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Leslie Jones
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a level head in real estate since 1989
a level head in real estate since 1989

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Have you had a chance to hang out in Montavilla?
I've got two listings coming up in the Montavilla neighborhood, and thought I'd start with a bit about the area. In 2017, Lonely Planet named the Montavilla neighborhood one of the top neighborhoods in the country to visit.  The compact commercial district,...
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Government shutdown and home loans for government employees
Hmm.  First, some context; most low down payment loans (and other types) require the buyer have some savings, called reserves, in the bank when the loan and purchase close.  This assures the lender, who basically owns the house because of the low down payme...
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2018 Year end market stats
Our multiple listing service just released the market information for 2018 .  Here are a few highlights. The year to date median sale price was $400,000;  a 5.3% increase over 2017.  December's median sale price was $390,000, so that $400,00 clearly had som...
2018 Year end market stats
2018 Year end market stats
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Things I learned from animal trainers
Most of you know, I'm quite the animal nut.  Over the years, I've had the opportunity to attend training presentations, watch trainers in action and have used a few trainers with my own dogs.  Dog training can be a bit like parenting, but that is a differen...
Things I learned from animal trainers
Things I learned from animal trainers
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Leslie's 2018 year-end report
  In December
2017, I said we’d see a bit of easing in the market, with the median sale price
increasing around 8%.   I said we’d see
some agents leaving the business, and some consolidation of real estate
companies as the market slows.   I was right,
kinda...
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Attics; is that living space or what?
I sell a lot of older homes in Portland's close in neighborhoods.  Many of these houses have had various increments of work done over time.  When a house was built, it may have had stairs to an unfinished attic, used for storage or maybe as a sewing room. O...
Attics; is that living space or what?
Attics; is that living space or what?
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Times, they are a changing
Okay then.  iInterest rates are up, inventory is up (highest since February of 2015), the rate of increase in the median sales price is down, the number of pending sales is down, and market time is longer.  Those are all signs of, or contributors to, a slow...
Times, they are a changing
Times, they are a changing
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Convenience vs. customized service
I've been doing a lot of thinking about this.  Call me old fashioned, but there are certain services which I'd rather be provided by the same person or team, in the interest of consistency and a personalized experience. In the age of convenience, "get it no...
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Yes, kinda.
Can I paint that vinyl siding?
Can I paint that vinyl siding?
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