Portland Metro/Tigard Real Estate News

In this forum we will offer discussions on a wide variety of subjects, but focus on Portland Metro and real estate. Hopefully our insights and experiences will inform, educate, challenge and entertain our readers week after week.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Existing Home Sales Rose in January - 2 yr High

According to an MSNBC article this morning, Sales of existing homes rose in January by the largest amount in two years. Does this mean the national housing slump is over?

The National Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that sales of previously owned homes rose by 3 percent last month, the biggest one-month increase since a 3.3 percent increase in January 2005, a time when housing was roaring toward the peak of its five-year boom.

According to the article on MSNBC, the median price of an existing home sold in January dropped to $210,600, a decline of 3.1 percent from a year ago. The January decline was the third-biggest drop in history.

Analysts said that the decline in prices was actually an encouraging sign that home sellers are starting to adjust their asking-price down and this should help speed the correction in housing.

More good news: sales rose the most in the West, up 5.6 percent, followed by gains of 4.8 percent in the Midwest and 2 percent in the South.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Airdate for our HGTV House Hunters Episode

After a long wait we finally have an airdate for our HGTV HouseHunters episode featuring the Tony and Libby Kelly Group! We shot this episode in the fall of 2005. Hopefully you're going to love it!

January RMLS Market Conditions Reports

January 2007 seems to follow the same trend as the previous months in 2006, with new listings up and closed and pending sales both down. When compared with with the month of January 2006, the number of new listings increased 19.5%. Closed sales decreased 9.4% and pending sales fell 2.2%. The 9,841 active residential listings at month's end would last approximately 6.2 months given the month's rate of sales.

Portland Metro Review

Previous Month's Average Sales Price: $255,800.
Year-to-Date Average Sales Price & Appreciation: $255,800, 16.4%.
Previous Month's Average Sales Price: $284,200.
Year-to-Date Average Sales Price & Appreciation: $284,200, 14.4%.
Previous Month's Average Sales Price: $261,800.
Year-to-Date Average Sales Price & Appreciation: $261,800, 16.2%.

Previous Month's Average Sales Price: $390,800.
Year-to-Date Average Sales Price & Appreciation: $390,800, 8.9%.

New Construction in 2006

The sale of properties listed as proposed, under construction, or new construction fell 7% (5,045 v. 5,407) when comparing 2006 and 2005. However, the average sale price appreciated 16% ($365,600 v. $315,200). Median sale price also increased 16% ($300,000 v. $259,000).


According to the formula used by NAR, the average Portland family household had 105% of the income needed to purchase the median price home ($273,500) in the greater metro area in December. A family making the median annual income ($66,900) would pay $1331.58 a month for this home with a 20% down payment and a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with an interest rate of 6.14% (per Freddie Mac).

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*The information above is from the monthly market action report produced by RMLS and used by permission of RMLS. This information is copyrighted by RMLS, All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Values fell in 73 metro areas, but NOT Portland

Homes prices are likely to spring back in the coming months according to the National Association of Realtors. The 16 Feb, 07 edition of USA Today reported that nationwide median home prices fell in 73 metro areas in the final three months of 2006. "At least the bottom appears to have already occured," says Lawrence Yun, an NAR economist.

The good news for Portland metro is that despite the nationwide housing malaise in 2006 (2.7% decline in the median home price), Portland still saw a 11.2% increase! Click here to see the list of the median home prices in 149 metro areas.

We have noticed a significant increase in market activity in 2007. This is partly due to buyers responding to price drops and pent-up demand as a result of buyer hesitation in the second half of 2006.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Our New Tram gets National Exposure

The new $57 million tram that connects OHSU with the South Waterfront was highlighted in the Feb. 3rd edition of USAToday.

The tram was built as part of a plan to develop the South Waterfront, which is drawing some $2 billion in private investment. The Tram connection between OHSU, which had run out of room on the hill, and the expanding Waterfront is expected to reduce driving by 2 million miles a year, saving 93,000 gallons of gas by tram riders who avoid the twisty road up to the hospital.

The article goes on to give props to Portland for "its impressive array of alternative forms of transportation, including streetcars, a light rail system and miles and miles of bike paths."

Nice to receive national recognition for our beautiful city and efforts to give people alternatives to driving. The tram has been ferrying hospital employees and patients since mid-December, and opened to the general public in late January. If you have had a chance to ride the tram, please leave a comment to share your thoughts.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

I Actually Like the Blazers Again!

Last night I took the family to a Portland Trail Blazer game. One of the advantages to having a professional sports team that is struggling in the wins department (and attendance) is their need to design creative ticketing packages in order to entice fans. I have to give credit to the Blazer marketing department for consistently introducing flexible and affordable ticketing packages this year. The package we bought was for 20 tickets that can be used for any of the remaining home games. The tickets are 50% off the regular price, and can be used to take 20 people to one game, one person to 20 games, or any other combination you desire. The package price was $199.00. Now granted we bought upper level tickets, but we happen to enjoy going to multiple games versus shelling out a ton for one game. Another package they have consists of two tickets for three games, two movie tickets, and a $20 gift certificate from McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, all for $90! They call it the Winter Survival Kit.

Ok, I can hear you asking "Is this an ad for the Trail Blazers?" No, but while I was chanting with the crowd last night "CHALUPA!" (everyone gets free Chalupas from Taco Bell whenever the Blazers score at least 100 pts) I thought about how much fun the family and I were having and how much I like this young Blazer team. Haven't said that about the Blazers in a very long time.