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 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 Shelli at (503) 497-5061 or Susan at (503) 497-2984.

Shelli Gowdy — Real Estate Broker
Susan Marthens —  Principal Real Estate Broker/CRS GRI



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A family home gets a second story, doubles the space

23 August — The Sorcinelli family was happily living in a 1949 bungalow squeezed onto a small lot in Southeast Portland. They made improvements, replaced the windows and remodeled the living room and fireplace. Then Dan and Jenni Sorcinelli learned their young daughter was going to become a big sister, and suddenly their single-level home seemed too small. Their solution: Instead of looking around at other properties, they looked up. By adding a second story, they were able to doubled their living space without giving up what they love about their home, neighborhood and nearby schools. With a keen design team, they were also able to keep much of the bungalow’s original floor plan intact.  Read more…

Report: Portland leads in full-time Airbnbs — the kind that could push up housing costs

24 August — Nearly one in six Portland homes listed on Airbnb operate essentially as full-time vacation rentals, an analysis by the data journalism website FiveThirtyEight found, a higher ratio than any U.S. city examined except Honolulu. The analysis found that Airbnb, a website that lets users easily rent their property to travelers like a hotel, has likely had little effect on housing prices to date. But it also said the full-time “commercial” rentals are the most likely to push housing costs higher because they might otherwise be rented out to locals.  Read more…

The housing market is finally starting to look healthy

24 August — It has been an excruciatingly long time coming, but the housing sector in the United States is finally getting healthy. Thank millennials and thank homebuilders who are starting to produce more of the starter houses young people demand. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from a new report Tuesday that shows that more new homes were sold in July than in nearly a decade. Buyers purchased single-family houses at the annual rate of 654,000, the highest rate since October 2007, the government said. That is 31 percent higher than a year earlier. Those numbers are volatile and include a wide margin of error, but combined with other evidence, the United States housing market seems to be solidly on the mend in 2016.  Read more…


Oregon students’ ACT scores best in recent history

24 August — Oregon’s class of 2016 was the best-prepared for college in recent history, according to results for the 14,000-plus students who took the ACT college entrance exam. The scores, made public on Wednesday, were only slightly better than for the previous class, with 4 percent more students demonstrating college readiness in math and 3 percent more testing college-ready in all four subjects tested. The average composite score, 21.7 out of a possible 36, was two-tenths of a point higher than the previous record.  Read more…

The growth of women-owned businesses, in hard numbers

24 August — Women-owned businesses are a fast-growing segment of the U.S. business market, with women expected to own 39 percent of all U.S. businesses by 2017. But that’s not the only piece of good news from a new study of small and mid-sized business owners conducted by Bizwomen’s sister company, The Business Journals: While the number of women-owned businesses is growing fast, so are the businesses themselves. About 32 percent of women-owned businesses are actively expanding, compared to just 27 percent of men-owned businesses. And 77 percent of women owners plan to hire full-time employees over the next 12 months.  Read more…

Welcome to MusicfestNW

24 August — Everyone has their own definition of a “good day.” If you’re a rapper from South Central L.A., your ideal 24 hours might involve eating a pork-free breakfast, hooking up with your high-school crush and seeing your name in the lights of the Goodyear Blimp. For the average Portlander, it’s probably something more modest—like, say, slugging a tallboy at the riverfront while rapping along to every word of a song you know as well as any nursery rhyme. For 17 years, MusicfestNW has been like one of those fly dreams.  Read more…

Most millennials want to buy a home, but can’t afford one

24 August — Portland’s housing shortage is especially hard on younger would-be homebuyers. The shortage of homes for sale is continuing to drive prices up, making it even more difficult for those just starting out in life to afford them, according to a recent national survey. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the vast majority of millennials in Portland and across the country want to eventually own their own home,according to a survey by Zumper, a startup that tracks issues facing renters. It found that 87.5 percent of millennials in Portland want to buy a home at some point in their lives, just slightly less than the 90 percent national average.  Read more…

Can’t call 911? Now you can send a text

24 August — The ubiquity of 911 is one of the most important features of the emergency response system in the United States. Any person can dial 911 on any phone and immediately connect to the closest emergency dispatchers, no matter where they are. But sometimes calling 911 isn’t an option in an emergency, and that’s why Lake Oswego’s emergency communications center (LOCOM) is joining seven other emergency departments to implement text-to-911 service. The service is intended to serve anyone in a situation where a voice call might not be possible, such as a deaf person without access to a TTY device, a domestic violence victim or a person with a weak cell phone connection.  Read more…

Oregon collects $25.5 million in marijuana taxes since start of the year

23 August — Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries have sold an estimated $102 million in recreational cannabis since January, when the state imposed a 25 percent sales tax on pot. The state has collected about $25.5 million in marijuana taxes in the first six months of the year and is on track to meet state economists’ projections. The latest tax figures, released Monday by the Oregon Department of Revenue, include the start of marijuana-infused edibles sales. The products include a wide variety of snacks, sweets and drinks and were available to anyone 21 and older starting in June.  Read more… 

‘Historical’ plan divides Eastmoreland

23 August — The Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) Land Use Committee is proposing to have a large area of that neighborhood be designated an official “Historical District”. This idea doesn’t set well with some neighborhood residents, who have banded together under the banner of “Keep Eastmoreland Free”. “This is a continuation of what we’ve attempted to do over a period of years,” said ENA’s immediate Past President Robert McCullough, now the organization’s Treasurer, after an executive committee reshuffling at a special board meeting on July 19.  Read more…