January – A Time for Organization
What is it about January that beckons the absolute need for organizing everything…from the Holiday decorations to the garage, make up drawer and the linen closet?
Thinking of selling your home this year, I have a piece of advise.
Potential buyers will open closets and storage spaces to see if they will enough space for THEIR belongings. The linen closet is an easy place to start organizing.
Tips for a Tidy Linen Closet, Big or Small.
1. Less is more. Keep the good towels and sheets. Donate mismatched items.
2. Use labeled bins for storing small items such as extra pillow cases, sheet sets, wash cloths and hand towels
3. Place sheet sets in a pillow case to save time and confusion.
4. Trifold towels and stack vertically. See picture above.
5. Resurrect the label maker for bins and shelves.
Portland Monthly Magazine reports on 596 public and private schools around the Portland Metro Area.
5 Remodels That Make Good Resale Value Sense….and 5 that do not!
Another great article from Houzz outlining five remodels that typically make good financial sense, providing a nice return on the investment at the time of resale.
1. Kitchens. Updating a tired old kitchen is one of the wisest methods, and a tried and true one, of increasing the value of your home.
2. Adding living space. A straightforward addition of a new living room space is typically a very good investment.
3. Curb appeal. You have heard not to judge a book by its cover, but smart money recognizes the cover’s value. Your front elevation is more than just a first impression. It’s the only impression available to just about all of your home’s potential buyers.
4. Master suites. Sorry, kids. Home buying decisions are in the hands of adults, and adults care about the environment where they sleep. Updating a master bedroom or remodeling and adding a new master suite is money well spent.
5. Bathrooms. Home buyers notice bathrooms, and although all the bathrooms are important, a priority should be placed on the powder room and master bath, followed by a guest bathroom and any other secondary baths.
And the five remodels that typically do not make a good resale value are:
1. Kids's spaces
3. Wine Rooms
4. Removing features (fireplace)
5. Very minor additions.
Portland Public Schools is in the process of making some pretty big boundary changes.
Click below to see if you will be affected and where to voice your concerns.
Biggest changes I can see are Bridelmile and Laurelhurst.
While not technically a real estate question, it is fascinating to see where your name was prominate in 1700 versus today. This site also offers meaning to many surnames as well.
Build Small-Live Large! Join architects, designers, developers, builders, remodelers, urban planners and homeowners in this one day housing summit featuring the latest housing trend! Learn about cottage clusters, elegant space efficient designs and the policies which build communities. ADU's and beyond!
Friday November 6th at PSU – 8 am – 7 pm!
The Pearl District is in NW Portland and could be considered the livliest area of Portland. A pedestrian's dream, the residents can walk to work, eat at a variety of restaurants, go to Bar and Yoga classes, walk or bike along the river and jump on a streetar that loops through downtown Portland.
The Pearl District was formerly occupied by warehouses, light industry and railroad classification yards and is now noted for art galleries, restaurants, upscale businesses and retail with high rise residences and lofts.This urban oasis is not home to single family homes, rather a combination of high and low rise condominiums and townhomes.
Neighborhood parks make living in the Pearl appealing to young and older residents. The vibe in the Pearl is exciting and new. Whether you live in the Pearl or just visiting, the proximity of many outdoor and civic venues is enticing.