House hunting in fall
The oppressive heat is gone, and the cool crisp air is a sweet relief. The landscape is at its best with all the warm fall colors, and the need to nest and be cozy is more. Is that all that makes fall he best time to buy a house? No, because apart from all these reasons, there are logistics that have proven over the years that fall is, after all, a good time to buy a house. Let us tell you how.
Once you have your down payment ready, your credit is in great shape and you have a perfect real estate broker, then you think is it the right time? One thing that we all go through as a buyer is the timing and it is an important question because your ability to buy a house doesn’t depend only on your financial ability but also on how real estate market is doing, as it can be pretty fickle.
Spring and Summer are the peak of home buying seasons and winter tends to be much slower, but fall is a time when the competition is much less. The buyer has more negotiating power at this time, and the sellers know that the season is coming to an end, so they are also more open to sweetening the deal for you such as accepting lower than asking price or offering concessions or more generous contingency periods.
It is easier to find contractors to make repairs and upgrades. And as the temperatures cool down the sellers, mortgage lenders and title companies can respond more quickly with fewer delays.
The focus at this time is you, and our team of professionals at JMA Properties work very hard at making this process stress free, all the while keeping in mind all your wants and needs because after all buying home is a big stepping stone in your life.
Let us help you find your perfect home this fall.
The words of Portland’s own Ursula K Le Guin describe the month of September in Portland the best
"Gold of amber
Red of ember
Brown of umber
September in Portland is like Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds, only the birds are not here to attack but to do their roosting dance.
From September 1st to the 30th Portland is visited by migratory birds named Vaux' swifts. They are about five inches long, with stiff beaks and grey brown coats and the body shaped like a cigar. These birds are different from other migratory birds is how they sleep at night as after flying all day they roost all night altogether in one space and because of the size of their flock nests would not do so they look for large cavities of old trees. After the logging in the past century when that became rarer is when these birds discovered chimneys and made it their roosting homes. They have Velcro like feet so they can easily cling to the walls of the chimneys.
In the year 2009 The Audubon Society made this an official community event so now every year hundreds of people gather in the football field of Chapman School in the month of September to watch this largest known roosting sights of these swifts. The roosting dance begins at dusk and actually looks like tailgating where one bird is followed by a thousand others descending into the chimney finally. The entire event lasts for about two hours and is easily one of the most well attended community events in Portland. Just one more perk of living in Beautiful Portland. This year you can watch this event live on The Audubon Society of Portland’s Facebook page on September 15th at 7:15 PM Pacific time.
September is also called the barley month which means beer to most Portlanders and during the entire fall Portland hosts a number of beer fests which also happens to attract beer lovers from all over the country.
From birds to beer Portland had got it all, see you on one of your warm September adventures and for all your roosting needs contact Brian Porter Real Estate https://www.brianporter.com/
Here is a link to see the Vaux Swifts:
The Sellwood neighborhood is located in SE Portland, North of Milwauke and East of the Willamette River. Sellwood is a great place to live and or work and has lots of history. Sellwood has a great retail and residential mix with a laid back vibe. The homes in Sellwood include beautiful bungalows, victorians, craftsmans, four squares, newer condos and new infill homes.
The Ambassador condos are located in the heart of SW Portland on the corner of SW 6th Ave and SW Madison St at 1209 SW 6th Ave. The Ambassador is a classic “H shaped” building with 45 units. The apartments were converted to condos in 1978. The Ambassador condos boast old world charm with parking and an incredible rooftop deck.
The Pearl Townhomes are some of the most notable homes in all of Portland. They are located at 601-637 NW 11th Avenue in the Pearl District. The Pearl Townhomes are incredible, they were originally built in 1908 and were called the Railway Express Building until being converted to townhomes and are now known as the Pearl Townhomes. The Pearl Townhomes are what you would see in New York, brownstone style walk up townhomes with a brick exterior. They are stunningly unique and allow the owners urban living at its finest.
The Summerlinn Condos are located in West Linn just minutes from the city’s downtown. They are tucked away, but very accessible to major freeways, shopping, dining and more. Summerlinn condos are composed of 116 condos that were built between 1999 and 2001. There are many different floorplans and styles to choose from, although right now not many units are on the market.
The Waverley Neighborhood is a very exclusive area in Milwaukie located on the Waverley Golf Course. The homes in Waverley are grand with amazing lots and an exclusive feel. There is a main road in Waverley- Waverley Drive that is directly on the gorgeous golf course. Living in one of these homes is truly an experience that only a few people will ever get to enjoy.
The Hollywood Neighborhood is located in inner NE Portland near Alameda and Irvington. The Hollywood neighborhood is between NE 37th and NE 47th Avenues from NE Thompson Street to I-84. The Hollywood district is named for the 1920 era theatre that sits on NE Sandy Blvd. in the middle of the retail mecca that resides in Hollywood. There are banks, shops, eateries and more in the Hollywood district that draw folks from all over the city. The Hollywood district is a fun unique Portland pocket that shouldn’t be missed.
The Gregory Condos are located in Portland’s popular Pearl District neighborhood on NW 11th Avenue between Flanders and Glisan. The Gregory includes 133 residential units and retail spaces on the ground floor. There is a below ground parking garage for the exclusive use of the residents and a beautiful community rooftop deck on the fifth floor. The Gregory is a gorgeous building with fluid lines, curved windows and beautiful iron work on the balconies. This is a stark contrast to the interiors of the condos here as they are very modern.
The Belmont Street Lofts are located on the corner of SE 35th Avenue and SE Belmont St in Portland. The Belmont Street Lofts were completed in 2004 and are one of Portland’s first boutique condo projects that are now popping up all over the city. The Belmont Street Lofts are easy to spot with a beautiful facade of Brazilian Ipe wood and large glass windows. The Belmont Street Lofts are a great addition to the neighborhood and bring in a modern yet warm feeling to the bustling SE Portland corner.
Peninsula Park Rose Garden is something you would expect to see in a fairy tale or a beautiful European city, and it is located here, in Portland on the corner of North Albina and N Ainsworth Streets. The Peninsula Park Rose Garden was designed in 1912, completed in 1913 and is a formal sunken rose garden in the heart of North Portland. The rose garden is the only sunken one in the state of Oregon and gets lots of visitors each day. The homes and streets surrounding the rose garden are wildly popular and a comprise a small pocket (or micro-neighborhood) in the larger North Portland neighborhood of Piedmont.
Glendoveer Neighborhood and Golf Course is located in deep NE Portland between NE Halsey and NE Glisan Streets. Glendoveer is known for large sprawling daylight ranches and manicured lawns. Most homes in the Glendoveer neighborhood are one to two level and were built in the 1950’s. The Glendoveer neighborhood surrounds the Glendoveer Golf Course located at 140th and NE Glisan.
The Edgewater Garden Court Condos are located right on Oswego Lake in the city of Lake Oswego. The location is stellar with the main retail core of Lake Oswego steps away, along with the Saturday Farmers Market and more. The Edgewater Garden Court Condos look quaint from the street, but have a secret gem once inside. They are literally right on the lake.
The Arbor Lodge neighborhood is located in North Portland and is between Willamette Blvd and the I-5 freeway from Ainsworth to Lombard Street. The Arbor Lodge neighborhood is a nice mix of residential and commercial with some big retailers and local business alike. The MAX was added in 2004 and since then has really helped with the accessibility and rising prices of the neighborhood. There is a New Seasons Market and Fred Meyer Superstore that have been added within the last 10 years. Arbor Lodge has become a completely different neighborhood in a very short amount of time and the real estate market is reflecting its popularity. Check out this article for more info on the layout of the city.