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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50 insanely useful smart home products you can buy right now

29 September — The smart home predicted by generations of sci-fi writers is finally becoming a reality – and some of the new devices out there fulfill even the most ambitious fantasies. While many of these useful gadgets remain in the realm of luxury, others are perfectly affordable and can start making your life easier right now. This super buyer’s guide covers smart devices for every budget and every lifestyle, whether you’re looking for simple objects like those fobs that track lost house keys or want to embrace the smart home lifestyle with the most advanced tech on the market. Look here for futuristic gifts for yourself or somebody you love!  Read more…

Oregon’s 10 ‘healthiest’ housing markets

29 September — Whether you are a homeowner, a renter, a renter dreaming of someday becoming a homeowner, or somewhere in between (your parent’s garage for example), you probably care, at least a little, about the housing market in your town and any town you might want to move to. Recently, SmartAsset released its second annual Healthiest Housing Markets Study. The study used the average number of years residents spend in homes, home values, ease of sale, and the costs associated with ownership” to determine the health of individual housing markets.  Read more…

154 affordable housing units coming to Southeast Portland

29 September — By next fall, the metro region will have at least 154 new affordable housing units added to its inventory thanks to a project breaking ground Friday. PHC Northwest, which offers educational training and job opportunities to individuals with mental, physical and developmental disabilities, is collaborating with affordable housing developer Home First Development on the new project.  Read more…

Portland needs thousands of affordable apartments

28 September — If there’s anything Portlanders can agree on in a fractious election year, it’s that residents of this city—especially those with low incomes—need more housing. That’s why a ribbon-cutting ceremony held this summer at one of downtown’s stateliest apartment buildings felt like Christmas in July. In a sun-dappled courtyard, City Commissioner Dan Saltzman basked in the applause of developers and dozens of residents. The crowd was celebrating the reopening of the Bronaugh, a 50-unit apartment building at Southwest 14th Avenue and Morrison Street. The city had financed REACH Community Development’s $14.65 million purchase and renovation of the building to house those who make less than $15,400 a year.  Read more… 


Building boom, baby boom collide in the Pearl neighborhood

29 September — Barring any sudden change of heart, Hoyt Street Properties will begin pile-driving a block away from a new kindergarten in the Pearl District next Tuesday. Hoyt Street, the major developer of the Pearl District, is using the noisy equipment to build a new 21-story tower on the block bounded by Northwest Quimby and Pettigrove streets between 11th and 12th avenues. That’s causing conflict with Portland Public Schools, which just relocated a kindergarten two blocks away at The Ramona apartments. Though several developers in the district have bowed to pressure to use less-noisy construction methods, Hoyt Street President Tiffany Sweitzer says her experts are telling her that’s just not possible on this site.  Read more…

Engineers unveil 1st US tsunami building standards in Portland

29 September — When constructing a building to cope with forces like wind shear, engineers follow national standards. But until now, the U.S. had no such standard for tsunamis. The American Society of Civil Engineers on Wednesday told builders what forces to expect from tsunamis, like floating shipping containers washing into a building at 25 miles per hour. Professor Daniel Cox at Oregon State University’s school of civil engineering said he’s “thrilled” with the new standards.  Read more…

Do Oregon license plates expire at the end of the month or on a certain day?

29 September —  always thought that license plates just had to be renewed by the end of the month on the tags — October of 2016 if the tags shows 10-16, for example — but I recently was told the renewal is on a specific day. Which is it? We’re all agreed that if you wait until November, you’re likely to see flashing blue lights in your rear-view mirror. But vehicle registrations do indeed expire on a certain day of the month shown on the plate’s tags.  Read more…

ODOT’s bumpy road to cost management

29 September — Months before the Oregon Department of Transportation asks the Legislature for a massive increase in taxes and fees to support new spending on roads and bridges, the agency plans to “celebrate” a newly completed project that went $230 million over budget and seven years past the original due date — all to straighten a 10-mile stretch of highway. “Play on the grade!” says the flier announcing this Saturday’s press and public event, the road equivalent of an open house for the Route 20 project from Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville.  Read more…

Satanic Temple brings after-school club to Portland elementary school

29 September — In August, the provisional Portland chapter of the national organization of the Satanic Temple began their efforts to bring their After School Satan Club to Nehalem Elementary School. Around the same time, a Seattle chapter of the temple also attempted to bring the program to a school in Washington. Now, the Portland chapter succeeded in bringing that program to an elementary school inside city limits. Finn Rezz, one of two heads of the chapter, said via email that the organization has been approved to begin their program, which focuses “on science and rational thinking,” on Oct. 19 at Sacramento Elementary School.  Read more…

An early look at Homer Williams’ idea for Harbor of Hope

29 September — This week’s PBJ cover story features an in-depth look at a notion that’s dominated business circle discussions for most of 2016. That’s partly because it involves Homer Williams, the prolific Portland developer — think Pearl District and South Waterfront — who wants to use the city’s Terminal 1 property for a massive homeless shelter and campus.  Read more…

‘Camp Amanda’ homeless campers resist city notices to vacate public land

28 September — A cluster of homeless campers who moved off the Springwater Corridor earlier this month plans to stand its ground and risk arrest now that the city has noticed the group’s new spot and ordered the small faction to move again. The spot – a tidy gathering of tents lined with trash bins, chairs, and lots of outdoor gear – is “100 percent better,” said Jackie Hooper, 51. “It’s smaller. No shootings. No fires. No fights. It’s peaceful. It’s harmony.”  Read more…

Portland squeezes $83,000 out of 21 booted vehicles

28 September — By booting just 21 vehicles, the City of Portland has raked in enough to buy a new Porsche. The worst offender owed almost $16,000 in unpaid parking tickets on a Shelby Mustang. Dylan Rivera is with the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “We really didn’t expect to see numbers quite that high,” he said. The money is split between the city and the court system. “This is a real service that helps make sure that everybody is playing by the rules and respecting our public space,” Rivera said. Offenders who can’t come up with the money they owe in 36 hours can go before a judge and ask for a payment plan.  Read more…