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Portland's Hottest Neighborhoods in 2018

by Rob Levy

Here it is again, the Portland Business Journal's hottest neighborhoods for 2018.  This also includes the Vancouver, Washington area and it's local communities.  

There are some predictable results here, and some surprises.  Take a look and let me know what you think.

You can read the entire article online by CLICKING HERE.

Portland Real Estate Update Feb '19

by Rob Levy

The Portland area real estate market sure changed in January of this year!  New listings were more than double those in December, 2018 and up 22.6% over January of 2018.  As of January 31st there were 3,048 new listings.  Also Pending sales surged 27.9% ahead of December, with 2,311 offers accepted by sellers.  For Closed Sales, there were only 1,451 which was down 21.4% over December and 10.9% over January of last year. Inventory rose in January to 3.3 months with a total marketing time of 76 days. 

The average sales price in Portland Metro (tri county area and not Washington) is now $452,200 which represents an increase in price of 5.2%.  So the aveage homeowner gained almost $10,000 in eqiuty last year!  You can download the entire 7 page report (courtesy RMLS) by CLICKING HERE.

Our featured home of the month this month is a Grant Park area bungalow with a full finished attic and a full unfinished basement. The main level has gleaming hardwoods, a newere granite island kitchen and muhc more.  The walk score is 89 and bike score of 93 which represent its stellar location close in NE Portland.  You can see the home by CLICKING HERE

Caity, Munir and I look forward to helping you with your real estate needs, please call or email us with any referrals you may have.  We have been one of Portland's leading Real estate teams since 1988 now and would love to help.

Portland Real Estate Update January '19

by Rob Levy

Well, the final numbers are in for 2018 and the Portland area fared quite well, despite a year end slowdown that was much bigger than normal.  For the year ending December 31st, 2018, the average sales price of all Metro Portland area homes ended up 5.5% over 2017 with the average sales price being $452,400 (compared to $428,700 at the end of 2017).  By the same comparison, the median sales price rose 5.3% from $379,900 to $400,000 even.  This was as closed sales decreased by 5.9% to 29,771 closed home sales.

Obviously the local areas all fared differently, for instance Lake Oswego's average sales price is now $676,200 with Bethany (North of 26) coming in at $532,900.  SW Portland ended up at $612,700 and SE at $419,100 and NE at $469,300.

You can download the entire 7 page report (courtesy RMLS) byCLICKING HERE.

Our featured home of the month this month is a "wall home" in coveted Forest Hills, super close to 217 and 26 intersections, next to Cedar Hills.  This home is almost 3,000SF, has a master on the main floor, 4 bedrooms and an in-ground heated pool too!  You can see the home by CLICKING HERE

Portland Oregon Real Estate Update / November 2018

by Rob Levy

The Portland, Oregon real estate market's latest stats are in for October, 2018 courtesy RMLS.  The local market continues to cool somewhat with new listings down 14% over September, which was also down 14.4% over August.  Pending sales (homes with an agreed upon sales contract, but not yet closed) were up 0.5% over September, but September was also down some 10.5% over August.  Closed sales for October (which in most cases went pending in September) improved 7.4% over September when they were down a whopping 23.4% over August so thats some good news!  Inventory crept up to 53 days average selling time although we and othere top local Realtors are seeing a steady increase, especially over about $400,000 in home value.

Comparing 2018 with 2017 so far, the average sales price is up 5.6% from $429,900 to $453, 600.   To see the FULL 7 page reportCLICK HERE!

Our featured home of the month is a terrific single level home in the Garden Home area.  Built in 1992 this home features wood and laminate floors, lots of vaulted ceilings, open and bright kitchen, living room AND family room with fireplace and on a large corner lot minutes from downtown Portland and Beaverton.  Check it out by CLICKING HERE

Rob Levy Team Celebrates 30 Years as a Top Portland Realtor!

by Rob Levy


That's right, we are donating money to six local charites in your honor and are asking for for your help to choose your favorite charity.  Please click on the link above and let us know your personal favorite of the six to celebrate our 30 years in business.

The average Realtor has been in business for 10 years, so this means we have seen much more than most others and now as the market is slowing down some experience is more important than anything!

Thanks to ALL of you - our past sellers, buyers, freinds of the firm, team members, fellow agents, national Realtor freinds.  There is no way we could be here today celebrating 30 years in business without you!

Bright Ideas!

by Rob Levy

This article, as seen in Readers Digest talks about 13 projects that you can easily do on your home that pay off big in both resale value if you sell, as well as for your enjoyment while you live there.   It is an interesting article in that is also estimates the added value of your home after each project is done. 

Today I was asked by the National Association of Realtors to contribute my opinion to their annual "Cost vs Value" survey, which also covers many of the same things. I will share those results when they arrive.  In the meantime, be sure to read the entire Readers Digest article by clicking here.

Portland's 50 most sought-after ZIP codes

by Rob Levy

This article as seen in The Portland Business Journal identifies the top 50 most sought after zip codes in the Portland Metro area.

They too indicate the market is slowing down a bit, and the results are interesting with a tie of Gilbert and Centennial being 50th with 132 sales in Q2, for an average sales price of $327,194 and selling in 39 days. 

Sherwood is in the middle of the pack at 154 homes sold (in quarter 2) for an average price of $509,843 and selling in 45 days. and number one.... 

Well I hate to spoil the party but its not urban homes, its not downtown condos..... Nope its suburbia, Beaverton/Aloha with 248 homes sold for an average sales price of $440,680 and selling those in 25 days. 

You can see the entire article by clicking on this link.

Interest Rates DO Make a Difference

by Rob Levy

Recently one of my sons and his girlfreind purchased a home for $400,000 and he asked me "Dad, what happens if my house loses 10% of its value?".  My answer was "Well, you are a math major, so you know you just lost $40,000 but let me ask you this.... If you buy that same house at 10% less for $360,000 BUT the interest rates were at 6% vs. the 4% how much more would you be paying a month?"

Interestingly, a $350,000 loan at 4% is $1,671 a month BUT if that same house dropped 10% and the loan is now $310,000 (same $50k down off a now lower $360k purchase price) that payment is $1,859 or a whopping $188 a month more for a $40,000 cheaper home! So it shows the importance of lower interest rates.   

Yes, I know at 4% they are higher than where we bottomed out in the high 2% range back in the middle of the recession, but they are still historically very low, well lower than the long time average rate of 8.2% (yes I am old enough to remember them peaking at about 19%).  So if you are concerned about our rising prices and still looking to buy a home, clearly now is one of the best times in recent years to do so.  Contact us today and let us know how we can help.

July 2018 Portland Real Estate Update

by Rob Levy

The June 2018 numbers are out for housing in the Portland Metro area and as expected they are down a little from May.  Typically our sales drop in the summer a little bit, so its a GREAT time to buy a home as buyers are (a little) more in the drivers seat.  

Closed sales in the meantime were up over May, which is a reflection on our busy April and May with 2,946 closed sales vs. 2,803 in May.  However, this was the slowest June closings month since 2014.  New listings still arent filling the pot enough though, only 4,515 in June which is 3.2% fewer than May.  We need inventory for sellers to sell their homes which many are resistant to do as there isnt much to choose from for them to buy.  For the year so far though new listings are up 2.7% at 22,079 homes listed for sale in 2018 through end of June.

Average and median prices are still rising, ableit not at such a high clip which is healthy.  Comparing the first half of 2018 with the same period in 2017 our average price is up 6.2% to $453,400.  The median is also up 6.7% to $400,000 even.

The time on market as of the end of June is 2.1 months.  That's a bit higher than the 1.6, 1.8 and 1.9 months for the previous few months, but still well into a "sellers" market.  The balance point is always considered to be 5.5 months of inventory.

You can view the entire report (Courtesy RMLS) by clicking here.

16 States where incomes are booming

by Rob Levy

This is an interesting article given how it affects us....  Oregon is the 7th hottest market for incomes increasing as our employment continues to increase.  GIven our home prices are significantly lower than say Seattle, our big neighbor to the north and also that Seattle's incomes are higher, this may affect our housing market significantly.  We are already seeing people move their companies to Portland from the LA and Bay area markets due to their employees not being able to afford a house but many have gone in the past to Seattle, skipping Portland altogether.  Now we may see more of this migration.

You can view the full article here....  

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