Keith's Blog

Real Estate Agent - RE/MAX Equity Group, Inc.
My blog is intended to inform the reader about the Portland, Oregon Real Estate Market and is not intended to solicit currently listed properties or guarantee the work of any referred to vendor or building discipline.



Are you tired of SNOW in the winter and BLAZING SUN in the summer? Well, Portland is ready for you. You may have endured frozen NE winters or sizzling SW summers, but if you're ready for a little well deserved rest and relaxation from weather extremes, there's no better place on the planet than P...
If you can see my photo, you know I love dogs (I'm the Broker, he's the barker)... so don't take this the wrong way. My miniature schnauzer Clyde is a typical, excitable smaller breed dog. If I was to sell my home, I would make sure Clyde was properly crated or better yet, gone when folks came to...
Stop with the bad news! A friend called me today railing about all the self fullfilling prophecies of the press. This time I agree, and it's not even about Real Estate (directly), it's about GAS! The media is now reporting that we may hit $4 per gallon because OPEC's cutting production and a refi...
BEFORE listing, know how much you owe on your home! It is CRITICAL to the sale process. Be sure your Realtor prepares a Sellers' Net Sheet to help determine what is owed on your house at closing. The Net Sheet will only reflect what you've told your broker, so go through all your files, contact y...
Summer is only one season away and many of you may be thinking of installing air conditioning systems. Well if you do, be sure that the installer properly seals all entry points into the house for the system, whether in the roof, walls or crawlspace. As a Realtor I've seen many cases where a smal...
I received an excellent question today: Is it better to rent or buy in this market? Well, with rates low and sellers willing to deal... now is a great time to buy. Of course, arguments could be made in either direction with proofs on both sides of the question. But one thing is as clear as glass;...
This may sound silly, but when going through open houses, or when tourning homes with your broker... WATCH YOUR FEET! Let me explain. As a Realtor I'm always looking up when I tour homes... why? Because in Oregon, it's all about rain. So when I'm inside a house I'm looking at ceilings to see if t...
Reading a blog entry about car mechanics reminds me that when I leased my SUV three years ago, almost immediately the battery started dying. Three times I had the dealership tow me or come out and jump me only to be told there was nothing wrong after they tested the battery. This was a BRAND NEW ...
In 2007, many listings became rentals when they didn't sell. Now that spring has almost sprung it may be time to reconsider listing, especially if the rental idea didn't work out. Now that the market has had its reality check, perhaps its time to be more flexible on the price and retest the water...
The days are getting longer and it hasn't rained for almost a week! If you're thinking about a Spring listing: Trim those hedges and overhanging tree branches, fertilize those lawns, clean up the yard debris from last Fall, replace those broken fences, consider an exterior paint job, and a new ro...

Keith Berne

Real Estate Broker, Realtor, GRI
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