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Scott’s October 2014 Portland Area Market Report by Area – UPDATED

Friday, November 14th, 2014

I have been tracking numbers for probably close to three years now and have gone through tons of changes in what I track and how I track it. Just this last year eliminating an emphasis on the distressed market as we are no longer in a heavily distressed market (though, I do still track distressed activity).

The biggest change however has come recently in starting to track all 13 individual RMLS “Areas” that make up the Portland Metro real estate market in addition to the overall Portland Metro market. This change has been a difficult one at best as I am often finding a need to fine tune things; then it must be fine tuned 14 times (13 markets plus the 1 overall Portland market).

As an example, in preparing this post I realized I was taking a daily “snapshot” of the previous week worth of sales activity to generate the portion of my reports that show:

  • Inventory in days
  • Average days on market for sold homes
  • Average price per square foot for solds
  • Average list price when sold
  • Average sale price
  • Average percent of list price paid

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Foreclosure List(S) for November 4th 2014

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Today we have FIVE emails from RMLS for the foreclosure list update and generally I’d wait until later in the evening to post them, but I figure with five, that’s GOT TO BE all RMLS will send out today as I’ve never received six…I’ll update if a sixth one comes out though.

Here they are:

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

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Halloween Foreclosure List

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Only received three foreclosure email updates from RMLS today, considering we’ve been seeing an increase in distressed homes in the Portland real estate market lately, it’s kind of nice to see only three of these emails today.

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

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

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Portland Real Estate Market Update: Inventory Down, Distressed Homes Up

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Normally during this time of year we do see inventory shrinking and indeed this year is no different. Down from roughly 6,400 homes on the market back in late August to 5,640 as of today as this graph shows:

 

 

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October 29th 2014 Foreclosure List

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The foreclosure list is getting further broken up into multiple lists per day. RMLS seems intent on sending out property update emails multiple times per day now so today alone there were five emails (so far…Hey, the days not over!)…Here are the links:

To see the newest matches from RMLSweb click herehereherehere 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 AT YourRoadMapToHome DOT com

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Portland Oregon homes for sale inventory increasing in all but two areas

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Checking market conditions today shows a definite trend in inventory climbing ever so slightly across the board in the Portland real estate market with the exception of two areas.

RMLS area 145, also known as Milwaukie, Gladstone, Clackamas & Happy Valley, has actually dipped a bit from 622 homes on the market just a few days ago to 617 currently. Additionally, area RMLS 149, NW Washington County and Sauvie Island, also saw a decrease from 305 homes on the market to 299.

Neither of these are significant by any means, however it could suggest an upcoming trend for these areas so I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

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August 21st 2014 Portland Area Foreclosures List

Thursday, August 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.

As usual, if you’d like to see any of these, or any home for that matter (or selling?) and you’re not already working with a Realtor, give me a call!

Scott McDonald, Your Portland Oregon Realtor

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August 20th 2014 Portland Oregon Foreclosure List

Wednesday, August 20th, 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.

Remember, If you’re not already working with a Realtor and are looking for foreclosures (or any home for that matter, buying or selling a home); give me a call!

Scott

Foreclosure list for Tuesday August 18th 2014

Tuesday, August 19th, 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.

Remember, 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 AT YourRoadMapToHome DOT com

Scott McDonald

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Today’s Foreclosures; Getting Close to No More Daily’s

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Only TWO new ones today…get em while they’re still available! If this declining trend continues (which of course, less foreclosures = GOOD) then any day now we’ll stop seeing new listings every day.

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 AT YourRoadMapToHome DOT com

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Foreclosure List for July 29th 2014

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Here’s the foreclosure lists for today. 11 total new ones for today, with 201 total on the market, again declining at a fairly steady rate.

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

As usual, if you’re looking for foreclosure investment homes and are not already working with a Realtor, please give me a call!

Scott

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Portland Oregon Area Foreclosures for July 28th 2014

Monday, July 28th, 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.

I should also mention, this list is getting VERY short these days with only 11 new ones today.

Remember, if you want to get this list in your email every day, click here and you’ll be prompted to add your email to the list, or just shoot me an email at Scott AT YourRoadMapToHome DOT com

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Foreclosure List for July 24th 2014

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Here is the foreclosure list for today, July 24th 2014.:

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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

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

Friday, 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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Home Improvements for Resale and Cost vs Value Report

Tuesday, 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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Scott’s Home Buyers Guide, eBook, Sneak Peak

Monday, 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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National Real Estate Number Tracking Vs. Local

Friday, 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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RMLS Portland Market Action Report for January 2014

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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New Listings and Pending Sales Down, New Construction Listings Up

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Looking at today’s numbers from my daily RMLS tracking the total number of residential listings in the Portland market is still holding tight just below 4,200 (4,184 as of today) however new listings coming onto the market is indeed slipping this week with the market dropping from an average of around 80 new listings a day to now more around 70 new listings per day:

 

 

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10 Steps to Buying a Home From Realtor.com

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Realtor.com recently put together a 10 step guide to buying a home and although some of the “steps” are a bit on the simple side, “Get a Realtor” or “Look at Homes”, once you click on the step title you are taken to a page that actually does have some good information for new home buyers.

For instance one of the more obvious steps is simply “Get a Realtor”, yet once you click on it you are brought to a page  that does have some genuinely good information that many may take for granted, but a new home buyer could find rather valuable.

Check it out here

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