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    April Sneak Peek Extravaganza

    In this rapid-fire market, it helps to have a jump on listings before they’re available to the general public. Take an exclusive sneak peek at these upcoming properties before they go live. This diverse group of homes features listings going public from April 15th through early June.


    April Sneak Peek

    Lake Oswego – Tualata: $700k range

    Nestled at the back of an acre of serene Lake Oswego land, this gorgeous custom home is surrounded by trees. In addition to the main living space, the property features a kitchenette and a pair of bedrooms above the garage.

    Bedrooms: 4
    Bathrooms: 4
    Square Feet: 3,196

    3405 NE 44th Ave_lowresNE 44th Ave – approx. $599k

    Fantastic millwork with built-ins and a bonus media room! Located in Beaumont Village, conveniently close to local shops and dining.

    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 2.5
    Square Feet: 2,536


    Barnes_lowresSW Barnes Rd. – approx. $1,099,000

    This peaceful sanctuary is secluded in the trees of Sylvan Heights. Terrific home for entertaining with formal dining and large great room opening to gourmet kitchen. Lower level has wonderful media room, family room, wine cellar and guest quarters. The space can be converted to separate living quarters easily with the exterior entrance already in place. Easy access to downtown.

    Bedrooms: 5
    Bathrooms: 4
    Square Feet: 4,480

    _Claire - Heritage Condo_lowresVancouver – Heritage Place Condo – approx. $260k

    Delightful downtown condo on W 8th Street in Vancouver, WA. Convenient access to farmer’s markets, shops and restaurants.

    Bedrooms: 2
    Bathrooms: 2
    Square Feet: 975


    _Claire - 75th_lowresSE 75th – approx. $300k

    End unit townhome with an exceptional layout–open and spacious. Features eco grass in the backyard.


    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 2.5
    Square Feet: 1,701

    _Claire - Timberland_lowresTimberland Drive – approx. $330k

    Updated kitchen and bathrooms, with a great backyard!


    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 2.5
    Square Feet: 1,839


    _Claire - Lafayette_lowresSE Lafayette – approx. $370k

    Amazing 1940’s detailing with tons of storage space in an ideal location.

    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 1.5
    Square Feet: 2,214

    _3844 SE Yamhill St_009_lowresSE Yamhill – mid-$500k range

    Old PDX in the Heart of Belmont/Hawthorne area. Custom kitchen featured in Oregon Home Magazine, hand built cob sauna and beautiful backyard.

    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 1.5
    Square Feet: 2,367


    April Sneak Peek

    NE Beech St. – Condo: approx. $250k

    This 1908 Victorian Condo in the North Williams corridor is conveniently close to tasty local dining. Or stay in and cook in the completely renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Updates include electrical, furnace, and washer/dryer.

    Bedrooms: 1
    Bathrooms: 1
    Square Feet: 1,482

    _Dunckley_lowresNE Dunckley St. – approx. $1,025,000

    An elegant, all-new construction in Portland’s venerable Alameda neighborhood. Set back on the lot to match the rest of the community, this luxurious home features an open floor plan, cook’s kitchen, generous master suite and bedrooms, stainless steel appliances and a wet bar.

    Bedrooms: 4
    Bathrooms: 2.5
    Square Feet: 3,721


    _Paul - Hawkins_lowresNW Hawkins Blvd – approx. $890k

    Luxurious Forest Heights home with a spacious deck that features a spectacular western view. Enjoy the 3.5 car garage!

    Bedrooms: 4
    Bathrooms: 3.5
    Square Feet: 4,300

    Hidden Gems: Portland Activities

    The Greater Portland Metro Area possesses a diverse range of activities, including some hidden gems that might not come to the top of your mind when planning what you’ll do on your day off. Here are some lesser known adventures that may just be right up your alley.


    Bocce Ball – Leisure Public House – St. Johns, North Portland

    Play bocce ball for free on the patio of the Leisure Public House in St. Johns. Originating in Ancient Rome, the rules are simple (similar to playing horseshoes) and it’s a fun, fantastic way to pass the time while you’re enjoying the food and drink of the pub, conversing with friends or mingling with locals.

    8002 N Lombard St
    Portland, OR 97203




    Blacklight Mini Golf – Glowing Greens – Downtown Portland

    Underground black-light pirate-themed miniature golf. If you haven’t been to Glowing Greens yet, chances are you can’t say you’ve done this one before. They have a separate room for kids that’s great for birthday parties, but mini-golfers of all ages put their putting skills to the test, and have a blast doing it. Be sure to purchase a scorpion sucker or some spicy crickets on your way out!

    509 SW Taylor St
    Portland, OR 97204




    Skeet Shooting – Portland Gun Club – Southeast Portland

    A fixture in Portland for over a century, the Portland Gun Club prides itself on providing a safe, fun environment for anyone to learn the joys of skeet and trap shooting. Groups of five can shoot easily in one lane, firing at remotely launched discs. Their friendly experts are on hand to guide newbies in the basics, having first-timers hitting targets straightaway!

    4711 SE 174th Ave
    Portland, OR 97236

    Spring Sun and Fun

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    Farmer’s Markets Abound

    No matter where you call home in the Greater Portland Metro Area, there’s a farmer’s market not far off. Find one conveniently close and meet the people who grow this delicious organic food. It’s not just carrots and cauliflower, enjoy everything from hand-crafted ginger ales to local bee pollen.



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    Arbor Day Festival

    Speaking of farmer’s markets, the Portland Arbor Day festival will be kicking off Saturday, April 26th at the Portland State University farmer’s market from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Plant a tree and come celebrate our urban forest as Portland receives its 37th annual Tree City USA banner!




    Food Cart Festival

    Willamette Week’s Seventh Annual “Eat Mobile” pits more than 30 of their favorite food carts against one another, as they compete for the much-coveted Carty Award. With more than 400 food carts operating in Portland, this is a great way for newcomers to get a taste and for foodies to get their fix. Join the mouthwatering fun Sunday, April 27th at OMSI.




    Tulip Fest

    Experience the dog-friendly fun of Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, evolving every year in a beautiful new arrangement of patterns and colors. All are welcome (including photographers) to bask in the breathtaking, vibrant hues of Woodburn’s tulips. Open March 28th thru May 4th, open daily from 9am to 6 pm.

    Success Story – SE Crosswater Way


    Immaculately presented by TrueView, this wonderful home put its absolute best foot forward when it met the buying public. Spending just two days on the market, the property sold for $11,000 over listing price. This is just another example of how a well-presented home with top-notch agent representation can spark a frenzy of attention in this market, a surefire strategy to maximize the financial potential of any property.

    Home Details

    Perched majestically in the peaceful city of Clackamas, this traditional home is in close proximity to several parks and the Clackamas River. Beautiful and easily maintained landscaping decorates the facade, while around back the fully fenced yard and sprawling lawn are excellent for entertaining
    and relaxing.

    An inviting entryway greets visitors, ushering them into the spacious, connected floorplan. The home boasts hardwood floors on the main level, while the second level’s plush carpeting keeps the bedrooms feeling cozy. A classic fireplace radiates warmth in the living room. Nearby in the kitchen, granite countertops punctuate the warm alder cabinets, while a charming pantry door provides excellent storage space.

    This home features the ideal blend of practicality and style.

    Hidden Gems of Sauvie Island

    Hidden Gems of Sauvie Island

    As spring peeks its head out from the blanket of winter, Portlanders will undoubtedly be looking to embrace the out-of-doors at Sauvie Island. Already famous (notorious, even) for its various beaches, there are some lesser known gems definitely worth exploring on our Columbia River island. Did you know Sauvie Island is one of the biggest river islands in the country? A friendly word of caution: always make sure you know where you’re planning on parking and that you’ve paid for the privilege. Parking enforcement is ever vigilant. Passes can be purchased in the country store, just after you cross the bridge onto the island.

    Douglas Farm – This fantastic farm has operated on the island since the 1940s and you can drive by one of the original work trucks on your way in. Touted by locals as the best place to pick peaches, this u-pick farm offers access to fresh produce, free-range eggs and 100% natural local honey. Stop in for some delicious goodness!
    15330 NW Sauvie Island Rd. Portland, OR 97231

    Cistus Nursery – Gardening enthusiasts will especially love this nursery, but the amazing variety of flora can serve as an impromptu nature stroll. Their experts are available for consultations that could transform even the smallest balcony into a thriving sanctuary. Take something green home with you or gather ideas and then take advantage of their convenient mail order shipping.
    22711 NW Gillihan Rd. Portland, OR 97231

    Sauvie Island Wildlife Area – If you’re looking for a serene stroll through protected land, the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is an ideal destination. Courteous picnickers are invited to dine amidst the diverse wildlife population. Spring is the perfect time to catch songbirds at play in the boughs, while various waterfowl (including sandhill cranes) are still active. Lucky guests may even spot a majestic bald eagle. Those seeking a more active outdoor adventure will be happy to find fishing, hiking, trapshooting, canoeing and even dog training all available here.
    18330 NW Sauvie Island Rd. Portland, OR 97231

    Sneak Peek – SW Bohmann

    SW Bohmann Pkwy: mid $400k range

    This gorgeous daylight ranch is nestled in a serene Raleigh Hills sanctuary, brimming with the verdant greenery and local wildlife of Fanno Creek. The expansive, tiered back deck is ideal for outdoor entertaining and relaxation.

    Inside, pristine hardwood floors stretch throughout the home’s open floor plan, providing an elegant ambiance and a connected living experience. Downstairs, the beautifully-finished daylight basement is spacious and inviting.

    Situated between two golf courses, in convenient proximity to community tennis courts, an outdoor pool and abundance of parks and trails, this home enjoys the best of city living in a country setting.

    Bedrooms: 4
    Bathrooms: 2.1
    Square Feet: 3,076
    Year Built: 1960

    Maximize Your Home’s Tax Value

    If you haven’t done your taxes yet, it’s not because you’ve been procrastinating. You were strategically waiting to make sure you leveraged maximum return value from your property by embracing this helpful list. Whether you already own a home or are planning on one in the future, these thrilling tax tips can mean money in your pocket.

    #1 – Mortgage Interest Deductions: In most cases, the vast majority of mortgage payments for the first ten years are covering interest. What’s fantastic about interest payments? They’re tax deductible. If the conditions are right, you might just be able to jump down into that lower tax bracket.

    #2 – Property Tax Deductions: Don’t forget that your property taxes likely qualify as deductions as well! These can be easily overlooked if your taxes and insurance are already included in your monthly mortgage payment.

    #3 – Capital Gain Exclusions: Did you sell your house for a profit this year? It’s possible you could shelter $250,000 to $500,000 of profit as a capital gain exclusion. If you’d like to learn more, here’s a helpful article.

    Friendly Disclaimer: This information is provided as a helpful starting point. If you require tax advice, please contact a tax attorney or CPA.

    If you find yourself talking to a tax professional to help you accurately prepare your taxes to your best advantage, here are some other potentially lucrative topics to bring up:

    Home Improvement Loan Interest Deduction
    Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) Deduction
    Mortgage Points/Origination Deduction
    Energy Efficiency Upgrades/Repairs Deduction
    Real Estate Selling Cost Deduction
    Home Office Deduction
    Loan Forgiveness Deduction

    Success Story – 2126 SE 60th

    - 2126 SE 60th Ave. -

    Another TrueView success story here. The essence of this home was beautifully captured and conveyed to the buying public, fetching a record price for the neighborhood. In its four short days on the market, the home secured five offers, one accepted back-up offer, with two more buyers ready to step in immediately. The sellers were thrilled by the outcome, having experienced the advantage of having top-notch M agent representation, backed by the best marketing in town!

    Home Details

    This delightful ranch stands proudly in Southeast Portland, just moments away from Mt. Tabor and Clinton Parks, as well as a multitude of coffee shops and restaurants. A tidy lawn and neat landscaping welcome guests to the home, while around back a fenced deck offers a private area for relaxation or entertaining.

    Inside, the living areas flow naturally into one another, amply lit by an abundance of windows and skylights. A brick outlined gas fireplace is featured in the living room, radiating warmth and luxury, while the vaulted ceiling in the family room opens the space. Charming cabinetry accents the sleek flooring in the kitchen and dining room, where the connected space offers a more intimate meal experience.

    With meticulously maintained one level living in a great location, this home boasts an ideal blend of grace and practicality– you will love living here!


    Staging Your Occupied Home

    Selling your home? Get it ready – Get it sold!

    Preparing your home for the market shouldn’t be stressful or involve renovating every room. The most important things are getting the interior and exterior ready for potential buyers to see themselves living there. The first week on the market is the most critical as most active buyers will see your home on-line and perhaps also during the open house. Being well prepared from the start, and spending the time needed getting your home ready could be the best investment of your life. Statistics prove that a well prepared home spends 50% less time on the market and sells for a higher price.

    Interior Designer Staci Byers of Ready to Sell PDX specializes in preparing owner occupied homes for a successful listing. Staci’s goal is to ensure clients’ homes are presented as best as possible from day one by enhancing curb appeal, creating cohesiveness and flow in the home, and adjusting interior colors of the home for optimal appeal.

    The services offered are a la carte and can be tailored to suit the customers’ needs. After a thorough consultation both inside and outside the home, the homeowners will know just what they need to do to get the home ready for the market. If you are tight on time or simply want some help, Staci can manage the project from beginning to end to ensure your home is Ready to Sell.

    Please visit for more information on services.

    Staci Byers


    Sneak Peek – SE Crosswater Way

    14753 SE Crosswater Way: approx. $350,000

    Perched majestically in the peaceful city of Clackamas, this traditional home is in close proximity to several parks and the Clackamas River. Beautiful and easily maintained landscaping decorates the facade, while around back the fully fenced yard and sprawling lawn are excellent for entertaining and relaxing.

    An inviting entryway greets visitors, ushering them into the spacious, connected floorplan. The home boasts hardwood floors on the main level, while the second level’s plush carpeting keeps the bedrooms feeling cozy. A classic fireplace radiates warmth in the living room. Nearby in the kitchen, granite countertops punctuate the warm alder cabinets, while a charming pantry door provides excellent storage space.

    This home features the ideal blend of practicality and style.

    Bedrooms: 5
    Bathrooms: 2.5
    Square Feet: 2,384
    Year Built: 2010