4 ways Trump’s administration could change or chill the housing market

What we know about mortgage rates, inventory, infrastructure plans and ripple effects from yesteryear
Key Takeaways
1. Accumulated unsatisfied demand for housing is going to persist no matter what.
2. Mortgage rates would have to approach 5.00 percent to slow things down a lot.
3. One party pulling in unison might achieve revenue-neutral tax reform and more.
4. Spending targeted toward infrastructure will provide little durable boost for the economy.



Posted on November 22, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Buying, Market Forecast, Selling |

Rising Mortgage Rates Nip at Loan Demand

Higher interest rates this month may be spooking borrowers.


Posted on October 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Buying, Investment |

Spread the Message: Equity Is Growing

In states like California, Oregon, and Washington, home owners have seen average increases of nearly $30,000 per person.


Posted on October 11, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Buying, Investment, Market Forecast, Selling |

Why Should I Put My Home in a Living Trust?

Life is short. And while no one wants to focus on the end, forcing yourself to do so can ultimately makes things a bit easier for your loved ones—not just emotionally, but financially too. One way to deal with the latter concern is to put your home in a living trust.


Posted on October 5, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Buying, Investment |

What Is Shiplap? Make Sure You Know About This Hot Decor Trend

This horizontal pattern of interlocking wooden boards was traditionally used to build sheds and barns (but not ships, in spite of its name). Long seen as cheap weatherproofing, shiplap is now being used by designers to cover interior walls.


Posted on October 5, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Design Savvy, Home Improvement Tips |

Buyers Stuck on Down Payment Confusion

Consumers across all ages, income brackets, and education levels lack awareness about low-down-payment mortgage options, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey…


Posted on September 14, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Buying, Investment |

9 Home-Buying Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately

Bust the most common misconceptions about home buying:



Posted on September 6, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Buying |

Paint Primer: Quick, Affordable Change-Artist 

Conventional real estate wisdom offers paint as an easy and inexpensive decorating tool to transform interior and exterior space. Find non-toxic options, the right colors, and appealing combinations to achieve their goals…


Posted on August 10, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Buying, Home Improvement Tips, Selling |

Long-planned Vancouver Waterfront Project Becoming Reality

A property that had been dedicated to a sprawling industrial site. Prime downtown real estate. Massive public investments in infrastructure. Visions of luxury apartments, trendy restaurants and hotels, and new public open spaces.


Posted on August 10, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Investment, Market Forecast |

Street of Dreams’ multigenerational French farmhouse-style house (photos)

Five luxury estates on two-acre lots in West Linn's Tumwater at Pete's Mountain development will be open to ticket holders ($17, 503-684-1880, streetofdreamspdx.com) from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 30-Aug. 28.



Posted on August 1, 2016 at 9:00 am
Sarah Halton | Posted in Buying, Top of Mind |