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PRESENTATION: Dining Portland

In addition to having a rich music and theater scene, Portland is also home to hundreds of quality eateries. With so many food options, how can you decide which one is best for you? In a previous blog, I outlined a list of some of Portland’s best restaurants. But one thing missing from those blogs: pictures of food! In this presentation, I not only share with you some of the greatest restaurants in the Portland Metro Area, I also share some delicious food photos.

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Bill Gaffney

Bill Gaffney’s Favorite Portland Desserts: Part 1

Once you’ve satisfied your savory tooth at one of Portland’s many outstanding restaurants, you may want to wander elsewhere to satisfy your sweet tooth. Fortunately, Portland’s got you covered. Whether it’s a post-dinner dessert or an early morning snack, Portland has some tasty options to bring to the table. Here’s a look at a few of my favorites:

Blue Star Donuts


So, Blue Star Donuts isn’t a Portland exclusive–additional locations can be found in Los Angeles and even Tokyo–but that doesn’t make this spot any less desirable to go to. The Blue Star motto is quality over quantity, and they’re not kidding around. The wonderful brioche dough recipe requires over 18 hours of hand-crafted love and is made fresh. Every. Single. Day. And the dough is only the beginning, when you can get such an exquisite variety of shapes and flavors: hard apple cider fritters, blueberry bourbon basil donuts, and buttermilk chocolate donuts, and more.

The Pie Spot


The savory pies here are can’t miss, but the subject of this blog is the sweets. The Pie Spot takes the personalized portion of the cupcake and brings it to the world of pie. Here you can buy yourself a little taste of paradise for just $4. You can get twists on classics like Bourbon Peach Cobbler and Brandy Apple Pie, but you can also find pies that are a bit more adventurous: Lemon Vanilla Bean, Marionberry, and Smores. Pies may be front-and-center here, but they have a whole slew of tasty baked good to offer. I recommend the giant Fruity Pebbles cookie.



There are frozen yogurt places and then there are frozen yogurt places that go above and beyond to offer friendly experiences, give customers unprecedented choice, and really strive to be a part of the community. As you might have guessed. TartBerry is the latter. It’s locally owned and the yogurt there is locally made. They offer a variety of regular, lactose-free, vegan, and sugar free yogurts and sorbets. The topping selections are huge, ranging from angel food cake to bacon chunks and cinnamon chips. Plus, they can even make frozen yogurt smoothies! Above all, the people who work at TartBerry are just amazing people.

What are some of your favorite dessert spots in Portland? Let me know on Twitter @BillGaffneyOR.

Bill Gaffney

Change Realty: One of the Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon for the THIRD Year in a Row

I’m so pleased to announce that the Portland Business Journal has awarded Change Realty the title of One of the Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon for the THIRD year in a row. There are so many people that deserve thanking, but I would like to extend a formal thank you to everyone at Change Realty, to the Portland Business Journal, and to our hundreds of clients.

Change Realty Portland Business Journal Awards

Three years of above-and-beyond client service.

While I’m so grateful to have received this honor, I can’t help but look at it as inevitable. After all, at the heart of Change Realty is a great team and a great mission that just works.

Every step of our process is designed to give the homeowner the most professional and seamless experience possible.

When I founded Change Realty in 2009, I set out to create a residential brokerage firm unlike any other. Above all, I wanted to put the homeowner, whether buying or selling, first. I noticed that other brokerage firms charged an arm and a leg to list homes. This struck me as completely backward. Listing a home shouldn’t cost a homeowner a 6% or even a 5% real estate commission. It’s the simplest part of the process!

Change Realty logo - Bill Gaffney

Change Realty’s amazing success has a very simple mission at its center.

No. It’s the job of a brokerage firm to make it easy as possible to list a home. Once a home is sold, then more business can enter the picture. Until then, it’s a matter of helping homeowners get their properties out there and under the care of a reputable real estate firm.

One of the most important parts of any listing are photos. Having the right photos of a given property are key to giving potential buyers a literal snapshot of the property of their dreams. That’s why Change Realty sends out a professional photographer to every home that lists with us to get the best quality photos possible.

Once a home is listed (with gorgeous photos) we promise to serve a homeowner to the best of our ability. Given that our agents all of thorough area of the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, we can even you find your next property–be it a residence or an investment.

So you see, every step of Change Realty’s process is designed to place the homeowner–whether buying or selling–first. It’s this commonsense approach to which we can attribute Change Realty’s rapid growth as a company, for the third year in a row.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what some of our clients have to say:


The experience I had with Change Realty was wonderful. Bill was easy to work with and was always available when I needed him. He went above and beyond the call of duty! Highly recommend.

– Gail G.

We were hesitant to use Change Reality after reading the reviews on the internet. We aired our concerns with Kelly and he agreed to only list for 30 day and if we were dissatisfied we could end the contract. We could not have found a more professional realtor. He navigated 3 offers on the property and we accepted the offer $20,000 over the asking price. Ridgeway Road, Lake Oswego, Or.

– Scott L.

You saved us an unreal amount of money when compared to other agents. Thank you.

– Mike S.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home around the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, we hope you’ll consider Change Realty. For more information, go to


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Bill Gaffney’s Favorite Portland Eats: Part 2

Just moved into Portland area? You and thousands of others. If you’re looking for good places to eat, you’re in luck. The city has hundreds of quality eateries spread across the city. With so many food options though, how can you decide which one is best for you ? To become better acquainted with the city, check out this list of Portland’s finest eateries according to Yelp and Portland Eater. This is Part 2 of my list. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Part 1.

Pok Pok

Pok Pok probably has some of the best Thai food in all of Portland and maybe the state of Oregon. This, food cart-to-restaurant eatery serves some of the most flavorful Thai dishes in “street food style”. Portions are abundant, sticky, spicy, sweet, and overall delicious. According the to the Guardian, Pok Pok’s spicy fish sauce wings have built a cult following, so you might want to try those first.

Pine State Biscuits

Wow. Biscuits, sandwiches, meats, biscuits, sauces, and more biscuits. This spot serves some of the best biscuits in the Pacific Northwest. Biscuits are thick, rich, and flavorful. Each sandwich also has a seasoned over-easy egg that bursts into a wonderful sauce once you’ve taken a bite. Corndogs and breaded chicken sandwiches are phenomenal, and probably a good first choice if you’re visiting for the first time.

Nite Hawk Cafe and Lounge

Again, Portland loves its breakfast and brunches. For 85 years, Nite Hawk Cafe in Portland has served some of the best old-fashioned breakfast and brunches in the city. It’s classic Portland dining through and through, sticking out from many of the new eateries seen today. Try some of their chicken fries or waffles served all day.

Portland Lobster Co.

One of the few non-trendy, old Portland establishments on this list, Portland Lobster Co. is a great spot to experience Portland’s traditional seafood cuisine. The restaurant is right on the water, and allows you to bring your own lobster for cooking. Lobster is deliciously cooked and seasoned, serves with coleslaw, and corn potato. Try their coleslaw with a fine Portland craft beer from their extensive beerlist.

J’s Oyster

Give another whirl at old Portland in J’s Oyster. J’s offers a wide selection of raw seafood and shellfish that will have you coming back for more. The restaurant is not trendy, holding a wonderful traditional vibe. Of course, try their oysters, which is the restaurants go-to appetizer before the steamed lobster.

If you’re looking to move the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, please, do yourself a favor and investigate the food. And please check out Change Realty–home of the 1% listing fee!–for current Portland Metro Area listings. More food recommendations to come.

Bill Gaffney

Bill Gaffney’s Favorite Portland Eats: Part 1

Just moved into Portland area? You and thousands of others. If you’re looking for good places to eat, you’re in luck. The city has hundreds of quality eateries spread across the city. With so many food options though, how can you decide which one is best for you ? To become better acquainted with the city, check out this list of Portland’s finest eateries according to Yelp and Portland Eater.

Shutup and Eat

An idyllic sandwich shop in Portland, Shutup and Eat is the perfect place to get the perfect sandwich. With options like cheesesteaks, meatball subs, breakfast sandwiches, and their trademark Broad Street Bomber. You also have the option of having a salad with you sandwich, and while that sounds strange, it’s strongly recommended. This place makes their homemade dressing that is simply exquisite.

Screen Door

With over 3500 positive reviews on Yelp, this may be the Go-To spot if you’re looking for a great, reasonably priced meal. Portions are large, the food is delicious, and it’s all reasonably priced. Much of the food is southern cuisine, with a cajun/creole flare that is truly unique to Portland. Get the chicken and waffles for brunch, and you’ll probably come back for more.

Tasty and Sons

Tasty and Sons lives up to its tasty name. This spot is especially known for its breakfast and brunches that define Portland culture. Their chicken dishes are diverse and appetizing, but still oriented around the general breakfast/brunch concept. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their signature chocolate potato doughnut.


Andina has some of the most scrumptious South American/Andean cuisine in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a high-end favorite of the city’s pearl district, and can therefore be a little more on the pricey side. The restaurant has modern pacific northwest tastes incorporated into South American dishes like ceviche, piquillo peppers, and empanadas. Their tapas menu is wide and varied, making them one of Portland’s most recognizable restaurants at the moment.

Le Pigeon

Le Pigeon is one of the first restaurants to put Portland on the culinary map according to USAToday. Owned and managed by award-winning chef Gabe Rucker, this is a wonderful spot if you’re looking to impress a date on a fine restaurant outing. The restaurant focuses on traditional dishes, as well as some french cuisine, serving foie gras, and beef-cheek bourguignon. If you’re daring, try their specialty squab (young domestic pigeon).

If you’re looking to move the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, please, do yourself a favor and investigate the food. And please check out Change Realty–home of the 1% listing fee!–for current Portland Metro Area listings. More food recommendations to come.


Bill Gaffney

14.75: Oregon Just Became More Affordable

For a long-time, Oregon has been known as great place to live at a great price. In addition to having miles of untouched nature to appreciate, the state also boasts a large job market, innovative innovation, and progressive values. Last month, when Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a historic bill to increase the minimum wage, living in Oregon became even better.

Image of Portland Oregon sign.

Different parts of the state will see different wage increases. At $14.75, Portland will see the greatest leap.

Different Rates for Different Areas

Previously the minimum wage was $9.25–a price that was markedly better the USA minimum of $7.25, and better than over half of the states in the country. With the new bill, the minimum wage will increase at different rates in different areas. In Portland, where the median price for housing has skyrocketed in the past several years, the minimum wage will jump to $14.75. In smaller cities and midsize counties, the new minimum will jump to $13.50, and in rural areas, the wage will increase to $12.50.

The wage will have it’s first bump up to $9.50 in rural areas and $9.75 everywhere else on July 1, 2016. We will see the remainder of the wage increase gradually over the next six years, landing at its targeted levels in 2022.

President Obama had the following to say:

“I commend the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown for taking action to raise their state’s minimum wage…That’s progress…But Congress needs to keep up with the rest of the country. They need to act, and finally give America a raise. And until they do, I’ll continue to encourage states, cities, counties and companies to act on their own to support hardworking families.”

Oregon’s minimum wage increase exemplifies the progressive values and forward-thinking of the state. It’s yet another demonstration of the government is working in synergy with businesses to help residents achieve the best lifestyle possible.

But in terms of new laws being signed, the wage increase isn’t the only good news for homeowners and renters in the Beaver State.

More Good News

Another law makes it more affordable to rent and own homes in the state. House Bill 4143, makes it so landlords are unable to increase rent in a month-to-month tenant’s first year and requires a notice of 90 days in advance following that year. So whether you are new to Oregon or are just changing homes, you can live your first month free from the fear of rent increase. Another bill, now makes it possible for local governments to require affordable housing in new multi-family developments, and yet more laws will stimulate affordable housing and will empower homeowners just outside of annexation borders.

Oregon has consistently outdone itself as a place where it is not only great to live, but also affordable. These most recent developments only strengthen its case.

Along the lines of affordability, please check out Change Realty–home of the 1% listing fee!–for current Portland Metro Area listings.


Bill Gaffney

Portland & Metro Areas See Sharp Increases in Demand for Real Estate

Forget New York, Miami, and San Francisco, Portland is the new real estate hotspot. More and more young professionals and new families are seeing major metropolitan areas as appealing destinations to move to. The phenomenon occurring all across the United States has not missed the country’s Pacific northwest, showcased specifically by Portland Oregon, and its greater metro-area. Recent reports have shown that home prices have spiked 11 percent in some areas in the past year. Rents in other areas have jumped an astounding 13.7 percent. Portland is the place to be, and real estate trends are certainly confirming that.

The Portland-Vancouver metro area has closed 2015 with a 2.4 percent vacancy rate according to the Columbian’s recent report. Rental vacancies are extremely low, in fact so low, the metro-area has the lowest vacancy rate among the nation’s 75 largest metro-areas. And so, homebuilding is soaring in the area. The market attempts to rebound from the economic recession that affected real estate across the country. New reports from the Columbian note that Portland’s median home sale prices reached an all time high of $294,000 in June 2015.

By December of that same year, the region’s median home sale price had jumped to an astonishing $320,000. The report though highlights that 38 percent of the general market saw new all-time high home prices in 2015. According to the reports, 2015 has been a relatively healthy year in terms of the real estate industry’s growth. Vice president of analysts at RealtyTrac Daren Blomquist confidently asserts that real estate is once again becoming an appreciating asset for homeowners and investors.

An asset that’s wise to acquire in the Portland area, as it’s known for its progressive and innovative culture, attractive downtown area, educated population, and celebration of the arts and culture scene.

As development firms and real estate agencies continue to play catch-up, sales across the area are finally reaching pre-recession numbers. In 2015 alone, the median home price rose 10 percent to $206,500 as a record 79 major markets saw prices rise, 33 percent of which saw record-highs. The steep rise in real estate prices and developments are expected to plateau in 2018 if markets continue their current trends.

And please check out Change Realty–home of the 1% listing fee!–for current Portland Metro Area listings.

Oregon: The Place to Be

For some, it’s easy to imagine their ideal home, no matter location. Whether a wrap around porch, modern appliances, or a finished basement that sits at the top of their must-have lists, some will sacrifice location for the house of their dreams. However, must know that when it comes to real estate, location is everything.

And, in recent years, location and home amenities have blossomed in tandem, with the most sought after neighborhoods containing many dream homes. I can’t talk about the wonderful homes that the Portland Metro and Clark County areas can offer enough. Need more convincing? Visit Change Realty LLC. to see some of the spectacular listings available NOW! Downtown Portland

I almost forgot about the cherry on top–Oregon has been named the top moving destination in the United StatesFor the third year in a row. In fact, in the last six years, the number of individuals making the move to the Beaver State has increased by ten percent.

So, whats the appeal?

Jobs. The tech boom has played a big part in creating jobs out on the west coast. Portland and Hillsboro have long been nicknamed the “Silicon Forest” to California’s Silicon Valley due to its attracting a multitude of tech companies and startups to open up shop out in the Pacific Northwest, creating numerous jobs for its inhabitants, and attracting people from all over the country.

Quality of life. The cost of living is much lower out in Oregon, allowing people to really spend their money effectively and indulge in their passions without worrying they’ll break the bank. Known for its environmentally friendly communities, variety of outdoor recreational activities and eclectic art scenes, moving to Oregon would be a great option for any individual or family. However, with Oregon sitting at the top of the must-live list for the past three years, the prices of homes in Portland, Oregon’s biggest city, have increased by almost eleven percent since October 2014.

Ahead of the curve. I already mentioned the explosive tech boom occurring in the “Silicon Forest” region of Oregon, however, Oregon has been ahead of the curve for quite some time. Practicing environmentally sustainable habits years before it was trendy to do so, Portland is known as one of the most innovative cities in the United States when it comes to urban planning? Example: it was one of the first cities to build a light rail instead of a highway back in 1986.