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Remodel & Renovate in 97203 : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Jan 13, 2013
Tom Inglesby answered:
You did not mention windows and ones that open for a bedroom and are they about 3 feet off the floor? You might have a problem if the furnace is between the exterior door and sleeping room. Get the rules from city of Portland building dept. Tom inglesby, broker, remax equity group ... more
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
Propmaintgencontr answered:
hello Sheri, Dont feel bad about being clueless at this stage, there are lots of decisions to be made in order to find out the cost of an addition....

your wishes turned into plans

plans to permits
site access
existing building structure transitions to new addition
the actual building of the addition
(rough framing, hvac, electrical*, plumbing, insulation, roof system, drywall windows and doors)
the interior ( lighting, paint, flooring, cabinets, appliances, etc)

*electrical needs to be assesed to see if there are additional needs

so all in all trying to give you a ball park is very difficult without being onsite and discussing the project more.

you are welcome to email me and set an appointment at:

Chip Brunk
Property Maintenance Gen. Contrs
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Tue Feb 16, 2016
Adam Zagel answered:
Are you looking to flip it or get renters in it. I own my duplex that I have done work in. Give me a call we could chat.
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Wed Sep 12, 2012
Mary Jean Harmon answered:
I am not a contractor, and I can find you someone who can answer that question. Just email me at and I can make multiple referrals to the experts in our area! Likely it will take a detailed explanation of your basement situation and more often, a visit by the contractor to give you a good bid.
Mary Jean
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Mon Mar 14, 2011
Dan asked:
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Sun Mar 13, 2011
Jon Cole answered:
Depends on the jurisdiction but COP yes - if you are enlarging ( or reducing believe it or not! ) the size of an opening then you need a permit. Just as important is installing and flashing the window properly when you repair the siding. ... more
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Tue Feb 1, 2011
Patricia answered:
Just add / clarify ... toilet (not completely to code), shower drain, and laundry sink already exist. We want to bring everything everything to code, wall it in, and essentially have a finished bathroom in a "semi-finished" basement. We may choose to finish out the basement later on down the road but we're not sure if we'll have the funds and do not want to have to commit to it. ... more
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Thu Aug 15, 2013
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
Yes. I take it you mean a bedroom. Adding a bedroom to your home will in most cases increase your property taxes.
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Wed Jul 21, 2010
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
I am not a tax expert, but from what I know about tax appraisals - no way! Home taxes are primarily decided by square foot, bedrooms, bath, construction year, and a general estimate of the quality of construction. ... more
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Thu Jun 24, 2010
Corey Eubanks answered:
Having a legally designated ADU typically adds resale value to a property in the future. It can also provide assurance to prospective tenants that you are a proactive landlord, allowing you to attract a higher caliber of tenant applicants and possibly charge a higher rent. ... more
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Tue Apr 17, 2012
Janeese Jackson answered:
S: I agree with Katie that selling your present home and delving into the multi-family market might be a better fit for you! That would provide more privacy in your residential unit but allow for rental income to offset the cost of the property. I've been blogging about a recent duplex purchase and renovation (beginning the first of August) at . My duplex will definitely cash flow and there are some deals out there! I also have a free investment analysis CD that I can offer you. Just e-mail me at and I would be happy to send you a copy.
Also, I never recommend converting garages if possible. A garage is such a plus in most neighborhoods and a requirement in others to garner top value for your existing property.
All the best,
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
Real Estate Resource
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Fri Apr 3, 2009
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
Get a new high efficiency furnace! There is a huge tax credit available for you right now. Not only will this improve your home's value, it will help you with your taxes. I have the numbers of heating professionals ready to guide you through the entire process.

Let me know how I can help.
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Wed Dec 15, 2010
Janeese Jackson answered:
Hi Linda,
I'm simply posting an opinion, but I have to say that it's more than likely (as always) "supply and demand". With some people feeling the need to expand, but not wanting to go through the selling and buying process in this market, they may be gravitating towards remodeling. I, personally, believe if you are buying and selling in the same market you may "take a hit" on your selling price but make up the difference in the price you negotiate on your new purchase. The remodeling market has more clout in certain markets, I'm sure...
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
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Fri Jan 9, 2009
Dirk Knudsen and Kirra Krussman answered:

The lot will be the main thing. You can find lots from about $100K to $200K but they tend to be spot lots in an infill setting.

Their are so many short sales and steals on new homes that I think your best move here is to exhaust all efforts on a new home search and make sure there is not a builder that has a home deeply discounted that works for you. Your down payment is great and you will have no issues financing no matter what you do.

When I hear Big Lot I think older homes. Most of the best locations and large lots went to homes that were built over the past 50 years. I am seeing some intriguing deals on home on .5 to even 1 acre lots that have settings and locations that you can not beat! So remodeling a resale home on a super nice lot makes even more sense to me. That is where I would focus my search and I think your upside is better as you would have the nicest upgraded home in one of the favored areas.

As far as a builder I have worked with more than most. Steve Close of Medallion Homes is superb and is doing just fine. He will be very fair with you. His number is 503-475-5040 and make sure to tell him I sent you!

Good question and best wishes. Of course don't hesitate to call if I can be of any help to you. My 25 years of experience in resale and home construction may prove to be a great resource to you!


Dirk T Knudsen
Re\Max Hall of Fame
#1 Rated Re\Max Team in Oregon
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Mon Aug 18, 2008
Page Latham answered:

Consult your county office for building permit requirements. In most areas, if you are increasing the finished/heated square footage, you will be required to obtain a permit. An upside to this, you will find out what the regulations and codes are. Stick to these codes to make sure you are maintaining and likely increasing the value of your home! Now, as far as SHOULD you permanently convert your garage...consider if most of the homes in your neighborhood have garages and yours does not, you may actually be decreasing the value of your property. ... more
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