Buying a Home, Home Owner, portland, Real Estate Agent, Selling a Home

Should I Consider School District Rankings When Buying a House?

When you set out to buy a home, you likely have a robust wish list for your ideal house. You’ve probably narrowed down your needs for bedrooms, bathrooms, and square footage. And you may have an acceptable limit for commute times. But many people also consider school district rankings when buying a home. Whether you… Continue reading Should I Consider School District Rankings When Buying a House?

Window shopping at Christmas
Holidays

Your Small Business Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas. Yule. Winter Solstice. Kwanzaa. Hanukkah. December is full of beautiful holidays, and gift-giving is often a part of these celebrations. Those of us in the Portland Metro area enjoy a bounty of small, local businesses where we can shop for our loved ones…and ourselves. With that in mind, here is your small business holiday… Continue reading Your Small Business Holiday Gift Guide

Little boy playing at Gabriel Park
Portland Metro Neighborhoods, Portland OR

Exploring Portland’s Multnomah Village Neighborhood

It’s hard to find a more fun and charming spot than Portland’s Multnomah Village neighborhood. With its quirky mixture of high-end galleries, local shops, and cozy bars, this SW PDX area is a gem.  Exploring different Portland neighborhoods is a favorite pastime for us at Julia Monaghan Real Estate. And helping clients buy or sell… Continue reading Exploring Portland’s Multnomah Village Neighborhood

House hunting can be tiring and emotional but also fun when you're prepared.
Buying a Home, Open House, Portland OR

7 Ways To Prepare for a Day of House Hunting

Dreaming about owning a home is fun as you imagine your family living there and making it your own. But actually finding a house that is a good fit can feel time-consuming and stressful. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By taking time to prepare for a day of… Continue reading 7 Ways To Prepare for a Day of House Hunting

Appraisal gap coverage might be a good fit in some markets.
Buying a Home, Portland OR, Real Estate Agent

Should You Include Appraisal Gap Coverage in Your Offer?

Playing the real estate game sometimes involves a bit of luck and good timing. But the most essential piece of a successful real estate journey is strategy. And depending on the market, appraisal gap coverage may be an important part of your strategy as a buyer. At Julia Monaghan Real Estate, we recognize the leap… Continue reading Should You Include Appraisal Gap Coverage in Your Offer?

For Sale, Listing, Real Estate Agent, Selling a Home

Just Listed: Oregon City Traditional ranch on quiet cul-de-sac

Traditional bright south-facing ranch on large lot tucked at end of a cul-de-sac. This home has it all; convenience, beauty, functionality & affordability. Minutes away from the revitalized downtown Oregon City, shopping at Hilltop, schools and parks. Open kitchen with large island overlooks living and bonus rooms making it perfect for entertaining and cozy nights… Continue reading Just Listed: Oregon City Traditional ranch on quiet cul-de-sac

Enjoy a day on the links with your friends and family.
buying, Buying a Home

Top 7 Public Golf Courses Around Portland, OR

Portland is a fabulous part of the country for people who love to golf. With our lush, green landscapes, beautiful streams, and stunning forests, a round of golf delivers more than just exercise. If you’re new to this neck of the woods, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best… Continue reading Top 7 Public Golf Courses Around Portland, OR

Be sure you have the tools, know-how, and time needed to DIY your home projects.
Home Improvement, Portland OR

When Shouldn’t You DIY Your Home Projects?

Home projects can be so satisfying. Starting with a lackluster or nonfunctional space and making it fabulous is what drives the DIY enthusiast. Yours truly has been neck-deep in home projects lately! But there are times when you should refrain from picking up the hammer and call a professional. So when shouldn’t you DIY your… Continue reading When Shouldn’t You DIY Your Home Projects?

Yard maintenance is one of the top spring home maintenance jobs.
Home Improvement, Portland OR, Real Estate Agent

9 Spring and Summer Home Maintenance Projects

Your home is one of your largest investments, and it likely also holds immeasurable sentimental value. Keeping a house in tip-top shape requires vigilance and ongoing work, but it pays off by protecting your equity. Tackling these critical spring and summer home maintenance projects will keep you on track. Are you getting ready to buy… Continue reading 9 Spring and Summer Home Maintenance Projects

Activities and Events, Portland OR

Top Portland Metro Farmers’ Markets

The Portland Metro area loves its farmers’ markets, and for good reason. With the bounty of the Pacific Northwest all around us, there is a dizzying array of produce, plants, seafood, and more. I am a complete sucker for any farmers’ market anywhere, but I do have a few favorites around town. Our Julia Monaghan… Continue reading Top Portland Metro Farmers’ Markets