Shelli's & Susan's Guide to Portland
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Welcome to our website about the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area. It's our way of helping you become acquainted with the neighborhoods and communities of the Portland metro area and to inform you about the Portland area housing market. Your comments and suggestions about the website are always welcome.
If you have questions or if you're interested in buying or selling a home in the Portland area, contact us online or call Susan at (503) 497-2984 or Shelli at (503) 497-5061.
Susan Marthens — Principal Real Estate Broker/CRS GRI
Shelli Gowdy — Real Estate Broker
New Listings in the City of Portland
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New houses are getting bigger
2 June 2015 — The square footage of new U.S. houses continues to march higher. The median-sized single-family house built in 2014 was 2,453 square feet, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, setting a new record. House sizes have grown steadily with only a few reversals, which turned out to be brief. New homes shrank in the wake of the housing bubble, but the trend turned out to be short-lived. By 2012, builders were setting new square-footage records. Read more…
No surprise here: Portland home prices continue to climb
2 June 2015 — Ask just about anyone involved in Portland's residential real estate market — Realtors, lenders, frustrated prospective buyers and gleeful sellers — and there's no surprise here: Home prices in April were up 7 percent compared to the same month last year. That's from the latest report by real estate data company CoreLogic, which also found that prices have increased just shy of 7 percent nationwide, as well. What's powering that rise is also nothing too surprising. Read more…
Residential deconstruction program headed to City Council
2 June 2015 — The City Council will consider creating a pilot program to encourage more contractors to deconstruct homes targeted for redevelopment on Wednesday. The resolution submitted by Mayor Charlie Hales is partly a response to concerns raised by neighborhood activists that hazardous materials like asbestos and lead-based paint chips are released into the air during the mechanical demolition of homes. The number of demolition projects has increased in recent years as the economy has recovered and existing homes have been redeveloped into new housing, especially in popular close-in neighborhoods. The resolution says there were 350 demolitions of single-family homes in 2014 and the number is trending upwards. Read more…
Underachieving Oregon: Schools perform in bottom third nationally
3 June 2015 — Oregon schools produce results that rank in the bottom third nationally, partly because Oregon lags far behind the national average in classroom spending. Those are two central findings of a first-of-its-kind analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive designed to judge every state's public schools. The core conclusion: Oregon schools rank No. 38 in the nation in performance. They rank No. 39 in spending per student, adjusted for cost of living. The state's students perform right at the national average in math and a hair above the national average in reading, when family income and parent education are taken into account, the analysis found. Read more...
Willamette Week's 2015 outdoor guide
3 June 2015 — You’ve really gotta go see the map. Not right away, but after you’ve done some exploring—a weekend camping and paddling atLost Lake, a hike to Punchbowl Falls, some climbing at Cascade Boulders and maybe a drive across the Lolo Pass. Once you’ve spent some time around that beautifully symmetrical peak looming on Portland’s skyline, climb the stairs at the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum, and drink it all in.That spectacular relief map, over 8 feet wide and donated by Timberline Lodge in 2001, gives you a bird’s-eye view of the area in this guide. Even if you’re well-acquainted with the land it covers, there’s something you’ll notice and want to explore later. Read more...
Portland is much more 'suburban' than you think it is
2 June 2015 — Many of us like to think of Portland as an urban oasis, safeguarded from the suburban aesthetic by both our values and the urban growth boundary. But it isn’t necessarily so. According to economist Jed Kolko, Portland is more suburban than you might think -- and many other cities are more urban than popular conception has it. What follows are 15 U.S. cities with 500,000-plus residents and the percentage of households that are in a “suburban” zip code. Read more…
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