433 SE 30th Ave, Portland

Corbett Floorplan Description The Corbett exudes charm and style. Open and welcoming, this vintage style home features all the classic details with modern conveniences. The entry beckons you into the spacious great room, complete with box beam ceilings, built-in bookcases and gas fireplace with...

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EPS offers a clear view of home energy performance

In the market for a home that saves? Say hello to EPSTM. Brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, EPS is an energy performance score that helps smart homebuyers find equally smart homes – the kind that offer superior efficiency, comfort and savings. EPS lets you look behind the walls to see the...

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4995 Ireland Lane, West Linn

Floorplan Description The New Westminster offers a comfortable open feel to the main level. Start a casserole in the oven while helping the kids with their homework on the spacious kitchen island. Open to the great room, you can keep up with the rest of the family. Four spacious bedrooms upstairs,...

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Announcing new Renaissance Vintage locations!

Renaissance Homes announces upcoming vintage home locations. 2 spectacular new locations in Alameda. Alameda, Beaumont MS and Grant HS . Alameda has many local parks and a community garden open for the public to use and enjoy. A major park located just outside the neighborhood is Wilshire Park....

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Renaissance is Living Green

Indoor Air Quality The air inside your home makes a difference in how you feel every day, and indoor air quality is a high priority in the construction of a Renaissance home. With features like air filtration systems, controlled ventilation and low-toxic building materials, a Renaissance Home may...

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What are the benefits of Open Web Floor Trusses?

Open web truss joists allows for easier and faster mechanical systems installation (plumbing, electrical, HVAC). Mechanical systems are installed within the floor’s framing rather than hanging below, allowing all of the heat ducts to be run between the floors. This eliminates ducting in the attic...

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Polar Blanket Insulation

Fiberglass Blown-in Insulation Systems, also known as the Polar Blanket, is one of the latest green building techniques used by Renaissance Homes. This system improves a home’s efficiency by filling the wall cavity completely, including the areas around pipes, cables and outlets. Polar Blanket...

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Blower Door Testing? What is that?

Air flowing in and out of a home can cause lots of problems. Air leakage can account for 30 to 50 percent of the heat loss in some homes. This is one reason why Renaissance Homes conducts a blower door test through a professional energy auditor upon completion of every home. It helps to determine...

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How to Know If a Neighborhood Is Gentrifying

Bargains may be few and far between in the current real estate market, but buyers can get a deal if they are willing to purchase a home in an up-and-coming neighborhood. But discovering a neighborhood with potential can be tricky. “When you buy in an up-and-coming neighborhood, you are able...

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8310 SW 46th, Portland

Floorplan Description Combining the beauty of yesteryear with the comfort of today’s green technology, this vintage style home evokes the charm of classic Portland architecture. The Cleary offers an open floorplan with custom moldings and trim fabricated with historic profiles. The great room...

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Oregon snares #6 spot among nation’s LEED-savvy states

Oregon’s green-building prowess continues to pack a mighty punch. So says the U.S. Green Building Council, which reported Tuesday that the state ranks sixth in terms of per-capita Leadership in Environment and Energy Design projects. The list recognizes states with myriad projects that use less...

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Blake

Floorplan Description The Blake embodies style and flexibility in it’s formal and casual spaces. Entertain for the holidays and impress everyone with your gorgeous formal dining room, filled with natural light. Pop into the kitchen easily through the butler’s pantry or grab an item...

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Avery

Floorplan Description This floorplan lives luxuriously! From the spacious great room overlooking the rear yard, to the main level den, the flexibility this floorplan offers will inspire you. The kitchen enchants with a large work island and eating bar. Entertain with friends and keep an eye on the...

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Why You’re Not Losing Money On Your Home

Data shows consistent home price appreciation since 1975. To say homeownership is a consistent barometer of personal wealth is an overstatement. In reality, the past several years have been hard on homeowners in certain states, with prices dropping and values ascending at a slower pace — at...

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7 top housing trends for 2013

“In 2012 we saw the housing market recover and, going into 2013, we expected continuing recovery,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors. “Instead, the recovery accelerated a lot faster than we anticipated, which was great for sellers and for the 75 million...

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Renaissance at Stono 93

Welcome to Stono 93 in Tualatin, Oregon Renaissance Homes will open Stono 93 – a collection of new homes for sale in Tualatin, Oregon – in spring 2014. Six exclusive energy-efficient new homes will be built, all with luxurious amenities, main level dens, gourmet kitchens and all will...

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New-home sales show biggest monthly increase since May 1980

Americans ramped up purchases of new homes in October after three months of soft sales, evidence that the housing recovery is improving fitfully. Sales of new homes grew 25.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 444,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That was the largest...

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Renaissance partners with HBF to build at-risk youth housing facility

Announcing the next HBF project: New Meadows  The Home Builders Foundation is pleased to announce its next project: New Meadows. The HBF will partner with Bridge Meadows, a multi-generation housing facility, to provide safe haven for at-risk youth aging out of the foster care system. New Meadows...

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Save on Energy Costs This Winter

Whether you’re hoping to ease your impact on the planet or just want to save a few dollars, reducing your energy use can help you get there. In fact, 10 percent of renters in a recent Rent.com survey said that utilities are their biggest monthly expense, coming in third after monthly rent...

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Portland #1 City on Bike Score

Walkscore.com gives Portland big kudos. Overall the city ranks with a Walk Score of 63, a Transit Score of 50 and a Bike Score of 70. The Bike Score of 70 ranks Portland the #1 city for bikers. No surprise for Portlanders. Portland might be the most walking, biking, and public transit friendly...

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A Taste of Autumn | Apple Tasting Event

Join Renaissance Homes for a Taste of Autumn as we celebrate everyone’s favorite fruit. We’ll be taste testing apples, apples and more apples! Join us for a selection of local apples, tasty cider and even a unique northwest treat – apple beer! Yum! All the tasty fun begins Saturday, October...

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Weekend Open Houses | Pumpkins, Modern Style & Greenspaces

The sun is shining and Oregonians are enjoying a warm October weekend. Get out and stop by an open house and start dreaming about the home you could move in to before the holidays! Renaissance at Rychlick Farm – Stop by this weekend and visit our Pumpkin Patch Event on Sunday, 12-2. Join...

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QR Codes Popping Up In Real Estate

What are those rows of lines and square dots? It’s a QR Code and it’s starting to pop up everywhere from manufacturing to retail and now real estate. QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode. The system has become popular due to its fast...

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Renaissance Style: Top 10 Staging Tips

Just like in life, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. If you are selling your home, make sure when prospective home buyers come see your home, it is ready! 1. Declutter Clutter makes homes seem small and disorganized. Pack-up now…you have to do it anyway. Everything in the...

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Renaissance at the Home & Garden Show!

It’s the premier Home & Garden Show of the year at the Portland Expo Center! Stop by and visit the Renaissance Homes booth, 712! We’ll be at the show talking about the Renaissance Homes custom home division. From building on your lot, to helping you find a lot, we can make your...

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7 Reasons to Buy a House Before 2014

If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and buying a home, the last quarter of 2013 might just be the time to do it. Rates on fixed-rate loans are still appealing, and experts say it’s still cheaper to buy than rent. Some financial institutions are also a little more lax with...

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Experts Comment on the Housing Market

National experts weigh in with their thoughts on real estate, the housing market and how we’re recovering. Rick Judson, chairman of NAHB Responding to the report that over 80% of housing markets are improving: “While there is still plenty of room for growth, this is an excellent indication...

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Higher Interest Rates Haven’t Spooked High-End Buyers

Borrowers needing a jumbo mortgage are still snapping up homes priced at $1 million or more. Mortgage rates have risen. Home prices are up. But high-end home buyers are still on a spending spree. Purchases of existing homes priced above $1 million are up 25% from a year ago, said Walter Molony, a...

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Metro | Grand Opening Event! Food, Music & Northwest Wines

Join Renaissance President Randy Sebastian and the Renaissance team as we celebrate the opening of our newest collection – metro! Grand Opening Party at 3305 SE 11th in Brooklyn! Thursday, September 5th, 6-9pm. We’ll be throwing a neighborhood party. Join us for tasty bites from...

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Metro | Introducing Sleek Modern Architecture

Bright green doors, blue walls and European look kitchens? What is that? It’s the new metro collection from Renaissance Homes. Practical, open floor plans, sleek modern designs and energy efficient. “For me, building homes is about innovation and creating a space that people want to call home,”...

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Renaissance Homes | Sunday Open Houses

It’s going to be a busy weekend around the metro area! The Oregon State Fair is in full swing through September 2nd and Hood to Coast kicks off today.  Good luck to the runners- be safe out there! While you are out this weekend, stop by a Renaissance open house on Sunday. We will be closed...

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Neighborhood Profile: Thriving in Multnomah Village

When buying a home, most homebuyers look for the perfect location: a blend of a serene neighborhood, with easy access to restaurants and other essential businesses.  Multnomah has the perfect mix of these two standards. Multnomah Village is a business center with a variety of thriving local...

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Weekend Open Houses | Bungalows, Gables and Euros!

Stop in this weekend for a tour of one of four gorgeous Renaissance neighborhoods. We have bungalows, gables and Euros to tour in Lake Oswego, West Linn, Portland and Sherwood. We have 5 move-in ready homes available and many more under construction. Renaissance at Rychlick Farm – Stop by for a...

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Money Magazine | Sherwood #5 Best Small Towns in America

America’s top 50 small towns are not only thriving economically, they’ve also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community. Money Magazine recently ranked the Top 50 small towns in America and Sherwood, OR made the...

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Broker Luncheon August 13th | Lake Oswego & Sherwood

Join us for a tasty broker luncheon at two picturesque Renaissance locations – Renaissance Woods and Renaissance at Rychlick Farm! Tuesday, August 13th, 12-2pm. Tour two move-in ready Renaissance Homes that exude the latest in green building technology. Check out our superior energy...

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Weekend Opens | Sherwood, Lake Oswego & Portland

August is upon us and with it the wait is over! Renaissance at Rychlick Farm in Sherwood is throwing open its doors and having a community BBQ this weekend! Come join the fun on Saturday, Aug 3rd. We will also be hosting several open houses throughout the metro area, so stop in for a visit and...

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Sherwood Grand Opening | Sat, Aug 3rd

Renaissance Homes is proud to announce our return to Sherwood with our newest neighborhood opening: Renaissance at Rychlick Farm. This gorgeous new neighborhood features 26 generously sized homesites, all built green with the latest technology and personalized through our exclusive Design Studio....

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Renaissance Homes Launches iPad App

Renaissance Homes is now available on your iPad. The iPad has become a necessary business tool for many of us and now you can access Renaissance Homes quickly and easily, all with a few clicks. “I carry my iPad with me everywhere I go,” says Randy Sebastian, President of Renaissance Homes. “I can...

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Vintage Home Show in Multnomah Village

Join us for the final week of The Vintage Home Show and help Oregon Food Bank. Join us Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm in Multnomah Village. We’re hosting a very special event – Sunday, July 28th from 12-2, join the KINK roadies for music, fun and prizes as we wrap up the final day...

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Guest Blog | Are home prices headed for a cliff again?

When a fellow mortgage professional shared with me that one of his customers had recently lost in a bidding war to purchase an older home when a competing buyer offered $35,000 above the $340,000 list price and waived the right to an inspection, I thought I had been transported back to 2006-2007,...

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Weekend Open Houses | Sherwood Debut!

With several open houses this weekend – from our Multnomah Village Vintage Home Show and Sherwood debut weekend– you’ll love learning about our green building features, admiring our craftsmanship and supporting the Oregon Food Bank.  Come find your new home; see you soon! Renaissance at Rychlick...

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Contest Rules

Contest Rules for two Chocolate Fest tickets giveaway at two Renaissance Homes broker’s open Jan. 21, 2014. No purchase necessary to win. All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited. Eligibility: The giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 United...

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Multnomah Village Twilight Open House | Tues, July 16th | 4-7pm

The lazy days of summer are upon us. Warm nights with lots of sunlight are the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the weather, walk the dog and stop in for a Renaissance Homes open house. Join us for local wines and tasty cheeses in Multnomah Village, Tuesday July 16th from 4-7 pm....

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Neighborhood Profile: Movie Madness in Belmont

Movie buffs around Portland are aware of this fabulous little gem in Belmont called Movie Madness. The Renaissance team stopped in to find a hard to find video for President Randy Sebastian, and lo and behold – they had it! We became members and spent an hour perusing the store and all its movie...

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Outdoor Summer Concert Guide

Nothing says summer like live music under a gorgeous sky. Here in Portland we are surrounded by amazing options for live tunes, dancing, frolic and merriment – and all with food, drink and people-watching galore thrown in. Some of our family-faves are on farms and others are in the thick of...

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Portland ParkScore #7 in National Tests!

Take that, #10 Seattle! For us in Portland, appreciating our parks is second nature. Admittedly, it’s a bit silly to try to compare cities by ranking them on a list of this or that. But who can resist? The lists have their limitations, but they are informative. In Portland, we tend to do pretty...

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Multnomah Village Broker Luncheon | Tues June 25th

Quaint. Charming. A bit off-center and quintessentially Portland. Multnomah Village is filled with character – as well as dozens of unique shops, galleries, restaurants, a wine bar and a brewpub, professional services, and the rambling Multnomah Art Center. This bustling neighborhood is easily...

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5 Move-In Ready Renaissance Homes!

It’s officially Summer in Portland! The festival season is upon us and home construction is back in full swing. Stop by this weekend for a visit. We have several newly completed homes throughout the metro area. You’ll love the gorgeous new bungalow in Rose City plus a fabulous SE...

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How the Housing Recovery Is Juicing Job Numbers

Home building was responsible for 20 percent of GDP growth in the last six quarters. An important reason why the economy has not recovered from the Great Recession as quickly as in prior economic downturns is that a traditional leader of economic growth – housing – has been stifled. In recent...

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Neighborhood Profile: Historic Alphabet District in NW Portland

The Northwest District is a unique blend of retail and residential in the Northwest section of Portland. Craftsman and Old Portland-style houses co-mingle with grand old apartment buildings and sleek new condominiums, within walking distance of an extensive array of restaurants, bars, and shops....

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