and are starting to move into new developments in the south Waterfront and in North Portland. Southeast...


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Heat up your Portland home value with a fireplace or stove

December 12, 2012

In the damp, dark winters that characterize the Portland, Oregon area, there’s nothing quite like a cheery flame to warm your toes. Traditional open fireplaces are attractive but inefficient, and there are many other options for units that put out heat without creating drafts and wide temperature fluctuations. Rustic wood-burning stoves, pellet stoves or modern glass-enclosed gas or electric fireplaces add a comfortable ambiance to your home that can’t be rivaled. They also serve as a living-area centerpiece, an attractive place for the family to gather year-round. If you’re thinking of selling your Portland home down the road, adding a heat-efficient fireplace or stove could pay off in helping potential buyers fall in love with your home. So what are...


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What Sellers Look for in a Portland Listing Agent

December 4, 2012

Selling a house is no small endeavor. And, as one might expect, it’s not something most of us would want to leave to someone we don’t trust. This is one of the main reasons we ask for referrals from our friends, family, neighbors and coworkers when selling a house. Did you know that getting a referral is the number one method used to find a Real Estate Agent? Well it is. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Yearly Publication, fully thirty-nine percent of people selling a house in 2011 found their listing agent by getting a referral from a friend, neighbor or relative. Involving a trusted friend’s referral can bring peace of mind and perhaps promotes more honesty, but...