Living in an urban area doesn’t mean you can’t have local honey and fresh eggs. It just means you can support a local business and maybe invite some new feathered friends into your backyard. Watch this informational video and then check out the full scoop on the birds and the bees below!
After pollenating Portland’s flora and promoting the local ecosystem, Bee Local’s honey-makers buzz up to the tops of key buildings downtown to do what they do best. Each hive can cover a radius of over a mile, bringing back the neighborhood’s pollen to craft their own special variety of honey. In addition to its inherent deliciousness, a daily dose of honey can alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies and motivated folk will employ ancient techniques to make mead or “honey wine.”
If you want to get your paws on this amazing local honey, check out Bee Local’s online store. Honey is a fantastic gift (for yourself and others) so visit the site periodically because the varieties change as the season progresses!
So the next time you’re downtown and spot a bee beating its wings up toward a building, you can smile to yourself because you’ll know where she’s headed.
Before you get distracted by all the awesome benefits of owning chickens, let it first be known: chickens make great pets. Just hanging out with your chickens in the backyard while enjoying a refreshing beverage is a recipe for relaxation.
In addition, most hens will provide you with omelet ingredients every one to three days. And these fresh, free-range eggs are proven to be higher in vitamins and lower in cholesterol and saturated fat.
Also, chickens are enthusiastic gardeners. They’ll happily clear a vegetable garden after harvest, scratching out slugs and weeds and yes, fertilize the soil for good measure. If you have fruit trees, chickens will clear away the fallen produce before it attracts insects.
You might say that backyard chickens are the bee’s knees!
For information on the types and quantity animals the City of Portland allows you to keep at your residence before you need a permit, check out this FAQ on backyard animals.
In this rapid-fire market, it helps to have a jump on listings before they’re available to the general public. Take an exclusive sneak peek at these upcoming properties before they go live!
NE Lombard St at Mallory – approx. $285k
Adorable meticulously maintained 1925 Tudor. Elegant layout with formal rooms, oak floors, original built-ins, moldings, fireplace, and cute vintage kitchen. Oversized lot w/ detached garage. Fully fenced and nicely landscaped!
Square Feet: 1,919
NE 11th Ave – mid-$700k range
Beautiful Irvington English with the perfect blend of old and new: updated kitchen, newly added luxurious master bathroom, newly finished basement, updated plumbing, electrical, HVAC, windows, 2-car garage, fenced, tons of storage.
Square Feet: 2,500+
SW Portland – Canby St – $700k
Location is everything! This high quality, updated 1950s home is on a half-acre corner lot delightfully nestled between Multnomah Village and Gabriel Park. Inside discover high-end remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, hardwood floors and an unobstructed, wide view of the 91 acre Gabriel Park.
Square Feet: 2,919
Lot Size: .46 acres
Seeking the inside scoop on all things financial, we reached out to M Realty’s preferred lending partner, Guild Mortgage’s Brent Lucas, to get the details on loan recasting:
Refinancing your home loan can be expensive. Depending on your situation, recasting your loan lowers your monthly payments while offering several advantages.
What is recasting?
You apply a lump sum payment to your loan to lower your monthly payments without changing your interest rate or term of the loan.
> No Appraisal Required
> No Credit Check
> Interest Rate Stays Locked
> Recasting Generally Costs Under $400
When to Recast
When there are multiple offers on a home, contingent offers (where the offer is contingent on the sale of the buyers’ current home) are weaker than traditional offers. Buyers in this situation will often raise their contingent offers by several thousand dollars to make it more attractive.
If the buyers instead took out a separate loan for their new home, they could make a stronger offer without raising it substantially. Then they could sell their original home and recast the loan on their new home with a substantial lump sum payment. In this case, they would have saved potential thousands of dollars by not making a contingent offer and avoided additional thousands in refinancing costs.
While not perfect in every situation, it’s important to know the advantages of loan recasting when making decisions as a home owner. Used strategically, recasting your loan instead of refinancing can save you thousands.
If you’d like to know more about the specific eligibility requirements for loan recasting, now is the perfect time to reach out to your favorite real estate agent to be connected with a financial professional like Brent.
The bustle of recent market activity has breathed life back into new construction projects, but don’t count out classic homes. This trio of 1912 homes sold last month, each with its own particular allure and potential.
Imagine how you would customize these classic constructions and be inspired by the updates highlighted here by M Realty’s signature TrueView marketing. You might just get some ideas for your current residence… or your next one!
Now is a fantastic time to sell your home. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about your own real estate plans.
5757 NE Rodney Ave – $399,900
Sold in 5 days | $63k over list price
Beds: 2 | Baths: 1 | 2,471 sqft.
This fantastic Old PDX home is a shining gem waiting to be polished! Located in the Northeast Portland neighborhood of Humbolt, the area is known for its DIY spirit and its proximity to the popular Mississippi and Alberta Arts districts, where local dining and entertainment are at your fingertips. Situated on a tree-lined street, the lovely fixer is set back amongst trees and greenery–included in the sale is a buildable lot appraised at $110,000.
3405 NE 44th Ave – $599,000
Beds: 3 | Baths: 2.1 | 2,536 sqft.
This wonderful Northeast Portland home maintains the allure of its 1912 construction. Relax on the charming porch, as the inviting front door welcomes guests into the home. Underfoot, landscaped square cement blocks are featured in the front yard and the fully fenced backyard. A picturesque tree stands central to the space. The pergola provides a covered area to relax and entertain.
1405 NE Buffalo St – $349,000
Sold in 4 days | $12k over list price
Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 | 2,508 sqft.
Situated in the growing Woodlawn neighborhood, this Craftsman Victorian has an abundance of charm and potential for expansion of living space. The main floor suits entertaining wonderfully with its flow from the living area with bayed windows to the formal dining room and into the kitchen. Refinished fir floors throughout add warmth to the original mouldings throughout. The kitchen is set up for gas appliances and welcomes your creative touch. The main floor also provides a full bathroom and a bonus room perfect for an office or guest room, which then leads outside to the covered 160 sq ft porch and private backyard.
I don’t know about you, but whenever something in life is taking up too much of my energy, I need to yank my head out of my own problems and focus on someone who needs my help and frankly, somewhere I can make a difference. My health stuff is driving me crazy. What about you? House hunt driving you nuts and ready for a brain break? Whatever it is in your life that is taking up too much space….ready to shift to something you can do to help someone else? We are!
I’ve blogged about NCO before–Northwest Children’s Outreach and how amazing this non-profit is! Eight warehouse locations in the Portland/Vancouver area. Open 3.5 hours a week, warehouse space is donated and all workers are volunteers. NCO serves over 500 organizations in our area taking care of needy kiddo’s from preemie to age 18. And they need us & YOU!
This year my husband Mark and I are encouraging our friends to join us some deliberate giving of time & resources as we support NCO.
Three ways we & you can help!
1. 100 Pack ‘n’ Plays by November 30th! Pack ‘n’ Play is an inexpensive way to provide a save spot for babies to sleep and toddlers to play. For each Pack ‘n’ Play donated, we will match up to 100! Here is a $40 Graco Pack ‘n’ Play available at Walmart online. Or you can drop a tax deductible cash donation for $40 off to any of the Portland are warehouses during their week day hours. Be sure to let me know you did this so we can track!!
2. If you don’t have $40 but you have a sewing machine and great fabric scraps…help us make stuffed bunnies. I am NOT a sewer so this is way outside my comfort zone. But I figure This is the most simple pattern ever–I have to give it a good shot! Please join me–you don’t have to be perfect. We want each child to receive a stuffed animal when we pack their clothes. Aren’t these cute?? Here is the pattern for $8 via Etsy. 3. If you don’t have $ and you don’t sew but you have time on your hands, then your time is wonderful! Each NCO warehouse has it’s own schedule, but they are open one day each week for 2 hours and one evening each week for 1.5 hours. Help meet the needs of Portland children by volunteering your time to pack items specific to each need.
Any questions or if you have any children’s clothes & toys in great shape to donate, just let me know anytime and I can help! 971-275-3691
In this rapid-fire market, it helps to have a jump on listings before they’re available to the general public. Take an exclusive sneak peek at these upcoming properties before they go live. This diverse group features listings going public from mid-June through July.
NE 47th Ave – approx. $500k
Traditional Cape Cod in Beaumont Neighborhood. Great remodeling over the years, including bathrooms, kitchen, refinished floors, and a large family room on the main level. Located on a fantastic and picturesque street that is also just two blocks from shops, restaurants, and coffee shops in Beaumont Village.
Square Feet: 2,302
SE Pagh Rd (Sandy, OR) – approx. $950k-$1.1mil
A 2007 timber contemporary lodge on 35 private, serene acres. Surrounded by tall firs, with a view of Goats Mountain and a private gated entrance, it features 1,800 square feet of covered patio with a built-in kitchen and spectacular views of nature. The creek and hideaway setting have deer and elk as visitors!
Square Feet: 5,200
NE 23rd – approx. $499k
One of a kind new renovation offers a true open floor plan with a vintage industrial twist. Entertainer’s gourmet kitchen with dual-fuel Italian range leads directly to a bi-level deck and expansive yard. Indoor/outdoor connection continues with a large master suite opening to the garden. A second suite on the lower level presents many flexible options. Conveniently close to exciting Alberta and Killingsworth amenities.
Square Feet: 2,400
SE 73rd – approx. $250k
Chic, updated MidCentury Modern on huge lot! Terrific open floor plan for living/entertaining. Updates include kitchen, baths, floors, interior/exterior paint, roof – truly move-in ready. Master opens to covered patio – could be wonderful as Family Room. Established fruit trees, garden beds, and fully-fenced back yard provide the perfect urban farm experience – BYO chickens! This is a fabulous property! You will love living here!
Square Feet: 1,014
SW Highland (Tigard, OR) – approx. $350k
Just like new! Another gorgeous complete remodel with high-end finishes, including hardwoods, granite, marble, travertine tile, custom-crafted cabinetry in Summerfield’s golf course community! New roof, new windows, beautiful side yard with gazebo, perfect cul-de-sac location.
Square Feet: 1,450
You should not have to trek out to wine country to enjoy the tasting rooms of local wineries when we have fantastic offerings downtown. That being said, you should definitely trek out to wine country to enjoy those exquisite destinations as well. When planning your next evening festivities or weekend escape, consider the following hidden gems!
Southeast Wine Collective – Urban Winery
Currently featuring eight different wineries under one roof, this collective offers a diverse array of special events and movie nights. Check out their schedule and find an activity that strikes your fancy or just stop by their beautiful tasting room, crafted from wine barrels, for a taste of something wonderful.
2425 SE 35th Pl
Portland, OR 97214
Clay Pigeon Winery – Urban Winery
Equipped with their own on-site restaurant, Cyril’s, this urban winery is open for lunch. They also offer classes and are available for private events.
White Rose Estate - Wine Country
Praised by wine experts for their outstanding product, it is unique in its high-percentage whole-cluster fermentation, granting it the most intense and beautiful aromatics. Find out for yourself at their tasting room that is open seven days a week.
6250 NE Hilltop Lane
Dayton, OR 97114
Domaine Trouvere - Wine Country
An offshoot of Lange winery, they are located in the same building as Red Hills Market, the ideal lunch destination for anyone day-tripping to wine country.
155 SW 7th St
Dundee, OR 97115
Drive for the Kids
For the Children’s Cancer Association
Get behind the wheel and raise money for the CCA.
You’re invited to join us for a fun day of racing while raising money for a great cause. Whether you fancy yourself the next Mario Andretti or just want to cruise around the beautiful park-like setting of Pat’s Acres, come out and have a blast with your friends while raising money for the Children’s Cancer Association! The race is a team event and open to everyone (ages 12 and above).
Form your team of 2-5 drivers by registering through the “form a team” page or submit your solo info and we will place you on a team.
If you’re looking for that extra edge your team can rent a pro! Luke Selliken and Joey Wimsett, two of the best kart racers in America are available to run a 10 minute stint for a donation of $100. Plus they will provide your team with driving tips to make you faster!
The race will take place at historic Pat’s Acres Racing Complex on July 12th starting at 9:30 AM. Each team is assigned one of Pat’s Acres awesome rental karts with up to 12 teams competing at a time. During the hour long race, teams will swap out drivers, so everyone on the team gets their turn behind the wheel.
Each team and individual driver will have a fundraising page on the CCA’s website. Share your page and encourage people to pledge for you. The winner of the event will be determined by their finishing place on track in conjunction with the amount of money raised.
Check out the cheat sheet below and we’ll see you on the track!
- Each team registers online beforehand: www.CharityKartRacing.com
- Teams consist of 2-5 people
- Each team is assigned one kart
- Each race will last one hour, with up to twelve teams racing at a time
- Teams can swap their drivers as many times as they like during the race
- 90min blocks of race rounds will start at 9:30am until all the teams have raced
- The team that completes the most laps in combination with money raised will be the winner.
Trophies will be awarded for the following categories:
1. Fastest individual driver
2. Winning company team
3. Winning individual team
Don’t forget you can rent a pro to increase your chances of winning!
While the current inventory crunch plays the market advantage toward sellers, it’s important to note that leveraging a home with inspired staging and beautiful presentation can prompt it to sell for well-above asking price. Check out SW 18th Place to see the TrueView website for a home that fetched $45k over list price.
In addition to the movement in the urban core, now we’re also seeing success on high end listings that have been on the market for several months, even years in some cases. This is an indicator of a confident buying community with attractive financing options available.
Now is a fantastic time to sell your home. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about your own real estate plans.
3232 Lakeview Blvd – $2,590,000
Beds: 5 | Baths: 5.1 | 7,000 sqft.
Inside, floor to ceiling oversized windows allow for magnificent views, while natural light illuminates the space. Boasting state of the art technology, relax by the interior pool, or outside in the hot tub. On the grounds, grand stonework, spiraling wrought iron fences, lush greenery and exquisite detail decorate the terraces overlooking Lake Oswego.
Featuring one of the largest boat houses on the lake and in close proximity to Lake Oswego’s charming downtown, luxurious waterfront living is at your fingertips.
5007 NW 141st St – $469,900
Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 | 3,316 sqft.
Situated in the Ashley Heights neighborhood in Vancouver, this spectacular custom home’s facade is decorated with tidy landscaping. The sizable driveway and three car garage provides plenty of room for parking, while around back the fenced yard features a patio, swing set and garden area.
Inside, guests are welcomed by two story ceilings in the entryway, as an elegant staircase twists upstairs. The floor plan flows into the living room, where an oversized bay window looks out onto the front yard. High ceilings carry into the dining room. A sophisticated chandelier hangs overhead, centrally placed within an octagonal ceiling design. The open concept kitchen and family room is truly the hub of the home. Light-filled and connected, enjoy easy access to the backyard from here.
5005 SW 18th Pl – $525,000
$45k over asking
Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 | 2,936 sqft.
Perched in the hills, on nearly a quarter acre of land, this wonderful Mid-Century ranch home offers a serene setting in a convenient location close to urban amenities. The expansive upper and lower decks enjoy views to the south and west, and are sure to be well used for outdoor living.
Classic touches like oak hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and a pair of wood-burning fireplaces mingle with the quartz countertops and updated kitchen appliances to seamlessly integrate a classic ambiance with modern luxuries. Both levels feature walls of windows making for comfortable, light-filled living areas.
12050 NE Kuehne – $1,275,000
Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 | 4,376 sqft.
Surrounded by expansive views and immaculate landscaping, this Northwest home offers a rustic retreat with timeless construction and design. An array of scenery welcomes guests along the driveway of this home, from the view of the valley below to a dramatic arrival at the turnaround in front of the manicured garden and grounds. The hand-carved log construction creates an amazing mix of Northwest comfort with serene, natural elements.
In this rapid-fire market, it helps to have a jump on listings before they’re available to the general public. Take an exclusive sneak peek at these upcoming properties before they go live. This diverse group of homes features listings going public from mid-May through late June.
SW Walker Road, Beaverton – approx. $599k
Amazingly spacious home! Perfect for a car enthusiast or anyone looking for ample garage space. 1432 square foot, 4-car garage plus shop. Also features a putting green and garden beds.
Square Feet: 3,856
SE 75th – approx. $300k
End unit townhome with an exceptional layout–open and spacious. Features eco grass in the backyard.
Square Feet: 1,701
NE 79th – approx. $279k
An impeccable Roseway ranchelow, nestled on a sidewalk lined street among homes of similar age and size. This delightful home has a generous, east-facing, fenced backyard. Newly refinished hardwoods on the main floor with a spacious kitchen and a living room with a wonderful period fireplace. The home’s lower level features high ceilings, a flexible floor plan and an inviting family room with fireplace.
Square Feet: 1,840
SW 11th Ave, 15th floor – approx. $599k
15th floor end unit offers amazing panoramic views of Mt Hood, East, South & West Hills.
Square Feet: 1,095