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Tips on Saving Money as you relocate your family

Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at 12:11am. 16352 Views, 0 Comments.

Savings Tips

Several Estimates Save a Bundle

Although many people don't bother to get several estimates before signing up with a moving company, moving company prices vary considerably and you can save a bundle. Consumer Reports recommends getting at least three estimates before selecting a mover.

Tax Deductions

Did you know that some of the expenses of moving are tax deductible? If you'd like to get any of the following expenses claimed against your tax, read on and see if you qualify.

  • Cost of transportation or hauling from old to new residence.
  • Cost of packing, crating and unpacking.
  • Cost of shipping your car.
  • Cost of moving the pets.
  • Cost of the trip to the new residence which includes lodging but not meals

Take into account

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Relocating to the Portland Area?

Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 11:44pm. 6552 Views, 0 Comments.

JMA's premiere relocation team can help. We specialize in corporate and personal relocations to and out of the Portland Metro area. Let one of our experienced agents coordinate your entire moving process. From finding the ideal area and home to move into, to a lender, to a highly recommended moving company. In fact, when you use our recommended lender you will have access to two professional movers at no cost for 4 hours to help unload your moving van.

If you are moving out of the area or just across town you can have access to two professional movers and 1 truck for 4 hours as well as a moving kit (boxes, tape, marker, paking supplies, etc. delivered to you!

Interested or want more information or a reloation packet mailed to you?

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Crafty Ideas for Winter Curb Appeal

Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 9:14pm. 6381 Views, 0 Comments.

Yes, it's still possible to create great curb appeal when it's cold and gray outside.


During summer months when gardens are in bloom and the sun is shining bright, curb appeal comes naturally to many homes. But when the autumn chill turns to winter cold and the sun sets earlier in the day, it becomes more difficult to create that inviting exterior look that grabs buyers from the curb.

Fortunately, it is possible to create striking winter curb appeal without expensive or complicated exterior changes, says Charlene Storozuk, a home stager and designer with Dezigner Digz in Burlington, Ontario—a city that averages 51 inches of snow per year. It just requires a little creativity.

She and other home-design experts offer these eight tips:

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Looking for a new home?

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 12:34pm. 10884 Views, 0 Comments.

Looking for a new home? Is this your first time buying? Your sixth purchase? Do you know or remember how the process goes? Do you look for properties first? Call a Realtor? Or get a preapproval for a loan first? About how much will your closing costs be? How much are inspections and should you even get one.

If you would like to receive a FREE book that is a quick reference on the entire process of buying a home as well as an organizational folder to store flyers of homes of interest and later a permanent folder to store all your loan and escrow papers send us a quick email and we will send you a FREE no-obligation Buyer's Kit.

The All About Real Estate Team specializes in efficient, technologically advanced systems to

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A Short Guide to Real Estate Lingo and Acronyms

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 2:49pm. 5914 Views, 0 Comments.

Real estate ads are usually full of acronyms and terms that are unfamiliar to first-time buyers. Here's a cheat sheet to let you in on the lingo. 4B/2B -- four bedrooms and two bathrooms. "Bedroom" usually means a sleeping area with a window and a closet, but the definition varies in different places. A "full bathroom" is a room with a toilet, a sink and a bathtub. A "three-quarter bathroom" has a toilet, a sink and a shower. A "half bathroom" or powder room has only a toilet and a sink.assum. fin. -- assumable financingclosing costs -- the entire package of miscellaneous expenses paid by the buyer and the seller when the real estate deal closes. These costs include the brokerage commission, mortgage-related fees, escrow or attorney's…

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Larry and Wendy just closed on their forever home in Camas!

Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 9:50am. 4981 Views, 2 Comments.

After months of diligence and patience, Larry and Wendy found their forever home in Camas. We started their search in Beaverton but after months of not finding the right fit we moved their search to Washington. Larry and Wendy relocated from Anchorage, Alaska. Their story is a great example of the benefit of working with a Realtor licensed in both Oregon and Washington.

"We had a very positive experience working with Rick to find and purchase our new home. Coming from another region of the country, we depended on Rick to help us learn the market here and find the home we were looking for. We were not disappointed.

On a number of occasions in the several month process, Rick could have steered us to close a purchase with a word or two of encouragement,

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Market Statistics for September 2011 in the Portland Metro

Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 12:10pm. 17447 Views, 0 Comments.

September Residential Highlights

Sales activity in the Portland Metro area showed improvements in closed and pending sales this September compared with September 2010, and the inventory level remained much lower than the same month in 2010. Closed sales grew 13.4% in September 2011 compared to September 2010. Pending sales were also up 17.5%, and new listings dropped 29.5%. Comparing the previous month of August 2011 with September 2011, closed sales decreased from 1,805 to 1,586 (-12.1%). Pending sales also went down from 2,187 to 1,861 (-14.9%). New listings fell from 2,879 to 2,501 (-13.1%). At the month’s rate of sales, the 10,666 active residential listings would last about 6.7 months.

Sale Prices

Average sale price for September 2011 declined

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Market Statistics for August 2011 in the Portland Metro

Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 11:59am. 2774 Views, 0 Comments.

August Residential Highlights

Sales activity in the Portland Metro area showed improvements in closed and pending sales this August compared with August 2010. (Please see “NOTE” below about increased pending sales.)Closed sales grew 30.7% in August 2011 compared to August 2010. Pending sales were up 29.6%, and new listings dropped 24.8%. See residential highlights table below.Comparing July 2011 with August 2011, closed sales increased from 1,709 to 1,805 (5.6%). Pending sales also went up from 1,928 to 2,187 (13.4%). New listings went down from 2,942 to 2,879 (-2.1%).At the month’s rate of sales, the 11,276 active residential listings would last about 6.2 months.

Sale Prices

Average sale price for August 2011 declined 9.2% compared to August

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Portland Housing Prices At Levels Not Seen Since 2003

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 3:16pm. 10593 Views, 0 Comments.

Portland housing prices are at levels not seen since 2003 and it appears the trends are leveling off and prices are up slightly from their low points in every market listed . If this trend continues then this could be a turning point for the market to achieve stability.


Infographic courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.

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Portland #1 City for Bicycle Commuting

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 at 9:39am. 3497 Views, 0 Comments.

Portland, Oregon is a great city to go cycling, with many miles of paved and unpaved trails and dedicated bike lanes throughout the city. For many Portlanders, biking is not just a recreational activity but also the vehicle for their daily commute, and according to the Economist, "nearly 6% of commuters bike to work in Portland, Oregon, the highest proportion in America!"

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