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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On the market: Multimillion-dollar homes linger for 500 days or more

home_500days25 September — A year goes by and you still haven’t sold your house. That seems odd, considering that the average days on the market in Multnomah County is 55, according to Zillow, a real estate database. You might want to rethink your asking price or marketing strategy, or maybe paint over the trompe l’oeil clouds on the ceiling. That is unless your home is valued at $1.5 million or more. That bracket requires special handling and patience. Dori Olmsted, a principal broker and manager of Cascade Sothebys International Realty’s Portland Pearl District Office, says the pool of buyers for high-priced, luxury homes is small. So the net has to be wide.  Read more...

Brokering the American dream

25 September — Homeownership has long been a key feature of the American Dream. However, according to a recent Census Bureau report, the percentage of Americans who own their homes has fallen to 62.9 percent—the lowest it has been in more than 50 years. The homeownership rate peaked in June 2004 at 69.2 percent. For millions of Americans, owning a home remains out of reach. Tom Salomone, a real-estate agent in Coral Springs, Florida, has witnessed the changes in the market over the course of his 40-year career. I spoke with Salomone about what he’s seen.  Read more…

A mortgage exec reflects on housing market’s challenges

25 September — From the outside, the housing market looks solid: Sales are climbing. So are prices. Mortgage rates are near historic lows. But the picture gets more complicated the deeper you dig into the data. U.S. home ownership rates have sunk to a half-century low. And qualifying for a mortgage requires an all-but-pristine credit score. Which can make life hard for both would-be sellers and buyers. The Associated Press spoke with Rohit Gupta, chief executive of Genworth Mortgage Insurance, about today’s housing market.  Read more…


How Google welcomed tomorrow’s star engineers and coders into its fold

26 September — An army of future tech leaders received an earful on coding earlier this week. The lessons were delivered by some of the cream of the tech crop: engineers at Google, who hosted a visit from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area. The visit was arranged after President Obama’s most recent call for educators to stress curricula that center on science, technology, engineering, and math. The STEM categories are projected to comprise 51 percent of all computer science jobs by 2018.  Read more…

State will reimburse school districts for lead testing, officials say

26 September — Oregon officials say school districts that paid to test their water sources for lead will likely be reimbursed. The Oregon Department of Education tells The Register-Guard that the Legislature will provide $5 million from its state emergency funds. State officials say requests for the reimbursements must be submitted to the Department of Education by Dec. 1.  Read more…

PERS: Lawmakers look for pension reform ideas in Salem

25 September — Oregon’s underfunded public pension may be the most unpopular conversation in Salem. But two legislators tried to get it back on the agenda last week as lawmakers gathered for a series of hearings to prepare for the 2017 session. Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, are calling themselves the Bipartisan PERS Solutions Workgroup. So far, they are the only members. And they stressed at a Wednesday meeting that their effort isn’t officially sanctioned, that the meeting was not a formal hearing, and that participants’ comments were not official testimony for the public record.  Read more…

Company promises credit services after data hack of millions of hunting, fishing licenses

25 September — A Texas-based company is promising credit repair services for millions of people who have been licensed to hunt or fish in Oregon, Washington and Idaho after a data breach last month. ACTIVE Network, which manages hunting and fishing license sales in the three states, mailed approximately 1 million notices to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife license customers and 1.5 million to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife customers on Sept. 19.  Read more…

The Oregonian/OregonLive history book, ‘Portland Memories,’ includes reader photos

25 September — This fall, The Oregonian/OregonLive is publishing a pictorial history book with more than 200 black and white photos, many contributed by Portland families. Readers can also watch for ads for the book, and an order coupon, in the newspaper. In this reader-contributed photo, workers stand in front of a butcher shop in downtown Portland on the west side, near the river, circa 1910. Butcher William F. Koehler, born in 1880, would later own a butcher shop in the Yamhill Market.  Read more…

12 places to see fall color in Oregon

25 September — Oregon is known as an evergreen state, full of that iconic Douglas-fir and all its coniferous brethren. Evergreens are so prevalent here, that you should feel free to excuse yourself if seeing the fall colors isn’t usually at the top of your autumn to-do list. While most abundant in urban areas, deciduous trees make up about 10 percent of Oregon’s 30 million acres of forest, according to data from the U.S. Forest Service. That includes huge stands of oak and red alder, significant populations of maple and the coniferous western larch, and stray patches of aspen, ash and cottonwood.  Read more…

Portland ranked 12th most fun city in U.S.

25 September — Portland has been ranked as the 12th most fun city in the country, according to a recent study done by WalletHub. “We define such a place as one that packs a little bit of everything for everyone — except maybe Johnny Knoxville and his extreme-thrill-seeking posse. In a city with enough variety, you won’t have to compromise with your amigos, your family or even yourself about the next fun activity to do alone or together,” said WalletHub. Portland ranks 17th in entertainment and recreation, 5th in entertainment and parties and 108th in costs.  Read more…

Stay in a luxury treehouse in the Columbia River Gorge

25 September — Skamania Lodge is no stranger to luxury accommodations, but now they’re offering up rooms that take things to another level. Two new treehouses are now available to book at the Stevenson, Wash. lodge in the Columbia River Gorge, offering visitors a chance to vacation among towering evergreens on the sprawling property. It should be noted, however, that to call these “treehouses” is a little misleading. The two cabins aren’t built into the branches of the nearby trees, but are on stilts among them. It’s still a markedly different feel from your average hotel or lodge room, encompassed and lorded over by a canopy of firs.  Read more…

Company’s first public Oregon station completes West Coast natural gas highway

25 September — A new natural gas station will enable trucking companies to haul goods between San Diego and Seattle while burning cleaner fuels than diesel. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened its first public Oregon liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas fueling station in Central Point, the final piece in its natural gas highway.  Read more…