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Portland’s Futile War Against Uber

Portland Oregon Info
Portland’s Mayor recently sounded off about Uber’s use of clever software to outfox regulators during the city’s pointless battle against ridesharing. Government officials are investigating Uber’s ethics in using a regulator-detection-algorithm known as “Greyball”. Greyball was used to avoid agents out to write up fines against Uber drivers operating in Portland when the service was banned. However, for myself as an average citizen, I am questioning the city’s ethics in keeping a popular and beneficial service away from people that need it. While lofty ideals about safety and ethics are bandied about during the Greyball investigation I find myself thinking that it’s really just about the money. For me, it feels like local government was forcing citizens to live in the past using antiquated technology because it fit better into…
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Best Realtor in Portland, Oregon

Real Estate
[caption id="attachment_8131" align="aligncenter" width="599"] Best Real Estate Agent in Portland, Oregon[/caption] Question: Who is "The Best" Realtor in Portland, Oregon? Defining "The Best" depends on what criteria is used. Portland real estate agents with top sales numbers may get the job done, but if they're too busy then chances are you may only really get the full attention of an assistant. A better question may be: "who's the best Realtor for you?" When interviewing a Realtor look for experience, strong ethics, brokerage reputation and how well they understand your needs. Also, make sure the real estate agent has time for you. Listing Agent vs Buyer Agent, or both? A specialist "buyer's agent" has the advantage of being tuned-in on exactly what buyers are looking for. On the other hand, a…
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Garage Shelving: Storage Ideas

DIY Projects
With the Holidays around the corner it's also time to think about some home improvement to make room. Whether you need to make room for Thanksgiving cookware like that must-have monster-turkey-fryer or a nice place to put Christmas decorations in the off-season, the right shelving choice can make all the difference. I like to pair the shelving system with the storage method, such as either clear or color-coded totes. Green/red for Christmas, yellow/black for Halloween and some other clever color I haven't thought of yet for Thanksgiving. Also, when thinking of shelving systems, it's important to think about how often you'll need to access these items. For stuff that's used frequently, easy access is crucial while for more rarely used or seasonal items having them out of sight and out…
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Portland, Oregon Fitness: Mount Talbert Trail-Run

Outdoors, Portland Oregon Info
Portland, Oregon Fitness: Trail Running on Mount Talbert, off Sunnyside Road, in Happy Valley [caption id="attachment_8110" align="alignleft" width="300"] Portland Trail Running: Mount Talbert Topography[/caption] The steep hills make this short run near Portland, Oregon into something like a "fartlek" where the changes in terrain offer this runner challenging conditions. I have found this to be excellent cross training as a cardio workout to support my general fitness goals and so I'm in shape for kickboxing. If you're new to trail running you can also make this into a hike or by jogging sections as you catch your breath just to get a start on fitness. I've also thought of strapping on my backpack and using these hills as conditioning for multi-backpacking and wilderness hiking. In light of Portland's rugged Northwest…
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Twin Natural Gas Explosions Reduce NW Portland Business to Rubble

Real Estate
Twin Explosions Destroy Portland Bagelworks Building at NW 23rd & Glisan St. The explosions happened around 9am this morning (October 19th, 2016) as a result of a leaking natural gas main near the Portland Bagelworks. Other buildings including the Dosha Salon & Spa were heavily damaged by the blasts. Authorities blame the leak on a building contractor who made contact and apparently compromised the gas main pipe while digging nearby with an excavator. Employees smelled gas inside local businesses and notified authorities and evacuated the area. At this time natural gas and electricity services remain off in the area. [caption id="attachment_8103" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Explosions in Northwest Portland, Oregon Destroy Portland Bagelworks[/caption] The Portland Bagelworks Building at the intersection of NW 23rd Ave and NW Glisan St is completely destroyed as…
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Portland Realtors: Fall Update

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Portland Real Estate Report: Plateau... Or Just Platitudes? In summary, home values in Portland, Oregon are being described as "hovering" at the moment. Various articles and Portland Realtors commenting on the local housing market have used terms like "plateau", "flattened" and even the somewhat ominous word "cooling" to describe our current conditions. The graph below shows that median prices hit highs at/near $550,000- in the spring of 2016 but have tapered off to our current median price of $499,700-. Recession has become a zeitgeist and the subject of scary campfire stories ever since 2008. Nonetheless, economic contractions remain a recurring certainty and a predictable part of all economies. -Richard E Lockwood Real estate agents note that this settling in prices may be due to our city's tradition of the market…
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Editor’s Choice: 2016 Top Pumpkin-Carving Failures

Editor’s Choice: 2016 Top Pumpkin-Carving Failures

Portland Entertainment
"Spoopy" Halloween Humor For Portland, Oregon [caption id="attachment_7995" align="alignleft" width="300"] Too SPOOPY for Me... or is it 3 spoopy 5 me? [/caption] What's the one thing spookier than words written in eerie letters styles like skeletons??? Well, misspelling "spooky" as "Spoopy" on a major consumer-goods manufacturing order seems quite a bit more scary to us; but maybe we're a bit too literal. [expand title="Read More..." tag="p"] In any event, autumn has arrived here in Portland, Oregon and everywhere people are decorating their homes, going to pumpkin patches and yes... even enjoying the now-ubiquitous pumpkin-based beverage. We here at Exclusive Portland Real Estate would love to offer some fun holiday pumpkin-carving tips to our readers for this festive time. However, after reviewing some of the greatest pumpkin carving fails on the…
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Easy All-Natural DIY Backpacking Recipe!

Easy All-Natural DIY Backpacking Recipe!

Portland Entertainment
Links To Ingredients On Amazon Prime Dried Chicken Cooked/Dried Black Beans Dried Broccoli Florets Dried Red & Green Bell Peppers Bean Thread Vermicelli Noodles Coconut Aminos [caption id="attachment_7802" align="aligncenter" width="670"] Easy Recipe Instructions[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7797" align="alignright" width="220"] Oregon Backpacking: Eating Clean on The Trail[/caption] In Portland, Oregon we love getting outdoors and enjoying all that the scenic Pacific Northwest has to offer. We also love DIY (Do It Yourself) projects and recipes. In addition to the plethora of excellent day-hiking opportunities within an hour of Portland there are also several opportunities for multi-day backpacking. Whether your trip takes you up the Columbia River Gorge, the Mount Hood Wilderness or south to Three Finger Jack or Mount Jefferson, eating right on the trail is crucial to getting the most out of…
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August, 2016 Market Update: Portland, Oregon

Portland Home Values
[caption id="attachment_7591" align="alignright" width="300"] Graph of price per square foot. [/caption] Home values in Portland, Oregon may have hit their seasonal high in August, 2016. Median list prices are hovering $519,000 with asking price per square foot plateaued at $223-. Days on market is also holding at around 59 days. The words "hovering" and "plateau" will likely be ubiquitous among conversations with Portland Realtors as we seek to explain the metro area's pattern of seasonal price fluctuations. In any event, prices and the local housing market can be described as hovering at a plateau currently and many believe this is indicative of normal, seasonal changes in housing market conditions. Some market observers believe that the very recent past is a predictor of the future and feel that the housing market…
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Gentrification & Portland Real Estate

Real Estate
Changing Lifestyles & How This is Affecting Portland Real Estate Values In a nutshell, close-in neighborhoods with increased opportunities for human interaction and cultural experiences are becoming more popular. Whereas, outlying suburbs that are heavily dependent on transportation by car with less close-by amenities like local shops and entertainment are experiencing a decline in popularity. Real estate located in close-in neighborhoods with easy/fast commutes into downtown Portland have seen more dramatic real estate and rental cost increases when compared to outlying suburbs. Although the reasons for this shift toward more urban living may be self-evident to many, a more in-depth look at the factors that set the stage for this change is very interesting (at least, it's interesting to Realtors in Portland). Looking to buy? If you need to sell…
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