Historic Arenson Court Condominium-Portland

Eloquent 1930 Northwest historic building has two spacious bedrooms, and is located in the heart of the Alphabet District of Northwest Portland. Beautiful hardwood floors, granite counters and a euro style washer and dryer in unit! The remodeled bathroom, and coved ceilings make this one in a million! Bike storage and community laundry in basement. Patio in back – perfect setting for relaxing and enjoying nature. Walk Score is 91.

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 1:10 pm
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Portland, Portland Real Estate |

Gracious Living at Its Best in Allenbach Acres!

17760 NW Deercreek Court – Portland
3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bath / 2371 Square Feet / MLS#18167139
$574,000
Meticulous care in every detail and corner of this spectacular home and beautifully landscaped large backyard.  Gleaming hardwood floors on main level with high ceilings, tall windows and skylights – making it so very light and bright.  A chef’s kitchen offers much cabinet and granite counter space, a view of the serene backyard, a nook, eating bar and opens to Family Room.  Master Suite includes travertine floors/surround/shower, granite counters, soak tub and walk-in closet.  Two additional bedrooms on upper level, with 4th Bedroom/Office with closet on main level.  Sink and built-ins add extra ease to the main level laundry room.  Oversized two-car garage with additional storage. Easy access to Hwy 26, Hi-Tech, Tanasbourne, shopping, grocery, restaurants, coffee shops and more!

Posted on May 1, 2018 at 12:05 pm
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Beaverton School District, Portland, Portland Real Estate |

Beautiful Bull Mountain Home Backs to Greenspace

Welcome home to a charming traditional home with wonderful attention to detail. Lived in lightly, this home is well appointed and features spacious rooms which are complimented with gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings, tall windows, extra touches of moldings and more.  The gourmet kitchen offers room for more than one cook at a time – granite counter tops and gorgeous maple cabinets.  Relish the cozy gas fireplace in the living room/great room or enjoy the upstairs media room for watching favorite movies, playing games, crafting, hobbies, exercising, and more. The large master suite features views of mountain with a bath suite – walk-in closet, soaking tub and dual sinks. Relax, entertain or BBQ on the expansive deck. The beautifully manicured front yard and fenced backyard backs to quiet green space.  This home is near shopping, theater, grocery, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.
MLS# 18120364  –  3 Bedroom / 2/5 Bath / 2581 Square Feet

Backs to Natural Green Space


Posted on April 23, 2018 at 5:27 pm
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Portland, Portland Real Estate |

Located in the Heart of Villebois Community Wilsonville

Craftsman style home nestled in the heart of the Villebois Community. Sought after Strasbourg floor plan with high ceilings gives a feeling of spaciousness. Large windows bring in an abundance of natural light. Great Room style living with cozy fireplace creates an open space that is perfect for entertaining. Upper level includes all bedrooms and spacious laundry room. Master includes large walk-in closet and tray ceiling. Light and bright spacious Master Bath includes soak tub, shower, high tile counter tops with dual sinks and tile floor.

Fenced yard includes extended-size patio with custom pavers. Great for BBQ, entertaining or just relaxing.

Living Room Kitchen Dining Room
Kitchen Island

Posted on March 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Wilsonville Real Estate |

Contemporary Tanner Place Condominium in the Pearl

Tanner Place in the Pearl with a Walk Score of 98 Offers an Easy Lifestyle!

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Welcome home to the coveted Tanner Place Condominiums in the heart of the Pearl District. The high ceilings give the feeling of spaciousness. The large double pane wood framed windows offer breath-taking territory and city views. Enjoy the gleaming Brazilian hardwood floors and a Living room with a gorgeous view and cozy gas fireplace. The beautiful large one bedroom includes a walk-in closet. The HOA Includes: Trash, Maintenance Grounds, Commons, Sewer, Water, Exterior Maintenance, Insurance, Hot Water, Gas and Cable TV. This home includes deeded parking and ample storage space. Located near the Street Car Line stop, Jamison Park, World Cup Coffee, Lovejoy Bakers, the Farmers Market and many more fine restaurants and grocery stores. This convenient life style sports a walk score of 98! You can easily be in the downtown business district in 10 minutes. Just steps from the streetcar line for convenient transportation and easy on/off access to I-5 and highway 26.

 


Posted on July 24, 2017 at 8:55 am
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Serene Oasis on Clackamas River Front

Gated Entry Leads to a Serene Setting on the Clackamas River

Stunning home with beautifully landscaped acreage and views of Clackamas River.  A chef’s kitchen with attention to every detail including Breakfast Station, multiple ovens, two dishwashers and a Sub-Zero Refrigerator.  The Master Suite includes a spacious deluxe bath and walk-in closet that includes a washer and dryer.  The downstairs media room has a 1080 projector and elevated seating.  Enjoy a deck with view that overlooks a beautiful outdoor living space, fireplace and fire pit.  Perfect home for both relaxing and entertaining.

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Clackamas River, Oregon City, Portland, Portland Real Estate, real estate |

Homeowner Tax Tips

iStock_000006029471Medium-250.jpgEven if you’re having a professional help you with your income tax return, you need to provide them with information on the money you spent that might be deductible.  Look at the following list to see if any of these things need a little more investigation to determine if they apply to your situation.

  • If you refinanced your home for the second or subsequent time in 2014, there may be points that can be taken as an interest charge.
  • Compare mortgage interest, property taxes and other eligible itemized deductions to your standard deduction to see which will give you a larger deduction.
  • If you’re paying mortgage insurance premiums with your payment, you may be eligible to deduct them.
  • If you purchased a home in 2014, there may be some deductions found on the HUD-1 form you received at closing.
  • If you purchased a home in 2014 and the seller paid points on your behalf in order to get a mortgage, you may be able to deduct them.
  • If you purchased and installed in 2014 qualified residential energy efficiency property or improvements, you may be eligible for tax credits.
  • If you have dedicated, exclusive space in your home for a home office, you may be eligible for a deduction that may include a pro-rata share of insurance, utilities and other things.

For more information, see IRS Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction; 2014 Instructions for Schedule A.

If you need another copy of your closing statement for the home you purchased or sold in 2014, contact your real estate professional.


Posted on February 9, 2015 at 10:00 am
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Uncategorized |

1/2% Could Make a Big Difference

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Over 50% of homebuyers don’t shop to find the best interest rate for their mortgage.  While a buyer wouldn’t rarely purchase the first home they look at, they will accept the rate and terms offered by only one lender.

While the borrower and the property affect the rate and terms that a lender may offer, it is not to be said that all lenders will offer the same terms and rates to the same buyer.  Credit score, home location, home price and loan amount, down payment, loan term, interest rate type and loan type all affect the interest rate but different lenders can interpret this information differently.

Shopping around to compare rate and terms for a mortgage is a reasonable exercise considering that a half percent lesser interest rate could not only lower the payment but the cumulative interest that is paid while that loan is outstanding.

Some borrowers don’t shop the mortgage because they are concerned that having their credit checked multiple times could adversely affect their credit score.  The credit bureaus take this into consideration when several requests are made by the same category of lender in a short period of time.

Check to see the difference 0.5% could make in the mortgage you’re considering by using the calculator provided by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Contact your real estate professional for a list of trusted mortgage professionals to consider.

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Posted on February 2, 2015 at 10:01 am
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Converting a Home to a Rental

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A simple decision to rent your current home instead of selling it when moving to a new home could have far reaching consequences.

If you have a considerable gain, in a principal residence and you rent it for more than three years, it can lose the principal residence status and the profit must be recognized.

Section 121 provides the exclusion of capital gain on a principal residence if you own and use it as such for two out of the last five years.  This would allow a temporary rental for up to three years before the exclusion is lost.

Let’s assume there is a $100,000 gain in your principal residence.  If it qualifies for the exclusion, no tax would be owed. If the property had been converted to a rental so that it didn’t qualify any longer, the gain would be taxed at the current 20% long-term capital gains rate and it may incur a 3.8% surcharge for higher tax brackets.  At least $20,000 in taxes could be avoided by selling it with the principal residence exclusion.

Depreciation, a tax benefit of income property, is determined by the improvement value at the time of purchase or at the conversion to a rental whichever is less.  If the seller sold the home and took the exclusion and then, bought an identical home for the same price, he would be able to have 60% more cost recovery and avoid long term capital gains tax.

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It is always recommended that homeowners considering such a conversion get advice from their tax professional as to how this will specifically affect their individual situation.


Posted on January 26, 2015 at 10:00 am
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Get Ready to Garage Sale

garage sale2.pngA well-planned garage or yard sale can make room in your home, get rid of unused items and make some money but it needs some planning to be successful.

  • Start early to research and plan
  • Promotion is key
  • Display items attractively
  • Price items right
  • Organize checkout

Saturdays are generally the best day but there may be some exceptions.  Experienced garage-salers believe that a well-planned one-day event will do as well as a multi-day event.  Serious purchasers will look for the “new” sale and most people don’t come back multiple days.

Advertise in local newspapers and free online classified sites like craigslist.  If several families are going together for the sale, mention that in the ad; it will be a big draw.  Mention your bigger-ticket items like furniture, equipment and baby items.

Garage sale signs can be purchased or made at Staples, Fedex Office or Kwik Signs.  Signs need large lettering so they’re easy to read while people are driving. Most important info: Garage or Yard Sale, address, date and time.  Directional signs are also important.  Balloons and streamers to attract attention to the signs are very helpful.

Consider using the service Square so that you can take credit cards.  The cost is 2.75% per swipe and can be done on your smartphone or iPad.  You’ll need to sign up at least two weeks in advance to receive your reader.

Unless you’re having an estate sale, keep your home locked.  You don’t want people wandering through your home while you’re outside.  If you start to accumulate a lot of money, take some of it inside.  Don’t discuss how much money you’ve made during the sale or how successful it has been.

People will want to bargain; it’s the nature of the game.  Consider this strategy: less negotiations early in the sale and possibly, more toward the end of the sale.


Posted on January 19, 2015 at 10:01 am
Brenda Schwindt | Posted in Uncategorized |