Ernest Cooper's Blog

How to Prepare your Home for Sale

Did you know well-placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery? It's a fact: acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price...

Our Brokers Favorite Neighborhoods in Portland

Ernest Cooper Cooper Realty’s amazing Realtor and Social Media Manager recently asked all of us here at CR to write a brief about our favorite neighborhood in or around Portland.    I’ve been the tardy one.  Reason being; there are so many wonderful areas in and around...

Your Earnest Money Deposit

An important part of making an offer includes determining how much to offer for your earnest money deposit. The earnest money is offered to the seller as a sign of good faith and proof that the buyer has skin in the game. It reinforces to the seller that the buyer making the offer on their home is serious,...

Why do we love being Realtors?

Ernest Cooper I love being a Realtor because I get to help people with one of the or the most important purchases or sells in their lifetime.  I love the art of the transaction (not the paperwork-LOL), the negotiations and then there’s that special moment when it all comes together. Awww. ...

7 Anti-Burglary Tips for Sellers

Assess your homes vulnerabilities: Start by inspecting your home and thinking like a burglar or criminal- if you were trying to rob the house, how would you get in? Is there a broken window that doesn’t lock? An overflowing mailbox that makes it look like you are on vacation? Inspect your home...

Understanding Appraisals

So you’ve got your offer accepted, made it through the inspection period, and hear from your agent that the final hurdle is the appraisal. What exactly does that mean?   The basic premise of the appraisal is for a third party, the appraiser, to value the home based on location, home...

Mistakes first time home buyers make

Looking for a home first and a loan later: This is one of the most common mistakes first time buyers make. Before you spend time searching for homes that may be out of your price range, which will only lead to disappointment, visit a lender to find out what you can actually pay! Even if you think...

Why we Love Home Warranties

If you've purchased a home with a Cooper Realty agent, you know how hard we will push you to get a home warranty! Know that we get absolutely nothing for suggesting you get a home warranty, it is just something that we feel strongly about! We've had enough clients save thousands of dollars that...

How to Prepare Your Home for an Inspection

The perfect home simply doesn't exist. Why? Well, in a brand new home, the contractor often is not aware of shortcuts taken by his subcontractors, and government building and code inspectors do not have the time or the budget to inspect everything in every home, so most government inspectors simply...

Frequently Asked Questions about Radon

Q: What is radon? A: Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high...

Favorite Outdoor Spots in Portland

Ernest Cooper: I love Portland and hands down, spring and summer are the best seasons.  Portland has been under gloom, mist and rain for months and the liquid sunshine starts to work its magic as leaves and flowers burst from the ground, bushes and trees.  Restaurants throw open their windows...

5 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most...

My Real Portland Podcast

If you weren’t aware, we have a celebrity working at Cooper Realty- our very own Joseph Lyons is the host of the popular variety show and podcast My Real Portland! Joe is a talented performer and storyteller with a passion for Portland happenings and history, which he brings together into both...

33 Reasons to become a homeowner

There are many studies that site benefits of homeownership, from higher self-worth to living in a safer neighborhood to your children doing better in school. Here are 33 reasons to become a homeowner- can you think of more? Gain a sense of accomplishment and control No landlord! You can rent...