Portland Oregon Foreclosure List for March 12th 2014

March 12th, 2014

Here are the new foreclosures listed for sale within the last 24 hours:

To see the newest matches from RMLSweb click here and here. For a complete list of available matches click here.

If you are not already working with a Realtor and would like to see any of these homes please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-706-5563 (cell or text) or Scott@YourRoadMapToHome.com

Your Portland Realtor, Scott McDonald

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Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview & Wood Village; You’re up to Bat!

March 11th, 2014

Just finished the real estate market tracking report for Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village…This is again, only 10 days worth of data so not super reliable yet (give it a few weeks; trends and real usable data will show itself); with that said Gresham seems to be where only those looking for deals are buying as the average sale price in Gresham (and the mentioned towns in the Gresham area) are below the $200,000 mark:

 

 

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East & South Side Rural Real Estate Market Report

March 11th, 2014

I had a bit of difficulty with this one as it began it’s thus far short life as an east side only rural report (sorry west side rural folks, I won’t be doing a report for you) but there just wasn’t enough data, so I changed it up to include all east side AND south side rural. The towns included in this report are:

  • Aurora
  • Beavercreek
  • Boring
  • Canby
  • Colton
  • Damascus
  • Eagle Creek
  • Estacada
  • Hubbard
  • Molalla
  • Mt Angel
  • Mullino
  • Sandy
  • Scott’s Mills
  • Woodburn

Even with all of those towns, we’re still talking a few listings/solds etc per day at best…Of course were still coming out of the slow season, so come spring/summer the numbers here will pick up a bit, but there are enough now for trackable data.

Here’s a snippet of the report (not bad average sale prices for rural areas):

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Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oak Grove & Gladstone Real Estate Market Tracking Data Ready

March 11th, 2014

Here’s the report for the Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oak Grove & Gladstone area. Even though Happy Valley and portions of SE Portland are technically the same RMLS “areas” I am doing seperate reports for those, hence they are not included in this report; just FYI.

Here’s the Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oak Grove & Gladstone Market Report.

Your Realtor, Scott McDonald

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First New Real Estate Data Tracking Report is LIVE! Beaverton Market

March 11th, 2014

I’m going through these new tracking reports in alphabetical order, so the “Aloha, Beaverton & Hillsboro” one was the first completed.

I did attempt to go back to January 1 of this year, however, it would have taken me WEEKS, if not MONTHS to get all the reports updated, so I opted to start March 1 2014 with the reports so there is data in them now, just not a lot.

I’ll be posting each areas report as I complete them, so stay tuned for your areas report; for now, here’s some screen shots of the new Beaverton area one (and it’s also attached below, with some more information on these reports):

 

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Portland Foreclosure List for March 7th 2014

March 7th, 2014

Here are the new foreclosures listed for sale within the last 24 hours:

To see the newest matches from RMLSweb click here and here. For a complete list of available matches click here.

If you are not already working with a Realtor and would like to see any of these homes please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-706-5563 (cell or text) or Scott@YourRoadMapToHome.com

Your Portland Foreclosure Specialist Realtor, Scott McDonald

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Real Estate Tracking Data & Reports: BIG Changes Coming; Area Reports, Pricing & Days on Market in Tow

March 7th, 2014

I just wanted to get an FYI out to everyone that I am currently working on revamping the tracking report as I get a lot of requests for area specific reports (people asking for my tracking reports for Happy Valley, or Lake Oswego real estate reports etc).

Additionally short sales and foreclosures have been edging ever closer to market pricing these days, often no longer the “steal of a deal” they once were and there are a lot less of them now. So, with that said, I am *considering* ditching that portion of the tracking data in favor of adding new data points like:

  • Median Sale Price Tracking
  • Average Sale Price Tracking
  • Days on Market for Pending Sales
  • Average Price Per Square Foot Tracking
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Big Week for New Listings & Pending Sales in Portland Real Estate Market

March 7th, 2014

This week, not officially the first of spring, albeit we’ve had some spring like weather, has been a jumping week for the Portland real estate market.

Total number of homes continues to hover under 4,300 in total, however new listings are seeing a significant jump in the last week, continuing the previous weeks trend:

 

 

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March 3rd 2014 Portland Foreclosures List

March 3rd, 2014

Here are the new foreclosures listed for sale within the last 24 hours:

To see the newest matches from RMLSweb click here and here. For a complete list of available matches click here.

If you are not already working with a Realtor and would like to see any of these homes please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-706-5563 (cell or text) or Scott@YourRoadMapToHome.com

Your Portland Oregon Real Estate Agent, Scott McDonald

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February 2014 Portland Real Estate Market Month End Numbers

March 3rd, 2014

So we’re now officially into March and all of the February Portland real estate tracking numbers are in.

Most everything is up across the board, new listings are increasing, however the inventory is staying about the same because pending sales and closed sales are also increasing:

 

Of course at the end of February we had a very normal large spike in cancelled, withdrawn and expired listings…Again, completely normal for the last day of the month.

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List of Foreclosures in Portland for February 25th 2014

February 25th, 2014

And here they are!

Here are the new foreclosures listed for sale within the last 24 hours:

To see the newest matches from RMLSweb click here and here. For a complete list of available matches click here.

If you are not already working with a Realtor and would like to see any of these homes please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-706-5563 (cell or text) or Scott@YourRoadMapToHome.com

Your Portland Realtor, Scott McDonald

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High Density Urban Building Practices, Encouraged by Local Governments, Not So Popular

February 25th, 2014

This one was posted up back in January by OregonBusiness.com citing a CFM Strategic Communications survey conducted in Portland back in December that shows Portlander’s aren’t real fond of the local governments push for high density construction (essentially, focusing on condos, townhomes and apartments rather than single family residential homes).

A whopping 46% of respondents, which were the overwhelming majority in this section, felt focusing on condos and apartments instead of single family residences (detached residential homes) was the wrong direction for government with the same percent of respondents not agreeing that these high density projects save local governments money in infrastructure costs.

Hmmm…I’m not a huge fan of high density building either, I mean, if that’s your thing and you enjoy close quarters living, be my guest, it’s just not my cup of tea; but to say it doesn’t save money on infrastructure? Seems to me it would? Would it not?

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Home Improvements for Resale and Cost vs Value Report

February 25th, 2014

Here’s an article from MSN on 10 of the best home improvements you can do for your dollar. I thought it was interesting enough, some obvious points in there, but then it also linked over to what I found to be a much more interesting site which reports, for Portland Oregon homes as well, a “cost vs. value repor for 2014” from remodeling.hw.net.

It’s actually pretty cool, select your region, Portland Oregon is there, and it gives average costs for specific remodeling projects and essentially what boils down to ROI for those improvements.

Obviously these numbers can vary greatly on a home to home basis, but this does give some pretty good insight as to what may increase the value the most for the lowest cost before selling your home (or of course, just with later resale, if ever, in mind).

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USDA Areas Zero Down Home Loans to Remain Secure Through 2020

February 25th, 2014

Recently a farm bill was passed that significantly and positively impacts rural areas; some of which aren’t so rural, in many ways, zero down loans being one of them.

Areas like Sandy, Estacada and Newberg qualify for what are called USDA loans (yes, that’s the US Department of Agriculture) that offer very competitive rates and to many, more importantly, 0% down to buy a home in these areas.

When I was working a large development in Estacada (and another smaller one in Sandy) these USDA loans were making up a large number of buyers home loans in those developments, new home, “in town” (well, Estacada and Sandy anyway), and nothing down. You could even still have the seller cover some closing costs and end up paying very close to nothing to get into a home.

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Portland Oregon Foreclosure List for February 24th 2014

February 24th, 2014

Here are the new foreclosures listed for sale within the last 24 hours:

To see the newest matches from RMLSweb click here. For a complete list of available matches click here.

If you are not already working with a Realtor and would like to see any of these homes please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-706-5563 (cell or text) or Scott@YourRoadMapToHome.com

Your Portland Realtor, Scott McDonald

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Scott’s Home Buyers Guide, eBook, Sneak Peak

February 24th, 2014

I’ve begun putting together a short eBook series that at this point in time will consist of the following two eBooks:

“Scott’s Home Buyers Guide” followed by,

“Scott’s Home Sellers Guide”

I should have the first of the two ready and available via Amazon towards the end of March, but it’s shaping up nicely so I thought I would put up a small sample of the book; here goes:

Triggering a Multiple Offer Situation

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Big Valentines Day Closing Spike and Pending Sales, On the Rise

February 21st, 2014

In tracking RMLS data daily I have to regularly look back several days, even up to a week or more for past closings / sold homes that were not entered into RMLS on the day they actually closed. I call it a lag time where a Realtor may close on a home on X day, but not update RMLS to show that closing until a few days later, sometime a week or more.

In looking back to just before Valentines day today to pickup those missed closed sales I found that on Valentines day there was a large spike of closings. Normally right now we’re seeing around 45-50 closings per day and my previously recorded number for Valentines Day was right in line with that, but when I picked up the lag numbers today, there were 140 closings on Valentines day; that’s HUGE single day number…Seems as though there were a lot of folks trying to ensure their significant other had a great Valentines Day present this year; keys to their new home.

Here’s the graph:

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Portland Foreclosures for February 21 2014

February 21st, 2014

Here are the new foreclosures listed for sale within the last 24 hours:

To see the newest matches from RMLSweb click here and here. For a complete list of available matches click here.

If you are not already working with a Realtor and would like to see any of these homes please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-706-5563 (cell or text) or Scott@YourRoadMapToHome.com

Scott McDonald

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National Real Estate Number Tracking Vs. Local

February 21st, 2014

In skimming through some articles in the real estate world today I came across one from the AP syndicated through Oregonlive.com titled “Portland home prices dip on slower December sales“, so of course being my market I need to check it out.

I didn’t find the slow December sales portion interesting as that’s par for the course this time of year (and apparently the Corelogic data used for the article, doesn’t take seasonal market shifts into consideration anyway), but I did find the numbers provided to be off…The AP / Corelogic data showed December home prices being up 15% from last year, where as RMLS, in their Market Action Report for December, showed 12.9% and the drop AP cites from November to December was 0.2%, but RMLS shows -3% average sale price compared to November and -1% median.

So who’s right?

Now, the numbers are still very similar, but it shows the differences you can end up with depending on how you are looking at a given market.  They just said the “Portland area”…Do they mean city of Portland only? Entire Metro? Do they, on a national level, consider Salem to be a part of that market? Are they looking at residential only as the RMLS Market Action Reports do, or are they looking at everything, residential, commercial etc?

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Tax Forgiveness Act; Still Expired…Not Seeing Any Renewal News; Yet…

February 19th, 2014

Just a quick heads up [that honestly I should have done weeks ago], for anyone looking to short sale their home or are facing a foreclosure. For those not familiar with this act, or maybe not familiar with the need for this act, here’s how it works.

You short sale your home or get foreclosed on. The bank gets say $275,000 for your home (when you sell it on a short sale, or when they resell it as a foreclosure later), but you owed $375,000 on it, leaving a loss to the bank of $100,000.

Now, I know there are many people out there that think that $100,000 would be entirely the banks problem, and while that particular $100k is their problem, you as the seller have a not so new problem that just returned on December 31st due to this 2007 act not being renewed (yet?).

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Bankers Committing Suicide? Whats Going on?

February 19th, 2014

This is not the usual content for this site and honestly just posting this is tip-toeing in the realm of conspiracy theory, but this is a little too coincidental; is it not?

In the last month eight high level bankers, three of which worked for JP Morgan Chase, have committed suicide or otherwise died in a questionable manner with suicide being the top suspect:

  • William Broeksmit, 58 with Deutsche Bank, found dead from suicide in his home in London, January 26th
  • Karl Slym, 51 with Tata Motors, found dead on January 27th
  • Also on January 27th, Gabriel Magee, 39 with JP Morgan Chase, “fell off the roof” of the JP Morgan Chase European headquarters.
  • Mike Dueker, 50 with US Investment Bank found dead near the Tacoma Narrows bridge in Washington.
  • Richard Talley. 57, founder of American Title Services, dead after SHOOTING HIMSELF WITH A NAILGUN!
  • Tim Dickenson, with Swiss RE AG, also found dead last month
  • Ryan Henry Crane, 37 again, with JP Morgan Chase, died in an “alleged” suicide last month
  • And now yesterday, Li Junjie, 33, another JP Morgan Chase one, jumped from the JP Morgan headquarters in Hong Kong

My condolences to the families.

With that said, what the heck is going on? Why would this be happening?

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RMLS Portland Market Action Report for January 2014

February 17th, 2014

The January 2014 RMLS Market Action Report for the Portland Metro & Surrounding areas is out and is showing yet again the Portland real estate market has become a much more healthy and stable market. This positive outlook was market wide for the Portland area, officially, when almost a year ago back in April of 2013, NW Washington County was the last Portland Metro RMLS area to leave depreciating numbers behind; hopefully for good!

Inventory just about always slips in January (that is, it rises) and this year is no different with inventory going from 3.2 months in December 2013 to 4.1 months in January 2014 and when you look at current pending sales you can see that inventory could slip again in February.

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New Listings & Pending Sales In Portland Housing Market Continue to Drop Off

February 17th, 2014

Happy Presidents Day everyone!

Taking a look at the daily numbers for today we’re still seeing a measurable, albeit expected drop off in pending sales and new listings. Pending sales which were averaging around 55 a day are now barely averaging around 40 per day:

 

 

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Foreclosure List for Valentines Day 2014

February 15th, 2014

Here are the new foreclosures listed for sale within the last 24 hours:

To see the newest matches from RMLSweb click here. For a complete list of available matches click here

If you are not already working with a Realtor and would like to see any of these homes please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-706-5563 (cell or text) or Scott@YourRoadMapToHome.com

Scott McDonald

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Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

February 14th, 2014

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Just wanted to get a quick Happy Valentines day post out to everyone!

Scott McDonald
Everything. Portland. Real Estate. Blog.