Portland’s Japanese Gardens Expansion The Portland Japanese Gardens largest improvement in decades, an expansion to accommodate an increasing number of visitors, is finally complete. The $33.5 million, 20-month-long expansion project was on time and ready to be enjoyed. While the renovation was finished in April, the public can enjoy the renovated… Read More…

Events in Portland this Weekend Sept.14th-17th, 2017   A FEW EVENTS IN PORTLAND THIS WEEKEND THAT STAND OUT:  FEAST PORTLAND – THURS-SUN – Featuring trendsetting chefs from all over the country and the world, intimate hands-on classes, and collaborative dinners and panels. Feast offers some… Read More…

Update on Oregon’s Real Estate Market

A few highlights from the first week of September that influence our business: * Ellie Mae: Closing Times Jump Significantly From West to East Coast. The average time to close varies significantly from the East to West Coast, according to the Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker. The average time for Millennials, those born from the 1980s to… Read More…

Update on Oregon’s Real Estate Market

  The Pacific Northwest continues to realize the greatest year-over-year appreciation led by Seattle who has experienced the highest year-over-year gains for the last ten months and mortgage rates had a repeat performance This Week in Real Estate hitting their second-consecutive 2017 low. In Portland after seeing record breaking appreciation for almost 2… Read More…

Key Steps in the Mortgage Underwriting Process

    An underwriter is an entity, typically a company, accountable for analyzing and assuming the risk of another entity. Underwriting typically happens behind the scenes but is an important aspect of mortgage approvals. The mortgage underwriting process has five key steps: verification, appraisal, title search and insurance, flood certification,… Read More…

Why Portland is BUSTLING!