Entries by Colleen Glaab

The Best Time to Buy a House May Be Fall After All

The best time to buy a house has long been considered the spring and summer. Meanwhile, their seasonal sibling, fall, often gets tossed to the leaf pile by potential buyers who might think autumn is just about haunted houses and turkey dinners rather than house hunting. But surprise! Fall is not only a great time to buy a house, it might also […]

Can my neighbor do that? Feeding birds can become a messy issue

Oh, civility. It resides in some neighborhood, hasn’t arrived yet in others. Knowing city laws can take the sting, and emotion, out of an errant parked car, predawn noise and other annoying habits from the people next door. Oregonian archive photo used to add levity to the topic. Most neighbors don’t mind neighbors feeding birds. […]

Housing Predictions Ahead: REALTORS® Chief Economist Provides Market Insights

Nearly a decade after the Great Recession, Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), says concerns that the housing market has peaked and is headed toward another slowdown are purely speculative, regardless of recent sales declines in some regions. What’s in store for the future? Markets should slow down; however, this […]

13 Home Improvement Projects That Practically Pay for Themselves

These smart upgrades pay off big in resale value and enjoyment of your home. “For an immediate face-lift, update your light fixtures,” says Kim Howard, Realtor and co-founder of Howard Homes Chicago. You can buy a stylish ceiling fan for $100 dollars or less and updated semi-flush ceiling mount lights for about $60. Not only […]

Counting Cranes

Construction cranes are the most visible sign of where new homes are being built. You know there is major construction underway when cranes tower above. And wherever they cluster, it is a good bet that there are new homes being built. The recent RLB Crane Index, a report on the number of construction cranes in major […]

Portland approves plan to preserve mobile home parks

A tweak to Portland’s zoning code will make it more difficult to redevelop mobile home parks, an effort to preserve the low-cost housing they provide. The Portland City Council unanimously approved the change on Wednesday. It creates a new zone for 56 of the city’s mobile home parks, which house about 3,000 households. Six of […]

Your State’s Most Popular Home Decor Item

Interior design might seem as straightforward as choosing a paint color and coordinating your furniture, but the truth is, the devil’s in the details. Those last few finishing touches can really pull together a room and make it your own. Since we’re in the business of adding accents to homes, we were curious to know […]

For the Love of a Country House

For New Yorkers — a city of renters with apartments that are usually just barely big enough to accommodate their lives — a vacation home is not always just a house. Sometimes, it’s more like a long-distance lover, the kind you only see when the weather is nice and no one has to go to […]