Is the “Sell then Buy” Making a Comeback?

The Oregonian’s real estate section (see HERE for article) has noted what agents are seeing at the ground level: market times are rising while the housing inventory remains low. Market conditions are still beneficial for sellers, as the low housing supply and rising prices make for a strong sellers’ market. However, the apex of the buying frenzy may already be over; as the article observes, “where two years ago a home might have…attracted 7 or 8 offers, it might now get 2 or 3.”

This decreased competitiveness on the buying side may encourage certain sellers to list their homes. Sellers who also want to purchase in the Portland area may have been hesitant to put their homes on the market, fearing a quick sale on their home but no available houses to purchase upon their closing. While the low inventory and high prices still provide great conditions for these sellers, the reduced competition of the Portland market gives their purchase a softer landing.

In the last few months I’ve successfully helped several clients with this exact situation: selling their home and then immediately purchasing a new one in the Portland Metro Area. If you have any question on how these shifting market conditions impact your real estate situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to assist!

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market

Preparing for Fall Weather

Fall in Portland is here! The beginning of autumn is the perfect time to check for home maintenance issues. The weather is mild and the sun still sets late in the day. Here is my checklist – learned over the course of many home inspections! – that I use to check for defects on my home:

  • Notepad in hand, I check my roof for moss and wavy roof tiles. I look at the chimney and check for cracks in the mortar, and I make sure the gutters and downspouts are free of debris. If you feel uncomfortable on the roof, feel free to ask me for a qualified professional referral.
  • If your roof needs any cleaning, I would recommend using a professional roofer. Roofs can be surprisingly delicate, so please reach out to me if you need a roofer recommendation.
  • While on the roof, I check for overhanging branches from nearby trees that may cause harm in the event of a windstorm.
  • I then walk the perimeter of my home to look for peeling paint or windows in need of re-caulking.
  • After this, I look at any decking to check for rotting. I follow this up to look for cracks in the foundation and driveway.

I keep a lengthy list of contractors on hand should you need a recommendation. Don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m always here for your Portland Real Estate needs.

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market

Happy 100th Birthday to Portland’s Rose Test Garden!

Portland’s famous International Rose Test Garden is turning 100 this summer! Perched gently on the West Hills with sweeping views of downtown PDX and Mt. Hood, the garden contains 650 rose varieties spread over 4.5 acres. Per the article from PDX Monthly (found here), there will be a centennial celebration this Saturday, August 26th, from 11 am to 8:30 pm. Free cupcakes and Trimet tickets are available!

In addition, I highly recommend watching the 8 minute video found here if you are interested in learning more about how the Rose Test Garden prepares throughout the winter for its spring and summer visitors. The amount of foresight is truly impressive!

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market

Is the Portland Market Finally Shifting?

The Portland real estate market has been one of the hottest housing market’s in the nation over the last five years, seeing double digit appreciation in value year-over-year since January 2012. However, the May 2017 Case Shiller report showed an 8.89% appreciation for the previous 12 months. When comparing this to the 9.24% for the previous month and 12.47% appreciation from the last year, this suggests the Portland market may finally be plateauing. This has been borne out “in the trenches”, as we are seeing increasing market times, more price reductions, and more available inventory in even the hottest neighborhoods.

Could this be nothing more than a summer lull? It very well could be, as Portland often sees a slower market between July 4th and Labor Day. However, given the rise in interest rates – limiting buyer purchasing power – and the unsustainable rise of the market in the last few years, it is worth monitoring in case this is a more substantial shift.

What does this mean for buyers and sellers? Buyers may find themselves able to compete more easily on the market, and to have the time to view houses without feeling like they only have hours to do so. Sellers will still be coming from a position of strength, but the days of 20 offers on a listing may be gone.

If you have any questions on how this impacts your own real estate situation, feel free to reach out! I would be happy to chat any time.

Bill

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 6:59 pm
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market

March 2017 Greater Portland Market Activity

As we head into the heart of spring and local temperatures finally on the rise, our local real estate market is heating up, as well (not that it ever cooled off). Portland area Realtors have been praying for more listings to hit the market to help make the prospect of selling one’s home and having them find another suitable property a little easier.  Well, March did see a large increase in listings of 3,604 compared to February’s 2,521.  However, the pace of sales jumped, as well, with accepted offers of 3,043 up from February’s number of 2,369, as 28.5% increase.  The median sales price for the Greater Portland market for the past 12 months shows a 12.2% increase over the previous twelve month period.

How do these numbers translate in practical terms for home buyers and sellers in the area?  For many buyers, they are continuing to face competing offer situations for desirable homes in desirable locations.  It’s not uncommon to see some homes selling for 10% or more over their list price, and terms very favorable for the seller.  For sellers, the challenge of being able to identify their next home and get under contract still exists.  Often times, “rent back” times are negotiated to assist with the process, but many are finding temporary housing, to allow more flexibility and provide more leverage in writing an offer that is not tied to the contingency of their home selling/recording. 

To help you navigate this challenging market, be sure to have these conversations with your trusted Realtor.  Of course, if you don’t currently have one, or simply would like to discuss your real estate questions, please feel more thane welcome to contact me.   

For more details on our local market, view the latest RMLS Market Action Report 

Posted on April 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market

RMLS Market Action for Portland Oregon – May 2016

In the Portland Metro area, home prices continued to rise year-over-year, with an 11.9% average sales price increase from May 2015 to May 2016. The median sales price rose even more: 13.3%. The average price moved from $342,300 to $383,000, and the median price moved from $295,000 to $334,200.

Months of inventory stayed steady at 1.4 months. Every month since February 2015 – with the exception of November 2015 – has been below 2 months of inventory.

With the rising prices and exceptionally low inventory, Portland has been a very strong seller’s market for quite some time. If you are thinking of selling your home, it’s a great time to do so. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!

Full article can be found HERE.

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 9:48 pm
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market | Tagged , ,

Portland’s Home Values are Fastest Growing in United States

According to the Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices, Portland’s home values have appreciated by 12% from January 2015 to January 2016, making it the fastest-growing market in the entire United States. This 12% figure is over double the national average for real estate appreciation. This rise in prices is stemming primarily from high demand and low inventory; according to Zillow’s senior economist Aaron Terrazas, this low inventory is due to homeowner uncertainty over selling and the inability to afford a more expensive home.

Click HERE for the full article!

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 10:28 pm
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market

RMLS Market Action Portland Oregon – January 2016

The RMLS Market Action is out for January 2016! The full market action report can be viewed HERE; however, I’ve summarized a few important points below:

  • Inventory has risen a little bit from our record-low December 2015 numbers. We had 1.8 months of inventory in 1/16 as opposed to 1.2 months in 12/15. However, this is still remarkably low; while the rising numbers do give hope for some alleviation for buyers, the market is still very much in favor of sellers.
  • Average home prices rose year over year by 6.7%, and the median prices rose year over year by 8.1%.
  • Average market time has risen slightly from December 2015 but is still well below the January 2015 numbers.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 9:49 pm
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market

Radon Testing in Portland Oregon

KGW News has recently published an article addressing radon levels in Portland. The full article can be found HERE. KGW mentions numerous zip codes around the city that are showing elevated radon levels compared to testing recorded in previous years.

This is significant because radon, as the article mentions, is one of the nation’s leading causes of lung cancer. Radon off-gasses from granite deposits underground; while its occurrence does display a pattern in Portland, the irregular deposits of granitic bedrock in the city’s crust make it difficult to predict with 100% accuracy which homes will be affected by radon. In the Pacific Northwest, the Missoula Floods swept chunks of granite throughout the Willamette Valley during the last Ice Age, depositing granite boulders that are currently buried below many of our city’s houses. This can result in one home in a neighborhood having elevated radon levels while another home across the street will be almost completely unaffected by radon.

Radon can be tested for in a few ways. In the context of a real estate inspection period, we utilize the short term 48 hour testing provided by many inspection companies. For homeowners, there are inexpensive long term tests available at many hardware stores. If a home does have elevated radon, radon contractors have become very adept at installing relatively cheap and long-term mitigation systems to lower the property’s radon levels.

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions on radon!

 

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 12:48 am
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market

Who’s Moving to Oregon?

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis recently published their research – via their “Graph of the Week” posts on oregon.gov – on who has been migrating to Oregon over the last several years. The full article can be found HERE. I’ve also taken the liberty of summarizing some of the findings below:

  • Oregon is seeing a net of 40,000 new migrants per years.
  • The largest group of individuals moving to Oregon is in the 25-34 age bracket; the article looks at this as a positive, as this age group is associated with functioning as the working age population.
  • While the two biggest reasons people move are work and housing, the article also notes that the population moving to Oregon also bears some additional characteristics: single, young, unemployed, lower income, and higher educational attainment. The author admits that this gives some credence to the “Portlandia” stereotype but also finds the fact that these individuals are looking to start careers in Oregon encouraging.
  • As population natural increase slows (this is due to a vast variety of factors that are outside the scope of this study), migration is becoming the driving force behind population growth in Oregon.
  • In addition to population statistics, examining in the net flow of income as a result of migration is also valuable. According to the second graph in the article, while Oregon does lose migrants and income to Washington, those losses are more than offset by incoming Californians.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions! I’d be happy to discuss with you how this pertains to the Portland real estate market specifically.

– Bill

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm
Bill Grange | Category: Portland Oregon Real Estate Market