Portland Home Energy Audit

Starting January 1, 2018, any homeowners looking to sell their home in the city of Portland will have to first have a home energy audit and make their home energy score public. Although these audits have been available for awhile, they are just now becoming mandatory. Portland wants to increase the energy efficiency of residential properties and give buyers a more informed view of their future homes energy usage.

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A Guide to Home Styles

Every one has their own favorite style of home, and figuring out a buyers ideal home style is a great way to get ready to start viewing properties. Here is a fantastic chart explaining the most popular home styles, their histories, and their defining characteristic. Which home style is your dream home?

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Rachel Bernhardt, Portland Realtor

In order to help people get to know me better I am proud to release my first promotional video! I'm always trying to grow my business, so if you know anyone in the Portland area looking to buy or sell real estate, now or in the future, please share this with them and send them my way!

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Home Design Instagrams I Love

Even though you might think I would get my fill of looking at amazing homes from my career as a Realtor, I adore looking on Instagram, Twitter and various blogs for design inspiration, or just to swoon over amazing interior decorating. Below are my favorite Instagram accounts to follow, in no specific order. Give them a follow for ideas, inspiration and beautiful vibes. 

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Neighborhoods: Downtown Portland

Portland is a beautiful place, and many of the most iconic images of this gorgeous city come from Downtown Portland. From the tall downtown buildings to the waterfront of the Willamette River, the downtown area is really the heart of this city. There is great shopping, food and drinks, and amazing people watching. All of the action happens downtown, so hop on the Max or the streetcar and check out the sights!

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Touring Tiny Digs

Tiny homes are taking over the country. It is hard to turn on the t.v. (especially my favorite HGTV) without some sort of show about building, renovating or buying a tiny home. Portland already had one tiny house hotel, but this past weekend Tiny Digs opened on NE Glisan & 28th and already has an amazing presence. The location couldn't be better, with tons of great restaurants and bars in the area and easy access to anywhere in Portland. 

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Portland Catio Tour

Two of my favorite things are cats and homes, so obviously a tour of cat homes (catios) is right up my alley. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to the Portland Catio Tour last weekend, but one of my best friends Lauren was able to document the event and do a great blog post for me! Lauren is a fellow cat lover and my most crafty friend, so it was a perfect match. Enjoy!

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Friday Five

My five weekly items of joy, inspiration and fun. Beaverton Women's Club Casino Night, Chew Dining Club app, Apple Store realtor event, Nob Hill Business Association, & happy hour at Jo Bar.

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