Tips & Tricks

How to Research the History of Your Home

How to Research the History of Your Home

Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? You likely know who owned it before you, and maybe you know the history of your neighborhood, but by doing a little sleuthing, you can learn so much more!   1. Talk to your neighbors! Your neighbors are a great source of informal information on your property and the surrounding neighborhood. They often have information that’s not readily available in official documents or online resources.    Read More

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