Sept. 29, 2019

Who's watching us?? (How can we ensure privacy?)

who's watching computersJust quick note...  You may already have it but if not, may I suggest you get a copy of the October 2019 Consumer Report.  (I just borrow from library.)  The cover article is "WHO IS WATCHING YOU?"  Subtitles include:

 

  1. Signal
  2. DuckDuckGo
  3. Android v Apple
  4. That oversharing camera
  5. That spy in your pocket
  6. Is public Wi-Fi still dangerous
  7. What's the best way to sign in
  8. Where federal law lets you down
  9. How to delete Alexa recordings
  10. Should I use a workplace provided Fitbit
  11. Privacy tips that need more explaining
  12. What your info sells for on the dark web

 

Articles on privacy don't get any better than this. 

Posted in Real Estate News
Sept. 13, 2019

September 2019 Housing Report

Fairstone Properties Housing Report ImageRMLS™, “The Source for Real Estate Statistics,” has released their latest monthly residential real estate statistical report for the Metro Portland Area providing marketing statistics as of the end of August 2019 reporting closed sales had the strongest numbers in the Portland metro area.

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Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 4, 2019

National Snapshot: How’s the Real Estate Market?

Fairstone - national Market update pictureThe U.S. unemployment rate is at a 50-year low, and consumer confidence remains high. In fact, the University of Michigan’s latest Surveys of Consumers found that Americans have their most positive personal finance outlook since 2003.1

However, if you follow national news, you’ve probably heard speculation that we could be headed toward a recession. Global trade tensions and a slowdown in the GDP growth rate have sparked volatility in the stock market, leading to economic uncertainty.

Given these differing signals, you may be wondering: How has the U.S. housing market been impacted? Where is it headed? And more importantly … what does it mean for me?

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Aug. 14, 2019

August 2019 Housing Report

Fairstone Properties Housing Report ImageRMLS™, “The Source for Real Estate Statistics,” has released their latest monthly residential real estate statistical report for the Metro Portland Area providing marketing statistics as of the end of July 2019 reporting closed sales had the strongest numbers in the Portland metro area.

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Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 4, 2019

5 Practical Steps for Downsizing Your Home

In our “bigger is better” culture, there’s an expectation that each home should be larger and grander than the last. But life changes like divorce, kids leaving for college, or even the simple act of growing older can prompt us to find a smaller home that better suits our shifting needs and lifestyle.

In fact, the advantages of downsizing are being increasingly recognized. A “tiny house movement” has gained passionate advocates who appreciate the benefits of living simply at any age and stage of life. Not only does a smaller home typically cost less, it also takes less time and effort to maintain.1

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Posted in Buying, Selling
July 10, 2019

July 2019 Housing Report

RMLS™, "The Source for Real Estate Statistics," has released their latest monthly residential real estate report for the Metro Portland Area providing marketing statistics as of the end of June 2019 indicating that while new listings are up, pending and closed sales are down.  

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Posted in Market Updates
July 10, 2019

Will your remodel pay off? The Best (and Worst) Ways to Spend your Budget

Most homeowners have something about their property that they want to change. And as family needs and design trends shift over time, many will eventually choose to remodel. Some homeowners make updates to their property before listing it to maximize their potential sales revenue.

Whatever your reasons are for taking on a home improvement project, it’s wise to consider how the money you invest will impact your home’s value.

We’ve taken a look at six popular home renovations and identified those that—on average—have the best and worst returns on investment. So before you lift a hammer or hire a contractor, take a look at this list and see if your remodeling efforts will reward you when it comes time to sell.

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Posted in Selling
June 14, 2019

June 2019 Housing Report

RMLS™, "The Source for Real Estate Statistics," has released their latest monthly residential real estate report for the Metro Portland Area providing marketing statistics as of the end of May 2019.  While confirming May was the strongest May for closings since 2006, both inventory and market time decreased.  

Comparing 2019 to 2018 through May, median sale price increased 0.7% from $339,500 to $402,400.  In the same comparison, the average sale price increased 0.9% from $448,600 to $452,700.  

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Posted in Market Updates
June 4, 2019

Serious About Selling? Five Steps to Make Your Home the Best on the Block

We all want to be good neighbors. But when it comes to selling your home, it’s not just about “keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s about outshining them at every opportunity! If you’re looking to sell your home fast and for the most money possible, you’ll need a strategy to set it apart from all the other listings competing for buyers in your area. That’s why we’ve outlined our proven, five-step plan for serious sellers. Use these five tactics to help your listing get noticed, win over buyers, and net a higher sales price than your neighbors!

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Posted in Selling
May 14, 2019

May 2019 Housing Report

Fairstone Properties May 2019 Housing ReportRMLS™, “The Source for Real Estate Statistics,” has released their latest monthly residential real estate statistical report for the Metro Portland Area providing marketing statistics as of the end of April 2019 and confirming we saw mostly gains with new listings leading the way.

Comparing 2019 to 2018 through April, median sale price increased 1.2% from $395,000 to $399,600.  In the same comparison, the average sale price increased 0.3% from $444,600 to $445,900.  

Interest rates continue to hold.  Bond markets are largely unchanged and treasury yields are near their 90-day low.  However, lenders are advising all but the most "risk-craving" clients to lock their rates. 

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Posted in Market Updates