Portland Metro Highlights
To My Friends, Clients and Colleagues,

At this time of Thanksgiving we pause

to count our blessings.

The freedom of this great

country in which we live.

It's opportunity for achievement.

The friendship and confidence

you have shown in me.

For all of these things

I am deeply thankful.

My best wishes for a

Happy Thanksgiving!

For the Latest Portland Real Estate Market Highlights - check out the Market Action Report & Neighborhood Stats below.

In the event you or someone you know is thinking about selling or buying a home, give me a call at 503-319-5684 or email arnett@realtytrust.com to discuss current market activity and conditions.
Protect Your Home During Holiday Travels

Although security systems are becoming more and more efficient and high tech, the ideal scenario is to not have a break-in to begin with. The questions below can help you lower your risk and make your home more secure while you're away.

Does your home look unoccupied?

Thieves are most likely to attempt a break-in when they think no one is at home.

- Put your newspaper subscription on hold, and have your mail held or forwarded. Arrange for a neighbor to pick up any packages that are delivered to your door.

- Tell people you trust that you'll be gone, and ask neighbors to notify police if they see a moving truck or workman's van at your property.

- Program lights and appliances to operate at timed intervals.

- Arrange for landscaping care. Condo owners should make sure that plants left on balconies and patios are not allowed to dry out.

- Consider leaving a car in the driveway, or ask a neighbor to park there occasionally.

Does your home look like a low risk?

The most likely entry points are through side, back and garage doors that are shielded from view.

- Reduce potential cover by trimming vegetation that obscures doors and windows.

- Consider installing exterior motion sensor lights at potential entry points.

- Install warning signs that say you have a home security system or a watchdog.

Tip: References to a specific breed of dog (i.e., "Rottweiler on Duty") are apparently more effective than generic "Beware of Dog" signs.

Is your home a "soft target"?

Here are what experts say are some of the most common home security flaws:

1. Poorly secured strike plates on exterior doors.

The strike plate is the metal plate installed in the door jamb that receives the bolt of the door. Regardless of how solid your door is, it is only as secure as the strike plate, which can easily be kicked open if it is only secured to the door jamb. (This is not uncommon.)

--> Quick fix: Make sure the strike plate is secured to the underlying door frame stud with four 3-inch screws.

2. Flimsy latches on sliding doors and windows.

--> Quick fix: Install security bars in the runners to prevent them from being forced open. A highly-rated option for under $20 on Amazon is the Cocoweb PortBlock Dual-Function security bar.

3. Garage doors that can be forced open.

--> Quick fix: Before leaving, run a padlock through the garage door runners to prevent anyone from forcing the door up.

4. Valuables inside cars at the home.

--> Quick fix: Lock all cars at your home (even inside the garage), and remove any sensitive documents, keys, and garage door openers.

Are your belongings "easy money"?

- Don't leave valuable items in places that can be easily seen from the outside.

- Mark your valuables with an engraving pen or invisible ink so that they are harder to sell and easier to retrieve if found. Police typically suggest that you mark items with your driver's license number, followed by the abbreviation for the state the license was issued in.

- Document your belongings with photos or video in case you need to make a claim to your insurance company.

Tip: Thieves know where homeowners typically hide valuables, such as in bedroom nightstands and master closets. If you are hiding items try to think of unlikely places.

A Pre-Travel Reminder Checklist

  • Remove garage door openers from any vehicles left outside.
  • Turn water off to the washer and dishwasher.
  • Empty the refrigerator of perishables.
  • Take the trash out, and arrange for someone to put trash and recycle bins away after the collection day.
  • Program lights and appliances such as the TV or stereo to turn on and off at specific times.
  • Unplug appliances such as coffee makers and toasters.
  • Set the thermostat at a reasonable "away" temperature.
  • Pull window shades to desired positions.
  • Water plants.
  • Check to make sure that the stove and all taps are turned off.
  • Lock doors and windows, including the door from the garage to the living areas.

Don't forget these items that are frequently left behind:
  • Cell phone chargers.
  • Medical prescriptions.
  • Cameras and battery chargers.
  • Earplugs.
  • Computer thumb drives or external hard drives.
  • Laptop electrical cords.
  • Sunglasses and prescription glasses.

Recent Market Highlights
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- U.S. home prices rose 4.7 percent year-to-year in August, according to a recent S&P/Case-Shiller report. They rose 6.9 percent year-to-year in September, according to CoreLogic, a data and analytics company.

- The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has remained close to 4 percent.

The September Pending Home Sales Index rose 3.0 percent year-to-year, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
Note: Housing statistics based on closed sales typically reflect market conditions of two or three months ago. To find out what's going on right now in your local market, please contact me directly.

Contact Me for Market Information
Are you curious about your home's current market value, or do you have a question about home buying? Just reply to this email, or call me at (503) 319-5684.
Links that Make Life Easier

Sometimes real estate-related, sometimes not... these are assorted links that come in handy:

Bedbug Heaters at BedbugSupply.com
Some DIY ways to heat belongings in order to protect against bedbugs.

Food and Feeder Preferences of Common Birds
Click the 'View Bird List' link to see a beautifully detailed picture gallery with information on feeder birds you may see this winter.

How to Identify a Phone Scam
A just-released list of the most recent phone scams, courtesy of Consumer Reports.

Memrise Learning Website
"Learning made joyful" is the motto of this free educational site with course content generated by its members.

34 Delicious Ways to Stuff Your Turkey (and Yourself)
Delectable recipes using ingredients that range from kale to croissant.

The Lighter Side

Border collies take note: The 'one to beat' at the next agility competition might just be a chicken! OK, that's a stretch, but this short clip of a girl training her chicken on an agility course is very cute. (Especially the impressive style displayed on the very last move.)

Click here or on the image to watch the video.

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