Portland Event Calendar | September 2017

Portland September Events September is here! Fall is near, the kids are going back to school and we are all getting back into our routines. September brings a sense of order and regimen, and as much as we all love our regimens, it’s important to enjoy ourselves too! Check out some fun events going [...]


Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour

Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour- September 9th and 10th, 2017 A tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them. **Register for the ADU Tour here** For a thorough description of the ADU Tour, read this recent Oregonian article and this blog post. Saturday tour [...]


Top 5 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

Looking to buy your first home? You’ll want to fill your toolbox with these essentials so you’ll be prepared for home improvement projects or emergencies. Also, be sure to give our Mortgage Advisors a call so they can assist you in the buying process! Tape Measure This one is a no brainer. From DIY’s, hanging [...]


Is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Right for You?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are also known as: Ohana Unit (Hawaii) Granny Flat Mother-in-Law Unit In-Law Suite Grand Retreat Homeowners Build ADUs for Many Reasons: Long-term rental: supplemental rental income Short-term rental: Airbnb and VRBO short-term rentals can generate much higher rent than monthly rentals, but require more time to manage Age in Place: [...]


In Portland, It Now Costs As Much to Rent As to Buy!

According to Rent Jungle, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Portland is $1821 per month. The monthly mortgage payment on a $300k home purchased with five percent down falls within the same monthly payment range. By the time you factor in the tax savings associated with the mortgage interest deduction, the net [...]