Monthly Archives: February 2009

Volunteers are So Cool!


These days all the really “cool” people are volunteering. The “hip” are helping out.  🙂

But seriously, if you have been considering volunteering your time, talents or finances,  Hands on Greater Portland offers a great place to get started. Search their website for something that appeals to you and then jump right in. You’ll be supporting and enhancing our community and making new friends along the way. How cool is that?

All my best,

Kevin Gorman


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Real Estate Bottom and $8,000 Tax Credit

Is the real estate market nearing the bottom? Leading economists are starting to see encouraging signs. Check out this market news video update from In this report you will also, get the scoop on the $8,000 non-repayable tax credit for first time home buyers. The economy continues to offer big challenges, yet the formula for buying a home has rarely, if ever, been better.

Thanks for blogging. Your comments are welcome.

All my best,

Kevin Gorman                                                                                  www.It’

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What is Radon?


I first became aware of Radon through a home inspection last Summer. My client was the Seller and the Buyer decided to test the home for Radon during the home inspection period. I had never heard of Radon being a problem in Portland, so I really wasn’t too worried. As it turned out, the tests showed readings above the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended safety levels.

Radon is a natural radioactive gas that rises up from the Earth through the soil. The gas is odorless, tasteless and colorless.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Radon is estimated to cause approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

Testing your home for Radon is not expensive. Test kits can be purchased at major hardware stores. If mitigation is necessary, it is best to hire a licensed company to do the work. Typically this will be the installation of a fan system that circulates air from the inside to the outside of the home.

The State of Oregon offers great information about Radon. Please click here to learn more!

I hope this reading finds you (and helps keep you) happy and healthy!

All my best~

Kevin Gorman                                                                                    –   –

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