I want to give a big personal shout out to Persnickety Lawn and Landscape. Simply put… Our yard was a mess. Over the past four years I have added countless bags of seed, fertilizer, and even resorted to voodoo chants trying to get the lawn in amazing shape. To say I was fighting a losing battle would have been an understatement, so finally my wife Janet said; “Enough!”

Janet found Persnickety online along with a few other companies and set about interviewing landscapers to come in and fix the drainage problems and overall shape of our yard once and for all. It only took her one meeting with Keith Wolfe the owner of Persnickety however to know she had found the right crew to make our dream yard a reality….

The Persnickety Lawn and Landscape crew…

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What Is My Home Worth In Today's Market?

It's Easy, It's Free and you see the most current market data not available to the public.

Are you interested in finding out the value of your home or a home in another area, but not ready to talk with a Broker Yet? With our FREE on-line Market Snapshot you can enter your home address or any other home address and see exactly how the market is going.

Market Snapshot will pull all homes within 1 mile of the address you give and within the size range you specify and show:

  1. Active Homes for Sale
  2. Pending Homes that have an offer.
  3. Sold Homes including the actual closed price, how long the home was on the market, and the difference between the “Asking” price and the actual “Sold” price.

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Selling a home is a seller's market is far different from selling a home in a buyer's market. If you are wondering about our current market, then let me assure you: It is indeed a fabulous time to sell! Not only will your days on market be remarkably fewer in a sellers’ market, but you might receive multiple offers, which could drive up the sales price.

It's generally a good idea to take advantage of pent-up demand because it's the demand that drives competition. The larger number of buyers for your home ought to increase the odds you'll make more money. Some homes, especially those referred to as unique homes, meaning homes that can be difficult to sell in any real estate market, will generally stand a better chance of selling as well in a…

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Rental repairs are as much a part of property management as tenant screening and landlord forms. Whether a property is old or new, repairs are going to be needed, and the requests will never come at a convenient time. Preparing for the inevitable will make it feel more like a business transaction, and less like being a victim. Here are some tips that can take some of the stress out of those unwanted repair calls:

Expect, Accept, and Budget for Rental Repairs

You can’t maintain a rental property without periodic repairs and maintenance costs. The stress comes from the unexpected, both in timing and costs. Focus on those predicable items, accept that some will be unpredictable, and develop your plan of attack: Look at a property’s previous repair…

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January 16, 2015 By GuardMe Security

You have a lot on your plate when your home is on the market – from keeping it constantly clean to being prepared to take off at a moment’s notice for a showing. In the midst of everything else going on, it is easy to forget what is most important: home security. Homes on the market are ideal for burglars – especially with the Internet giving them a sneak peek at what is inside. If your home is on the market or about to be, there are a few things to keep in mind so you can keep your home safe.

Precautions to Take While Your Home is on the Market

Between the extra foot traffic and your online virtual tour, these are a few precautions you can take to keep everything secure.

  • Be Aware of What You…

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Understanding the Numbers When Buying in a Low Inventory Real Estate Market

As a homebuyer in today’s market, you’re no doubt at your wit’s end trying to find your dream home.

And when you find a home you love,  you’re competing with all cash offers and bidding wars driving the sales price above what it’s listed for, and many times, even above what the home is actually worth!

While there is nothing you can do to create more homes for sale, you can certainly arm yourself by understanding the trends and patterns in the areas you’re trying to buy in.

While it’s not quite rocket science, there is definitely a significant competitive advantage to those that understand the trends of a real estate market.

Sometimes, being competitive means not…

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A home buyer does not want to be caught off guard in a seller's market. It's one of the reasons that the most important thing a home buyer can do is trust his or her real estate agent to advise on market conditions. If it is a seller's market, it could very difficult, if not almost impossible, to buy the first home a buyer wants to buy.

Because home buyers generally have very little interest in the real estate market when they are not buying a home, they don't always know how the market moves from one season to another, much less from month to month. It is often uncomfortable for a buyer to be told the market is a seller's market when the buyer may believe otherwise -- especially a buyer who is trying to buy in a down real estate market.


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The first secret is to make a reasonable offer. Many of us feel that the banks and asset managers are willing to take a dramatically lower price than the asking price. This is not the case. We can lose a good deal on a foreclosure by trying to make it a great deal.

In order to know what we are willing to offer on a foreclosure home we need to cover the second secret. That secret is to be prepared with the supporting data in advance of making an offer. By checking the recent sales we can often see what the home should sell for under normal circumstances.

By knowing what other similar homes have sold for recently we are more likely to have a better idea on what to offer in order to make a wise but rapid decision on what to offer rather than a knee…

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Jon Marical

  • Email:  Jon@TheCascadeTeam.com
  • Cell:  541.430.2551

We are happy to welcome Jon Marical to The Cascade Team! He will be joining our Portland office.

At age 15 I developed an intense interest in Real Estate. Helping a close friend find homes on the local MLS, and helping him show homes gave me an early feel for how things are done properly. I Spent the following six years in the construction industry doing everything by hand that makes your home shine! After two years in retail management, I am finally ready to chase my dream by providing the best customer service you can find. For most people, buying a home is the biggest investment of your life. When making such a big decision it is important to have someone you can talk…

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Have you found the house of your dreams yet? If you've found a property you love, you now need to decide how much you're willing to offer. You want to be conservative enough that you get a good deal, but you don't want to bid so low that you risk losing the house. The following are some questions that need to be answered prior to making an offer:

  • How long has the house been on the market? The longer it's been on the market, the more flexible the sellers are likely to be.
  • How much are people paying for similar properties in the area?
  • How much can you afford?
  • Are you pre-approved for a loan? If so, you will be very attractive to sellers, and you'll have more room to negotiate.
  • How badly do you want this sale to go through?
  • See more…

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