I put this under the “Because I Can” category instead of “Real Estate General” mostly because I can.
1) The Portland Trail Blazers- who would have thought? I could attempt to weave some comparison to our real estate market but the Blazers should get to stand alone on this one. Both could hit a wall.
2) Andy Rooney does his 60 Minutes segment on Sunday on how great of an invention the umbrella is. I don’t know where my umbrella is and most Portlanders would agree.
3) For the 37th MSA market, Portland is still is getting national attention and it isn’t even the New York Times this time. Bon Appetit does Portland in the travel section on page 30 of the Feb 2008 print version. I can’t find it online. Some of the mentioned are the Ace Hotel, Lovely Hula Hands, Toro Bravo and Rocket.
On a different note, this is interesting: Win a $2.1M house in a raffle or take $1.7M cash. Unless I am unclear on the concept, you’d have to finance about 50% to pay off the IRS.
If Portland is so green, why don’t we see more hybrid cars? When I went to visit my dad in the hospital (doing fine and home now after 7hrs of elective back surgery) in Marin on Friday, I drove his Prius. At the traffic light there were two other Pri-i in front of me and one behind me- four in a row. Anybody seen that in Portland? I was surprised that our neighbors hadn’t realized that the TurnerRealtor vehicles are Lexus hybrids.
I’m showing the one LEED Certified single family residence listed in RMLS on Saturday. That should be interesting. Its unfortunate (or fortunate depending on how you look at it) that the Earth Advantage program is so busy that they can’t certify remodels, only new construction. We tried with our current project.
So there you have it. Some real estate crept in there: occupational hazard.