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Tips on Staying Safe This Hallows Eve in Tigard!

by Red Door Realty Group

All Hallows Eve. A time of treats, fun costumes for the kids and memorable times. It’s also a time to remember a little caution and safety preparation can go a long way for our monsters of the night. Let us share some fun ways to stay safe for this year’s Halloween in Tigard.

The chances of a car accident for a child goes up an unpleasant amount this night more than any other, so we have a few suggestions on how to keep the young ones as safe as possible.

A good way is to try integrating reflective tape or stickers into costumes and bags, as well as using face paint, non-toxic of course, as an alternative to masks that can be visually obstructive for young ones. Besides, kids love getting to their faces painted! Also give the kids some glow sticks, glow bracelets and whatever other glowing things you can find for them. Not only will that be added fun to their costumes, but it will help with added visual for drivers.

Young ones, 12 and under should never be out alone without any adult supervision. Also remind the older kids to stay in areas that they are familiar with, are well lit and maybe suggest to them that going trick-or-treating with friends would be more entertaining. They’re sure to like that!

Check out this link for more tips on safety this Halloween. Most importantly, don’t let them forget to have a themselves a scary time this Halloween in Tigard, Oregon!

A Thank You to All Oregon Firefighters

by Red Door Realty Group

Many thanks go out to all the brave firefighters who responded, including Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County's own firefighters, to the many disastrous fires that broke out all over Oregon this fire season.  Many brave men and women have risked their lives to save lives and minimize the destruction to our beautiful state. We could never thank you enough.

This fire season was the worst in living memory, but like our beautiful state, we can bounce back from this fresh and stronger. We can also work to help keep our forests safe and green in the future. Both the state of Oregon and Keep Oregon Green have great tips on how to do just that. We love our home green, let’s keep it that way together.

Find the Top Restaurants in Portland

by Red Door Realty Group

Portland is known for many things - the rivers, the bridges, the stunning landscapes.  But of all of those things, amazing food stands out as one of the best things to be found here. Living in the Portland metro area means that you're never going to run out of amazing culinary options. There's flavors from around the world to be experienced in this world-class city. So you'd better get started exploring all the dining options here, because it will take you years to try them all.  

To help you out on your culinary journey, TripAdvisor.com has put together a list of the top restaurants in Portland.  You can also find great places to eat based on price and food type.  Here's two of the best places to eat in Portland you'll find on this list.

Q Restaurant & Bar

Veteran Executive Chef Annie Cuggino has been a staple in the Portland dining scene for over 20 years, gaining her reputation as Executive Chef of the Veritable Quandary.  Now she's making Q Restaurant & Bar a new Portland staple. Reviewers unanimously agree that this is by far the best dining experience in Portland. And it's no wonder, with their close relationship with local growers and suppliers, along with their "hyper-seasonal" menu, there's sure to be an ever-changing array of fresh flavors to experience.

Mucca Osteria

For the best Italian dining experience in Portland, Mucca Osteria stands out as the best Italian food in PDX. It's straight up great Italian food, nothing fancy, just great food and paired with the best wines. And as you would expect from a fine Portland restaurant, they only use fresh local ingredients and base their menu on that practice.  Of course, the service has to match the food to be the best dining experience in the city, and that is certainly the case with Mucca Osteria.

 

 

Home Buyers – Protect Yourself From Equifax Breech

by Red Door Realty Group

It’s all over the news. The massive data theft of 143 million consumer’s personal data from national credit bureau Equifax has been a topic of much discussion lately.  This is a situation that will affect a lot of lives and could especially affect home buyers and mortgage applicants. Why?

Most American with a credit history could be affected. Addresses, Social Security numbers, driver’s license and credit card numbers could all be at risk.  These could be made available to the highest bidders on the Dark Web. 

Home buyers and mortgage applicants may be the most at risk, since there is a significant amount of information on file at the credit bureaus. This could cause serious problems down the road, especially during the buying process.

But don’t worry, as you can take steps to protect your identity and credit.  You can lock down your credit files with fraud alerts or credit file freezes, which will prevent people from opening accounts in your name and will prevent them from getting credit reports.

The FTC has helpful information on identify-theft countermeasures at consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft. And if you’re thinking of doing a freeze, a good site is uspirg.org/resources/usp/protect-yourself-against-new-account-id-theft. You can also get free, three-bureau credit monitoring service being offered by Equifax at equifaxsecurity2017.com. The most important first step is to check your three credit reports for free at annualcreditreport.com and see whether anyone has been tampering with your accounts.

Portland's Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

by Red Door Realty Group

As summer comes to a close in the Portland area, it's time to make sure your home is ready for fall and winter in the Pacific Northwest. If you perform just a few chores, you can make sure you're ready for the colder months and have less problems during the winter season in Oregon. Here's a few tasks that are fairly painless and will help you avoid major repair costs when you least expect them.

Check Walkways For Cracks

Before your walkways get covered in the winter, it's a good idea to fix any cracks that could create a tripping or slipping hazard. You can fix small cracks with epoxy. For serious cracks, you may need to call in a professional.

Clean and Repair Siding

Make sure the siding doesn't have mold or mildew, and check for rotten and warped areas.  You can even use a cell phone or drone to inspect higher areas instead of using a ladder. Inspect the joints for cracks.

Check Leaky Faucets

By checking leaky faucets and pipes now, you can avoid costly repairs if a pipe breaks during the winter.

Want some more tips for maintaining your home? Check out the full list of September maintenance tips here.

Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend in Portland

by Red Door Realty Group

The Labor Day weekend is fast approaching and it’s time to plan for a fun weekend in Portland.  There’s going to be plenty of great ways to spend the weekend in Portland, so it’s time to start planning.  Here’s a few events and activities to look forward to.

Cirque du Soleil Presents KURIOS | August 31 | Portland Expo Center

Tour Portland’s Beautiful Bridges This Summer w/ Portland Spirit Explorer | September 2 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Salmon Street Springs Dock

2017 Bite of Oregon @ Rose Quarter  | September 2 at 11:00 am - 10:00 pm | Rose Quarter

Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend in Portland!

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Red Door Realty Group

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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