Fall 2019 Newsletter: Kinship House

Well, it’s time to settle in and prepare for the long fall and winter Portland months. We hope you are staying dry and warm!

We are so appreciative of all of the relationships we are able to form through our work with clients, vendors, and other brokers. We love when our clients introduce us to an organization that they are passionate about like the ones in our last two newsletters. This time, we would like to highlight a non-profit organization called Kinship House introduced to us by a fellow Windermere broker.


At Kinship House, they address the missing piece in services provided to most children touched by foster care and adoption.

Their work helps minimize transitions and increases the chances of children settling into a stable, healthy and permanent home.

Kinship House outpatient child and family services combine ongoing consultation, therapy, and education. They provide family therapy and consultation to help parents develop the skills to support their child’s unique needs.

Why was Kinship House created?
In the mid 1990s, Kinship House was founded by a group of professionals who observed a significant gap between the delivery of child welfare services and meeting the mental health needs of children in foster care. Since then, Kinship House has expanded to a full-service child mental health agency while maintaining its expertise in work with children and their biological, foster, and adoptive families. Kinship House is a resource to families and a model for the mental health and child welfare community. Ongoing consultation and educational services provide meaningful therapeutic tools to help more children and families.

Why are they in a house?
Their offices are located in two neighboring houses in Portland, Oregon to create a more comfortable environment for families and children. Kinship House is a place where children may relax, talk, play, and feel as though it’s their own space. They strive to provide an environment of homelike stability despite many families’ ever-changing lives. Their two warm, welcoming, and newly renovated houses are surrounded by gardens. They’re located in a friendly Northeast Portland neighborhood, easily accessible by MAX, bus, bike or car. There is a play structure out back, a picnic table and inviting chairs for relaxing in the shade. Both buildings symbolize Kinship House’s approach to child- and family-friendly service and have been Kinship House’s “home” since they began services in 1996.

For more information, visit their website or give them a call at 503-460-2796.

from Kathy MacNaughton

The mortgage interest rate drop in early September caused a small flurry uptick in pending sales with closings that will not be evident until October.  This increase was short lived for interest rates quickly climbed back to, or close to, 4%.  Velocity of pending sales has slowed since mid-October, which is typical for this time of year.  Sales will continue a slowing trend through the end of the year.  Most price ranges will remain flat, though some will decline slightly, especially in the high end market.

The typical buyer profile right now is someone who wants to buy a home, but only if they feel it meets their wants and needs and is a good value. Buyers don’t want to take a price risk; they don’t need to ‘steal’ a home, but their approach is conservative and they will walk away from homes they feel are overpriced, or ones that may end in a bidding war.  Sellers should know that the state of homes on the market which attract buyers now are in overall good structural and mechanical condition, although they may still need some cosmetic updating.

I predict that the statistics for October will be fairly similar to September’s, but November and December will show signs of a slower and slowing market.  The big question now is not so much how 2019 will end but how will 2020 begin?  I do not predict a bump in market values early in 2020 even though in a vibrant real estate market a significant percentage of appreciation occurs early in the first of the year.


While we at The MacNaughton Group would love to travel with you and handle your luggage, we feel that our concierge experience can serve you better by assisting you with your home maintenance needs! We helped you find your home and we want to help you protect that investment.

Fall is a great time to prepare your home for the winter months so please let us know if you are interested in using our Concierge Real Estate Services. There is no charge to you for our services nor do we receive any compensation from our vendors. We are ready to assist you!

We can arrange and coordinate the following items for you:

  • Roof and Gutter Cleaning
  • Window Cleaning
  • Power Washing
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Holiday Light Installation
  • Holiday Tree Delivery & Set-Up

And our newest offering is Dryer & HVAC Vent Cleaning!

Why is dryer vent cleaning important?

There are many injuries and some deaths every year due to fires that start in clothes dryers. Some estimates put this number as high as 15,000 fires a year. Most of these disasters could have been avoided by taking the simple step of cleaning out the dryer’s vent.

Dryers heat up to extremely high temperatures and thus they pose a fire hazard. Safety precautions and security measures need to be taken with your clothes dryer just like you do with any other appliances that produces heat in your home.

Dryers pose risks other than just fires. When your dryer vent is clogged, it can cost you a ton of money by using lots more energy than necessary. The material stuck in the dryer vent is an ideal breeding ground for molds that can sicken your entire family. If your dryer is gas operated, you can even get carbon monoxide seeping into your home with dangerous consequences.

Send an email to our Broker managing the Concierge Real Estate Services Program, Rykie Kelly, at rykiek@macgroup.net (503.985.9524). We’re delighted to be able to offer this service to you!


Portland never disappoints! There are always interesting and fun events taking place in our city. If you are looking for something new and different to try this fall, check out these Portland events taking place this November.

Polaris Hall
November 7th at 7:30pm

The Weird Portland Gala is a celebration of everything that makes Portland, Portland and will include live music by Sweet N’ Juicy, a showcase of local artists, a photobooth, appetizers and full bar, games, door prizes and plenty of weird surprises throughout the night. Plus appearances from such Portland luminaries as Moshow the Cat Rapper, Rojo the Llama, The Unipiper and more.

Oregon Convention Center
November 15th-17th

Celebrating the 16th anniversary of showcasing anime and Japanese culture, Kumoricon is ready for its biggest year yet. Gaining its namesake (kumori) from the Japanese word “cloudy,” Kumoricon embodies the best parts of fandom and what it is to live in the Pacific Northwest. Stretching across generations, anime fans have gathered together for an amazing annual event.

Keller Auditorium
November 12th and 13th

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

Various Location
November 7th-15th

The 2019 Siren Nation Festival presents a stunning musical lineup, a night of the best comedians from the Northwest, a visual art show with outstanding Northwest artists, an art and craft sale and free workshops.

Schedule and venues vary daily; some events are free, and others require a cover.

All information from travelportland.com


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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.