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HOA Litigation Against Builders

Litigation between the HOA and the builder appears to be becoming the rule, not the exception. In Forest Heights, most of the townhouse and condo developments are either in or past litigation with the developer of their units …

Hybrid Real Estate

In January, I wrote that I thought the Lexus RX 400h might be the perfect real estate car. Yesterday, we traded in the old SUV for a second 400h. The old SUV averaged 15.4mpg on premium fuel. I’ve …

Real Estate on a Down Cycle

I posted this over on Blue Oregon as part of a thread going on over there on home prices in Portland. Last week on CNNMoney.com: Housing boom 2.0

Cash out of 1031 Exchange

We’ve decided to take some of the proceeds from the sale of NE Ivy (the relinquished property in 1031 speak) and pay the capitol gains on it. The majority of the money is being used for the down …

What is a 1031 Exchange in Real Estate

*** Disclaimer: this is not tax advice- consult an accountant with specific 1031 Exchange questions! We’re selling NE Ivy St. as an investment property. The price difference of what we bought it for in 2001 and the selling …

Environmentally Friendly Real Estate and the Lexus RX 400h

For the last three years, I have been driving what could probably be termed as the worst late-model real estate car: a Nissan 350z two seat coupe. Featuring poor visibility, no in-car navigation, and a punishing sports car …