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Travel and Leisure took 25 major U.S. cities and rated them placed them 1-25 on 63 categories. It covered the topics of After Dark, Characteristics, City Scape, Culture, Food/Dining, People, Shopping and Type of Trip. Naturally you are dying to know how Portland fared in these areas and we did ...
NEW PRICE!!! $355,000!!! Fantastic Aloha Traditional on private cul-de-sac. The lovely Kirkwood Park home features new dark oak hardwoods, remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, modern designer interior colors, surround sound & A/C. Huge backyard with extra large deck, covered patio, large shed &a...
Meticulously maintained Danbury Park traditional. This lovely Hillsboro home features a soaring two story living room ceiling, neutral interior colors, spacious family room w/ fireplace, large open kitchen w/Maple cabinets, master suite w/ extra large bathrm & walk-in closet. Large level ba...
September Residential Highlights When comparing September 2007 to September 2006, new listings decreased 2.3%. Closed and pending sales fell 25.5% and 25.7% respectively. At September’s rate of closed sales, the 16,054 active residential listings would last approximately 8.6 months. The 8.6 mont...
Oregon A booming local economy has rained appreciation in the Oregon housing market and the faucet doesn’t look like it’s turning off for some time yet. Although sales of homes have slowed in the Portland area, the national trend of a depreciating housing market hasn’t hit Portland. Prices are up...
Beaverton is getting a new traffic timing system along Southwest Canyon and Farmington roads. Thank goodness because no one goes to Beaverton during rush hour unless they have to, and that is because of the traffic. The city is spending $60,000 to evaluate the timing of the signals and create a...
Mortgage Rate News/Analysis The Fed has been lowering key short-term interest rates for a couple of months now. On September 18, they dropped the federal funds rate by 1/2 percent. What is the Federal Funds Rate? Suppose a bank has excess funds. They hold them in reserve at the Federal Reserve Ba...
The options for the rebuild of the Sellwood bridge have been brought down to three. The choices include rehabilitating the current bridge or a new bridge just north or just south between Spokane Street and Sellwood Riverfront Park. The Sellwood Bridge is 82 years old and has not been up to code...