Up and Coming Portland Neighborhoods: South Waterfront

South Waterfront: Hot Portland Neighborhoods

As recently as 2010, Portland’s South Waterfront neighborhood, located in the intersection of the Willamette River and Downtown PDX, was essentially empty – populated by undeveloped lots and mostly unused buildings.  When the neighborhood was first slated for growth, Portland’s Office of Planning and Sustainability offered this “Vision for 2035”: “…a dense, vibrant, walkable, distinctly […]

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Great Portland Neighborhoods to Buy a House: Foster-Powell

Great Portland Neighborhoods to Buy a House: Foster-Powell

Portland, Oregon’s Southeast Foster-Powell neighborhood, affectionately referred to as FoPo, is one a few remaining truly affordable neighborhoods for families looking to purchase real estate. It’s affordable, mainly because it’s still considered to be ‘up and coming’ but ask any neighbor in this compact ‘hood and you’ll quickly learn that those who call this area […]

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Family-Friendly Portland Neighborhoods: Rose City Park

Family-Friendly Portland Neighborhoods: Rose City Park

Rose City Park Neighborhood Overview 1907 was an important year in the growing city of Portland, Oregon. It was the year the Rose City Park neighborhood was platted; the same year as the very first Portland Rose Festival and the year the Portland Railway trolley service started running from the downtown area making it easier […]

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Hot Portland Neighborhoods: The Pearl District

Hot Portland Neighborhoods: The Pearl District

Had you not lived in Portland in the 90s you might never guess that The Pearl District, a vibrant neighborhood full of high-end art galleries, expensive high rises, and upscale dining and shopping was previously the Northwest Industrial Triangle: a low-rent industrial area occupied by railroad yards and warehouses on unfinished lots. Prior to that, […]

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Hot Portland Neighborhoods: Forest Park

Hot Portland Neighborhoods: Forest Park

Both verdant rambling forest and close-in hood, Northwest Portland’s Forest Park neighborhood is located a quick 5 to 10-minute drive to downtown PDX at the right time of day (20-ish minutes+ during rush hour and other busy times) and is also an easy commute to Beaverton-Hillsboro on the other side. Bordered by the Northwest Heights, […]

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Reasons To Refinance a Home Loan

Reasons To Refinance a Home Loan

When you refinance a home loan you’re paying off the original mortgage balance and taking on a new one. It’s likely that the terms and interest rate on your new home loan will be different from the original mortgage terms – and often, this is the very reason some people refinance: to get a better […]

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The Home Loan Process - Portland Oregon Mortgage

The Home Loan Process

Here’s a brief overview of what to expect in the home loan process when we work together: Step 1: Pre-qualification Pre-qualification is a relatively quick initial step in the process of attaining a mortgage loan. Getting your pre-qualification helps you determine what you can afford so you can set your home search parameters appropriately from […]

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Mortgage Do's and Don't's | Mathew Mattila Mortgage Professional, Portland Oregon

Mortgage Do’s and Don’t’s

When you plan a trip, you most likely spend time researching your destination, your method of transportation, where you’ll stay, any local events you might be interested in, the best places for a dinner out or a glass of wine. If you’re traveling with family or with kids, you’ll spend time finding special interests and […]

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Family-Friendly Portland Neighborhoods: Sellwood-Moreland

Family-Friendly Portland Neighborhoods: Sellwood-Moreland

Portland Neighborhood: Sellwood-Moreland Boasting a walk score of 81 Southeast Portland’s Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood actually consists of three distinct neighborhood districts: Sellwood, Westmoreland, and Eastmoreland. With four beautiful public parks (Westmoreland Park, Sellwood Park, Sellwood Riverfront, and Johnson Creek Park), the Oaks Bottom Refuge hiking area, Eastmoreland public golf course, and the Springwater Corridor all within easy […]

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Kid-Friendly Portland Neighborhoods: Beaumont-Wilshire

Kid-Friendly Portland Neighborhoods: Beaumont-Wilshire

Portland Neighborhood: Beaumont-Wilshire Located in Northeast Portland, Beaumont-Wilshire is flanked by the Alameda, Concordia, Cully, Rose City Park, and Grant Park neighborhoods. Sitting pretty on the Alameda Ridge, this is one of eastside Portland’s most in-demand (and relatively pricey) neighborhoods. Boasting views of downtown PDX and the Cascades, this charming neighborhood draws mainly retirees, professionals, and […]

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Vancouver, Washington Real Estate: Hot Neighborhoods

Vancouver, Washington Neighborhoods

The Vancouver, Washington real estate market is heating up! With a current median home value of $299,000 in Vancouver, Washington, compared to an average home value of $413,300 in it’s more metropolitan neighbor, Portland, Vancouver is currently a very viable option for potential home buyers due to affordability, current and future growth potential, and a […]

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Real Estate Investing in Vancouver, Washington

Real Estate Investing in Vancouver, Washington

A long-term client approached me recently for a referral to someone to help him build out his real estate investment portfolio. I immediately put him in touch with my friend and colleague, Uwe Gluhr. A local business leader and brilliant real estate investment advisor, Uwe is the business manager and co-owner of Personal Property Management with […]

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