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
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Remodeling for Airbnb: Empty nester converts daughters' old bedrooms into 'hotel' suite
2 July 2015 — For two decades, Linda Gaudin raised her three daughters in a 1931 English Tudor in Southeast Portland's Eastmoreland neighborhood. Now that the girls have gone off to college and careers, Gaudin's making money from her house. For $75 a night, travelers booking overnight stays through Airbnb use an upstairs bedroom with a queen bed, a separate sitting room and private bathroom with two sinks. They can also shop in her den for hand-made items and vintage finds that she also posts on Etsy. "No pressure to buy, but people seem to love it and so do I," Gaudin says. Since the empty nester started renting the suite in June, she's checked in a pilot from Arizona, a traveling couple from the Netherlands and a mom from the Chicago area visiting her son who didn't have extra space at his home for her. Read more…
Local real estate market as hot as the weather
2 July 2015 — Is it your imagination that it’s hot out there? Nope, this is especially true of the real estate market in north Clackamas County. “In 23 years I’ve never seen a market this competitive,” said Debra Mathews, a real estate agent with Hasson Company Realtors. Mathews sells houses in Clackamas County and other regions of Oregon. Read more…
How might Oregon spend $1 billion in borrowed money?
2 July 2015 — Gov. Kate Brown will apparently fall short of the $100 million she wanted to borrow for an ambitious plan that would put Oregon on the vanguard of housing policy by building thousands of its own affordable units. A copy of the Legislature's all-but-final plan for which projects deserve a taste of more than $1 billion in borrowed money over the next two years shows Brown in line for sizable haul that's still less than requested: $62.5 million for housing needs overall, with $40 million set aside for the new affordable units her office was pitching. Read more...
Parking getting scarce, costly
2 July 2015 — There are 5,967 curbside parking spaces in the section of Northwest Portland covered by the latest Northwest Portland Parking Plan. So far this year, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has sold 6,953 annual parking permits to residents and businesses in that area. Tha’s about a thousand more than the number of spaces — and that doesn’t even include the 1,075 guest parking permits that have been sold. Parking experts say a neighborhood can usually sell about 15 percent more permits than it has spaces, since not all vehicles are parked at the same time. But Northwest Portland will soon be way beyond that. Sounds like a prescription for disaster, right? Read more...
Portland gives green light to 4th of July fireworks
2 July 2015 — The Portland Fire & Rescue has decided against banning fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend, so long as the weather cooperates. Illegal fireworks cause loud explosions or spread sparks over a long distance. High temperatures and strong winds had the fire bureau considering a ban, but chief Erin Janssens decided against it. “Legal fireworks will be allowed providing people exercise caution and follow safety protocols such as using only an open area, over non-combustible surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt; having a clean metal bucket to place expended fireworks in; and never attempting to relight a dud,” said Janssens. If the wind picks up or temperatures rise, the rules could change. Read more...
Battle over Broadway Corridor property heating up
2 July 2015 —The neighborhood surrounding Portland’s Union Station, better known as the Broadway Corridor, is a long-underutilized swath of property at the west end of the Broadway Bridge. Located on the edge of the Pearl District, it’s considered prime real estate by developers and city officials who say it hasn’t reached its full potential. Yesterday, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) held its first in three Open Houses to discuss the “guiding principles” of the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan, which aims to redevelop the area as part of the Central City 2035 West Quadrant Plan. Read more...
1 July 2015 — Eighty years after cannabis was banned in Oregon, it’s legal again this week. Countless lives have been ruined in the meantime—very few by addiction and none by homicidal madmen driven loco by marihuana, as the propaganda warned back in 1935. So here we are. Oregon is among the first states to finally fix the mess of marijuana prohibition, with the most liberal laws the nation has yet seen. You can carry an ounce of marijuana in your pocket. You can grow four plants in your home, enough to yield a half-pound come harvest if you’ve got a green thumb (we've got some tips). Come October, it’s looking like every medical dispensary in town will be able to also sell recreational weed, at least on a temporary basis (start window-shopping now). Thanks to Measure 91 initiative’s ban on add-on taxes, Oregon’s legal weed will probably be the cheapest in the nation, just like our previously illegal weed. Read more...
Group takes minimum wage fight to ballot
1 July 2015 — Disappointed with legislative inaction, labor and other advocates took the first step Tuesday toward a 2016 ballot measure proposing a $15 statewide minimum wage by 2019. Oregon’s current statewide minimum is $9.25 per hour, second only to Washington’s $9.47 among the states. But several cities — Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles — are gradually raising their minimums to $15. Advocates filed preliminary paperwork for the measure several weeks ago, but on Tuesday, they filed with state elections officials the 2,000 signatures that will trigger a ballot title from the attorney general. The title is an official summary required before advocates can collect the 88,184 signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot. Read more...
LaMarcus Aldridge: Will he stay or will he go?
1 July 2015 — LaMarcus Aldridge is officially an NBA free agent at 9 p.m. Tuesday, leaving Trail Blazers fans to wonder if he will stick around in Portland. The four-time All-Star is the highest profile Trail Blazer free agent the team has dealt with in years. Aldridge earned about $16.5 million dollars in his most recent season with the Blazers. The team lost in the first round of the 2015 NBA playoffs, after reaching the second round in 2014 — a first in Aldridge’s nine-year tenure in Portland. After the Tuesday deadline, Aldridge is free to talk to teams, but teams can’t sign free agents until July 9. Here’s a few reasons why the star’s future is a toss up. Read more...
Paying by the mile
1 July 2015 — Drivers of hybrid and electric cars enjoy lots of benefits. They can feel good that they’re churning out a lot less carbon. Their energy costs are lower. And they don’t have to pay as much as they once did for the state’s roads. That support is paid primarily through the gas tax. When you don’t stop at the pump, you don’t have to pay. But what’s been good for the environment has been bad for the Oregon Department of Transportation. After decades of steady funding from the gas tax, ODOT is in serious financial trouble. The agency’s budget, driven also by truck-mile fees and DMV fees, can no longer keep pace with the state’s road needs and payments on billions in debt ODOT now carries for past transportation projects. Read more...
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