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Living Small

April 28th, 2014

These days everywhere you look someone is talking, blogging, writing & yelling about living small, right next to your neighbors. From the IKEA showroom boasting a fully furnished home in 500 sq.ft. to a recent New York Times article about a woman happily living in her friends’ backyard in a mere 84 sq.ft. (Here). But what does that really mean?

The big idea is that high density living = good: good for a vibrant urban community, good for promoting local small business, good for the environment, etc…Some places, like New York City for example, have been practicing pro-high density …

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Tastemaker – A New Approach to Custom Interior Design

December 18th, 2013

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In the traditional world of interior decorating, a client typically pays a professional designer on an hourly basis to consult, design, shop and stage their room or rooms or even a whole house. This is a fantastic system if the client has an unlimited budget…but I feel like most of us aren’t in that position. Especially after we’ve just spent large amounts of our cash resources purchasing the home of our dreams.

So what is a new homeowner with Pinterest boards full of amazing design ideas to do???

Enter …

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Posted in Making Your House a Home, Thoughts | No Comments » – The easy way to tell the world you’ve moved

June 11th, 2013

Question: What is THE most time-consuming and seriously annoying aspect of moving?

Answer: Telling everyone that you’ve moved!

No, I don’t mean announcing it to your Facebook friends or calling up Great Uncle Herbert to give him your new address, I mean everyone else. Your cable company, the USPS, your student loan servicer, your bank, etc…The last time I moved it took me approximately 4 hours to come up with a list of companies to notify, navigate each individual (and vastly different) website looking for the change of address button, realize that some companies only allow a change of address by mail, …

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Oregon Bond First Time Home Buyers 100% loan program

March 29th, 2010

Today I got a call from a client that I sold a house to in August of 2007.  They were first time home buyers at the time and were able to take advantage of the Oregon Bond First Time Home Buyers 100% loan program.   It is a great program and was a perfect fit for them.

This couple is now struggling with reductions in pay and hours at work and are barely making ends meet.   They called me today to see what their options would be and if I thought they could refinance.

I plan to run the comparables market analysis for …

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