You will feel at home the second you walk through the door of this delightfully charming one-level home on a cul-de-sac street. Well-maintained home with new roof, new carpet, vinyl windows, and updated landscaping. This is a perfect home ranch with a fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and slider off the master suite to the backyard patio.
One level homes with a yard are a thing of the past in the Portland metropolitan area. With the infill plans and the urban growth boundary you aren’t likely to see any new homes with yards, especially at this perfect size of 1458 square feet. In a recent survey they asked 25 year-olds what they wanted in a house. A yard was #2. If the new generation wants a yard, and the baby boomers want one level, what do you guess will happen to the prices of one level homes in the next decade?
For sale in Beaverton near Bethany
New listing in Beaverton near Bethany and Somerset Park.
- Five Bedrooms
- Huge attic storage, estimated at over 2000 cubic square feet
- Great location
- 2012 sf
- Fenced yard
- Outbuilding with electricity
I don’t do dual representation. If you think you might want to write an offer, please contact Sandra Daniels at 503-998-0887.
Imagine only being requested to help a friend move one single box, give a high five, and get on with your Saturday. Wouldn’t that be nice? I mean. it’s always a Saturday isn’t it?
The same friend that would take a bullet for you will likely find an excuse not to help you move. Why? Because moving sucks and it’s usually disorganized as hell.
When someone imagines helping someone move they think of sweat, dusty boxes, two people arguing over the tetris like qualities of each box, garbage bags of crap you didn’t get packed in time, the caravan to the next house, the constant indecison of where each box goes to the point where you just say, “I’ll drop it here and let you guys figure it out, waiting for the random pizza, no plates, no toilet paper, and so on and so on. A bullet is much quicker than the ordeal of moving. And it always takes longer than anyone really guesses, and the truck is usually late.
It’s not that your friends don’t love you, it’s just that all of their experiences tell them this move will suuuuuuuuck.
So I have a new concept to reduce just about every detail of the suck that is helping friends move, the Moving Mob. It’s like a flash mob for moving and lasts about as long as a song. Promise your friends that they only have to move one item. You will give them a high five or a hug. This will depend on your personal relationship to them and their personal hygiene. They are under no obligation to fill a box or carry a garbage bag full of junk drawer stuff.
Rules for Moving Mob
- They only need to move one item.
- They do not have to move anything in a garbage bag.
- They do not have to pack anything.
- They will recieve one high five or hug.
- They can leave without guilt.
- Some people only have 15 minutes on the way somewhere else and they feel guily moving one box. You relieve them of that guilt
- They might move two boxes
- Some people will show up smiling knowing they can leave at anytime.
Possible flaws in the concept.
- You just gave someone an out who felt guilty enough to help the whole day.
- Organizing the first half is easier than timing the second half.
- The bigger the house the more people you need.
So that’s my concept and I will be trying it out Saturday (of course) May 25th. So email me, text me, twitter me, facebook me or call me if you want to participate in a grand experiment that will only take five minutes.
I’m not worried about Zillow and Trulia like some agents. Actually I’m all about open information, and that is what Zillow gives, to a point. But only up to a point, and that is how their product actually helps me.
One issue that agents have with Zillow is the Zestimate which Zillow’s estimate of the value of your home as a price range. From Zillow’s website:
Remember, the Zestimate is a starting point and does not consider all the market intricacies that can determine the actual price a house will sell for.
I had a friend who was going to list their home in about a month and they told me they had an appraisal. I was a bit shocked because appraisals cost $450 or more but I didn’t question it. When it came time to list they mentioned that they had another appraisal. At this point I asked some questions and found out they had been looking at Zillow. Zillow has become pervasive enough in the public that they believe that is the site to visit, because it is simple, quick, and they don’t have a Realtor trying to sell them services.
The benefit to the Zestimate is that they get an idea of what their price may be in a very casual way. This may stir them into selling and lead to me having a new listing.
Another way that Zillow has been inadvertently helping me lately is with their search feature. They don’t have every listed home in their search, and those homes on there don’t often have timely information, especially in this fast-paced market, as I have found when my girlfriend goes searching on there. I have two clients who like the Zillow app, they like it better than the Realtor.com app (one person called crap), and the other apps aren’t doing it for them. So they end up calling me to get the real, immediate information.
Zillow can’t replace an agent, and they don’t want to because they sell advertising to the agents. If figuring out prices were as easy as a Zestimate, than pricing homes would be just math. Therewouldn’t be a need to see the inside of a home if anyone thought it was just a math problem of square feet and bedrooms. So while agents are fighting sites like Zillow, I just learn as much as I can about the sites and technology, because my clients are using it and I need to speak their language, and I will be there when they are ready to move.