Portland Real Estate Ignores National Trend

The sky may be falling in real estate markets across the country but Case-Shiller reports again that Portland and Seattle aren’t following the national market: Home prices fall at fastest rate in 13 years Case-Shiller index shows prices …

CNN; NAR Reports on Real Estate

NAR released this story today: Tighter Lending Standards Good For Housing, But Will Dampen Sales WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – Tighter lending criteria and fallout from the subprime loan debacle will lead to a healthier housing market with …

Real Estate Designations

Back when the EcoBroker designation came out, I was pretty critical of it and then followed up. Not because it isn’t a goof cause but because it is a designation awarded by a third party for taking and …

Portland Real Estate Still Appreciating

Oregon Real Estate is still looking like a sound investment. The days of high teens appreciation may be gone but experts quoted in today’s Oregonian still see 5%-8% appreciation in 2007. That means the $300,000 house you look …

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 …

Portland Trail Blazers and Real Estate

As of today, there are 162 residential listings in Portland priced over $1,000,000 showing active in RMLS. There are 76 in Lake Oswego and 37 in West Linn. There are a total of 3631 active residential listings in …

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 …