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Tue Feb 28, 2017
Mailforpiawife asked:
All addresses I type in are deemed "Invalid address, please try again". I've tried other addresses and nothing seems to work.
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Tue Nov 11, 2014
John Connor answered:
I think it would be worth it because people want to see it in good condition. Having a cracked tile floor is not going to look good and not sell fast at all. I think that would be the best way to sell your house fast as well as for a decent price. ... more
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Wed Jan 11, 2012
Todd Adams answered:

Renters have rights as do landlords. You will want to consult with an attorney that specializes in real estate and specifically with renters. Lawyers specialize in particular types of law. No two Lawyers are alike. Do your research and interview several Lawyers before you decide to hire one. It is worth your time and money to do your due diligence.

Todd Adams, Broker
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
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Wed Oct 26, 2011
Diane Moreau answered:
Ask your Landlord for a smoke detector or at the very least pick one up yourself.
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Mon Oct 17, 2011
Don Tepper answered:
As Diane suggests, consult with Legal Aid.

I don't know the regulations pertaining to Portland and I'm not a lawyer, so take with a grain of salt what follows. Still . . .

1) It's possible for the city to declare the apartment you're living in to be in non-compliance with its regulations. In a case like that, they'd typically go after the owner, requiring the owner to cease renting the noncompliant unit. So, while they wouldn't be evicting you, the end result would be the same. You'd have to move. It doesn't matter whether you pay your own electric, phone, cable, etc. The question is whether the apartment can legally be rented as a separate room. And I don't know the answer to that.

2) It's probably legal for a landlord to charge rent for an illegal unit. And while ignorance of the law is no excuse, maybe he thought the unit was legal. And you apparently thought it was, too. And, after all, it's his property. More to the point, if you find out it's a noncompliant unit--no, you can't stay there and not pay rent. If I were the owner and the city told me that I couldn't rent the basement apartment, I'd get you out as quickly as the law allowed. After all, he'd be continuing to break the law if he permitted you to stay.

You're in a potentially difficult spot. If you are in a noncompliant unit, then you probably should move. Certainly if the city finds out, you may have to move. You might be able to buy a little bit of time, but likely that's a few days or a week or two . . . not months. The landlord might be given the option by the city to bring the unit into compliance--if that's possible. But then the question is whether he's able to do so. Smoke detectors are easy. Providing a new exit . . . not so much, especially if the window measurements don't qualify as an exit.

Again, as Diane suggested, check with Legal Aid.

Good luck.
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Thu Mar 3, 2011
Wow, thanks Janeese. I know you and Rodd are an amazing team. :)
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Mon Aug 23, 2010
kria lacher answered:
As a trained architect and a Realtor I am sure I could assist you quite well in this endeavor. I can also assist in value engineering with both perspectives in mind.

Kria Lacher M.Arch
Meadows group Realtors
1902 SE Morrison
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Mon May 24, 2010
Jenny C answered:
Hi Erin,

Thank you for using Trulia Voices! Please provide the complete address, direct link to the listing on the site and the corrections for the listing. You can contact to make these updates for your property.


Jenny of Trulia
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Sun May 23, 2010
David Smid answered:
The seller and I noticed the same problem on one of my listings and we reported the misinformation and they changed it immediately. I recommend contacting trulia. There should be a link around here somewhere, can't see it while I am typing this. I think it can be found on the same page as your listing information. ... more
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Mon Nov 3, 2008
Clonig answered:
We are planning on selling our condo in the near future. It is a nice one-bedroom with hardwood floors and a panoramic view of downtown (can see the fireworks all summer long) in a nice nine story building finished in 2002. We plan to get our condo spot FHA approved. Currently we are looking for a home and as soon as we find the home we desire, our place will be on the market (whether as a contingency to our home offer or not). There are a few units in our building for sale, but none of them have the wonderful downtown view. ... more
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Mon Jul 14, 2008
Tom Inglesby answered:
The market action published by RMLS that came out 6/12,/2008 which give the statistics for a year or year review says that May 2007 to May 2008 average closed sales price was down 4% while the median price was off only 3.2% which the average sales price 2008 rose 3.1% over April 2008 to May. Certain areas or pockets are still very strong. Close in eastside or westside homes are sometimes seeing multiple offers. The only place that seems to be dropping the most is east county Damascus, Happy Valley with some values dropping more that 15-25% in the past 2 years because of all the new construction. The first time buyers are driving the entry level market since rates are 1% lower today than last July and that helps your buying power by $20,000 if you are in the $200,000 price range. Forget about the price and focus on the interest rate. Time magazine February 25th 2008 in article written by Dan Kadlec, titled "Ignor the Headline",. Buying a $218,900 with 20% down at 5.5% payments are $994.31 if you want to wait for the market to hit bottom and try to guess when that is and if home values drop -10% more and rates go up to 6% then your payments will be the same at $994.94. So in most parts of Portland values are not going down that much or they might be going up and we will have to see what happens to the interest rates, but if you read about rates most economists say that rates will be going up to help the devalued dollar. I would not wait because of the inventory of over 17,000 homes and condos on the market there is a great inventory to look at and there are some great deals out there. I would love to talk to you and show you some houses.. Give me a call.

Tom Inglesby, Broker
RE/MAX Equity Group Inc.
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