Thursday, October 19, 2017 / by Daniel McDuffee
Residential Energy Performance Rating
If you are a homeowner in the Portland metro area you may have heard that Oregon passed a law requiring home sellers to get a home energy assessment before selling their home. Fortunately, this law doesn’t take effect until January 1, 2018. If you are thinking of selling your home next year you might be curious how this could affect you. Below are some important things to know about this new requirement.
Who does this new law affect?
The home energy score is only required for homeowners in the city of Portland (Multnomah County). Other counties are not currently required to have the energy score assessment. Homeowners only have to have an assessment done if they are listing their home for sale, so until you go to sell this will not affect you. To find out if your home must have a mandatory home energy score go to PortlandMaps.com and look at jurisdiction for your address. If Portland is listed as the city, you have to get a hom ...
Thursday, October 05, 2017 / by Daniel McDuffee
As a Realtor I have seen countless homes. Working with buyers I can see first hand what kind of things instantly create an emotional reaction, good or bad. The more of these tips you are able to do before you list your home, the more likely your sale will go smoothly and net you the most money.1. Depersonalize your homeTake down your family pictures, unique knick-knacks, nude art and anything else that is highly individualized. You may love those zany lamps you've had for years, but the more personal your home is the less a buyer will be able to imagine themselves living there. When you are getting ready to sell your home, you want to make it into an empty canvas a potential buyer can paint their dreams onto.2. Remove all smellsA bad smell can kill the appeal of an otherwise perfect home, and homeowners have often gone "nose blind" to these smells. Ask your real estate professional if you have any potentially unpleasant smells in your home. Cooking odors from spices or fish, pet ...