We know that this is a busy time of year for everyone as the holidays are fast approaching so we’ll keep this newsletter brief while providing you with some important Portland real estate updates for home sellers, a few suggestions for making Thanksgiving run smoothly and some exciting news about my company!
IMPORTANT INFO FOR PORTLAND HOME OWNERS
Beginning January 1, 2018, the City of Portland will be requiring sellers who publicly list their homes (single family or townhouse) to include a Home Energy Score in their public listing. The purpose of this program is “…to make energy performance in residential buildings transparent, to enable more knowledgeable decisions about the full costs of operating a home, to motivate energy efficiency investments in homes that lower utilities, to reduce carbon emissions, and increase comfort, safety and health for home owners.” A Home Energy Score is a 1-10 rating that provides information on the home’s energy efficiency level based on the physical characteristics of the home, NOT the home owner’s personal usage.
As of July 2016, the market rate cost to obtain a home energy performance report is between $150-$250. This is the cost of having a trained, certified home energy assessor conduct a 45-minute, in-home assessment and generate the report based on the data gathered from the home visit. The information obtained through a home energy assessment goes beyond a typical home inspection, including a review of the home’s mechanical systems, insulation, air sealing and opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades. Sellers pay a private-sector home energy assessor for the cost of the home energy performance report, not the City. Home energy scores are a market-based solution for making home energy performance more transparent in the homebuying process.
Please click here for a list of FAQs from the City of Portland.
As always, please feel welcome to call me if you have any questions about this new regulation and I am happy to discuss!
THANKSGIVING MINUS THE STRESS & MESS
Turkey Dinner Out
If you missed your chance to have Thanksgiving dinner at Huber’s, the city’s oldest restaurant known for serving turkey year-round, here are a few other delicious options at a few of our favorite restaurants:
Imperial – Offering an a la carte menu with turkey
Headwaters – Serving a buffet for $62/adult and $38/child or dinner menu.
Swank – Offering a 4 course Thanksgiving Dinner
Andina – Peruvian three-course prix fixe menu. Featuring a turkey special and live music. 3 course menu is $65/adult and still being finalized.
The Hairy Lobster – featuring a 4 course Prix Fix $50 a person Thanksgiving Feast
Click here for a full list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving Dinner.
If you’d rather enjoy your holiday meal at home but have run out of time, you can order a complete Turkey Dinner to pick-up at a few Portland locales:
Feastworks Delicatessen – packaged ready to reheat & eat! Turkey dinner starting at $155 and sides a la carte
Zupan’s – Complete Turkey Dinner for $169.99 serving 6-8 guests
Huber’s – Turkey Dinner Package for $144.95
Elephant’s Deli – Turkey Dinner for six starting at $150 and a la carte options
As promised, these aren’t pie recipes! We found some bakeries that are taking pie to-go orders in case you just need a dessert for home or to take over to your friends or family’s house.
Pies To Go
Grand Central Bakery – Freshly baked pies and U-Bake Pies and Doughs
Baker & Spice – Holiday desserts with local fruits, berries and warm spices
Lovejoy Bakers – Thanksgiving desserts and holiday stuffing bread cubes
Lauretta Jean’s – Holiday pies, tarts and biscuits
WINDERMERE REALTY TRUST
We have some very exciting news to share with you. Realty Trust Group and Windermere Stellar have merged to create Windermere Realty Trust. I am both professionally and personally excited about this, because this is a merger of two companies who are so like-minded – intently and intentionally focused on client success. As you know, what has always been my focus, and that of our team, is to put the needs and dreams of our clients before all else. Now, an even larger company with more resources than before will enable us to continue on that path, and even widen it. We are thrilled to leverage the combination of these two companies into helping you via The MacNaughton Group -Concierge Real Estate Services at Windermere Realty Trust!
Rest assured that this will in no way change anything regarding our relationship with you, nor will any transaction we have with you change in any way. You will remain our number one focus, and we are excited and committed to you as always.
We’d be so glad to talk to you or your friends about our Concierge Real Estate Services and how we can make a difference with any of your upcoming real estate needs.