Susan’s & Shelli’s Guide to Portland
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Susan Marthens — Principal Real Estate Broker/CRS GRI (503) 497-2984
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Real Estate News
Remodeling costs are wildly variable; Houzz crowdsources some estimates
22 November 2014 — It’s easier to estimate the cost of new construction than a remodel because it has fewer unknowns. With a new house, you won’t uncover concealed dry rot, twisted framing or a colony of yellow jackets, buzzing behind the lath. In a remodel, you just might. That said, the home improvement site Houzz has compiled data from its community of users around the country to arrive at average costs for various remodels. Houzz says, for example, the average cost to remodel a kitchen in Portland runs about $35,275. In Little Rock, Ark., it’s $13,913. For a whole house remodel in Portland, Houzz says the average runs about $221,999 — a figure that still can buy an attractive house in this market. For a whole house remodel in Portland, Houzz says the average runs about $221,999 — a figure that still can buy an attractive house in this market. As it happens, $221,999 is a little more than Eric and Gretta Marchek paid for a full remodel of their Multnomah Village home, described in Friday’s Oregonian :Portlanders like the Marcheks find payoffs in their own houses. Read more…
Portland council prepares to catch up to short-term rental market with permit process
22 November 2014 — Portland could legalize short-term rentals in multi-unit properties through services such as Airbnb, following a hearing on the subject Wednesday. But one issue very much on the minds of city councilors and staffers is the low rate of compliance with the city’s requirement that people who list single-family dwellings get a city permit. Revenue Bureau director Thomas Lannom said he estimates only about 1 percent of Portland single-family rentals listed by Airbnb had acquired city permits after the city adopted the requirement this summer. Lannom said he had asked short-term rental listings platforms to disclose the identities and locations of Portland properties using the service, but said none had complied. He said he intends to recommend the city take steps to enforce its requirement that short-term hosts get a city permit. Read more…
Choose one, Millennials: Upward mobility or affordable housing
22 November 2014 — The paradox of the American Dream: The best cities to get ahead are often the most expensive places to live, and the most affordable places to live can be the worst cities to get ahead. So what’ll it be: Dayton or San Francisco? Alright, so that’s not the most common choice for young people getting ready to start their lives. But it’s an instructive question. Dayton is the most affordable housing market in the United States, according to Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko, while San Francisco is the least affordable place to live in America. But the San Francisco-San Jose area has a better record of social mobility than just about any region in the country, according to Harvard economist Raj Chetty. In other words, a variety of factors make it the best place for young person to work his or her way into the middle class and beyond. As for Dayton and other Ohio cities, they account for four of the 12 worst cities for that same measure of upward mobility. Read more…
The class of 2025
22 November 2014 — The state of Oregon set a goal to have all of the class of 2025 graduate high school. Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) is following a group of kindergartners as they start their educational journey toward high school. In 2014, those students started second grade. These are some of their stories. OPB chose students who started at Earl Boyles Elementary in part because its student body reflects Oregon’s changing demographics. Now, we can compare the students we’re following to students statewide, using statistics provided by the Oregon Department of Education and the Center for Student Success at Portland State University. By 2025, Oregon state officials want at least 40 percent of students earning at least a bachelor’s degree, 40 percent completing community college and 20 percent finishing high school. That would be a big change from 2014, when only about 69 percent of Oregon students graduate from high school. Read more…
Other states allow more time than Oregon for prosecutors to file rape charges
22 November 2014 — Oregon has one of the tightest deadlines in the country for prosecutors to charge rapists. Consider: If the alleged 1998 gang rape of Brenda Tracy had happened in most other states, the men involved could still face prosecution. In Oregon, the statute of limitations forbids criminal charges if six years or more have passed since the alleged rape. That places Oregon among nine states with the shortest deadlines for filing rape charges, according to crime victims’ groups and other research by The Oregonian. Oregon’s law is in the spotlight following reports of Tracy’s 1998 assault. Tracy stepped forward last week, describing to The Oregonian’s John Canzano a gang rape she said involved four men, including two Oregon State University football players. The assault took place in a Corvallis apartment, she reported. Read more…
A look at Nike’s futuristic building plans (Photos)
22 November 2014 — Nike is known for boldness and ambition. Two proposed new buildings on its corporate campus continue that tradition and feature a daring and angular architectural design with lots of exposed glass and metal. On Wednesday, the company’s plans for more than 1.3 million square feet of new office space surfaced. The plans call for two new buildings and two parking garages. The company also plans to extend a giant grassy berm around the southwest corner of its sprawling corporate campus. Zimmer Gunsul & Frasca designed the first building and first garage. Skylab Architecture designed the second building. SRG Partnership designed the second garage. Read more…
Maya Lin: Celilo ‘a sacred space
22 November 2014 — Maya Lin has come a long way since 1981, when as a senior at Yale University, she submitted the winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. She came to Portland on Friday to talk about her most expansive projects yet. One is the Confluence Project, which spans 438 miles of the Columbia River from its mouth at the Pacific Ocean east to Hells Canyon. Five public art sites in Oregon and Washington are or nearly complete. The sixth site will be at Celilo Park, 13 miles east of The Dalles, and is scheduled for completion in 2017. The Schnitzer family announced a $1 million gift for it just before Lin spoke at the Friday Forum of the City Club of Portland. It’s the largest public art project in the United States. “I am fixated on water and rivers,” she said at a City Club of Portland luncheon. Lin says the Confluence Project goes beyond the six public art sites to interweave the natural and tribal stories of the Columbia River with the descriptions from the journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition two centuries ago. She calls that interaction, which will be done through an education program, the seventh site. Read more…
A new volcubulary for American towns
22 November 2014 — Here are three words, a verb, a noun, and an adjective, which have caught our ears as we’ve traveled around on our American Futures adventure. We couldn’t miss them. They are ubiquitous—and sometimes even invoked—when people enthuse about the dynamic, exciting changes going on in their towns. What is going on with these words? Why did they catch on, how have they changed, and where are they going? Read more…
Intel calls Obama’s immigration order ‘promising,’ but wants more
21 November 2014 — President Obama’s immigration plan includes some additional flexibility for foreign high-tech workers and entrepreneurs, but Intel and other tech companies said they’re disappointed the president didn’t do more Thursday to expand the pool of H-1B visas available to foreign workers with specialized skills. “President Obama put forward some promising ideas last night that if fully realized will make needed, though incremental, improvements to the high-skilled visa system and help Intel employees better manage their lives and careers,” wrote Peter Muller, Intel’s director of government relations, in an online post Friday. Read more…
Farmers growing GMO alfalfa sue to overturn Jackson County ban
21 November 2014 — Two Jackson County farmers are seeking to throw out a ban on genetically-engineered crops that voters passed in May. A lawsuit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court claims that the ordinance is prohibited under Oregon’s Right to Farm Act, which protects farmers from laws that would punish them for the noise, smells, dust and other byproducts of agricultural activity that neighbors might find unpleasant. The plaintiffs also asked for an injunction to stop enforcement of the ordinance while the legal arguments are considered. Jackson County voters passed an ordinance by a 2-to-1 margin that bans anyone from growing GMO crops, which goes into effect June 6, 2015. The ordinance allows research, health and educational facilities to continue using biotech crops, but few other exceptions. Farmers with genetically-engineered crops in production are allowed to harvest this year and then must remove the crops within 12 months. Schulz Family Farms and James and Marilyn Frink are suing Jackson County to overturn the GMO ban If they don’t, county officials are allowed to go into farmers’ fields and destroy the crops. Read more…
Oregon population up one percent in year
21 November 2014 — As Oregon rebounds from the Great Recession, its population is growing more rapidly, mostly as a result of newcomers. Estimates from the Population Research Center at Portland State University show annual population growth at 1.1 percent. That’s more than 43,000 people. The population remains shy of 4 million, at 3,962,565 as of July 1, according to the estimates. Oregon’s population continued to grow through the recession, but at a slower rate. The rate was at about half a percentage point three years ago, and growth has accelerated since then. Read more…
Homes That Just Went on The Market in the City of Portland
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