Monthly Archives: June 2011

  • Looking a the Silver Lining, Not the Cloud

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      Housing market's silver lining - Jun. 21, 2011 I thought this article from CNN Money was a good read if you're interested in what's going to happen with the real estate market. It makes the point that the tough housing market isn't all bad. It's great for first time buyers and makes homes more affordable even for those who are not buying their first home, but want to move up or buy investment property.
      Foundation Crack
      The most interesting and thought provoking point, for me, was that this market creates a foundation for a housing recovery in the future. Of course! It makes so much sense! We were not on solid footing before, but we're getting there now. How did I not see it before!? Oh, wait... It wasn't just me. Few saw it before and those people weren't believed. Many people still can and should seize the opportunity to take advantage of the affordable market. Call Amy or Elena at Rose City Realtors if you'd like to see what you might afford in Portland today. - Amy Seaholt, Broker in Oregon, CDPE 503-936-8705
    • Expect more Micro Houses around Portland

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        The nation's population is predicted to grow by 150 million in the next 40 years, we can expect at least a few of those people to be here in Portland. To poorly paraphrase Mark Twain: they're not making more land. Instead we must learn to live on it more efficiently (read: tiny footprint), as described in this Realtor Magazine article. Micro homes are tiny homes - from 100 to 800 square feet - with efficient floor plans and a very small greenhouse footprint. D.R. Horton has begun development of the first micro home community in Southeast Portland at 43rd and Division. Consistent with the idea of an efficient mixed use community, the neighborhood is walkable, centrally located, and cleverly developed.
        Toronto's Tiny Home
        Though this photo of a Toronto home made it's way around the internet and email lists as the target of jokes recently, the home is real and it meets a real need. These homes are targeted toward first time buyers or single-person households. Considering that married couples no longer make up the majority of homeowners in the U.S., the move to creating a smaller housing base makes sense. You can read more about these tiny houses and see other options besides those provided by D.R. Horton here. If you or anyone you know is interested in exploring these micro homes - or bigger houses - give Amy or Elena at Rose City Realtors a call and we can help you with your home search. - Amy Seaholt  503-936-8705