The easiest way of finding an apartment for holiday

The easiest way of finding an apartment for holiday

If you are planning to go on a holiday and you are thinking of living in an apartment then you are supposed to have a good plan of how you will get a good apartment in advance instead of the last minute rash. There are times when you can embark on a journey to a holiday destination only to be frustrated in the last minute by lack of a good apartment to rent. One of the best ways to find a good apartment to rent is through the internet. There are many sites offering booking services for these apartments and upon arrival to your destination you will get your apartment reserved. For example, if you are looking for portland oregon apartments, go to the internet and make an advance booking.

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Tapping Into Millennial Talent: How Next-Generation Agents Are Redefining Real Estate

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses millennials in real estate.


Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR


Lennox Scott, President, John L. Scott Real Estate, Seattle, Wash.

Joe Clement, CEO, RE/MAX Properties, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jason Waugh, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate, Portland, Ore.

Christina Pappas: Some millennials are taking a bad rap as being lazy, self-absorbed or entitled. But as the Pew Research Center and other respected pollsters are reporting, the nation’s 75.4 million millennials—larger in numbers now than either Gen X or the baby boomers—aren’t lazy or entitled at all. They very much want, in fact, to be achievers. But they are eager to create their own pathways, largely because they see that some of the old, traditional pathways aren’t working very well. They’ve seen their parents burn out and their peers stuck in confining cubicles, and they think, “There has to be a better way.” And lucky for us, many of these budding entrepreneurs see real estate as a career opportunity—one in which they can build a successful business starting with little more than smarts and determination. So how does the industry see this new generation of agents?

Lennox Scott: I see them as the most powerful generation ever to hit this or any profession. They are technology-infused and connected with community—they’re a reflection of the world we’re in, and I, for one, am happy to tap into the energy and excitement they bring.

Joe Clement: You’re right about the energy. I love their desire and their spirit. We have a few self-starters who are absolutely killing it. One of our younger agents who is in her fourth year in the business did 70 transactions last year. In the month of December, while most people were focused on the holidays, she brought in 14 new listings.

Jason Waugh: Millennials have a unique kind of energy and perspective. They were born into social media, which makes them incredibly well-connected—and yet while technology has afforded a more mobile business environment, our millennials want to be in the office. They want the coaching, they want to collaborate, idea share, soak up information, and they’re happy to share their approach.

CP: Is this changing your office dynamic?

JW: You bet! We’re building out offices with less square footage and more open space, where mentors, coaches and agents can openly communicate—which is way different, and so much better than putting everyone in isolated cubicles or behind closed doors. Millennials seem to thrive on collaboration, and that’s the atmosphere we’re providing.

LS: We don’t even have “managers” anymore. We have “office leaders” and quick-start training. We have a VP of Residential Success, who oversees coaching, a VP of Agent Excellence in charge of marketing, and a VP of Professional Achievement who focuses on agent support. We have a whole new vibe in our offices—we’re upgrading the conversation, and we’re sharing new core values. Our motto is, “Everybody is productive quicker.” It’s who we are, and it comes from sharing—and caring. In fact, this new energy is inspiring us to do more than sell a lot of real estate. We sponsored 30 separate charitable events last year to raise $13 million for children’s hospitals.

CP: Wow! Yes, I am a millennial, in my seventh year of business. In my dad’s company we are very focused on creating a next-generation culture. We know our younger agents thrive on quick production, so our coaching and mentoring programs have been retooled to get them to the first deal faster.

JC: Tweaking our training program to an intensive nine weeks and assigning mentors to our new people has been very helpful in doing that. Millennials are fast learners, eager to get going, huge on social media, and, for the most part, pretty confident. No question, they’re bringing fresh energy to this business. What’s yet to be tested, I think, is their staying power—and their loyalty. Will they stick with the company that trained them, or look for what they think are greener pastures? Or will they decide to jump to other careers altogether?

LS: Well, there’s that risk with any newbie, but motivation is key. I have two daughters, for example. One is doing her own thing as an artist. She’s never considered real estate. The other, who’s just finishing college, has been working in our office for several summers. She can hardly wait to get started.

CP: Which begs the question: Are you actively recruiting millennials?

JW: Definitely. Their presence creates a valuable two-way street; they’re learning from our veteran agents, who, in turn, are learning new ways of communicating from millennials—using texting and videos, for example, to compliment the time-tested methods of phone calls and handwritten notes. It’s a vibe that’s working well for us—and that’s exciting.

LS: Millennials are taking us to a whole new level—and not just in real estate. Tapping into their fresh approach can give us all a new perspective.

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Portland Trail Blazers Potential Trades Before The February Deadline

Level Angsty Description

Here’s a scale on which to determine a crisis level of your favorite NBA team:

1 We’re Winning ‘Chips / We Have a Chance at Marvin Bagley Jr. 2 We’re Going to the 2nd Round of the Playoffs 3 Makin’ Playoffs, Probably No Chance at 2nd Round Any Time Soon 4 Playoff / Non-Playoff Purgatory; Franchise Player is Frustrated 5 Franchise Player Asked for a Trade, Somebody Hold Me

The Portland Trail Blazers are somewhere in between Stage 4 and 5 on this crisis scale. Recently Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers’ franchise player, had a sit down with owner Paul Allen in regards to the future of the team. The conversation stopped just short of Lillard asking for a trade away from the team.

Take Lillard’s diplomatic ending to that very conversation any way you want, but Paul Allen should be doing everything he can right now in order to right the ship. He likely knows that Lillard’s patience is running thin. How can Allen keep Lillard on the team? It all comes down to money.

Money, Money, Money.

The Blazers are stuck in a bad money spot. Take a look at a rough summary of the contracts they’re obligated to over the next couple of years:

Player* 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 Damian Lillard $26,153,057 $27,977,689 $29,802,321 $31,626,953 C.J. McCollum $23,962,573 $25,759,766 $27,556,959 $29,354,152 Evan Turner $17,131,148 $17,868,852 $18,606,557 Maurice Harkless $10,162,922 $10,837,079 $11,511,234 Meyers Leonard $9,904,495 $10,595,506 $11,286,515 Al-Farouq Aminu $7,319,035 $6,957,105 Ed Davis $6,352,531 Noah Vonleh $3,505,233 Zach Collins $3,057,240 $3,628,920 $4,240,200 $5,406,255 Jusuf Nurkic $2,947,305 Shabazz Napier $2,361,360 Pat Connaughton $1,471,382 Caleb Swanigan $1,465,920 $1,740,000 $2,033,160 $3,665,787 Jake Layman $1,312,611 $1,544,951 Totals** $117,106,812 $106,909,868 $105,036,946 *Data for C.J. Wilcox, Wade Baldwin, Andrew Nicholson, Anderson Varejao, and Festus Ezeli kept off of this chart.

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The point being made by the chart is that the Blazers are stuck with a plethora of mediocre talent at an absurd price. In fact, they have the sixth highest payroll in the league and are currently in shape to nab the sixth or seventh playoff seed in the Western Conference. Chances are they’ll be going home after the first round of the playoffs. Even if the Blazers happen to make it farther, they likely won’t do well enough to make up for their overpriced salaries.

As a manager, it’s time for Neil Olshey to make some difficult decisions.The first place to start is examining the contracts of Evan Turner, Meyers Leonard, and Maurice Harkless. In short, these three players are not worth a combined $37 million per year.

However, the contracts of Ed Davis, Shabazz Napier, and to an extent Connaughton, could be used to sweeten certain deals since they’re slated to come off the books after this season.

Time to Unload Jusuf Nurkic

The elephant in the room is Jusuf Nurkic, who is slated for a huge payday this coming offseason. If the Blazers look to make out of their bad salary situation, they’ll need to unload Nurkic while they still have his easy-to-move contract.

Iff the Blazers could look to unload CJ McCollum instead, then they should go for it. Teams like the Orlando Magic or the Cleveland Cavaliers might be very receptive towards taking on CJ. The Blazers would undoubtedly get a good haul back and then would be able to focus on signing the likes of Ed Davis as the center of the immediate future, given his recent exceptional play.

However, getting rid of McCollum would be a public relations nightmare. He’s having a good season thus far and has become a favorite of Damian Lillard. During the meeting with Paul Allen, the topic of Will Barton was brought up, and supposedly Lillard didn’t like the fact that the Blazers couldn’t hold onto him back in 2015.

Plus, Terry Stotts has made the Portland backcourt a very comfortable work situation overall. Most guards that have come through his system have been able to operate relatively efficiently (eg. Shabazz Napier).

Since the Blazers can’t risk the backlash of a CJ trade, the Blazers need to get rid of Nurkic. Portland can’t be goaded into giving Nurkic anywhere close to a max contract.

Possible Trades for the Blazers

For the most part, these trades may require a long-term agreement on Nurkic’s side. Or, maybe not, since some teams may want to hold onto flexibility.

Another thing to remember: the Blazers have a trade exception from Allen Crabbe’s sign and trade to Brooklyn. This means that the Blazers should be really aggressive in trying to get something done with a team that’s either a little ignorant or desperate to make a move. It gives the Blazers an advantage on making trades a bit more navigable, meaning they can easily absorb contracts without having to pray for a third or fourth team to help out on a minor money issue.

This first trade example is simple. It’s for Blazer fans who are extremely attached to the idea of still having an offensive European big man.

Blazers Receive Orlando Magic Receive Nikola Vucevic 2 yr $12,250,000 Jusuf Nurkic 1 yr $2,947,305 Terrence Ross 2 yr $10,500,000 Evan Turner 3 yr $17,131,148

A situation like this wouldn’t necessarily get the Blazers anywhere in particular, but again, if Olshey were able to dump Turner’s contract, he’d be able to resign Ed Davis and get a more lengthy, defensive lineup on the court. Aminu would be able to play at the three spot while Davis would be able to cover any defensive mishaps from Vucevic, since he doesn’t really play any defense.

A trade with the Magic depends on the fact that Orlando is a continuous revolving door of confusion. The Blazers could bait the Magic into taking on a risk while the Blazers will set themselves on a minor reworking period with Vucevic and Terrence Ross, both potent scorers.

Blazers Receive Dallas Mavs Receive Wes Matthews 2 yr $17,884,176 Jusuf Nurkic 1 yr $2,947,305 JJ Barea 2 yr $3,903,900 Evan Turner 3 yr $17,131,148 Salah Mejri 1 yr $1,471,382

The trade above would be a boon for the Blazers. Not only would they be able to get back a defensive crowd favorite, but they’d be able to bolster their bench scoring as well. Dallas would be open to finally solving their convoluted big man situation by taking the chance on Nurkic. A team like Dallas would be open to taking on salary in a situation like this, especially when Turner would act as another ball-handler on the court alongside their rookie Dennis Smith Jr.

A downside would be that the Blazers would most likely have to give up their 1st round pick here in order to sweeten this deal. Olshey should realize that some of his more recent picks in the NBA draft haven’t quite worked out as well as they should, and his job at this point is to get the team deeper into the playoffs. Veteran leadership matters, and Wes Matthews gives Portland an experienced voice in the locker room. The 1st round pick also won’t help Damian Lillard’s dreams at a championship.

The unsung reward here, much like the Magic trade above, is that the Blazers would free up space for the 2019 free agency. If for some reason Matthews isn’t quite able to outperform his current contract, then the Blazers would be able to make a play for the likes of Deandre Jordan, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and dare I say LeBron James. Basically, there’s no reason to fight for open cap space for the 2018 free agency.

Blazers Receive Cleveland Cavs Receive LA Clippers Receive Kevin Love 3 yr $22,600,000 CJ McCollum 1 yr $2,947,305 Tristan Thompson $16,400,000 Lou Williams 1 yr $7,000,000 Evan Turner 3 yr $17,131,148 Jusuf Nurkic $2,947,305 Shabazz Napier $2,400,000

This last trade would relinquish the talents of CJ McCollum to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the help of the Clippers, the Blazers would be able to retain Kevin Love and Lou Williams, while establishing themselves as an elite scoring team in the NBA.

There’s been a ton of drama surrounding Kevin Love’s tenure in Cleveland, and a landing spot in Portland would increase his efficiency and productivity. The Blazers might be gaining unforeseen value in Love just by having him in a less volatile atmosphere. Kevin Love also played high school basketball at Lake Oswego.

A trade like this might be embellishing CJ’s value, which is the whole point! CJ’s value will likely never be any higher again in his career, and Cleveland is under a lot of pressure to get something done during this trade deadline to appease Lebron James’ wishes to become immediate contenders in Cleveland.

With the help of the Clippers, the Blazers would be able to receive Lou Williams without having to deal with the Cavaliers’ desire to unload their Tristan Thompson contract. By the way, how wouldn’t this be appeasing to Thompson since the Kardashians are in Los Angeles!

The Blazers could give Lou Williams a big one year contract this offseason if they’d like to keep him for just another year, much like what the Philadelphia 76ers did with JJ Redick, and keep flexibility as the team heads into free agency for 2019. There’d still be more work needed in order to make the Blazers solvent, but it’s doable. Having Kevin Love’s name in Portland would be a huge stamp of approval for other free agents in 2019.

On the Hot Seat

General Manager Neil Olshey doesn’t have that much time left. If he isn’t able to get a move done to help the Blazers become solvent or attractive in the 2019 free agency, then Paul Allen will have nothing left but to show him the door.

This is Damian Lillard’s team, and that fact won’t be changing anytime soon.

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A Fight Over The Height of Portland’s Skyline is Raging. Who Wins May Determine Whether The City’s Housing Crisis Ever Ends.

A Fight Over The Height of Portland’s Skyline is Raging. Who Wins May Determine Whether The City’s Housing Crisis Ever Ends.The prospect of skyscrapers along the Southwest bank of the Willamette River has alarmed tower residents. (Abby Gordon)

Stanley Penkin, a transplanted New Yorker who lives on the fourth floor of Cosmopolitan on the Park, the tallest condo building in the Pearl District, is on the front lines.

He and his wife, Susanne, have a panoramic view: dogs cavorting in the Fields Park, sailboats rolling down the Willamette River, and the graceful arches of the Fremont Bridge.

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Portland, OR Apartments

Portland, Oregon has become a city with some high property values. For instance, average home values are over $400,000. Zillow expects these values to rise slightly within the next 12 months. The higher home prices also support a fairly high price of rent, but rental units in Portland aren’t as expensive as they are in some other major cities.

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The joy of affordable housing when on vacation

The joy of affordable housing when on vacation

Many people like to go on vacation but one of the biggest drawbacks is the cost of shelter during the vacation. Most of the time, hotel rooms and all the other kind of shelters reserved for tourist both local and international are expensive. This is because many tourist institutions believe that tourists are people who have enough money to spend. This is not the truth because we are not all rich and we all have a need to take a holiday at one time or the other. Due to this reason many people have been discouraged to go on holidays and they have been left to spend even their longest holiday at their homes. Recently, there has come a more affordable mode of accommodation that is the furnished apartments. They are available in all the major towns and if you are looking for portland oregon apartments, you can find them at a good price.

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The best way to enjoy a holiday in Portland is to live in an apartment

The best way to enjoy a holiday in Portland is to live in an apartment

A holiday is meant to be a time when a person reflects back to see where he went wrong and also to focus ahead and see what is on offer in the future. This is a time to make new goals and let the failures pass. During this time comfort and a good peaceful environment is paramount. To get such an environment you are supposed to live in an apartment rather than a hotel room. In an apartment you will be able to control what happens within unlike in a hotel where you have no control whatsoever. In Portland there are good apartments to live in. In most cases there is a big competition in getting these apartments and therefore the best thing to do if you are looking for Portland Oregon apartments is to make an early booking online.

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Taking vacations has never been this easy with new furnished apartments

Taking vacations has never been this easy with new furnished apartments

After working for a long period of time may people takes a vacation to go and have good time with their family or their loved ones. They takes this time as an opportunity to reflect on their lives and make new their love life that has been darkened by long working hours. In most cases many people travel to foreign towns away from their daily routine. In the past this was big hustle because such people were forced to live in hotel rooms or if they are well endowed financially they rented holiday homes. This has been replaced by the new furnished apartments. These apartments are usually fully furnished and people only moves in with their personal effects. These apartments are available in most towns in the world but if you are looking for Portland Oregon apartments, you can easily get them from the online booking sites.

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