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Selling During the Holidays

By MJ Steen | Dec 3, 2012

Eager buyers, less competition make season a great time to sell Special to The Oregonian John M. Vincent/The Oregonian By JOHN KIRKLAND ‌SPECIAL WRITER The holidays are here, and some sellers who have had their homes on the market for a while may think it’s time to pull up the “for sale” sign and wait […]

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Eastside Dining: Spotlight on Mexican

By MJ Steen | Nov 30, 2012

Nuestra Cocina – 2135 SE Division St. – 503.232.2135 Authentic, fresh Mexican cuisine in Southeast Portland. I sampled the homemade tortillas, made right in front of my eyes by a woman whose sole job was to pound, bake, and have the supply exceed the high demand. I sipped on a delicious margarita, and sampled the […]

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New Price

By MJ Steen | Nov 28, 2012
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Home Building At All Time High

By MJ Steen | Nov 26, 2012

The numbers are in: home building has reached its highest level in more than four years according to a recent government reading. In October, rates were up 3.6% from September, which goes against the slight decrease home economists had predicted. "The further rise in housing starts in October confirms that the previous month's very strong […]

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Good News for Home Sales

By MJ Steen | Nov 20, 2012

Home sales are showing signs of improvement for the month of October, even with the devastation in the Northeast known as Hurricane Sandy. Existing home sales climbed to an annual rate of 4.79 million, up 2.1% from the month of September when existing home sales were 4.69 million. On a year-over-year basis, there was an […]

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Gallo Nero – Pearl Restaurant Review

By MJ Steen | Nov 20, 2012

“Benvenuti al Gallo Nero PDX.” The reviews are in – Gallo Nero, a new restaurant situated in the Pearl, is the talk of the town. Home to all things Italian (the food, waiters, chef, and overall experience), I cannot wait to try the Tortelli di Patate in the coming week. They even offer brunch on […]

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“Fiscal Cliff” – What does this Mean for Home Loan Rates?

By MJ Steen | Nov 13, 2012

After the recent Presidential election, the buzzword regarding the economy seems to continuously be “Fiscal Cliff” and what will happen to our market. The market’s take is that the Fed will continue its recent behavior of Bond buying until substantial improvements are shown. The significance of the “Fiscal Cliff” is small business tax breaks are […]

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Best Restaurants 2012

By MJ Steen | Nov 8, 2012

      Portlandmonthlymag.com has posted it’s “Best Restaurants of 2012” article, and announced that Portland has been named America’s most original food destination. You can say that again! I recommend this magazine and website for dining ideas and Portland events in general.          

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News for the National Real Estate World

By MJ Steen | Nov 5, 2012

Warren Buffett recently purchased a Prudential Real Estate franchise and Real Living and is debuting a new brand for those agents in Irvine, California. “I am confident that these partners will deliver value to the residential real estate industry,” Buffett said. The Prudential and Real Living franchises will be phasing out in the next few […]

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