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Home Truths

After a late summer slumber, Home Truths is back with a bang and a few words from Matthew Moss, Head of Accounts at the RoundHouse Agency.

At home: Jennifer, Charlie and Matthew

At home: Jennifer, Charlie and Matthew

 

What do you do to bring home the bacon?
I am the Head of Accounts for a creative agency based in SE Portland. Basically I oversee all business relationships, strategy and teams and do the fun stuff like keeping clients from jumping off bridges and instead wrapping them in the warm glow of design amazingness. I also oversee the experiential department that turns people’s dreams into reality, sort of like a genie but without the silk pants and questionable mustache. It’s a great job and I work with amazingly talented and funny people. My background has encompassed so many aspects of the brand and agency world over the years that I can now use my experience for good and not evil like my dad suggested.

 

 

You have been involved in events all around the country for various companies. What’s been your favorite?
All around the the World! It’s a close race between a few (can I have a few?). I once sent 2 “Junior Lucky Bastards” to 17 countries around the world in 5 weeks for Diesel Jeans (55DSL), carrying a bag full of camera equipment and asked them to document living at least 55 seconds a day. This pretty much consisted of free travel, booze, hotels, concerts, sharks, sumo wrestlers, cars and much much more craziness. Then there was the time we built a completely seamless mirrored infinity room in San Fransisco for Microsoft and projected LED video animations into the infinite space for people to explore – with some side effects, namely lying face down on the floor babbling uncontrollably. We also created a personalized photo experience for fans and bands at Sasquatch in the Gorge for Red Bull, 3 days of no showers, lots of neon and some of the most questionable imagery I’ve ever had the pleasure of being burned into my eyes. But the top top one has to be when I marched Snoop Dogg, Darth Vader, 30 armed Storm Troopers and a fully functioning R2D2 Unit from Times Square to Soho in the middle of winter for an adidas / Star Wars shoe launch. There’s something mind blowing about being on the phone with Lucasfilms and Darth Vader from the 501 Chapter of New York state while discussing a strategic Galactic Empire deployment in Manhattan. Bizarre.

 

 

You’ve been remodeling your home since you bought it a couple of years ago? What’s given you the most satisfaction?
I think the overhaul of the second floor. When we moved in it was being used as a kids playroom and side office with that awful fake wood sheet panelling you find in the basements of 70’s era remodels. There is a lot of wood throughout the house including knotty pine upstairs so you can imaging what that looked like. Luckily through a city run energy efficiency program we were able to insulate the house and remodel the upstairs at the same time to give us a master bedroom and a bedroom for my son, adding two rooms that are livable. It’s still a work in progress but is a lot more palatable now, sort of like a swedish sauna but with beds.

 

 

What have you bought for your house this year that you wish you had bought sooner?
The Roomba! I bleedin’ love that little guy, I’m the laziest person when it comes to housework so you pop the little fella on and he does his thing while you put your feet up and have a lovely cuppa. Sorted.

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What’s your most recent ‘best kept secret’ in Portland?
For a shop it’s Wild Fang – http://www.wildfang.com
Great people and extremely good at what they do, it’s all women’s wear unfortunately but I love their business model and passion.

For a person it’s – http://www.maryannahoggatt.com
Amazingly talented, ultra cool and is going places, keep an eye out for her.

And a plug for the best kidswear company in town – http://www.prefresh.com
My mate owns the company and they do a brilliant job in making/designing cool gear for the kiddies.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in NE Portland Homes

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

House Numbers – September Home Sales in Portland

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September saw inventory rise for a second month in succession, though still at a lowly 3.1 months. New listings and pending sales were again down on the previous month. Closed sales fell 8% over last month but were up 10.2% on September 2013. Currently there are 7,438 active listings on the market. Total market time went up slightly to 60 days. Average sales price over the last 12 months is up 8.1% to $328,300.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

House Numbers – July Sales Stats

PrintAt 2.9 months, inventory has finally increased, albeit a tiny jump on the last three months. New listings and pending sales were slightly down on last month. Closed sales improved 2.3% over last month but fell 3.2% on the same month in 2013. There are 7,727 active listings on the market currently. Total market time went down slightly to 57 days. Average sales price over the last 12 months is up 9.3% to $324,500.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

New Listing: Rose City Charmer

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2935 NE 77th Ave, Portland OR 97213

ML# 14271333

Priced at $295,000

2 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

Sqft: 1328

Taxes: $3,063.47

Schools: Roseway Heights, Madison

Charming Rose City cottage nestled in an idyllic garden setting. This lovely home has a floor plan that promotes a comfortable flow from one end of the house to the other. From living room and sleeping area on one side, through the galley kitchen to the dining room, office nook and loft above. There is ample storage in the basement and sheds outside. The back yard is a private retreat, perfect for entertaining or putting your feet up with a glass of wine and a good book!

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Market Conditions by Mike Hasson

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Beginning in 2013 and through the first few months of this year, Oregon and SW Washington’s housing markets changed significantly. A lack of inventory along with historically low interest rates and rising consumer confidence provided the “perfect storm” to finally pull prospective buyers off the sidelines and into the market. A “seller’s market,” often resulting in multiple offers, quickly replaced the “buyer’s market” of the previous five years.

That said, I do believe that in many areas we will soon see data supporting a subtle change in market conditions. An increase in inventory due to more sellers having equity once again and an uptick in interest rates means prices will stabilize. Buyers will sense an opportunity to be more selective and their sense of urgency to buy will dissipate as inventory grows. As their options increase, the buyer mentality of talking themselves into a property because “it will be gone tomorrow” switches to “well, if the perfect home is not here today, it will be tomorrow.”

Due to these changes in factors that influence the market, it is very important that listing agents and their sellers pay close attention to what today’s market is suggesting and how it may affect their pricing strategy. I strongly suggest that agents reach out to their clients to help them understand the changing market and how it may impact their future plans. We cannot control market conditions, but we can and should be providing value to our clients by communicating with them on a regular basis – and that should include a discussion of today’s market, which could be a very different conversation that just a few months ago.

Mike Hasson

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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House Numbers – June Sales Stats

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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