Tips & Tricks

How To Appeal Your Property Taxes

How To Appeal Your Property Taxes

Are your property taxes too high? Here’s what you need to know about the appeal process with some important links. First of all, the Board of Property Tax Appeals (BoPTA) cannot set the amount of tax that you owe – they can only change the valuations on which taxes are based or remove penalty fees. There are only 3 circumstances under which the county will accept an appeal for property taxes: 1. Property Value is incorrect: you believe the county's assessment of your Real Market Value or Assessed Value is too high. Read More

Preparing Your Home For A Wet, Portland Winter

Preparing Your Home For A Wet, Portland Winter

As the cooler months settle in, and the drizzle picks up, it’s important to make sure you prepare your home for a wet, Portland winter. Taking these steps will save you money on last-minute repairs and reduce heating costs. Here are 10 things you can do to winterize your Portland home. Maximize these cost-saving tips by starting early so you can get everything done before the temperature drops too much. And please note, some of these can be completed easily over a weekend whereas others might take a little longer and require a professional.   Read More

Do you know the facts about radon? Keep your home safe with these tools and tips.

Do you know the facts about radon? Keep your home safe with these tools and tips.

  First of all, what is radon and why should we worry about it? Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil, rock, and water. It has no taste or odor, and it's invisible. Outdoors, radon does not pose a threat to our health. However, radon becomes dangerous when it is drawn into a house and remains trapped inside. If it is not detected and removed, this buildup can cause lung cancer. Radon exposure is believed to cause 13% of all lung cancer deaths in the United States, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. Read More